October 26, 2010

Italy Region 5: NAPOLI

Mafia Wars Italy Region 5 - Napoli has earned the motto "Hidden Charges WILL apply." Napoli is where your "Gate Loot" - explained in the prior posts on Milano and Venezia - really comes together (apart) in a "Gate Loot maze"... that I will clear up below.

There is only one new piece of Gate Loot in Napoli: Hidden Charges:

That part is simple enough. You get a Hidden Charge to drop each time you work on the first job in Napoli, Snag a Lucrative Disposal Contract.

But each time you do the job above, you have to use one of your Cooked Books - a Gate Loot that you earned in Milano. This two-step Gate Loot process was used in Mafia Wars New York with the Concealable Camera from the Enforcer Tier, which you needed to get the Set of Blackmail Photos in the Hitman Tier, which you needed for various other New York jobs.

Napoli is the same way with the Cooked Books and Hidden Charges. But the fun doesn't stop there. You will need the Hidden Charges to do other jobs IN Napoli... and you will need Cooked Books to do job that MAKES the Hidden Charges... and you will need Smart Phones (another Milano Gate Loot item) to do *other* jobs in Napoli.

In fact, 6 of the 10 jobs in Napoli require either a Cooked Book, Smart Phone, or Hidden Charge. And that's why you need to stock up on Cooked Books and Smart Phones in Milano before you get to Silver or Gold level there, and the Energy and Stamina costs skyrocket for each item.

Some one noted that my estimate of needing 1,000 of each Gate Loot item is too high... but remember, Mafia Wars already told us that Italy will have a Region 6... and a Region 7... and a Region 8. While the Hidden Charges, Smart Phones, and Cooked Books *may* later be something you can trade or gift, they are NOT now. Don't chance it.

Solution to the 'Napoli Gate Loot Maze':

(Jobs are designated by (E)nergy Path, (S)ocial Path, or (F)ight Path:

1 Napoli job needs Cooked Books:

-- Snag a Lucrative Disposal Contract (E) (drops Hidden Charges)

2 Napoli jobs need Hidden Charges:

-- Blow Up a Police Station (E)
-- Support Your Local Hooligan Firm (F)

3 Napoli jobs need Smart Phones:

-- Break Out an Incarcertated Lieutenant (E)
-- Link the Camorra to the Police (S)
-- Take Out a Troublesome Caribineri (F)

4 Napoli jobs do NOT require Gate Loot - these are "Safe Jobs":

-- Show a Business Owner Who's In Charge (E)
-- Trash a Rival Camorra Stadium (E)
-- 'Lose' a Waste Cargo At Sea (S)
-- Take on a Camorra Trash Crew (F)

Hopefully, this roadmap helps you in your travels through Napoli. While you may be tempted to do a lot of "Safe Jobs" in Napoli to get the Loot here, read my cautionary tale below...

But first, some good news:

Napoli Village Property: In Napoli, you will build your Football Stadium (it's Italy, so this is what we call "soccer" in America). The unique item for the Football Stadium is the Football Player, which drops regularly from the property job - Trash a Rival Camorra Stadium - this is a "safe" job so no Gate Loot needed.

At Level I, your Football Field looks barely equipped to let grade schoolers play there...

By Level VI, it will look like this, ready for some real matches:

At Level VIII, you move up to:

In time, you will build it with parts and Football Players into a World Cup-worthy stadium by Level X. You can see the finished Football Stadium here.

Also, the Football Stadium has a unique aspect among the Village Properties: you get Football Fans, and your stadium makes more Lira.

You can ask for Fans on your Facebook feed by going into your Stadium, and everytime you respond to one of your Mafia member's Fan request, you get an additional fan.

Napoli Loot: Three of the items in Napoli have combined attack/defense stats of 100 and 95 - impressive. The top item is the Meadow Viper, an Animal with 62 attack points.

*Meadow Viper* (Animal)

*Avanti Tutta* (Vehicle)

*Corpo Armatura* (Armor)

*Cinhiale* (Animal)

*Fenzi Tuorno* (Vehicle)

*Tirapugni* (Weapon)
(formerly called 'Pugno')

*Goshawk* (Animal)
(some readers found this in earlier Regions)

Napoli Boss: Don Enzo Casazza - you see him here with his two henchmen...

...and when you fight him, those two henchmen are at his side.

Don Enzo starts with 700 Health on Bronze level.

The real challenge in this fight is that YOU only have the support of ONE henchman.... so make sure you have your 10/10/10/10 fight consumables ready!

The reward for beating Don Enzo Casazza is an Armor piece - Enzo's Monocle.

