Mafia Wars is one of the best, if not the best Social Network game out at the moment appealing to players who want to quietly go about their business leveling by doing jobs and those who want to level through fighting.
I have characters of both types but I think that my fighting characters are much more fun. On these characters I do jobs but spend the vast majority of my time fighting and working the hitlist and I am going to tell you exactly what I do and how you can love it as well. If you follow these instructions you will find that you will start enjoying the hitlist as much as I do.
1.) Make sure that your mafia is at least at the 501 member maximum.
2.) Use the gifting methods that I teach in The Ultimate Mafia Wars Leveling Guide to ensure that you have 501 of the top defensive items.
3.) Change your title to a lower one. Lower titles attract lower level hit men.
4.) Have your buddies put you on the hitlist repeatedly, or do it with another of your characters.
Once you have the set up listed above you are ready to start working the defensive hitlist. The object is to get your character put on the hitlist and fight defensive battles, save offensive fighting for another character.
When your character is put on the hitlist make sure that the amount that is set is toward the lower end of the spectrum. A lower bounty has two effects that benefit your defensive concept.
First the lower bounty will eliminate all but the most bored heavy hitters since most of the big guns go for the most cash. This will help keep you alive longer.
Second the lower bounty will attract newer and less experienced players who are looking to make a quick buck. Your 501 mafia members and 501 of decent defensive items should chew them up pretty quick.
This strategy is great for the type of player who likes to play the game for longer periods of time each day simply because working the hitlist demands that you keep yourself healed.
The best advice I can give is to use the hospital button to refresh your screen so you keep an accurate view on your health but only heal yourself when necessary.
Of course this method is not fool proof. You will die on the hitlist…and that is a fact. Occasionally one of the big guns will get bored and squash you like a bug but in the long run you will earn some good experience and cash.
Working the hitlist is a method requires that you are at your computer to work and is NOT a fire and forget strategy. Beef your character up with 501 mafia and 501 of the best defensive items before you attempt this. Use the hospital button to refresh but heal only when necessary. If you follow this strategy you WILL die but the rewards are worth it.