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    Hack your own team's portals as well - much loot to be had
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    Well...I'd love to hack a portal...if I could FIND one. I have not found a single portal at any time while the game is open. I hate how you can only zoom out to about a 1/4 mile radius (if that). All I see is the map and a bunch of glowing dots I can't collect. This is possibly the least interesting "game" I've ever...well, I can't really say "participated in" since I'm not really able to do anything at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_grouchy View Post
    Well...I'd love to hack a portal...if I could FIND one. I have not found a single portal at any time while the game is open. I hate how you can only zoom out to about a 1/4 mile radius (if that). All I see is the map and a bunch of glowing dots I can't collect. This is possibly the least interesting "game" I've ever...well, I can't really say "participated in" since I'm not really able to do anything at this point.
    Dude - I don't know where you live but you need to go to Ingress and look for portals there. Note your zoom level in the bottom right - you won't see weaker portals if you are zoomed way out on the map.

    Once you know where a few are, you go there with your phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j_grouchy View Post
    Well...I'd love to hack a portal...if I could FIND one. I have not found a single portal at any time while the game is open. I hate how you can only zoom out to about a 1/4 mile radius (if that). All I see is the map and a bunch of glowing dots I can't collect. This is possibly the least interesting "game" I've ever...well, I can't really say "participated in" since I'm not really able to do anything at this point.
    the little dots probably can't be collected cause your XM bar is full, it's the bar across the top of your screen. You use that to hack (which you haven't been able to do yet), attack and survive. Anyways do like @etnpnys said and go to the site and you can proper explore around and find where some portals are and then hack away.
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    How do you change factions?

    Will you keep your loot and leveling?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HAAS599 View Post
    How do you change factions?

    Will you keep your loot and leveling?
    I believe you can request via the email you got the invite from. From what I understand, it busts your back down to level 1.

    Basically, you are starting fresh.
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    A few questions, sorry if they are too basic, but I just can't figure it out!

    - Under what conditions hacking produces a portal key? Is it completely random? What else does the key enable besides linking?
    - How can I see enemy portal defense strength from inside the app? The defense strength is shields, right? Or is it the resonators' charge? Or somehow both?
    - What influences which items I get when I hack a portal? In particular, do the portal's defenses influence this?
    - I fired XMP at an enemy portal, but this seemed to have no effect on it (I saw -1% or something). How does the attacking work, I mean, what's the formula? What influences the result and how?
    - To destroy enemy resonators, I need to fire XMP at a portal with its shields destroyed, right?
    - There seem to be two ways to fire at a portal -- one to press-hold the portal and select "Fire XMP" and the other is to go to the Items menu, select the XMP burster, and press "Fire". Is there any difference? Also, why is the option sometimes disabled?
    - What are passcodes? How are they used?
    - Does it make a difference from which range I fire at a portal?
    - Will it really help to quickly run away after firing, or I'll get hit anyway?
    - Which portal actions can be executed remotely, and for which do you need to be in range? Or it depends on some conditions?

    Thank you!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ola Rozenfeld View Post
    A few questions, sorry if they are too basic, but I just can't figure it out!

    - Under what conditions hacking produces a portal key? Is it completely random? What else does the key enable besides linking?
    - How can I see enemy portal defense strength from inside the app? The defense strength is shields, right? Or is it the resonators' charge? Or somehow both?
    - What influences which items I get when I hack a portal? In particular, do the portal's defenses influence this?
    - I fired XMP at an enemy portal, but this seemed to have no effect on it (I saw -1% or something). How does the attacking work, I mean, what's the formula? What influences the result and how?
    - To destroy enemy resonators, I need to fire XMP at a portal with its shields destroyed, right?
    - There seem to be two ways to fire at a portal -- one to press-hold the portal and select "Fire XMP" and the other is to go to the Items menu, select the XMP burster, and press "Fire". Is there any difference? Also, why is the option sometimes disabled?
    - What are passcodes? How are they used?
    - Does it make a difference from which range I fire at a portal?
    - Will it really help to quickly run away after firing, or I'll get hit anyway?
    - Which portal actions can be executed remotely, and for which do you need to be in range? Or it depends on some conditions?

    Thank you!!!
    It's random as to what you receive from hacking. The key allows you to link and remotely recharge the resonators if your faction controls the portal.

