Ingress: 3 Ways to Level Up Faster Than Your Friends

| December 4, 2012 | 10 Replies

Although Ingress is still young (and still a closed-beta) Google’s new AR offering is taking the world by storm. And although many of you are still waiting to get your coveted invite code, when you do get it Android Headlines is here to help you as you blinking step into the sun… there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done. (I apologize, due to a court order I am required to break into song at least once per day)

Leveling up in Ingress is vital if you want to make your presence felt by the opposing faction. Any player can toss together a few Level 1 resonators and create some small Mind Control Fields (MCF), but it takes a level 6 or 7 titan to link across major cities or between two towns. These are the players who are making a difference in the global conflict every single day. But how can you become one of these high level players without spending days at a time wandering between portals? I’m glad you asked:

1. Take advantage of high level portals already controlled by your faction.

In most areas of the country that I have looked at, each faction seems to have a center of influence. It is generally focused around a tight grouping of monuments or landmarks, often in a downtown area. Once one faction has taken control of a many portals that are all grouped together, it can be very difficult for any single player to destroy them. If you are looking for contrast, go to (for those of you already in the game) and check out downtown Chicago vs Center City Philadelphia. Philadelphia is currently dominated by high level Enlightenment portals, while most of downtown Chicago is under the firm grasp of the Resistance. Head to areas like these first thing and spend a couple of hours hacking away. Don’t be frustrated if you are only a level 2, but you are gaining mostly level 3, 4, or 5 XMP’s and resonators. You will be thankful for them in the near future. Building a large inventory of powerful weapons and defenses is the first step to helping your faction take over the world.

2. Don’t waste time claiming every unclaimed portal in your area.

This is an easy trap to fall into, depending on where you live. I don’t mean to say that claiming neutral portals (they show up as grey on your map) isn’t important. It certainly is, but taking control of these portals won’t get you much XP unless you are connecting them. Remember to plan your route around creating fields or defeating key enemy portals. Don’t just head for whatever is most convenient or whatever seems easiest to take control of. An easy victory is an empty victory in the world of Ingress.

3. Attack!

I went from level 4 to level 5 in a single afternoon by doing one simple thing: attacking the opposing faction with relentless abandon. I found a group of enemy portals close together that were poorly defended by whoever had claimed them. Most of the resonators were level 1 with a few level 2′s thrown in. A handful of level 4 XMP bursts decimated the entire area. Remember that XMP attacks are bursts that travel a good distance in all directions, so set one off in the most central point you can find. Of course, those portals you are attacking will probably fight back, so make sure your XM reserves are full before venturing into enemy territory. Back to my story: my level 4 XMP bombs took out several resonators with each burst. After that it was simple to take control of each portal, fortify it as heavily as I could, and create some pretty blue fields all over the area. Before I knew it I was level 5, and I’m not slowing down any time soon.

We here at Android Headlines are your Ingress information headquarters. Make sure to check out all of our articles for tips on how to get an invite code, a basic guide for beginners, and even a glimpse into the complex and ever-growing back story that surrounds  this mysterious energy that is leaking into our world. Do you have some creative ideas for how to gain XP at impressive speeds? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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  • s

    Apart from the last one (Attacking), which truly is the fastest way to gather AP, these tips are plain wrong. You get AP not for the size of the field but for the number of fields you create. Also, claiming a portal and deploying all 8 resonators gives you 1750 AP which is definitely not bad.

    • bufori

      It’s still a good suggestion to find where your faction controls a lot of portals in order to hack for higher level resources.

  • Andrew Casey

    So I have just got an invite, and it’s taken me 4 days to get to 1000AP. There are only 3 enamy portals near me. I dont get any AP for hacking my own portals, they are all linked already… now I just find out that I need 10,000AP to get to level 2. It’s going to take me months. No thanks.

    • gth

      So? Fix the problems:
      1. Ask Ingress for some access codes to hand out to friends because no-one is playing in your area (school, work, wherever)
      2. Submit portal suggestions so there are more portals in your area.

      The game is in closed beta for a reason.

  • meauho

    I have to agree that these are wrong. I went from Lvl 1 to Lvl 4 in 3 days because my work had me drive a route through the middle of nowhere and I claimed over 35 portals.
    It took everything I had gained (53 bursters) to kill a single portal in my enemy-controlled, well-fortified area of Houston. Granted, taking down 6 control fields with it helped put me over the 70k mark, but most of my points were from claims.

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  • Jahgeen

    i have divised a way to create a level 8 portal when you are level 6. you will need: 4 lvl 4 resonators, 2 lvl 5 resonators, and 2 lvl 6 resonators. to make this even more fortified add 4 lvl 3 portal shields and create a link

  • Anarimus

    Civil war battlefields often contain hundreds of portals in one area at Shiloh i went from L7 to L8 in a day.

    • GreatLordNecron

      Translation: Go to where the portals are. If you can’t then submit,
      submit, submit. It may take weeks for submissions to be accepted, but it
      is worth it when all is said and done.

  • DK1

    im the only one in my faction where i live with a few active agents on the otherside in my faction, i went from L2 to L4 in a matter of 24 hours, ((provided i spent 2 to 3 hours claiming neutral portals and linking, then break for several hours then went back out, and dont forget 8 hours of sleeping))
    now the north side of my small town is covered in green fields ranging from one layer to serveral layers, in a few points its so layered you can barly see the portals inside the field and i am half way done with L4 because of all that. Also i’m not attacking the enemy portals that are still standing simply because i get 100 AP each time I hack them and because they are higher lvl i get rezy’s that i need, one time at an enemy portal i got 4 LVL 4 Rezys… so i find it all wrong, I did enjoy the pictures though and the tips would be nice if i had searched when i was lvl 1… i guess whatever way you find best to play is how you should stick to it