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14% xIce is one of the seven in-bounds low% categories that are currently humanly possible. A total of 14 items are picked up during the entire run and focuses on using the Ice Beam and X-Ray Scope for level progression.
To finish this run, you need to know how to:
- Infinite bomb jump
- Continuous walljump and/or horizontal bomb jump over the moat
- Mochtroid clip
- Climb enemies
- Lava dive without Gravity Suit or Hi-Jump Boots or G-mode reverse entrance into Lower Norfair
- Zebetite skip with Ice Beam only
- X-Ray climb
- Morphing Ball
- Charge Beam (for bosses)
- Ice Beam (for Zebetite skip, Mochtroid clip, and enemy climbing)
- X-Ray Scope (to escape Draygon's entry chamber)
- Varia Suit (to survive MB2's rainbow beam)
- 2 Energy Tanks (Various - explained below) (to survive MB2's rainbow beam)
- 1 Reserve Tank (to do G-mode and to ensure Draygon carries Samus to the top of the room)
- 2 Missile Packs (Awakening and Moat) (to open red doors and defeat MB1)
- 2 Super Missile Packs (Early and Wrecked Ship (Left)) (to open green doors and defeat MB1)
- 1 Power Bomb Pack (Red Brinstar Elevator (Lower)) (to open orange doors)
14% xIce is considered by many to be obsolete since it was discovered that the same goal of "defeating all major bosses while using out of bounds" could be achieved with only 12% of items, thanks primarily to the discovery that X-Ray Scope alone could skip Zebetites, but also thanks to the ability to skip Bombs in a similar manner to 3%.
EternisedDragon confirmed through a playthrough that the X-Ray Scope is only necessary for climbing from the lower door of Draygon's entry chamber to the upper door. The previous usage of X-Ray Scope to wrong warp to an upper part of Maridia is not necessary as the player can instead climb frozen Scisers up the right side of the Maridian mountain, and then either a) perform single underwater walljumps on the flooring block, or b) perform an X-Ray force stand under the flooring while using a frozen Sciser to push Samus through the flooring, to access the door. Additionally, the wrong warp used for entering Lower Norfair is replaced by the lava dive, but as the player has neither Gravity Suit (meaning gravitation jump is not an option) nor Hi-Jump Boots (meaning the "GT Code" category method of simply walljumping up is not an option), they must use either the EternisedDragon method or the sniqwc3 method for completing the dive.
Although recorded runs of this category have defeated Kraid first, it is likely, based on the historic progression of other categories, that fighting Phantoon first would be more efficient. PKDR would be the route of choice for humans as you will want three Energy Tanks before entering Lower Norfair due to lava dive, and additionally, Botwoon's Energy Tank cannot be reasonably skipped due to the lack of Gravity Suit, effectively making it mandatory and making the optimal Energy Tank choices Terminator, Kraid, and Botwoon.
Note that the record time listed above by Straevaras fully utilizes out of bounds, and depending on what you consider out of bounds to be, you may consider 7:57:49 by EternisedDragon to be the fastest time for the category, or you may believe that both use out of bounds and that the category as a whole is obsolete. EternisedDragon's run only utilizes one instance of X-Ray climbing, which is to escape Draygon's entry chamber by climbing from the lower door to the upper door, and it is not agreed upon whether this instance involves out of bounds or simply 'out of room' movement, or if both should not be permitted regardless of amount or extent of use.
matrick2298 - Goes over route options as well as the harder and unique parts of the run. Does not cover general movement through rooms or things that should already be known.