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Below mentioned are the rules for speedrunning Demon's Souls Remake for each respective category.

General rules

  • Force closing the game is banned, except for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • Pre-order and deluxe items are banned, as to not alienate later adopters or having a higher price of entry.
  • Runs must be done offline, going online by accident is fine as long as the runner goes back offline immediately.
  • If you use the Save & Quit mechanic at any point during a run, you are required to resume gameplay immediately on the same character. Any delay in loading your character back in will cause a video to be denied, as you are intentionally keeping IGT from running without performing a game mechanic.
  • The usage of Photo Mode is prohibited, unless triggered accidentally due to controller mapping, as it also pauses your IGT.
  • Players may not visually obstruct game elements from the screen. All game elements that count towards the game's HUD need to be shown at all times during speedruns: https://imgur.com/a/6BA3ZXR
  • Runs submitted need to be seamless, and actual Twitch highlights or YouTube videos not blocked needlessly because of music, as they are permanent.

Category specific rules

  • All above mentioned general rules also count next to any of the respective category specific rules.

Any%

  • Force closing the game is banned, except for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • Pre-order and deluxe items are banned, as to not alienate later adopters or having a higher price of entry.
  • If you are using the built-in PS5 recording or streaming features for speedrunning, we will allow you to submit the time you see in the exit game screen after you load into NG+. You MUST fully exit the game, and you will submit the last second shown before exiting for in-game time in your submission. DO NOT use force quit, as both features will shut down after doing so, making the run no longer seamless. Note that PS5 will only record up to an hour of real time gameplay, so your run must be safely under 60 minutes to show everything between character creator and final quit out. Streaming is recommended for this reason.
  • You are welcome to either use a or a fresh Guest PS5 account, or a PS+ tied account (this will allow you to check your placement in the ingame Pantheon leaderboard, however remember that you will only be displayed if you are a top 15 finisher, so you should still check another timing method just in case) for your speedrun. However, runs must be done offline, going online by accident is fine as long as the runner goes back offline immediately.
  • You are encouraged to create one character before your run attempts that has access to the Nexus, or has killed Phalanx if you wish to check your time in the Pantheon. Be warned that if you are using a Guest account for runs, your first character will be required to do tutorial.
  • To end a run in Any%, you are allowed to either strike the Maiden for the evil ending and use the Nexial Binding instantly, or simply wait for the cutscene to trigger. After you are in the final cutscene, we recommend you do a Playstation force quit (https://youtu.be/HLo94M0AADU) out of the game to have the most accurate time ending time possible. Your run will not be rejected if you don't force quit out, but you should quit out in NG+ as soon as possible.
  • There are 3 methods to check your ingame time once a run is finished, and we strongly recommend you show as many as possible to you, this will give more credibility to your run. The first two are available to all forms of accounts, the last one is exclusive to a PS+ activated account, and that reached a top 15 time in the ingame leaderboard:

1) After returning to the main menu of Demon's Souls, go to Load Game -> Continue Online if you wish to check Pantheon, otherwise it doesn't matter -> Options button on your speedrun character -> Information -> Total Time: https://youtu.be/hAXi8VdiWXU

2) Log on to a secondary character, NOT the speedrun character, that has access to the Nexus, and proceed to the Player Profiles Recent Profile (far left profile) segment of the Nexus, before the Pantheon and Monumental: https://youtu.be/YH52V8NdeCo

3) For PS+ accounts only, log on to a secondary character that has beaten Phalanx, and go to the very top of the Nexus, and reach the Pantheon. If you cracked top 15 in the ingame leaderboard, your time should show after the door to the left: https://youtu.be/rxCkbLEUsxA

