World Record Progression: Zelda The Wind Waker HD Speedruns

World Record Progression: Zelda The Wind Waker HD Speedruns



The Legend of Zelda of the Wind Waker HD was released on September 20th 2013 in North America while the original Wind Waker was released all the way back in 2002 the game was not very well received at first credit sinking the game was too childish with its cartoony art style and the sailing seconds being too slow and tedious so why would anybody want to speedrun this game how did the speedrun go from this originally to this we were going over all of that today because this is the speedrun and we record progression for the Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker HD to complete Wind Waker HD there is a series of events the player has to do to access the end of the game to beat it you start off as Lincoln outside island you play through the start of the game you beat outside island you continue to forsaken fortress 1 you beat forsaken fortress 1 you unlock king of Red Lions and you will get the first objective in the game defeat Ganondorf I obtaining the Master Sword to do this the player has to beat the two dungeons to access the dens pearl and the forest pearl after doing that you will get the bombs from the pirate ship you will find a secret key of an outside island and you'll obtain the third pearl NARAS pearl by placing the three pearls you will erase Tower of the Gods by completing this dungeon the player will gain access to Hyrule for the first time now this is important for later from there the player will obtain the massive sword and you must then go to four second fortress 2 you will defeat phantom Ganon you will head up to the top of her second fortress kill hound rockin and then face off Ganondorf it's here that the player will find out that the master has lost its power and you're not strong enough yet to defeat him you'll be taken to Hyrule for the second time you follow a string of story elements then continue your journey to gain enough power table to feed Hana Norv you must go to both earth and wind temple beat both of the dungeons and by doing so you will upgrade your master to be the fully charged massive sword the player must then find a Triforce pieces to complete the Triforce from there the player will gain access to Hyrule for the third and final time there you can now break the barrier around hyrule giving you access to Ganon's tower you complete the trials and Ganon stour defeats phantom and Papa Ganon and you can finally face of Ganondorf and you will now be allowed to beat the game since wind waker HD was a remake of the original game people went to glitch hunting straight away and they won testing what was passed and what new broken mechanic could be found in the game people figure out that the major glitches used in the original version was sadly patched storage which was a good used to super swim in the ocean from boskie skips maki skips and other skips throughout the run was sadly patched also the zombie hover which was a glitch used to access areas early while in theory not patched had been nerfed so happily by restricting what access link could have while he was dead it was basically not actually useful and also in addition to that then time to remove the tingle tuner which was an item add-on they can be used to connect your gameboy advance to the Gamecube which allows you to actually survive using this glitch and with the additions of removing these things the zombie avert glitch was sadly useless thankfully however one mechanic had not been changed and that was how objects interacted with link and thanks to this ledge clipping with objects such as bombs and pots still worked in this game which will allow you to do a couple of skips and a couple of clips still work to skip some small Keys throughout dungeon a thing to note is that looking at the shards from earlier on the steps needed to beat the game even with these glitches that was known in the GameCube version at the time you still had to follow this short step by step and the only real sequence break used was really as obtaining the bombs before heading to forbidden woods when you were gonna get the second pearl and that allowed you to complete the second dungeon much faster but other than that it was pretty much true to the intended order of the game but now on to win waker HD so at the time we released the record was 4 hours 28 minutes and 41 seconds by demon 9 on the original GameCube version of the game the first record sudden wind waker HD was at the launch of the game September 21st ending on the time of 6 2033 by dungeon sadly there's still no video left of this run and I cannot show it however thankfully on the very next day on September 22nd it's him at 5 hours 13 minutes and 50 seconds per set by gymnast 86 this run starts off expected completing outside island completing ff1 buying the sail sailing to dragon roost completing the first dungeon and obtaining the first pearl after this the first huge change for the HD version is coming up and the HD version of winwaker nintendo out of the Swift sail which allows you to sail a much faster compared to the original sail in the original game however to purchase this item it is located in an auction at a windfall island which is only accessible at nights the only problem with this is how the auction is this signed so there's 5 items in the auction which you can purchase and each one of these items have an equal amount of chance of appearing each time meanings the Swift see only had a 20% chance of being found and if you did not get the Swift sale yet to leave and reload the auction losing 45 seconds each time and this was over an hour into the run and this specific run gymnast was able to obtain his tough sell on the third try which is not bad at all he then headed out to forest Haven to obtain the second pearl then followed by sailing two great fish to get the pirate ship to spawn a windfall so you could obtain bombs to access the third and final pearl coming up here is the first bigger skip in the run normally to access the pirate ship but the player has to watch a long cutscene with the pirates to find out the password and through the pirate ship however the loading zone for the pirate ship is always there behind the door so the player could somehow enter this loading zone you could skip obtaining the password and going through the door that's where ledge clipping comes into play now a gymnast will pick up the spot on the D stairs and he will bring it to the pirate ship and carefully place it on this ledge he will done back to with the leaf crab in between the wall and the pot by going towards the pod right as he grabs the ledge the paw will push him away and if timed correctly the POW will push you through the wall clipping you through you can then tie in pulling out