Any%

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Dark Souls Any% is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible. There are no added restrictions on how the player completes the game, they must simply start a new character and beat the final boss, Gwyn, as quickly as they can. Glitches, skips and sequence breaks are all allowed. Using other programs to affect the game or editing the game code is not allowed; apart from a few exceptions allowed by the community.

It is possible to skip large portions of the game with savefile manipulation by using the Warp Glitch. This is considered a different category.

The world record is 43:43 IGT by CapitaineToinon (YouTube). The leaderboards for this category are available here.

Routes

Main Routes
Route Estimated possible time Current Record Runner VODVideo on Demand
Black Knight Greatsword 41:50 43:43 CapitaineToinon YouTube



Routes without Sen's Gate Skip

Route Estimated possible time Current Record Runner VODVideo on Demand
Black Knight Halberd 43:50 44:24 Kahmul78 YouTube
Black Knight Greatsword 46:00 46:42 Samots Twitch
Black Knight Sword 48:30 49:25 Samots Twitch
Magic Great Club 50:00 - - -



Routes without Sen's Gate Skip and Firesage Skip

Route Estimated possible time Current Record Runner VODVideo on Demand
Black Knight Halberd 49:00 49:33 Kahmul78 Twitch
Magic Greataxe 54:00 - Kahmul78 Twitch
Magic Great Club - 52:30 CapitaineToinon YouTube
Magic Zweihander - - - -
Soul Level 1 - 54:20 Inarmo Twitch
Gravelord Sword - 52:56 Samots Twitch

Rules

(The rules listed here are specific to this category. Go to this page to find the rules that apply to all Dark Souls speedruns.)

Learning

Learning a speedrun in Dark Souls may seem daunting at first but there are ways of making the learning process easier. Start by learning a route that does not have a random drop (Gravelord Sword and Magic Greataxe are good to start with). Do an initial run through making sure to do the following things:

  • Follow the notes as accurately as you can (getting safety bonfires is fine, also feel free to skip using Red Tearstone Ring (RTSR) to start with). Don't level more than you should. If you lose a large amount of souls, dupe a boss soul to get them back.
  • Make savefiles before each part that you might have trouble with. You can just copy the savefile (generally in "\Users\<YourName>\Documents\NBGI\DarkSouls\<Username>") into a seperate folder or use the SpeedSouls - Save Organizer.
  • Make splits. Download a program like Livesplit or WSplit and setup your splits. It doesn't matter how bad they are in your first run.

Once you have completed your first run and made savefiles practice the parts you are least confident with then try another run. When you get more confident you should stop getting safety bonfires and start using Red Tearstone Ring for more battles.