13%

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13% is the lowest amount of items in which a TAS can beat the game via defeating all major bosses while staying in-bounds.

Sniq authored the currently published TAS for the category, obsoleting the previous two Low% branches, which used the item sets from 14% Ice and 14% Speed.

It is possible that a human could theoretically complete a 13% run someday, but for now 14% is the in-bounds limit for humans running Low%.

Theoretical Human Categories

Traditional rules across the speedrunning community ban the use of simultaneous Left+Right inputs, since this usually requires hardware modification. Given that suitless Maridia without the use of Left+Right requires either Ice Beam, Gravity Suit, or Hi-Jump Boots, the most likely candidate for human-completable 13% categories under these conditions is based on the 14% Chargelice category that uses Draygon ammo underflow. With proper positioning and drop luck, it's possible to Crystal Flash at Draygon with a maximum Power Bomb count of only 10, as seen with the obsoleted Any% TAS that used underflow.

If Left+Right is allowed, the "PB+PB" branch is the most likely candidate, with the main obstacle being the spark suit generation at Mt. Everest, as seen in the TAS.

Another possible candidate for Left+Right is 14% xAmmo without the ammo; it's possible to destroy each Zebetite besides the first with only 10 missiles, by carefully manipulating the screen position, since Zebetites only regenerate health when on-screen. Normally this regeneration makes a Zebetite require 11 missiles to destroy. So far it's unknown how human-viable this trick is.

The biggest obstacle towards human completion of the TAS branch of 13% is the spikesuit generation in Colosseum, given that it involves multiple instances of speedkeep movement in order to maintain dash speed in building the short charge.

Collected Items (TAS)

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