June 28, 2009

Mafia Wars Leveling Guide - Cuba Addendum

So, I finally got a chance to level up a new character through Cuba to see if the original leveling guide could be optimized. The results are actually pretty brief:

A minimum level of 35 is needed to go to Cuba, but you need to be in the upper 50s to have access to all the jobs. So, what I did was master the first four tiers then head to Cuba. Following the leveling guide, I was able to master tiers Street Thug - Soldier in about a day, and then Enforcer within an hour of finishing up Soldier. At this point, I head to Cuba.

Doing Jobs in Cuba

Cuba is a bit different then New York - nearly all the jobs provide the same energy:exp ratio.. and it happens to be pretty good.. around 1.6-1.7 xp per energy with a good wheelman and mastermind. I was able to just do the jobs in order and level up off of each energy bar. I mastered off El Soldado pretty quickly, but was too low of a level at that point to have access all the jobs in the El Capitan, so I went back to New York. Hitman was pretty easy to do, all the jobs pay pretty well, no deviation needed from the original leveling guide.

Once finishing off Hitman, I was able to blow through the rest of the tiers in Cuba just following the same strategy outlined in the original leveling guide - put all points in energy, have a good wheelman and mastermind, be someone elses top mafia mastermind and wheelman (if fearless). If all these things are covered, you can easily level up over and over again through Cuba without even trying. Although mastering Street Thug, Associate, and Soldier can take a day in their own right, I was able to master ALL of Cuba, in addition to Enforcer and Hitman in a day quite easily. I believe I ended just under level 200 by the time I finished off Cuba.

Not Quite Perfect...

The only problem with mastering Cuba in 2 days was that I was around level 185-190 and had not touched Capo, Consigliere, Underboss, and Boss. Why is this such a problem? Well, every time you level up, the exp:energy ratio increases. That is, every level, the total exp needed to reach the next level increases by 12 or so, but you can only get an extra 5 energy per level. Things like collections, job mastery stat points, achievements, and godfather points allow this ratio to decrease. However, these points eventually dry up and you will need more and more experience to hit the next level.

Additionally, an even bigger problem is that the experience points to energy ratio for the Capo tree is not very good. It took a lot longer to finish off the New York tier because I leveled up so much in Cuba.

Final Verdict?

The real question here is whether or not it is faster to level up according to the guide or to incorporate Cuba sooner rather than later. Here are the pros and cons of heading to Cuba early:

Pros of heading to Cuba early:
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Can finish off Cuba in a day
- All the good loot is in Cuba (TNT, Hu-9 Helicopters, etc..)
- Can slowly master the New York content and diversify stat points into attack/defense if you want to make a good fighting character

Cons of heading to Cuba early:
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Mastering New York can take a lot of time
- Can always head back to Cuba and level through it pretty quickly. It took me about 3 days to get through Cuba after hitting Master Boss - first 2 days for Soldado, the last day I was able to get through the rest of the tiers.


So, it depends. If you want to make a good fighter, I would probably do Cuba after leveling the first five tiers. That way, you can work on collecting the new loot items, which are the best for attacking and defending while leveling up. If you want to level up as fast as possible, I would follow the original guide, perhaps doing the first tier in Cuba after finishing off Capo, then finishing off New York before doing any more Cuba.
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43 comments:

  1. hey MWG. I've followed your guide basically to the letter, starting a new FB account and everything. It's worked. Thank you. I'm now level 133, master consigliere, with a steadily-growing mafia (whenever I take the time to add people) and am levelling easily off of every energy bar.

    I just wanted to say that I'm working through Cuba, levelling once off of Cuban jobs every 5 levels. 4 NY levels, 1 Cuba level. And it's working out very well. I've completed level 2 job mastery of El Soldado and Level 1 mastery of El (whatever the second one is)

    This is a great guide, i'm having fun following it. :)

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  2. Dear MWG

    WTF is up with the Lotto? On other forums, people are discussing the prizes they've won; in my FB game, there are still 184 HOURS left before the prize is calculated. Did Lotto go live on MySpace first, or is something whack with my account? Why would Zynga take close to a week to calculate the results?

