Today I’m going to be discussing scorched earth, aggressive, heavy-handed, inventory limiting and suppression tactics. Many of these tactics will be primarily about portal control and inventory limitation for the opponent and most are for use by L8 agents who are not looking for significant AP gains. Keep in mind, as the world of Ingress and all its variables change, so will the effectiveness of individual tactics.
Circle The Wagons
Is the opposing faction creating FrankenPortal farms which are very inventory expensive to take down? The next time you take over an enemy farm, build it up to whatever level you like and then limit their defensive options by creating a link perimeter around their farm (the further they have to travel to take it out, the better). This way they have to travel away from the farm to take out your perimeter so they can create defensive support links. By the time you see this happening, you can respond appropriately.
Slice ‘n Dice Variation:
Same as above but instead of creating links AROUND the farm, send as many links as you can directly THROUGH the farm, diminishing their defensive capability significantly.
The Bait Farm + Remote Recharge Driving tactic
Is the enemy taking down all or one of your farms shortly after they’re built? This tactic takes a team of 3+ agents, though you can easily include a dozen or more agents if your local portal density is high enough. Create a flash farm (a quickly built farm which you burn out and abandon) and get everything you can out of it ASAP. Leave it with Rare or VeryRare shields on all mod slots. Make sure that everyone has keys for all the flash farm’s portals. Once your farming is done, load up people into vehicles in fairly equal sized groups and head out in different directions towards portal dense areas. Have your farm’s keys loaded up in the scanner and ready to respond. When the other faction predictably rushes out to your farm to attack, have every person who isn’t driving begin recharging relentlessly. Continue to travel around, scooping up all the XM, recharging. They may very well take down the farm in the end, but if this tactic is employed successfully, you can easily cost the opposition 5-50 times as many XMP as they would have used if their attack went unchallenged. Bonus points: You will not need to use any Powercubes if this tactic is applied effectively.
High Level Portal Targeting tactic
Decide on a maximum portal level you will allow the other faction to attain before immediately targeting them. For example: any portal which goes above L5 gets targeted immediately by the closest agents. This can severely limit the inventory quality which the opponents can hack. EDIT: agents have noted that this isn’t as effective as it used to be given that the drop rates on enemy vs friendly portals are more balanced than they were, one way it can still be employed effectively is if you know an agent’s general area of operation, you can employ this tactic to minimize their quality portals nearby.
Instant Response Farm Crushing tactic
One of the best ways Agents can cause enemy actions to become inventory negative is to destroy farms immediately before the other faction has a chance to burn it out. This requires some serious coordination (we mostly use hangouts in our area) and requires that some agents pay fairly close attention to the Intel map on a regular basis.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things tactic
The local opposition has been using this relentlessly against us lately. Here’s the gist: if the opposition has built up a L7+ farm, check how many L8 resonators are already on the portals, bring enough L8 agents to flip the portals with viruses and then fill them up to full L8 portals. Next, burn them out, remove all mods, flip the portals back and burn them to the ground, leaving nothing for the opposition. Note: some agents have expressed that they feel this tactic is unlikely given the rarity of viruses, all I can say is HACK MORE! Many of the agents in our area regularly carry 4-12 viruses because we hack and recycle excess constantly.
Firing XMP the old way through the ops menu is still overall MUCH faster than using the new firing mechanism and can be leveraged in certain situations to your benefit (see next tip).
Using low level Powercubes can be a very effective tactic when attacking high level farms: fire XMPs until out of XM, use one L1 powercube, fire 3 L8 XMP, let the portal zap you back to negative XM levels, let it finish zapping you, recharge, refire, repeat.
That’s it for today agents, we may see a part 2 to this article if we gather enough additional tactics to share. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome.
Post by Dustin Downs (@Ascended0ne) with contributions by @Azztaroth