The 1st of April, Twitch Streamer Seki did something very awesome in FromSoftware Ring of Elden. After many attempts and practices, the expert player completed what appears to be the world’s first recorded streak without a hit or damage. Ring of Elden.
Seki’s no-hit/no-damage run lasted around just under 3 hours. and was done live on the stream, with him posting an image of his win shortly after. on Twitter, announcing the news with enthusiasm. In his tweet, Seki claimed his impressive run was a “world’s first”. Some people have questioned this and pointed out another streamer managed earlier version March 13 GinoMachino. However, although GinoMachino has completed Ring of Elden without taking hits, this run is unlike what Seki has accomplished.
“No-Hit/No Damage is more difficult than a normal no-hit run because the player cannot take [any] environmental damage such as drop damage/poison damage etc. “, explained Seki to Kotaku. “It adds difficulty to running as I don’t have access to buffs such as Red Feathered Branchsword which could potentially increase my damage if my health was low.”
This means Seki must avoid any type of damage, big or small, during the whole race. Think about how many times you’ve played Ring of Elden and accidentally fell and suffered fall damage or poisoned in a swamp. If something like this happens to Seki during his run, he has to start over. This condition turns an already tricky and challenging game into an even tougher beast to conquer.
Watching the successful run is wild. see someone complete Ring of Elden in less than 3 hours without their health bar dropping, this is very compelling content, even if you (like me) have no interest in FromSoftware games or Ring of Elden.
(There’s a point during the run where Seki puts on a special talisman that increases his damage and health. At that point, his health bar grows and it looks like he’s taken some damage, but that’s is how the object works.)
According to the streamer, who made similar unsuccessful runs in other FromSoftware games like Chopped, he spent over 130 hours trying to attempt this run without a hit or damage. This included planning, practice and many, many attempts.
As for the equipment Seki prefers when trying to beat Ring of Elden without taking damage, it’s a basic kit with a fan favorite: Moon Veil Katana.
“I use a dexterity/intelligence build. My main weapon is the Moonveil katana,” Seki explained. He also uses a spell called Rock Sling to help eliminate mobs in certain areas of the game.
Read more: How to get the Moonveil katana Ring of Elden
Sometimes with a run like this you find that a specific and oddly unexpected part of the game is the trickiest thing to deal with, maybe a random section filled with toxic enemies or something. But Seki told me that, poetically, the hardest part of this whole race was at the very end.
“By far the hardest part of the race is the final boss: Elden Beast,” Seki said.
“He has one specific movement that is sadly unfair: Elden Stars. One of the only ways to avoid it is to stagger it while it casts the spell. It took dozens of hours of practice and precise training to time it correctly.
So sometimes Seki wouldn’t fail a race until he reached the very fine of the game, having essentially played a perfect game up to this point. And if the boss hit him or damage him, he would have to start all over again.
After pulling off such an impressive feat, some might just sit back and take a break. Maybe play the game normally and relax a bit. But that’s not what Seki planned. He tells me that his next goal is to start working to achieve a “All memories A no-hitter race, which he calls a “true test of skill”. He’s also excited about the growing speedrunning and smooth racing community of Ring Elden.
“I can’t wait to see the aimless community work together to invent new strategies to beat the game.”
Meanwhile, many other people are still trying to beat the first boss of Ring Elden.