    "Don Jon"

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  3. yeah it says 174 hours for me. anyone know what this is?

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  4. i just won 2 energy packs in lotto, but cannot find them!! any ideas??

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  5. Re: Lotto Prizes . . . i had a message saying i won 2 energy packs, but I can not find them anywhere at all??

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  6. Read elsewhere that the lotto energy packs won only appear on days when no one sends you an energy pack. So, they're kind of like "reserve" EPs or something?? teh suk,

    Chester earned a Bayonet during Mafia Wars' Independence Day Loot Event. Collect all 8 hidden items before time runs out.

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  7. Well if the Missing energy packs are some kind of "reserve", the are meaningless, or is there anyone of you who did not get his energypack per day ?????

    Thank you for nothing Zynga...

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  8. Question: in Cuba, do you still need the 'bank heist' method?
    I have 733 energy and need 1290 to level. That's about a 1.75 ratio. Cuba jobs give 1.6 to 1.7 ratio. So I'm not getting there with cuba jobs alone. Do I need to fly back and forth all the time?

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  9. If you are a top mafia wheelman and mastermind, the procs should be able to carry you to make up that little bit. Otherwise, the cuba job energy:exp ratio improves a lot after the first tier, bite the bullet for a day or two to finish that and then you should be fine for the next tier.

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  10. ref energy comments, thanks guys. it seems you're right, you only get a pack on a day where no one in your mafia sends you one, which is like.....errrrr......never basically!!

    hopefully they will change this rule, as it renders the prize completely bloody useless!

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  11. i have one question regarding my character, fearless. i mastered all new york and Cuba jobs already. and i put every point in energy as you said. now, i cannot get reward point from jobs anymore, and it seems harder to level up as i got 5 reward status point, but i need 12 exp to level up, and the best job only give 2.125 exp/energy. i'm at level 400 now. how can i become a top most experience mobster when in the future, i have to wait for the energy to refill? i'm top mafia mastermind and wheelman as well. and not everytime i can get chance of spending no energy for job. thanks for your advice.

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  12. It is going to get harder after a point, there is nothing you can do about it. Players who are at the highest point of the "Top Mafia" almost assuredly bought reward points or participated in offers to get extra energy.

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  13. thanks for your advice. i think i cannot afford to feed this game by credit card, it's no more fun when money comes lol. i'm trying to achieve some more achievement then stop the game or giving someone to play.

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  14. I can't seem to make money in Cuba to buy the things I need to do the jobs? I have been constantly fighting and I only have 10,000C..what is the deal? I am almost done with NY.

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  15. I read the with interest and followed it with lots of fun (except maybe collecting all the Blackmail Pictures), but that's just part of the game.
    After that Cuba was a smooth ride. Finished all the jobs at about level 300. Now waiting for new challenges.
    For people how are doubting: don't expect to do all the jobs in two days. Restrain a bit in the beginning (as indicated) and you will have a smooth ride. I took it a bit easy with Boss level and waited sometimes a day for a new energy pack.

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  16. how can you finish cuba in a day O.o how much energy do you have because thats quite a lot over 20000 I think to get level three in all of them ?

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  17. I don't think your strategy is necessarily that good. By pumping ALL points into energy (which is necessary to achieve such quick levelling) you are essentially creating a mafia character that is a "paper tiger". The character improvement points for mastering each tier 3 times are only available ONCE--after that you only get the 5 character improvement points from levelling each time. If you pump everything into energy you will end up with a very weak character in the higher stages of the game (compared with someone who took a more balanced approach)no matter what whay you cut it. i don't know about you (or the people that read this site) but this IS Mafia Wars! A weak character who has finished all the jobs is much less desireable than a strong one who hasn't. Just my 2 cents.

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  18. Well I got through Master Boss today, thanks to your guide. I a at level 354 - most of that was throw away points from trying to finish off "Buy off a Federal Agent"... 3 days just for that! My ratio is just above 1:1 now, so I hope I can make it through Cuba quickly enough that it doesn't rise too high. Thanks!

