May 17, 2009

How to not get robbed in Mafia Wars

If you're reading this, you've probably been robbed... and are probably annoyed because you have to pay for repairs all the time. Additionally, you make less money on properties until they are repaired, which is no fun either. As of this post, my character (which I leveled with the same strategy outlined in the leveling guide) owns 170 Office Buildings, 180 5-star hotels, 130 mega casinos, and 80 marinas for a total income of over 100 million an hour. Here's the kicker: he's never been robbed, ever.

Not bad for never being robbed, eh?



Without further ado, here are my top tips on how not to get robbed:

1. Your mafia size should be at least the equivalent of your level.

Unlike defending fights, the amount of mafia members that can "help out" is equal to your level. So, if you don't want to get robbed and are level 70, you should have at least 70 people in your mafia. By having less mafia members then your level, you become a big target.

2. Make sure your mafia is equipped.

Mafia members are only as strong as the weapons and armor you give them. Make sure every mafia member has a decent weapon, armor, and vehicle to use. If you don't have money for that, then why are you buying property?

3. Level Up!

I'm not talking about leveling up to put more points in defense or get more mafia members. Getting out of the low levels early is important for property health - players at higher levels do not rob as often, if at all. Why? Because it is not worth the stamina. Fighting yields more experience and has a chance to drop the best weapons (AR-15s), vehicles (Humvees), and job items (like blackmail photos) that the high level players need.

The 650,000-750,000$ that is standard for robbing a casino pales in comparison to the amount of cash the "Boss" jobs produce. High level players do jobs for money rather than rob. On that note, if you are power leveling, you may find it hard to keep your mafia size equal to your level. The solution is simple - if you can't keep your mafia size equal to your level, just don't buy property (aside from Mafia Mike's) until you are around level 150. Players around level 20-80 rob much more frequently then high level players.

4. Don't rob other players.

As noted in point #3, high level players do not like to rob. The only reason to rob is to get revenge for their low level buddies. So, if you don't piss anyone off (i.e. by robbing them), you are much less likely to get robbed in return.

5. Win a lot of fights.

In Mafia Wars, the best defense is a good offense. When robbing someone, you can only see a few statistics - number of mafia members, whether the property is protected, and the profile stats (such as fights won and lost) of the person you are trying to rob. Since a player can't actually see your defense rating, a high level of defense does little to deter attacks. What they can see however, is your win to loss ratio on fights. I know I'm a lot less likely to try to fight or rob someone that has won 10,000 fights and only lost 1,000! However, when I see someone who has lost many more fights then they have won, I know it's an easy target.

6. Don't put people on the hitlist.

If you WANT to get robbed, be sure to put someone on the hitlist. Not only will the person you put a hit out on rob you repeatedly, but so will his friends. Additionally, when someone posts a hit, their name is shown on the hitlist as well. Some bored higher level players get entertainment out of robbing and attacking people who put out hits rather than attacking for the reward money! Avoid putting your name out there and you won't get robbed (or attacked) as much.

7. Protect your property.

Protecting your property is not as expensive as you might think - it only needs to be done once if you never get robbed! If you followed steps 1-5 and protect your property, the your odds of getting robbed are slim-to-none. If you never have to pay for repairs, you'll save a lot of money!

Summary

If you are getting robbed constantly in mafia wars, just add more people to your mafia, win a lot of fights (if your attack rating is low find a whipping boy), don't rob other players, don't put out hits, and protect your property. If all else fails, level to 150 as fast as you can- people at that level don't rob as much. Do this and I guarantee you your robbery rates will go way down!

Don't let this happen to you!
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49 comments:

  1. Question: a level 200 is constantly robbing me, a level 120. I can beat him every time I fight him; he can rob me every time he attempts. Is there nothing I can do for my character to protect my properties? Is the game stacked so that I can only DEFEND with a number equal to my level no matter who the attacker?

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  2. Yep. Unfortunately, he gets to use 80 more people than you when he robs you, which is likely to be the cause of the wins. Odds are you'll have to level up some more to be able to stop his attacks.

    Additionally, the guy you are fighting might be stacking all his stat points in attack and ignoring defense. He also might have great offensive gear but poor defensive gear. This would make your opponent good at attacking and robbing but poor at defending.

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  3. This is all great but what's the point of playing the game safe? It's about making friends and enemies. I'll easily take you on man. I don't hide bring on the pain. I dare anyone to try and rob me!

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  4. Ju Ju Bees-I just put your casino out of action in 15 tries and got 300,000,000. It will cost you another 100+million to repair and protect. Come get some!

