February 11, 2010

Episode 5B Yakuza or Triads; Bangkok Strategy

It's time for the final installment (unless they put out an Episode 6, hint hint) of Yakuza vs Triads, where you find out which side you should pick. Here we go:


Chapter 2

The Yakuza Tier


The "Make An Example Of A Wealthy Industrialist" job drops the Yakuza-only Lloyds Spectre (vehicle; 18 attack, 45 defense). This is the best-in-slot defensive vehicle. It also costs a Pirate (consumable from Bangkok business) to do this job.



The Triad Tier


The "Extort The Head Of The Hong Kong Polo Club" job drops the Triad-only Type-103 Machine Gun (weapon; 42 attack, 29 defense).



Conclusion:

Note that the Yakuza job drops a good item you will want but the Triad job does not cost a pirate. If you are short on pirates, consider picking Triad until the final time through the tier, and then switch over to Yakuza to give yourself permanent access to the Yakuza-only Lloyds Spectre. If you have plenty of Pirates, just pick Yakuza every time.


Chapter 3

The Yakuza Tier


The "Sneak An Industrial Spy Into Hong Kong" job drops the Yakuza-only Cleaver (weapon; 25 attack, 44 defense).



The Triad Tier



The "Kidnap One Of Wei's Trusted Advisors" job drops the Triad-only Monk's Robe (armor; 29 attack, 41 defense).



Conclusion:

The Monk's Robe (Triad) is garbage and the Cleaver (Yakuza) is not. Furthermore, there is no difference in consumables between Yakuza and Triad. Opt for Yakuza every time here.

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TLDR:

Chapter 2: It depends on your current number of pirates.

Chapter 3: Yakuza, every time.
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76 comments:

  1. 1st and i will be the first one to ask you this...
    How did you manage to get help request for 5b dragon head?
    It showed the need to unlock ep 6 for me ....
    Dont tell me you did it manually?
    If you have something please do share with all of us.

    As always a great blog.

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  2. You have to finish 5A once to get the help request on 5B.

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  3. Do not have to finish 5A; just get to the Finale, then the Kowloon job unlocks.

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  4. just like every other tier -- juts get the finale on the previous tier and the next tier opens up.

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  5. what a noob question

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  6. seems like Bangkok 5a & 5b all belong to Yakuza...all Triad Loot is crap :p

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  7. how is the drop rate for the job that drops lloyds spectre at level 1

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  8. Congras for finishing all episodes. One question, how many satellite phones did you used?

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  9. new property system is out..

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  10. @Anon
    I still have my rackets

    @Anon
    True, I wonder if it is better to farm Lloyds Spectres without mastering the episode..

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  11. Can one of these items even be traded tho?? Oh my acct I cant trade much from BankKok

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  12. It doesn't make much difference on the Lloyd's spectres, and here's why:

    On the first time through, lloyd's spectre has 5% drop rate (15% if you have lotto collection). At a 15% drop rate and 75 energy to do the job (assuming you have lotto collection and all the other perks) - 75 / .15 = 500 energy and 6.67 pirates per lloyd's spectre.

    On the last time through, the job that drops lloyd's spectre costs 128 energy and has a 15% drop rate (25% if you have lotto). 128 / .25 = 512 energy and 4 pirates per lloyd's spectre.

    The XP:Energy ratio also improves - it starts at 1.59 and on the last time through it is 1.93. Definitely opting for mastering the tiers..


    and Episode 5B appears to be unlocked by faction. Upon completing episode 4, i had access to both 5A and 5B right away and was allied with both factions.

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  13. Firstly, thank you to the author for the tips and all your efforts to maintain these pages. For Bangkok, Zynga has added an Episode 6 and has made asking for help in 5B contingent on unlocking Episode 6. If I were able to access it, I would provide some insight but unfortunately I am not there--yet.
    Don Tarsio

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  14. I can't trade my Cleavers. How does that come?

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  15. @ Anon 2 posts above me. Ep 5b unlocks when you have unlocked chapter 3 of 5a, if that makes any sense. That certainly was the case for me and a few others. Just do 5a until you can use the Get Help button - you will of course need to be Trusted by the Triads to do 5a, so you're going to have a problem if you're not.

