May 22, 2009

Mafia Wars Achievements; Strategy and Leveling Guide

There are 15 achievements available in Mafia Wars. Each achievement gives you +1 stat point upon completion(in addition to bragging rights). So not only do you have something to work for, but you can pick up some extra stat points along the way. Here is a list of the achievements and a brief guide on how to unlock them:

Napoleon Complex - Earned by defeating someone with a bigger mafia

This one is not as hard as it sounds. Try to pick a weak target with a larger mafia size (use the sizing up an opponent guide if you are not sure how to do that) and attack them repeatedly. Even if they are a lot stronger than you, eventually you will score a critical hit and win (happens about every one in ten fights).

Unstoppable - Earned by winning 15 fights in a row

Also a pretty easy achievement. Pick a very easy target and attack them over and over. This can take some time, as you will need a bit of luck to win 15 times in a row. If you always attack the same weak target, eventually you will score 15 wins in a row.

Armed and Dangerous - Earned by owning 10 Tommy Guns

This ones easy. You'll pick it up as you do jobs - some jobs require more than 10 Tommy Guns

Personal Fleet - Earned by owning 500 Town Cars

Odds are, you will never need 500 town cars. By the time you have the money to afford them, you should have already replaced some of these with item drops from jobs (like humvees). The idea here is to just buy 500 town cars and then sell off the ones you don't need.

The First is the Hardest - Earned by depositing $1,000,000

This should happen by the Soldier or Enforcer tier at the latest. All that you need to do is deposit 1,000,000 in the bank. It must be done in 1 deposit; that is you can not deposit 500,000 twice and get this achievement, it must be done in one lump sum.

Personal Bailout - Earned by depositing $1,000,000,000

This one is actually pretty easy once you are at higher levels. By the time you master the Consigliere tier, you should be able to deposit 1,000,000,000. It must be done in one deposit.

That's with a "T" - Earned by depositing $1,000,000,000,000

This one is the second hardest achievement. Odds are you will need to be a master boss to get this done. I have seen several people now with this achievement. The easiest way to collect money is via the "Make Arrangements for a Visiting Don" job in the boss tier. It pays $57,000,001-$96,900,001 per time for 35 energy (if you have a good wheelman). Despite this, it would take doing this job about 13,000 times to get this done! Obviously, you will need a large energy pool (as outlined in the leveling guide) and a lot of property to earn this much money. If you are a high level player and have been playing for months, this probably won't be a big deal, but it can take a few weeks for a brand new player to achieve.

Nest Egg - Earned by depositing $10,000,000,000,000

This is the hardest achievement in game. The earliest date I have seen for completion of this is 5/21/2009 - about 3 weeks after this achievement went live. The same strategy applies for the "That's with a T" achievement. I would recommend not depositing any money in the bank because of the -10% fee if you are trying to go for this achievement. Buy a lot of property and make a lot of arrangements for visiting dons. Good luck!

Collector - Earned by vaulting a collection

This one is very easy. Vault a collection to earn it.

Curator - Earned by vaulting at least nine collection

As you level up the jobs, you'll begin to piece together collections. If you are missing a few pieces, look around on facebook for trading groups. People there will often be able to trade you the piece you are missing.

Wing Man - Earned by helping out 10 friends who call for backup

Sometimes you will see help requests for other players in your notifications and news feed on Facebook. By clicking the picture, you will be able to help out a fellow mafia member on a job. You will earn exp, money, and occasionally a collection item for doing so. If you do this 10 times, you will earn this achievement.

Mercenary - Earned by helping out 200 friends who call for backup

This is pretty much the same thing as the Wingman achievement, except it takes a lot longer. More people play Mafia Wars in the evening (after they get home from work), so the best time to look for job postings is in the evening. Additionally, having more mafia members gives you more opportunities to help out, so increase your mafia size in order to have more opportunities to complete this achievement.

Giver - Earned by sending ten gifts to your Mafia

Another easy achievement. Go into the gifting tab and pick 10 random mafia members and send them items you don't want.

Spreading it Around - Earned by sending 501 gifts to your Mafia

This one is a bit tougher simply because it takes awhile to collect 501 items to send! The "Rob the Electronics Store" job drops an item every time, and you need a lot of concealable cameras to master all the jobs. Believe it or not, you will end up with a surplus of untraceable cell phones on your road to master boss. You can send these to your mafia members that need them to hit the 501 gifts needed.

Try to master all the achievements (except for perhaps the $1,000,000,000,000 ones, simply for sanity) to get extra skill points! Good luck!

Mafia Wars Cuba: New Achievements

One Down - Achieved by mastering at least one stage in New York.
Strategy: Master one stage in New York..

