A quick shortcut to enable rapid travel in an open-world setting. Most often, it allows travel between a set of fixed points, or to those points from anywhere in the game world. In a lot of games, these points are co-located with Save Points
. In some cases, using the Warp Whistle is the only way to reach certain areas.
In most cases, destinations become unlocked when the player visits them the old-fashioned way first. Why this happens sometimes is justified; when you get there, you do something like opening a portal or activating a teleport machine, allowing you to get back there easily. Sometimes, however, it's never explained why the traveling method only works if you have been there already
. It's often necessary to gameplay, as if you could teleport to anywhere in the world from the beginning of the game, you could simply teleport to the villain's lair and there would be no need for all this quest.
There is sometimes a monetary charge for the trip.
Compare and contrast Global Airship
. While the Global Airship is awarded late in the game, it has wide-ranging freedom of movement. The Warp Whistle has very fixed destinations, more of which become unlocked in play, but it is generally available at an early point. A helpful comparison: The airship is a private helicopter, and the Warp Whistle is a subway pass.
If the Warp Whistle
is available as an item, it may be restricted to usage in "overworld" locations only (outdoor settings like towns or the world map), and fail to do anything if the player attempts to use it during Dungeon Crawling
. Its in-dungeon counterpart would be the Escape Rope
, whose function is limited to teleporting the player out of the dungeon in question (after which, the player may use the Warp Whistle
Often overlaps with Point-and-Click Map
, in that a Warp Whistle
may call up such map (instead of showing a list of known locations) but is not always required to access it. Often veers into Acceptable Breaks from Reality
depending on context - some games justify the "Warp whistle" mechanic while others just ignore it for the sake of making it an anti-frustration feature
Also see Sprint Shoes
, Warp Zone
, Portal Network
, Mook Bouncer
, Door to Before
. Compare Fast-Forward Mechanic
for skipping over time.
- Donkey Kong Country:
- The first two games have "Funky's Flights", in which Funky Kong allows the Kongs to rent his barrel plane to fly to areas around the map. Of course, you can only travel to levels you've already visited.
- In Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!, getting all the DK Coins in the game allows you to obtain the Gyrocopter, which allowed you to travel to any location on the world map and access secret areas.
- Donkey Kong 64 offers you up to five pairs of warp pads in both the overworld and the levels themselves, each pair labelled with a number. There are even warp pads exclusive to Tiny Kong — they have Tiny's face on them, and you only use them when you pay a visit to Cranky Kong at a certain point and get the potion required to use them.
- The Legend of Zelda series has one in almost every game, usually based on a musical item that is often the central mystical artifact of the game:
- In The Legend of Zelda I, use of the "magic whistle" item (also technically the Trope Codifier, because the Trope Namer was directly referencing this game) transports Link via friendly tornado to the entrance of a random dungeon. Blowing it repeatedly allows you to get to your destination, or at least closer. Also there is a power bracelet available earlier which allows Link to go between 4 different hidden doors around the overworld.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, using the Flute-Playing Boy's instrument allows Link to summon a bird, which can carry you to one of the eight preset locations in the overworld, one of which is the otherwise-inaccessable warp to the Dark World's sixth dungeon. Even before this is acquired, once Link purchases the flippers from the King Zora, he can use the whirlpool vortices scattered throughout Hyrule's waterways as a rapid transport system. These are limited, however, in that any given vortex will only take you to one other vortex, with no way to choose and no randomizing.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening has a quartet of warp points that can be opened up. "Manbo's Mambo" also allows you to teleport to the home of Crazy Tracy, or to the beginning of a dungeon you are inside. It's a godsend if you plan to exploit the screen-skipping glitch.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's titular instrument has many magical functions that Link activates by playing various songs. Each major area has a temple marked by a dais with a sigil on the ground, and there is a unique song for each that can carry Link there from almost anywhere in the Hyrule overworld. The Shadow Temple can only be reached this way.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask features owl statues that can be "awakened" with a sword strike. Thereafter, the Ocarina's "Song of Soaring" can be used to transport Link via Perpetual Molt Stock Footage to any statue so awakened.
- Both The Legend of Zelda Oracle games have seeds which can be cracked open to make a friendly tornado. Once in the upper atmosphere you can choose where you want to land.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a magical conductor's baton, the titular Wind Waker, that can be used to conduct various songs. There aren't so many as for the Ocarina, but the one called the Ballad of Gales, after Link learns it from the god of storms, allows him to summon a whirlwind that will deposit him and his boat in one of eight areas of the player's choosing. This is different from many other examples, as the exact landing point within the area is somewhat randomized. One of the destinations puts Link down inside an otherwise inaccessible grotto on a sheer-walled island, where he can receive a valued quest-relevant gift from the Queen of the Faeries (which also renders this warp point useless for any other purpose). As far as the dungeons go, there are pots that must be bombed to open up. If you can open up at least two pots, you can jump into one and spring out the other. This is not only good for leaving the game and returning easily to where you were, but there is usually one outside the boss' door.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap has a set of transport tiles, opened up gradually across the land as the game goes on. Playing the Ocarina summons a bird to carry Link to them.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a set of portals positioned throughout the world serve as handy rapid-transit. Midna can carry Link through them, but only in his wolf form. Each one appears along with an Inescapable Ambush of shadow creatures.
