Ingress Intel 5

There are badges in Ingress that everyone needs to have in order to advance to certain levels.  These badges are normally of the silver and gold (and black) varieties and they are somewhat hard to achieve, depending on where you live.  While the easy ones would be easy to get, you might want to look at concentrating on the hard ones first because the easy ones will just sort of happen based upon where you live.  Let’s check out badges!

Ingress300The badges that I am aware of that everyone can get are as follows:

  • Connector
  • Builder
  • Explorer
  • Guardian
  • Hacker
  • Mind Controller
  • Purifier
  • Seer
  • Liberator
  • Pioneer

Sure, these all sound great… but what are they?

The CONNECTOR badge is for how many links you can make between portals.  The levels are 50, 1000, 5000, 25000, and 100000 links.  If you’re out to create these on purpose, TRYING to get these links, then you’re going to find that everyone in the world will be working against you, even your own faction, because there will be very little in the way of options for linking.

The BUILDER badge is for how many resonators you deploy.  The levels are 2000, 10000, 30000, 100000, and 200000 resonators.  Again, TRYING to deploy these things will have you finding very little available in the way of options.

The EXPLORER badge is for how many unique portals that you’ve hacked.  The levels are 100, 1000, 2000, 10000, and 30000 hacks.  Unless you live in a high density area, or you travel a lot, I don’t see this one being achieved easily.

The GUARDIAN badge is for how long you control a portal.  The levels are 3, 10, 20, 90, 150 days.  Sparsely populated areas are the ones with the advantage here, though even those can be trying times if no one will leave remote portals alone to achieve this.

The HACKER badge is for how many times you’ve hacked.  The levels are 2000, 10000, 30000, 100000, and 200000 hacks.  These shouldn’t be too hard to achieve, unless you’re in the middle of nowhere.  There should be enough portals to hack without needing hundreds of places to go.

The MIND CONTROLLER badge is for how many fields you have created.  The levels are 100, 500, 2000, 10000, and 40000 control fields.  Without regular access to at least three portals, you’ll have a hard time getting far on this one.  There is potential, though, especially in high density areas.

The PURIFIER badge is for how many enemy resonators you’ve destroyed.  The levels are 2000, 10000, 30000, 100000, and 300000 enemy resonators destroyed.  If you’re a lone wolf in a largely enemy controlled area, or you’re in a high density area, this one should essentially just happen.

The SEER badge is for discovering and submitting new portals.  The levels are 10, 50, 200, 500, and 5000 portals.  Without starting the game early on, I personally don’t see how this one can be achievable by a vast number of the plays (especially the newer ones).

The LIBERATOR badge is for capturing portals.  The levels are 200, 2000, 8000, 15000, and 40000 portals.  If you’re in an even, or heavily enemy territory, you shouldn’t have an issue with this one… otherwise you’re going to be working on this one hard.

The PIONEER badge is for capturing unique portals.  The levels are 20, 200, 1000, 5000, and 20000 portals.  This one is another high density or travel based one, otherwise would be hard to get.

These are what you’re fighting for, in order to get higher levels than 8.  They aren’t as easy to get as you might think, unless you fit into the ones that I said were easy for your particular area.  Don’t shoot for the easy ones, they are easy… shoot for the hard ones.  They take work, the easy ones will just happen.

Hack away.