Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a massive game that encourages players to take their time as they explore its beautiful world, but that isn't going to stop the speedrunning community from tearing through the game in record times. We've already seen a few speedrun streamers clock times as fast as 45 minutes, but that leaves a lot of the game's secrets untouched. A new group of speedrunners are attempting to fly through the game while also obtaining 100% completion. As gamers might expect, that takes just a little longer than 45 minutes...
The fastest Breath of the Wild 100% run so far comes from Twitch streamer named Xalikah who managed to beat the game in 49 hours, nine minutes and 41 seconds. That may not sound like a very impressive time, but take a look at the list of requirements they had to complete in order to quality for the 100% run time...
-Acquire all heart and stamina upgrades (and all 120 shrines)-Complete all quests (main, side, and shrine)-Complete map percentage counter. (all 900 Korok Seeds, climbing every tower, and discovering each named location.)-Acquire all key items (all dungeon rewards, Kilton medals, bridles, saddles, Hestu's Gift, Confidential Envelope, Shiekah Slate+, etc.)-Fully upgrade the following clothing: Champion's Tunic, Zora Armor Set, Wild Armor Set, Thunder Helm.-Max out each Rune.-Complete the Hylian compendium (i.e. take pictures of all animals, monsters, treasure, items, etc).
Any one of these requirements seems insane on their own, but completing all of them in under 50 hours sounds nearly impossible. Completing the Hylian compendium alone seems like a task that could take that long for most players. The speedrunner seems to already have an encyclopedic knowledge of the game and every piece of its enormous map, so there must have been a ton of practice done to gain that knowledge. Regardless, consider us impressed.
We look forward to tracking these runs in the coming years and seeing how players shave seconds, minutes, and maybe even hours off of the 100% complete record.
How close are you to reaching a 100% Breath of the Wild run? Let us know in the comments.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on Nintendo Switch and Wii U.