Tel'taks are small Goa'uld transport ships used by the Jaffa, the Tok'ra, and the Lucian Alliance. The Tau'ri also made use of stolen Tel'taks, prior to acquiring their own hyperspace-capable vessels.


A Tel'tak is a vaguely pyramid-shaped vessel with an elongated nose. The rear section of the vessel curves into a pair of wings. When landed, the tips of the wings, located near the midsection, retract to allow boarding, then extend once more when in-flight. The ship is divided into two major sections—the flight deck, onto which the main entrance opens, and a cargo section in the back. They are separated by a bulkhead, which is removable to allow for more space during flight. Beyond the cargo hold is an engine room where all the control systems of the ship are located, this includes the many control crystals. The Tel'tak's primary role is that of a transport vessel, either for cargo or passengers. (SG1: "The Devil You Know", "Lost City, Part 1")

Selmak's Tel'tak

A Tel'tak compared in size to humans.

The basic model of Tel'tak is equipped with a Hyperdrive, Transportation rings, and four Escape pods located in the cockpit. It is unarmed and possesses no shields. The ship is highly maneuverable, thanks to its small size, but no match for Death Gliders. Its speed, both sublight and hyperspace, is inferior to that of a Ha'tak or Al'kesh, but it is capable of docking aboard the former. (SG1: "Jolinar's Memories", "Enemies")

Teal'c says Aris Boch's Tel'tak can move at twice the speed of light. Later, Lantash says that because of damage to the Tok'ra Tel'tak's hyperdrive the ship can only run at 40% its original speed, which means that it wouldn't be moving faster than light at all, even though they go from one solar system to another. Whether Teal'c's statement is inaccurate or the ship's speed was increased afterwards is unknown (although since even two times lightspeed would make interstellar journeys impractically long, Teal'c's statement should be regarded as an error). (SG1: "Deadman Switch", "Jolinar's Memories")

At least one of Selmak's Tel'tak's had a modified communicator, which transformed a human voice into a symbiote voice when broadcasting. This Tel'tak required 24h to reach the Sol-System, using the closest neighbor Alpha/Proxima Centauri (~4.3ly away) it points to a minimum (because it most likely wasn't Alpha Centauri but some further away System) of 1570 times speed of light, so maybe a Tel'tak is more like 2000c instead of the 2c from Aris Boch (SG1: "Tangent")

Tel'taks are often modified so as to make them more versatile, particularly when in the hands of those not directly aligned with the Goa'uld. Shields are the most common addition, making the vessel somewhat more robust than normal, though not by much. Some have also been equipped with Staff cannons, though this is less common. The bounty hunter Aris Boch could control his Tel'tak remotely, at least for simple tasks. This ship was also the first shown to have a cloaking device, a feature at the time found only in Sokar's ships, but which eventually became practically standard for all Tel'taks. (SG1: "Deadman Switch", "Bounty")

Known Tel'taks[]


Appearances for Tel'tak

In chronological order:



  1. Stargate SG-1: First Steps: The Stargate Unexplored Worlds Roleplaying Sourcebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Stargate SG-1: The DVD Collection 10
    Some issues of The DVD Collection magazine are known to contain errors with respect to the dimensions they provide for spaceships. Dimensions for the same class of ship may vary between issues. The dimensions given in an issue may contradict how the ship visually appears on screen. The dimensions of two ships which appear similarly sized on screen may be given different measurements in The DVD Collection magazines. However, as the DVD Collection Magazines are officially licensed by MGM (and thus considered canon) Stargate Wiki includes them, while noting the apparent discrepancies in instances where they occur. See policy and List of spaceships by size for more information.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stargate SG-1: Oceans of Dust

Links and navigation[]