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  19. I mastered the Boss at lvl 191. It was fairly smooth until I ran out off steam with these darn blackmail photos. I didnt bother to master Capo and Soldier. Maybe will do that after mastering all Cuba jobs. My character is not that strong, since I put all points to energy, but I am NOT loosing a lot of fights. Maybe like 2-5%. And this will change soon, as I'm building more attack and defence now. BTW What is the difference in attack and defence points, if any. ANyone knows the formula how they calculate it?

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  20. just wanted to say thanks a lot - i am level 442 and rising really fast right now - 5-6 levels at once before adding stat points

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  21. I've followed the guide. Did NY first and am now in Cuba. Having a hard time getting enough politico corruptos. Any advice?

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  22. should i still put stat points into energy in cuba?

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  23. I found it very easy to do cuba if you have boss lvl unlocked do a few of the first job (if you are following the lvl up guide on here) because its a 2.00 ratio after a few the cuba lvls can get done in order as you lvl up each time ,only thing holding you back is the policto corruptos but ignore those lvls as you build them up cuba is done for me and I only started doing this guide 2 days ago :) (another account had over 150 pc's for me)
    Everyone also looks for illegal transactions another tip is save the blackmail photos they are needed and alot needed to get them requires you to do two jobs one to get concealable camera which you then use to to try get blackmail photos

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  24. make an extra account - energy only! and send all photos, transactions and cell phones via gifting to your main account
    gift yourself daily.

    at 35, collect cuban money daily, bank it and improve businesses while completing NY jobs.. then when you're done NY you have funds in cuba available. Fight in cuba only.

    Always play on bonus days, st patrick, labor day, russian promo day etc.

    mouseover top mafia, and ask them to join your mafia.
    join a clan.

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  25. wats the next level after cuba

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  26. could some one tell me wats the next level after cuba my email is sweet-sensation@live.com.au

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  27. Hey, nice guide. I was at level 40 with points dispersed in attack, defense, etc when I read some of your guide. To get back to your guide, I took the hit of three days without trying to max out on experience. That way, I could increase my maxEnergy/level ratio. That is, I would do jobs but not try to gain experience. I would run dry and have to wait, but after a couple days I was almost leveling off energy alone so I added Top Mafia and started speed leveling. At higher levels, you disperse your skill points anyway so I was good to go. I would suggest New York before Cuba so you know what to expect. The number of Cameras, etc needed was surprising and I had to wait about five times from not being energy efficient (just doing jobs thinking I will easily level up). In addition, at some point you only have to pay 1 skill point for 1 stamina. The experience has 3/1 ratio for fighting but only a 2/1 ratio for jobs. That is, after New York, you can easily do Cuba by pouring skill points into stamina to offset the 12 experience/5 skill point leveling issues. This way, you can keep leveling.

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  28. ... and how did Cuba fail??

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  29. well..im stucking in cuba...i did follow ur guide all the way! i dun even remember..started new account ...then i can level up till 150 in 1 and half day! but now im suck....no money to do more job even i stil have lot of energy...i can't afford to buy more stuff for next jobs...thats why i mastered ny in half day...still stucking in cuba for 3 days already....any idea? i duno how long i gona be here lol..cuba business take ages :( help me out plz ( mf.victawin@gmail.com ) this is my email!

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  30. How could you do cuba in one day or what ever? you CANT have enough politico corrupto ???!

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  31. i get nothing when finishing all cuba jobs.
    is this right ?

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  32. bullsht man, u cant get 100s of politico currupto in 1 day

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  33. Hi, I'am at level 425, I've finished NY, Cuba and Moscow. What should I do now?

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  34. bangkok if u got the passport

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  35. It's not a bullsht if he has got another accounts ...

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  36. It is a good idea to combine Cuba and NY jobs, being someone else's wheelman provides no energy for jobs randomly and on occasion regularly, just use some judgment and knock off those hard Capo and one or two Consigliere jobs when this happens and you can complete NY and Cuba in a day.

