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.

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[edit | edit source]

Main article: Glyph Hacking

Glyph Hacking is a mini-game Agents can enable when hacking both enemy and friendly portals. It involves memorizing a sequence of glyph characters and tracing them back on the array as quickly as possible. Sequences can range from one to five characters long, depending on the level of the Agent and the portal being hacked. If a glyph is repeated back correctly, the Agent gains 50 AP. If an entire sequence is repeated correctly, the Agent gains 100 AP and a bonus for speed, if applicable.

Glyph hacking rewards the Agent with bonus item drops and possible medals.

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Glyph Channel Command[edit | edit source]

Glyph Channel Command is a feature that is added since version 1.90.1 that activates before glyph sequence started. You can send some commands / glyph that will change the result of the hack just after the "COMMAND CHANNEL OPEN" message.

Known commands that work are:

More
More


Potentially rewards 1 or more Portal Keys Portal Key, even with keys already in Inventory.
Less
Less


Never give any keys.
Simple
Simple


Slower glyph sequence.
Complex
Complex


Faster glyph sequence.

Glyph Phrases[edit | edit source]

Glyph Hacking sequences often make phrases related to Lore or gameplay. All of the words in the Glyph dictionary are related to the Ingress Universe, The Enlightened, The Resistance, or the war for humanity. The phrases they make up give us insight into the purposes of the Shapers. Phrases vary from one to five glyphs long.

Some glyphs have antonym pairs. These pairs are direct antonyms such as less \ more, attack \ defend, and create \ destroy. The glyphs in the pair are mirror images of each other- i.e. attack is drawn as a chevron, defend is drawn as a 'V'.

Glyph Translations[edit | edit source]

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

Abandon
Abandon


Adapt
Adapt


Advance
Advance


After
After


Again/Repeat
Again​/Repeat


All
All


Answer
Answer


Attack/War
Attack​/War


Avoid/Struggle
Avoid​/Struggle


Balance/Perfection
Balance​/Perfection


Barrier
Barrier


Before
Before


Begin
Begin


Being/Human
Being​/Human


Body
Body


Breathe/Live
Breathe​/Live


Capture
Capture


Change/Modify
Change​/Modify


Chaos/Disorder
Chaos​/Disorder


Civilization
Civilization


Clear
Clear


Close All
Close All


Complex
Complex


Conflict
Conflict


Consequence
Consequence


Contemplate
Contemplate


Courage
Courage


Create
Create


Danger
Danger


Data
Data


Defend
Defend


Destination
Destination


Destiny
Destiny


Destroy
Destroy


Deteriorate
Deteriorate


Die
Die


Difficult
Difficult


Discover
Discover


Distance/Outside
Distance​/Outside


Easy
Easy


End
End


Enlightened
Enlightened


Equal
Equal


Escape
Escape


Evolution
Evolution


Failure
Failure


Fear
Fear


Field
Field


Follow
Follow


Forget
Forget


Future
Future


Gain
Gain


Grow
Grow


Harm
Harm


Harmony/Peace
Harmony​/Peace


Have
Have


Help
Help


Hide
Hide


Human
Human


I/Me/Self
I​/Me​/Self


Idea
Idea


Ignore
Ignore


Imperfect
Imperfect


Improve
Improve


Impure
Impure


Intelligence
Intelligence


Interrupt
Interrupt


Journey
Journey


Key
Key


Knowledge
Knowledge


Lead
Lead


Legacy
Legacy


Less
Less


Liberate
Liberate


Lie
Lie


Link
Link


Live Again/Reincarnate
Live Again​/Reincarnate


Lose
Lose


Message
Message


Mind
Mind


More
More


Mystery
Mystery


Nature
Nature


New
New


Not/Inside
Not​/Inside


N'Zeer
N'Zeer


Nemesis
Nemesis


Nourish
Nourish


Now/Present
Now​/Present


Old
Old


Open All
Open All


Open
Open


Past
Past


Path
Path


Perspective
Perspective


Portal
Portal


Potential
Potential


Presence
Presence


Pure
Pure


Pursue
Pursue


Question
Question


React
React


Rebel
Rebel


Recharge/Repair
Recharge​/Repair


Resistance/Struggle
Resistance​/Struggle


Restraint
Restraint


Retreat
Retreat


Safety
Safety


Save
Save


Search
Search


See
See


Self
Self


Separate
Separate


Shapers
Shapers


Share
Share


Shield
Shield


Simple
Simple


Soul
Soul


Stability/Stay
Stability​/Stay


Star
Star


Strong
Strong


Technology
Technology


Together
Together


Truth
Truth


Unbounded
Unbounded


Us
Us


Use
Use


Victory
Victory


Want
Want


Weak
Weak


Worth
Worth


XM
XM


You/Other
You​/Other

The Imperfect Glyph[edit | edit source]

Drawing the Imperfect glyph

With one exception, each Glyph is drawn by connecting adjacent nodes, without backtracking. That is to say, the lines that connect two nodes never overlap another node.

The 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[edit | edit source]

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.

You/Other
You​/Other


I/Me/Self
I​/Me​/Self


Breathe/Live
Breathe​/Live


Die
Die


Attack/War
Attack​/War


Defend
Defend


Create
Create


Destroy
Destroy


Before
Before


After
After


Gain
Gain


Lose
Lose


Less
Less


More
More


Recharge/Repair
Recharge​/Repair


Nourish
Nourish


Forget
Forget


Ignore
Ignore


Distance/Outside
Distance​/Outside


Destination
Destination


Path
Path


Barrier
Barrier


Courage
Courage


Fear
Fear


Pursue
Pursue


Want
Want


Impure
Impure


Pure
Pure


Future
Future


Past
Past


Evolution
Evolution


Failure
Failure


New
New


Old
Old


Civilization
Civilization


Nature
Nature


Advance
Advance


Retreat
Retreat


Capture
Capture


Liberate
Liberate


Abandon
Abandon


Restraint
Restraint


Improve
Improve


Deteriorate
Deteriorate


Message
Message


Data
Data


Signal

mirrored "Data"

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

  • Human is composed of Body, Mind and Soul
  • Present is between Past and Future.
  • Open All/Cloes All/Sustain All are superimpositions of Open/Close/Sustain and All

Trivia[edit | edit source]

There are several glyphs that are not active any more:

Chase
Chase


Contract/Reduce
Contract​/Reduce


Sustain
Sustain


Sustain All
Sustain All


Creativity
Creativity


Call
Call


Toast
Toast


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