Ingress – Land of … Mission Series

This was the second mission series I’ve done, which was created by Yi Hong (chikidi28). As I understand it, he took inspiration from Naruto. I’m not a Naruto fan, so I don’t understand the reference, but the missions do form a nice row of six badges. There’s no particular sequence to the mission series, so the missions can be completed in any way you want to (cue song from Journey XD).

After the 8-hour Uniquely Singapore mission series (which took twice as long as previously estimated), Dad decided to split these six missions into several different trips over a few days, so that we could spend more time collecting unique hacks and captures, as well as smashing smurf portals. I decided to write each mission as we did it, so here’s our experience in chronological order. Mission notes are at the start of each mission log.

15 Feb 2015 – Land of Iron
Mission Notes:
– This mission consists of hacking eight portals in any order. That’s it.
– All portals are around Raffles MRT.
– The portals are in a circuit, so it doesn’t matter where you start. (Exit E is a good start point IMO)
– Can be done in 10-15 minutes; 5 mins if you just blow through.

My dad (Crossbow88) and I did this mission with Joel (xhans). Dad had printed out a map of the area and divided it into several sections. We started by hacking, smashing and capturing portals around Raffles area first (each one of us taking a different sector), before moving in to actually do the mission. The point was so kinda mark out which areas we’d already captured and to give each player and equal chance to capture portals, so as to not step on one another’s toes. Dad also designated the actual mission area to be no-man’s-land, where the portals were available for any of us to take.

I spent more time glyph hacking and doing max value captures in my sector (self flipping Resonators L1 through L8, deploying two mods per portal and creating stacked fields), so I only managed to capture about ten or so new portals before heading off to do the mission. Also, when I started, I smashed portals and built them up only to Level 4 so that I could farm Level 4 resonators. This made me slower than the other two, even though Dad dropped me off first.

22 Feb 2015 – Land of Earth and Land of Wind
Mission Notes:
– Land of Earth is at Bukit Batok. You can start at the MRT, like we did. It takes about 30-40mins if you go fast.
– Land of Earth requires a few capturing/upgrading portal waypoints, so note those.
– Land of Wind is at Buona Vista. This mission is more of a circuit, but it’s a very long walk. Took us more than an hour, but then again we were capturing and fielding.
– Land of Wind portals were all hacking waypoints (I think) except one visiting waypoint and one capture/upgrade portal waypoint.
– Both missions can be completed in any order.

Dad and I did these mission with Joel again and Bukit Batok turned out to be a mission of medium difficulty. Dad parked at the public carpark opposite the MRT station and we started from there after a quick toilet break and picture.

01 Joel, Daddy and I at Bukit Batok MRT

Although we started at Bukit Batok MRT station, it wasn’t a perfect route. There were a few portals on the west side of the station, not too far, that we snagged before moving eastwards. There was at least one capture/upgrade waypoint there. I was faster than the other two, so I snapped up most (if not all) of the unclaimed portals. Ended up netting 19 new unique captures over this whole mission.

There were more portals on the east side of the station they were spread further apart, that was a bit of a walk. Since the whole place was mostly green (meaning few unique captures), Dad had decided to blitz this mission and focus on the Land of Wind mission in Buona Vista, which was mostly blue.

The Land of Earth mission ended somewhere at Bukit Batok East CC about 40mins later, then Joel spotted a cluster of uncaptured portals on a hill near the Church of St Mary of the Angels. We raced to capture them and I stole about seven from him, while he only got two XD Because of our detour, we were late back to the car, so we had less time for smashing and capturing portals in Buona Vista and the Land of Wind mission.

Like I mentioned in the notes above, the Land of Wind mission is more or less a circuit, so if you start from Buona Vista MRT, it doesn’t matter which way you go, you should end up near the station again. I recommend spending some time fielding, as there’s a really nice cluster of portals at the south corner of The Star Vista (the shopping mall beside BV MRT station) where you can just sit by the fountain and reach all four, forming a very easy stack. Those portals are part of the mission anyway, and if you want to extend it to a third stack (which you should), the next nearest waypoint portal is a perfect extension point.

If you want to spend time capturing portals, I suggest you start from Buona Vista MRT and go anti-clockwise, capture the easy stack I mentioned, then spend the rest of your time taking portals at the Biopolis area. On a Sunday, it’s nice and quiet with nobody there to disturb you at all and not much traffic to look out for. More importantly, it’s very densely populated with portals for the taking. Make sure you’re fully stocked on items, or farm the area before smashing.

6 Mar 2015 – Land of Fire
Mission Notes:
– All waypoints are in Tampines area and they can be completed in any order.
– 10+ portals, all either hacking waypoints or capture/upgrade portal waypoints
– The portals are all spread out pretty far apart from one another, so some form of transport is recommended. You will literally travel almost the whole of Tampines.
– If you go with more than three people, prepare ADA/Jarvis viruses; some capture/upgrade portals are nearly Level 8

My dad and I did this mission together, just the two of us. Since most of the portals were spread pretty far apart, we couldn’t just park somewhere and walk, so I directed him to portal after portal. My dad drove and we were able to hit most of the portals without getting out of the car. For the portals that weren’t accessible from the car, there were parking spots nearby, so we could just pop out, hack and flip the portal, then move on.