relief and leave straight into the loading zone skipping obtaining the password all together after this gymnast will obtain the bombs start sailing towards outside island the problem is that outside islet is on the other side of the ocean and sailing there takes a very long time however there's a boss in the ocean called Cyclops which is the feeder with the bow giving you a song which allows you to work quickly to the islands in the ocean however if you fail to defeat him he will warp you randomly to one of eight different locations this is actually faster than sailing if you happen to get the correct location the only problem is that the lock added to the run on top of the Swift cell can get pretty rough if you get put on outside island you will save a minute in 45 seconds if you get put to south and ferry you will say 40 seconds and if you land on great fish you will still save 20 seconds over sailing however what this means is that you have a three day chance to save time and you have a one and a chance to actually save the full potential time and this run gymnast saves before going for it so we can reload the game in case he gets a really bad location in the ocean Jim has got dragon roost twice in a row and then instead of attempting it for a third time he has decided to sail the entire way over taking even more of a risk after arriving to outside he obtains the third and final pearl races Tower of the Gods and enters the third dungeon here another huge skip comes up Tower of the Gods has three different floors the first two floors are the bane dungeon with a bunch of different rooms with puzzles and all of that stuff you're expected from a dungeon and the third and final floor is basically as the boss and the boss key now by going up to this pillar and placing a statue close to the wall and leafing on top of the pillar and you grab in between the statue and the pillar if you then go against the statute they will push you out of bounds you can then leave to this corridor and enter the door and that will basically skip half of the dungeon saving multiple minutes after that terminus goes through the rest of the dungeon as intended with some small skips and optimum movement throughout and defeats Godin and finishes the dungeon he goes down to Hyrule and obtains the Master Sword after obtaining the Master Sword you normally have to defeat a bunch of enemies where you freely be frozen in time that allows you to actually leave Hyrule however by doing another light scope with a bomb at this wall and leaping to the loading zone it allows gymnasts to leave Hyrule Castle early from there he can simply save and quit and because he's on the outside of Hyrule it will put him on the front where he can then access the king of Red Lions and leave early another thing I should actually mention is that you might have noticed during these past two tricks that I showed that when gymnast is actually leafing he's flying very good distances and he's kind of like pulling out in and sleeve this is actually a trick that we're using called leaf bumping which in this game if you can't see relief and then take it out to straight away a frame or two later you'll actually be able to maintaining your height a lot better and which will allow me to cross distances with the leaf they would normally not be able to do but either right with that out of the way after leaving hydro one gymnast sails to psyche Lopes you saw earlier to actually obtain the ballot of the Gale song now since he has a bow and arrow he then sails over Sagan Fortress 2 beats both phantom Ganon and ham rocking and then heads up to face Ganon he then goes through a series of cutscenes in Hyrule two he leaves to start the next part of the run there really isn't anything special or made you to go over here gymnast follows the intended path getting all the items necessary upgrading these faster by defeating both earthwoman temple completing the Triforce and thanks to the shortened Triforce cross on the HD version over the original he completes it much faster he then heads down to Hyrule three goes up breaks the barrier and Hyrule enter Ganon's Tower and here comes the final major skip in the run the trial skip normally to get access to the final part of the tower the players to go through and refight all four of the previous bosses fought throughout dragon roost cavern forbidden woods earth temple and wind temple however by carefully leaving grabbing these pillars in this room then landing on top of the doorframe gymnast can perform another bomb clip to clip out of bounds and because he's high enough he can actually leave to the loading zone skipping all the trials saving about ten minutes and he given just finished cannons tower and defeat Ganondorf and ends up with a final time of five 1350 now this room was not perfect by any means but it still had a lot of room and improvement which Jim is showing off when the very very next day on September 23rd 2013 he came back with 508 or one world record at 508 even if I've made an improvement over his previous run there's really no difference in the strats converted immune response just fewer mistakes better lock and better movement five days later on 20th of September 2013 juniors came back again with a 440 915 which is a crazy improvement compared to last run being almost twenty minutes faster now where did all this time save come from you might ask well there's a few different reasons first to clean up his movement a lot he got used to aged mechanics and he has overall had a much cleaner movement throughout the entire run he also improved the route through the Triforce collecting aspect which is a very long quest and rerouting that that we made a huge improvement but most importantly however he finally implemented a boskie skip an earth temple on the old routes gymnast went out of his way to get the Bosque North temple sadly however the earth temple boskie is actually one of the slowest boss keys to obtain requiring me to finish a really long mirror puzzle with medley and it was just overall a very slow process however gymnast goes up to this ledge now he can plays medley and if he leaves and grabs in between the lights and medley he can actually use medley to lunch cook through the wall and a leaf across the room and he can actually land on his little latch out of bounds now you might notice that this floor doesn't have any texture but there's actually collision here for a gymnast to stand on the salaah skewness to actually take control of medley flyer over to stand against the wall still in a bounce and then gymnast can use that to pick her up through the wall and now both he and medley is out of bounds he will then walk off of the ledge with the speed which you get medley gonna jump he will then continuously fly with medley out of bounds until he gets under the door