- The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass allows you to warp from place to place on the sea using golden frogs, which give you the symbol for a given point after you catch them.
- The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has a series of fixed warp gates set up in various places along the titular train tracks, each of which must be activated by a shot from the Spirit Train's cannon before it can be used, then turned on by blowing your train whistle.
- The bird statues from Majora's Mask return in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. You have to manually fly through Skyloft to travel between regions, but can land at any activated statue.
- In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Link can get a ride from a friendly witch to any Save Point he has previously visited.
- They're also very common in the Super Mario Bros. series, starting with the "Warp Zone" in the original.
- Super Mario Bros. 3, the Trope Namer, references the original Legend of Zelda, even down to the tune. The whistles are three hard-to-find, single-use items, that when blown would transport the player to a special warp-pipe-infested map, that can carry him to a later level. They can actually be used to skip most of the game — as demonstrated in this Speedrun.
- Super Mario World has the Star World, which allows Mario or Luigi to travel between any two of five star-shaped locations on the map once the bonus levels are beaten. This allows for an even greater game-skip than Super Mario Bros. 3's Warp Whistles. Upon reaching the first Star World warp, you are literally 4 levels away from Bowser's Castle.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has nine warp pipes throughout the Beanbean Kingdom. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has Bowser (for Mario and Luigi) and Chakroad (for Bowser)
- Paper Mario has the Toad Town Tunnels. Usually you use a power, item or character unlocked in an area to open up the pipe to that area.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has the Rogueport Sewers, which have pipes to the areas you've visited in the same way as the sewers in the first game (complete with them opening up when you get new items/powers/characters).
- Super Paper Mario has a 'Return Pipe', which returns the player to Flipside Tower at anytime in the game, though only to Flipside Tower (or to Flopside, under certain circumstances)
- Most Mega Man games of the classic mold have a set of discrete stages, but the Mega Man Zero and ZX series on the GBA and DS have an open world, where any area can be walked to eventually from any other, with some exceptions. In these games, Trans Servers serve as Save Points and a method of getting around faster. In ZX, there are also consoles without transport functionality, used exclusively to save and access missions.
- Any Metroidvania-style Castlevania game will have something akin to the above example's Trans Servers, except without the save function. They take on various forms - Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow had a strange face tile that would suck Soma into it, and spit him out at his intented destination. Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia had a giant goblet thing that had a huge sphere of water hovering over it, and after the warp, the drops fall down to the ground. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance has TWO types of warp rooms: rooms that transported you to a set location, and others that were linked together.
- NetHack has a powerful amulet (Not The Amulet, which is the goal of the game: The second best) known as the Eye of the Aethiopica, which has, among other things, the power to instantly warp the player to other dungeon branches. It can only be used every so often, though. It also contains a Magic Whistle, which warps your pet to your side, provided you and the pet are on the same floor of the dungeon.
- In King's Quest VI, Alexander receives a magic map which allows him to teleport between the Green Isles. It only works when used at the shore.
- In Kingdom Hearts, flying the Shoot Em Ups level along a path between worlds allows the Gummi Ship to warp between them directly from then on, once the Warp Gummi had been acquired. Throughout the entire game, as long as Sora has the Gummi Ship, he can exit to it from any save point, then turn right around and select the world he's already on, and enter from any other save point, for a quick way to get around within a world. In the sequel, this is simplified further; finishing the path opens up the destination world on the overworld screen.
- The Cullis gates (and, by extension, the Guild Seal) from Fable.
- The mermaid springs in Ōkami. Also, certain save points after you purchase a particular item.
- The ancient transporters scattered around in Breath of Fire III, and the teleport-to-any-explored-town spell in I and II.
- The teleportation beacons/badges that give targets to superbase teleporters in City of Heroes. Also, gaining the Ouroboros Portal gives the the ability to do this without a base but doesn't give direct access to all of the locations.
- Diablo II has a "waypoint" in nearly every zone (including towns and enemy lairs), which can instantly teleport the player to any other waypoint in the game. However, as the zones are sorted according to the Sorting Algorithm of Evil, only two waypoints are typically used: one in the town, the other in the most advanced zone so far. Diablo III continues this, except you can no longer travel by waypoint back to previous acts.
