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Ocarina of Time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action/RPG for the Nintendo 64, released in November of 1998 by Nintendo. It is the fifth game in the Legend of Zelda series. It spawned a sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

The N64 PAL version of OoT runs roughly 5/6 as fast as the NTSC N64 version and all GCN versions.

Full speedrun

Speedruns of Ocarina are usually handled by the Speed Demos Archive (although Twin Galaxies is also known to rank them). SDA's Ocarina page is here.


Speed Demos Archive begins timing when Link jumps out of bed and stops timing when the final blow is delivered to Ganon. See Timing OoT for more on this.

Vanilla runs

Main article: Speed-running OoT

It was once estimated that one of Ocarina's testers, knowing the game inside-out, could beat the whole game in 8 to 10 hours.

The first public full speedrun attempt of Ocarina resulted in a time of 5 hours 45 minutes (NTSC) and was obtained by Mike Damiani, probably in late 2003 or early 2004. This run was never fully converted to digital format as it was superseded in late March 2004 by Mike's first serious run, which gained him a time of 5 hours 25 minutes. On April 21, 2004, this became the first Zelda run to be hosted by the Speed Demos Archive, and brought Ocarina speedrunning to the attention of the speed-running community at large.

On September 5, 2004, after extensive research and radical route-restructuring, Mike reduced his record to 5 hours 4 minutes, coming within an ace of breaking the barely-reachable five hour barrier. Mike said (lied) that he would never speed-run Ocarina again.

On November 15, 2006, Mauri Mustonen, with a PAL system and utilizing several new tricks found since, broke Mike's record, obtaining the current single-segment world record of 4 hours 46 minutes.

Glitch runs

A glitch run is defined as a run that utilizes several glitches that either: allow the player to complete the child portion of the Spirit Temple early, skip the Forest, Fire, and Water Temples entirely (save for acquiring the Fairy's Bow from the Forest Temple), only completing the Shadow and Spirit Temples, and skipping the trials in Ganon's Castle; or skip every adult dungeon using the "reverse bottle adventure" glitch.

On June 28, 2014 at live speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick, Skater82297 and Cosmo Wright managed a race, finishing in 23:42 and 21:09. This run was commentated by both runners while playing, giving viewers an insight into all the glitches that were performed.

Mask and Skulltula runs

Main article: Mask and Skulltula run

Twin Galaxies offered a bounty of $100 for the fastest complete run (received by the end of 2005) of Ocarina in which the player also collected all 100 Gold Skulltula tokens and the Mask of Truth. This bounty was won by Sam Hughes with a time of 6 hours 54 minutes.

100% runs

Radix gave his criteria for a 100% run of Ocarina as follows:[1]

  • all 8 Heart Containers, all 36 Heart Pieces, plus the double heart fairy,
  • all bomb/arrow/sword/magic/scale/deku stick/seed/nut upgrades,
  • all 4 bottles,
  • all 100 Gold Skulltula tokens (note that it is permissible to use the Skulltula-duplication trick to increase your Skulltula total ahead of time, if this helps, as long as you still collect all 100 unique Skulltulas eventually)
  • all 13 Ocarina songs (including the Scarecrow's Song).

Notably absent are the Hylian Shield, Zora Tunic and Lens of Truth, which are nominally required to beat the game but can actually be skipped, as well as Farore's Wind, Nayru's Love, Dungeon Maps, Compasses, Masks, Biggoron's Sword and any requirement for Magic Beans.

The current world record for a segmented 100% run with save warping is 6 hours 35 minutes, held by Oskar Lundquist, and was completed on July 4, 2007.

Minimal runs

Main article: Minimal runs of OoT

As a formal definition of your "percentage" in OoT has yet to be formally defined, it remains to be seen how, exactly, this percentage can best be minimised. Three-heart runs, for example, may or may not prove to be good examples of minimal runs.


Every sub-game of Ocarina has seen competition of some kind. Sub-game records are hosted by N64HS at [2].

Ocarina sub-games are generally ranked by points or some kind of in-game timer. As the in-game timer runs just as slowly as the game itself, PAL players are actually at a slight advantage for these sub-games, as their records can be put on the same rankings, but they play in a very mild form of slow motion. Indeed, PAL players generally seem to dominate the rankings for these games.

N64HS also hosts rankings for some extremely easily maxed records like "Gold Skulltulas found", "Heart Containers found" and "Game Overs to finish game" (maxed at 100, 20 and 0 respectively).

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