Dark XM: April 25-30
Dark XM: April 25-30
Agents, Dark XM event started. Today NIA announced a new global event, which will begin on April 25 at 10:00 and end on April 30 at the same time.
Dark XM will appear in the Scanner. The Portal decay rate might also be affected. To combat the impact of this force you will need to create links. The cumulative length of the created links will be measured. A Scanner medal based on the total distance of the links you create during this event will be awarded if the Dark XM threat is stopped. The medal will have three tiers to it of 5k, 50km, and 250km. A new Scanner statistic will be enabled shortly to track your progress. These links will protect you against the Dark XM threat.
Also 400.000 additional portals must be captured. Both factions will contribute to this goal. In addition, achieving this will increase the bonus AP during the June First Saturday to 3x AP. Agents can work on both capturing Portals and making links simultaneously once the event begins.
If too many neutral Portals remain on April 30th, 10AM PDT (UTC -7), the Dark XM will seep into the universe more permanently.
Andrew Krug also gave some explanations about the event on his blog in Telegram:
There have been some questions about the Dark XM event and I just saw an inforgraphic that isn't exactly correct. So let me try to clarify:
1: A baseline measurement of the number of Portals owned by both factions globally will be taken at 10am PDT (UTC -7) on April 25th. Let's call this amount X.
2: Players need to capture and own X + 400,000 more Portals to unlock the ability to be awarded the Dark XM medal.
3: X + 400,000 Portals do NOT need to be owned on April 30th. Whenever X + 400,000 happens that will unlock the medal. But must be achieved no later than April 30th.
4: We will provide twice daily snapshots of how close to the X + 400,000 goal the players are (times tbd)
5: There are three tiers to the medal that represent the cumulative length of the links you make during the event. These tiers are 5km, 50km, 250km.
6: The medals are bronze, silver, gold and will count towards leveling.
7: You can achieve the gold with one link or lots of links. Creating one 250km link is just as good as ten 25km links. Creating 100 links that are 2.5km long will also work.
8: You can start making links immediately at 10am PDT on April 25th. You do not need to wait until the X + 400,000 threshold is achieved.
9: Portal decay will be increased but slowly return to normal.
10: The metric to track your links will appear in both Prime and REDACTED I am told.
11: The link distance will not freeze or stop when the X + 400,000 threshold is achieved. You will have until April 30th to make as many links as you can get the largest cumulative distance.
12: I reserve this last bullet point to add something I forgot because I am old and likely forgot something. Has anyone seen my wallet or keys?
P.S. based on past similar events, you may have to take a game action or restart your scanner to see the new metric that will track your link distance during this event. Give it a little nudge.
You have up until April 30th to hit x + 400,000. It can happen before then (but not before April 25 @ 10am PDT). Once it happens, you are golden.
During the event you can replenish your inventory in our store with a 15% discount, to do this, you need to activate a special code: DarkXM