- The games also made use of Town Portal, though as the name implied, the scrolls primarily sent you back to town (which you would need to do often in order to sell off your old or excess gear, repair the gear you were using, and resupply on essentials such as potions, ammunition and Scrolls of Identify or Town Portal. Diablo III does away with the scrolls and simply has Identify as a command for rare and legendary items (and as of Reaper of Souls, only legendaries get this treatment), and Town Portal becomes a spell that any character can cast, which takes a while to cast and returns you immediately to town, cutting down on the "leave a portal open behind you" tactics that were prevalent in the first two games.
- Torchlight II, similar to the Diablo games, has a waypoint that leads to each town that you unlock as well as being able to warp back to towns visited in the previous acts and waypoints scattered in the open zones, including ones made by the players.
- World of Warcraft has a number of fast travel options available for players, coming in four flavors: Player skills, portals, services, and instance shortcuts.
- Player skills: Certain abilities and items allow players to fast travel immediately from one location to another. The most common is the Hearthstone, which returns the player to an inn they've chosen as their home. Monks, Druids, and Death Knights each have an ability that can teleport them to their class training hub while Shamans have an ability that can transport them either to their inn or to their faction's capital city. Warlocks have a Summoning Portal that allows them to summon other players to their location. There are also other items, such as wormhole generators, with more varied destinations.
- Portals: Both player-created and not, portals instantly teleport people using them to a destination. The most common are portals to capital cities and the Dark Portal, but there are also portals to some out-of-the way locations, such as the Isle of Thunder.
- Services: Flightmasters provide automated and safe travel between friendly settlements for a fee. Boats and zeppelins are free to use, with the majority acting as travel lanes between the different continents and a handful offering travel within the continent for low-level players. Summoning stones located outside of instances can be used to summon other players to the instance.
- Instance shortcuts: In deference to the increasing size of instances, Blizzard has introduced fast travel options to some of the larger dungeons and raids. The exact operation of the shortcut is generally made to match the theme of the instance.
- Ragnarok Online has four fast travel options: by airship, by boat, by Kafra or by any acolyte-class character.
- Kafras warp players for a small fee to any town. The further the town is away from the town the Kafra is stationed in, the higher the fee.
- Several of the bigger cities provide an airship or boat, or both, that travel along specific routes and stop by several towns, also for a small fee.
- The player skill Warp Portal, available to acolyte-class characters who invest points in it, allows the player to warp others to places they have "memorised" using the skill.
- There's also the Fly Wing and Butterfly Wing items; the former warps a player to any random spot on the same map, the latter warps a player to their last save point.
- Some games provide both spells that can teleport the character to the outskirts of any town previously visited, and purchaseable items that provide the same effect.
- Dragon Quest (a.k.a. Dragon Warrior) games. "Zoom" allows you to warp to any city (and some other places) you've already visited on foot. Provided that you have a clear sky above you so the Hero can warp out vertically; if you attempt to use it indoors (or even when standing under something such as a balcony), it will merely result in the Hero crashing his head against the ceiling and tumbling right back down to the ground. The chimaera wing item has the same effect. "Outside" (aka "Evac") allows the player to warp back to the entrances of dungeons. The evac-u-bell item has the same effect.
- Phantasy Star. Phantasy Star II also had teleport stations. Phantasy Star Online had an item called the "telepipe" which, when activated, transported the player's entire party back to "town"/"base". The 'pipe would stay open until the player who had activated it returned through it. Comes in quite handy when you're low on health/energy and almost out of restoration items, and you know or suspect that there's a boss waiting in the next room.
- Most of the Wild ARMs games have "Teleport Orbs" or a Teleport spell that lets you revisit old locations. Some only warp to towns, but some let you warp anywhere. Some of the games also have a system of ancient ruins that contain teleporters to other ruins, in addition to the teleport orbs, often used to travel to new areas. And both of the first two games rely on you breaking the teleporters in order to reach a new optional area. In Wild ARMs 1 you have to damage the ancient ruins before teleporting in order to reach the Bonus Dungeon. And in Wild ARMs 2 you have to use the teleport orb while a party member who has been shown to be unlucky with teleportation is in the the front of the party to reach someone who can teach you higher level magic.
- The Lufia series.
- Betrayal at Krondor.
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind features intercity travel by silt strider — a giant insect, lobotomized and "driven" by manipulating exposed muscle tendons. Passengers ride in the beast's hollowed-out shell. which is just a Tamriel version of public transit.
- In addition to warps in the form of guild guides (transport to any other guild), Propylon Chambers (each one to two other strongholds, of which there are several - you need an item in order to use these), and mark and recall (if put into an item, a literal warp whistle). And boats. And Intervention spells, which would lead you to one of two types of temple. Not to mention the mods that add insta-teleportation items or teleporting houses or whathaveyou. Morrowind is the most Warp Whistley game ever.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on the other hand simply gives you a map with markers on it, which at the beginning only has major cities marked, and a marker is added the first time you visit a place. You can then fast travel to that location anytime, although for all intents and purposes the game assumes you walked/rode your horse there and a certain amount of time has passed (though this is a moot point, since none of the player's objectives have a time limit).
