I been looking through games that I enjoy and plan to give my hand at seeing if I enjoy speedrunning this game I enjoy a great deal.
But I have notice there isn't a Malkavian Any% run and I am curious as to why that is? Is there a downside to Any% as a Malkavian compared to Nosferatu or the other two categories?
I do see Malkavian's are used for 100% runs, which I am also curious to the why for that as well.
I tried searching for the answer but couldn't find anything, so figured I asked directly.
I think the most straight forward answer is that Nossie/Tremere/Gangrel are faster due to the skips and combat ability. Malkavians don't really have a spammable discipline like Blood Strike / Burrowing Beetle, even though they do have Obfuscate which is a pretty nice discipline for just running through rooms. Malkavians also can't improve their Strength/Dex/Stamina with the V1.1 character sheet glitch, so the first skip with Jeanette and then moving to the Ocean House hotel can't be done.
Malkavians are used for 100% Quest Log because their dialogue options are faster and can let you talk your way through quests, instead of having to go from point A to B to complete them, if that makes sense?
Something that lurk has mentioned in the past is the idea of consolidating Any% to a single category, with each of the clans as their own respective subcategory - which isn't a bad idea. The problem is that clans like Ventrue, Toreador, Brujah and Malkavian are much slower in taking down Ming Xiao so we'd need to route in things like firearms, which will greatly extend the overall run time compared to the existing Nossie/Gangrel and Tremere route.
All that said, if you do want to route these things out, there's zero harm in doing so! Eventually all clans will be their own subcategory of Any%, probably.
Thanks you for clearing this up for me.
And I might route out malkavians between just practicing and learning the general route and see what can be done for malkavians to achieve a similar thing.
Also your 2023 guide has been helpful to understand the current route.