Thanks to dedicated Agents in the field, we now have more refined (read correct) data about the concentration of XM clouds around portals and a more in-depth look into the nature of XM itself. Also some tips and tricks, which should be useful in keeping your scanner charged.
The XM Concentration around a Portal is 10% of the Portal’s Energy. Finding this number is as easy as clicking on a Portal Key or the Portal itself. The number is next to the key icon, and in the image above is 19,000, so the XM cloud around this portal will be 1,900 XM. This means that keeping portals fully charged is even more important than might be realized. As a portal decays, the XM cloud around it will decrease as its collected and refreshed. Giving you less energy for attacking and defending.
Here are a couple of tricks to get the most out of the XM around Portals:
- Portals recharge their XM every 15-20 minutes, so try to work that time into your plans when working out a hack/attack route.
- You can force an early recharge on Friendly portals by upgrading them to the next level. This process usually takes 1-2 minutes before the portal begins emitting new XM, but it’s a lot better than the 15 minutes it would have been! For Enemy portals, you will have to completely destroy the portal and then redeploy, but you can collect the XM before and after for a nice boost, and as with Friendly portals the process takes 1-2 minutes after deployment for XM to reappear. I find that stepping away from the portal makes it happen even faster. Here is an example of a portal refilling in under 1 minute!
When you have multiple agents traveling in packs its very important for the group to stay together! If one agent sprints ahead their scanner will suck up all the XM and starve the other agents, however, if everyone stays close, they can all collect the same XM at the same time.
- Being aware of XM clouds is also important in tracking the movements of Enemy and Friendly agents. If you see large blank spots where you know XM should be, that means an agent has been in the area in the last 15 minutes, or is possibly RIGHT BEHIND YOU! These blank spots can help you decide if further action is required from you in the area. Whether it be attacking what’s being built by an enemy agent or helping a fellow faction member build higher level portals.
The Information in this article wouldn’t have been possible without help from these agents: Mihail Dadun for figuring out the true formula for XM cloud concentration. Daniel Upstone, for reminding us of some of these tips and tricks, and Anne Brooks for confirming that upgrading a portal gives a boost to XM.