- Daggerfall had a map system, where cities were marked from the start but the player is not limited to travelling to marked locations. Of course, given the sheer size of the map, not using it was rather impractical, so the de facto warp whistles were the various ways to go faster (the time passed mattered in Daggerfall, thanks to time limits for quests) - Recall spells, buying horses, sleeping at innsnote , going by boat (bought or voyage paid for) or using the Mages Guild' Teleporter service (like the Guild Guides of Morrowind, only a) free, b) requiring a high rank in the Guild, c) teleporting you to any location on the map rather than to another Guild Guide).
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim uses the same system as Oblivion, except that the player cannot fast-travel to major cities immediately. However, they can rent rides between these cities on a horse and cart for a price that feels expensive in the first couple of hours, but quickly becomes nominal. Once the cities have been discovered, the player can fast-travel to them like any other location. This seems to have two mild benefits: it makes the player feel they have to "earn" the right to visit each location, either through effort or coin, and it allows players following a "no fast-travel" rule to move between cities without spending about an hour on the journey.
- Fallout 3, also by Bethesda, uses essentially the same system as Oblivion, although in this case no locations are marked from the beginning, they must be discovered first.
- Fallout: New Vegas uses exactly the same system. If playing in Hardcore mode, the game-time that elapses while fast-travelling affects sleep, food and hydration meters, making it feel a little more like an actual journey. The game won't let you travel any distance that would result in one of said meters running out and killing you.
- Fallout 4 has the same for the casual difficulty settings, but in Survival Mode, fast-travel is disabled, so you have to physically walk everywhere, with the exception of teleporting into the Institute and out of it to the CIT Ruins in the center of the map, and signalling a Vertibird transport if allied with the Brotherhood of Steel.
- The Warp Whistle in Secret of Evermore looks like a Global Airship, but can only land at fixed locations.
- Guild Wars allows for "map travel", that is, the ability to warp instantly and without cost, to and from any town or outpost one has already visited. It's carried over into Guild Wars 2 as the Asura Waypoint network. There are also portals connecting each race's capital city to Lion's Arch.
- The Region Map in SaGa Frontier and practically all the world maps in the Romancing SaGa series.
- Rogue Galaxy uses this by a system of Save Points that they call Transporters. These are panels that allow the player to warp to almost anywhere they need — which is a highly recommended style of travel, because Jaster and his friends walk at an unusually slow pace.
- While the Final Fantasy series generally prefers a Global Airship, some installments feature Warp Whistle like functionality.
- Final Fantasy X and its sequel do not feature an Overworld Not to Scale for the player to roam around on, so the Global Airship functions similarly to a Warp Whistle. To a lesser extent, in a few places, such as Zanarkand and the tomb of the stolen fayth, small stone plates in the ground can teleport a person back and forth from the beginning of the area to the end.
- Final Fantasy XII has orange Save Points called "Gate Crystals" which allow the player to teleport to other Gate Crystals, for the cost of one warp stone per trip.
- Final Fantasy XIII similarly has the brown Cie'th Stones, which teleport the party to other such Stones across this vastness of Gran Pulse (for free but only after you complete their respective missions).
- The page introduction compares the Warp Whistle to a subway pass. In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, you take the train between the game's four main areas. It is also possible to teleport to previously visited locations, at a cost in Energy Points.
- Final Fantasy XI has a lot of these, ranging from the original telecrystals (which once a shard key item from each was taken, could let any White Mage or certain rings teleport you back to, the homepoint crystals, which you were sent back to if you die or receive a warp spell, and expansion specific versions, such as Abyssea transit and Voidwatch transit (both by NPCs, and to areas where those events take place. But the newest addon takes this Up to Eleven, with the introduction of the waypoint systems, one of these teleports you (one way) to any of these you have activated, and the other takes you to the new city, Adoulin, and it's surrounding areas. The Up to Eleven part? The waypoints in Adoulin are almost literally all over the place, to the point where you can't move in any direction more than thirty seconds without stumbling upon one.
- Final Fantasy XIV features a more refined implementation of the Telecrystal/Waypoint systems in XI, with the Aetheryte network. Once one has acquired the Teleport and Return spells, various large Aetheryte crystals spread around the world (typically one or two per zone, barring few exceptions) can be attuned to and traveled to at any time for a nominal fee. One crystal can be designated a home point and returned to for free, either with the Return spell or upon an in-game KO, assuming no revive is incoming. Three other crystals may be designated as favorites, with much-reduced costs to travel to them using the Teleport spell.
