Strategies for your stats

I’ve had this question put to me a few times this week.

What should I train? Should I keep my stats balanced?

And it’s not an easy question to answer. So here is my generic advice to you, the reader.

  1. First decide on what kind of player you are going to be
  2. Then decide on how many of the advantages you want to use
  3. Use the right training strategies to achieve the best stat balance for your goal (1) using everything you can to get there (2)

(1) In terms of stats there is only one question I need to ask to work you out. Are you going to attack a lot of players?

If you are going to attack a lot then I suggest you go for stats which will help you win. Strength and Speed – these are the most important when you attack. If you can’t hit your opponent, or do damage if you do, then all you will get is a loss or a stalemate.

But what if your opponent has speed/strength too? REMEMBER you are in control when attacking. You decide which temps you use, how long the attack takes and which weapons you use. The defender has to of pre-selected his temp, has no/little control as to which weapon they use, and you can wait for their temp effects to wear off. If you have no def you can use smoke grenades, flash grenades or similar to negate your opponents attacking stats.

If you are going to defend only though, and not worry about attacks, then it’s less important which stats you train. Your game goals are less likely to be stats in any case, and losing battles will mean very little to you.

(2) This brings us to training methods. If stats are really your ultimate goal you should already have a fair idea of these. And it’s something I go on about in other posts like ‘The benefits of faction hopping’. But I will repeat it here: If you want to be the best you must use every advantage you can.

Drugs: Ensure you use the right drug for the stat you are training. Basically low stats (under 100k) you should use Ecstasy. Higher stats use LSD or Xanax. If you have taken less than 50 Xanax you still have the “drug free” training option – Read more in Vladar’s training gain guide

Job: The job you do can massively impact stat gains. I would change jobs whenever you switch which stat you are training:

Strength – Fitness Center
Defense – Ladies Strip Club
Dexterity – Gents Strip Club
Speed – Fitness Center

Of course the Farm or Pub are alternatives if you have merits in crimes, or chaining requirements.

Gyms: Refer to Vladar’s guide as linked above – each Gym has a rating for each stat gain. Choose the right gym for the stat you want, or choose the stat which your best gym offers the best gains on.

Proper pro’s can use the “Hank ratio” to unlock 3 special gyms. Special gyms have great gains but for only 1/2 stats, and usually you can only have two special gyms at once. But with a clever ratio of stats you can have 3 gyms open – read the pdf guide here – Just remember this limits you to a single stat distribution strategy (but has the best gains)

Faction: Choose a faction with high Steadfast specials in the stat you are training, or train the one your faction has high specials in

Sneakers/MCS: For super rich folk you can spend 14b to get a 5% gain in speed. The MCS benefit block gives you random 300 energy boosts.

Cans/FHC: Boosters can massively help with training gains, if you are rich. Some factions have booster specials which mean Cans are almost the same energy gains as FHC, but much cheaper per day. You can mix cans with the restaurant job to take this advantage even further

Books: The books which subscribers (and lucky mission doers) a big advantage can also be used to boost stats – just make sure you are fully prepared before you use any book. eg. Don’t use the consumable book unless you can afford 31 days worth of an awesome consumable!

Happy: Having a great property and rehabbing to ensure your happy stays high can improve your stat gains as well.

(3) Now you know the advantages choose the ones that fit your goals. If you are young and have low stats (under 50m each) then I can only suggest something if you want to attack a lot:

Use hanks ratio, while in a fitness center, and keep your stats in this ratio:

Dexterity ~37%
Speed ~28%
Strength ~28%
Defense ~7%

To get Dext to 37% you may want to use the Gents strip club first.

For all others.. do as you wish – for defenders it makes little difference, for those who can’t follow the ratio (stat distribution is too broken already) then all I can say is choose the best mix of job/faction/etc to get the most out of your energy.