    Enemy portal defense is three parts. Resonator strength, which is displayed in the portal info screen. Shields, which are shown in map overview as an animation of a dome around the portal. The enemies ability to either remotely recharge the resonators by possession of a portal key, or better yet by them being at the portal and deploying resonators as you destroy them.
    Items you get from having portals are random, however level restricted items are related to the level of the portal. If you are having a level three portal, you have equal chance to gain any item, but the items that are level governed will all be around level three.
    Attacking works like any video game area of affect spell, however the damage is greatest where you stand. It becomes less the greater the distance the target is from your position. Also, xmp level plays a role in this. Bigger level xmps do more damage and have a larger blast radius. Using a level one xmp against a level three resonator will result in terrible damage, as level three resonators have more hp. Shields also factor into mitigating your damage.
    Running away does nothing for you, save maybe for some exercise.
    The only thing you can do remotely is view and recharge portals.

    I hope this helps.

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    Yes, this is very helpful, thank you very much!
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    So I got my code the other day, but couldn't find where to put it in until after. When I put it in it says it's invalid.

    Also, when I turn off the app and go back in I've lost all the XM I've collected and am back to only the 600 you start out with so I can't even complete the first tutorial. This is made worse when I start out with tons of XM all over the place then after walking for a minute the map will change completely and won't match my area at all and there's no XM whatsoever to be seen anywhere.

    Am I doing something wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xlDeMoNiClx View Post
    So I got my code the other day, but couldn't find where to put it in until after. When I put it in it says it's invalid.

    Also, when I turn off the app and go back in I've lost all the XM I've collected and am back to only the 600 you start out with so I can't even complete the first tutorial. This is made worse when I start out with tons of XM all over the place then after walking for a minute the map will change completely and won't match my area at all and there's no XM whatsoever to be seen anywhere.

    Am I doing something wrong?
    the tutorials will auto give you everything you need, if it's not it may be a bug.. you could try clearing the app data/cache and try again. just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicket View Post
    the tutorials will auto give you everything you need, if it's not it may be a bug.. you could try clearing the app data/cache and try again. just a thought.
    Anything is worth a shot. Is there a way to do it just for that app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by xlDeMoNiClx View Post
    Anything is worth a shot. Is there a way to do it just for that app?
    Yep... go to Ingress in Manage Apps in your device settings.
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    Interesting, I didn't even input my invite code, I just clicked the link in the email and if I remember correctly, it started up the game and I was in. Same email address on the phone as my account. Sucks about the XM, I never have a problem finding it around here, nothing a 2 minute drive won't fill up. I have to drive or take the train downtown....there aren't any portals within walking distance, unless I want to walk for a couple of hours
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    I will just add that it depends on where you're actually standing, as to the damage you inflict on a resonator. There is a 35 meter radius around a portal, 70 meter diameter...almost 210 feet. If you are standing on one side of the portal, and the opposition planted their resonators on the other side, you are wasting your ammo. A good indication is when you use your XM blaster, and only inflict 1% damage. Try moving around to another side of the portal and attack again. If it is still only inflicting 1%, there's a possibilty that it is getting remotely recharged. I find if after the third attempt you are STILL only inflicting 1% damage......time to move on. Go farm/hack some portals.

    Talk to your team, find out who's been there the longest. Chances are they have literally hundreds of low level items that they don't really use anymore, ie lvl 1 resonators, blasters. Meet up with them, they can drop items in front of you, and you can pick them up. Team up together, let them destroy the portals, while you fill them up with resonators, followed by linking.....if you want to level up fast, that's a good way to do it.

    Just some tips.
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    Just started today, and having trouble, probably because my phone is crap. Ingress hangs a lot, and once I finally got it to load I walked around for half an hour without finding any blue dots, though it was locating me perfectly. Then suddenly there were dots everywhere for a couple of seconds, and lots of vooming noises, and then they all vanished again... weird.

    Anyway, is the compass thingie supposed to point to the nearest portal? How come it's stationary until I tap it, and then it starts to move around and point? Do I walk towards the red point or the white point? Is it okay to visit my own team's portals, or only opposite team's?
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    Try a fresh install, that isn't normal behaviour. The red on the compass is north. Press it once, and the compass in your phone automatically turns the screen based on where it's pointed. Press it again, it locks and you have to turn the screen around yourself, two fingers clockwise/counterclockwise. Your own team's portals will give you more items than the opposition, and you won't lose XP from the portal attacking you.
    You should probably go to www.ingress/intel.com on your PC, dial in your area and find out where the portals near you are. You might not have many in your area, and in that case you should start submitting pictures for portals, as outlined here: Ingress Tip: How to Submit New Portals | Android Headlines - Android News, Phones, Tablets, Apps, Reviews, Rumors

    They take over a month to get accepted and implemented in the game, so best to get started sooner than later. Expect a 75% rejection ratio, I know someone that submitted 160 pictures, 40 or so became portals.
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    The compass is only that the compass Lol. U find portals by either going to the ingress Intel map or download the realtime map from the play store

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    As an added note, the game does not render well on low-end phones at all
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