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As details were released slowly hopes of a one-shot kill on resonators spread rapidly. Rumors that they bypassed shields were spread. After extensive testing rough estimates sit close to the 5% range, somewhat similar to normal Power Cube drop rates.
Ultra Strikes drop similar to Resonators and XMP’s in the sense that they are level dependent.
I.E The level of the Ultra Strike will be the same level as either your level or the Portal Level, whichever is lower.
We see the two major uses of the Ultra Strike as: A) Attacking a high level dense farm while not getting “Baconed” by surrounding portals. By destroying a single Level 8 resonator on each portal you have effectively drop the value of the oppositions farm by 1 level. Hit each portal and destroy a non-locals resonator to add ultimate value in not allowing them to farm their Level 8 portals to its full potential.
B) Finishing off left over resonators from XMP attacks.
C) Retaliation attacks. Do you have a player who is your best “frenemy”? Use the new scanner updates to identify which resonators they own to only takes theirs out.
Using the Ultra-Strike will take precision and standing within a very small range proportionate to the resonator you are targeting. The U-S(Ultra-Strike) is concentrated XMP Burst, and while targeted to a particular resonator will do residual damage to surrounding resonators depending on the U-S level.
Residual Damage Range is as follows: L1US 10 Meters L2US 13 Meters L3US 16 Meters L4US 18 Meters L5US 21 Meters L6US 24 Meters L7US 27 Meters L8US 30 Meters
The XM Recycle Value is currently set to Level of UltraStrike X 20 XM: L1-20xm, L2-40xm, L3-60xm, L4-80xm, L5-100xm, L6-120xm, L7-140xm, L8-160xm.
Finally, these volatile weapons do not ignore mods or shields and will attack you and defend just as any other XMP would.
I am Nikolas Moore (https://plus.google.com/u/0/105280472036490308976), L8 Resistance Agent Mookiebadaboom a Farming Monster from Southern Maryland. Editor/Decode Ingress