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In our gaming group, our storyteller loves to use creatures with teleportation abilities. This is starting to get frustrating since as soon as a creature is bloodied, it teleports away with its next action. We've only managed to kill 1 creature in our last 10 combat encounters.

I'm looking for any powers or magical items that can prevent teleportation.

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If a creature leaves combat surly you have defeated and should get some xps? –  David Allan Finch Nov 4 '10 at 10:21
Is your DM awarding XP for overcoming the danger presented by the encounter? –  Iain M Norman Nov 4 '10 at 11:33
Also where are they teleporting away to? Teleportation requires line of sight, so they can't get that far away from the battle? Unless your DM is just being outrageously precious about his monsters and having them teleport to the land of DM fiat. Perhaps you need to remind him it's not really a game of The Players vs The DM. –  Iain M Norman Nov 4 '10 at 14:06
@David - LOL, leaving combat Surly? That's a new one but I've totally got a great mental picture or it. Thanks! –  Pat Ludwig Nov 4 '10 at 15:02
@David, @Iain: We do receive full experience for defeating the encounter. The issue is more the frustration of not actually killing the creatures, and that they keep coming back again and again –  briddums Nov 4 '10 at 19:08
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I've attempted here to find some of the lowest level stuff that will do what you want, here's a couple of suggestions:

Dimensional Warding - Swordmage Utility 6 - Daily

It's a close burst 2 arcane/stance/zone that prevents teleport in or out.

Dimensional Warding compendium entry

Forbiddance Bolt - Level 9 Ammunition

+2 ammunition that prevents teleportation.

Forbiddance Bolt compendium entry

The bolts sound particularly handy as they can be used by anyone that can use a bolt!

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The Forbiddance bolt looks great, thanks! –  briddums Nov 4 '10 at 19:20
You raise a good point here. We should encourage people to give a few more details of their party when they are looking for group specific suggestions. –  Pat Ludwig Nov 4 '10 at 20:33
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You might need to have a talk with your DM. Ask him why he keeps using these kinds of monsters. Remind him that you are here to kill things and take their stuff. :) This kind of tactic, used right, could be an interesting twist in the game. Having to track down and finally kill an annoying bad guy is very rewarding. If every critter does it, it loses its appeal very quickly IMHO.

That said, what monsters is he using? Teleporting away from the battle isn't an ability given to stock monsters (that I'm aware of).

I checked the Compendium and found some teleport 8's and a teleport 10 (BahumutDDI) but I'm not aware of any critters can teleport far enough away to get out of battle. If the monsters are just using teleport to get a head start on running away, in addition to the fine suggestions already given, I'd suggest reconfiguring a character or two to become a chase character. A Barbarian or an Avenger can cover a lot of ground quickly in pursuit of a target. I'm sure other characters can do the same with the right feat/power choices.

One additional thing, teleportation can only be used to destination squares that you have Line of Sight to. The DM should not be teleportingDDI critters through walls or into closed off rooms.

If the DM breaks the rules once in a while in an attempt to make the game his own, I'm fine with that. But if he is redefining basic terms like teleportation, then you have a right to know the exact definition that he is using along with any limitations.

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This. Communication is key. –  drxzcl Nov 4 '10 at 14:38
Yes and double yes. The real problem here is a social one, not a technical one. –  Adam Dray Nov 4 '10 at 14:47
We usually play in cities. Most of the encounters we run into are npc's that have class levels, many of which grant the teleportation. He has been abusing line of sight, since there have been a few situations where our opponents have teleported through walls. –  briddums Nov 4 '10 at 19:17
@briddums - its entirely possible that he wasn't aware of the limitation. I know I forget specific rules all the time. Gently reminding him is the right way to go. –  Pat Ludwig Nov 4 '10 at 19:22
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Your best bet is a Feyslaughter Weapon:

Feyslaughter weapon

Level: 14

Property: When you hit a creature with this weapon, that creature cannot teleport until the end of your next turn.

Other Items: Forbidding Weapon or Anchoring Armor or Dimensional Anchor

Powers: Entangling Force (Wizard 13) or Moon Wrath

Search DDI for "Can not teleport" "can't teleport" and "cannot teleport"

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+1 But, there's no way this DM is gonna let them have one. The real problem is social, not technical. =) –  Adam Dray Nov 4 '10 at 14:46
An awesome weapon, I can see every character in our party carrying one –  briddums Nov 4 '10 at 19:30
@AdamDray I wouldn't be so sure: there's no evidence the GM was being despotic, maybe he would accept a player's reaction/adaptation to these monsters' ability; –  Lohoris Apr 6 at 11:32
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It's possible the DM is just enjoying a power trip, in which case there's nothing you can do to fix this situation at the technical level. As other answers suggest, you need to sit down with your DM and figure out why this is happening at the social level.

But that aside...

Let the DM teleport his monsters away.

  1. You get full XP for these encounters.
  2. You got to finish the encounter quicker.
  3. This means you get more encounters per session.
  4. This means you level faster.
  5. This means less risk to your characters!

If your DM isn't awarding the XP, he's being a pain in the not following the rules as written.

If the same nasty monster returns to attack you again, try to Intimidate it into leaving you alone. I think you deserve a check before it's bloodied and at least a small bonus to your checks for having defeated the monster before.

Intimidate: Standard action in combat or part of a skill challenge.

Opposed Check: Intimidate vs. Will

           . . .

Success: You force a bloodied target to surrender, get a target to reveal secrets against its will, or cow a target into taking some other action. DDI (emphasis added)

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/laugh/ Really, you thought d*****bag was inappropriate? =D –  Adam Dray Nov 4 '10 at 20:13
Ooh. You mention full XP for teleport-escaping monsters. Could you add the book reference for this for future players who get this page as search results? –  F. Randall Farmer Nov 5 '10 at 3:39
Sure! Once I get near some books, or someone else can edit my answer. –  Adam Dray Nov 5 '10 at 14:47
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Normal teleportation requires line of sight. So if you can break line of sight from a valid target space, you can prevent teleporation.

Some tactics and methods to accomplish that:

  • make them blind.
  • tactically use walls (like a Wall of Fire) to "box them in".
  • immobilize them in a zone like that blocks line of sight (like Stinking Cloud).
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Great tactical suggestions! –  Pat Ludwig Nov 4 '10 at 19:19
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Aside from any special anti-teleportation powers already mentioned, there's only three things I know of that prevent teleportation:

  • A successful save to avoid involuntary teleportation into "hindering terrain".
  • The person using the power does not have Line of Sight to either the target object, or the target endpoint, or both.
  • The person using the power does not have Line of Effect to the target object.
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I think you're mixing one thing up: Restrained does not prevent teleportation. "You can’t move, unless you teleport." –  user660 Nov 4 '10 at 21:31
@Baelnorn You're right. I was thinking of the restriction on forced movement, which does not apply to teleportation. –  Iszi Nov 5 '10 at 5:43
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