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Streamer pulls off five-game, no-hit ‘Soulsborne’ run, right before Sekiro launch

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Twitch streamer The Happy Hob has completed ‘The God Run’

A dragon breathes fire atop a castle as a knight looks on in a screenshot from Dark Souls 3. FromSoftware/Bandai Namco

Twitch streamer The Happy Hob has been trying to complete a no-hit, back-to-back run of all five “Soulsborne” games — Bloodborne, Dark Souls 1-3, and Demon’s Souls — for months. He finally pulled it off this week after a nearly 18-hour playthrough of those five games, a feat he’s been calling the “God Run.”

According to Hob’s self-imposed rules for the God Run, if he was hit by an enemy or trap at any point during his playthrough, he would start the whole five-game run from scratch. (He could take self-imposed damage from falling in order to intentionally lower his health, however.) Hob came heartbreakingly close to completing the God Run in February, when he was infamously thwarted by the Demon’s Souls tutorial boss, Vanguard.

Early Thursday morning, Hob completed the five-game run by beating the Soulsborne games in this order: Bloodborne, Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls, Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls 3. After beating the final game’s last boss, Soul of Cinder, Hob screamed, “Soulsborne no-hit run! We did it!” He then burst into tears, hugged his dog, and thanked his viewers and his girlfriend for supporting his monthslong, controller-breaking quest to overcome the God Run.

You can watch the completed run on The Happy Hob’s Twitch channel in two parts (1, 2).

During the first part of the final run, Hob admitted to being stressed out about his impending deadline to complete the God Run. Dark Souls and Bloodborne developer FromSoftware is about to release its new game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, on Friday, March 22, and Hob planned to stream it on launch day. Lucky for him, he pulled the masochistic playthrough on the eve of its release.

Of course, Sekiro’s launch now affords Hob the opportunity to focus on an expanded, six-game God Run.

Beating Dark Souls games without getting hit has been The Happy Hob’s area of expertise for a few years now. Back in 2016, when he was going by The Happy Hobbit, he beat the original Dark Souls without taking a single hit. He then took on the challenge of beating the entire Dark Souls trilogy without being hit, a feat he overcame in March 2018 in a 10-hour, back-to-back run.