Portal disappears as if from a shot

EsperqEsperq ✭✭
edited February 2021 in General

Hello, someone knows what I'm doing wrong, that when I attack xmp8 and someone defends, I take 20% per shot and the portal can be defended. However, when I defend, the boom, the portal disappears as if from a shot


  • 1valdis1valdis ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2021

    Most of the time, portal state doesn't update realtime instantly. You have to trigger portal state update by changing screens or pressing active buttons. The most effective tactic is to not just spam "Charge all" like you do on the video, but, if the portal is "fully charged", to press X on this screen to get back to the portal screen. The portal state will be updated, so then you instantly press "Charge" again and can recharge without waiting.

  • Looks like normal updating to me. A solo recharger cannot beat skilled attackers, because of this update lag. To really defend a portal you need to be onsite, or have multiple rechargers on different update cycles.

    And this is intentional. If portals could not be killed, the game would be far more frustrating and boring and never change.

  • HosetteHosette ✭✭✭✭✭

    I consider myself something of a smashing specialist, so much so that my onyx Purifier badge sprouted wings while my Builder badge was still platinum. I've taken down lots of portals that were being actively defended, and it was often clear to me that I was against multiple rechargers at once-- I like taking down heavily fortified areas.

    I can tell you that there are quite a few techniques that can make it easier/faster to take down a portal that is being recharged. I'm obviously not going to give away all of my secrets, but here are some of the easier things you can do to win against rechargers:

    • Make sure your weapons are out of capsules, more than you think you'll need
    • Make sure that your XM bar is full and that you have used a Hypercube
    • Quietly ultrastrike the shields off of the portal if possible
    • Get good at getting 20% overcharge, or close to it, as quickly as possible
    • Pay attention to where you're standing, and walk around when you need to
  • However, I heard that it is just about some network lag, the game is cut, you can fire 5-6xmp at a time and they are then fired by the server practically at once. Possible?

  • Yes possible, by luck. However, it feels that some agents are able to stack burster in every situation. Not sure if they work with hotspots and/or switch to no or low mobile connection or if they actually use a software to stack it. Stack by tools is obviously possible as per low level spoof accounts taking down portals immediately. I'm just wondering if this got a "common" tool... As per the amount of agents using it I would say... Can't be that big secret. And I'm also interested in actions by Nia to detect & punish it. Anyone any idea if it's worth to report buster stacker?

  • As long as I do not defend the portals fall normally, when the man starts to defend they suddenly begin to disappear. I have seen it hundreds of times, I have only 40 videos with it ... I even hit xmp8 + 20% again and again without shields, I can't break when someone is defending ...

  • HosetteHosette ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Esperq I have reason to believe that recharge bots are a thing, though I wouldn't conclude that you were up against one when you couldn't take down a portal. I sometimes attack in areas where there are several people who will actively defend portals once they figure out that I'm attacking. That means that when I go take down their sea of P8s the first few will be easier and then it will get harder as people figure out their farm is under attack and they message everyone to recharge on me. I have my own tricks for dealing with this, of course. Alternately, if I attack at 3 a.m. I'm not likely to get recharged on. (-:

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