it will then with a very well time leaf take out the leaf let go of medley and it will just push him higher enough to reach the loading zone skipping the boss key putting all this together allowing us to finish with a time of 4 hours 49 minutes and 15 seconds with this big of a leap already you might be wondering like how long this run would stand for well it actually stood for less than 10 days because on October 9 2013 a new runner by the name of thin Zankou came up and finished around with the four 49:14 with only finishing off one second I had a gymnast so what did you miss do after this he came back four days later with a 430 503 improving the we record with 15 minutes now how is that even possible well the crazy thing honestly is there was really no new strats compared to this run of 4 hours and 49 minutes he got first try swift silent auction he offer not even attempting the Cyclops work and he has to improve his gameplay and movement so much that it allowed him to save an entire 15 minutes because keep in mind this is though just as the game was getting released and there is still a lot of room for improvement throughout the entire run gymnast went back to work and three weeks later he came back with a time of 4 hours 29 minutes and 8 seconds this one used a new clip in earth temple to skip opening the floor to the basement by doing a Lutz cook here with medley and after you stand up out of bounds on this ledge you can actually simply pick medley up side off down to access the basement but most notably he put much work into rerouting this run people have been timing many different possible routes and orders by doing the endgame traverse collecting aspect and this was his first round which used this new refine and game route saving minutes alone also this was the first run which you might have noticed they use another language in English you see in the original version of the game speed ernest reviewing runs on the japanese version due to japanese is being much shorter than english however and the you would make your HD version of the game Nintendo actually sped up all the languages available except for the Japanese version meaning while the Japanese version is played in one character per frame or 30 characters every second Palin and TS EU versions of the game had changed it so it dissipate four characters every frame or a hundred and twenty characters a second for a long time people he has ran in English but when gymnast timed eats individual language he actually discovered his Spanish and Italian saved about a minute over English Italian was also a couple of seconds faster than the Spanish version but Italian was only available on European copies of the game and because the time difference only being a few seconds gymnast opted to you stick with Spanish instead of importing a brand new console to save those couple of seconds about one month later after gymnast at his last record he came back again with a three minute improvement again showing his dominance in the game with no real improvements other than just working on his own movement he was able to finish out with a time of 4 hours 26 minutes in 8 seconds now even though everyone's eyes was actually sat on gymnast setting another record there was actually much more exciting parts that was coming together in the wind waker HD community in december of 2013 a lot of tough sitting working was going on behind the scenes with good hunting in the community and someone actually found a trick called the roll clipping now if link climbs up inside of a wall and you roll on the very first frame climbing up you can actually get enough distance to actually stay out of balance which allows you to clip in very many places in the game that was not previously possible with the bomb clip setup now this was very very important because it was now restrictive towards pots or bottoms like the previous ledge clipping setup now there were many runs that was made by gymnasts to improve the record by a couple of minutes during his next few months and implementing many of these new strats starting from January 24th to July of 2014 the record was improved five times by gymnast it went from a four seventeen fifty three to a four twelve nineteen to a 409 to a 407 and then file landing off at a time of four hours and three minutes and 15 seconds now that is any crazy improvement by almost 20 minutes so rolls all these new strats that made the time go down so much as 20 minutes like how good was the run well if we look at the short earlier the craziest thing is nothing has changed there was many theories about sequence breaking and actually going out of logic here but there was really no way to get around them because there are so many restrictions in the game so where did this incredible time save come from well let's take a look first gymnast is able to perform a much faster password skipping this run than he was previously able to by using a roll clip against this wall he can then fall out this railing out of bounds and then entered a loading zone much faster skipping the old lead squid method that was previously used saving almost a full minute then the second trick is the puzzle skip in heroine by going up against this pillar and performing a roll clip he can carefully move around inside of this railing and he can then drop down out of bounds and leave to the loading zone then later in the run gymnast actually had to fight he'll knock every time I made it to forsaken fortress too but in this run Jonas will pick up the spot and walk over a trigger for he'll knock multiple times and this will cause hammer to go up very high into the air a long gymnast to get behind he'll knock before he lands he can clip inside of the floor follow the railing around the arena completely skipping the fire later on an earth temple gymnast will also perform a new smokey skip with their roll clipping method skipping some backtracking and saving about a minute's as well as having a much more improved bosky skip skipping the last part of the trick where it required you to have medley to leap into the loading zone then later on when you get to win temple gymnast is also able to skip rescuing the car now thanks to a new method found to obtain the boss key early by standing on this platform and doing some very precise movement as the platform is about to flip he can land on top of the pillar previously unaccessible to the player from here he clips out a bounce of the bomb and then leaves around the arena out of bounds and lands on the store he can then turn around open the were skipping the song stone which in the end skips my car entirely and then last but not least the biggest skip in his new run was definitely something called the cabana deed skip you see in previous runs to get one of the Triforce pieces gymnast had to do catch and