Sekiro speedrunner beats the game blindfolded

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice speedrunner Mitchriz pulled off an impressive playthrough of the game earlier this week, beating FromSoftware’s notoriously challenging game blindfolded. Mitchriz, already an accomplished speedrunner with multiple records in Sekiro, managed to pull off his blindfolded run in just four hours and 35 minutes. It was his second attempt.

If you’re wondering how the hell anyone could pull off the final battle against Isshin the Sword Saint without looking, let me remind you that Sekiro has four endings, and Mitchriz opted for the shortest (Shura) ending. Regardless of the path, he saw credits (well, once he pulled his blindfold off). It’s an impressive accomplishment, since Mitchriz relied on memory, sound cues, and a deep familiarity with the game to defeat tough bosses like the Guardian Ape and Corrupted Monk without the benefit of, you know, seeing them.

You can watch Mitchriz’s blindfolded speedrun on his Twitch channel in two parts (1, 2). But here he is polishing off the Guardian Ape (for good) near the end of his run:

Mitchriz spent about a month (and what appears to be about 100 hours in total) publicly practicing for his blindfolded speedrun of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. His most recent Twitch broadcast shows him reviewing his run in hopes of optimizing it.

Mitchriz has other impressive speedrun records to his name, including a Shura speedrun of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice that comes in just under 20 minutes, according to Speedrun.com. That run uses the “airswim” speedrunning technique, a glitch that lets the Wolf literally swim through air and break through the game’s boundaries.

For some insight into what it’s like to beat Sekiro the opposite way — over two years and 300 hours of in-game time — please enjoy Vox Media Networks creative director James Bareham’s inspiring story of getting “gud.”

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That’s outright amazing. I’ve never gotten into Sekiro speedrunning, but I’m definitely going to start following Mitchriz’s Twitch channel. Dark Souls speedrunner Catalystz recently did an all-bosses% run of Dark Souls: Remastered with the environment’s visibility turned off, and towards the beginning of the run he said it’s "as close to a blindfolded run as we are gonna get". I’m curious if Mitchriz’s accomplishment is going to push other Fromsoft streamers to attempt blindfolded runs of other games.

I will simultaneously be in absolute awe of this because Sekiro is very hard and I could barely do the Shura ending in 4.5 hours with my NG+7 character, while also rolling my eyes in armchair quarterback fashion because the Shura ending leaves off like 50% of the game and most of the hardest bosses.

Beating the bosses is quite impressive but I’m wondering how the heck he navigated some of the environments, especially dealing with some of the roof top sequences. Gonna have to take the time to watch this a little more in-depth.

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