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Zynga Mafia Wars – How to win a fight, best weapons, armor and vehicles

August 31st, 2009

If you haven’t already read these old tutorials (FaceBook Mafia Wars (by Zynga) secrets ! :)What’s new in Zynga’s Mafia Wars)  on tips, tricks and other information around Mafia Wars, it never hurts! But this isn’t about high-level details, this is about nitty gritty cost effective decisions of how to keep your mafia outfitted and destroying the competition time and time again.   Yes, this has come out of my constant need to run statistical information of what is the best, and the most appropriate investment of my mafia wars resources (whether it be energy or otherwise)

This data was collected by fighting someone else and seeing what weapons at that point I was using, then charting them down to ATTACK, DEFENSE and relative COST to obtain said item.

Here is a breakdown of that data – distributed into their appropriate groups (Weapons, Armor, Vehicles)

Avispa Machine Gun 54 24 BONUS  
Canonazo 42 22 69 ENERGY  
TNT 42 20 47 ENERGY El Padrino
Aguila HV .50 Sniper Rifle 40 16 55 ENERGY  
ASC45 "Conquistador" 36 18 40 ENERGY  
Dragunov 36 14 BONUS  
Para 322 34 14 45 ENERGY  
Cannon 33 7 BONUS  
BA-12 Assault Rifle 32 10 44 ENERGY  
M16A1 30 12 37 ENERGY  
RA-92 29 11 33 ENERGY  
11 Easter Egg Bombs 28 13 BONUS  
15 AA-12 Auto Shotguns 27 15    
5 Boomslang ACRs 27 16    
14 Midas’ Butterfly Knives 26 20 BONUS  
5 Gold .50 Cal Pistols 25 15 BONUS  
an IZH-35m 25 15 BONUS  
5 Muskets 25 5 BONUS  
65 Napalms 25 9 35 ENERGY  

What you may notice here, is that I call out TNT as the best item to aim for. (And yes I intentionally avoid putting the other locations of areas I don’t care about :))   As far as the cost benefit analysis and the ROI of the weapons go, TNT is far cheaper and provides JUST as much bang for the buck as the Canonazo without the extra 22 energy cost – I’d pursue Canonazo’s later on if I was hard locked in with TNT but otherwise, there really isn’t a whole lot of value of pursuing anything less than that considering the 42/20 value of TNT – So get yourself some TNT!

Che’s Beret 46 34 BONUS  
Guerrilla Commando 38 35 BONUS  
Guerrilla Squad 34 30 40 ENERGY El Padrino
Rebel Sniper 24 20 $38,000  
Davy Crockett Hat 21 9 BONUS  
Street Gang Member 20 14 46 ENERGY  
Wise Guy 20 14 $30,000  

Wow! Look at our armor options! The best energy item for your bang is the Guerilla Squad only costing a mere 40 Energy! (With a close second for the Rebel Sniper – I do continue to use my cuban dollars to buy as many of those as I can, as 24/20 sure beats anything below it) But the 34/30 value of the Guerilla Squad is the best you’re going to get at this point in time.  It’s what wins the battle and what protects your Mafia – So pursue that, and ignore any other Armor option at this time.

Cocodrilo APC 42 56 BONUS  
El Rey Roadster 40 34 BONUS  
Track Loaders 37 32 72 ENERGY  
Hu-9 Helicopter 36 27 51 ENERGY El Padrino
Si-14 Cargo Plane 31 31 49 ENERGY  
Mini-Sub 30 25 46 ENERGY  
Armored State Car 30 38 62 ENERGY  
Montaine 320 27 23 35 ENERGY  
Multi-Purpose Truck 26 22 44 ENERGY  
Chucho FAV 25 20 45 ENERGY  
Cigarette Boat 25 27 53 ENERGY  

We can see best from the Air, and that’s well proven with the power of the Hu-9 Helicopter! Yes I choose that bad boy, he’s essentially the same value of the Track Loader, with a 21 Energy savings to get that protection and attack strength ever so required.   While there certainly are a number of other options, look at the under/over on the energy cost differences – It is clearly negligible and well worth it to pursue the Hu-9 Helicopter of any other options that may be available.

So, as it stands these are by far the most cost effective and beneficial items you can get to protect your mafia.  This may clearly change when Moscow comes about, but until that point we’re in the clear about what it takes to defend, protect and grow our mafia’s! So take this information and if you disagree, let me know I’d love to be schooled on where I’m incorrect :)

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What’s new in Zynga’s Mafia Wars

April 11th, 2009

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So, by now some of you may have noticed some cool new features, enhanced gifting, asking mafia members for help, etc.   So here are some of those items broken down a bit!


