June 1, 2009

What is the best weapon in Mafia Wars? Strategy Guide FAQ

Question: What is the best weapon in Mafia Wars?

Answer: In Mafia Wars, not including reward points weapons, the TNT is the best weapon for attacking, and the Gaff Hook is the best weapon for defending. TNT is dropped from the "Raid the Arms Depot" job and the Gaff Hook is dropped from the "Pillage a Shipyard" job. If you are going by combined stats, TNT has the highest at 62.
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  1. http://mafiawarsguide.blogspot.com/2009/06/mafia-wars-cuba-now-live-updates-bugs.html

    On new loot

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  2. You probably mean Gaff hook, not cane hook as there is no such thing as a cane hook. There is a Cane knife but it's not as good as the Gaff hook in either defense or attack.

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  3. That was a slight gaffe :)

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  4. Just to let you know of new item that dropped for me today in Cuba: Armored State Car. 30 Attack, 38 Defend! I do believe we have a new high score. Trying to cope and paste from my inventory:


    Armored State Car Armored State Car
    30 Attack 38 Defense

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  5. by the way, that was dropped from: Bring The Local Teamsters Under Your Control

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  6. delete that last post. got mixed up. that was dropped from a fight in cuba.

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  7. Not true! Actuallt the Avispa Machine Gun comes in #1 with 54 Attack 24 Defense.

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  8. Incorrect ya'll. The best defense weapon is the TNT (excluding Avispa). The total sum of attack + defense is what counts. Believe me, I have put this to extensive testing and it 100% true. I defend with 470 TNT's and 1 Avispa (I unfortunately have 30 Poison Gas Grenades that the puter selects over the TNT because of higher defense value). The overall value of a TNT is 62 (42A + 20D=62 value) The overall value of a Gaff Hook is only 50 (20A + 30D). I find it funny when I defeat mafia's 150 levels higher (I'm at level 320), they sometimes will have 500 Gaff Hooks thinking this is the best possible defense. Not even close. The difference between defending with 500 TNT's versus 500 Gaff Hooks is 6,000 points (12x500). Of course your inventory only comprises ~ 20% of your attack/defense strength, so having high attack/defense attributes is critical especially in high levels. Every once in a great while I lose a fight (excluding critical hits) and 9 times out of 10 the mafia that defeats me has abosolute crap for inventory. That's because they pumped up their attack/defense attributes very, very high. I didn't get a grasp on the combat formulas until about level 150 so I didn't get my attack/defense as high as I should have, but now I put all of my points towards them. The key to optimizing your defense is having someone (preferably a family member) that can attack you and give you fight results so that you can see what computer is selecting for equipment. Then you have to be preapred to do a lot of gifting of items that are being selected over what you want. As in my example, I have to gift all Gaff Hooks so that TNT's are used instead. I have 53,000 wins, I am sure about this strategy.

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  9. if TNT is better than Gaff hook for defense, why isnt the Avispa being used as the first weapon of choice when defending when its total is 74 compared to 62 for TNT?

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  10. The Avispa is being used first but you only get one. Where did I say it isn't being used? I use my Avispa for attacking and defending.

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  11. Here you go, my attack and defense.


    ATTACK

    Your mafia of 501 fought against XXX in New York with an Avispa Machine Gun, 500 TNTs, a Che's Beret, a Guerrilla Commando, 262 Guerrilla Squads, 14 Rebel Snipers, 223 Camouflage Body Armors, a Cocodrilo APC, an El Rey Roadster, 151 Hu-9 Helicopters, 163 Si-14 Cargo Planes, 35 Mini-Subs, 150 Armored State Cars.

    DEFENSE

    Don Tacheny's mafia of 501 fought with a Gaff hook, 27 Poison Gas Grenades, an Avispa Machine Gun, a Cupid's Tommy Gun, a Colombian Necktie, 470 TNTs, a Guerrilla Commando, a Che's Beret, 78 Half Dollar Body Armors, 262 Guerrilla Squads, 45 A Pint o' Green Beers, 114 Camouflage Body Armors, a Cocodrilo APC, 150 Armored State Cars, an El Rey Roadster, 163 Si-14 Cargo Planes, 35 Cigarette Boats, 151 Hu-9 Helicopters.

    By the way, I found out I have to leave one Gaff Hook for my defense for some reason. If I take away the Gaff, my TNT's on defense go way down to like 355 and some weaker items replace them. Haven't figured out why.

