A capsule is an item which can contain up to 100 other items. A capsule consumes one slot in your inventory for itself, plus one for every item inside it. (Thus, putting items inside a capsule does not save any space in your inventory.) Any items can be placed inside a capsule except premium items or another capsule.
Loading and Unloading
To use a capsule, select it from your inventory and tap “Manage.” You will be shown a screen with the capsule’s contents at the top and your inventory at the bottom. Each has an interface similar to that used in inventory and key management. There is also a toggle at the center-right to switch both areas between items and keys.
To perform a transfer, swipe left and right to find the item(s) you wish to transfer. With the key filter selected, you can use the control to the right of the “Close” button to sort them by name or distance from your current location, making it easier to find the desired key.
Once you’ve found an item to transfer, tap it. An arrow will appear, showing the direction of the transfer. Tap the “-” and “+” buttons below to change the number of items to transfer. You can also use the “Select All” button to the right of the “+” button to select all of that item to transfer. After selecting the number of items to transfer, you can swipe left and right to find more items to queue for transfer. The total number of items to be transferred is displayed below.
After you have selected all the items you wish to transfer, tap the “Load” (or “Unload”) button at the bottom to execute the transfer, or tap “Cancel” button to clear the transfer queue and start over.
Premium items (those which must be purchased from the store) cannot be loaded into a capsule.
Capsules are handy for transferring gear to another agent. Load up the capsule with the items you want to give them, then drop the capsule for them to pick up. Just make sure an enemy agent doesn’t swipe the capsule! Capsules have a unique randomized ID (shown below the word “Capsule” on the capsule’s inventory card and above the count of items inside the capsule on the transfer screen) that can help you distinguish one from another.
Items contained in capsules are not usable in any way: resonators can’t be deployed, mods can’t be installed, XMPs and ultra strikes can’t be fired, keys can’t be used for linking or recharging, etc. They take up space in your inventory, but that’s it. If you wish to use an item in a capsule, you must first unload it from the capsule into your inventory. There’s an upside to this, though: a portal won’t drop its key if you already have one for it in your inventory, but capsules “hide” keys from portals. So one way to farm more keys for a portal, place all existing keys you have for it into a capsule before hacking (although it’s easier to simply request a key using the Hack button submenu).
Recycling a capsule grants you 100 XM for the capsule itself, plus the recycle value of everything inside it. If you’re willing to sacrifice the capsule, you can load it up with gear you don’t need and turn it into a ghetto power cube. However, it’s generally best to use actual power cubes for this purpose, and give your extra capsules to agents who need them.
The quantum capsule is a variant capsule type that duplicates items contained within them over time, with the new items appearing inside the capsule that generated them. The rules that dictate exactly how item duplication works are not fully understood. Here’s what we do know:
- Certain circumstances can prevent item duplication:
- Your inventory already contains 2,000 or more items.
- The capsule already has 100 items in it.
- The capsule is on the ground instead of in your inventory.
- The capsule contains only very rare items (which do not duplicate).
- Capsules are independent of one another; you will often find that one of your capsules has duplicated an item while another has not, even when their contents were identical.
- Items duplicate at differing rates. In general, item with higher hack rates duplicate more frequently. This means that the ideal item count to keep in your capsule would depend on the average hack rate of the items in it. The exact duplication rates have changed over time, and we do not have current estimates for them. Very rare items do not duplicate at all.
- Duplication is random. It’s entirely possible to get no new items one day and several the next.
- The more of one item you put in a capsule, the more likely it becomes that it will be selected for duplication.
- Adding or removing items does not reset the duplication timer.
- An item’s level seems to have no bearing on its duplication rate.
The quantum capsule was originally known as the MUFG capsule, as it was sponsored by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and adorned with their logo. The MUFG variant was hackable with greater frequency from MUFG bank portals.
Unlike the regular and quantum capsule, the key locker can only contain keys, but its contents don’t count against your item cap. One key locker can hold up to 100 keys. Thus, buying a key locker effectively increases the amount of gear you can have by 100.
The key locker is ideal for hoarding large numbers of keys for a future operation, or for keeping souvenir keys for interesting places you have visited without using up inventory space.
As a premium item, key lockers can only be obtained through the store. There are two types of key lockers:
- There are five regular key lockers, each a different color (blue, green, red, white, and yellow) and each costing 3,700 CMU. You can have only five of them in your inventory, although you can have more than one of the same color if you want. You can buy a pack of five key lockers, which gives you one of each color and sells for 14,900 CMU. If you purchase a single key locker, the pack of five becomes unavailable for purchase (since doing so would put you over the limit of five).
- A special edition key locker is only obtainable as part of a special event. Thus far, there has only been one, a red and black key locker that was made available as part of the free Year 5 Pack. Only one was available per agent.
