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General Information

This guide will cover the Warmastered Edition of the game on PC, using the most current version. Keyboard and mouse are the preferred method for speedrunning, as it allows for more precision and extra keybinds that make the run much faster. The spec requirements are not demanding, but if you notice excess loading hiccups while playing, lowering the Texture Quality in the advanced options settings should alleviate them. Framerate is incredibly important, however, it affects things like attack speed and the physics glitches, so if you're getting under 60-100 it's recommended to play in a lower resolution window so that the tricks work properly.

For faster resetting/launching of the game, it's recommended to rename the startup video files. You can find these in the game's install folder under \media\videos, you want to rename 7 files: AMD_Logo_movie, Kaiko_logo, main_menu_intro, start_screen_intro, THQ_LOGO1280x720, THQNORDIC_LOGO_Color_white, and Vigil_Logo1280x720. This skips the long series of movies on starting the game, and about 5 seconds each time you quit out to the menu. Renaming any other files affects scenes during gameplay, so we don't encourage that.

Timing is done with the in-game timer. It's active anytime the game world is running, meaning in-game cutscenes count toward your time, but menus, Vulgrim's shop, and movie cutscenes do not. All movie cutscenes can be skipped by holding RMB. The game's difficulty settings don't have an impact on the time, so everyone plays on Apocalyptic. The only difference is that enemies deal more damage to War, so while learning it's advised to play on Easy for the couple of fights that might be tough.

  • Be sure to disable subtitles in the game options, when they're present it hides the minimap, which you'll use through a lot of the run to keep track of where you're going.


  • Focus: This game's version of Z-targeting, activated by holding Shift or toggled with F. Locks onto the closest enemy and generally behaves as a Zelda Z-target would.
  • Q-mode: Aim mode. Gets canceled with weapon attacks, but not Gear usage.
  • Gear: Sub-weapon.


Darksiders gives 2 bindings for every action, which ends up being incredibly helpful. Here are the most common rebinds you'll want to try out:

Function Keybind 1 Keybind 2
Jump Space 4
Block/Dash Left Alt Down Scroll
Use Gear Middle Mouse Button Up Scroll
Next Gear F or G 5
Focus Shift Mouse 4
Wrath Power Mode Caps Lock Mouse 5

Splitting up the inputs for Infinite Jump dashing allows us to be more flexible and consistent with all of the midair movement. The jump and next gear will end up being preference, it's been about a 50/50 split with runners so far.

It's also recommended to put B as a second bind for Chaos Mode. This switches an empty bind to the "Toggle Walk" action, meaning you'll never get that accidentally. You can do something similar to disable summoning the Watcher.


Certain settings need to be disabled for the optimal experience:

Subtitles: Subtitles will disable your minimap during gameplay. This can be very annoying especially for new runners

Game Tips: Game Tips take up to 2 seconds to load in which the player cannot open the menu. This can easily be avoided by disabling Game Tips.

Before you start

General Tricks and Glitches

The route


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