When Cuphead released in September it quickly developed a dedicated speedrunning community that couldn’t wait to get started. The insanely difficult platformer has proven to be a challenge for both casual players and established runners but one competitive Smash player has taken it to the next level.
Jon ‘Sol’ Lackey, part of Noble Esports, managed to complete a run of Cuphead in 46:07, without taking a single hit. While it isn’t a huge speedrunning record, the fact he took no damage puts his run in a category all of its own. As the first ‘no damage’ run of its kind, it’s an impressive feat and sure to attract a few masochists that will look to do the same but quicker.
Sol is most well-known as a Super Smash Bros pro player and more recently, the winner of the first major Arms tournament. We expect his list of achievements might have a new contender after this, however.
In an interview with Shacknews, Sol described how his preference for platformers, bullet-hells and competitive gaming helped prep him for such a monumental task.
“I do also lean heavily into bullet-hells, platformers, and have experience with tough games ranging from the light end of say – Dark Souls, to the heavy end of Battletoads. So [Cuphead] came naturally, but only as a byproduct of all the hours I put into my gaming beforehand. A lot of experience and practice there. I beat the first blind run through in 5 hours, had all my S-ranks by 20 hours, and noticed the runs were actually quite popular.”
If for some reason you’re looking to take the crown from Sol, he offered some insight into how he trained to do a ‘no damage’ run.
“So I actually sat down and trained a few sections, wrote out a gameplan and tested each boss until I could consistently beat any one of them three times in a row, damage-less. After that, I started practising up each island in a no-damage attempt. Island 1: Done. Island 2: Done. Island 3: Done. Put that together once I got cozy and then stayed patient and positive.”
We recommend watching the whole run here, whether you’re a huge fan of Cuphead or have no idea what the hell we’re talking about. You can catch it below.
In case you were wondering, the current world record for an Any% run of Cuphead is 24m 58s. If you reckon you can beat that without taking a hit, don’t forget to shoot us a message before you start your attempts.