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How do I level up in ingress?

I am stuck at level 1 with 3000/3000 XM. I can see XM but I can't collect it anymore. Is there anything mandatory to be able to level up?
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What determines where XM is generated?

As far as I can tell, XM seems to be almost randomly placed, except for certain places which have an unusually high concentration: For example, our town recently opened a Five Guys Burgers and Fries ...
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What's the fastest way to take over a portal in ingress?

I built up an inventory of over 20 level 1 xmp bursters, and thought that would be enough to take over a low level portal - not even close. However, I did finally notice that I did different amounts ...
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What are the differences in ingress portal shield types?

I have collected a few different types of shields, with different colours and of differing rarity. I assume the rarer shield types are more powerful in some way but I can't find any information on ...
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Do dropped items in Ingress decay?

If I drop an item in Ingress, will it be there until someone picks it up, or is there a chance of it decaying? I realize the danger of someone unexpected coming along and picking things up, but does ...
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What's the fastest way to level up to level 2 in ingress?

I've started playing ingress recently, and it's fun, but it's really annoying to be unable to use most of the items you get when you're at level 1. The level 1 xmp's are too weak to take over much of ...
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What do you do and get once you are Ingress level 8?

The goal of some (or most?) Ingress players is to reach level 8. Honestly I am confused why. What do you get or do when you hit level 8? Do you get a new role? What's new versus playing in lower ...
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How do you discover passcodes?

I've seen hints that media files can give you codes but I haven't been able top figure or any from the media I have. How does it work?
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Are Jarvis Virus/Ada Refactors useless to the other side?

If an Enlightenment player picks up an ADA Refactor or if a Resistance player picks up a JARVIS virus, are they of any use? (Apart from recycling!) Each appears to be a weapon that can only be used ...
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Best way to play as low level in the city full of enemy?

i just started to play ingress. In my town, there are 14 portals and 12 are maintained by Enlightened. I am Resistance and there is no way to fight against them, I was trying to destroy resonators, ...
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How can I report misplaced portals in Ingress?

Yesterday a lot of new portals appeared. Some of them are misplaced more than a hundred meters. How do I report those and supply a better position?
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How fast does XM regenerate?

XM (eXotic Matter) can be found everywhere in the Ingress game. Once this XM is captured/eaten by a player, how much time will it take to regenerate and can be captured by the same player (or another ...
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How can I link portals from own faction without portal key in ingress?

There are many portals in my area belonging to my faction, and I want to link them. According to this page I must hold the portal key for the destination portal in my inventory. How can I get the ...
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Is there a limit to the total number of Portal Keys you can keep in your inventory?

Questions about portal key possesion in Ingress: Is there a limit to the total number of Portal Keys you can keep in your inventory? If yes, what happens when you key limit is reached and you got a ...
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If you submit a new portal to Ingress are you informed when it is activated in the game?

When you submit a possible location for a new Ingress portal are you personally informed (by email) if the portal has been accepted and been activated in the game, or does it just appear on the map?
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What determines the quality of items obtained from a portal hack?

I've noticed that some portals seem to give out way better stuff than others. It seems to me that friendly, high level portals give out the best items when hacked, and enemy, high level portals give ...
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What is a power cube?

I see in my item repository that there is a filter for "power cubes" along with the regular assortment of weapons, resonators, keys, and media. Even after quite a bit of playing, I don't have any. ...
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What is the level significance in XMP bursters and resonators?

I was hoping someone could explain the levels Ingress uses. For example, do L2 XMP bursters only take out L2 resonators, or can they take out L1 resonators as well?
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How many XMP bursters do I need to take over a L1 portal?

I'm a new player to Ingress, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to take over a L1 portal. Let's say that the enemy has a L1 portal, with a few L2-L3 resonators, but for the most part, ...
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How to set a wide resonator spread radius for a portal?

I noticed that portals have different resonator spread radius and it does not seem it depends on the level of resonators. The further resonators apart the more difficult it is for enemies to take over ...
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How does force amplifier works?

What does Force Amplifier mod do to a portal? I haven't found any info about it.. So maybe some people have tried and can share experiences?
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When upgrading a portal, what happens to the existing resonators on it?

Does the upgrade destroy the existing resonator or is the old one swapped into your inventory?
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What is the formula for damage mitigation in Ingress?

How does damage mitigation work on a portal? I heard that links and shields make it sturdier and harder to take down, but exactly what's the math behind this?
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When I fire a XMP burster while moving, where is the center of the damage area?

When I fire a XMP Burster, during the animation I can move around the portal. When the XMP will explode, which position will be used to compute the damages ? Will it be the position where the fire ...
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When a portal is burned out, is it burned out for everyone?

