The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is probably one of the most popular games for speedrunning. One of the many well-known tricks in the game is that Ruto, the Zora princess you need to rescue from inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly, has a hitbox if you throw her. As you can imagine, this can be used for many different things all the time you have her. But you don't have her for very long — unless, of course, you hack her in.
That's exactly what Vidya James, a member of Zeldathon, Randomizer runner, and occasional speedrunner, has done. James wanted to know if you could use the Zora princess to defeat Ganon at the end of the game just by throwing her at him. So he hacked her into the practice ROM of the game. The results, as you might expect, are pretty hilarious. You can watch the results above. Who needs the Master Sword when you can just, y'know, chuck a Zora at someone?
That's not the end of James' experiments, though. Taking on The Great King of Evil himself at the end of Ganon's castle, James used Ruto once again to prevail against evil.
No need to reflect magic back at Ganondorf — just throw a Zora at him. And then make sure she glitches into the treasure chest mid-throw so when Ganondorf falls onto the floor, he takes continuous damage. Ruto has the same damage flags as a Deku nut and the Kokiri sword, so every hit she inflicts does 1 damage. Ganondorf has 40 health points, so that's a lot of Ruto hits.
So... there could be a new speedrun category in this, right? Ocarina of Time w/ Ruto Any%? We'd like to see that. Not sure that Ruto would appreciate being thrown around all the time, though.
What do you think of this discovery? Would you use Ruto as a weapon in Ocarina of Time? Let us know in the comments!
[source youtube.com, via twitter.com]
You've got to be seriously rut(o)less to use that tactic.
I have never seen such a thing. Finally a good stuff about a Zelda game.
Seeing Ganon get slapped repeatedly by a fish to death is hilarious to me.
My sense of humor is so broken.
Oh I was expecting some kind of new wrong warp had been found, but it's just a rom hack.
Love people that think of stuff like this. Awesome work!
I’m sorry… what? How do people even think of this stuff?!
I was somehow reminded of this,
Ruto needs to be nerfed!!
Nintendo better release a patch quick!
Finally she's useful XD
Now we know Ganon doesn't like fish!
And that's why Ruto has always been one of my favorite Zelda ladies.
Fish girl: “If you’re a man, act like one”
Man proceeds to throw fish girl at giant evil pig monster for massive damage.
When Ganondorf becomes Beast Ganon and retaliates:
Talk about a severe seafood allergy...
Link will use any opportunity to throw his friends at random things. First Medli now Ruto
LOL Link, this is not how you treat a lady
Lolol. That is a hoot!
@ComfyAko You need to give her flowers before throwing her at bosses. Hibiscus would be best.
I don't speedrun myself, but in my personal opinion, if you rely on hacks, mods, or tool assists, then it's not a real speedrun. You should only rely on your own skills and glitches that are already in the game.
Maybe I'm just too old and traditional when it comes to these kinds of things. But in my day, we got by with just the base game if we wanted to test our skills to see how fast we could beat the game.
The part when Ruto starts talking really cracks me up, it's hilarious! 🤣
its no wonder ganon keeps coming back for revenge with how many strange and unusual ways link finds to kill him.
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