Here, I intend to explain the mechanics of basic Ingress gameplay, which is to be supported with information made available in my other Blogger posts, which I have linked below. Please use them as a reference as needed.
I strongly encourage that all new players read the basic explanations below before moving on to the in-depth pages found at the following links:
Gameplay Mechanics: Resonators - This is where you will learn how to Capture and Recharge Portals.
Gameplay Mechanics: Weapons - This is where you will learn about attacking Portals.
Gameplay Mechanics: Offensive/Defensive Mods - This is where you will learn how to make Portals stronger.
Gameplay Mechanics: Hacking/Linking Mods - This is where you will learn about Heat Sinks, Multi-Hacks, and Link Amps.
Ingress: What's it all about?
For those who are new to the game, let me begin by saying Welcome! You've stepped into an immersive augmented reality game that poses endless hours of gameplay, social interaction, and exploration, as well as exercise. Prepare to get out, get moving, get tired, and get social! If it sounds like a lot of work, don't worry: you can play Ingress as intensely or as simply as you like, and at your own pace.
First of all, let me explain, in very general terms, what you "do" in Ingress.
- You use your mobile device's GPS and move around in the real world in order to find game world objects, called Portals.
- You move within a 40m radius, (indicated on your device's in-game Scanner Map View by an orange circle) of a Portal to interact with a Portal.
- You Hack a Portal to gain items to play the game.
- You capture portals for your team, and attack portals owned by the opposing team, and then capture them for your own team.
- You link together multiple Portals that your team owns. (Not surprisingly, this process is called Linking.) You also destroy opposing team links by attacking their portals.
- You create Control Fields by Linking portals together in a triangle shape, and earn global points called Mind Units (MU) for your team. (This process is called FIelding.) You also destroy opposing team fields by attacking their portals.
- You work together with allied players to make Portals that your team owns stronger and harder to destroy.
- If you want to, you attend Cross-Faction Meet-Up events to meet players from both your team and the opposing team. This is the best way to get to know people, and makes the gameplay experience much more fun and rewarding than playing alone.
- If you want to, you attend Ingress Anomaly events, which are large-scale competitions, where the two teams compete for control of a particular gameplay area, and try to score points to win the event. The outcomes of the events affect the storyline of the game, and occasionally have effects on in-game occurrences.
That more or less sums up the basic activities of Ingress gameplay. If you have any further questions, please , try running through the Training scenarios in the actual game by hitting the OPS button on the upper right corner of the screen and swiping at the top over to "Training", look through each of the other pages above for more detailed information, and feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a message in-game by talking to @EliteFerrex.
Good luck out there--it's time to move, agent!