secret all of these little kids call the killer visa windfall island after he did that he then had to collect 20 joy pennants throughout the run to give to the teacher am i doing so she will reward you with the cabana deed allowing you to enter the house and giving you access to the Triforce piece now after months of hard work and dozens of people testing there was finally way to skip this long side quest saving Menace alone you see it was known even from the original game they were able to actually clip through specific objects with the hook shot by doing something called an L slide clip by starting a hook shot towards an object then holding target and going towards the side the problem is we didn't know of a useful way to do this for the cabin indeed because even if you're able to get inside of the railing which you didn't know about there is no way to actually enter the loading zone because if you walk towards the cabana deed when you're under it you will actually get crushed but what the new discovery was made was that by placing a bomb and then having Aaron boots you can clip with a novel sight clip under the railing to begin with you can then maneuver towards this specific location if you line yourself up with this mailbox right here place the bomb and lift it to a perfect positioning you can then buffer until a very specific frame and if you're able to pause in the specific frame you can then do an outside clip with a precise angle down right and if you got all that perfectly with the correct frame the bomb would explode when you're at the perfect location that it would actually push you into the loading zone skipping having to get the cabana deed from the teacher the only problem with this was that this trick was incredibly difficult and the trick was over three hours into the run so this was by far the biggest run killer in this run now hitting this trick first try ended up putting gymnast over three minutes ahead of his PB and he kept pushing through finishing the Triforce quest going through Gannon's tower and ending up at the time of 403 15 nice 403 15 now this was an incredibly remarkable time and you could roughly say that it would stay for a while this room was set on June 30th 2014 and all of 2014 passed and a 403 stood as the record heading into 2015 no one was still up to the task of beating it a runner by the name of Hal folks actually had a very respectable time of a 406 and he actually had a run that was on pace to beat gymnast into the Papageno fight however Papa Gannon is a very difficult and he actually ended up loosing this run and it was actually the very last run he ever did of this game sadly there's no footage of this run because he never highlighted this run since it didn't end up working out being a personal best so the run is kept staying and staying and staying it did 2015 started and the run was still standing strong and it was until the summer of 2015 were that unthinkable was going to happen gymnast wanted to go for the biggest milestone of all time sub 4 hours all right good run and we just freakin cut the sub 359 in half Wow now this room was truly remarkable the Wind Waker HD had finally completed in under four hours junus had now held over record continuously since October 13 2013 it was now summer 2015 and how long would even take for someone to ever be able to beat this run or even gymnast himself the run stayed and stayed and no one was up to the task of beating it him gymnast wasn't even sure himself if he could improve it much further so it stayed all 2015 2016 started and juniors was still the top and nothing changed all the way until summer of 2016 when this clip was posted and YouTube by a known person in the community named Ratana you okay hey what's going on guys on YouTube and any fellow Wind Waker HD speedrunners here so I'm gonna make this quick and I'm gonna make it as clear as possible I found a glitch and winwaker HD that makes you go very very fast wanted to get this video made just in case I could never replicate this again I've done it a couple times already so I'm sure that it wasn't just um once-in-a-lifetime and get this for working in if you just move around a bit as you go here we go now I'm letting it I'm letting it sit neutral as you can see it's neutral I can't really show the controller and the game and you don't have to hold Z anymore okay so the wheat you just hardline and then I just I I just tap this you don't have to hold Z I figured it out you just have the control stick and look at that you just move that work speed as you can see in this clip Cortana is playing Wind Waker HD on a GameCube controller and when he releases his analog stick he flings super quickly to a direction gaming as he call us at warp speed now what was going on here how did this thing even work how has has not been found yet so many questions came up and the community went straight ahead and started to test this glitch out to figure it out so let's debunk it all at once so first how does this glitch even work well you see in the original version of winwaker on the gamecube if you pull out a first-person item which includes the grappling hook the boomerang the bow or the hook shot link cannot move as he can only aim around on the analog stick however and the HD version of this game they allow the player to move around with the first-person item then aiming with either two gyroscope controls found of the gamepad or with the C stick when Nintendo was developing this feature they made an entirely new animation for walking around in the first-person item and it's this animation that can be abused and used for this glitch I want the head and use cheats to force the camera to displayed in front of linked to better showcase this as you can see a normal and target camera and with this case with the grappling hook walking forward is pretty much the same however walking backwards on the other hand while link is slowly walks backwards normally in first-person with an item in his hand you can see him stopping like this this is where the glitch comes into play but walking any direction on the analog stick in this example let's say forward if the player on the very next frame holds slightly down in the opposite direction link will start gaining negative speed and Link speed will be increased by 1.2 times every single frame a common mistake Nintendo has made in many games in the past is that you forget to cap links- speed and it can only cap how fast you can go forward this for example it can be found in many other titles such as blj's or backwards long jumps in Super Mario 64 for example but either way this glitch was massive and it now allowed us to basically gain speed anywhere on the ground and also he finally allowed us to super swim because League speed that was being built up in a negative range if linked slowly