- The HM move Fly in Pokémon, as well as Teleport and Dig to a lesser extent.
- Fly allows you to warp to any city you've already visited (As well as most routes, caves and islands in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire), Teleport takes you to the last Pokémon Center you used; Dig and the Escape Rope item both return you to the entrance of whatever dungeon you may be in but do nothing in the overworld.
- Also the Magnet Train and S.S. Aqua in Gold and Silver and their remakes, which travel between the Johto and Kanto regions.
- The subway and the L-train in Grand Theft Auto III, the train and the airports in San Andreas, the "I failed a mission and need to go back to the start point" taxicabs in Vice City, and the trains in GTA IV. The later games also allowed you to "trip skip" to mission locations if you failed them at least once.
- Metroid Prime 2: Echoes enables, after all Temples are restored, to travel between them by climbing into the Pillar of Light of each one.
- Metroid Prime 3: Corruption finally gives the gunship a use besides saving and replenishing ammo: Cutting back on the incredibly high amount of backtracking in the first two games. There are still only a few areas with open sky access where it can land, including a few at the bottom of mile-long ventilation shafts.
- City of Heroes:
- The game has the monorail, a pair of transit loops that take you among five or six areas each, with one area being reached by both (Two now, with the addition of a second station in Skyway). This serves as a faster alternative to simply walking between areas. The stations also serve as safe havens, since they are guarded by uber-powerful drones that vaporize any baddies chasing you.
- For people of a certain level or who've bought certain expansions, there's also the Pocket D VIP pass (teleports you to an Inn Between the Worlds that provides connections to a few other zones), the Ouroboros Portal (sends you to a zone outside normal time that offers connections to a few other zones), and the base teleporters (set in your super group's base to provide a direct transport to a zone). For the clever veteran, there are easier ways to get about than rushing between trains. The monorails (and the ferries of City of Villains) were later changed so that all of them can go to any other. The advanced "Long Range Teleport" power also enables the user to teleport between zones, though it has a long cooldown.
- Banjo-Kazooie has four pairs of Warp Cauldrons, and for each pair both cauldrons must be activated before they can be used. Banjo-Tooie instead uses a network of Silos in Isle o' Hags and warp pads within the real levels. The warp pads are not just for the player's convenience: they are practically necessary for solving some of the game's Timed Mission puzzles.
- In Planescape: Torment, going through the Hive in the early game can get irritating. Thankfully, some shortcuts become available at about the midway point.
- I Wanna Be the Guy has one room where you can warp to any area you been to, assuming that you beat the area boss.
- Freelancer has three kinds of Warp Whistle: Trade Lanes, which travel within solar systems, Jump Gates, which connect different systems, and Jump Holes, which are natural Jump Gates. Trade Lanes can be disrupted, however.
- All of the Might and Magic games have the spell Town Portal, which (as the name indicates) creates a portal to the city of choices. In the five DOS games you could pick any town on the map from the beginning of the game. In later games the spell only gave you a choice of which town to go to at higher levels. The 3rd, 4th and 5th game also had the Magic Mirrors, which could teleport you to various places around the world, although in the 3rd game you had to find the words of passage by thoroughly exploring the world (in World of Xeen most of the words of passage were on the map that came with the game). In the same games, there's also a spell called Lloyd's Beacon, which allows you to pick a spot to set a beacon so you can return to it later.
- Dark Sun: Shattered Lands had various obelisks scattered around its world. Each one could be activated by putting its corresponding gem in it. Once this is done the party can teleport back to this obelisk at any time.
- Tabula Rasa has warpgates between planets and dropships between bases on the same planet, but one must physically travel to a given warp point before being able to use it, reasoned as a security measure to insure that their enemies can't infiltrate the portal network. But since the enemies are the buglike Thraxx, one might argue it'd be easier just to not let anyone bug-like use the ships.
- Many games in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise have "Terminal Rooms" in key locations. You can use a Terminal Room to teleport to any other Terminal Room you've already visited.
- Persona 4 has two types: the "square" button on the PS2 controller will open up a warp menu to locations in the real world (an early nameless NPC will expound upon the "square button's" virtues in-game) while the dungeons will always let you re-enter on the furthest floor you've visited, and provide save/teleport points just outside boss rooms.
- Tales of Symphonia has "quick jump" points scattered throughout the game, most often in places the player backtracks through after having cleared previously. Lloyd, in a bit of Breaking the Fourth Wall, even wonders aloud why there isn't a quick jump in a particular area of the game Tower of Mana. Naturally, the other members of the party have no clue what he's referring to...
