Optima Kinetic Challenge Event

Agents! Niantic has announced, on the Ingress Forums, an upcoming event that has a Medal! Optima will soon grace your scanner stats if you choose to participate. If you do not, Niantic has stated there will be an additional opportunity to earn the Optima Medal in the future. I do not know about you, but I am excited to finally be able to add another Nemesis challenge Medal to my scanner.

Signals intelligence has led us to a possible source of these temporary Programs, but first, a brief primer: A Portal can act like a doorway, and the recent increase in Resonator deploys was a gentle knock on that door. For example, when 2 identical tuning forks are placed next to 1 another, striking 1 tuning fork will cause the other to resonate at the same frequency. Much in the same way, we believe this Harmonic Resonance may be happening across the Portal Network(s), showing us an alternate version of past events, memories, and even technologies.

It appears as though something or someone has knocked back, and temporary Programs were not the only data to pass through. In this alternate reality, NEMESIS associate Optima has yet to be defeated. Generate enough kinetic energy through movement and repel Optima’s advances. Complete any 4 Kinetic Capsule Programs during the Global Challenge and unlock your Optima Kinetic Challenge Medal. -NianticOfficial


Kinetic Programs

The Resistance was successful in unlocking the temporary JARVIS Program for all agents after the Resonate the World Weekend, which seems to have spurred this new Challenge. This temporary Program will be available in the scanner for the duration of the Event which will run from Friday, March 19th 16:00 UTC to Monday, March 29th 16:00 UTC. 

JARVIS Program

  • 1 ADA Refactor + 10 L6+ XMP + 6,000 XM + 4km

In addition to the temporary JARVIS Program above, the following Kinetic Capsule Programs will also be brought online and updated for the duration of this event:

2 Hypercubes Program

  • 10 L4+ Power Cubes + 6000 XM + 4km

8 L8 Resonators Program

  • 40 L4+ Resonators + 6000 XM + 4km

Very Rare Portal Shield; Heat Sink; Multi-Hack; SoftBank Ultra Link Programs

  • Kinetic energy distance reduced from 8km to 2km


As a reminder: The reduced 2km Kinetic Capsule distance only applies to newly run Programs, and does not apply to Programs already running prior to the start of the Global Challenge like previous Kinetic Capsule Events.  


Kinetic Bundles

In order to support Agents in this event, these bundles will be added to the scanner as well for the duration of the event:

Free Kinetic Program Bundle (0 CMU)

  • 3 Rare Shield; 3 Rare Heat Sink; 3 Rare Multi-Hack; 3 Rare Link Amp

Discounted Kinetic Program Bundle (1,000 CMU)

  • 3 Rare Shield; 3 Rare Heat Sink; 3 Rare Multi-Hack; 3 Rare Link Amp


Optima Kinetic Challenge Medal

The Optima Medal will be rewarded to those that meet the Requirements of the event. However; this Medal is not tiered for this portion of the event. The Optima Kinetic Challenge Medal will only be Bronze tier for those who choose to Participate in this round. Niantic has updated their post to include that Silver and Gold tiers will be added and available in the second Optima Kinetic Challenge

Agents will be able to Monitor how many Programs they have completed through their scanners! A new metric will be added to Agent profiles for the duration of the Event. 

Updates On Event

Niantic released the below update this afternoon:

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have discovered two visual issues with the temporary Kinetic Capsule Programs available during this event. While this issue will display the incorrect information, the output of the Programs are not affected.

Issue #1: The JARVIS Program is currently displayed as ADA Refactor. Materials required are not affected, and the output will generate 1 JARVIS Virus; however, the Program title and the item is displayed incorrectly.

Issue #2: When claiming the 8 L8 Resonators Program and the 2 Hypercube Program, the Kinetic Capsule animation will display only “x1” item has been crafted. In reality, x8 L8 Resonators and x2 Hypercubes have been crafted and added to your Inventory.


If you choose to participate in this event, follow all of your areas local health and safety guidelines. Please do not do this event if it is not safe to do so. As previously stated by Niantic, there will be a chance in the future to earn this Medal though the date is to be determined. Always pay attention your surroundings Agents, and if you are able to, Enjoy this Event!

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