entered the water with negative speed the game would not change link speed since there is no speed cap for it and that allows to maintain your speed and super swim in the water this was even crazier than the original versions since the glitch that was used in the original required 20 seconds of set-up time and it only allowed you to go to maximum three islands away however with this glitch if you charge for two seconds you can cross the entire ocean and only one swim now you might be wondering how this had not been found before so this is a simple just walking in the opposite direction well you see the positioning that was needed to be held in the opposite direction is very precise and since the change from up to slightly down had to happen in only one frame no one ever happened to run into this before the reason your tonic got it to work is because the Nintendo GameCube controller is not natively supported by wind waker HD and only controllers natively supported word the U Nintendo gamepad and the pro controller and because the GameCube controller was not supported by Nintendo themselves and only worked with the help of third-party adapters or homebrew itself the mapping and the analog stick was not set correctly and because of that when he was walking forward and then he released this analog stick and it snapped backwards into the middle very quickly it happened just slightly hold downwards and it was hitting this perfect positioning known as ESS positioning as we like to refer to it which cost link to gain tons of speed and like this the grind was back on when maker HD this coach was originally posted on June xxx 2016 the very next day on July 1st the community had figured out how to replicate this glitch for speedrunning by walking a direction and I'm pausing the game holding the opposite direction and then I'm pausing link would start this glitch as we now dubbed the item slide which made his trick possible to perform consistently as a human being due to the timing of this being discovered summer games done quick was just around the corner and starting at 7:00 the 3rd of July and running to 9th of July that year but Jim is they get the chance to see the new skip right before he left and he got this beautiful clip dude this is huge no this is scary no this game is dead this game is it's over it's over it's over it's over winwaker HD is now winwaker SD grappling hook is one way here after jim has got home on the 12th of july he set his first world record with items sliding finishing off with a time of three hours 51 minutes and 48 seconds this run was far from perfect with many super swims failing and having to redo them but it was a great run for its first time ever using the item slide item sliding has changed basically every single part of the run and going over every change we take hours so we'll go over the biggest impacts that items sliding had on this run looking at the run you start seeing the impact of this glitch the second the player collects the grappling hook every time you have to move across a distance that's further than a couple of rolls runners favored using items sliding to save time and movement on top of that items landing can be used to cross gaps and jump distances that would not normally be possible a nice example would be in the main room and dragon roost right here gymnast will item slide backwards into this wall he will done after gaining enough speed hold up an analog stick and press B to slash his sword normally just slashing the sword will gain you a little bit of distance forward but because of the built up speed from the items all of linked speed will be used forward all the ones and this will cost link to be able to cover gaps and jumps in areas in a single frame making it almost look like link is teleporting across rooms of course this coach was heavily used for super swimming and runners super swam from every island that was possible other than a couple of parts an end game because you were required to still have King of red lines for example fishing up and salvaging chards items flooding had also allowed us to finally perform our first sequence break in the game because by super swimming to great fish island early and then entering the boat which will give you this weird hey you're not supposed to be here yet and sailing you back to windfall that allowed you to actually get bombs before forbidden woods and by having bombs before forbidden woods it basically breaks the entire dungeon and every single puzzle for the first half of the dungeon before you normally obtain the boomerang also thanks to items sliding the one in a chance Cyclops was finally not in the run anymore so runners did not have to worry about as much luck that Iran was based upon previously another use of items sliding which gymnasts used for us clipping through objects and walls many walls and Islands throughout Wind Waker can often fail to check for collision when dealing with high speed values cautioning to be able to clip through them this can be used for example in Hyrule when we now can skip the puzzle by simply item sliding through the statute getting behind objects faster such as item sliding past Hal Rock also allowed us to perform Hal Rock skipped much faster than before all these strats combined over the entire run in many different locations allow humans to get a time of three hours 51 minutes and 48 seconds but he was not done yet because in July 19th he finished the second run with items sliding with an end time of three hours 48 minutes and 22 seconds this urn was basically as more clean version of his previous lon with one big difference this rail was the first run in Wind Waker HD history that did not get the Swift sale now in July 24th a couple of days later gymnast improved this run even further with a three 4506 the dominance of gymnast cannot be understated he single-handedly pushed wind waker HD times down time and time again but it was around this time in July of 2016 where someone would try and finally take the challenge of ending gym streak of dominance over the Legend of Zelda though and maker HD and that's real link is 7 well me comes into the picture just like many others sell the speedrunners i also wrote off when new acres being the worst version his speedrun do today crazy amount of luck involved in the run and the amount of sailing sections and a favor to actually spear in the original game all the way back in 2015 but all of that changed when items sliding came out I started grinding every single day after coming home from sgdq and just as hell fo struggled to beat gymnast back in 2014 I struggle a lot I lost multiple runs in Ganon's Tower but I kept pushing and at this time I decided to challenge myself and do a challenge where I would speed her in the game 12 hours every single day until like our record during