Can a character escape the Iron Bands of Bilarro (DMG p. 177, listed in the SRD as the Iron Bands of Binding) with the misty step spell? To clarify, I am not asking if the bands prevent teleportation. I am asking whether the bands are teleported with the character as he teleports using misty step.


The Bands do not prevent teleportation

The limitations of Misty Step are clear:

you teleport up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you can see

The only way the Iron Band could interfere with any of these if it obstructed the target's vision. There is no trace of this in the description.

The Bands might teleport with you

Sage Advice:

In your opinion, could a wizard that's tied up (but not gagged) cast Misty Step to free himself?
It's up to the DM. I'd say you could teleport out of bonds that are fixed to a wall or the like.

My opinion

Misty Step is magic, and you pay the price, spend a spell slot and an action. You can clearly get out of a grapple with Misty Step, and shackles seem even simpler things. Once the Bands caught you, they are no different from shackles.
So I would let Misty Step get you out of it.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Let me clarify. I'm not asking if the bands prevent teleportation. I am wondering if the bands are teleported with the character. \$\endgroup\$ – user28536 Aug 19 '17 at 17:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ How are shackles simpler than grappling? Especially the Bands, which apply not the grappled, but the restrained condition. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jun 22 '18 at 9:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Szega the shackles are passive, a grappler can adapt to your movement and actions \$\endgroup\$ – András Jun 22 '18 at 9:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ The spell grants you nothing to take advantage of that difference. Also, the Bands are a magic item that restrict you much more than a grappler normally can. Getting out of a grapple is easier than getting out of the Bands and thus I do not think the argument holds up that because you can escape one, you should be able to escape the other too. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jun 22 '18 at 9:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ It should be worthy of note that your Sage Advice quote contains a prerequisite for bonds needing be "fixed to a wall or the like" to not teleport with you. From my understanding these Iron Bands are exclusively attached to you, like being forced to wear a metal straight jacket. \$\endgroup\$ – Scrawnoisis Jun 26 '18 at 8:52

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