- Rare non-game example: in the comic book The Authority, the titular superhero organization has access to an interdimensional ship that can open portals for them to and from anywhere from the ship, when someone on the ship's chosen crew (the Authority, in this case) says, "Door." The Authority soon realize the potential of such, and quickly jump on the opportunity to get the drop on anyone, anywhere, tackling not just other supers but the armies of aggressive nations and acts of genocide, to name just a few such problems.
- Cartoon Network Universe: Fusionfall has two: the SCAMPER (from Codename: Kids Next Door) and monkeys that fly using jetpacks (from The Powerpuff Girls). While you need to register by speaking to the attendant at both ends for both types, only the SCAMPER could cross area boundaries.
- Golden Sun has the late-game Teleport-psyenergy, which teleports you between the towns when on the world map and lets you access BonusDungeons. There's also Retreat, a power the hero has by default, allowing you to warp back to the beginning of any dungeon unless there's a plot point otherwise.
- The seventh installment in the Leisure Suit Larry series allows Larry to simply pick a point on the map and skip all the tedious walking between.
- The Ultima series has usually had these:
- Started with Ultima II's "Time gates."
- The moongates from Ultima III onward, keyed to the phases of the moons.
- Ultima IV and Ultima V have the Gate Travel spell, allowing the player's party to move to the location of any moongate. In Ultima V, it turns out the moongates are generated by moonstones buried under them, which the Avatar can retrieve and then bury elsewhere.
- Ultima VI, in addition to the relocatable moonstones, has the Orb of the Moons, an inventory item that opens a special gate to almost everywhere you need to go.
- Ultima VII Part II has the Dark Path, a link between several locations, accessible by using a serpent jawbone; a serpent tooth must be located (and attached to the jawbone) in order for each location to be accessible, but the Avatar will only find each tooth after reaching the respective location conventionally.
- Ultima VIII has standard teleport pads which have to be activated.
- Ultima Online has the mage spells Recall, Mark, and Gate Travel. Mark lets you save your current coordinates on a small item called a rune. Recall lets you instantly travel to any location you have a rune for. Gate Travel lets you open a moongate connected to that location, letting you and anyone else instantly travel back and forth for the duration of the spell.
- MOTHER and EarthBound put a unique twist on the concept with PSI Teleport α and, just in EarthBound, PSI Teleport β. Teleport α has you run along a straight line to build up energy before you can teleport to your selected location, but if you crash into any obstacle in your path, you stop (pitch black and covered in soot) and the move fails. Teleport β, on the other hand, is also known as the 'Tornado Teleport', as you run in an outward spiral pattern, and so are less likely to run into something.
- In Suikoden Viki and the Blinking Mirror acts as a warp Whistle, instantly teleporting the characters to any town or major area in the game. A godsend with the game's awkward/slow overland travel.
- The portable Harvest Moon games - starting with Harvest Moon Friends Of Mineral Town have the Teleport Stone, which allows you to teleport any unlocked area on your main map.
- Exit Fate gives you an item that brings you back to your base, and it's possible to get a teleporter installed there that lets you go anywhere you've already been.
- EVE Online lets space-owning alliances in 0.0 deploy "jump bridges" to connect systems that would otherwise take several normal jumps to reach.
- Moving a character's respawn point to the destination and then committing suicide can be a very fast way to travel. This is limited by monetary cost and the fact that most useful respawn points will only be in the list after going there and leaving an item, or having a corporation office there.
- RuneScape has a ton of these in various forms, from the magic skill, to quest rewards, to intentionally failing a minigame, among other things. Very much needed, as it's a huge world that would take hours to traverse on foot.
- The White Dragon Wings from Lunar: The Silver Star (and subsequent remakes) allow instant travel to previously visited towns.
- Tower of the Sorcerer has a rare sighting of this trope in a tower: the Orb of Flying, allowing you to visit any floor you've previously been to, except floor 43 and floor 0.
- An Untitled Story gives you the ability to warp to any save point you've seen, but not necessarily visited. Realizing this assumption is false is the only way to get a particular required ability.
- Mitsumete Knight R: Daibouken Hen has a warp system that allow you to warp to any town of the game with a statue by touching said statue, but the system needs to be activated first by gathering the Slates of Earth, Sea, and Sky, and placing those three Slates in an ancient machine inside the Pyramid.
- Spiderweb Software added this to their Exile and Avernum games, starting with Exile III and getting simpler and easier to use in each later game. In Exile III, the portals were expensive, one-way, and their destinations limited to the major capitals. In Avernum 4, the portal system was free and extremely convenient, allowing the player to travel from and to every previously visited city within moments via a central portal chamber, which also made a neat item storage facility.
- La-Mulana has the Grail item, which can be obtained in the first dungeon level. Its function is to instantly transport Lemeza back to the overworld, or any level whose tablet has been read, though backside areas require a certain pair of ROMs to be equipped. Besides saving time wandering around the ruins (and, in the remake, working as Save Points), it's a useful method for escaping from spike traps and such, but it doesn't work at all in the Dimensional Corridor.