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  12. Tom, the Armored State Car has [30,38], which is 68 combined and is better than the TNT.

    Would having 501 Armored State Cars be the best item for both attacking and defending, given that one gifts away everything else?

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  13. Joel, I was only commenting on the weapons, but to answer your question, absolutely you want to try to get 499 ASC's for both attack and defense (plus the Cocodrilo and El Rey). What really sucks is if you make the mistake (like I did) of buying special loot items because you can't gift them away later on. Now I am permanently stuck with 27 Poison Gas Grenades because they have a higher defense value than TNT, but much lower overall value. Fortunately I can obtain 500 ASC's and Guerrilla Squads because of their high defense value. Nevertheless the key is amping up your attack and defense values, that is absolutely crtical for higher levels.

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  14. I have to agree with Tom, I have used the same strategy for a long time (I'm at level 280). I read in a strategy guide pretty much verbatim what Tom is saying, namely that the scoring is based off total sum of defense + attack. The only thing that sucks is that you need to have someone available to attack you and post fight results (I have a brother that plays that lets me use his profile and vice versa, he uses same strategy), and you need to gift away unwanted items A LOT!!!

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  15. Tom, I used to think like you did, until yesterday...Zynga now displays your attack/defense strength. I put your theory to the test, by simply looking at my defense number with 500 TNT's. Then I gifted away 2 TNT's, had someone gift me 2 gaff hooks, and looked at my defense number, and sure enough it increased a tiny bit. What this tells me is that only the defense number is used when attacked, not the overall sum of the item. This really sucks, I have to retool my whole mafia now even though I am really strong.

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  16. After reading your comments which I found very interesting, could you tell me whats my best option for defence and attack itmes. I have a mafia of 255 and im only lvl 105.
    That would be most appriciated as you all seem to know alot more about this game than me

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  17. After much debate, I can answer this. By Zynga now posting our Attack/Defense scores, it is obvious that the "total sum" theory is shot. With that said, here is a list of the "perfect" mafia for offense and defense (excluding any special godfather items).

    Attack
    Weapons
    (1) Avispa Machine Gun (54A)
    (500) TNT (42A) or
    (500) Canonazo(42A)

    Armor
    (1) Che's Beret (46A)
    (1) Guerrilla Commando (38A)
    (499) Guerrilla Squads (34A)

    Vehicles
    (1) Cocodrilo APC (42A)
    (1) El Rey Roadster (40A)
    (499) Track Loaders (37A)
    (HU-9 Helicopters are a close second at 36A)

    Defense

    Weapons
    (501) Gaff Hooks (30D)

    Armor
    (1) Che's Beret (34D)
    (500) Guerilla Squads (30D) or
    (500) Falsified Documents (30D)
    (Half Dollar Body Armors are also 30D)

    Vehicles
    (1) Cocodrilo APC (56D)
    (500) Armored State Cars (38D) or
    (500) Private Jets (38D)
    (Armored Limos are pretty good at 36D)

    Here are my current attack/defenses, I'm at level 329

    Attack
    Weapons
    an Avispa Machine Gun, 500 TNTs

    Armor
    a Che's Beret, a Guerrilla Commando, 300 Guerrilla Squads, 199 Rebel Snipers

    Vehicles
    a Cocodrilo APC, an El Rey Roadster, 12 Track Loaders, 155 Hu-9 Helicopters, 169 Si-14 Cargo Planes, 163 Armored State Cars

    Defense

    Weapons
    254 Gaff hooks, 247 Cane Knives
    Armor
    a Guerrilla Commando, a Che's Beret, 300 Guerrilla Squads, 126 Falsified Documents, 73 Half Dollar Body Armors
    Vehicles
    a Cocodrilo APC, 164 Armored State Cars, 336 Private Jets

    Hope this helps!

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  18. Red Coat is 32D Armor but they are hard to come by as they were a special 4th of July item.

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  19. Don't believe the hype with these clowns that posted the combat calculators and such. I was 100% committed to the "total sum" fighting for a long time until Zynga recently started posting our attack/defense scores. Then the truth came out. Why I ever believed that Zynga would not pick the best available items for fighting is beyond me...I'm an idiot! I have increased my attack by over 500 points and defense by 700+ points since Zynga started displaying our scores. I had to make a lot of trades, but well worth it.

