Teleportation is the act of moving from one place to another instantaneously. Teleports differ from blinks in two main ways: teleports have no range limit while blinks are limited to visible destinations; and, blinks are instantaneous while teleports generally take some time to kick in.
There are several ways to teleport in Crawl:
- Reading a scroll of teleportation.
- Being hit by a monster's Teleport Other spell.
- Stepping on a Teleport trap.
- Being randomly teleported by the ring of teleportation.
- Being randomly teleported by the Teleportitis mutation.
- Being randomly teleported by artefacts with the *Tele property.
- Being hit by a distortion branded weapon, or by the Dispersal spell.
- Suffering a Translocations miscast effect.
- You occasionally teleport while wandering in the Abyss.
Most teleports have a delay of 3-5 turns between starting the teleport and the teleport taking effect. Because of this, teleportation cannot be completely relied upon to get the player out of trouble. In the Abyss, there is an 80% chance for this delay to be 8-19 turns. If you are in the Realm of Zot or have the Orb of Zot, this delay is 8-14 turns.
Teleportation as a result of a trap takes place immediately, as do some teleports caused by weapons of distortion. To avoid teleport delays, step onto a Teleport trap.
Once a teleport takes effect, the player is instantly teleported to the destination. Like blinks, teleports leave a cloud of translocational energy behind, though this has no game effect other than being a pretty color.
Teleports never place the player over in dangerous clouds, and only over lava or deep water with a permanent source of flight. Amphibious characters may also teleport into deep water. Teleportations due to teleportitis only occur if they would land you in sight of monsters.