- Transwarp abilities in Star Trek Online. At first, the only destination is Earth Space Dock, but via leveling up your noncombat diplomacy, other destinations become available - including K-7 and Deep Space Nine. Unfortunately all destinations share a rather long cooldown, so these tend to be saved for "emergencies".
- Klingons get a separate list of transwarp destinations — the main difference (beyond travelling to Qo'noS instead of ESD) being that the Klingons travels to sector maps instead of starbases, and that the governing noncombat skill is marauding.
- Later versions of JumpStart Adventures 4th Grade: Haunted Island include a map that allows you to warp to any location on it. Earlier versions not only didn't have this feature, but also did not have a map at all, resulting in many frustrated nine-year-olds wandering around the island with no idea where they are. The map was inside the user's manual.
- Assassin's Creed:
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood features several tunnel entrances scattered around Rome, which allow the player to move quickly through the city after they have been renovated.
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations skips the renovation part and lets you use them from the start.
- Assassin's Creed III goes even further than its predecessors by letting you fast-travel to any viewpoint already unlocked but unfortunately these are pretty scarce. New York also has a Tunnel Network that must be explored to unlock fast-travel points.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag lets you travel to any unlocked viewpoint even if you are in the middle of the sea (except if you are in the middle of a naval fight). There are also dozens of boats scattered throughout the map that teleport Edward to his ship.
- Kingdom of Loathing has links at the top of the page allowing you to go to any location you can access from the Main Map, plus The Mall of Loathing as a bonus.
- Red Faction: Guerilla has this option, to allow you to fast-travel to any of the safe houses. Except, later, the one in the Badlands
- In DuckTales: The Quest for Gold, it's possible to build a time machine that lets you skip the frustrating flying stages.
- Divine Divinity has a unique take on the concept, with a set of two portal pyramids. When you're given one of them, you can acquire the other by teleporting to it (which is in a locked room of a nearby catacomb, surrounded by skeletons). Either pyramid can be set down on the floor anywhere, or thrown anywhere a normal item can be thrown. Afterwards, the player can either set down the other pyramid and use it as a two-way portal, or activate it in his hand and teleport without leaving a way back. This has several immediately useful applications, not least of which is the ability to get over narrow impassable terrain features. And, with a bit of luck, certain open windows.
- Completing George's sidequest in Deadly Premonition nets you a Police Radio that lets you warp to important landmarks and buildings around Greenvale.
- The first game in the Dark Parables series has a very restricted one of these. A "mysterious arcane symbol" is drawn on the ground in one section of the castle courtyard; later, activating an identical symbol in the alchemist's tower of the castle proper enables the player character to warp at will between those two spots.
- Borderlands has the "New U" stations that allow for character customization, respawning, and, after the network is reactivated, instant transportation to any "New U" station that the player has visited.
- Escape Velocity Nova has hypergates, devices that allow ships to travel to another hypergate in another star system instantaneously, which saves a lot of travel time.
- The Simon the Sorcerer games, especially in the first and the third. The first features a magic map in your inventory that, when used at any place of the world, allows you to instantly appear in a few specific parts of the world (useful especially to travel around the maze-like forest). The third features two sets of scattered magic phonebooths, one around the countryside and other inside the city, and entering any of them allows you to appear at any booth belonging to the same set. Later on the same game, you get a rainbird that, when summoned, rides you from anywhere in the world to anywhere where there's a platform with a picture of a bird (they're scattered around the countryside and the city, and a few in areas not reachable by other way).
- The Return magic in Ys II, and the Wing in Ys IV allow you to instantly travel to any previously visited town or other important destination.
- The Shaman's unique archetypical power from Spore is basically this, although it only allows travel to their homeworld, and not back.
- The various teleport runes in Gothic and its sequel. You'll be thankful for these, as the game world is huge and it takes forever to run between places.
- Evil Islands: Completing some quests will allow to travel instantly to certain areas of the map.
- Willow for the Nintendo Entertainment System has the magic ocarina which summons Po to fly you to any previously visited place.
- The latter two titles in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy have these. In Clear Sky, they take the form of guides that you can pay to take you to various places. Unfortunately, not every guide knows how to get to every place, so while jumping back to the starting area is usually simple, getting back to the area you jumped from can be very similar to figuring out a bus system, and the fees add up quickly. In Call of Pripyat, you can tag along with other Stalkers to get to various places around each map zone for a relatively low cost, but moving between the maps requires paying a (initially significant, but a relatively simple early mission can lower it) fee to a guide to take you to the other map. One of the beauties of Call of Pripyat's guides is that while there is always one hanging out in the mission hub, there are often other Stalkers willing to take you places walking around the open world, meaning that it's entirely possible to come out of a gunfight bleeding and low on ammo only to find a couple of guys who will not only sell you some medical supplies but take you someplace to get patched up and restock for a very low price.