Almost all the portals that we hit were green, so we didn’t need to spend time attacking and capturing. Rather, we took the time to flip each other’s resonators, so that we could increase our resonator deploy count, gain 65AP per deployment and reduce our inventory. We kept glyph hacking, so our inventory kept refilling itself.

Glpyh hacking really presents a happy problem. The more you hack, the more you want to play to use up your inventory. But the more you play, the more you’re tempted to glyph hack. Repeat ad infinitum. It’s a good way to keep us all playing Ingress.

Very clever, Niantic. Very clever.

Anyway, there was one portal that required a capture or upgrade and it was a Level 7 portal with two R7s and six R8s, just enough for my dad and I to deploy R8s and clear the waypoint. If we had one more person, we’d have needed to ADA the portal, which would have been a perfectly good waste of a fully modded and well linked EP8. So if you want to complete this mission, do take note of these sort of portals, especially if you’re on the right side Enlightened side, because the Enlightened agents in Tampines are very active and organized. It’s probably best to go alone, or with two others at most.

Even with a car, we took about an hour plus to finish the entire mission, including the time we took to glyph hack and flip resonators.

15 Mar 2015 – Land of Lightning
Mission Notes:
– All waypoints are in Yishun area around Yishun MRT and they can be completed in any order.
– 15 portals, mostly hacking waypoints but at least 5 are capture/upgrade portal waypoints
– If you arrive by MRT, finish the west side portals (Portals 1-13-12-15, see Mission Map below) before crossing to portal 14 and working your way back up to Yishun MRT station. This way it forms a circuit.
– The original Yishun bus interchange is closed for now because of a new condo being built I think, so you might have to sneak in somehow to get a few of the portals (Portals 9-10-11)
– Takes about 1.5 hours on foot, some form of light transport (bike, skates) is recommended
– The northern portals are a little annoying because there’s a lot of human traffic, but once you go south of Portal 9, the number of people reduces drastically because it’s mostly park areas.

It was just Dad and I again for this mission. We’d intended to finish off this mission and the last one at Seng Kang in one shot without smashing and capturing any smurf portals, because Yishun was mostly green and also because the next mission series we’re gonna do (Perdition’s Road) is at Seng Kang. Unfortunately, we ran into some problems with this mission.

At the second last portal we hit (Rain Garden) my dad’s GPS went haywire, making him jump everywhere but on top of the portal we needed. This was a capture/upgrade waypoint, so even if he did manage to drift within range, there was no guarantee that he’d stay long enough to upgrade one of my resonators. In the end, he skipped the portal, saying that he’d come back another day and finish it, which he did a few days later with no problems. Weird.

I had no problems at all, but we ended up spending half an hour there, with me capturing and farming the nearby portals. I netted 25 unique captures with this mission XD

Dad’s device is a Samsung. I forget which model, but as far as I’m concerned, Samsung is the Apple of the Android world. Also, while I was doing research on which smartphone to get, a friend of my told me she’d been having problems with Samsung devices, so that immediately raised a huge red flag for me. (Aside: Huh. I was looking for a post I did which explained why I chose to buy the Sony Z1 over anything else, but I realised I never actually wrote one.)

Anyway, let’s forget about electronic devices; this post is about missions!

This mission was a great opportunity to use Niantic’s new Mission Map feature. This is what it looks like:
02 Land of Lightning Mission Overview

The waypoints can be completed in any order, so the numbers are just the portal positions. Dad and I completed it top down, starting with Portal 4, moving down to Portal 15 before walking to Portal 14 (the one where Dad had GPS problems) and finally ending with Portal 7. The distance between Portals 14 and 15 was about 1km. Thanks, Yi Hong, I got my weekly route march in with this mission.

So yeah, the distance is quite long, so use a bike or skates. Best not to do it in the day time like we did, because of the heat and also because the brightness of the sun increases the need for a bright screen, thus draining a lot of power and you risk overheating your device.

22 Mar 2015 – Land of Water
Mission Notes:
– All waypoints in the Seng Kang area, not around Seng Kang MRT, but within walking distance
– Three Capture/Upgrade, One Visit and the rest are Hack waypoints and can be completed in any order
– Finished it in just under an hour. Didn’t really blitz this, but we also didn’t stop often. Most of the waypoints can be completed without breaking stride.
– SengKang MRT is just south of waypoints, 2, 3 and 4.

Mission Overview
03 Land of Water Mission Overview

This was a pretty quick mission, I felt, since we didn’t stop much. We’d decided not to focus on smashing and capturing and instead concentrate on the mission itself. We only took portals that were easy to destroy and I netted 46 new captures, I think. I only kept dropping R1s, R4s, R5s and R6s because I had a surplus of those and never bothered to fully deploy a portal. I let my dad do that then just linked whatever I could.

We parked at a multi-storey carpark beside Compassvale Primary (somewhere between Portals 10 and 12), then started the mission. We hit waypoints 12-11-13-10, then moved to portal 4 and completed the rest in a clockwise direction. Note that the northernmost three portals are in a cluster of other portals, so you might want to spend some time capturing and/or linking up the place.

After we finished, we started on the Perdition’s Road mission series. Moving on immediately to this series was why we hadn’t focused on smashing and capturing. And just two missions in, we were trapped by the heavy rain.

Very apt, seeing as we just completed Land of Water. By the time we got back to the car after completing the third mission, we were drenched and our shoes were soaked.

Thanks a lot, chikidi28.

And here’s what the whole series looks like.

04 Mission Complete

-Jace

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