Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu’s speed record was broken by seconds and now stands at less than three hours, four years after the game’s initial release.
The new record was completed by Pokemon speedrun expert Etchy, who uploaded their game of just under three hours to Youtube (opens in a new tab). At the moment, Etchy is the current record holder with a time of 02:59:52 on any percentage, surpassing his previous “any % NMS” record from a few seconds ago. six months. Chat on Reddit (opens in a new tab)the speedrunner explains that some mid-game strategy changes saved them an average of 24 seconds per run.
This record is specifically for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu, but Etchy also holds the current speed record for Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, according to speedrun.com (opens in a new tab)which was also an any percentage run that came in at 03:01:05 three months before their last record.
Etchy is clearly proud of this brand new achievement, as their video description reads, “So incredibly happy with this time and how far we’ve come since picking up this game three years ago.”
To call Etchy a Pokemon speedrun pro would be an understatement as the speedrunner has attempted to break records with not only Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, but also Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, Pokemon Platinum, Pokemon Shield, and many more. Etchy’s efforts don’t just stop at Pokemon games, as they’ve also attempted speedruns for other games such as Earthbound, Kingdom Hearts 2, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.
We’re sure there will be a few more Pokemon speedruns once Pokemon scarlet and violet out later this year. If you didn’t know, the Pokemon Gen Nine game is set to release on November 18, 2022 and will see players exploring a brand new currently unannounced region that seems to have some kind of spanish influence.
Want to get started with speedrunning? Take a look at our best pokemon games list to help you decide where to start.