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  20. where do i find a cocodrillo apc? please send me the answer to chuckalucka@comcast.net

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  21. that tom explain is old mafia wars calculation, but now they use new calculation, which is when we attack/defending we bring (note that we all have 501) 1 weapon, 1 armor, 1 vehicle.
    means when attack we use the best atk number of each item x 501. then we use the best def number when we defending so base on that
    best loot item (i say loot coz there a non loot item )attack:
    1. TNT (Canonzano now if you can)
    2. Guerilla squad
    3. HU-16 (Track loader now if you can)
    defense:
    1. Gaff (dillinger wood gun has 42 if you got alot)
    2. Guerilla squad (redcoat if you have alot)
    3. private jet/armor state car

    so just loot these if you got 501 each you would get 5000 atk / def mafia then work on your skill then you will be unbeaten.

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  22. To the poster above me...I think you are mislead. There never was an "old" calculation. The fighting calculator has always been the same, it's just that now the A/D attributes are posted for us to see, so we were able to expose those that came up with the original combat calculators. Those calculators were based on assumptions, and those assumptions turned out to be wrong. Think about it, why would Zynga chooose inventory in your fights that didn't give you the optimal A/D strength? That doesn't make sense.

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  23. How do you get an avispa machine gun, and does the amout of weapons you have make a difference. say for example you have 1 tommy gun and your opponent has 5, are you stronger?

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  24. You have to master all of the level 3 "El Jefe" jobs earning the title of "El Jefe Principal."You earned a Avispa Machine Gun. = 54 Attack 24 Defense

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  25. Now the best ATTACK weapon is the CAZADOR ASSAULT RIFLE that you get for completing the new "El Cacique" tier in Cuba. (It has 60 attack points and 25 defense)

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  26. where can i get these items you posted: Canonazo(42A)
    (1) Che's Beret (46A)
    (1) Guerrilla Commando (38A)
    Guerrilla Squads (34A)

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  27. I have very strong attack and defense, check it out:
    Attack=55758
    Weapons
    a Cazador Assault Rifle, an Avispa Machine Gun, a Canonazo, 498 TNTs

    Armor
    a Che's Beret, a Guerrilla Commando, 499 Guerrilla Squads

    Vehicles
    a Cocodrilo APC, an El Rey Roadster, 123 Track Loaders, 269 Hu-9 Helicopters, 2 Bonnie & Clyde's B-400s, 105 Si-14 Cargo Planes

    Defense=49149

    Weapons
    2 Dillinger's Wooden Guns, 499 Gaff hooks

    Armor
    a Guerrilla Commando, a Che's Beret, a Falsified Documents, 498 Guerrilla Squads

    Vehicles
    a Cocodrilo APC, an Armored State Car, 499 Private Jets

    Just need some more track loaders to max out offense.

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  28. I keep doing the job in cuba that has the loot for tnt and completed level 1, however I don't seem to be getting any more TNT. Is there a specific strategy to getting TNT for those jobs or is it just random? Thanks

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  29. When you attack, the computer chooses weapons with the best attack value. When you are being attacked and you are defending, the computer chooses weapons with the best defense value. A weapon that is 21/21 will be chosen over a weapon that is 20/50 when you are attacking. When you are being attacked and on the defensive, then the coputer will choose the 20/50 weapon over the 21/21 weapon.

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  30. Do different item stats stack up?

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  31. How do I get an untraceable cell phone?

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  32. Your items:
    Weapons
    2 Siberian Tigers, 5 M16A1s, 15 RA-92s, 3 Tora Assault Rifles, a VSK-94 Sniper Rifle, 2 Boomslang ACRs, an AA-12 Auto Shotgun, a Blunderbuss, 2 Napalms, a Sodium Pentothal, 19 Garza 9s, a Pro's 2 Iron, a Fireworks, a Really Bloody Mop, a Bloody Webby, 3 Molotok Pistols, a Spare, a Hunting Knife, 3 Ru-38 Pistols

    Armor
    13 Street Gang Members, a Lorica, 6 Camouflage Body Armors, a Hired Thug, 3 Camo Fatigues, a Tracksuit, a Lefty Guns' Leather Coat, an Ushanka, 3 Local Toughs, 2 Jungle Trackers, 3 Bodyguards, a Gas Mask, a Tri-Point Hat, 4 Night Vision Goggles, 2 Local Guides, 21 Body Armors

    Vehicles
    an El Rey Roadster, a Montaine 320, a Le Tigre, 9 Chucho FAVs, 3 Mara Serpientes, a GX9, 2 Taksis, 4 Ocelot Armored Trucks, 4 Choppers, 2 4x4s, an Indy Racer, a Golf Cart, a Mototsykl, a Bigg's Rig, 2 CM Setas, 30 Town Cars


    ok im a lvl 93 with 65 mafia is this a good collection of not?

