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Trial of the Sword (OoB) Speedrun in 11:58 (World Record) - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


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Recently, it had been discovered that you can clip out of bounds in Trial of the Sword. All of the rooms are in one map, and the iteration of the Master Sword chamber is solely dependent on what set of trials you select; because of this, you can "complete" all three sets of trials by beating Beginning Floor 12 if you access it through out-of-bounds.

Initially, this out-of-bounds strat utilized setups involving Stasis and Cryonis setups that were slow, situational, and in the case of latter, annoying precise. On Sunday, however, one of the game's most significant speedrunning breakthroughs thus far had been made: Shield Skew Clip.

If Link lands on a sloped surface with his shield without stringing it into a shield surf, his model during a shield-jump will inherit unusual properties: Link's model will suddenly jerk towards the direction perpendicular to the initial sloped surface. This "skew" can be used to clip through walls that face the same direction as the initial sloped surface, if the skew is severe enough. The skew persists between save files, which is why I'm able to set it at the beginning of the run before loading a different save. For more information regarding this glitch, consult this Reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/speedrun/comments/9cj0r6/major_discovery_in_the_legend_of_zelda_breath_of/?st=jlnosc46&sh=200041cd

During the stream of me attempting this, I discovered that the Ragdoll Glitch - a corruption of Link's ragdoll physics primarily caused by shield-jumping - potentially reduces the potency of Link's skew, and that resetting his ragdoll physics restores the skew to its full strength.

As for the run itself, it went very smoothly up until Final Trials, where the out-of-bounds clip trolled me for a while and I took a possibly suboptimal route through the chasm housing the updraft rooms. I don't see sub-10 being feasible as of yet, but sub-11 may happen with good execution and luck.

Major shoutouts to Swiffy22, who did extensive work in routing this category for out-of-bounds both before and after skewing was discovered: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNJI4ADEz5u9Ft0Jztu0lw

Twitch VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/305756327



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