What else you got? - Achieved by mastering all the tiers in New York
Strategy: Please see the leveling guide.

Island Bound - Earned by traveling to Cuba
Strategy: Hit level 35, click the fly to Cuba button.

Banana Republic - Earned by owning all four businesses in Cuba
Strategy: Money may seem tight in Cuba to start, but don't worry. You'll master this in no time. Don't buy any businesses until you master the first tier once; you'll need the money to buy the required items for the jobs before that.

Havana Hat Trick - Earned by mastering at least one job tier in Cuba.
Strategy: Just play in Cuba for a bit, it will happen in no time.

Like a Hurricane - Earned by winning 1000 fights in Cuba.
Strategy: This is the only strategy in Cuba that will actually take a bit of time. If you are struggling to win fights in Cuba, find an easy target in Cuba to attack repeatedly as discussed here.

My Little Friend - Earned by gifting an M16A1 to a friend.
Strategy: Do the "Transport a Shipment of US Arms" job in the El Capitan tier until you get one of these guns, then gift said gun to someone in your mafia. Easy enough.

Achievements added 6/18/2009:

International - Earned by collecting over 1,000,000 Cuban Pesos
Strategy: Not actually too bad. Once you work through Mafia Wars: Cuba, start buying businesses. Fully upgraded businesses will be able to knock this achievement out in 4 days.

Big Business - Earned by fully upgrading a single Cuban business.
Strategy: Will happen en route to International. Don't worry too much about this or the Tycoon achievement, just buy some businesses and they will pay to upgrade themselves in short order.

Tycoon - Earned by fully upgrading all Cuban Businesses

Working Man - Earned by doing 20 jobs in one day
Strategy: Easy. They do not have to be different jobs - if you have 20 energy you can just do one energy jobs in the Street Thug tier and earn it easily. Or, you can just work on leveling up and you should get it!

Dependable - Earned by doing a job every day for seven days
Strategy: Do a job once every seven days.

Big Spender - Earned by purchasing an item or service with Reward Points
Strategy: Level up 28 times and buy +4 stat points, or spend your money on some.

Treasure Hunter - Earned by finding a rare item in a mystery crate
Strategy - Buy mystery crates. Sucks because the rares in the mystery crate are pretty poor quality, maybe they will upgrade them at some point

Slum Lord - Earned by owning 30 apartment complexes
Strategy - Buy 30 apartment complexes

Cashing out - Earned by selling 50 Mega Casinoes
Strategy - Buy and sell 50 Mega Casinoes. If you don't have any Mega Casinoes, you can buy and sell them 1 (or 10) at a time to save money.

Getting the Crew Together - Earned by promoting friends to each Top Mafia position
Strategy - Find some friends, promote them to top Mafia.

Crime C.E.O. - Earned by assembling a Top Mafia with all players above level 100
Strategy - Not too bad, by the time you have 50 or so Mafia members, you should be able to find enough to put in your Top Mafia.

Knife Thrower - Earned by looting 10 Butterfly Knives.
Strategy - You should earn this achievement just in the process of leveling up.

Uncle Sam - Earned by owning 50 federal agents.
Strategy - They had to put this in after I gave all mine away! At any rate, you get federal agents from the "Buy off a Federal Agent" job in the boss tier. They do not have a good drop rate, and the job requires blackmail photos, so I would recommend being a Master Boss before going for this achievement. It might take a few days worth of energy packs to collect enough blackmail photos to get this one.

What's after Trillion? - Earned by depositing 999 Trillion Dollars
Strategy - I'll be surprised if anyone ever gets this legitimately within the year. It took a few weeks for people to hit the 10 trillion mark, so getting 100 times that is going to take quite some time. I think this was just put in the game to give people who have done everything something to do. *Apparently, some long time players have this much money due to no longer existent hitlist mechanism where you could put people up for hits for unlimited amounts of money.

Bulletproof - Earned by surviving for over 60 minutes on the Hit List.
Strategy - This one actually looks pretty interesting. Surviving on the Hit List takes an interesting build - you need to be able to win a lot of fights on defense (see guide), but you also need to have a lot of health so that you do not get knocked out in between bouts of healing. On the hit list, you can be knocked out even if you win every fight on defense. If you win 100 fights, you're still taking damage on most fights, and eventually you will get knocked out. You can heal every minute or so, but if you only have the base line level of health, you will not last very long on the hitlist. You can try to have this done at off-peak hours (in the middle of the night) and have a friend list you, but Mafia Wars is an international game, so there will never be truly be an opening.

