After a lot of discussion, we have decided to ban the use of coveless in Spyro 1 Any% NBS, and create a miscellaneous category called Any% NBS 1.0 for the runs that currently use it. It's been a tough decision, and not one that we're really happy with, but we believe that its best for the fairness and health of the game that this skip no longer be allowed.
For those who don't know; coveless is a trick that lets you skip going through the Gnorc Cove and Twilight Harbor vortexes to unlock Gnasty Gnorc, instead skipping straight into the level. This is possible using a trick called Fairy Storage, which is only possible on version 1.0 of the game (and Switch for some reason). This creates a major accessibility issue, since 1.0 can only be played with a disc that was produced before the game was patched to include Spyro 2 and 3 on disc. We've also found out that during this skip, the IGT counts during the load screen to Gnasty's world, which means that you need a PS5 with a disc reader to take full advantage of the skip, which is a completely unreasonable requirement to get optimal times.
To be clear, this isn't banning the entire concept of coveless, just the methods that are exclusive to certain platforms and versions. If a way to do coveless is found that the newest version of the game can do, it will be allowed. If you have any questions, you can ask in the Spyro speedrunning discord, or DM me directly at ToastedKat#7877.
- The SRT Mod Team