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Reflection

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Reflection is the 6th main level from Celeste and the 7th part of the any% route.

Reflection is relatively long -- second only to The Summit -- and includes stage hazards such as bumpers, Kevin blocks, and feathers, all of which make a reappearance in Core. Furthermore, both 6A and 6B have a Badeline fight near the end, where the player must repeatedly collide with Badeline, causing her to fly to predetermined points before leaving the room and opening the path to the next one.

Much like the Mirror Temple, the theoretically optimal route in Reflection is to grab the tape in 6A to unlock 6B, then play 6B. This is rarely done in runs -- while the respective WRs for 6A and 6B would, in a full game run, exit Reflection on a comparable pace, 6B is generally much more difficult and has longer rooms on average, meaning that mistakes are more likely to result in deaths and each death causes a greater time loss.

6A contains the lakeskip, in which one climbs a wall without the use of a Kevin block by starting underwater, then wallbouncing twice. This saves approximately 4 seconds.

Reflection is unique in that it contains no red berries, causing the difference between the 6A clear and full clear times to be smaller than it is for most other levels. Furthermore, while A-side hearts are generally well-hidden and one must go out of their way to obtain them, B-side and C-side hearts (as well as the Core A heart) are automatically obtained just by completing the level. In All Red Berries (ARB) runs, Core A is played for the obvious reason that it contains red berries (in contrast to any% where the run ends after The Summit). One cannot progress beyond the first three rooms of 8A without at least four hearts. Therefore, in addition to red berries, some hearts are collected as well, and it turns out the fastest A-side hearts are in the first four levels. Putting all this together, it means that ARB runs are free to avoid completing 6A because it has no berries in it and may instead play 6B. This earns a heart, which means that only three A-side hearts are required, allowing the player can avoid picking up the heart in Old Site or Celestial Resort, which saves approximately 20 seconds in either case. This means that, while it is very difficult to save time with the 6B route in any%, there is additional leeway in ARB, making the route far more viable there. However, it is still rarely done in either category.

Former top 10 player Revolucion was, at one point, ranked #6 with an any% run with the theoretically optimal route containing both 5B and 6B.

Name Time Date Days Standing
Zifre 6:36.355 21/2/2018 24
TGH 6:13.507 17/3/2018 44
TGH 6:04.446 30/4/2018 21
TGH 5:57.867 21/5/2018 23
TGH 5:51.941 13/6/2018 35
Delt0s 5:47.259 18/7/2018 31
TGH 5:44.250 18/8/2018 39
TGH 5:41.819 26/9/2018 70+

B-Side IL WR Progression (6B)

Name Time Date Days Standing
Rjdimo 6:42.849 16/2/2018 25
Doroco 6:01.845 13/3/2018 116
Aurora Dash 5:46.783 7/7/2018 7
Doroco 5:27.505 14/7/2018 44
Revolucion 4:42.676 27/8/2018 74
Aurora Dash 4:41.316 9/11/2018 17
Problemstrol 4:39.021 26/11/2018 9+

Note: Revolucion had, at various points, 5:10 and 4:58 as WRs, but these videos were later deleted and so they do not appear in this list.

C-Side IL WR Progression (6C)

Name Time Date Days Standing
Seckswrecks 53.295 11/2/2018 1
Angrevol 39.151 12/2/2018 166
Delt0s 38.012 28/7/2018 5
Delt0s 36.652 2/8/2018 62
Jumpyluff 36.584 3/10/2018 4
Delt0s 36.227 7/10/2018 59+

Full Clear IL WR Progression

Name Time Date Days Standing
Punchy 7:59.995 8/4/2018 130
Buhbai 7:11.018 8/4/2018 111+