(This is meant to be a theory/discussion, which is why I didn’t put it in Ask Greg.)
There are three things I’ve recently been wondering about:
- a) What actually is the range of a Makuta’s power of Teleportation?
- b) Why aren’t Makuta using it more frequently? - Teleportation surely is a lot faster than walking or even flying.
- c) A lot of Makuta likely died because they couldn’t find a new body in time. Why couldn’t they simply teleport back to Destral to get help?
So, here are my theories to answer these questions:
a) The range:
I’d say that the range of a Makuta’s Teleportation power is potentially infinite. However, the greater the distance, the more difficult it gets to assemble all your atoms at the right spot. So if you mess things up you could end up “smeared” across a few hundred bio. That’s basically what happened to Icarax when Gorast robbed him of control of his power - he was “smeared” all across the Matoran Universe. I’d say this also applies to teleporting others - it gets more difficult the higher the distance and the more people are teleported.
b) Why walk?:
Aside from the risk of messing things up as described above, it might also be risky to teleport to places which you can’t see from your starting point. What if some obstacle is right at the point of your destination? That could easily cut you in half, when for example your upper body materializes above some rock, but your lower body can’t, since the rock is in your way, likely resulting in the atoms of your lower body randomly appearing in the nearest unoccupied space.
Also I think you wouldn’t be able to teleport to places you’ve never seen or can’t remember well enough. Maybe all Makuta had memorized and secured a few points in the Matoran Universe they could safely teleport to, but in between they’d use other means of getting to places.
c) Teleporting in gaseous form:
I’d say it definitely has to be possible - because there’s absolutely no way Teridax could have gotten from above the Southern Continent to Metru Nui and the core processor in the time between the destruction of his Maxilos body and Matoro’s sacrifice otherwise.
I’d say teleporting in gaseous form, without a body, is incredibly hard to do, though. After all a Makuta would likely have to concentrate on three things at once: keeping the cloud of gas that is him together, replenishing the parts of his substance that are constantly dissipating while he doesn’t have a body and the task of teleporting itself. Thus teleportation in this state probably is at least as likely to kill you as to work.