That's Amore - Earned by gifting a Diamond Ring to any player under level 8
Strategy - Get a friend to play, gift them a ring before they get past level 8. In other news, the Diamond Ring crops up on everyone's wishlist..

The Best Offense - Earned by defeating 6 attackers in a row
Strategy - See the How to Win Fights on Defense guide. The best way to get attacked 6 times in a row is to get someone to list you on the hitlist after you get an outfitted Mafia of 501. It can be done earlier, but requires a bit of luck. Alternatively, you could have a weaker friend attack you until you get it.
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  1. hi i have a question. i already bought 500+ town cars but im not receiving any achievement award like im supposed to. why is that? =(

  2. Hi, my username on Mafia Wars is "Micky Marciano" and I have the NEST EGG acheivement as well as the other money related ones. I didn't know it was such a big deal ;-)

    Does this make me famous?

  3. For the "Deposit X money in bank" achievements, do I have to enter X in the "Deposit:" field, or does it have to be X after the bank took the 10%?
    And does it have to be exactly X, or can it be higher?

  4. I just deposited $1,300,000 all at once and it's not showing anything? What gives?

  5. Likewise, I have deposited 1 million, plus the 10% fee, awards given.......

    Also, I have beaten larger mafias and have not beeen awarded....

    a little help please

  6. I have won 15 fights in a row on several occasions now and still not received the 'Unstoppable' achievement. Either they have restricted the conditions without notification or this item is bugged.

  7. deffinitely bogus i should have about 10 achievements by now...given up on it. good one zynga!

  8. the achivements are messed up because of the cuba expansion. thats why none are registering.

  9. I also believe it is the Cuba expansion causing this problem, I have tried now 5 times with Personal bailout, and now lost over 500,000,000 because of this, tried the following
    1233221455+ (3) dont remember exactly each time
    1100000000 (1 time)
    1000000000 (1 time)
    I also waited a few min before deposit, but no luck,
    Next try I will do is to put the (,)
    1,000,000,000 maybe that will work ?
    Submitted 2 cases to support but no answer yet, so if any one know the trick please let me know on this forum.


  10. Yeah guys, looked like Mafia Wars Cuba may have broken some of the achievements. Give it some time.

  11. I Believe this issue has been resolved now, I withdraw and deposit 1,000,000,000 and got my reward now, maybe the trick to it to make sure you have 0 cash before you withdraw the 1,000,000,000 and deposit ? I think I had money withdrawn already when I tried it before, hope this will help some one else,


  12. Question, does the That's with a T and Nest Egg Achievements require to be done in one deposit as well?

  13. Yup. If you have that much money you shouldn't deposit in the bank anyway... the 10% fee is more then you could ever lose by fighting, I should make a post on that.

  14. hi, i have a question about the "treasure hunter" achievement. do i just have to buy one mustery crate for 20 rew-points (or the 3 for 55rew-points) or i have to be lucky and get the RARE item?

  15. i have the whats after a trillion. back in the day when you could post high hitlist hits i got one for like a shit ton way over that. so i have it and its legit because the hitlist was as it was.

  16. Got a problem

    Forgot to do "Napoleon Complex" earlier
    Now on lvl 174 with mafia size 933.

    What to do?

  17. does anyone know where to get the m16a1

  18. Rob: beat anyone with Mafia 501

    Anonymous: Get the M16 in Cuba

  19. The guy with the nest egg thing obviously cheated back when you could use cheat engine 5.5 to boost your money and energy lol

    There are a ton of guys on there with high levels who didn't earn them, who used cheat engine before mafia wars was patched.

    If you did it honestly, good for you, but somehow i doubt it.

  20. This question has been asked several times, but never quite answered clearly.

    When trying to do the money achievement (such as "That's with a T"), can I make deposit of exactly one trillion or 1.1 trilllion to cover the 10% fee?


  21. If I were to save up and deposit 999 trillion at one time, will I get all of the other lower money achievements at the same time if I had not done so prior?

  22. i'm also have lost money while trying to get the personal bailout achievement. and it sucks big time. i've lost my money when i figured this out...

    let X be the money needed to be put into the bank so that after deducting from will yields 1000000000,

    X - (10/100*X) = 1000000000.
    solving above yields,
    X = 1,111,111,111.

    this also applied for the rest (Big T and so on) except nest egg.

    somebody please prove me... i'm still rebuilding my money!!!!

