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Worldhopping is an ability which is used to move from place to place in the Physical Realm. Anyone who worldhops can go to different planets, as well as move about on the planet 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, as implied by a (paraphrased) quote from Brandon Sanderson: if you plan to worldhop often, a longer life expectancy is useful.)


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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 Allomancy and Feruchemy or AonDor (as it is used at the end of Elantris to fast travel) the other is to travel to the Cognitive Realm using some ability of their magic system. 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]

Once a person is in the Cognitive Realm, provided they have the knowledge of how to do so, they can worldhop wherever they want.[3] The exact process for worldhopping is unknown, beyond the fact that it requires leaving the Physical Realm.[1] At some point in Sel's distant past, Odium killed the Vessels of both Devotion and Dominion and Splintered the two Shards.[4] The collective power of the Splintered Shards became somehow trapped in the Cognitive Realm, and is now what Selish people call the Dor.[5]

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"[6][7].

Perpendicularities can be used by some people to worldhop.[8]

Known Worldhoppers[edit]

Worldhopping groups


  1. a b Should we take this to mean Shadesmar is how he travels between the worlds? Do the other worlds have different ways of accessing Shadesmar than the way(s) the people of Roshar use?
    Theoryland - 06 December 2011#
  2. How could a person from Scadrial access Shadesmar?
    Theoryland - May 31st, 2011#
  3. Can anyone with access to Shadesmar learn how to worldhop?
    17th Shard forums - 26 September 2012#
  4. The Letter
  5. Arcanum Unbounded
  6. Can anyone with access to Shadesmar learn how to worldhop?
    Theoryland - Sep, 2012#
  7. The raging Dor tears the Hoed apart
    17th Shard forums - 2016-02-20#
  8. I've picked up in bits in pieces that it's possible, for some people at least, to use the Shardpools to worldhop...
    Theoryland - November 29th, 2014#
  9. Or, in other words, are all of your "Hoids" one person?
    Theoryland - Jul, 2009#
  10. Is Galladon the Dula in Way of Kings?
    Theoryland - Aug 4th, 2011#
  11. Is Thinker from the Purelake scene Demoux [from the Mistborn Trilogy?]
    Theoryland - Dec 15th, 2011#
  12. Words of Radiance chapter 88
  13. When you were planning Zahel being Vasher, how long did you do that?
    Theoryland - Mar 6th, 2014#
  14. Has Denth ever been to Scadrial?
    Theoryland - Dec 6th, 2016#
  15. So, Vasher, and maybe some of the other ones have been off world
    Theoryland - Dec 6th, 2016#
  16. You do know that I've got a character in one of the books named "Bowen?"
    Theoryland - Mar 29th, 2014#
  17. What are some characteristics of and how many other wordhoppers are there that we have seen...?
    Theoryland - Sep 24th, 2013#
  18. a b Yes, he's been to a few planets, highly supervised by his babsk.
    Theoryland - December 6th, 2014#
  19. The Final Empire chapter 31
  20. Words of Radiance chapter 81
  21. He said someone in Poland had figured out who the Warbreaker Terriswoman was
    17th Shard forums - 2017-05-12#
  22. Are there kandra hiding in any of your books, besides the Mistborn ones?
    Theoryland - April 16th, 2014#
  23. Yes, there are several kandra who are worldhoppers.
    17th Shard forums - Oct 11th 2015#
  24. Mistborn: Secret History part 5 chapter 2
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