Drone returned spontaneously
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My drone returned spontaneously about 8 hours ago. To the best of my knowledge I didn’t recall it. The portals are 10 hours drive away in a national park so there’s no putting it back. We cannot hold home portals locally due to aggressive Resistance players and have too few players to keep rebuilding L7 or 8 portals without exhausting all of our ADA/Jarvis stock. Can my drone please be returned to its portal?
Once Drone Mark I has been deployed to a Target Portal, it will remain at that Target Portal until it is moved by the Agent, manually recalled back to the Agent, or forced recalled to the Agent.
A forced recall occurs when the Target Portal changes alignment at any time while Drone Mark I is positioned there (i.e. if the Target Portal is captured, neutralized, or flipped with ADA/JARVIS).
Can you share the portals intel link?
Never seen this problem without involving a portal status change.
Hi MatiasM20. Thanks for your reply.
My drone was on one of the L7 portals in this park. I don’t know which one. I’ve been moving it between these two portals for months or to the L6 in that trio when the drone hack cool down rate was increased.
I was a little reluctant identify the portals on a public forum for fear of drawing attention to them.
I’m on the phone so hopefully this link will work.
How many jumps have you made? I wonder if there's an upper limit of jumps before it simply returns. There's been a few posts here and on reddit of 'spontaneous recalls' for people having moved their drone for a long time.
No idea how many jumps, Perringaiden. It didn’t return immediately. It was back when I switched back to the game.
I just came back to playing ingress after 4+ years so I’m getting used to the new UI and logic. Can someone help me understand what the ‘forced drones recalled’ are about? I noticed I had a notification in my alerts saying “ your drone was returned by..(playername ). Did another player do that? Why/how. Thanks!!
If your drone is on a portal and that portal is neutralized (or flipped I believe) then your drone is kicked off thr portal and returned to you. Similarly you can do this to other people's drones but you won't know whose, only their faction.
Anything that changes a portal's ownership will return a drone. So a player can capture a neutral, neutralize or flip a portal. If the portal decays, your drone will also be returned - it will count as a forced recall in your own stats, but since there is no player action that caused it, you will not see the drone returned message.