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Medals (sometimes called badges) are virtual rewards for various in-game accomplishments, similar to achievements in other games. You can view your medals by tapping your avatar at the upper-left corner of the scanner screen, or by selecting the “Agent” tab in the ops screen. Your anomaly medals are shown first, from the most recent anomaly to the oldest one, followed by your remaining medals, in the reverse order that you received them.

There are five categories of medals:

Tiered Medals

These medals recognize the achievement of certain thresholds in your lifetime stats. These medals come in five tiers: bronze, silver, gold, platinum and onyx (sometimes called “black”). Beyond agent level 8, a certain number of silver or higher medals are required to level up. Other medals do not count towards any tier, regardless of their actual color, and therefore do not contribute to leveling. When you achieve the next tier for a medal, the previous tier is not taken away; for example, if you earn a gold medal, you still have the bronze and silver.

Anomaly Medals

Anomaly medals are awarded for participating in Niantic-sponsored anomaly events. Anomaly medals started with the Recursion anomaly series and have been awarded for every anomaly since. They are obtained by registering for the event in advance through a page set up for the event at the Ingress site, and are “pushed” to your scanner when your participation in the event is confirmed. Previously, they were also obtained through passcode cards handed out at the event. Passcodes for the Initio medal were also given out with the purchase of the Ishinomaki Interitus shirt, the proceeds of which were donated to support relief efforts for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Character Medals

Character medals pertain to someone or something of significance in the Ingress storyline. Originally, they were obtained by meeting a character in person at an Ingress event. The character would give you a special passcode card that would grant the medal. More recently, swag packs sold by Niantic have contained them, and the characters themselves did not hand them out (presumably in order to avoid competing with swag pack sales). Below is a list of the existing character medals, along with whatever information we have about how they were obtained and current availability. Medals are obtained via supporter kit sales unless otherwise noted:

  • Acolyte 2016
    • Copenhagen and Vienna Obsidian anomalies, 2 April 2016
    • Chiangmai Aegis Nova anomaly, 28 May 2016
    • Hyderabad, Kuala Lumpur and Sydney Aegis Nova anomalies, 25 June 2016
    • New Orleans and Miami Via Noir anomalies, 12 November 2016
  • ADA
    • Okinawa Abaddon anomaly, 12 December 2015
  • ADA 2016
    • Dublin, Moscow and Nice Aegis Nova anomalies, 25 June 2016
  • Akira Tsukasa 2016
    • Tokyo Aegis Nova anomaly, 16 July 2016
  • Akira Tsukasa 2017
    • Received during trips on NL-Prime 2017
  • Devra Bogdanovich 2016
    • Tainan and Manila Aegis Nova anomalies, 28 May 2016
    • Wroclaw Via Lux anomaly, 27 August 2016
    • Seoul, Surabaya and Melbourne Via Noir anomalies, 12 November 2016
  • Edgar Allan Wright
    • Also known as the Investigation Medal, this very exclusive medal is given out by Edgar Allan Wright, founder of Operation Essex; and Verity Seke, operator of the Niantic Project page on Google+.
    • Verity Seke described the award criteria as follows: “This medal will be awarded to those who have gone above and beyond in helping the Niantic Investigation reach its maximum potential: By digging tirelessly for the truth… By working to mentor and educate others seeking to join the Investigation… By being a bastion of creativity and commitment…. And by working to maintain the positive momentum and sentiment within the Investigative community. This medal will be deployed by me slowly, a few each week, to those who myself and Dr. Wright agree are truly deserving.”
  • Hank Johnson
    • Hanover Shōnin anomaly, 28 March 2015 (given out by character)
  • Hank Johnson 2016
    • European Via Noir anomalies, 12 November 2016
  • Jahan 2016
    • Mexico City, Orlando, San Antonio and Tucson Obsidian anomalies, 2 April 2016
    • Cape Town, Padova and Rotterdam Aegis Nova anomalies, 28 May 2016
    • Tokyo Aegis Nova anomaly, 16 July 2016
    • Denver Via Lux anomaly, 27 August 2016
    • New Orleans and Chicago Via Noir anomalies, 12 November 2016
  • Klue
    • Abaddon anomaly, 14 November 2015
  • Klue 2016
    • So far, has only appeared on the profiles of __ADA__ and __JARVIS__.
    • Numerous “FindTheKlue” dead drops around the world
  • KodamaSmiles 2016
    • Cologne Via Lux anomaly, 24 September 2016
  • NL-1331 (classic and 2016)
  • NL-1331e
  • NL-Prime 2016
  • Oliver Lynton-Wolfe
    • Barcelona Darsana anomaly, 13 December 2014 (given out by character)
    • Abaddon anomaly, 24 November 2015
  • Oliver Lynton-Wolfe 2016
    • United States Aegis Nova anomalies, 25 June 2016
  • P. A. Chapeau
    • Milan Abaddon anomaly, 12 December 2015
    • Seoul Via Noir anomaly, 12 November 2016
  • P. A. Chapeau 2016
    • United States Aegis Nova anomalies, 28 May 2016
  • Stella Vyctory (“crossover” medal from Endgame)
    • The medal was previously obtainable by being among the top students on Stella’s leaderboard on the Ancient Societies web site. Stella has since discontinued her posts there.
    • Pasadena Shōnin anomaly, 28 March 2015 (received by agents who chose an Endgame line)
    • Hanover Shōnin anomaly, 28 March 2015 (received by agents who solved Stella’s challenge)
    • Endgame meetup before the Washington, DC Persepolis anomaly, 29 May 2015 (in free supporter kits)
    • Utrecht Persepolis anomaly, 20 June 2015 (received by agents who solved Stella’s challenge)
  • Susanna Moyer
    • Pasadena Shōnin anomaly, 28 March 2015 (given out by character)
    • Washington, DC Persepolis anomaly, 30 May 2015
    • Persepolis anomalies, 20 June 2015 (awarded for SITREPs reported on Twitter and Google+ that were reshared by the official @Ingress account)
    • Hong Kong Obsidian anomaly, 2 April 2016
  • Susanna Moyer 2016
    • Obsidian anomalies, 27 February 2016
    • Hong Kong Obsidian anomaly, 2 April 2016
    • Brooklyn Aegis Nova anomaly, 28 May 2016
    • San Diego Aegis Nova anomaly, 25 June 2016

Classic style

2016 style

2017 Style

Mission Medals

Mission medals are awarded for completing agent-created missions, which can be found in the “Missions” tab of the ops screen. They are round instead of hexagonal, and are displayed in a separate section of the agent profile.

Other Medals

These medals are awarded for specific accomplishments not covered by one of the other medal categories:

  • The Eve medal was awarded to agents who recruited three other agents during a limited time at the iOS scanner launch. It was also awarded to some agents who submitted Ingress-themed T-shirt designs during the same period. It is no longer available.
  • The Founder medal was awarded to those who achieved at least level 5 by 14 December 2013. It is no longer available.
  • The GORUCK medal is awarded to agents who participate in special Ingress GORUCK events prior to the Obsidian anomaly series. It is no longer available.
  • The GORUCK Urban medal is awarded to agents who participate in the special Ingress Urban events.
  • The GORUCK Stealth medal is awarded to agents who participate in the special Ingress Stealth events.
  • The Verified medal was awarded to those who completed the agent verification process. Verification has been removed from the scanner, so this medal is no longer available.
  • The Via Lux Adventurer or Via Lux Odyssey medals were awarded to every agent that visited at least 300 new unique portals during the month of September 2016. The Odyssey medal went to the top 25% of agents who exceed 300 new unique portals; the remaining 75% received the Adventurer medal.