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Before you consider speedrunning, you want to be quite familiar with the game, its mechanics and the mission layouts. It's not recommended to start after only one playthrough which can turn off so many people. Especially when it comes to specific movement like the Horse Jump. The excessive resets can be one big issue for most players, in which can be difficult to play with time pressure on them.

One suggestion that might help you getting used to speedruns more quickly: Do not aim for the perfect route and ranks until you reach the breaking barrier. Make back up strats. You should also be familiar with yourself on DMC Terminologies that are used during the runs.

In the following sections, you will find important concepts and information that you may find useful for starting out with DMC1 Speedrunning.


Resources to Speedrun Devil May Cry

  • A Keyboard or Controller. Most DMC speedrunners prefer controller, commonly Xbox or PlayStation controllers. Controllers in DMC make the game more reliable movement wise, but it is up to the player in the end. At high-level play, a mix of both your controller and keyboard might be favourable.
  • Timer / Split Program. The most common used is LiveSplit.
  • For PC runners, autosplitter and LRT is integrated into LiveSplit. This must be enabled.
  • Follow this page on how to set up a layout for your runs.

Choosing a Category & Route

  • You can refer to the main categories here and make your choice.
  • Route of your choosing is up to personal preference, but generally, for beginners, it is advised to try and avoid the currency tight routes (a route where you need a certain set of ranking requirements per mission).
  • Starting with the fastest route is not always good idea, as these routes often require a high execution level and tend to be very punishing. Look around the category pages and pick carefully. However, in the end, it is all about overall improvement, which you can achieve via any route.

Tips & Tricks

  • You must plan your movement for each room. Spamming Stingers/Vortex without checking the surroundings will cost you more time than you realize.
  • Do not disable DT while you are close to the door for the next room. You will lose extra runes that way. Transitioning to the next room will still carry the same amount of runes and disables the DT itself.
  • Take advantage of the Save Editor that was made by joaovitorbf to practice more efficiently on specific segements that you desire.
  • Check the Frequently Asked Questions for general information regarding the speedrun.