this week of grinding countless runs dying to endgame just due to nerves during this period on October 12 gymnast improved this run even further with a time of 3 hours 43 minutes and 56 seconds however on October the 13th one day later this happened we did it I did it after three years of dominance street from gymnasts which is almost unheard of in the speeder in community well in de selva community considering how many runners are interested in Zelda games someone had finally broken through and beaten the record from gymnast later on on October 20th I was able to improve my own time again with a time of 3 hours 42 minutes and 38 seconds after this point the game was being optimized like crazy and there was a tons of newer record sets in early November gymnasts came back with another time of three hours 42 minutes and 6 seconds and after that another well-known runner that been speed run in the game before items sliding that was always close the top times but never had been able to break through finally made his first marks in the window maker HD history wrasse and earns as he's now referred to set a time of 3 hours 41 minutes and 27 seconds on November 30th 2016 after this points the record actually stood all the way through November and December and then finally January came around in January the game was actually being rounded awesome games done quick by me and this brought a lot of attention to the community and one of the people on my couch by the name of fuzziness actually ended up also getting a lot of interest in taking this game seriously on February 28th I was able to reclaim the record setting a time of 3 hours 41 minutes and 13 seconds bopping Rasim by about 15 seconds however fuzziness was not done over this game he started to play wooden Baker HD every single day and he was improving the game rapidly fuzzy was able to set a time on March 3rd getting a 3 hour and 40 minute time but he was not done yet because over the next few days he kept doing runs and he got a 3 39 19 and then on March 9th he at a time of three hours 36 minutes and 4 seconds now this one was incredible it was a very good run and he could tell that he's been spending a lot of time practicing to get this time however it was actually not standing for too long because on April 1st I was able to pull off a run over time of 3 hours 35 minutes and 58 seconds finishing off merely 6 seconds ahead of fuzzyness now you could tell at this point over a four hour speed round how optimized this was getting by only saving 6 seconds over the previous record and many people including myself thought that any percent was kind of over with so I switched over my focus to the 100% category rasslin and gymnast ended up switching games and fuzzy moved on altogether however as you all know from watching any speedruns there is no such thing as a perfect run or even a last standing record and that could have not been more true because what was about to be discovered was something that we never saw coming oh my god oh my god oh no no way oh my god I did it oh my god now barriers get home boy where do we even start barrier skip was something that people have been testing for years dreamed about becoming a reality hundreds and hundreds of hours are gone into testing different methods of possibly skipping this thing all the way back in the original GameCube version but we have had no luck countless our expense when items laying came out to test us as well but nothing was possible the world leads and all the way back in August 18th 2017 dear Tana the original person discovered the item side glitch actually uploaded footage of him being behind the barrier st. he had goddamn barrier skip due to the possibility of homebrew however and the possibility of cheating to get behind there the barrier many people thought that this was faked because yes your photos were being behind the barrier however on August 20th a guy by the name of Linkous Goro got this what guys I did it I did it I did it I did it I did it I did escape the problem was this confirmed that bear Escape was possible but even him it took him 50 hours of attempts to get it once and to our understanding of that current method he used it required iron boots and Aaron boots cannot be achieved early in the game which meant that even if this was possible with iron boots it would only save a few minutes skipping one fight in Hyrule 3 so why was this clip of katana getting it so meaningful well as you might have noticed when I play this clip there was a lot of day it up on the screen after Barry skip was confirmed to work a person with knowledge of home brewing named dragonbane actually design a program that would not only show the information of links exact XYZ positioning values but it would also record the data to an SD card on the Wii U so after utan actually got this dragonbane can simply get the file from him replay it on an emulator with sheet codes then copy glutenous exact values that he had at the time and on April 10th 2017 the day after katana got the clip recorded dragon put out this tweet confirming that it was possible to do with with just speed and no iron boots required you just had to be at the exact right spot and within a certain range in speed and Link could clip through the barrier so why was this so impactful well if you look back at the shard I showed earlier you will notice that you actually visit Hyrule three times once after a plane in the first three person beating tire of the gods once after beating forsaken fortress two and one right in the end so by being able to clip through this barrier early it allowed us to break this game entirely well if we take a look at a short from earlier if I update it to how the run would be now you can see that this is a drastic difference the actual in tension of the shroud is basically to obtain all items necessary to beat the game which at this point would include the grappling hook the leaf the magic mirror which you get with the leaf a quiver upgrade so you can have usable errors in Ganon's tower as well as bombs to damage yourself or a glitch in Ganon's tower after you obtain all these items you want to simply make your way to Hyrule – because you have to enter Hyrule through Hyrule – or else the game will crash from end game cutscenes due to how cutscenes are set up in this game now there were some complications with this because you had to do a lot of detouring to be able to actually access forsaken fortress too early because you needed to use a specific layer glitch by defeating forsaken fortress 1 twice which would give you a layer that could unload the door and by doing so you could then access forsaken fortress 2 early and from there you could then you skip hell Rock right before head down to Hyrule to perform barriers skip go through Ganon's tower you can then go defeat phantom