An Elden Ring player has beaten the game using only the Ground Slam Ash of War.
For those unfamiliar, this is basically the ground pound from Mario, where players jump into the air before slamming to the ground on their butt.
YouTube user Distortion2, an Elden Ring speedrunner who currently holds the world record for beating the game in under nine minutes, uploaded a two-hour highlight reel of his Ground Slam-only run, as spotted by Games Radar.
Unlike his speedruns, Distortion2 does defeat a number of bosses in this playthrough, and while he doesn’t take on all of them, he does make his way through all Remembrance bosses (which are the main, tough ones).
This feat is also achieved from a completely fresh character, meaning it’s not been achieved by bringing in an already over-powered Tarnished.
That being said, Distortion2 does deploy a number of tactics and buffs, all legitimate, to make himself, and his Ground Slam attack, incredibly strong. These include buffing his character with incantations like Golden Vow and Flame, Grant Me Strength.
While Elden Ring only released six weeks ago, several players have already tackled the game – which is hard enough to beat normally – in a number of wacky ways.
These include runs without taking damage, runs without dealing damage, and someone even beat an Elden Ring boss with a Nintendo Switch Ring Fit controller.
Just last week players also discovered a way to make the infamous boss Starscourge Radahn defeat himself, for example, luring him to the water’s edge so that he splashes in and dies.
Elden Ring’s other bizarre secrets discovered so far include a pair of fancy underwear hidden away in the game files and a hidden wall that only opens after 50 hits.
In our 10/10 review, IGN said: “Elden Ring is a massive iteration on what FromSoftware began with the Souls series, bringing its relentlessly challenging combat to an incredible open world that gives us the freedom to choose our own path.”
To make those choices with the best available information, check out our full guide that features everything you could ever hope to know about Elden Ring, including collectible locations, boss strategies, and more.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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