Binary – Lesson 4


yes/ no
on /off
puzzle solved/puzzled unsolved

Welcome to the world of 1 and 0s where there is no middle term.

So binary is basically a series of ones and zeros, that can be translated to anything you can think of.
And it can come in different sizes. And of course the more digits the more possibilities
For example
– with 1 digit we can have 2 possibilities 0 or 1
– two digits already allows us 4 possibilities 00 01 10 or 11
– three digits 8 possibilities
– four digits 16 … well you see where this is going

So the most common and the one you will see the most around the web in terms of converters is 8 digits. And that is the one we will us for this lesson

So far so simple (I hope) .The problem is binary coding in the niantic world tends to not be so obvious. Normally there are substitutions . the 0s and 1s do not show up simply as that. Sometimes they are replaced by letters and numbers. So because of this I will make a series of exercises with increasing difficulty to help you understand better. To help you remember after solving the first one that the beginning of all the url is the same

level 1  – 

level 2 – 

level 3 –

level 4
. – – . . – – – . – – . – – – – . – – . – – – – . . – . – – – . . – – . . – – –  . – – . – – . . . . – . – – – – . – . – – . . . . . – – . – – – . . – – . – . . . . – – . . . – . – – . . – – –  (the spaces here have no meaning)

EXTRA NOTES – All of them have characters in multiples of 8 . Always a good hint it might be binary with 8 digits

As usual the reward is not game items but an image that just helps you know you solved this lesson


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Jack Frost. As blue as his ingress alignment, as cold as his country.The world around might not be what it looks like , but I want to try to help others decode those hidden truths


  1. Got it, I wish the Niantic puzzles would all be that easy. I guess I’ll be able to easily decode niantic’s as well at the end of this 101 classes. Thanks Jack for your time and effort in putting up this.

    • You would be suprised how sometimes this very info can be used on those puzzles, with some minor twists . Check out this one from the EXIf from yesterday banner




      Convert capital letters to b and lowercase to a


      Decrypt using bacon


      Then simply convert letters to numbers in the right spots


      • I follow this through decryption with Bacon’s Cipher… but how do you know what letters to convert to numbers? Is that a trial and error process?

        Thanks for the 101 lesson! I’m finding it very helpful and quite entertaining!

        • @joshtielor…

          Passcodes normally have this format:

          The code 3vh2nit926p throws me because I would expect the second numeral 2 to remain the letter B in this case, rather than be converted to a digit.

          • That’s good information. Indeed weird that the code wouldn’t follow the pattern. Is the pattern changing? Would they do that to us?

          • There are a few other known formats, e.g., Hint Water codes for one, but I haven’t heard anything about the standard passcode format changing.

            BTW, I misspoke about that last letter B. The position of that character in the code pattern doesn’t fit as a digit or in the alpha range. So, where you suggested trial and error, I suppose this is a case where you would try either (alpha-numeric equivelent substitution) for this one odd character. At least you only have two options (b or 2). A third option might be that it still must convert in the right alpha range, e.g. B–>b–>p (b inverts to p). Solving these codes sure makes one think outside the box in all kinds of ways.

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Binary – Lesson 4

by Jack Frost time to read: 1 min