Deploy Then Hack

Myth or a valid Ingress method?

This data relates directly to a reddit post where I suggested that one deploys, then hacks a portal. It was suggested that getting better “stuff” is a myth so I set out to check my assumptions.

See: I know I sound stupid, but how do I jack a portal?? (noob)

Method

To try to get as consistent a result as possible I chose grey portals and I did 3 things:

Bonus items are shown in italics

It’s worth noting that a Glyph Hack on a grey portal only ever gives one word, on the deployed portal it gives three.

Conclusion

75% of the time a Glyph Hack will generate a better yield. In every instance deploying resulted in much, much better “stuff”.

Date Portal Hack Glyph Hack Deploy then Glyph Hack
7 Aug ‘16 Sapling L1 Resonator
Force Amp
Portal Key
L1 Resonator
Portal Key
2 x L1 Resonator
L2 Burster
L6 Resonator
L5 Power Cube
Portal Key
L4 Resonator
L6 Burster
7 Aug ‘16 Grant Williams Plaque L2 Resonator
L3 Resonator
L1 Burster
L2 Burster
L1 Power Cube
Portal Key
L1 Resonator
Portal Key
2 x L1 Resonator
L1 Burster
L5 Resonator
L5 Burster
Portal Key
L5 Resonator
L5 Burster
7 Aug ‘16 The Merchant’s Chairs 2 x L1 Resonator
L1 Burster
Portal Key
3 x L1 Resonator
L1 Burster
L2 Burster
L3 Burster
L1 Power Cube
2 x L1 Resonator
L1 Burster
3 x L5 Resonator
Portal Key
L5 Resonator
L5 Burster
7 Aug ‘16 Mama Loco Flower Power Bar L1 Resonator
L2 Burster
NO Portal Key!
3 x L1 Resonator
L1 Burster
L1 Power Cube
Portal Key
2 x L1 Resonator
L2 Burster
2 x L5 Resonator
L5 Burster
Portal Key
L5 Resonator
L4 Burster

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Facebook promoting the Warriors versus the Cavaliers (more…)

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fb-feedback3a

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trademe-misplaced-listing (more…)

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Social Media Safety - Hans Moore 2016

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Questions I’d like the kids to be asking: (more…)

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This one looks good, it has a patient testimonial and info about Dr Bryant Michaels. Quite why he lives in Pennsylvania when he’s practicing in Miami is beyond me but my US geography isn’t too hot and maybe that works for him. (more…)

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