Coming Soon: Optima Kinetic Challenge ll
The Optima Kinetic Challenge returns from Friday, 17 September at 1600 UTC to Monday, 27 September 1600 UTC with new tiers!
The Optima Kinetic Capsule metric will return to your Scanner to track progress. While the previous metric should go live at the beginning of the event, Agents must perform an in-game action such as a hack or recharge a Portal for their tiered medal to update should they have completed enough Programs during the initial challenge in March.
To help with Agent efforts during this challenge, the following Program updates have been made:
- Very Rare Portal Shield; Heat Sink; Multi-Hack; SoftBank Ultra Link Programs: Kinetic energy distance reduced from 8km to 2km; Kinetic energy reduced from 6000XM to 4000XM
- Hypercube Program: Kinetic energy distance reduced from 4km to 2km
- JARVIS Virus, 8 L8 Resonator Programs
- Kinetic energy distance reduced from 8km to 2km
New Program: ADA Refactor
- 1 JARVIS Virus + 10 L6+ XMP + 4,000 XM + 2km
Additionally, Optima Kinetic Program bundles will be available in the store for the duration of the challenge:
- Free Kinetic Program Bundle (0 CMU, limit 1 per Agent): 3 Rare Shield; 3 Rare Heat Sink; 3 Rare Multi-Hack; 3 Rare Link Amp
- Paid: Optima Kinetic Program Bundle (1,000 CMU): 3 Rare Shield; 3 Rare Heat Sink; 3 Rare Multi-Hack; 3 Rare Link Amp
Reminder: The reduced 2km Kinetic Capsule distance only applies to newly run Programs, and does not apply to Programs already running prior to the start of the Optima Challenge. For example, if your Kinetic Capsule Program is at 3.5km/8.0km when the event starts, it will not be reduced to 3.5km/2.0km. The reduced distance will not be retroactive; you must complete your existing 8.0km Program, and the reduced distance will be enabled upon running your next Program.
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Updates from thia
The event is live and I have a couple of followup notes based on some of your questions here and in other spaces.
1) The event is live, yeay! If you are nervous about starting a Kinetic Capsule and it still being 8km instead of 2km, you can verify before starting a Program by looking at the Kinetic Capsule before you go into
MANAGE interface. I'll add a screenshot from my phone after I get this posted. It will say 2km instead of 8km at the top.
2) Medal updating: if you completed enough Kinetic Programs during the initial Challenge in March, the popup you receive on screen may show Silver instead of Gold as both alerts are received but it can only display one. If you look at your Scanner, it should show the Gold tier.
3) Distance walked limit: The 40km limit is per-24 hour period and starts after you complete a Program, as a rolling 24 hour period.
If I redeem an 8km Program at 1100 (because I started it before the Challenge), I have 32km remaining. If I go out and finish a 2km Program at 1400 today, I will have 30km remaining. If I do no more walking, tomorrow at 1100 the 8km falls off and I have 38km remaining and at 1400, I am back to having the full 40km available. (I really hope that is not more confusing.)
4) Broken ADA Refactor Program: We are disabling the ADA Program until we can correct it. If you have one running, it will still continue to run, finish (with incorrect output still), and count for your stat credit, you just will not be able to start a new one.
I will look into what can be done for those who didn't receive the right output once we get it working properly.
Please use/refer to the filed bug report for updates.
UPDATE: ADA Program has been reactivated.
Now that it's fixed, I'll talk to the team about what we can do for those who did an ADA program and got a JARVIS instead of an ADA. It is unlikely I will have an answer for you before Monday. I'm sorry about that. :(
This again. *groan*
These are some insanely high requirements considering Ingress doesnt track all the distance walked. I typically need to walk ~10km for 2km in the Kinetic Capsule progress.
I am looking forward to this event. But I really don't understand the Virus/ADA recipes. These things are extremely rare, and having a recipe that consumes one is not a good value. I would rather see a Jarvis/ADA recipe that called for 40-50 level 7 or 8 bursters.