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  16. The helping part is probably just a glitch caused by replacing episodes 5 and 6 with episodes 5A and 5B. The 5B episode will be unlocked without completing episode 5A, but since the code still regards it as episode 6 (as in previous expansions), it will still block you from getting help before you "unlock" it by completing chapter 5A before. They probably put the block there in the first place to stop you from link-hacking the helping function and complete the helpable jobs before you reach the given episode.

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  17. i need help guys regarding this, kinda confuse , i just finished bangkok episode 5A all , lvl 4 and got the reward, the Ronin Armor 72 attack 111 defense right !! , but then i go now to my 5B, and all the jobs on chapter 1 are lvl 4 already, ( EVEN WITHOUT DOING THE JOBS) and chapter 2 of episode 5B does not open, so im stuck, OR, do you really need to choose either master 5A only or 5B, this thing is keeping here and wasting energy doing the same jobs with out progress, please advice if this is a glitch error from zynga, thanks in advance guys , here is also a screen shot of what i see/ get, to have a better picture of things

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=11029&id=100000256611277&ref=mf

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  18. I have the same problem 5a finished , chapter 1 showing finished on 5b but it wont open chapter 2 ?

    helppppppppppp

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  19. Same here and did not receive any skill points

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  20. 5b stuck at level 4 chapter 1 too even tho i have not completed level 1

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  21. same problem here, no clear reason why, checked if it was browser related. (because i have some problems in Chrome).

    But can get it to move? Can't figure out why. Mailed Zynga already.. but on the other end..for some strange reason i keep recieving also Dragnots and Thai Police tanks.. not bad ;-)

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  22. I see that the Cleaver is not gift-able. I don't know if the Monk's Robe is or not. I'd rather have a gift-able Monk's Robe than a Cleaver that is not.

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  23. @ Anon above me - The Monks Robe is not giftable either.

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  24. Any specific reason why they chose to have only the cleaver non-giftable?

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  25. Anyone can please help me with this?
    I'm now in Bangkok 5B but i could't go any further and im stuck in Chapter1 even i done the whole Chapter1 , Chapter2 just won't unlock..
    NEED HELP!

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  26. well it appears I will be adding my name to the list, I am stuck in Bangkok 5B chapter 1 at level 4 mastery (without having to do any of the previous 3) and chapter 2 won't unlock. I have emailed Zynga support but don't have a great deal of hope that that will be successful, I am hoping to get some answers/a solution from some of you guys...

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  27. hey actually my case is the same as yours

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  28. Mailed them as well, no succes... I dont know what The problem is. Or even if it is account related. I completed 5B, level 4, chapter one on 2 of my accounts. But it is locked. Mailed Zynga, but no change or reply yet...

    But some how i do keep on receiving those level mastery gifts (just git my second: Ronin Armor (armor; 72 attack, 111 defense))...also in other profiles.

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  29. I'm in the same spot as everyone else. I'm getting close to being at the point where I can't do *any* jobs. Can any admin types replicate the problem or sneak a peek at the image posted above (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=11029&id=100000256611277&ref=mf)? This is a real issue.

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  30. is it even possible to fully master both the 5a and 5b job tiers? like are you able to receive both of the mastery items?

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  31. I too have the same problem as everyone above. finished 4 tiers of 5A, got the ronin armor, but 5B says all finished 4 tiers, yet I didn't do a single job ever there. and I can't progress. I tried doing each of the jobs once, but it didn't trigger anything. atleast I can stay and farm Tantos in the meantime. much better energy/exp ratio than the ubis.

    oh, and I too have 2 royal thai tanks and 4 drakons.. many strange glitches for sure.

    seems the 5B error har been known for some time (back 10 days from this), how come Zynga is taking so long to fix this? instead they release the "marketplace", all they want is our money...

    -Trond

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  32. Having same problem as player above...

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  33. It's been known for some time now the 5B bug.

    I mailed them a couple of days ago, and they sent me a mail back saying that it was a known issue, and that they ware working to fix it...

    Just seems like they are a long time fixing it..

    Kinda borring dooing the same job in 5a to get those tronto or what they are called...

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  34. Hey... I just fixed the problem on my account..

    The 2 jobs has 1% mastery every time you do them..

    So just do the jobs 100 times each and the 2. chapter will unlock..

