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Glyphs are the language of the Shapers, the race that seems to be authoring the crisis on earth. Glyphs namely appear in the game as part of Glyph Hacking, but may have a deeper meaning in the Ingress Lore.

Imperfect-Glyph drawing.gif

Glyphs are a language comparable to Anglo-Saxon and Norse runes, where characters stand alone as words rather than as letters, like in most modern languages on Earth. Glyphs are written on an eleven-dot matrix by connecting adjacent points with straight, unbroken lines. The Glyph language so far seems to be limited to nouns and verbs, which are combined to make simple yet entirely understandable phrases.

Glyph Hacking[]

Main article: Glyph Hacking

The hacking menu in Prime. Agents can request a Portal Key Portal Key, request no Portal Key Portal Key, or initiate a Glyph Hack.

Glyph Hacking is an extended version of hacking a Portal. Agents can initiate a Glyph Hack when hacking both enemy and friendly Portals by holding the 'Hack'-menu button 'Hack'-button and then selecting the Glyph Hack-option by sliding onto the Glyph icon Glyph-icon. Glyph hacking involves memorizing a randomly selected sequence of Glyphs and tracing them back on the Glyph array as quickly as possible. The number of Glyphs shown can range from one to five. Proper Glyph sequences however only vary in length from three Glyphs for L3-L5 to five for L8, depending on the level of the Agent and the Portal being hacked. For each Glyph that is repeated back correctly, the Agent is awarded 50 AP and a certain "Hack bonus". If all the Glyphs are repeated correctly, the Agent is awarded an extra 100 AP and a "Speed bonus", if applicable.

Glyph hacking rewards the Agent with bonus item drops.

Glyph Command Channel[]

Command Channel activates activates after initiilasing a Glyph Hack but before the selection of Glyphs or Glyph sequence is displayed and can be used to modify the Glyph hacking-procedure or its outcome by sending commands/Glyphs just after the "COMMAND CHANNEL OPEN" message.

Known commands that work are:

  • More Glyph.png More: Potentially gives the Agent (up to three) Portal Keys Portal Key even if they already have.
  • Less Glyph.png Less: Never gives the Agent a Portal Key Portal Key
  • Complex Glyph.png Complex: Makes the Glyph sequence speed up. Useful for Agents on buses/trains.
  • Simple Glyph.png Simple: Makes the Glyph sequence slow down. Useful for memorization.

Glyph Sequences[]

Main article: Glyph Sequences

Proper Glyph sequences contain phrases related to the Lore e.g. the Shapers, N'Zeer, the EnlightenedEnlightened Logo.png, the Resistance Resistance Logo.png, or the war for humanity and give us insight into the purposes of the Shapers. Proper Glyph sequences vary in length from three (L3-L5) to five Glyphs (L8).

Some Glyphs have antonym pairs. These pairs are direct antonyms such as Less Glyph.png LESS / MORE More Glyph.png, Attack-War Glyph.png ATTACK / DEFEND Defend Glyph.png, and Create Glyph.png CREATE / DESTROY Destroy Glyph.png. The Glyphs in the pair are mirror images of each other. In order to remember the sequences correctly, it is recommended to pair the Glyph to its meaning, not its appearance.

For a full list of known Glyph sequences, visit Glyph Sequences.

Glyph Translations[]

Glyphs have one or more meanings. The known meanings of the Glyphs are shown below.

