Two Elden Ring players have completed the game in particularly impressive fashion. One took no damage while the other didn’t directly inflict any.
A Twitch user with the screenname Seki went beyond a “simple” no-hit run by taking no environmental damage such as from falls or poisons. They noted this increased the challenge further as it removed approaches such as using the Red-Feathered Branchsword that increases damage to foes when the player suffers a drop in health.
Seki reports spending 130 hours of specific planning and practice for the run, which they completed in a little under three hours.
Meanwhile YouTuber Iron Pineapple took the opposite approach to no damage by completing the game without any attacks. This meant winning solely through a combination of summoned spirits and exploiting glitches so that foes literally fell away.
This was very much not a speed run and instead a real grind – both in terms of the time the game took and the number of switches of strategy after a failed approach.