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Related to Realmatic Theory, Perpendicularity, Investiture
Type Ability
Universe Cosmere
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Worldhopping is an ability which is used to move from place to place in the Physical Realm. Those who worldhop can go to different planets, as well as move about on the planets they're already on. So far this ability is only confirmed to be able to be used by those with access to certain manifestations of Investiture. Note that worldhopping is not instantaneous movement akin to teleportation.


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Please read carefully and note that this is not necessarily canonical.

Worldhopping is possible in several ways: the first is to travel via space (since all the Cosmere is in a dwarf galaxy) using technology or some form of Investiture, such as AonDor (as it is used at the end of the novel Elantris to travel instantaneously). The other is to travel in the Cognitive Realm using magic systems or via a Perpendicularity. Without any Cognitive presence (such as people), the large spaces in between planets doesn't exist in the Cognitive Realm at all. This allows travel between them to be possible through normal methods, such as running, once on the cognitive plane.

Only one magic system, Surgebinding, has been confirmed to allow access to the Cognitive Realm. However, all Shardworlds have their own ways of reaching it.[1] Since Galladon and Demoux are somehow able to worldhop, it is likely that AonDor and Allomancy or one of the other Metallic Arts allows access to the Cognitive Realm. This is further confirmed by the fact that someone from Scadrial accessing Shadesmar is a plot point for a future book.[2] Additionally, someone associated with House Venture is known to have been operating a mercantile through the Pits of Hathsin before Kelsier destroyed it.[3][4]

At some point in Sel's distant past, Odium killed the Vessels of both Devotion and Dominion and Splintered the two Shards.[5] The collective power of the Splintered Shards became somehow trapped in the Cognitive Realm, and is now what Selish people call the Dor.[6] Because of this, while travel to Sel is possible via the Cognitive Realm (for example, one can use a Perpendicularity that exists in the form of a pool of sapphire-colored liquid near Elantris), the raging uncontrolled power of the Dor makes travel in that manner "really tough."[7][8]

There is a hidden economy of sorts that has grown around worldhopping. For instance, there is a caravan between Nalthis and Roshar that was used by Vasher and Vivenna.[9] This interplanetary trade network also includes a version of a postal service.[10]

Worldhopping was possible, but extremely rare, before the Shattering.[11]

Known worldhoppers[edit]

Worldhopping groups


  1. interview with Brandon Sanderson
    Arcanum - 2010-12-25#
  2. Oslo signing, 2011
    Arcanum - 2011-05-30#
  3. Mistborn: Secret History part 2 chapter 1 Summary: Mistborn: Secret History/Part_2_Chapter_1#
  4. Arcanum Unbounded signing Chicago
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  5. The Letter
  6. Arcanum Unbounded Summary: Arcanum Unbounded/CHAPTERLESS#
  7. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-25#
  8. Oathbringer release party
    Arcanum - 2017-11-13#
  9. Skyward Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-16#
  10. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-03-22#
  11. Prague Signing
    Arcanum - 2019-10-26#
  12. #tweettheauthor 2009
    Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
  13. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-08-04#
  14. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-12-15#
  15. Words of Radiance chapter 88 Summary: Words of Radiance/Chapter_88#
  16. Words of Radiance San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-06#
  17. Oathbringer Houston signing
    Arcanum - 2017-11-18#
  18. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  19. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  20. Salt Lake City signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-29#
  21. Chris King interview
    Arcanum - 2013-09-24#
  22. a b Orem signing 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-12-06#
  23. JordanCon 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-04-23#
  24. Mistborn: Secret History part 5 chapter 2 Summary: Mistborn: Secret History/Part_5_Chapter_2#
  25. The Way of Kings interlude I-1 Summary: The Way of Kings/Interlude_I-1#
  26. Ad Astra 2017
    Arcanum - 2017-05-05#
  27. JordanCon 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-04-11#
  28. Arcanum Unbounded signing Seattle
    Arcanum - 2016-12-01#
  29. The Way of Kings Re-Read Interview
    Arcanum - 2014-06-10#
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