So it seems that if I hack a portal four to five times in a row, I will eventually get a "Portal is burned out..." message and I have to wait for four (?) hours until it resets and I can hack it ...
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Do intermediate portal levels have an effect on loot quality

As a level 6 player, it is impossible to upgrade a portal to level 5 on your own: 2*6 + 2*5 + 4*4 + 2*3 = 4.75 So the portal will be Level 4 at max. It also shows "L4" in the app when you select ...
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How can I attack resonators in the middle of a city block?

I was trying to attack a portal today, but I couldn't destroy the last few resonators because on the map they exist in the middle of a city block. I tried going in the building, but the gps signal is ...
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How can I get into the client faster?

It can take a while for the Ingress client to start. There's an initial loading screen, followed by the "acquiring user" screen, followed by a few seconds of waiting for the client to determine my ...
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Is it possible to delete useless links on friendly portals?

I've come across portals with a lot of links that don't provide much benefit as far as creating a field go, and the portal was maxed out for link capacity (8 inbound and 8 outbound max links allowed). ...
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Do you gain AP when using an ADA Refactor or Jarvis Virus?

I have yet to get either an ADA Refactor or Jarvis Virus but I am curious about their use. If an enemy portal has Links/Fields attached and you flip it with a Refactor/Virus, do you gain AP for ...
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Once a player is level 8, what happens to AP gained?

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 ...
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What is an XM anomaly?

On various Ingress discussion forums, there is a lot of talk about planned upcoming "XM anomalies" and who will be partaking but no-one bothers to explain what one is. What is an XM anomaly?
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What is the ZAP range of an Ingress Portal

When you attack or hack an enemy portal in Ingress, the portal will ZAP you for XM damage. The amount of damage is dependent on the level of the portal, not the level of the resonators in there, and ...
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When are new portals added?

Is there a regular time when new portals are added to the game, or is it just whenever the devs do it? For example, are there updates every Monday morning, or the first Tuesday of the month, or is it ...
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Does the distance from the portal matter when upgrading a resonator?

For example, say I notice a portal with a good deployment of low level resonators at the maximum radius from the portal center. If I stand on the center and upgrade a resonator, will the upgraded ...
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Does the order of Portal Shields matter?

As Ingress Field Guide(along with many other Ingress game guides) states that each portal shield placed after the first one will have diminished effect. Portal Shield: A type of MOD that can ...
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How do I get multiple copies of the same portal key?

I've been seeing people mention in chat that they have a bunch of copies of keys for the same portal. How are they doing this? I feel like I have a hard enough time getting one copy of a key for ...
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In Ingress, when are links destroyed?

At what level of resonator damage are existing links destroyed? I had heard that the portal must have more than two resonators remaining for any links to stay up, but I can't find any documentation ...
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Do heat sinks/multi-hack mods work on enemy portals?

If there was an enemy portal stacked with 2 VR heat sinks and 2 VR Multi-hacks. Would I also benefit from the mod bonuses?
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Is there a way to increase the odds of getting a portal key?

There's a few portals I've taken over and want to link, but I can't get a portal key to the portals I want to link to, even after hacking them repeatedly until they're burned out. Is there something ...
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Is XM shared across players?

If I collect all the XM in a region like a railroad station will other players arriving at the station after me be able to also collect the XM or is it consumed by me?
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What's the values for the various Heatsinks in Ingress?

I know that rare Heatsink halves the cooldown time, and two rare heatsinks divide it by 4. But what about common and very rare heatsinks?
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What is the critical level of a resonator?

From the Ingress Help site: Resonators must be periodically Recharged to maintain their power and control a Portal. If Resonators lose too much XM, then they will be at risk of easy destruction ...
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How do I create a link to a specific portal on the Intel map?

I want to share a url that links to a specific portal on the http://ingress.com/intel map. How can I do that?
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Can there be fields inside fields in Ingress?

If I were to make a larger field that entirely encompassed one or more smaller fields of the other faction, what happens? Do the smaller fields "break"? If they do, do I get AP for that? Can the ...
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Are there any real differences between factions in Ingress?

The backstory makes it out to be a more or less life-defining decision which faction, Enlightened or Resistance, you select. As far as I can see though, there doesn't seem to be any real difference, ...
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What are the odds of getting a portal key through hacking?

I have links I want to set up for remote portals, but in order to estimate if it's worth the travel, it would be helpful to know what the odds are of getting a portal key through hacking.
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Are there portals that do not appear on the intel map?

The Intel Map displays portals in the Ingress game. Are there undiscovered portals that do not appear in this map? I know that new portals are added from time to time. What I want to know is if ...
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When a portal is burned out in ingress, how long until it's hackable again?

I just started playing and really needed to build inventory, so I found some portals close together, and walked a route to hack them over and over again. After a little while the hacks started to ...
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Are portal keys sharable across factions in Ingress?

As the title says, are portal keys sharable across factions (through dropping) in Ingress? In other words, if a member of the opposing faction drops a key on the ground, can I see it and pick it up?