Why do I say it makes little difference? Well it’s just a complex version of Scissors/Paper/Rock if you “whore” one stat or just train 2.
If you keep them all the same then those who don’t gain faster than you, so the number of people you beat is going to shrink as time goes on.

The benefits of faction hopping

Want to be the best? You now have an extra option.

Previously the best players in torn would swap jobs monthly to obtain the best and most appropriate benefits to their merit/training goals. But with the new faction upgrade trees there is now another boost. Faction hopping 🙂

If you are super active and know enough faction leaders you can do this every few hours. Otherwise once a day should be enough.

  1. Maximise your nerve refills – before using your daily nerve refill join a faction with 25+ extra nervebar
  2. Maximise your booster use – depending on your strategy join a faction with either max can boosts, or max alc bottle boost. Usually these factions have a 48 hour booster cooldown so you only need to do this every 2 days.
  3. Maximise your training – Join a faction with high steadfast specials. If using cans do this with 1k e after using the can boost.
  4. Maximise your rehab – Join a faction with excursion, and get up to 20% off your rehab bill
  5. Maximise your revive merit – join a faction with fortitude and revive cost reduction.
  6. Maximise your missions – join a faction with aggression and supression on

All great in theory, but why would a faction leader allow you to do this?

Easy – With most things the more members that go through a faction the quicker they unlock better specials. For some specials expect to pay a small fee for entry too, and don’t expect to stay long in the faction you visit!

Tools for torn – Torn stats, scripts and the API

It is tough coming up with new posts I tell you!

Anyway this week I am going to show  you some tools that will really help you succeed in the game. I’m going to be throwing around a few terms, so firstly:

API – This is just a method of getting information out of Torn automatically – things like networth, job, items, money on hand etc
API Key – This is a ‘read only’ password, which allows other people / websites to read your torn details
Scripts/Add-ons – For this article this means something added to your browser which adds functionality to the torn website

Now there are loads of things being created as we speak which use the API. But do not fall for any scams – giving out your API key should not be done lightly, and you shouldn’t install scripts unless you know what it does. Remember scripts are not allowed to automate tasks for you either.

Finding your API key

To find your API key jump into your torn options (1) and down to the API key menu (2).

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Just copy the code there (3) – you can reset it if you have given it out and no longer want those people to have access to your torn data.

Scripts

Scripts are bits of code that can be inserted into a website to add more functionality – for example add extra links or hide information on a page you don’t really want to see (like the [upgrade] button for level holders)

Depending on which browser you have you may need to install an add-on or extension before you install a script.

Firefox users may want to install greasemonkey (or one of the other versions like greasefire)

Chrome users *may* need to install tamper monkey – although some scripts do not need this

You can find scripts posted in the torn forums for all kinds of things.

TornStats

My favorite tool by far is torn stats – created by IceBlueFire

To use tornstats you can either install the script (which gives you more control about what data goes to the website) – Or you can add your API key in the tornstats options.

Firstly go to tornstats.com and create an account.

Then in the tornstats settings you can add the API key you copied from torn

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Basic features

Stat tracking

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If you have the script installed you can track your stats from the torn home page – and on the tornstats website you can enter your goals and feed it information which will give you a timeline for when you could achieve them.

Networth tracking

There is plenty you can do for networth too, including see how your networth value is made up, which items in your bazaar or item list are worth what (and also if your prices are wrong) and some limited Stock info

Company tracking

For all the directors out there – this module tracks your workers efficiency, produced vs sold items, profit per item and much much more. It has a section to choose which role a player is best suited (caveat – does not provide best ratio of roles in your company..)

Faction tracking

The faction section is a must – it lets you keep spy reports and share between other members (providing you have the script), track chaining sessions to see who is doing more and provides a place to poll your members.

If you run a faction just create your own – and you can then either hand out the link (if you want it to be private) or make it public so others can apply to join. If you are a member you can join from the list (if your faction is public) or ask your faction leadership if they have a private one set up and can send you a link to it.