Ganon get the light arose which would give you the bow and since you got the quiver awkward from earlier you can actually use the light arrows you then would head up defeat puppet Ganon and after defeating puppet cannon there was only one thing standing in your way you see the last platform in this tower requires you to use the hook shot to make your way up however we do not have the hook shot and there is no easy way to get it other than actually heading over to wind temple the problem is you have to defeat every single dungeon to actually access it wind temple and there is no way to get through early so you have to perform a glitch called a zombie ever which I mentioned earlier that was heavily used in the original game but was deemed useless in this version the reasoning for this is because every time you do a zombie hover if you land on the ground you will always die because how the glitch is performed is by actually dying and right as you stand up if you done perform a jump slash and match the B button very quickly you can actually start doing the zombie hover glitch by gaining height because the game is constantly trying to cancel your attack because you're dead but if you're pressing the B button quickly enough you're actually going to gain more height then the game is pulling you down thanks to gravity and you can actually make your way up to the top the problem is you cannot enter the loading zone while you're dead and there's no way to heal yourself with a ferry in a bottle but by using a ferry in a pod which you broke you can actually survive the zombie / however a ferries movement is completely luck-based which meant that you had about a two percent chance to get this to work and each attempt took about two minutes to do and it was right in the end of the run so this was a very rough way to complete the game but if you're able to perform this glitch and get the luck necessary to heal yourself you could then head up to the rooftop of Ganon's Tower defeat Ganondorf and by so actually completing the game making the game very fast with this route and already on April 10th me fuzzy and gymnast all went ahead and started doing attempts me and fuzzy both went down to Hyrule to attempt the ferry hover but none of us was able to get this ferry to hit us in midair for two hours straight gymnast ended up going for the old dungeons route to obtain the hook shot and he was the first person to complete it run with the barrier skip and three hours 5 minutes and 57 seconds this run in theory goes under the current definition and a separate category known as all dungeons but says none of us have been able to complete a true any percentage run yet even though this was the old dungeons run it still beat the current no barrier skip any % we record standing for both category however as you can imagine he beat all of the dungeons which means that if someone was able to pull off a fairy hover this would not stand for long which it did not following this the grind was on like crazy all three of us runners started to do attempts every single day trying to get this forever and from April 13th to April 27th the record was lowered multiple times going from a two three-hour time all the way down to a time of one hour 30 minutes and 15 seconds now after this there was a bit of a break in between the 80% category and not a lot of runs were being made however after a small break in July of 2017 the record is being pushed down even further between me and gymnast going down to 128 then I 127 and then ending off with a 1:22 now after this 1:22 the run was being very difficult to improve any further because when this 1:22 n that I've taken place as you can imagine the actual luck necessary to do this run and the skill was incredible these runs in the end of July or the August actually used a different method for any percent were you would instead of actually going and unloading the door in the first thing in fortress 2 you would do a door clip but the precision and luck needed in this trick was even greater which meant that any percent runs not only had the luck element of the ferry hover but it also had door clip so after the 122 34 on August 5th 2017 the record stayed for a very long time however then in November of 2017 this video was posted to YouTube now what what is this well let's analyze this video in the start we can see that we are tossing the game over and over again so what is going on exactly well it had been known for a very long time that if link turned around in the water the game will add three units of negative speed this is done to be a bit more of realistic swimming so if link turns around he won't keep swimming in full speed his entire time however if you can get link to turn around frame perfectly over and over and over again we can actually keep gaining more and more negative speed so as we know that there's no cap for negative speed but the precision on this trick cannot be understated as pausing one frame late will cost thing to knock in any speed and if you pause one frame early the game will eat your input which will cost link to lose a random amount of speed but if you're able to reach a point where a link has 600 units of speed which actually means that you have to pause frame perfectly 200 times you will reach a point to where linked will actually turn past the camera this is where the newest trick comes into play that made this possible we had known for a long time thanks to tool assisted speedruns that it was possible to do this all along but the speed needed to make it to the Dragon roost was so high that even if a human being was able to pause frame perfectly it would barely save time however what the new discovery had unfolded was to by entering target camera and holding up an analog stick with 600 units of speed link will turn past the camera in one frame causing the game to turn the camera automatically and Sun sling keeps turning past the camera this will actually cause link to start gaining speed automatically without needing the pause buffering so that was required earlier because the camera flips is doing the job for us we can after getting enough speed then get an airy fill and just supers him to Dragon roost skipping all of early game saving over 10 minutes in the speedrun and on the very next day on the 12th of November gymnast gotta run with the time of 1 hour 30 minutes and 36 seconds dude I was like the spawning Flags where we might still be good the leg there we go you know cannot get the world record without a manual superswim in this game assuming like I don't die here but a 113 36 I should have waited one more second oh well that is that is incredible this marked a new time and wind waker HD speed running as those were record made it so that may no super swimming was necessary to actually compete for a record right now