Recently I've used a virus and lost it. It didn't affect the targeted portal and it went away from my inventory. Why and how did it happen? Was that a system glitch? Did someone else experience something like this before?


If you use a virus on a recently flipped (in the last hour) portal your virus will be consumed without a warning. You'll only get a message after using the virus telling you that the targeted portal is immune to the process.

This from a formal Ingress post :

Portals now have a temporary 1 hour immunity to ADA Refactor and JARVIS Virus weapons after a Refactor or Virus has been deployed. If immune, Agents should see: "Failed. Portal Temporarily Immune."

This is important: Failed attempts to use an ADA Refactor or JARVIS Virus weapon will consume the Refactor and Virus, removing it from your inventory.


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    The same thing will happen if you don't have enough XM. Oct 14 '14 at 11:03
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    Without enough XM, my virus item didn't get used.
    – KOVIKO
    Oct 15 '14 at 15:05

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