  23. i lost in the personal bailout too - deposited $1,136,000,000 and only $989,456,000 was banked. i may be crap at maths but i thought 10% of 1,000,000,000 was 100,000,000 - might try $1,111,111,111 next time as suggested above

  24. two things please :-

    1. in mob wars it is impossible to attack one of your own mob as the 'attack' link is removed if you click on their page. This is not the case in mafia wars and i wondered if you could attack your own mafia by accident - there are so many similar names 'default don' being the worst, that i can't remember who is in my mafia : |

    Also - I struggle with mafia names when i ma sent gifts as i haven't a clue who they are from or who to thank. is there a quicker way then trawling through all my mafia to identify people ??

    Thanks : D

  25. No u cannot attack anyone from your own mafia!
    when u clicked the ''click here to see your gift'' link u can just press send back!!! That will take you to your frieds profile!!! :) Hope that helped!

  26. You don't have to own and give away 501 items to get the Spreading It Around achievement. You and a friend can send items back and forth to each other (like 10 brass knuckles per day) until you both get it.

    Also with the That's Amore achievement, if you only have one diamond ring, you can arrange to send the ring to a low level player you know and have them send it back to you so you can vault your ring collection after making that achievement.

  27. Survive the hitlist hint: try to find a friend in a poor country to hitlist you in the middle of the night. Those servers usually don't have that much players, which makes it possible to survive for hours on the hitlist even if you're just a lvl 200 player!

  28. The Curator achievement needs to be 9 collections all from New York. And for the Banana Republic and Tycoon achievements, there are 6 businesses now.

  29. I were put on the hitlist and defeated the same attaker 22 times in a row but i didn't get THE BEST OFFENSE achievment, WHY???????

  30. thanks for the advice, I am now a level 38 and leveling in in bar (more or less)

  31. Hi All,

    I have done Personal Bailout twice now since i got two account, what I wrote abowe then was true then, but not now, Rules keeps on changing the whole time which make this forum obsolete !!
    (second time I needed to take out any amount abowe the added 10% and the deposit the whole amount again, so I lost money again since I believed I know the trick from from the first time)

    Getting tired of playing now when nothing remains static any more.

    Good luck to ya all / Svenne

  32. i have mastered every job in new york and still have not gotten the one down job....what's up with that?

  33. You get 'One Down' achievement by mastering at least one tier in CUBA,buddy!

  34. Is there any reward for completing all of the achievements?

    MW = ... why I oughtta!!! [WISE]

  35. It's now impossible for some people to get all of the achievements because newer players don't get "Properties," so they cannot get the Cashing Out or Slumlord achievements...

  36. yeah. my friend created his account a few days back and he cant have the properties the older accounts have. in addition, they have these influence which they use to earn cash through "rackets". comparably they provide lower cash.

  37. According to my math, if you don't cheat it would well over a 100 years to earn the "What's After A Trillion" achievement. Anyone who has it has cheated the system somehow.

  38. Game used to use a system of properties.

    You could buy them, and they'd produce money over time. Just lke our rackets, but wayyyy faster.

  39. Feel free to add me at
    for mafia wars thanks

  40. I've had Rackets from day one, therefore will never be able to get the property achievements :-(

  41. i met a guy who have What's after Trillion? achievement!!!

  42. They must have cheated as it is mathimatically impossible to get the achievement in a year of play.

  43. I have completed fully upgraded the cuban businesses but Mafia Wars has not given me the achievements for Big Business and Tycoon... Any insight?

  44. I defeated 6 attackers in a row 2 different times and did not get achievement... plus my mafia wars box on my profile wall is not up to date. I have many more members and I am higher level than what it says.

  45. I defeated 6 attackers in a row 2 different times and did not get achievement... plus my mafia wars box on my profile wall is not up to date. I have many more members and I am higher level than what it says. How can i resolve this? Eric Wilburn

  46. i am not getting my acheivement for vaulting the beard collection, and now that i have vaulted it i cannot do it am i supposed to get this acheivement now?

  47. i am not getting my acheivement for vaulting the beard collection, and now that i have vaulted it i cannot do it am i supposed to get this acheivement now?

  48. 1) Not that I will ever get this, but if you deposit enough to get "what's after a trillion" do you automatically get the lover ones as well? I already have the two lowest.
    2) do you have to vault the daily chance and money laundering collections to get the "Master Collector"? I am still working on Cuba but will be done soon but do not have these last two from NY copleted.

  49. i'm not getting my achivement for vaulting the beard collection either! :s

  50. Any insight into the lotto or other new NY collection? I'm level 430 and play all daily chance! Have never received any item from these collections. Have most achievements except rare item and money achievements. Finishing lvel 6 in Moscow. Finished NY and Cuba. Did I miss something?