Any% SL1

  • Force closing the game is banned, except for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • Pre-order and deluxe items are banned, as to not alienate later adopters or having a higher price of entry.
  • If you are using the built-in PS5 recording or streaming features for speedrunning, we will allow you to submit the time you see in the exit game screen after you load into NG+. You MUST fully exit the game, and you will submit the last second shown before exiting for in-game time in your submission. DO NOT use force quit, as both features will shut down after doing so, making the run no longer seamless. Note that PS5 will only record up to an hour of real time gameplay, so your run must be safely under 60 minutes to show everything between character creator and final quit out. Streaming is recommended for this reason.
  • You are welcome to either use a or a fresh Guest PS5 account, or a PS+ tied account (this will allow you to check your placement in the ingame Pantheon leaderboard, however remember that you will only be displayed if you are a top 15 finisher, so you should still check another timing method just in case) for your speedrun. However, runs must be done offline, going online by accident is fine as long as the runner goes back offline immediately.
  • You are encouraged to create one character before your run attempts that has access to the Nexus, or has killed Phalanx if you wish to check your time in the Pantheon. Be warned that if you are using a Guest account for runs, your first character will be required to do tutorial.
  • Any% SL1's starting class must be Royalty and also finish the game without ever leveling up with the Maiden in Black.
  • To end a run in Any%, you are allowed to either strike the Maiden for the evil ending and use the Nexial Binding instantly, or simply wait for the cutscene to trigger. After you are in the final cutscene, we recommend you do a Playstation force quit (https://youtu.be/HLo94M0AADU) out of the game to have the most accurate time ending time possible. Your run will not be rejected if you don't force quit out, but you should quit out in NG+ as soon as possible.
  • There are 3 methods to check your ingame time once a run is finished, and we strongly recommend you show as many as possible to you, this will give more credibility to your run. The first two are available to all forms of accounts, the last one is exclusive to a PS+ activated account, and that reached a top 15 time in the ingame leaderboard:

1) After returning to the main menu of Demon's Souls, go to Load Game -> Continue Online if you wish to check Pantheon, otherwise it doesn't matter -> Options button on your speedrun character -> Information -> Total Time: https://youtu.be/hAXi8VdiWXU

2) Log on to a secondary character, NOT the speedrun character, that has access to the Nexus, and proceed to the Player Profiles Recent Profile (far left profile) segment of the Nexus, before the Pantheon and Monumental: https://youtu.be/YH52V8NdeCo

3) For PS+ accounts only, log on to a secondary character that has beaten Phalanx, and go to the very top of the Nexus, and reach the Pantheon. If you cracked top 15 in the ingame leaderboard, your time should show after the door to the left: https://youtu.be/rxCkbLEUsxA

Any% Glitchless

  • Force closing the game is banned, except for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • Pre-order and deluxe items are banned, as to not alienate later adopters or having a higher price of entry.
  • If you are using the built-in PS5 recording or streaming features for speedrunning, we will allow you to submit the time you see in the exit game screen after you load into NG+. You MUST fully exit the game, and you will submit the last second shown before exiting for in-game time in your submission. DO NOT use force quit, as both features will shut down after doing so, making the run no longer seamless. Note that PS5 will only record up to an hour of real time gameplay, so your run must be safely under 60 minutes to show everything between character creator and final quit out. Streaming is recommended for this reason.
  • You are welcome to either use a or a fresh Guest PS5 account, or a PS+ tied account (this will allow you to check your placement in the ingame Pantheon leaderboard, however remember that you will only be displayed if you are a top 15 finisher, so you should still check another timing method just in case) for your speedrun. However, runs must be done offline, going online by accident is fine as long as the runner goes back offline immediately.
  • You are encouraged to create one character before your run attempts that has access to the Nexus, or has killed Phalanx if you wish to check your time in the Pantheon. Be warned that if you are using a Guest account for runs, your first character will be required to do tutorial.

Glitches / skips present in Any% Glitchless:

Glitches / skips banned in Any% Glitchless:

Clipping into walls, or objects in order to skip areas or bosses:

Including Cinematic Mode Clipping:

Using slopes or Cat Ring, along with quit outs, to prevent deadly falls:

Going out-of-bounds in order to skip areas or bosses

Any form of item duplication glitch found

  • To end a run in Any%, you are allowed to either strike the Maiden for the evil ending and use the Nexial Binding instantly, or simply wait for the cutscene to trigger. After you are in the final cutscene, we recommend you do a Playstation force quit (https://youtu.be/HLo94M0AADU) out of the game to have the most accurate time ending time possible. Your run will not be rejected if you don't force quit out, but you should quit out in NG+ as soon as possible.
  • There are 3 methods to check your ingame time once a run is finished, and we strongly recommend you show as many as possible to you, this will give more credibility to your run. The first two are available to all forms of accounts, the last one is exclusive to a PS+ activated account, and that reached a top 15 time in the ingame leaderboard:

1) After returning to the main menu of Demon's Souls, go to Load Game -> Continue Online if you wish to check Pantheon, otherwise it doesn't matter -> Options button on your speedrun character -> Information -> Total Time: https://youtu.be/hAXi8VdiWXU

