The Inventory tab contains all the Items owned by the agent. The agent can use this screen to maintain his or her collection by dropping, recycling, encapsulating, and items.
The Inventory screen also tracks the agent's item count. A Verified Agent's inventory is capped at 2,000 items, and an unverified agent's inventory is capped at 200 items. As an agent's inventory approaches or exceeds the cap, he or she will be locked out of performing some actions.
Filtering the Inventory Edit
Selecting the bottom-left dropdown opens a list of the item categories, as well as the agent's item count for each category. Items contained in Capsules don't count towards these totals.
If the user exits the OPS Menu and reopens it soon afterwards, the Scanner will remember the last category and item he or she selected.
Sorting the Inventory Edit
The Capsules section of Inventory has a secondary dropdown that allows the agent to sort his or her Capsules by ID or pickup date. In the latter mode, dropping a Capsule and immediately picking it up will send it to the end of the row.
Technically, the Capsules are sorted in descending order of rarity, then full before empty, then by the selected sort order. That is, non-hackable Key Lockers appear before Quantum Capsules, and then Rare Capsules. Within each group, Capsules with contents are sorted, then all empty Capsules appear in a stack following the same rarity's Capsules.
Keys can be sorted by distance or name. If sorted by distance, the Keys will only be re-sorted when the agent closes and reopens the OPS Menu, even if he or she is on the move.
Maintaining the Inventory Edit
An agent can remove unwanted items from the Inventory by dropping them on the world map or recycling them into Exotic Matter. To do so, select the target item to open its Item Card, then tap the Drop or Recycle button as desired. Items can be recycled in bulk, but must be dropped individually.
Dropped items will appear on other agents' Scanners for 12 hours, and then vanish. Recycling the items denies other agents the ability to salvage them, and provides a small amount of XM.
To load an item into a Capsule, open the Capsule's Item Card, tap the Load button, select the desired item, set the quantity, and hit Load.
Using Items from Inventory Edit
Inventory Cap Edit
Agents can only hold 2,000 items. Items contained in Capsules still count towards inventory cap. Exceptions to this are Portal Keys stored in a Key Locker, and "Powerup" items sold in the Store (Frackers and Beacons).
If an agent is carrying too many items, he or she can't hack Portals and can't pick up dropped items. Attempting to do so will warn the agent that he or she is out of inventory space. In addition, Quantum Capsules he or she owns will not produce items.
To pick up a Capsule, the agent must have enough room for all items within the Capsule, plus one for the Capsule itself. A full capsule thus needs 101 slots. If an agent attempts to collect a dropped item with insufficient space, he or she is often, but not always, warned.
Hacking a Portal while close to cap can overload the inventory and cause the agent to possess more items than cap. For example, if a Verified Agent holding 1,999 items perfectly Glyph Hacks a Level 7 Portal, he or she could be awarded with 4 Resonators, 5 XMP's, a Shield, and a Key for a total of 2,010 items.
In addition, reaching a new Access Level always awards the agent an Item Pack, even if that puts the agent significantly over cap.
- Main article: Key Locker
Key Lockers are special capsules that only hold portal keys, outside of your regular Inventory. They are not hackable and can only be obtained by purchasing them from the in-game Store. While a Key Locker itself takes an inventory slot, its contents do not. An agent may carry up to six Key Lockers (five are ordinarily sold), and each Key Locker may carry up to 100 Portal Keys, effectively giving the agent an extra 594 inventory slots over the 2000 maximum (but only for Keys). The Lockers are color-coded for your convenience. The drawback is that while in a locker, Portal Keys are invisible to normal operations and cannot be used. During the Ingress Year Five double AP celebration in November, 2017, agents could get an additional key locker for 0 CMU, raising the extra key inventory that can be carried from 495 to 594.
Selecting a weapon from Inventory, opening its Item Card, tapping the Fire button, firing the weapon, pressing OPS, and repeating allows the agent to fire more rapidly than repeatedly firing from the same screen. With a fast Internet connection, this allows an agent to increase his or her damage-per-second by up 50%, outrunning the Portal's counterattacks and enemies recharging its Resonators.
Managing cap and optimizing inventory is a key skill in high-level play. An agent's collection of Capsules, high-end Portal Mods, Flip Cards, and important Keys will tie up a substantial amount of Inventory space, making item allocation an important strategic decision.
An agent with a substantial number of Resonators in different levels and a large stash of Keys has maximum versatility in Linking and Fielding, but lacks the hundreds of Weapons required to attack a fortified area. Likewise, an agent who devotes more space to Weapons and Cubes can attack nearly any target, but could be cut off from the Resonators required to Link, Field, and upgrade friendly Portals after a relatively short time. Some agents prefer to leave slots open to store an increased number of common Portal Mods, reduce the amount of prep work before Farming, and readily acquire dropped Capsules. Some agents stockpile only Level 7 and 8 Resonators, and rely on Hacking to fill out Portals.