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  5. LOL @ other Anonymous

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  6. You can't be robbed at all if you're in Cuba

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  7. Well, whatever the advice, I continue to get robbed and unsuccessfully defend my property. I find the insurance pointless if you get robbed anyway. Some player just robbed my property 58 times in an hour and is at a lower level.

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  8. i had been robbed by this super motherf**king person who is the same level as me.. its so annoying because i had just attacked him once in my mafia wars gametime and he's like robbing me forever!! i dont even mind him at first but he continues to rob me.. ughh its so frustrating really..

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  9. How do some people hide their properties. For instance, I robbed someone for revenge and they hitlisted me again so I went to rob them again and it didn't show any properties. I know they didn't sell them and I have seen high level pplayers without properties. What gives?

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  10. I really enjoy playing this game. and I hate to find my player updates by one lazy b.... robbing or attacking me more than five times: I don't get to see who to help, who I've capo'd, what achievements my friends made. I don't attack. I don't hit list. What I do to stop this "violence" is to make these guys my friends. Just like a mini-clan alliance. Almost everyone is glad to pick up another person to get more special loot.

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  11. Let all your properties get attacked until they are only earning 30%, once the other players see the "Police: Do Not Cross" pic, they can't rob you. If you have 50 Casinos, still making 30% profit...well that is still better than not having them!

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  12. the only thing i can suggest on how not to get robbed is to not buy any property at all until you're sure you can defend them. except for mafia mike's.

    you wouldn't want to buy casinos right away since they lure robbers in. just keep a low profile until you're sure you can defend them. casinos and offices are the hottest properties.

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  13. I, the other day, was somehow being robbed continuwasly by this 'Default Don' He robs me for no reason. Ugh but luckly he stopped ater i put 50 hits on him ^_^

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  14. I love robbing and hitlisting people all the time as they keep me entertained. I was really, really annoyed when I started playing Mafia Wars and reached level 77. Hell, I made lots and lots of enemies who constantle hit me 24/7. And I pissed them off more by hitlisting them and robbing them blind even though I can't fight back people who were over level 100. I mean, what's the point of being a mafia or a "criminal" if you don't kill and rob and hitlist people? Have you ever heard of a "criminal" who doesn't rob? That's the surest, quickest and the fastest way of getting rich and buy weapons and properties. Suffice it to say that a criminal doesn't rob at all but kill. He/She may then be a serial killer or a spree-killer. Serial killers lie low for a while before he kills again, and a spree killer kills at every opportune moment. That's the "joy" of being a criminal. Either you do one or you do both. I enjoy being both.

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  15. If you do decide to rob, is there some sort of "unwritten rule"? Do you take them down to zero or only rob a few times?

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  16. I typically just rob casinos. If I put it below 30%, I'll just move on to someone else.

    The exception is if the person puts a hit on me (usually after they attack me and lose and then try to sucker punch me). That makes it personal to me (in the game context, of course).

    The money isn't important after that, so I'll shut down every piece of property they have and then attack them until they're dead. If they hit me again or try anything else, I'll shut 'em down again. If they go away, I'll move on.

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  17. I have 106 people in my mob and i keep trying to rob this punk who only has 36. He protect it everytime. I can never rob him and get away with it. Whats the deal. I am a level 38 and he is a level 36.

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  18. I have 10 casinos I am at level 83 my defense and attack am at 170 each, Yet I have been robbed by someone level 79. I have 501 mafia He had 5001. I have 300 chain guns and loads of other weapons. Not to mention 150 each of all the cars. 4 humves blah blah How did he manage to rob me? when I have fully protected my properties? my stats checks say I am at least 10% over the norm! I am totaly confused. All my top mafias am level 400+ I am all ears if anyone can answer this.
    thanks.

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  19. do i get XP and improve my successful heist if someone is trying to rob me but he/she failed?

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  20. Property is great for accumulating money, but unless you are going for the trillion dollar accomplishment, what's the point? I was making $100million per hour at one point but every so often someone would start robbing me and not stop. Usually it was the result of me killing someone and having them ask their higher lever mafiosi rob and attack me. When that happens, I send them a message asking what's the problem and if they would join my mafia. They will stop at that point.

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  21. can someone please tell me how people hide their properties? i was attacked and went to rob and the properties that were there yesterday are gone. i know he didnt sell them. i went to his profile and see his properties but, there is no option to rob him. can someone help?