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  35. Can you do both 5A & 5B if your status will allow you?

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  36. I have the trusted status and I completed level 4. Episode 5B unlocked but episode 5A is still locked!?!?

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  37. Level 4 Stars Dragon Head 5B STUCK!! any solutions :/

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  38. in bangkok from episode 1 to episode 5A i have completed boss fights .. but in 5B instead of taking me to the boss fight after level 4 mastery it says " u need to complete the episode 1" ????

    can anyone help?

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  39. As soon as I finished 5a, Level 4, decision point 1 now Episode 5b stays stuck on Level 4, Chapter 1, I was working on 5b Level 4 decision point. Now all it's showing is Chapter 1 on 5b and I was done with Chapter 1, Level 4 already.

    Can you only choose 5a or 5b to master all the way?

    I never seen or heard that you was stuck with either Oyabun or Dragon Head until they actually release a 6.

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  40. I'm having the same problem with Episode 5B chapter 2 not unlocking. I am using Chrome and when I "inspect element" the problem is caused by multiple Java scripts errors.

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  41. i finish the episode 5b yakuza and now what append?

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  42. so, I've contacted Zynga several times now, they still won't reply or do anything about it. in any case I am building a load of godfather points and tantos while waiting...

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  43. RE: Episode 5B problem - I don't think Zynga can figure out what is wrong. If you check out their forum they ask that you update browser, clear cache, check adobe settings, check that your javascript is enabled and then install direct X, etc before you even submit a trouble ticket.

    My error using Chrome says that domain, protocals & ports must match - any of you techy guys know what that means?

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  44. Any news on the chap. 2 episode 5b of bangkok? I am getting mad for that.

    Thank you guys for any hint on how to solve it!

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  45. I've got the same problem too ... I finished the finale of 5A in Bangkok and headed to Chapter 1 of 5B. Because of all the help I already received, all three jobs in Chapter 1 of 5B were already mastered, but Chapter 2 is locked.

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  46. i just realized that my 5b is screwed up. it costs B$300k to B$600 to buy the weapons to complete the job. on top of that, the new crew collections keep choosing these jobs for me to help with my mafia! do i need to report this to get it fixed or should i just wait it out??

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  47. I had the same "Lv.4 mastered" locked problem on Lv.5b. I was able to get the next episodes to unlock by doing each job 100x (1%). I was then able to keep unlocking the next episodes by keeping track of my clicks.

    I got all the way to the boss, but when I click "Finish Him" it says

    "You may only defeat the final boss once on this mastery level".

    However it hasn't given me the title or mastery bonus (Typhoon Cleavers).

    At least I can now farm cleavers and Lloyds now.

    (Expect I don't need Lloyds, another glitch has given me x3763436 Tiger Tanks).

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  48. Glitch of the Day - I was completely done with Bangkok and had received the mastery bonus for Episode 5B but this morning they rolled 5B back to Level 2, Chapter 1 - and I have already sold all my items to purchase faction items.

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  49. Same exact thing happened to me as above poster. Had been done for weeks, and now back to lev 2 on 5b

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  50. Same as both above posts !
    how do they fix a glitch like that ?

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  51. Mine just rolled back to level 2 after having completed all Bangkok as well. Real strange - initial message read that there was a level 5 at 5B to be mastered, but after I started it changed to level 2. Do we have an opportunity to collect another set of Typhoon Cleavers?

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  52. i had this..... complete level 6 5 mastery of ep.6..then it goes back to lvl 2 ep 5b???

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  53. Well...It rolled back for me too; however, looking on the bright side, I can loot all of the Sat phones I want now and you can bet, I won't leave until I have too many to count!!! Come on Zynga...lets get our Sh*t together here!!!

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  54. i fiished 5b took out the boss now I am told there is a level 6 where is it

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  55. there is no episode 6

    its a joke

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  56. I finished the Episode 5B Dragon Head (all chapters) and Episode 5A doesn't open.

    Why?

    Any help please?

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  57. f you are stuck on Episode 5B Chapter 1 for Bangkok and not getting through even after numerous messages to Zynga..

