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Teleporter is a Boss Modifier found on Champions, Bosses, and their minions in Diablo III. It enables the monsters to instantly teleport right next to your hero, bringing the party to you, and can be quite dangerous for ranged characters who are trying to stay out of reach of the enemies.

Blue is the lift off, yellow is the landing.

Teleporter is basically the reverse of Vortex, which yanks the player right in next to the monsters. Both modifiers can be limited by terrain, and walls or other impassable obstacles can stop the movement before it reaches its goal.

Teleporter

  • Monster Level Minimum: 3
  • Available to: All
  • Damage Type: N/A.
  • Additional Resistances: 'None.


[edit] Strategy

Teleporter kicks in regularly, and is not predicated on the monster landing a hit on the target. Naturally, since that's the whole point; to make the boss dangerous even to ranged attackers who are saying out of reach and out of range.

Teleporter can work on more than one monster at a time, yanking the whole pack of Champions or the Boss and one or more of his minions all at once.

It's essential to husband your defenses when dealing with a Teleporter. Wise players make sure to keep some resource of one of their panic button skills available, so they can use it instantly if they need to when the boss suddenly warps right on top of them.

While the two properties have similar effects, Teleporter is generally less dangerous than Vortex since Teleporter brings the boss to you. Thus at least it's not Vortex, pulling your character back into the middle of all the enemies, and potentially a killing zone of Molten, Plagued, Arcane Enchanted, and other AoE sources of despair.


[edit] Development

During Diablo 3's development, Teleporter worked much as the modifier did in Diablo II. In that game it enabled bosses to phase to a random location somewhere on the screen, healing themselves in the process. The function was similar in early Diablo III, making this a not very dangerous but potentially very annoying modifier. It was most annoying when manifested on a ranged attacker, which would constantly pop here and there around the screen, moving out of range while continuing to fire at the player.

Bashiok alluded to this modifier in a forum post from August 2010:[1]

Teleport! The most annoying of all affixes! At least as a lower level barbarian...
Vortex and Teleporter on the same melee bruiser can be quite unpleasant.

At some point between then and release, the developers changed the property to make it much more dangerous, without creating anything new to approximate the aggravating "can't catch me" vibe of the original.


[edit] Media

The Teleporter property does not change the appearance of bosses and champions. It's only visible on their tooltip hover text, or when they *bamf* from one location to stand almost on top of your character, in a flash of yellow light.