I have seen this multiple times where I have destroyed a portal and its links yet keys do not drop at either the portal I destroyed nor the other portal it was linked to. What is funny is that it seems to only happen to the portals/links of these one or two specific players. Anyone know why this might happen?

  • It's entirely possible that the key is being picked up by a random passerby.
    – KOVIKO
    Jul 25, 2014 at 4:25

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A few things to note:

  1. Key drops on link destruction is based on a chance, it is not a guaranteed drop (Much like the chance when hacking a Portal).
  2. If a key drops, it could drop at either one of the Portals, also based on a chance.
  3. The Owner of the Portal, the amount or levels of its Resonators and the Mods on said Portal does not have an influence on any of these two chances.
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    The second item isn't true. Keys drop on either side of the link. Its point is based on a chance calculation, too.
    – Montag451
    Jul 30, 2014 at 16:39
  • Actually the key drop is by chance but WHICH key drops depends on which key was used to make the link. If the link was made from A to B then there is a chance that the key for B will drop at portal A. There is NO chance that a key for A would drop at portal B. Whichever key was used to create the link is the one that will drop.
    – sanpaco
    Jul 16, 2015 at 21:26

Key drop on link destruction isn't guaranteed. It's entirely possible to destroy a big number of links without receiving any related key, the same way a key drop isn't guaranteed when hacking a portal.

It has absolutely no relationship with the owner of the portal, it's just a matter of chance.

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