    Here is a quick solution that works

    Manual Solution:
    1) Go to Bangkok > Jobs > Episode 5b
    2) Go to Ny > Jobs > Capo
    3) Do any Job - Lowest energy job : Dodge an FBI Tail
    4) Once you see the "Do it Again" Button click it repeatedly 5-6 times or more
    5) While the revolver roates travel quickly to Bangkok - even if you don't get a revolver, click the job a load of times very very quickly and immediately switch to Bangkok, before the screen has caught up with you.

    If done correctly it works - worked first time for me!!!!!!

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  58. hi, i can't unlock episode 5b... here's a screen shot http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/14/schermata20100330a09305.jpg
    i've done everything they asked me but is still locked..

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  59. Regarding the bug in mastery levels. I think if you asked for help on a level, master the job, and then keep asking for help on that job you move up in mastery levels. Where the bug occurs is where players get "greedy" and jump head episodes, i.e. I am working on Episode 2, but always asking for help on Episode 5B because I want the max experience for help. I asked for help a lot. So maybe it moved my mastery level up thinking each time I reached 100%, I had already completed all the other jobs on that Episode. Just a theory...

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  60. II just got back,sorry, but yes episode 5B Bangkok, this is what it tells to do when I click on it...Dragon Head Jobs
    Unlock this Episode by mastering Chapter 3 of Episode 5 and earning Trusted status with the Yakuza faction. I have always played as a Triad.....Chapter 3 of Episode 5 is where you make a choice, as usual I chose Triad. that part is now locked. Can't open up the Yakuza side. I have completed all levels of 5A. done the final this morning......5B will not open...........stuck.........whats wrong????????

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  61. need some help here please...........can't open Bangkok 5B

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  62. I opened 5B and chapter 1 was already completed. I dont know if this is common. I can not gain access to any other chapter of 5B. Did I miss something of do this wrong?

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  63. I have some huge trouble with the Bangkok in Mafia Wars. I have finished all the 5 episodes from 1 to 4 plus 5B, but I can't get in the episode 5A since it is locked until I have done the "Oyabun Jobs" and tells I must "Unlock this Episode by mastering Chapter 3 of Episode 4 and earning Trusted status with the Triad faction.". But where can I find that as long it doesn't seems to exist and works at all. Help!!!

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  64. great another new thing on the top right hand corner it says there are new things. I found out that they were releasing chapter 6 and 7 for Bangkok and it requires 5a and 5b finished. Does that mean the glitch is fixed.

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  65. 5 a is looked how can i open i have done 5 b to level 4 how can i open

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  66. i finished everything in the game and i'm a level 65,256. there's nothing for me to do. wanna trade. 1)My 1564 sets of the lotto collection for your 100k of zolotos, 100k of viks and 100k ubis.
    2 My 100k of Mugattis for your diamond set. My facebook account(pm me)http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=1018550536&ref=ts

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  67. Just a point to make here... I have followed the authors advice so far but for once I decided to question it; he claims the monks robe is trash and the cleaver is not, yet the zmeya carbon blade has higher defense and offense and requires nothing but energy to get, and there isn't really any armor you can get from jobs that have as high a combo of attack and defense.... unless I've missed something huge.

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  68. monks robe is 4 less on d then the overcoat. so for a high end defense overcoat is the way to go. It does have 7 more attack then overcoat but if you get the Shturmovik or any number of other items then the 29 attack is useless. At lest with the cleaver your getting = D as the carbon blade at 44 for highest D weapon.

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  69. I already finished 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a and 5b how can i get 6 and 7?

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  70. i unlocked 5B yesterday and completed first Chapter.. today when i logged in i was not able to enter 5B even though "More Episodes" Link was enabled.. i am really worried..

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  71. I have completed episodes 5a and 5b at least 3 times now and they keep restarting themselves. WTH? Is anyone else having this problem with their progress just vanishing?

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  72. Here is Zynga's response: yes you are correct there are 3 chapter in each episode and you need to redo it 4 times and the boss fight 3 time. Also, as proof that you have finished the jobs you'll receive a mastery item for each job. To make it simple you need to reach level 4 mastery for each job per episode.

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  73. Can you get episode 6 in myspace

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  74. I'm stuck at 5A Chapter 1, can't go further.... Any ideas?

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  75. as above, chapter 1 Level 4 mastered.... Can't go further

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