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  33. get more of night vision goggles,Gaff hooks

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  34. In case everyone didn't notice, Zynga increased defense stats of a few items. Camo Body Armor is now stronger defense than Guerrilla Squads! Armored state car has strongest defense (more than Private Jet!) Yippee, my defense is now at 55,734, it was only at 49,235 before these changes.

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  35. how do I get rid of blunderbuss, it sucks for defence

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  36. Is it better to level up or do the jobs that drop the best loot over and over until my arsenal is built up? I'm currently at level 130. Thanks in advance for advice.!

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  37. my current stats

    Attack Weapon
    Laser Squirrel - 43 Attack, 12 Defense

    Attack Armor
    Veteran Dog Tags - 40 Attack, 42 Defense

    Attack Vehicle
    El Rey Roadster - 40 Attack, 34 Defense

    Defence Weapon
    Gaff hook - 20 Attack, 35 Defense

    Defence Armor
    Veteran Dog Tags - 40 Attack, 42 Defense

    Defence Vehicle
    Barsuk SUV - 36 Attack, 52 Defense

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  38. where do I get an Avispa Machine Gun,& Cocodrilo APC

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  39. the best item for me is the Crocodillo APC which has high stats on both attack and defense.

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  40. Mafia Size 843
    Mafia Attack Strength 54,975
    Mafia Defense Strength 49,180
    level 381

    Weapons
    a Cazador Assault Rifle, an Avispa Machine Gun, an Ubijca Assault Rifle, a Laser Squirrel, 408 TNTs, 89 Canonazos

    Armor
    a Che's Beret, a Shturmovik, a Guerrilla Commando, 498 Guerrilla Squads

    Vehicles
    a Cocodrilo APC, a Gravy Boat, an El Rey Roadster, 5 Osa 17 Snowmobiles, 2 Tigershark Submersibles, 68 Track Loaders, 204 Hu-9 Helicopters, 2 Severnyy Olen Snowbikes, 20 Si-14 Cargo Planes, 197 Armored State Cars

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  41. its not always on the armors or weapons u have it also depends on the total mafia attack and defence strength...for ex if u have 500 tnt with attck n defence of 62...if u multiply 500*62=31000...but whn u chk ur total mafia attck n defence it aint gonna b tht much...only single items with attck n defence will b used depending upon the variety of weapons armors vehicals u have n will b combined with ur mafia same as urs...n will giv u a tolal of atck n defence...

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  42. You don't have to send anything to them, just buy or loot the best items to match how big your mafia is, including yourself. When you get into a fight or a robbery, the game will automatically choose the best equipment and equip each mafia member with it.

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  43. idc who is what just looking to get powerful weapons. Really i doubt that a lot of ppl would get to technical on the weapons. Please send where to get the best items lvl 200 thanks email: crazyclown069

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  44. Your Skills:
    211
    242
    Your Mafia:
    Mafia Fight Strength

    Up to 501 mafia members and hired guns help you in fights, each using a weapon, armor, and vehicle from your inventory.

    Mafia Attack Strength Mafia Attack Strength is the total equipped offensive power of everyone in your mafia.

    Mafia Defense Strength Likewise, Mafia Defense Strength is your total mafia's defensive power.

    Make sure you have at least one weapon, armor, and vehicle for each of your mafia's soldiers Your three strongest offensive and defensive items add a bonus to your total mafia's strength. Raising your attack and defense skills provides a secret increase to your mafia's strength that your opponent cannot see.
    Mafia Size 501
    Mafia Attack Strength 48,927
    Mafia Defense Strength 52,814
    Best Offense:
    Fox Hunter Rocket Launcher
    Shturmovik
    Crop Duster
    Best Defense:
    Widow Maker
    Blood Rain
    Red Angel
    im a level 175

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  45. CAZADOR ASSAULT RIFLE ATTACK 60 25 DEFENCE............... NUFF SAID

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  46. Seriously you guys need to look at ur weapons depot and chop shop. Now we also gotta include animals

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  47. Have you guys done Vegas yet? Well, you should!

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