Aug 14, 2014

Family Boss Fight Payback FAQ


The Family Boss Fight feature has been updated. Instead of killing one boss over and over we now get to kill 5 of them. The first 4 were reintroduced in teasers on the Mafia Wars fan page [1]. The 5th Boss is supposed to be a surprise but the {ASS} Family is currently working hard to let you know soon. Other than the fact that there are more bosses, their health meters and timers vary and they cost more to reset there don’t seem to be any differences and the same strategies we have used in the previous Family Boss Fights still apply. Once your family gets to the 5th Boss he or she will be the one you fight repeatedly. Bosses 1-4 are a one time occurrence. The FAQ is reprinted below and the original can be found here. Stay tuned for a follow up post which will provide the details that Zynga doesn’t.


Family Boss Fight: Payback

Family Boss Fight: Payback – FAQs

Q: What is new in this version of Family Boss Fight?
This new version of Family Boss Fight promises to add a new element to the game. Your Family should fight and defeat 4 different Bosses to unlock the 5th and toughest new Family Boss.
All Bosses would require different combat strategies and there are great Rewards to defeat each one of them!

Q: How do I play?
You should be a part of any Mafia Wars Family in order to be able to play the Family Boss Fight. You can access the feature from the Home Page Module or the Boss Fight page .

Q: How long will we have to defeat each Family Boss?
Each Boss will have a different fight time span which will be displayed on the Home Page module and on the Boss Fight page.

Q: What will happen if my Family is not able to defeat the Boss before the timer expires?
In this case, you will have the opportunity to fight the Boss again.

Q: What happens if my Family defeats the Boss within the allotted time frame? Can we fight him again?
A: You will be unable to fight the first 4 Bosses again once your Family has defeated them. Once you defeat a Boss, the subsequent Boss will be unlocked and you will be able to fight him/her instead.
Please note: There is a cooldown period which is activated once you defeat a Boss. You need to wait for thecooldown timer to expire before you can fight the next Boss. Alternatively, you have an option to reset thecooldown period using Reward Points to fight the next Boss.

Once you defeat a Boss, they will appear dead on the Home Page module and the next Boss will be unlocked:

Your Family needs to defeat the following Bosses in order to fight with the surprise new Family Boss:

Q: Once the defeat the final (Surprise) Boss, will the season restart?
No, once the final Boss appears, it will stay in the game just like a normal Family Boss.

Q: How do I begin the Boss Fight?
After you have opened the Family Boss Fight page you will be prompted to select one of three different Boss Fight roles.

Q: What are the differences between Bruiser, Arsonist, and Racketeer roles?
Each character plays its own part in the Boss Fight, and it is important to remember that each role can ONLY cast on others.
Bruiser: Grants you the ability to cast the double damage buff on someone who has requested help.
Arsonist: Can cast a buff that will reduce the Boss's rage so that more damage can be done.
Racketeer: Reduces your Fatigue so you reduce the cost of Stamina for your attacks.

Q: Which type is better?
Each part plays its role in defeating the Boss. The most important aspect is the coordinated effort of all roles in order to bring the Boss down.

Q: After I have selected a role am I able to change it?
No. When you select a role for the Boss Fight, this is what you will be until the Boss has been defeated.

Q: Which consumables can be used for the Boss Fights?
The below four consumables will help you with fighting the Bosses:
Crowbar Swing

Sucker Punch
Rifle Round

Q: Will I be able to purchase consumables while fighting the Boss?
Yes. If you run out of any of the consumables you will have the opportunity to purchase additional ones for Reward points.

Q: Can we use the consumables in specific combos to deliver an extra punch?
Yes. There are a total of four combos that can be used to deal incrementally more damage to the Boss.

Q: How do I attack the Boss?
You can use the consumables that you have collected to attack the Boss, or you can attack him/her directly using the stamina attack button located directly under the consumables on the Boss Fight screen.

Q: What is the difference between attacking the Boss with consumables and attacking him with my stamina?
Stamina attack uses up Stamina and the base damage you do is based upon attack strength. Consumables do not use Stamina, and they do a fixed amount of damage on the Boss.

