This has more regard to Nightcrawler's teleportation ability. Every instance in which I've seen him teleport has been within a room or given space.

In the old Sega Genesis games (not sure how closely they followed the canon), you were able to teleport through walls, which I assume to be true in the comics. Is he limited by pure distance? Obstacles? Other factors?

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From Marvel Universe:

Nightcrawler can easily teleport north south along Earth's magnetic lines of force. However, teleporting east west against them or teleporting vertically is more difficult. Under optimal conditions, Nightcrawler can teleport 2 miles east west, 3 miles north south, and 2 miles vertically if he exerts himself.

He also tends to prefer only teleporting to places he can see, or that he knows - so that he does not accidentally teleport himself into something (like a wall or mountain)


According to Wikipedia, the only real limitation is distance, as phantom42 said. Intervening obstacles have no effect. However, in three instances he exceeded his normal range:

  • teleporting 'an unknown (but presumably large) distance' based on telepathically-received coordinates
  • 50 miles
  • 413 miles (carrying a passenger!)

    It is worth noting that the 413 mile teleport was as he was near death, in an effort to save someone from the same fate. He died shortly thereafter, though from extenuating circumstances.

A related limitation is that he is increasingly fatigued by the frequency, distance, and mass carried when teleporting.

  • Though not strictly cannon, there is an episode in Wolverine&TheX-Men where he teleports across the ocean in several un-ending jumps, porting as far as he can and as high as he can, resting in between falls, where he ports before he hits the water. Its unclear how far he teleports but its from Genosha to a US coast. He is at total exhaustion once he finally reaches land.
    – tetris11
    Commented May 6 at 21:42

I was going to paraphrase the comic, but I can't really see how I'd do much better than simply supplying the pages. From "Excalibur" #63 (1993), the most in-depth, in-story analysis of Nightcrawler's powers that I ever read. I hope it provides some bits of insight into the hero!

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  • I don't see anything on these pages specifically referring to limitations?
    – Michael
    Commented May 6 at 21:23

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