This is a part of my Mafia Wars strategy guide, which I have broken up into several mini guides for easier browsing. Be sure to check out my other guides for Mafia Wars. I play this game on Facebook but most of the strategies work the same on other platforms, such as MySpace.
As soon as you master a job or level up and earn profile points, use them to increase your strength of attack and defense, which will help you immediately in fights. The more fights you win, the faster you will earn experience points and level up. Round and round it goes like a circle. Sometimes I level up so fast, I feel like I am flying!
The profile stats are as follows:
Attack: Increase your attack to do more damage and win more fights.
Defense: Increase your defense to repel more attacks.
Health: Increase your max health to survive intense fights.
Energy: Increase your max energy to do more jobs.
Stamina: Increase your stamina to fight more often. Requires 2 skill points to increase.
When first starting out, it is a good idea to increase your energy stat the most because they will allow you to do more jobs and level up faster. You will be attacked a lot but you do not have much to lose at this point and many players will not rob you because you do not yet have the money to buy better properties.
Health and stamina should be your next focus. The higher your health, the more attacks and robberies you can sustain and the more you can attack and rob others. Stamina is only good for one thing — to attack and rob others more. While attacking and robbing others yields relatively few experience points, it can add up if your stamina is high enough. Often times, you only need a few points to get to the next level and not enough energy to do jobs, so attacking others can give you that little extra to level up.
Attack and defense stats should be utilized more once you start getting further into the game and especially once you start buying the more expensive properties. These two statistics increase your ability to win fights and defeat attackers. When finding, the attack and defense stats are added together, so it will not matter which one you put your points into. Large mafia families and powerful weapons along will not strengthen you sufficiently. These two statistics are the most important factors in determining who wins fights. It is said that a good rule to live by is to keep the combined total of these two stats to at least double your level in the game.