Depending on the amount of time that you have spent playing the Five Families, the strategy detailed below might be a little different for you. However, this is a comprehensive guide for you to become one of the top players in game. In addition, if you do decide to spend some real cash and get Diamonds, you will have an even easier time to become the Top Don of the family. The only time that you really should spend money is to get the second City the Greenwich Village earlier on in the game so you can build out your layout and units faster. This guide will be a basic outline on how to start from the beginning. If you are completely new to the game, I suggest you to read on my Basic Player’s guide first.
The first 7 days will be hustle days where you try to play as much as possible to avoid any nonbuilding times. Your goal is to build, build, and build more. In this Five Families strategy guide, you will not build many resource buildings, so you will have to rely more on farming other players as well as gangs to keep up your own troops training.
With this strategy and some luck at getting a Greenwich Village Deed early in the game via Lucky Chance, I was able to take over level 9 Gangs and Cityscapes without spending any real cash on diamond. If you like this guide, remember to check out my other Godfather: Five Families tips and guides. Please note that this strategy combines both the first and second neighborhood because they complement each other.
First Godfather: Five Families Neighborhood
First Neighborhood Build Strategy
Your First City is your most important City in game. How you build your first Five Families neighborhood will determine the direction and strength of your future mafia. In this strategy, you will use your first Neighborhood as the primary build for your Offensive (Damage) Units. The basic idea is that you should build one of each Restaurant, Steel Mill, and Cement Factory. One apartment earlier on in the game and during mid game build another Apartment depending on how often you play. The rest of the buildings should be built towards hideouts.
During this time, you should place your library as one of the top priority, so that you can research into Construction to boost your construction time for other buildings. In addition, you should also build your garage as necessary to qualify the prerequisite for Maneuver which is also a prereq for Construction. The garage will help you with your Damage units training time. When you have fully build out the hideouts, you can consider upgrading your apartment to level 9 to cover your longer AFK period to train more units.
After spending the first 2~3 days with the construction of Library and few hideouts, you can then work on improving your mansions to obtain additional building slots to build even more hideouts. A little note on hideout is that each Hideout upgrade decreases the same amount of training time per upgrade, therefore it is better to build them out evenly to be more efficient with time. You will also have to build Five Families armory when you are able to obtain higher level gang items.
First Neighborhood Research Build
As research goes, your primary focus is to level up “Construction” as soon as possible to boost the building time of your buildings. The earlier you level up construction, the faster your other buildings get built. After construction, you can consider to research into Proficiency because your goal is to build as many Five Families Damage units early.
First Neighborhood Unit Training
For the training of units in your first Five Families neighborhood, focus on the Damage units because the high level of your garage as well as hideouts. In addition, you need high and fast damage units to be able to advance to the next levels of gangs, as well as preparing your mafia empire for attack. Read the page for more on the Five Families fighting system if you want more information.
First Neighborhood Fighting Guide
For fighting, you can use my Five Families calculator to figure out the good amount of units to send. Your goal is to get enough attack to cover the entire health of your enemies “Total” units. By doing so, you will minimize your Five Families mob casualties. You also want to build your armories whenever you can take down higher level gangs to equip those new gears. The attack and health bonuses can help you decrease troops losses.
Second Godfather: Five Families Neighborhood Greenwich Village
Second Neighborhood Build Strategy
Generally speaking, the build strategy for second neighborhood is exactly the same as the first. However, instead of “Damage” units training, you should focus on training “Health” units in second City. Because if you have chosen not to spend diamond, you will most likely start building the second Village a little later than your first. So, to catch up the building of the first neighborhood, you can start by focusing it on one side of the game.
You want to start with one of each Steel Mill, Restaurant, and Cement Factory. 1 or 2 Apartment just like you did as the first, the rest should go into hideouts to ensure fastest possible training time. However, you should spend some time into developing your workshop to boost Health unit training speed. Library is important as well because Construction is still needed earlier on in the game. However, do not waste your time building armory for the second neighborhood for now, you should instead send all units to reinforce the first.
Second Neighborhood Research Build
The research is more or less the same as the 1st neighborhood. You should still put construction as your top priority. However, you should put more time into developing the “Corruption” line of research to increase health unit training speed. Your goal for the second neighborhood is to complete any imperfections of the first. You want your second neighborhood to pump out any units that you are not able in the first.
Second Neighborhood Unit Training
Focus this build with Health unit training and send them to your first. You should start all of your attacks in the first neighborhood while in protection. This way you can ensure that you only need to farm one for your high level gears. By only needing to farm once for the armory items, you will be able to save your troops for advancing to hit higher level gangs faster.
Additional Strategy Notes
Negative Cash Flow
You are most likely to run into negative upkeep while training massive units as detailed in this strategy. However, there is nothing to worry about because you do not lose troops. Read Guide to Negative Cashflow and Guide to More Resources to learn more.