What is Defense?[edit | edit source]

Defense (Icon-defense.gif) is used when you are attacked in a fight. Defense does not play a role when you attack someone.

You need adequate defense in order to:

  • repel more attacks
  • reduce damage received in attacks

How Defense is calculated[edit | edit source]

When you are attacked, all of your mafia members Mafiasize.jpg (up to 501) come to your aid with:

  • 501 weapon
  • 501 armor
  • 501 vehicle
  • 501 animal
  • 501 henchmen

Therefore, a maximum of 2505 items will be used. Mafia Wars will automatically choose the best of each item from your inventory that you have. When purchasing items, it is a waste to ever buy more than 501 of any item, as this will not increase your stats.

MDS.jpg Your Mafia Defense Strength is your mafia's total power in defense.

The defense rating of 501 best Weapons + 501 best Armor + 501 best Vehicles + 501 best Animals + 501 best Henchmen = Mafia Defense Strength

This number can be found under the "Fight" tab under "Your Mafia" and will be displayed to your attacker when the fight is over. SD.jpg (then added to that number is your secret Defense bonus shown under "Your Skills" which is not shown to your attacker. This secret bonus is your defense skill points + the bonus earned from whoever is your Top Mafia bodyguard)

Once your defense has been increased, you will see:


Suggestions for increasing your defense[edit | edit source]

WHAT DO I NEED? Its not easy to figure out what items you need for defense. When you attack someone, you can see what items you used in that attack that had you win or lose. But those are NOT the items you will necessarily use if you are attacked, and you don't get to see that list. But start paying attention to what items the OTHER person brings to the fight when you attack them. Especially if you lose against someone of similar mafia size, you can start learning what items they have that were useful in defense. Those are the items to start accumulating!

Also under the "Fight" tab, there are images of the best defensive Weapons, Armor, Vehicles and Animals you currently use. As you fight people, you will see what others have for their best defense. You will also see what their Mafia Defense Strength is. If your Mafia Attack Strength is lower than their Mafia Defense Strength, this is why you lost. If its not, then their secret Defense skills helped them when you attacked.

Defense detail.jpg

Also, it is also helpful to boost your Health as well. While it will not increase your total Defense or Attack, it will at least allow you to stay alive longer, regardless of whether you are attacking or being attacked.

To see more, use the items listed with the MW Combat Calculator: [1]

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