At Bronze Level, Enzo's Monocle has 74/104 stats. Completing Napoli-Bronze will also award you this Achievement:

At Silver level, Don Enzo Casazza starts with 4,500 Health (when I actually fought him)... or 6,750 Health (when I first peeked)... consistent with reports of his Health numbers being all over the place.

The Silver-level Enzo's Monocle has consistent 84/121 stats:

At Napoli Gold Boss Fight, Enzo has 14,000 Health along with his two henchmen.

Enzo's Monocle now has 94/138 stats.

*Defeating Don Enzo at Ruby Level*

At Ruby Level, Enzo starts with an intimidating 36,000 Health. You're best served asking for help - or better yet, coordinating with a Mafia member or two when you're about to start this fight, so they can help out. You have 6 hours to defeat the boss, and this one will take a lot of recharging your Health.

How quickly you complete this depends on (i) how many Mafia members you can enlist to help you as you fight; (ii) your Health, Attack, and Defense stats; and (iii) how much Stamina you start the fight with (make sure it is more than 500, to be safe - you use it each time you attack, and each time you return to the fight).

Unless you're Superman, you'll see this screen many times during your fight:

I saw it probably 25 times. No worries. Also - don't do jobs to reload on consumables when you lose. I had a Mafia member help (thank you DF!) and simply followed this pattern to victory, in about 30 minutes:

Step 1. - Get rid of the Henchmen with your Grenades. This took me more than one "life" to do, but they have to go first.

Step 2. - Each time you are crushed, go to New York/Cuba/Moscow to heal. Since you can't heal instantly, do a couple of menial tasks (rob a property, etc.) and heal as soon as you can. DON'T LEAVE MAFIA WARS. Then return to Italy and go right back to the fight with Don Enzo.

Step 3. - Use the best available attack sequences depending on your remaining consumables. With Don Enzo at this level, I found that Health Kits were useless. My attacks were doing about 560 damage apiece, while his did 640. I only have 800 Health, and after the first hit from Don Enzo, I'd have 160 Health and the kit would bring me to maybe 350... still not enough to survive another hit. If you have better Health or Defense, your Health Kits may buy you another round with the Don in one fight.

I used these sequences, in order, going back to Step 2 each time I was beaten:

[1] STUN GUNS: I would get in 4 hits in one "life" by using a Stun Gun/Attack/Attack sequence first, then getting hit by the Boss, then using the same Stun Gun/Attack/Attack sequence. That would take him down about 2,100 Health each time, though I could only do that 5 times with my 10 Stun Guns.

[2] SHIVS: I could get in 2 rounds of Shiv + Attack each "life" once I was out of Stun Guns. That would take him down about 1,800 Health each time, but again, I could only do THIS sequence in 5 "rounds" with the Don.

[3] GRENADES: Same sequence as Shivs, but less damage - and I only had 8 Grenades left after dispatching with the Henchmen - so the Grenade + Attack sequence, twice in each round, did maybe 1,600 damage to the Boss' Health in the 4 times I could do it.

[4] ATTACK! Once the consumables were gone, I just hit Attack, got hit by the Don, hit Attack again, and went back to Step 2. This did about 1,100 Health damage each time and slowly depleted the Boss until....

Enzo's Monocle has 104A/155D at Ruby level... and will replace Bidwell's Suit (from Las Vegas Boss Fight) as your top defensive Armor piece.


So now we await the release of Italy Regions 6, 7, and 8...

Once you've completed Ruby Mastery (including Boss Fights) on Italy Regions 1 through 5, you'll earn the Hail Caesar Achievement. It doesn't matter what order you complete the 5 Regions; I finished Napoli before Milano just to make sure I had enough Smart Phones and Cooked Books.


Mafia Wars Italy is now open for Robbing (Steal From Properties) - (more info if you click the preceding link) you can rob other players' Italian Village Properties. (I recall it took some time before robbing properties opened for Mafia Wars Las Vegas - kudos to Zynga for a much quicker turn around in Italy.)

This is a good way to stockpile Lira, and allows for Targeted Robbing, a topic I addressed in a 3-part series focusing on robbing strategies in Mafia Wars New York and Mafia Wars Bangkok, plus a pointer on the Mafia Wars Stolen Diamond Collection.

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  1. Actually i was waiting for your explanation that whether choosing only one path and defeating a boss and then choosing the same path and getting rubied is a better choice or .... is it somehow (not by the game, but by the dynamics) to complete all the paths and then defeat the boss ?

  2. I suspect it's better to complete all of the paths before taking on the Boss in any Region, at any Level - because in Venezia I noticed different loot drop on the Social Path, and in Napoli, where I've most done "Safe Jobs", I haven't found some of the best loot. Perhaps this is the intent of the warning you get if you start your Boss fight without completing all paths... just a theory.

