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How to join the “Team Hitless” video game club

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So, I’m really bad at video games. Ring of Elden too proven for me: I couldn’t help dying. Everything I tried, every path I took, seemingly placed me in front of foes who would overtake me at every turn. So I guess I won’t be invited to join one of the most exclusive clubs in gaming. It’s not enough to beat a game like Elden Ring without dying. You have to beat it without getting hit.

Team Hitless is an exclusive club with one major requirement: you must complete a no-hitter run based on Team Hitless’ list of approved rules and plays. As the name suggests, a No-Hit Run is a part of a video game where you take no damage from enemies. To succeed, you must dodge every attack and survive from start to finish unscathed. It’s intense.

There are caveats: damage that disqualifies a run must come from enemies in the game. Fall damage, for example, doesn’t count (although dying while falling does). If you block an enemy attack, it counts as a hit, but if you execute a perfect parry, you’re good to go. Of course, glitches and other hacks are not allowed. There is also a harder challenge called No Damage Run, in which Nope damage is allowed. If you take damage from falling, for example, reset your game. You can see a full list of general rules hereincluding rules specific to each available game.

Each game also has its own list of challenges, including fighting all the bosses or playing multiple games together back to back. Recently, Twitch streamer Dinossindgeil completed the “god runsa challenge that involves playing through all seven FromSoftware games without taking a single hit. As impressive as it sounds, it was the third time someone had finished it. Some of these challenges nobody beat, making them imperious to try to finish.

It’s one thing to make a no-hitter run in a simple game. the original Super Mario Bros. comes to mind as a reasonable goal (with enough practice, anyway). But the Hitless team is not interested in your mario No-Hit Run, or No-Hit Runs for most games. To join their team, you must complete a no-hitter run in one of the following 22 games.

  • transmitted by blood
  • Celestial
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2
  • Crash Bandicoot 3
  • Crash Bandicoot 4
  • Cuphead
  • dark souls
  • Dark Souls II
  • Dark Souls III
  • Demon’s Souls
  • Ring of Elden
  • underworld
  • hollow knight
  • resident Evil
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Resident Evil 3
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Resident Evil 7
  • Resident Evil 8
  • sekiro
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It’s no coincidence that many of these games are notoriously difficult. FromSoftware’s seven games are infamous. The thought of me tempting a Ring of Elden No-Hit Run is hysterical.

If you’re not like me, however, and think you have a shot at joining the Hitless team, you should note that the club is accepting submissions. very seriously. For a first submission, you must show your stroke in a high-quality stream on Twitch or YouTube. If the team feels that any of its rules have been broken or cheated in any way, your submission will be rejected. Again you can check out the full rules on the Team Hitless page here.

As of this article, there are 1,035 Team Hitness members, each with their own No-Hit games record. You can browse members here, and find out which games and challenges they’ve completed. Who knows, maybe you’ll be member 1,036. I definitely won’t.