- The Jumpdrive in the X-Universe is a relatively expensive module fitted onto ships that allow them to jump to any known jump gates while expending some Energy Cells. The jumpdrive works anywhere and has a set charge time of ten seconds, though one should be aware that it can be destroyed if the ship's shields go down while trying to escape. The Unfocused Jumpdrive gained through the Goner plot will dump the player into a randomly generated sector in intergalactic space, giving them a breather from combat or allowing them to find the Goner Aran. The only limitation to the jumpdrive is that it cannot warp to Terran Trans-Orbital Accelerators, as they're glorified Gauss guns that shoot ships between points of interest in the Sol system. The Xtended Terran Conflict mod adds Point-To-Point jumpdrives for the M2+ super-destroyers which can jump anywhere in a system, but requires good relations with the sector's owners, locks the ship's controls for several seconds, and drains energy cells at a phenomenal rate.
- South Park: The Stick of Truth has Sir Timmy's Fast Travel Locations, which are flags with bicycle horns attached to them. The first time you use one, Timmy appears, riding his wheelchair with a cart attached and takes you to your destination. All other times, the animation isn't present, although you sometimes hear "Timmy!"
- In Dragon's Dogma, the player uses Ferrystones to travel anywhere with Portcrystals. Gran Soren, Cassardis and (with the Dark Arisen expansion) Bitterblack Isle are the only places with permanent Portcrystals. Everywhere else, you must place a Portcrystal to be able to warp there.
- In Far Cry 3 you can fast-travel to any liberated oupost or radio tower. Its DLC, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, allows you to fast-travel to any liberated Garrison.
- In Faria, Wings let you travel back to any previously visited town.
- Forza Horizon, in addition to Outposts you can fast-travel to for a small fee, has an unlockable ability to fast-travel to any marked location, but in the first game, you have to pay a microtransaction to unlock it, unlike the second game where it is "purchased" with Skill Points.
- The helicopter in FUEL airlifts you to heliports in any unlocked zones.
- In Dungeons & Dragons Online:
- The main city of Stormreach has a network of teleport gates that let you travel between zones.
- Stormreach also has towers that let you access your Guild's airship. You can board in any tower and disembark at any other.
- You can also acquire a Navigator for your airship who can set you down in even more locations.
- Wilderness areas must be explored on foot, but a few have friendly NP Cs who will transport you to a distant waypoint that you've visited before.
- The wind flute in Hometown Story. The fact that you can use it for this via the map interface is one of the game's many Guide Dang It elements.
- The first game had the 5 Warp Dances that allow Shantae to instantly teleport to the town of the Warp Squid Mother that taught her the dance.
- Risky's Revenge had the Warp Pedestals, which you need to awaken for Shantae to use as a way point. In the original version, these were paired-up and Shantae could only use a Warp Pedestal to teleport to its partner. Things were made more convenient in the Director's Cut, which allowed Shantae to warp to any other awakened Warp Pedestal.
- Rakenzarn Tales grants you a teleportation device near the start of Chapter 6. It starts with all of Cyril Region unlocked, but you'll need to find the activation crystals for the rest of the world yourself.
- Lunarosse has this done via party member Sophia and her teleportation magic.
- ToeJam & Earl can use the "Unfall" present to warp up one level if they're playing solo, or they can use the "Togetherness" present when playing together to warp the user to the other's location.
- Freeze ME has teleporters in every level that you can use to navigate them.
- The Updated Re-release of Ori And The Blind Forest allows warping between previously-used Spirit Wells.
- In the Steven Universe episode "House Guest", Greg is staying at the temple until his broken leg is healed. Because they needed to go on a mission, Pearl provides Greg with a literal warp whistle, allowing him to call on Steven from the warp-pad should he need him.
- In The Smurfs story "Traveling Smurf" (and its Animated Adaptation "Dreamy's Nightmare"), the titular Smurf was given a magic whistle that could transport him back to the Smurf Village in case he got tired of his journey through the world. Gargamel gets a hold of this whistle and uses it in his attempt to capture the Smurfs. Later, when all the Smurfs are captured and put into a box while Gargamel prepares to make a meal out of them, the Smurfs all hold hands while Papa Smurf uses the whistle to transport them all safely to the Smurf Village.
- The "transphazers" in TX-Sector work like this, moving pinballs from one fixed location to another.
- In Sword Art Online, the titular game has teleport crystals that can be used to escape a sticky situation, or save time in travel, however there are some trap areas that render all crystals (not just the teleport ones) useless, and teleporing only works to places where the teleport gate has been unlocked, by clearing the floor beneith.