Any%

From Speed Souls - A Dark Souls Speedrunning Wiki

Dark Souls III Any% is a speedrun category in which the player tries to complete the game as fast as possible.


Rules

Be sure to read the Rules page to find out the rules for speedrunning Dark Souls III

Routes

The world record is 35:09 IGTIn-Game Time by Nemz38 (YouTube). The leaderboards for this category are available here.

Route Estimated possible time Current Record Runner VODVideo on Demand
Anri's Straight Sword Any% - 35:09 Nemz38 YouTube

Resources

Dark Souls 3 Downpatcher

Skips, Glitches and Methods used in Any%

TearDrop
Lizard Skip
Tree Skip
Wolnir Skip
Bridge Skip
Kill Anri
Dungeon Drop
Profaned Skip
Dancer Skip
Dragonslayer Skip
Place Souls Skip
Cinder Glitch
Spell Swap

Learning

Learning a speedrun in Dark Souls III may seem daunting at first but there are ways of making the learning process easier. Start by doing an initial run through and making sure to do the following things:

  • Follow the notes as accurately as you can (getting safety bonfires is fine). Don't level more than you should. Try not to lose large amounts of souls since there is no way 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>\AppData\Roaming\DarkSoulsIII\<SomeCode>") 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 you 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 doing riskier strategies.