2) Log on to a secondary character, NOT the speedrun character, that has access to the Nexus, and proceed to the Player Profiles Recent Profile (far left profile) segment of the Nexus, before the Pantheon and Monumental: https://youtu.be/YH52V8NdeCo

3) For PS+ accounts only, log on to a secondary character that has beaten Phalanx, and go to the very top of the Nexus, and reach the Pantheon. If you cracked top 15 in the ingame leaderboard, your time should show after the door to the left: https://youtu.be/rxCkbLEUsxA

  • If glitches / skips are missing in the list, contacting moderators is your priority, doing these in runs will get your runs rejected. The category is named Glitchless for a reason.

Any% Force Quit

  • Force closing the game is only allowed for wrong warps, and also for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • Pre-order and deluxe items are banned, as to not alienate later adopters or having a higher price of entry.
  • You are welcome to either use a or a fresh Guest PS5 account, or a PS+ tied account (this will allow you to check your placement in the ingame Pantheon leaderboard, however remember that you will only be displayed if you are a top 15 finisher, so you should still check another timing method just in case) for your speedrun. However, runs must be done offline, going online by accident is fine as long as the runner goes back offline immediately.
  • You are encouraged to create one character before your run attempts that has access to the Nexus, or has killed Phalanx if you wish to check your time in the Pantheon. Be warned that if you are using a Guest account for runs, your first character will be required to do tutorial.
  • To end a run in Any%, you are allowed to either strike the Maiden for the evil ending and use the Nexial Binding instantly, or simply wait for the cutscene to trigger. After you are in the final cutscene, we recommend you do a Playstation force quit (https://youtu.be/HLo94M0AADU) out of the game to have the most accurate time ending time possible. Your run will not be rejected if you don't force quit out, but you should quit out in NG+ as soon as possible.
  • There are 3 methods to check your ingame time once a run is finished, and we strongly recommend you show as many as possible to you, this will give more credibility to your run. The first two are available to all forms of accounts, the last one is exclusive to a PS+ activated account, and that reached a top 15 time in the ingame leaderboard:

1) After returning to the main menu of Demon's Souls, go to Load Game -> Continue Online if you wish to check Pantheon, otherwise it doesn't matter -> Options button on your speedrun character -> Information -> Total Time: https://youtu.be/hAXi8VdiWXU

2) Log on to a secondary character, NOT the speedrun character, that has access to the Nexus, and proceed to the Player Profiles Recent Profile (far left profile) segment of the Nexus, before the Pantheon and Monumental: https://youtu.be/YH52V8NdeCo

3) For PS+ accounts only, log on to a secondary character that has beaten Phalanx, and go to the very top of the Nexus, and reach the Pantheon. If you cracked top 15 in the ingame leaderboard, your time should show after the door to the left: https://youtu.be/rxCkbLEUsxA

Offline Trophies

  • Force closing the game is banned, except for IGT verification at the end of a run.
  • You are required to start a fresh account that will display all the trophies as you get them. As there is currently no way to reset Trophy progress in an account that already collected any, it is adviced you use the Guest Quick Play PS5 account feature for resetting attempts.
  • During character creator, you are required to show that Deluxe Items Bundle are turned off or non-existant in the Starting Gift screen, as it gives an unfair advantage with the additional ring it provides without even needing to access the Thomas Storage. You are allowed to start with the Providential Ring gift, however.
  • At the end of the run, quit out as soon as you think you've gotten the last trophy you need. If it turns out you didn't get it, you're allowed to go back in to the game to figure out what went wrong and fixing it even if you spent too much time in the main menu. You will be required to show the ingame time (only Load Game Information method seems to work for this run method), and your trophy profile, and show that you are at 94%, or 34/37, progress, which disregards the online trophies and the platinum. Hitting the PS Menu once to show the missing trophies isn't enough, as that menu isn't always up to date.
  • To check ingame time, return to the main menu of Demon's Souls, go to Load Game -> Continue Offline -> Options button on your speedrun character -> Information -> Total Time: https://youtu.be/hAXi8VdiWXU
  • To check trophy list, hit PS button -> scroll to and click the profile button (likely named Guest1, Guest2, etc, or whatever username was picked for account) -> Trophies -> Demon's Souls: https://youtu.be/6JG1uDOet-Y?t=19571