  3. hy! Here are exact number of consumables needed for finishing all paths ruby level Italy
    PINKY: 91

    But of course as our moderator here said there will be more 3 regions in Italy so this number will be bigger, but for now that is.

  4. and i have one question, i have finished bronze level Roma before i read here that its recommended to finish all paths before boss and my all Roma restarted at bronze like i have done nothing at all. Is that ok? Or that is why we have to finish all paths?
    Thx Phil!

  5. Is it just me or does the female in the picture in the lucrative disposal contract job look exactly like porn star Isabella Soprano? It could just be a coincidence.

  6. In regard to the thought that 89 "cooked books" is the exact number required in an earlier comment, remember that you have to have a "cooked book" to get a "hidden charge". Therefore, in order to complete all paths, you would need one "cooked book" per one "hidden charge"... meaning 203 "cooked books". At the bare minimum, one would need 91 "cooked books" if only the energy path is taken using the required "hidden charges" or 112 cooked books of only the fight path is taken using the required "hidden charges". Wouldn't want someone to get 89 only to discover they didn't even have half of the "cooked books" they wanted. That's also not counting any potential use of them in added regions.

  7. The main reason as to why one should finish all the paths is for the skill points. Skill points without an associated increase in exp needed for leveling is pretty hard to come by, so in my opinion, it's good to go for them.

    Also, has anyone beaten the most recent update of Ruby Level Casazza yet? The guy has 54k hp and two adamantium bodyguards. Each bodyguard has like.... 3k hp.

  8. has anyone noticed that after you ruby all 5 lvls the loot drop slows dramatically? I can go through 3 to 6k energy sometimes and not get any parts...

  9. I am stuck on Napoli on gold level where after the last update Casazza boss is with 22500 health and 2 henchmen of at least 2k health. Only bombs work on him since all the stun guns and shivs are not enough to break the henchmen?!
    I saw some posts that with the last italy update some % where changes from 3% to 2%. All this points to slowing down the users from finishing Italy 1 to 5 and getting resless while waiting for 6-8 to be launched. Does anyone have confirmation on this? Or some other info will be greatly appreciated

  10. UPDATE:
    The Casazza boss in Napoli has been modified - the henchmen do NOT appear at full health after you bean stomped!
    this make things possible at last!

  11. The number 89 of cooked books is exact only for finishing ruby level region 5 Italy. you need tons of them for farming hidden charges. Other numbers are ok. :)

  12. region 5 boss has 40+k hp on ruby level. has anyone done it alone yet?

  13. region 5 boss ruby level is tough. he has 56000 health. I am working on him now and will start again soon. there are 40 consumables max. if you use all 40 consumables to fight the boss. you will fail. the time allow is 6 hours. to find 40 consumables and go back in will take hours. so this is not acceptable. however if you use the strongest of the consumables, which is stun guns. 260 damage each hit. so i suggest that you just use the stun guns and leave the others alone. so the next question is where do we get the stun guns. time allowed is not enough for us to redo jobs for consumables to drop. but don't worry, there is a way. if you search your neighbours for boss rewards. any boss rewards. and click on 'get yours'. you will be rewarded with a consumable you need. so the trick is to keep health at 10, stiv at 10 grenades at 10. I find if you use 5 stun guns or less each time you fight the boss instead of 10. is to your advantage because your full health will do some damage as well. hope this helps you and let me know the result


  14. Facebook version a ruby level region 5 boss has 40860 hp and 2 thugs! i have 300 att and 75 def defeated it alone without using any consumables at all less than in 6 hours! reward is Enzo's monocle with stats 104 att and 155 def.

  15. The final boss isn't bad if you are swimming in worthless Rubles.

    *attack*.. *attack*.. *die*.. *fly to Russian Hospital*.. *pay three million in Rubles* *fly back to Italy*


    I blew through about 360 million Rubles in a couple of hours but what the hell else can I use them for?

  16. The first time I fought Don Enzo for bronze he had 108000 HP. This was about a week ago. And his henchmen would fully heal between fights. I thought that was a bit much for a bronze level boss. I just went back now and he is down to the 900 that is being reported here.

    I was thinking, how on earth an I going to get past 108k HP, on bronze, and what would ruby be like...

  17. I took it for 2 hours defeating the final boss in Region 5. Time pressure is your best enemy at this moment when you reach Ruby Boss...

  18. I rather do the gate loot as you go instead of stocking up earlier. Yes, the energy needed is much more but the energy/xp ratio is better. Works for me anyways, I have an energy account.