this run ended up staying with record for about three weeks until i was able to pull off the time with a man no super swim in one hour 11 minutes and 34 seconds I'm not dying I'm not dying I'm not dying do not miss your arrow Zelda okay that's it new window maker H native person we record 111 34 that's it god I thought I was gonna die okay I did it new we record there it is that's about 80 that's about 80 hovers on the ferry until I got it over at your pace oh I don't even care if that was a slogan if I'd I couldn't risk it I couldn't oh this run stayed for all of Christmas that year but then in January 2018 this happened all right so one of the theories that we had on how to potentially skip the ferry hover right about the time that barrier skip was found was by taking a Morse and killing it to drop a heart while it was up on the final platform because with Morse you can use the leaf to have them gain Heights repeatedly problem with that is that if you try to kill a moth with a bomb or an arrow they don't spawn hearts ever they don't spawn anything or it's will only drop stuff hearts rubies drops etc if you kill them with your sword so that theory did not originally work out unfortunately however we get close enough to a Morse it's like this we buffer in a stab you can sort of kill the moth with the sword but the more ends up grabbing on to link at the same time so now if we shake off the more than killing with the bow or the bomb it will drop a heart regardless of where it is and we can use this property to skip having to do the ferry hover finally there was a way to skip the ferry hover this actually made it so that the biggest recent point in the run was now the menos superswim and even though moreover did have some luck involved with the angle the morph was rolling off of link it was still a 50% chance of getting a good angle and each attempt would only take about 10 to 20 seconds compared to the 2 minutes of the ferry hover so over January February and March of 2018 when weaker HD 80% was more active and alive than had ever been before since it came out and how active was it well in just three months a total of 10 were records reset dropping there were record down by 5 minutes and it was the greatest competition between runners that wind waker HD had ever seen there it is you want to encourage to any percent we record in one hour seven minutes and 14 seconds let's frickin go dude let's go dude all right 106 25 not too bad okay Tereus some 106 we want to find everything is 105 46 new innovation new some record there is there it is the Dreamtime 105 mm there it is and thus pawza 5 completed his journey in an hour five minutes and one second Juden we did it we do 104 36 Baroness Vera days we got the record back 104 baby let's go first ever sub 1:05 Baroness the my soul has been broken the curse has been lifted there it is man I thought I was gonna lose it to the fight again he kept us doing the extra swing attack we did it we did it let's go I was not expecting to get that it was kind of weird I've always go applying when I get a record I never got inferred from that day we record so I'm gonna try and finish this round no matter what so I'm gonna try and do in a reset celebration run we did it we did it we do so 104 baby back to back for a cure captain holy crap that was so close to getting trolled myself I was so close we almost like missed it we did it holy crap holy crap sup 105 and someone and for back to back in the same day absolutely incredible I do not believe it I cannot believe I used a bad after this the record stay for quite a while with nothing changing and then on May 2018 I was able to get a time of sub 103 with a 102 57 after this a lot of stuff changed a new runner but name of Ian miles have been playing with maker HD for everyday for about three or four months at this point and he was getting very good times and he was able to make his first mark on the leaderboard and in the world record history by setting a time of 102 18 on June 4th this is it it's gonna happen it's finally gonna happen to you it's finally gonna happen it happened it happened bro let's go dude oh but he was not done yet because one month later on July 5th he was able to improve his time once again with a 102 Oh 9 but he had one goal in mind he wanted to push for this sub one our people started to look into the route at this point and realized that there was one part that was quite slow you see up until this point runners always went to windfall to buy the sale to avoid a softlock but someone figured out that you could actually reroute the game and avoid the softlock which would I'd like to skip buying the sale the problem with this is that we would need to implement Doric led back into the run which like I mentioned earlier it was very inconsistent but ian had the sub one hour in mind so he was willing to push through and after implementing this route and actually getting good time so that he was able to get out at time of a 101 29 on July 6th but he kept improving this even further because on July 27th he got a 101 o 6 and then a 1 hour and 49 second time and then after much hard work this happened that is how you play when you make your HD that's it that's it and there it was when Waker HD any percent had actually been completed in under one hour a time that we could have only dreamed of years ago and he also ended up finishing and optimizing this time a few weeks later with a 5906 and that my friends is the record progression for the Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker HD or that's at least what I was planning to say but during writing the script of this video a new method for door clip toast found that made it trick more consistent and gave you a much higher chance of finishing runs and thanks to this Ian was able to keep pushing his time down even further finishing off with the time of a 5809 and 57:42 and then finally finish a time off with 57 minutes and 8 seconds okay new world record nice soft 5710 nice little bit better than what I was going for yourself that's not bad Jesus yeah let me know 20 of my best waffle time and that my friends is the speedrun and we record progression for the Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker HD thank you so much for watching this video I really hope did you enjoyed this video took out a long time for me to put together but if you did enjoy the video be sure to leave a like down below as well as subscribing to the YouTube channel because I post tons of speed related content here and if you want to see any Zelda or Mario speedrunslive then you should check out my twitch channel at twitch.tv slash Lincoln 7 because I Spit on Wind Waker HD and tons of other games at a daily basis but without further ado thank you so much for watching the video and I will see you all in the next one