I think there should be a way to transmute a Jarvis into an ADA, normally, within the game. Or a single Item that can reverse the alignment, regardless of faction. But for now I just trade with a Friendly opposition agent. No big deal
What is the configuration for the Jarvis program?
how about stick back to bronze, silver, gold, platinum, black. This "this is to green for me" or "this is to blue for me" bothers 2 of 2 factions - can't get such simple style decisions. Please change it back.
50 is way too high for a Gold, I love seeing how these global challenges have been more inclusive to more casual players since the Nemesis series. I’ll manage myself, but it’s an especially tough Gold, for the following reasons:
Like I said. I’ll manage myself, but prefer these events to accommodate the wider player base, not just the very hardcore. Global challenges in the past have set the numbers well, and offered a “global stretch” to encourage agents to keep going, other than for personal prestige.
Either making the requirement for Gold would be fairer, or extend the event window to give agents more time achieve these requirements.
Will the kinetic capsules passed during the last event count towards the upcoming event?
I made a bunch of Jarvis from the first optima challenge but there was no way to make Ada... Now they're offering a way to consume that surplus to produce the Ada so in a way I'm going to lose out if I want to make those which kind of levels it out from a balancing issue and if you don't have the Jarvis you can create them...this time
Gold's on these challenges are always an order of magnitude harder
KC tracker really sucks , but i don't think, that much ,lol.
Besides, they are also adding previous metric from March .
The same as it was, the opposite of ADA
I remember other challenges where gold was catering to hardcore and I think that that's a good idea everyone else can go for bronze and silver
Terrible event. Ingress still did not count Walked km properly. Also 10 days for 50 finished program? Its over 100km, and about 10km per day. Also Players must know that 10km in real ≠ 10 km in ingress. Blame you. This event should have extended time for more 10 days. Or even more.
I get kilometers walked to translate effectively because I understand how ingress calculates it. If you're walking and you do actions along the way like a light recharge or hacking a portal it calculates it correctly... Across straight lines. But if you're walking off course a little bit (between two portals) you should recharge a portal at the vertex of path deviations... Until you reach another portal
I get every single kilometer logged this way
Will it be possible to start more than five programs a day? There is currently a limit of five programs per day...
Not quite, there's currently a limit of 40km a day. Normally, that's 5 programs, but with the reduced distance, that's 20 programs a day.
Super excited for round two of this challenge. Gold feels reasonable with the reduction to 2km programs. Especially if you didn't slack off and stop after unlocking bronze during round one. 😜
I like, that you really have to work Hard to get the Gold.
So what if it's difficult the get the Gold? Just go for one of the other two.
Then there's something for the casual player and something for the hardcore player.
Dont se why, everything should be handed to us.
Sorry to whinge but the last thing I need is a program to make R8s. I have loads of those as you can only add one per portal. It's the others I run out of!
That's why umbrellas were invented 👍
@NianticThia the Jarvis and Ada programs, are they only for the event? And not permanent?
Thanks for having the ADA Refractor program as an option!
It could be bronze 4 = programs completed, silver = 12 programs and gold = 30 programs completed.
I think the top tier should be a challenge, otherwise there’s no point having tiers.
I do 5–10 km in 2 hours in a (in‐person) First Saturday without trying.
If the badges in game look anything like they do in the picture I think I prefer silver though: more blue than green. 😁
If 50 is too high - why did my local **** already finish 53 during Phase 1? 😏
Of course it is not easy to do - thats why they call it a challenge 🤷😉
And I can confirm - actions during your walk (recharging, dropping items,...) when you take a detour between portals will make the measured distance way more accurate 🤷
I have the initial badge from March...is there a way to see how many Kinetic capsules I have completed prior, or will this show up once the challenge starts?
Once the challenge starts .
What aboat reduced drone hack time?