{{{2}}} Glyph (Accept/Open)
Accept/​Open


{{{2}}} Glyph (Abandon)
Abandon


{{{2}}} Glyph (Adapt)
Adapt


{{{2}}} Glyph (Advance)
Advance


{{{2}}} Glyph (After)
After


{{{2}}} Glyph (Again/Repeat)
Again/​Repeat


{{{2}}} Glyph (All)
All


{{{2}}} Glyph (Answer)
Answer


{{{2}}} Glyph (Attack/War)
Attack/​War


{{{2}}} Glyph (Avoid)
Avoid


{{{2}}} Glyph (Balance/Perfection)
Balance/​Perfection


{{{2}}} Glyph (Barrier)
Barrier


{{{2}}} Glyph (Before)
Before


{{{2}}} Glyph (Begin)
Begin


{{{2}}} Glyph (Being/Human)
Being/​Human


{{{2}}} Glyph (Body)
Body


{{{2}}} Glyph (Breathe/Live)
Breathe/​Live


{{{2}}} Glyph (Capture)
Capture


{{{2}}} Glyph (Change)
Change


{{{2}}} Glyph (Chaos)
Chaos


{{{2}}} Glyph (Civilization)
Civilization


{{{2}}} Glyph (Clear)
Clear


{{{2}}} Glyph (Clear All)
Clear All


{{{2}}} Glyph (Collective/Shapers)
Collective/​Shapers


{{{2}}} Glyph (Complex)
Complex


{{{2}}} Glyph (Conflict)
Conflict


{{{2}}} Glyph (Consequence)
Consequence


{{{2}}} Glyph (Contemplate)
Contemplate


{{{2}}} Glyph (Courage)
Courage


{{{2}}} Glyph (Create)
Create


{{{2}}} Glyph (Creativity/Idea/Thought)
Creativity/​Idea/​Thought


{{{2}}} Glyph (Danger)
Danger


{{{2}}} Glyph (Data)
Data


{{{2}}} Glyph (Defend)
Defend


{{{2}}} Glyph (Destination)
Destination


{{{2}}} Glyph (Destiny)
Destiny


{{{2}}} Glyph (Destroy)
Destroy


{{{2}}} Glyph (Deteriorate)
Deteriorate


{{{2}}} Glyph (Death/Die)
Death/​Die


{{{2}}} Glyph (Difficult)
Difficult


{{{2}}} Glyph (Discover)
Discover


{{{2}}} Glyph (Distance/Outside)
Distance/​Outside


{{{2}}} Glyph (Easy)
Easy


{{{2}}} Glyph (End)
End


{{{2}}} Glyph (Enlightened/Enlightenment)
Enlightened/​Enlightenment


{{{2}}} Glyph (Equal)
Equal


{{{2}}} Glyph (Escape)
Escape


{{{2}}} Glyph (Evolution/Progress/Success)
Evolution/​Progress/​Success


{{{2}}} Glyph (Failure)
Failure


{{{2}}} Glyph (Fear)
Fear


{{{2}}} Glyph (Field)
Field


{{{2}}} Glyph (Follow)
Follow


{{{2}}} Glyph (Forget)
Forget


{{{2}}} Glyph (Future)
Future


{{{2}}} Glyph (Gain)
Gain


{{{2}}} Glyph (Grow)
Grow


{{{2}}} Glyph (Harm)
Harm


{{{2}}} Glyph (Harmony/Peace)
Harmony/​Peace


{{{2}}} Glyph (Have)
Have


{{{2}}} Glyph (Help)
Help


{{{2}}} Glyph (Hide)
Hide


{{{2}}} Glyph (I/Me)
I/​Me


{{{2}}} Glyph (Ignore)
Ignore


{{{2}}} Glyph (Imperfect)
Imperfect


{{{2}}} Glyph (Improve)
Improve


{{{2}}} Glyph (Impure)
Impure


{{{2}}} Glyph (Individual/Self)
Individual/​Self


{{{2}}} Glyph (Inside/Not)
Inside/​Not


{{{2}}} Glyph (Intelligence)
Intelligence


{{{2}}} Glyph (Interrupt)
Interrupt


{{{2}}} Glyph (Journey)
Journey


{{{2}}} Glyph (Key)
Key


{{{2}}} Glyph (Knowledge)
Knowledge


{{{2}}} Glyph (Lead)
Lead


{{{2}}} Glyph (Legacy)
Legacy


{{{2}}} Glyph (Less)
Less


{{{2}}} Glyph (Liberate)
Liberate


{{{2}}} Glyph (Lie)
Lie


{{{2}}} Glyph (Link)
Link


{{{2}}} Glyph (Live Again/Reincarnate)
Live Again/​Reincarnate


{{{2}}} Glyph (Lose)
Lose


{{{2}}} Glyph (Message)
Message


{{{2}}} Glyph (Mind)
Mind


{{{2}}} Glyph (More)
More


{{{2}}} Glyph (Mystery)
Mystery


{{{2}}} Glyph (Nature)
Nature


{{{2}}} Glyph (New)
New


{{{2}}} Glyph (N'Zeer)
N'Zeer


{{{2}}} Glyph (Nemesis)
Nemesis


{{{2}}} Glyph (Nourish)
Nourish


{{{2}}} Glyph (Now/Present)
Now/​Present


{{{2}}} Glyph (Old)
Old


{{{2}}} Glyph (Open All)
Open All


{{{2}}} Glyph (Osiris)
Osiris


{{{2}}} Glyph (Past)
Past


{{{2}}} Glyph (Path)
Path


{{{2}}} Glyph (Perspective)
Perspective


{{{2}}} Glyph (Portal)
Portal


{{{2}}} Glyph (Potential)
Potential


{{{2}}} Glyph (Presence)
Presence


{{{2}}} Glyph (Pure)
Pure


{{{2}}} Glyph (Pursue)
Pursue


{{{2}}} Glyph (Question)
Question


{{{2}}} Glyph (React)
React


{{{2}}} Glyph (Rebel)
Rebel


{{{2}}} Glyph (Recharge/Repair)
Recharge/​Repair


{{{2}}} Glyph (Resistance/Struggle)
Resistance/​Struggle


{{{2}}} Glyph (Restraint)
Restraint


{{{2}}} Glyph (Retreat)
Retreat


{{{2}}} Glyph (Safety)
Safety


{{{2}}} Glyph (Save)
Save


{{{2}}} Glyph (Search)
Search


{{{2}}} Glyph (See)
See


{{{2}}} Glyph (Separate)
Separate


{{{2}}} Glyph (Share)
Share


{{{2}}} Glyph (Shield)
Shield


{{{2}}} Glyph (Simple)
Simple


{{{2}}} Glyph (Soul)
Soul


{{{2}}} Glyph (Stability/Stay)
Stability/​Stay


{{{2}}} Glyph (Star)
Star


{{{2}}} Glyph (Strong)