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  37. I have a problem with Cuba. Basically I can't do any of the jobs. Hit the 'Do Job' button but nothing happens. Refresh? yes, of course but still no joy. Emptied cookies and cleared cache, no joy. I'm able to play all other levels and complete jobs.
    I have a glitch enabling me to bank 200peso continually got 200,000 in the bank, I can buy all the equip needed to do job, it just won't allow me to DO THE JOB!!! Arrrh... Can someone with wisdom and infinite skill help me please.
    Thanking you!!

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  38. @last post, it is probably lag. I had the same issue the other night. Nothing happens, but sometimes it does unfortunately when you don't want it to. Like repeating the job a second or third time from repeatedly trying to click it. @MWG, I didn't follow your guide, but figured it out pretty easy on my own and was referred to your guide. Level 357 now finished NY, 2 levels of Bangkok, and the first tier of Cuba. I have all energy, and only 26 stam. I alternate back to the NY jobs as filler still and have been leveling continuously. When I got to 200 from using a strategy very similar to your own, I was made a mastermind by someone so now leveling continuously with the Boss tier jobs as filler is extremely easy. When the percentages finally wind down to less than say 5-8% of total energy on the unmastered job I'll let you know... but so far I am finishing levels and passing other mafia as I go with only 1 and half weeks play time. Over 60% of that was within the last few days when I saw the returns on the 3 Boss tier jobs that produce the best efficiency.I am at 499 mafia and will have 501 soon, just waiting on requests to be answered. However I gotta say that in either Fearless or Maniac leveling... these strategies don't mean crap without as many mafia as you can stack right away.

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  39. It seems to me that you should master New York first, because the reward is double energy production. This now makes it easier to master the levels outside of NY

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  40. i do Cuba and New York and moscow at the same time. i started doing the new york jobs in order until i ran out of cellphones and computer set ups. I put all stat points into energy and have a decent wheelman and mastermind. I then go to cuba and once i get past the first tier, the ratio is good enough to level up by just doing cuba jobs alone and more. i calculate the ratio i need to level up and with no energy jobs and extra experience points by being other peoples mastermind and wheelman, the ratio goes down to a level where i can go to new york and use the remaining energy to rob an electronic store. I keep doing this until i have enough computer setups to master all levels that require computer setups. The cellphones and cameras will not be enough to master all the levels that requires cellphones or blackmail photos but since i dont need computer set ups anymore, i go to moscow to do the first tier and got to mastery level 3 chapter 1 where i just do arrange drug shipment or smuggle electronics to get cameras and cellphones. So for the remaining new york and cuba jobs, i do the jobs with high ratios until the ratio i need to level up gets down and i use the remaining energy to get illegal transaction record, cellphones, cameras, blackmail photos or lower ratio jobs. once a demote my mastermind and only do jobs where i get the consumables and using a energy pack. i did not calculate the time it took but i got to level 200 and finish all cuba and new york jobs in less than a month. i also use the tool bar where i get 25% bonus energy or stamina every 8 hours.

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  41. i would personally choose to spread out my points attaching them to attack and defense for the first 20 levels (evenly) after that you van still level up pretty quickly i've only played about an hour a day for three weeks give or take a few days

    I an curruently a level 92 skilled consigliere maniac my stats are as follows

    attack:100
    defense:100
    health:135
    energy:500
    stamina:100

    i did choose to pay for some skill points currently every new level i allocate 5 points toward energy and the rest to all my other stats evenly i have only just begun to ask people to join my mafia and not a single one denies my request i am a top mafia for alot of my mafia members the extra money and exp help out alot

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  42. i think no one should stress about how quick they can level up and clear a city and just play the game

    it is there to play when you have nothing better to do so there's no real point in trying to be better than everyone else

    you think the level 1000 and above players ever really cared about all this nonsense??? NO they just played the game and kepped on playing on there free time thats why they are level 1000 or above cus they didnt go and make a new profile just to see if they could level or clear a city faster than they already had they just kepped playin


    YOU WILL NEVER BE AT MY LEVEL SUCKERS AHAHAHAHA

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