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  22. Well the reason we get continually robbed and killed by seemingly weaker players is i'm afraid because there are cheats out there. Google 'Mafia Wars Cheats' or 'Mafia Wars Hacks'. It's not a level playing field and we've just got to accept that a small minority of opponents are going to clean/wipe us out.

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  23. Just don't buy casinos!!! I kept getting robbed and sold them. Now I never get robbed...punks like to rob the casinos for more cash...

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  24. Please learn the difference between the words "then" and "than"

    you always say "then" when you mean "than"

    It mkes you look very stupid which i'm sure your are!

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  25. Well then don't say "mkes" you look stupid, stupid.

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  26. Anon 6:42: You moron.

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  27. Hi, I was looking for something else...I see guys
    removing the button "rob" from their profile so you can´t rob them and the the day after it´s back again. They seems to have it on when they have boosts defending their properties and they swich it off when the boost is gone??!!
    Francis

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  28. If you're in Cuba, there is no ROB button. Go back to NY, and it will appear

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  29. Buy as many Rent Houses and Mafia Mikes as you can... those places never get robbed. Anyone know the limit on the number of Rent Houses you can own? Is there a limit on the number of Mafia Mikes you can own?

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  30. For the longest time, I was never robbed. Once the game opened up to where someone 300+ levels above me could attack and rob me, I find that defending one's self is almost pointless. The robbings, though infrequent, started up and I couldn't defend against them just as it was impossible to win a fight with someone 300+ levels above me. It sucks but there it is.

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  31. I bought 10 casinos but just wanted the 50 casino's sold achievment so I sold them immediatly and got all my money back I did this 4 times and the last time I only needed 8 and wen I sold that 8 I got half back ..... staringe

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  32. Hi, I did not collect the money at the write time and my properties were busted out. How to reactivate the rackets? It seems that I cannot find that option?

    Please help. No properties - no money. Thanks

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  33. I have a 247 robbing me. So I worked my butt off and became 249 but I still cannot rob him back. I beat him every time in attack. What is wrong?

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  34. Most people rob to make easy money. Casinos usually are the biggest target. 99.9% of the time you will get rob if you own at least one. It's a mafia game afterall. If you want to lower your chances of getting rob, don't own one until you know you have a good defense. I usually rob rather fight. Easier to make money. I only go for casinos. Once finish I move on. However there are some that tries to fight back. Then it becomes a war until he/she gives up. Once in a while I do get robbed/attacked. I let it go if it looks like they are doing the same thing I am. It's a MAFIA game. If you don't like being rob go play farmville instead.

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  35. when should robbing come back i miss it

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  36. There are a couple people on here who may have been robbed by me, Don Logan. I got my stamina up decently high, figured out how to keep the assualt going. Then it was robberies and attacks everywhere. At one point, I robbed someone something to the effect of 104 times in a day. All that went away when they yanked robbing from MW, but boy, I cant wait until it makes it's return.

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  37. haha stupid robbers, what good is new york money, l2p and spend stamina killing people, this is mafia wars, not thief wars.
    people that robs me, i dont give a damn, but people who attacks me, i like to have fun with...
    i dont care if robbing makes a return cos its stupid, well, it wont be if they let us rob in cuba/moscow/whatever new place pops up...
    but before robbing got removed, i never gave a damn about losing new york money

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  38. NY Boss $$ is a lot better than robbing. On one Boss job alone, you get over $50,000,000.
    Fighting, you get loot, experience (sometimes enough to level), and you can fight when you're out of energy.
    I always go to Moscow to fight, as I've found a lot of Rubles that way. If I don't get Rubles, I move on to the next person on the fight list.
    Go back to NY to heal when your health gets low, then back to Moscow to fight until your stamina is gone.

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  39. @ Anonymous: Plz join my mafia.

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  40. If you put the profile ids of people robbing you then I am sure people will be willing to rob them for you guys.

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  41. When I click on "Fight," "Robbing" is not one of my options. My only choices are "Fight," "Go to war," and "Hitlist." Why can't I rob anyone?

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  42. ^ Cause it's been removed by zynga... "i mean goodbye robbing"

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  43. so is it no longer neccessary to protect your properties

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  44. Anonymous said...
    so is it no longer neccessary to protect your properties

    December 29, 2009 12:13 PM
    good, so i no longer have to only buy Mafia Mike's.

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  45. hey guys send me a message saying mafia wars and i will accept your friend request if you send one. I need a bigger mafia. thanks

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  46. Robbing is back woohoo

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  47. im lvl 546 with a lvl 549 buddy i have 600rp
    what should i do with it

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  48. 600 rp?!?!? How did you get that much?

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