A Machina Report – Introducing the new "Reclaimer” Medal [Discussion]
Since November 2022, the NIA has investigated the emergence of a new XM entity, codenamed Machina, within the XM Portal Network. It first made its presence known after the Epiphany Dawn Los Angeles Anomaly, and has continued to evolve and adapt over time. As we studied its ingression, it appears to have also studied us.
Machina data is not fully comprehensible by current NIA technology, resulting in deformed or corrupted XM constructs from Machina-owned Portals. It appears that Machina can only capture neutral Portals, and Machina Portals exhibit a fragile or decayed state. Although Machina attempts to defend itself by packing a punch and draining significant XM, it also has a glass jaw.
The existence of "cross-links" - intersecting Portal Links - suggests that Machina followed a different set of rules from known XM constructs and energy patterns. Theories have been proposed that Machina may possess its own unique XM Geometry or exist within a distinct subset of spatial dimensions.
While much remains unknown about this newly discovered entity, Machina is believed to now coexist in our reality. In recent months, numerous findings related to Machina have been presented:
- Neutralizing Machina Portals: Vigilant Agents have demonstrated that existing XM weapons can neutralize Machina Portals, both Resistance and Enlightened XMPs affect Machina equally. Furthermore, Agent actions have proven effective in preventing further spread of Machina clusters.
- Machina Cohesion with XM Energy Pattern: the first generation of Machina was fragile due to the low compatibility of its XM energy pattern with ours. However, it is believed that through repeated ingression to our XM Network, Machina will maximize its cohesion with our XM energy pattern by mutating and fitting in our rulesets and XM Geometry.
- Preventing Machina Seeding on Portals: Another theory proposes that Control Fields of 100K MU or less could be used in preventing Machina from seeding on Portals under the Fields’ control. However, no Field seems to prevent Machina-owned Portals from assimilating nearby Portals.
Source and Introduction into XM Network
While there is still no plausible theory on the source of Machina or how it was first introduced into the XM Network, it is widely accepted that it accumulated sufficient energy to go past The Barrier during the Epiphany Dawn event in Los Angeles and reached a critical mass during the Epiphany Dawn event in Yokohama. The recent investigation on MZFPK, however, put a damper on Machina’s spread. It is still unknown whether upcoming XM Anomalies will fuel another Machina spread.
Possible Paths of Machina Evolution
It is not yet possible for Researchers to predict how Machina may continue to evolve, but some possible paths are:
- Machina-owned Portals might appear stronger.
- The ability and rate of a Machina seed to spread might vary, especially during localized XM Anomalies.
- Machina Links might lose their ability to cross or intersect each other.
- Machina Links might start forming Control Fields. It is not yet foreseeable how Machina Control Fields might affect human minds.
Residual Machina Energy and the Reclaimer Medal
A recent report on Scanner healthiness suggests that by destroying Machina XM constructs and capturing Portals that were recovered from Machina control, Agents obtain part of the extraterrestrial Machina XM energy via their Scanner. Although there is not yet any robust way for the Scanner to distill and extract such energy for Agents’ use, the NIA would like to award a new medal “Reclaimer” according to the number of captures on Portals recovered from Machina control, starting today.
The 5-tiered Reclaimer Medal can be earned by capturing Portals when their previous owners was
- Bronze Tier: 100
- Silver: 1,000
- Gold: 5,000
- Platinum: 15,000
- Onyx: 40,000
Thank you for your continued support of the research on Machina.
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— The Ingress Team
can we have crosslink and fast red spawning like in march then ? 😅
not that much red alive
This is going to be another bad idea that Niantic got from player suggestions, like the Second Sunday medal and premium avatars.
So they’ll finally add a KCap badge too?
With numbers like those, Niantic is going to need to increase the amount of red portals. Those are Seer type numbers. I had just shy of 3k kills previously. But they want captures?
Say someone just uses XMP and levels an entire town, will the next person to cap the portals get the credit, or will there be a window for it to be invalid?
Yet another non retroactive badge.
great another locked badge in scanner⚡
So am I reading this correctly that not only should you smash the machina portal, you must also capture it? How soon must it be captured, what if I destroy machina portal and my wife captures? Curious how this goes.
One thing to destroy machina, but having to make sure you capture it as well is going to add a tedious element that's, well, tedious for no real reason...
I find the medal tiers ridicously high. 100 and only bronze? Finding and able to recapture from machina is already hard to do in 1 year (keeping into account how many machina are spawing now), let alone u have to do it x400 times for onyx. And u can look like its also another black medal u need to reach for "liberator".
nice idea but 40k captures for the onyx badge is a bit crazy with the liberator badge demanding the same amount of any captures
Just destroyed a machina-portal and fully deployed it, I don’t see any increase to a new stat.
Ridiculously high? I think it’s excellent. Medals aren’t supposed to be easy, and lately they have been, too much so.
Of all the things they could have done a Machina badge for, this won out? And are you kidding me with those tiers?
Any word on when this will go live?
The Reclaimer badge levels are the same as liberator. Seems like Reclaimer should be like half Liberator.
EDIT: Also, the original Niantic post was taken down. Are they editing and changing it?
YUS MORE ^^^^^^^^^!
Really curious how this would work too. Does the same agent need to neutralize and deploy within a certain time frame? Or can different people do the neutralizing and capturing, and if so, within what time frame?
When it's a permanent badge, it probably should be around the other tiers to spread it out evenly.
Based on the current wording in the OP, it doesn't require destroying at all
"The 5-tiered Reclaimer Medal can be earned by capturing Portals when their previous owners was Machina"
So based on that, it's like a more restricted Liberator ("Any capture where the most recent owner was Machina" = 1 point, similar to how Pioneer is "Any capture where it is unique" = 1 point)
However, NIA aren't exactly known for always putting out complete and accurate info for new things right away (so there could be some hidden time limit post-destroy, or requirement to have been involved in the destruction)
Surely nitanic's enormous ingress product team completely thought this through and sought wise council from the vanguards and xmas before releasing badge tiers that literally every agent would see as unreasonable and in most cases unattainable.
They also say "by destroying Machina XM constructs and capturing Portals that were recovered from Machina control", so ... sad to say, it's fairly typical of Niantic communications :)
If I were to guess, it's only the capturing that counts, as that's easiest to implement. But that's only my guess.
Wow these numbers are absurd. Whoever put those numbers down can't actually be playing the same game we are.
I love this, it shows a lot of thought and planning went into it.
These numbersay appear as absurd, likely a sign of how prolific it is planned to be
I just tested. No tick when machina destroyed, one tick once I captured said portal. Will test later this evening when my wife is home from work to see if she gets a tick for the capture. My current count is at 1, so appears, nothing retroactive, which really sucks since my numbers were already getting up there. Typical Niantic, typical...
The news article is now back up.
Me parece buena idea, solo debería de ser retroactiva así nos sorprendería más...y también ¿Para cuándo la medalla de la cápsula?
I stopped seeing machina portals since the MZFPK event (more likely a few days later). if they want us to reach those numbers then a huge spawn increase is going to be needed.
Probably the behaviour of Machina is what Niantic is planning to touch as the outcome of Echo.
Yup. Treat like a bump and dump, or hostile takeover.