Helping your family out! This is a cool feature.  From what I can tell – you publish your need to help complete a job, and all they need to do is click on it and wondrous things can happen, both for you and the person clicking on it!


It doesn’t require you to use up any of your energy or anything, you just earn experience and money for clicking on something, effectively helping out your community!

That said, there is a lot of value to be derived both for you in completing the job, the mafia member you’re helping, and Zynga from a viral spread into the community perspective, so a tip of the hat to them for introducing this :)

In the realm of Gifting, I’m sure we’ve all seen this lovely new icon:


Yes, it is the little package, and yes I have a lot of horses :) Though that said, I’ll publish a list of what outstanding items I have that I’m glad to give away if anyone is in need :)

Also, here is a breakdown of the Loot and the bonus you get from them

If you happen to have pictures of the missing bonuses (and the missing bonuses) let me know!  Or if I’m missing anything in general :)

  Collection Bonus
image Diamond Flush Collection +1 energy
image Heart Flush Collection ???
image Sculptures Collection +3 defense
image Poker Chips Collection +2 Attack
image Club Flush Collection ???
image Cigars Collection +2 Energy
image Spade Flush Collection +2 stamina
image Rings Collection +5 Defense
image Ties Collection +6 defense
image Paintings Collection +6 Energy
image Cufflinks Collection +10 Health
image Great Race Horse Collection +7 Energy

And what is the greatest addition to gifting? You can now gift items you win from doing jobs! Items such as Blackmail Photos, Computer Set-Up’s, and the ever elusive Untraceable Cellphone (A day doesn’t go by where I don’t get a request for those, as I use them all up myself too :))

If you’re looking for other information on Mafia wars, check out my other post :)

And as always, feel free to add me on Facebook, Mafia Wars, and on Twitter :)

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FaceBook Mafia Wars (by Zynga) secrets ! :)

March 3rd, 2009

I did a quick search on this (before writing this) and didn’t find anything so I thought “Maybe I’m not the only one wondering about the special loot, Collections and the Vault on Mafia Wars!

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First: Special Jobs!

If you’ve been playing Mafia wars at all (I blame Jeff and Aviva for asking me to join)  You will notice there are tiers of skill-sets in the Jobs you are to pull off.


And as you go through these ranks you’ll eventually finish out at level 3 with 3 Stars!


So, what good does this do? What’s the purpose behind actually finishing all this BS on these levels?  Well, here are your winnings!


Pistol Bayonet This gives you +4% damage dealt in fights.
(I thought it was just +4, didn’t even notice the %, omfg!)
Bugati -7% damage received in fights
Golden Skull A 30 second reduction on your health regen timer
Money Plate A 5% discount on property purchases

Additional collectables, based upon comments by Johnny! And Special thanks to Keith for providing the images!

Chainsaw Bayonet a 30 second reduction on your stamina regen timer
State Senator a 5% discount on property repairs
Helicopter A 30 second reduction on your energy regen timer
Private Island a 5% bonus on job experience
Golden Throne 2x the energy regenerated per regen period

Once you’ve gotten past that… you’ll eventually find yourself winning various prizes while you do your jobs and missions.  The list will look similar to this: (These are your collections)


Eventually while you develop your collection, you’ll obtain 7 of a single type, and you can then vault it.   The two things I’ve vaulted look like this:

Mafia Wars Vault

If you cannot make that out, that is +6 energy, +2 energy and +5 defense.. all for playing the game in general.

So, nothing special otherwise has been revealed.

Okay – Some updates! Also if you happen to have the entries which are missing, let me know and I’ll be sure to update the list here!

Diamond Flush, Heart Flush, Sculptures, Poker Chips

Club Flush, Boxing, Cigars, Spade Flush

Billards, Rings, Ties, Paintings

Cufflinks, Barber, Great race Horses

I’ve also included what I have so far as Cuba stuff, and the other added NY things!

Rum Drinks, Tropical Fruits

Also, the new Cuban Business Model is interesting


Be sure to invest your money in cuban businesses early and sell often if it nears filling up, because money is very difficult to come by in Cuba, even the top missions pay out at around a 3k max.

Though, here is a little ‘tip’ for those of who you get bored of constantly fighting and having to search/click.   Right click on an opponent who has a listing which you can defeat.  Copy the url, then open a new tab,  paste it, and keep click/entering on the url until you need to visit the hospital or are out of Stamina.   Yes, I am lame, but hey a lot of stamina gets boring!

Let me know if this is helpful, and when I come across other cool revelations I’ll list what those are here.

Also, if you’d like to join my Mafia in Mafia wars, or be my friend on Facebook in general, feel free to add me ;)

Also, if you’re on twitter, I love friends there too :) @cxi on twitter!

And for more information, check out my updated post

What’s new in Zynga’s Mafia Wars

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