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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 to the Cognitive Realm using some ability of their magic system or via a Perpendicularity. Travel to other planets can then be achieved simply by walking due to the way that the Cognitive Realm distorts around areas without any Cognitive presence (such as people.) This distortion causes the large spaces in between planets not to exist, allowing travel between them to be possible through normal methods 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]

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 #
  4. Arcanum Unbounded signing Chicago
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  5. The Letter
  6. Arcanum Unbounded #
  7. 17th Shard Forum Q&A
    Arcanum - 2012-09-25#
  8. The raging Dor tears the Hoed apart
    17th Shard forums - 2016-02-20#
  9. Arcanum entry 11992
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  10. #tweettheauthor 2009
    Arcanum - 2009-07-08#
  11. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-08-04#
  12. Salt Lake City ComicCon 2017
    Arcanum - 2017-09-23#
  13. West Jordan signing
    Arcanum - 2011-12-15#
  14. Words of Radiance chapter 88 #
  15. Words of Radiance San Francisco signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-06#
  16. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  17. Arcanum Unbounded Chicago signing
    Arcanum - 2016-12-06#
  18. Salt Lake City signing
    Arcanum - 2014-03-29#
  19. Chris King interview
    Arcanum - 2013-09-24#
  20. a b Orem signing 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-12-06#
  21. Words of Radiance chapter 81 #
  22. Mistborn: Secret History part 5 chapter 2 #
  23. The Way of Kings interlude I-1 #
  24. He said someone in Poland had figured out who the Warbreaker Terriswoman was
    17th Shard forums - 2017-05-12#
  25. JordanCon 2014
    Arcanum - 2014-04-11#
  26. Yes, there are several kandra who are worldhoppers.
    17th Shard forums - Oct 11th 2015#
  27. The Way of Kings Re-Read Interview
    Arcanum - 2014-06-10#
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