Q: What is the Fatigue meter, and how does it affect the Boss Fight?
The Fatigue meter increases each time that you attack the Boss and is directly related to how much stamina that you use against the Boss. The higher the Fatigue meter, the more stamina it will cost you to attack the Boss.

Q: How can I reduce the Fatigue meter so that I can use the least amount of stamina possible?
There are two ways for you to reduce the Fatigue meter. The first is to ask your family for help by clicking the '?' button on the Boss Fight tool bar. This will alert your family that you need help and Rackteers in your Family can help you reduce the Fatigue.

You can also buy Fatigue buffs using Reward Points to use yourself. To purchase these buffs simply click the coin icon next on the Boss Fight tool bar. When you have the Fatigue buffs available for use, they will automatically be applied each time you click the Attack button, therefore reducing the Fatigue meter.

Q: What is the Rage meter and how does the Arsonist affect it?
The Rage meter for the Boss increases each time that you attack it using either the consumables or the attack button. As the Rage meter rises high, the amount of potential damage that you can inflict to a Boss decreases.
Similar to Fatigue buffs, you can also request help from your family by clicking the '?' on the Arsonist tab.

Additionally, you also have the option of buying Arsonist buffs for Reward points so that you can use them to reduce the Rage meter. As with the other buffs, Arsonist is applied each time that you attack, and will bring down the rage meter, therefore increasing the amount of damage that you can do to the Boss.

Q: Is the amount of damage the Bruiser does related to the Rage or Fatigue meters?
The Bruiser does double the amount of damage to the Boss, however, the higher the Rage meter is the less double damage that can be done. In order to take advantage of the double damage that can be dealt, work with your family to ensure the Rage meter is as low as possible.

Like the other buffs, you can request Bruiser buffs from your family or you can purchase them using Reward points.

Q: If I have chosen to be a Bruiser in this Boss Fight to do double damage, will I do double damage again if is use the Bruiser buff?
A player who has chosen the role of a Bruiser must cast their buff on you. Once they do, you will receive five charges, which means that your next five attacks (through stamina or combos) will do double damage. You cannot buff yourself with the double damage.

Q: What will happen if I request help and multiple members of my family send me the buff that I have requested?
Only the first request applied will count. Other players who click should not have their casts complete.

Q: How will I know if my family needs help?
When you family needs help you will see this indicated on the leader board to the left hand side of the buff fight page. You'll see a Buff Request icon appear over their score in the leader board. Clicking that icon sends a buff to them. You begin with 5 of the buffs of your chosen role, after which you'll have to wait for them to regenerate:

Q: How many times can I help my fellow players?
Each player will have 5 buff items of their chosen character - Bruiser, Arsonist, or Racketeer. You can send these buff items to your fellow family members to help them on their side of the fight. These will regenerate every 30 minutes, and you can only send them to your family if you have them available.

Q: How does the Leaderboard work and are there any benefits to be at the top?
The Leaderboard is based upon the amount of damage or activity that an individual family member contributes to the defeat of the Boss. The higher you are on the Leaderboard the better chance you have at getting a Superior category loot.

Q: What items are available as rewards for defeating the Boss?
There are three tiers of loot that are available for taking the Bosses down.
The rewards are randomly rewarded for defeating the Family Bosses, however, your chances of receiving a higher rated item will increase slightly by doing better on the Leaderboard.
It is very important to note that there is a minimum amount of participation that each family member must perform in order to be eligible for a reward item if the Boss is defeated.

Q: If someone is attacking me while I am engaged in the Boss Fight, will that affect by battle with the Boss in any way?
No. Your health is not involved at all when participating in Family Boss Fights, so you're free to play as you normally do while still participating and helping your family defeat the Family Boss Fight.

Q: How can I become most affective at dealing damage to the Boss?
This system is designed to encourage and reward tight cooperation between multiple players in the same family. The groups who will do best are the ones who have a high level of coordination and a sound strategy for when to use their casts. If you are interested in increasing your personal contribution, you should continue to increase your own personal fighting strength (attack skill, mafia attack) to do more damage, and by doing core game actions to collect consumables.

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