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Do level 8 players still gain AP? The way I understand it, level 8 is the highest level, so once you're there it seems like you gaining AP it doesn't do any good, and is really taking potential AP away from your local team mates.

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Gaining AP doesn't benefit someone who is already L8, but they do continue to gain AP - although it won't be reflected in the octagonal progress bar, since there is no progress towards L9.

I have heard of L8 players who had enough AP (2.4mil+) to become L9 if that existed :)

The factor of taking potential AP away from team mates is definitely a valid concern though, as an L8 its better to just help in bombing runs and let lower levels finish off portals & fields for AP whenever possible.

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+1 for the last paragraph. –  Snekse Jan 22 '13 at 17:54

Yes, you still gain AP when you reach level 8.

When new levels are added (and the developers have hinted that they will) the AP you already gained will count towards those levels. If you already have enough AP (probably 2.4 million) then when level 9 is added you should automatically become level 9.

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This seems a bit shortsighted, although maybe I'm missing something. Most MMOs have an experience cap rather than a level cap, so that the cap can act as an equalizer, and when it's raised, it doesn't suddenly unequalize everything. There are still plenty of reasons to play as a level 8 besides gathering AP, so why not cap it? –  Nathan Stretch Jun 15 '13 at 3:44
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Ah, this might explain why some players with a ton of banked AP won't be a problem: reddit.com/r/Ingress/comments/19e0sz/…. If that info is correct, they will be introducing additional (or alternate) criteria to reach later levels. –  Nathan Stretch Jun 15 '13 at 3:48

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