Stargate Wiki has a collection of images related to Tel'tak.
v  e
Goa'uld AmaterasuAnkerAnnaAnubisAnubis' AshrakAnubis' Goa'uld LieutenantApophisAresAthenaBa'alBastetBelusBynarrCamulusCronusDemonEdrekhAdrian Conrad's Goa'uldKianna Cyr's Goa'uldSteven Caldwell's Goa'uldHeru'urImhotepJa'dinKaliKlorelMardukMolocMorriganMotNefertumNerusNirrtiNutOlokunOsirisPelopsQeteshRaRamiusRuaxSeteshSokarSvarogTanithTelchakThothTiamatTilgathWepwawetYu-huang Shang TiZipacnaZirstyr
Goa'uld queens AmaunetAnatAnubis' queenAsherahBadbCleo (Goa'uld)Cronus' QueenDanuEgeriaEphadriaGoa'uld Queen (Core Rulebook)HathorIsisMarasisMatMorgauseMorriganNutPamchadraTaweretXiwangmuZarpani
Goa'uld hosts AdriaApophis' hostAziruSteven CaldwellCanonRuslan ChernovshevAdrian ConradCrossKianna CyrSeth FargoughRichard FlemmingSarah GardnerHebronDaniel JacksonK'tanoCharles KawalskyKendraAnatole KonstantinovLiandraVala Mal DoranCharlotte MayfieldMalcolm McCaffreyRa (Human)Ruax's Unas HostSha'reFrank SimmonsSingerSkaaraSergei VallarinAlexi Vaselov
Goa'uld outposts AbydosAkkadAnubis' WorldApophis' training planetArgosArkhan's worldAsdadChodawwaChulakCo'rakDakaraDelmakDenderaDendredErebusEskalHankaHasara space stationJebannaJunaKhonsu's WorldLangaraMalkshurMedieval planetMemphisNasyaNetuNirrti's planetP2C-257P2X-338P2X-887P3X-042P3X-367P3X-584P4A-771P4S-237P5S-117P6Y-325P8X-412P8X-873PangarParavalPraxyonPX9-757Ra's planetRamius' homeworldTartarus
Goa'uld technology Al'keshAnti-gravity platformArk bombAerial Zat'nik'tel PlatformAnubis' mothershipAnubis' superweaponArchaic Tel'takBattleshipGoa'uld bodiceBreathing filtration systemCanon's ringCheops class warshipCloakCryogenic storage deviceDeath GliderDeath Glider communication systemDeath Glider propulsion systemGoa'uld control consoleGoa'uld GDOGoa'uld force fieldGoa'uld hologramGoa'uld hyperdriveGoa'uld recording deviceGoa'uld sensorGoa'uld shieldGoa'uld grenadeHa'takHara'keshGoa'uld healing deviceGoa'uld homing deviceIncomplete Goa'uld spacecraftIntarInvisibility screenKara keshKor mak braceletKull armorLight Matrix HologramLong range visual communication deviceMa'Tok staffMask of AnubisMind probeNaniteNaquadah bombNeedle ThreaderPage turning devicePlasma chargePlasma repeaterGoa'uld remote controlRecall deviceReconnaissance probeRing remoteRod of AnguishGoa'uld scanning deviceSarcophagusScarab miniature naquadah bombGoa'uld shield generatorShort range communicatorSolar radiation shieldStaff cannonStargate dialerStasis jarTacluchnatagamuntoronTel'takTransphase Eradication RodTransportation ringsTroopshipVo'cume projectorZat'nik'tel
v  e
Goa'uld starship classes
Attack ships Al'kesh  · Anubis' mothership  · Apophis' mothership  · Cheops class warship  · Death Glider  · Ha'tak  · Needle Threader
Transport ships Archaic Tel'tak  · Tel'tak  · Transport Glider  · Troopship
v  e
Apophis' Tel'tak · Aris Boch's Tel'tak · Ba'al's Tel'tak · Caius' Tel'tak · Evans' Tel'tak · Gerak's Tel'tak · Jacek's Tel'tak · Jalen's Tel'tak · Kiva's Tel'tak · Odai Ventrell's Tel'tak · Osiris' Tel'tak · Ramius' Tel'tak · Replicator Carter's Tel'tak · Ronan's Tel'tak · Selmak's Tel'tak · SG-1's Tel'tak · Shaq'rel's Tel'tak · Te'rak's Tel'tak · Teal'c's Tel'tak · Tok'ra Tel'tak · Vala Mal Doran's Tel'tak · Yat'Yir's Tel'tak · Yu-huang Shang Ti's Tel'tak