Birmingham, UK Anomaly

Make Birmingham Blue!

27 & 28 August 2016

Tell me about Birmingham!

Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK, with nearly four million inhabitants. Full of incredible hyper-modern and historic victorian architecture, it is also the home of Cadbury’s chocolate. The picturesque canals of the city are lined with waterside bars, restaurants, attractions and cruises.

Shopping is a major pastime here, and the city centre is perfect for walking and exploring. The city itself is jam packed with portals, sights and missions.

We are very excited to be hosting our first anomaly, and the team is working hard to make this the best UK anomaly yet! Expect swag packs, brand new banners, the best cake yet and an amazing party!

FAQ - Anomaly

We will do our best to provide all the information needed to participate. Check out the frequently asked questions on the right. If you have any other questions you may contact

Firstly, your team mates need to know that you're coming so that we can plan for the event and distribute our resources best to win!
Secondly, Niantic want your details so they know where to send your badge. You do want a badge, don't you? ;-)

Children are very welcome as long as they are supervised by an adult. Please mention the age of the child/children when registering your team in the comments section. Please note that an anomaly spans an entire afternoon and can involve approximately 6-10 km of walking.

You will be part of a team so let the team know when you will arrive and depart and they can take your participation into account and make arrangements within the team.

After registering and once the organisation team has verified you, you will be invited to join the Google+ community page. On this page all details will be given to prepare you well for the event. It’s also a great place to get in touch with agents who have experienced previous anomalies.

Attending the event can be entirely free as a medal can be obtained for free by all participants. You may need money for public transport, food and drink, and any merchandise (swag) you like, etc. At previous events if you wanted an early or guaranteed access to the Niantic after-party where the results will be announced, you could purchase a common pack containing a wristband, sold by Niantic via the official event website. For the swag savvy amongst us there were Rare Packs containing a pin, bio card and more! The hardcore collectors could have chosen the Very Rare Pack containing exclusive swag items, a patch and VIP after-party access. Currently we don’t know yet what will happen this anomaly

People from Birmingham are called Brummies, a term derived from the city's nickname of Brum.

FAQ - Mission Day

You want that elusive Onyx Mission Day attendee badger, don't you? Niantic need to know you're here so it counts! RSVP here

No! The only missions that count towards the total are those done AFTER you have checked in.

We are looking at a 2 hour window from 9am until 11am.

You'll have to do 12 missions, so two complete lines in the scanner.

We're not sure yet but there will be plenty to choose from.

They won't count towards your Mission Day badge but they still count towards SpecOps and they make your scanner look very pretty!

The missions will be online throughout Sunday from Midnight to Midnight. Remember though you must register before you start doing them.

Yes. We'll have a station available throughout the day for you to come and sign out.

Coming to Birmingham...

Flying to Birmingham is cheap!
Flights from the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Ireland and other parts of the UK can be found easily.
Birmingham Airport welcomes more than 50 airlines from over 100 destinations. It’s home to plenty of low cost carriers so there are great money-saving deals to grab.
One of the best options for cheap flights is to use Flybe.
Compare flight fares quickly on either Google Flights or Skyscanner

Birmingham International is extremely well connected to the city centre, you can choose to travel by road or rail.

  • Trains run every 10 mins or so and take ~12 mins. Tickets can be purchased from or at the station.
    Look for the SkyRail service to get you from the terminal to the station.
  • If you prefer a coach, then National Express run services throughout the day with a transfer time of ~25 mins
You'll get the best deal if you book in advance.

New Street, Moor Street, & Snow Hill stations are at the heart of the National Rail network with fast and frequent services to London station and many other major towns and cities across the UK.
All 3 are served well by further local public transport links, with ample parking facilties.
Check with National Rail for your easiest route.

All roads lead to Birmingham - well almost.
It’s certainly an easy place to drive to no matter where you’re coming from.
Set at the heart of the UK motorway network, it’s linked by the M5, M6, M40, M42, and the M1 is less than 30 minutes away. The M6 Toll Road adds another choice (while also helping to keep through traffic away from city centre at peak times).
Once here, there are 25,000 city centre parking spaces within easy reach.
Click here to plan your journey to Birmingham.

As Birmingham is so well connected by road, it’s easy to reach by coach and there are a wide range of services calling at Digbeth Coach Station, just a few minutes from the city centre.
For example, National Express links Birmingham to 500 locations in Europe and 1,200 destinations in Mainland Britain.
There’s also an hourly-service to and from London Victoria station and great links to airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, East Midlands, Stansted and Luton.

What is an anomaly?

I’ve been hearing a lot about this anomaly thing lately, what is it?

In Ingress the fight to keep a portal or a city blue is an everyday and ongoing battle. We try to protect humanity from the influence of exotic matter and the Shaper ingression.

At this official Ingress event we can measure our strength with our opponents. Armed with our phones we fight in teams for specific portals in the centre of Birmingham.

Instead of using your inventory, you burn your inventory at lightspeed!!! Instead of playing with others, you will be playing with thousands!!!

So what are we fighting for in this battle?

By winning we can influence the storyline (as to be seen in the Ingress reports on Youtube). Maybe you will even catch a glimpse of a storyline character. For more storyline intel look here:

We also fight for eternal fame and glory. But most of all because it is fun! You can meet new people from across the globe, see a different city and work together.

Players who have been to other anomalies before are more than happy to help players who just started. Because every agent counts and every agent can make the difference!

We would love to welcome you to Birmingham!

Cluster vs Flash Shards?

There are two types of anomalies and a hybrid of the two is also possible.

In a Cluster anomaly there are 4 clusters of portals. Each cluster has a measurement window for measuring the score, after which you move from one cluster to the next. In these windows you battle for assigned portals in that cluster. The windows are an hour apart so this anomaly will last approximately 4 hours.

In the case of a Flash Shards anomaly we are dealing with one large impact zone within which Flash Shards will periodically spawn on portals. For each faction target portals will manifest, also called receivers. The Shards can move/jump over links to other portals. The goal is to get as many Shards to our target portals by linking the Shard portals to the receiver portal. The Flash Shard anomalies can last slightly longer than the cluster anomalies, about 5 to 6 hours.

Which type of anomaly Niantic will choose for Birmingham has not been determined.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask the Birmingham Anomaly Team.
P.S. Make sure to take plenty of team selfies and other pictures ;)
P.P.S. We have parties, after parties and after after parties!

Boots, boots, boots

We can always do with more support on the ground, download these images and either add them to your G+ banner, or print the poster for your local area.

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