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Teleportation provides a quick escape to a different (often random) location. Some escape items can teleport you away from monsters. Some monsters can also teleport themselves to flee from you.

Teleportation comes from:

There are three teleport-related properties: teleportitis, which teleports you horizontally at random; teleport control, which lets you choose where teleports land; and teleport at will, which lets you trigger teleportitis to happen whenever you want at a power cost.

Horizontal teleportation almost always moves you away from your current position, but there is a very small chance of landing on the exact same square.[1]

Valid destinations

You cannot teleport to a square that is already occupied by a monster[2], or to one that is considered unsafe for you to occupy.[3] If you try to do so deliberately with teleport control, you will receive the message "Sorry..." and be teleported randomly instead.[4]

In particular:

There is also some code that could prevent the player from teleporting in and out of force fields[13], but those do not exist in vanilla NetHack.


A mysterious force prevents you from teleporting!
You are on a non-teleport level.
You feel disoriented for a moment.
You would have teleported, but it failed because you are carrying the Amulet of Yendor.
You chose an unteleportable destination with teleport control.

The following information pertains to an upcoming version (NetHack 3.7.0). If this version is now released, please verify that it is still accurate, then update the page to incorporate this information.

The following two messages are added.
You materialize in a different location!
You teleported to a different space on your level.
You materialize in the same location!
You teleported to your current space.

See also


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