  51. What Job do I need to do to collect blackmail photos?

  52. 'Obtain compromising photos' in hitman tier gives blackmail photos.They have 100% drop rate

  53. i bet no one has evr got all the achievements w/out cheating, it imposssible

  54. ahah sum nerd would have lol!
    but sum of the new ones like that tresure hunting 1 i hate that!
    mathmaticly you have a %10 percent chance so you would have to buy 10 creats or so and at 20gp each thats 200 GP!
    i dont have the money to buy 200 GP or time to lvl up 200 times just for this acvment! :L

  55. i have that treasure hunter and i only used 55 and all were rare

  56. what do you get for having all of the achievments?

  57. you get a ring 99 atk 99 def

  58. add me nick johnson lvl 238 i have the gears of war symbol on my profile pic and add nick alafa johnson lvl 37 has notre dame collage footbalk profile pic only on facebook!!

  59. I was depositing for the thats with a t achievement worked it out that with the banking fee i would still have over the 1,000,000,000,000 mark, didnt get the achievement and i was left with 992,000, etc 10% fee? ME BOLOX, its going to take a further few weeks now,

  60. ahaha i got the Nest Egg Achievment on 5/1/09 xD thats like the day after it came out. I can give you guys a SS to prove,, i feel like i deserve a medal for being first. :D

  61. hey , I sent diamond rings to 2 different people below level 8 and never got the achievement why????

  62. cuz ur life is screwed

  63. nick johnson lvl 266February 5, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    does anyone have every single achievement

  64. i have finished all cuba jobs and didnt get the achievment.:( i finished it long time ago...

  65. I don't know how but back in july 09 when i was lvl 12 i get - the hitlist achivment, the napolian complex, and the survivor for 6 attack - and back then i had a mafia of 30 ppl
    i guess i'm lucky
    building up fot the that whit a T and nest egg
    making 3B per day
    and for everyone- deposet like 1,111,120 and so on to get the money achivment- if u put 1,111,111 it will put in the bank 999,999 and that a bummer

  66. hello evry1. i was said by some of my friends dat in mafia wars bangkok if i master all 4 tiers of chapter 1 i will be getting a bonus of millions of bahts, but nuthing as such happened. can any one help me regarding this.

  67. i try to reach the achievement Nest Egg.
    i have a cash flow of about 400 000 000/hour.

    i dont concentrate on that achievement right now, but i try to get it by the time i invest in bangkok and the last step in moscow.

    the boss quest in NY cost me too much energy (322) so i do it if i've enough energy before i lvl up, any good advice?


  68. i also didnt get my achievement for vaulting beard collection

  69. how can you get the "cashing out" achievement now with the new setup of new york properties only seem to be able to upgrade??

  70. you can't... they told us to "cash out" before new properties arrived... those who didnt will not get it.

  71. Anonymous, can't get that achievement no more, but you can achieve Land Baron by by upgrading all New York properties to level 25 or higher

  72. omg... am i replying to very long time question? lmao....

  73. How do you sell properties (sell mega casinos to earn the cashing out achievement) on the new updated properties page?
    You only seem to be able to upgrade the property level, but not sell or downgrade it. Any ideas?!!!

  74. Can you tell how do I can get these three one ? I don't really understand what they mean in the requirement definition of these three achievement ... Someone does ??

    Pick of the Litter
    In Progress (0/1)
    Earned by filling all slots in the Capo, Lieutenant, Enforcer, and Street Crew tiers in the Top Mafia

    Over Achiever
    In Progress (0/1)
    Earned by collecting a bonus from all tiers in your Top Mafia

    Green as Grass
    In Progress (0/6)
    Earned by helping six street crew reach level 20

  75. I don't understand these achievements either:( I hope Mafia Wars will explain that

  76. +1
    i dont get em either
    tiers in Top Mafia??

  77. That Top Mafia tier thing appeared for like 1 day, then they took it away. You could pick several levels for some of your mafia - more than the 'top mafia' we have now, the wheelman, button man, etc.

  78. I had been waiting on the personal bailout achievement (was going to ignore it, only bank the trillion), but I just banked a bunch of money in Moscow and got it there. Turns out you don't have to be in NY for the money achievements--not that you would want to deal with nest egg in Cuba, but you could.

  79. Sorry is there sb who could explain how we can manage Pick of the Litter achievement ???
    i tried is for every ways and i don't understand this:
    Earned by filling all slots in the Capo, Lieutenant, Enforcer, and Street Crew tiers in the Top Mafia
    please :/

  80. It is stupid you don't earn money from properties no more. Now I have to load up on lots of energy to do a lot of jobs so I can get the rest of the $$ achievements.

  81. IS there a maximum level you can upgrade the ny properties to?