At this writing, then, it is possible for one agent to have a maximum of six key lockers. As with all premium items, key lockers cannot be hacked, dropped, or recycled. Once you obtain one, you can’t get rid of it. As it is both a capsule and a premium item, a key locker cannot be inserted into another capsule.
Note that you can unload keys from your key lockers at any time, even if you are already at item cap. Thus, it’s entirely possible to load up six key lockers, max out your inventory, then unload them and end up with 2,600+ items in your inventory. No matter what, though, the key locker itself counts as a single item.
The kinetic capsule is an premium capsule that can be used to forge very rare inventory items. Items are crafted by converting input items, XM, and kinetic energy from walking into a new item. Agents can obtain one common, permanent kinetic capsule for free in the store. This capsule requires agents to walk 8 km to craft an item. Niantic has stated that rare and very rare kinetic capsules will become available in the future which will have different (presumably lower) walking requirements, but these will be consumed after use and will cost CMU. The store also contains bundles of input items for use in the kinetic capsule.
To craft an item, find the kinetic capsule in your inventory and tap “Manage.” A carousel at the bottom of the screen displays “programs” which the kinetic capsule can run to craft an item. (Additional programs may become available in the future, discovered through the portal network.) Each program card displays the object that will be forged and its XM cost. Above the program carousel is the forging display. It has a slot in the center displaying the item that will be forged, and six slots around it for input items. (Currently, only three of these slots are used, and the other three are locked. It is unknown at this time what would be required to unlock them.)
When you select a program in the carousel, the input and output are displayed in the forging display. Each input slot shows the type and rarity of the input item, how many of that item you have in your inventory, and how many are required for this program. If you have enough of that item to run the program, the outline and item counts will be blue, and an animated magenta beam will connect it to the output slot; otherwise, the outline and item counts will be red, and the beam will be static and gray. If you have all the required items and sufficient XM for the program, the outline for the output slot will be yellow and the “RUN” button will light up; otherwise, the outline will be red and the “RUN” button will be disabled. When you tap the “RUN” button, a confirmation dialog appears, displaying the items that will be consume to forge the new item. Tap “RUN” to confirm or “Cancel” to go back to the forging display.
Upon running a program, the input items and XM are immediately consumed, and the capsule’s card in the inventory display will show a progress meter for the kinetic energy you have put into the capsule, which will fill up as you walk. The capsule will also have visible particles floating inside it. The program cannot be paused or cancelled once started. When you have walked the required distance, the program will complete, and you will receive a COMM alert informing you that the forged item is ready to claim. When viewing the capsule in your inventory, you will be able to see that an object is inside it. You can always claim forged items, even if you have reached or exceeded the inventory limit.
|3× rare portal shield
3× L4+ XMP
3× L4+ resonator
|6,000 XM||1× very rare portal shield|
|3x rare heat sink
3× L4+ resonator
|6,000 XM||1× very rare heat sink|
|3× rare multi-hack
3× L4+ resonator
|6,000 XM||1× very rare multi-hack|
|3× rare link amp
3× L4+ XMP
3× L4+ resonator
|6,000 XM||1× SoftBank Ultra Link|
- 8 April 2014: The capsule becomes available.
- 3 June 2015: The v1.78.0 teardown reveals the first evidence of the MUFG capsule.
- 24 June 2015: The MUFG capsule (now called the quantum capsule) becomes available. Originally, very rare items could be duplicated by the MUFG, although very slowly.
- 24 September 2015: The v.1.83.1 teardown reveals the first evidence of what the code refers to as a key capsule (later officially called a key locker).
- 25 October 2015: The key locker becomes available in the store.
- 31 July 2017: Reports begin to surface that the MUFG capsule is no longer hackable. This is later confirmed by community manager Andrew Krug, who hinted that a new capsule variant was forthcoming.
- 15 November 2017: The Year 5 Bundle includes a key locker, making it possible for agents to have six of them instead of only five.
- 11 December 2017: Niantic announces that the MUFG capsule will be renamed the quantum capsule and would become hackable again. The rename occurred with the release of version 1.129.2 shortly afterward, but the quantum capsule remained unhackable.
- 18 January 2018: First reports surface that the quantum capsule is starting to be hacked from portals.
- 30 November 2018: Niantic announces that very rare items will no longer duplicate in quantum capsules.
- 11 October 2020: Niantic announces the kinetic capsule.
- 19 October 2020: The kinetic capsule becomes available.
- 10 March 2021: The Resonate the World weekend event is announced, where the winning faction would unlock a flip card program for the kinetic capsule. (An ENL win would unlock the ADA Refactor, and a RES win would unlock the JARVIS virus.)