Legend of Zelda speedrunning — top 5 time wasting rooms

#5 Dungeon 2 — Red Goriya room

Entering this room with bombs seems to be the key to a fast time
Histogram of times for Dungeon 2 — Red Goriya room
Histogram based on number of bombs when entering the room, lines represent median times

#4 Dungeon 8 — Triforce room

Depending on how many hearts Arcus has, the triforce can take anywhere from 10 to 19 seconds to complete
Time for completion of the Dungeon 8 Triforce room, each dot represent a single run and the line is a best fit
Histogram of times for Dungeon 8 — Triforce room

#2 (tied) Dungeon 3 — First Red Darknut Room

The First Red Darknut Room is first real test of the speedrun
Histogram of times for Dungeon 3 — First Red Darknut Room

#2 (tied) Dungeon 8 — Second Blue Darknut Room

Arcus most clear 6 Blue Darknuts here
Histogram of times for Dungeon 8 — Second Blue Darknut Room
Histogram based on era of the run, lines represent median times

#1 Dungeon 5 — The Olive Garden

Histogram of times for Dungeon 5 — The Olive Garden

Conclusion

Some rooms in the Legend of Zelda speedrun have a pretty wide range in the time in it take to complete. Here we’ve taken a look at which rooms have the most room for improvement. In future posts, we’ll be analyzing this data a bit more by looking into some other factors. Stay tuned for more results and let me know if you have an ideas for analysis you’d like to see.

A Bit About the Data

I have developed a python script that scrapes Twitch VODs for Legend of Zelda, determining the time spent in each room, hearts, rubies, and bombs. I scraped data from over 4000 runs. My goal is explore this dataset using a variety of statistical tools. For this present analysis, I compare the best times in each room to medians time in the room. I define the best times as the 0.05 quantile time, or put another way, 5% of the times this room is completed it’s with a time equal to or better than this time. A similar thing can be said about the median time, 50% of the times this room is completed it’s with a time equal to or better than the median time.

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Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell

data science | geospatial | video games