Play on PC and Controller
Any PC version and modern controller will do
There are several advantages to speedrunning the PC version: easy access to save files, controller re-binding through Steam, access to the auto-splitter / load remover, and PC-based resources on SRC.
A controller is recommended due to analog input and its requirement for a specific cutscene skip.
Set VSync and Monitor Hz
Vsync is required — Choose either 60Hz or 120Hz
Because tricks and game cadence are affected my framerate, we require both: Vsync, and your monitor set to either 60 or 120 Hz. Read more here.
You cannot set framerate with a third-party tool like Nvidia Tools. Even though the game's FPS output will show the setting you apply, the game itself is always rendering at the refresh rate of your monitor.
Record Runs with OBS
Use OBS to record and/or stream your run attempts
Every run submission requires both video and audio. Runners are free to record using any means and host these videos on any platform (YouTube and Twitch are popular choices), but the most common way is using OBS Studio.
There is no requirement to stream runs—runners are free to stream runs and "Highlight" them or record locally and upload.
Track with LiveSplit
Use the auto-splitter to avoid having to split manually
Those timers you see on everyone's runs? That's LiveSplit! LiveSplit is a common software used to track progress of speedruns.
TUNIC also has a community-developer auto-splitter that can be configured in Split Settings to automatically split when areas are accessed or items are collected. You can also download existing splits on SRC.
Bind Ice Beam
Bind Dagger and Wand to a single button
In virtually every category / ruleset, being able to reliably use the "ice beam" (combining the dagger and wand) is essential. Thus, we allow runners to bind multiple keys to a single key.
Set this up in Steam or an equivalent software. A popular choice is RT or R3.
Bind WASD to the D-Pad
Get quick access to digital movement
In lots of cases, it is easier to consistently set up for or execute tricks with digital movement (i.e., using the WASD keys on keyboard). Binding these keys to the D-Pad gives you immediate access to this option without reaching for the keyboard.
You will want to set this up in Steam or an equivalent binding software.
Use the Debug Mod
Easier practice and save management while learning
There is a community-built "debug" mod for TUNIC that allows you, among other things, to save/load world position, load states quickly, and reposition the fox with a click.
To enable mod support, you'll need to install a specific version of BepinEx. Instructions can be found on this speedrun.com guide.
Bind Ladder Storage
Bind action and a weapon to a single button
If you are running the Unrestricted ruleset, you will need to execute the "Ladder Storage" glitch (likely several times). To make this more consistent, we recommend binding the "Action" button (default: A) and an item button (recommended: X) to a single button.
Set this up in Steam or an equivalent software. A popular choice is RB.