RTA Guide/Lakitu Skip

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Lakitu skip is the first trick players encounter when doing a run in any category. On both sides of the moat bridge, there are very thin edges that Mario can move along without being stopped by Lakitu. You can perform Lakitu Skip from either side, but it is most common to do from the left. There are several setups for lakitu skip, which all save varying amounts of time. If you are new to the game, it is advised not to reset over missing lakitu skip. Just pick a setup that seems to work for you and go for it in runs. As your control over Mario gets better, the trick will come naturally to you. The ~8 seconds you save from lakitu skip is not going to make or break your run until you get to a top level.

Visual cue. Mario has to land left of this line not to trigger Lakitu's dialogue.

Lakitu Skip Options

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  • Fastest for RTA
    Two Longjumps Skip
  • 2nd Fastest for RTA
    Alternative Camera for the 2nd fastest option
  • RTA Speedkick Skip
    Alternative Beginner Strat
  • Same movement as the fastest option, except the first longjump is replaced with a dive rollout
    Recommended Beginner Strat (Cheese does this)