Strong


{{{2}}} Glyph (Technology)
Technology


{{{2}}} Glyph (Them)
Them


{{{2}}} Glyph (Together)
Together


{{{2}}} Glyph (Truth)
Truth


{{{2}}} Glyph (Unbounded)
Unbounded


{{{2}}} Glyph (Us/We)
Us/​We


{{{2}}} Glyph (Use)
Use


{{{2}}} Glyph (Victory)
Victory


{{{2}}} Glyph (Want)
Want


{{{2}}} Glyph (Weak)
Weak


{{{2}}} Glyph (Worth)
Worth


{{{2}}} Glyph (XM)
XM


{{{2}}} Glyph (You/Your)
You/​Your


The Imperfect Glyph[]

Drawing the Imperfect glyph

With one exception, all Glyphs are drawn by connecting nodes without backtracking. That is to say, the lines that connect two nodes may cross but never overlap one another or bridge another node.

The Imperfect Glyph.png IMPERFECT-Glyph is the sole exception. To correctly draw the Glyph, the Agent must connect the left node of row 5 directly to the right node of row 3, bypassing the center node at row 4. Then, the Agent must backtrack and connect the right node of row 3 to the center node at row 4, then connect that to the left node of row 5.

Symmetries and Similarities[]

Many Glyphs come in sets of two, being rotated or mirrored with respect to each other, or have some other relationship. These are listed here to make them easier to memorize.

  • Abandon Glyph.png Abandon and Restraint Glyph.png Restraint are mirrored horizontally.
  • Advance Glyph.png Advance and Retreat Glyph.png Retreat are mirrored horizontally.
  • After Glyph.png After and Before Glyph.png Before are mirrored horizontally.
  • Attack-War Glyph.png Attack/War and Defend Glyph.png Defend are mirrored vertically.
  • Barrier Glyph.png Barrier and Path Glyph.png Path are mirrored horizontally.
  • Breathe-Live Glyph.png Breathe/Live and Death-Die Glyph.png Death/Die are mirrored vertically.
  • Capture Glyph.png Capture and Liberate Glyph.png Liberate are rotated 180°.
  • Civilization Glyph.png Civilization and Nature Glyph.png Nature are mirrored vertically.
  • Clear All Glyph.png Clear All is a superimposition of Clear Glyph.png Clear and All Glyph.png All.
  • Create Glyph.png Create and Destroy Glyph.png Destroy are mirrored horizontally.
  • Courage Glyph.png Courage and Fear Glyph.png Fear are rotated 180°.
  • Data Glyph.png Data and Message Glyph.png Message are rotated 90°.
  • Destination Glyph.png Destination and Distance-Outside Glyph.png Distance/Outside are rotated 180°.
  • Deteriorate Glyph.png Deteriorate and Improve Glyph.png Improve are rotated 180°.
  • Evolution-Progress-Success Glyph.png Evolution/Progress/Success and Failure Glyph.png Failure are mirrored horizontally.
  • Forget Glyph.png Forget and Ignore Glyph.png Ignore are mirrored horizontally.
  • Future Glyph.png Future and Past Glyph.png Past are mirrored horizontally.
  • Gain Glyph.png Gain and Lose Glyph.png Lose are mirrored horizontally.
  • I-Me Glyph.png I/Me and Other-You-Your Glyph.png Other/You/Your are mirrored vertically.
  • Impure Glyph.png Impure and Pure Glyph.png Pure are rotated 180°.
  • Less Glyph.png Less and More Glyph.png More are mirrored vertically.
  • New Glyph.png New and Old Glyph.png Old are rotated 180°.
  • Nourish Glyph.png Nourish and Recharge-Repair Glyph.png Recharge/Repair are mirrored vertically.
  • Open All Glyph.png Open All is a superimposition of Accept-Open Glyph.png Accept/Open and All Glyph.png All.
  • Pursue Glyph.png Pursue and Want Glyph.png Want are mirrored vertically.

Other glyphs create even bigger groups, that are related by their meaning. For example:

  • Mind Glyph.png Mind, Body Glyph.png Body, and Soul Glyph.png Soul makes a Being-Human Glyph.png Human.
  • Now-Present Glyph.png Present is between Past Glyph.png Past and Future Glyph.png Future.

Trivia[]

  • There are several (Event)-Glyphs that are not active any more:
{{{2}}} Glyph (Call)
Call


{{{2}}} Glyph (Chase)
Chase


{{{2}}} Glyph (Contract/Reduce)
Contract/​Reduce


{{{2}}} Glyph (Creativity)
Creativity


{{{2}}} Glyph (Heart/Love)
Heart/​Love


{{{2}}} Glyph (Sustain)
Sustain


{{{2}}} Glyph (Sustain All)
Sustain All


{{{2}}} Glyph (Toast/Toasty)
Toast/​Toasty


  • The Inside-Not Glyph.png Inside/Not-Glyph contains the symbol of a logical negation (¬) aka a logical NOT.

External Resources[]

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