Are you able to use teleportation magic, most notably Dimension Door and (Greater) Teleport, to enter an active Antimagic Field?


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Antimagic Field states (emphasis mine):

An antimagic field suppresses any spell or magical effect used within, brought into, or cast into the area, but does not dispel it. Time spent within an antimagic field counts against the suppressed spell's duration.

This means that Antimagic Field only suppresses a magical effect in these three cases:

  1. The effect is used within the field (such as a caster attempting to cast a spell or use a supernatural ability).
  2. The effect is brought into the field (such as a buff on a fighter that runs into the area).
  3. The effect is cast into the field (such as a fireball being cast into the field).

Given that in our scenario, the wizard is not within the field when they cast the relevant spell, #1 does not apply. Given that the duration of the spells are instantaneous, #2 does not apply. This means that we only need to prove that #3 doesn't apply.

The rules for Aiming a Spell state:

You must make choices about whom a spell is to affect or where an effect is to originate, depending on a spell’s type. The next entry in a spell description [after range,] defines the spell’s target (or targets), its effect, or its area, as appropriate.

If we then look at the relevant portion of Dimension Door, it says:

Target you and touched objects or other touched willing creatures

This means that dimension door is cast on the creatures, not into the Antimagic Field. Therefore, #3 does not apply. Since none of the statements for spell suppression are true, dimension door (and teleport which has a similar targeting line) allows you to teleport into an Antimagic Field.

If the reader is still doubtful of the above, there's no need to look anywhere else for more proof of how they interact. Antimagic Field also states:

The effects of instantaneous conjurations are not affected by an antimagic field because the conjuration itself is no longer in effect, only its result.

Since Dimension Door and Teleport (plus variants) are instantaneous conjurations, they would work even if they did target the area of the Antimagic Field.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I... completely forgot that last line was in the wall of text that is AMF. \$\endgroup\$
    – Ifusaso
    Oct 21, 2020 at 19:18

Reviving this question to say: definitely no. The rules lawyering is impressive, but neglects to consider how the spell is described elsewhere in the game. The rules for planes with the Dead Magic planar trait state:

These planes have no magic at all. A plane with the dead magic trait functions in all respects like an antimagic field spell. Divination spells cannot detect subjects within a dead magic plane, nor can a spellcaster use teleport or another spell to move in or out. The only exception to the “no magic” rule is permanent planar portals, which still function normally.

This explicitly tells us that teleportation effects cannot be used into or out of Dead Magic planes and that Dead Magic planes function in all respects like an AMF. Meaning, teleportation effects cannot be used into or out of AMFs. Which is of course also the common-sense interpretation, but now you have the explicit rules to back it up.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think this is interesting take on the matter. Can you expand on this to affirm or deny that a plane with dead magic doesn't have additional traits beyond those of an AMF, which would allow it to prohibit it being a teleportation destination while AMF would be a permissible destination? \$\endgroup\$ Nov 14, 2022 at 22:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ This would suggest that planar portals could open inside of an AMF. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jason_c_o
    Nov 14, 2022 at 23:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ By extension would the "no magic" rule apply within an antimagic field, too? Because some magical effects like wall of force explicitly do function in an antimagic field (q.v. DMG 290, PH 200). I think that it's possible that the dead magic trait there may be describing additional effects of dead magic rather than clarifying how an antimagic field works. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 15, 2022 at 0:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ A few lines of evidence. First, generally effects that function like something else with modification specify that. E.g. Charm Monster says "This spell functions like charm monster, except..." and Unliving Rage says "This spell functions as rage, except..." This is pretty explicitly saying that it functions in all respects as an AMF. That includes the respects of denying teleportation and divination. The only respect in which it is not like an AMF is that it allows permanent planar portals. \$\endgroup\$
    – c0d3rman
    Nov 15, 2022 at 10:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ I get where you're coming from. Still, it troubles me that this answer kind of depends on a missing (?) transition. (Seriously, we wouldn't be having this conversation if the second sentence began with Further, In addition, Thus, or For example.) Likewise, it troubles me that the second sentence includes within a dead magic plane specifically instead of referencing the aforementioned antimagic field. My troubles, though, needn't be yours: It's a good find. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 15, 2022 at 10:48

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