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So I’ve been seriously thinking about company specials and so I had a quick go at collating the info and found some surprising results.

I’m just going to post the two tables I ended up with. The first is a list of specials, with a generic type, so you can see which ‘Gym’ specials or ‘Crime’ specials there are.

You can click on headings to sort by any column

Benefit Class Company Special Name Company level required Cost Benefit “L4 lazy rated”
Misc Game Shop Overpowered 10 1 1 nerve, 5 energy, 50 happiness 1
Misc Property Broker Interior Connections 10 0 10% property upgrade cost reduction 2
Misc TV Press Pass 10 25 Receive special privileges 3
Misc Cruise Line Bursar 1 1 25 casino tokens 4
Misc Amusement Park Free Ride 3 10 250 happiness for target 5
Misc TV Scoop 3 0 50% newspaper advertising cost reduction 6
Misc Game Shop Power Levelling 7 10 View progress to your next level 7
Gym Fitness Center Training Regime 10 0 3% gym gains 8
Gym Ladies Strip Club Aspiring Workout 10 0 10% defense gym gains 9
Gym Gents Strip Club Aspiring Workout 10 0 10% dexterity gym gains 10
Gym Fitness Center Roid Rage 5 1 Strength 11
Gym Furniture Store Heavy Lifting 3 1 Strength 12
Gym Fitness Center Goal Oriented 3 0 50% reduction of happiness loss in gym 13
Money Clothing Store Secret pockets 7 0 75% enemy mug losses 14
Money Oil Rig Fat Cat 10 0 50% investment banking limit 15
Money Software Company Intricate Hack 5 250 Hack a company’s bank account 16
Money Oil Rig Oil Mogul 5 3 Reduce bank investment time by 1 hour 17
Money Oil Rig Danger Money 1 1 Money 18
Money Gents Strip Club Happy Hour 1 1 Money 19
Money Ladies Strip Club Happy Hour 1 1 Money 20
Money Adult Novelties Blackmail 1 1 Money 21
Money Game Shop Early Release 3 100 Money 22
Money Property Broker Commission 1 1 Money 23
Money Oil Rig Tax Haven 7 0 10% increase of Cayman Islands interest rate 24
Energy Farm Early Riser 10 1 7 energy 25
Energy Candle Shop Reinvigorating Therapy 7 1 5 energy 26
Energy Furniture Store Coffee Break 1 1 3 energy 27
Energy Pub Pub Lunch 1 1 3 energy 28
Energy Restaurant Free Meals 1 1 3 energy 29
Battle Music Store The Score 10 0 10% passive all stats 30
Battle Meat Warehouse Butcher 3 0 10% melee weapon damage 31
Battle Pub Drunken Master 3 0 10% melee weapon damage 32
Battle Restaurant Butcher 3 0 10% melee weapon damage 33
Battle Gun Shop Firearms Expert 10 0 10% primary & secondary weapon damage 34
Battle Furniture Store Brute Force 10 0 100% fist & kick damage 35
Battle Zoo Seasoned Poacher 10 0 25% accuracy 36
Battle Ladies Strip Club Hench 7 0 25% passive defense 37
Battle Gents Strip Club Dancer’s flair 7 0 25% passive dexterity 38
Battle Clothing Store Activewear 5 0 25% passive dexterity 39
Battle Furniture Store Beefcake 7 0 25% passive strength 40
Battle Lingerie Store Born Free 7 0 50% dexterity when not wearing armor 41
Battle Lingerie Store Free as the Wind Blows 10 0 50% speed when not wearing armor 42
Battle Clothing Store Tailoring 10 0 20% armor bonus 43
Battle Hair Salon Sweeney’s Revenge 10 0 20% slashing weapon damage 44
Battle Adult Novelties Bondage 7 0 25% enemy speed reduction 45
Battle Firework Pyromania 5 0 25% flame-thrower damage & accuracy 46
Battle Hair Salon Rumors 5 0 50% reduced enemy stealth 47
Battle Music Store High-fidelity 5 0 75% enemy stealth reduction 48
Battle Car Dealership Getaway car 10 0 95% increased run away chance 49
Battle Gas Station Blaze of Glory 10 0 50% Molotov cocktail damage & duration 50
Battle Theater Dramatics 3 20 Guaranteed stealth 51
Battle Music Store Deafened 7 15 Guaranteed stealth 52
Battle Restaurant Healthy Diet 7 0 2% life regeneration per tick 53
Battle Fitness Center Athlete 7 0 3% life regeneration per tick 54
Battle Meat Warehouse Vampiric 10 0 3% life regeneration per tick 55
Crime Amusement Park Thrill Seeker 10 0 10% crime skill and experience gain 56
Crime Software Company Hack the Planet 7 0 + 25% computer crime success & skill gain 57
Crime TV Bad Publicity 7 0 25% extortion success rate and skill gain 58
Crime Theater Twinlike 7 0 25% forgery success rate and skill gain 59
Crime Car Dealership Two-Faced 7 0 25% fraud success & skill gain 60
Crime Flower Shop Cultivation 3 0 25% illegal production success & skill gain 61
Crime Nightclub Target Market 3 0 25% illicit services success & skill gain 62
Crime Music Store Bootlegger 3 0 25% prohibited trade success & skill gain 63
Crime Furniture Store Removal 5 0 25% theft success rate and skill gain 64
Crime Gas Station Arsonist 5 0 25% vandalism success rate and skill gain 65
Nerve Pub Liquid Courage 5 25 Refill nerve bar 66
Nerve Pub Buzzed 10 0 15 maximum nerve 67
Nerve Candle Shop Calming Therapy 5 1 2 nerve 68
Nerve Firework Audaciousness 1 1 1 nerve 69
Nerve Amusement Park Dauntless 1 1 1 nerve 70
Nerve Gents Strip Club Free Drinks 3 1 1 nerve 71
Nerve Ladies Strip Club Free Drinks 3 1 1 nerve 72
Nerve Meat Warehouse Blood Thirst 1 1 1 nerve 73
Nerve Amusement Park Unflinching 5 0 10 maximum nerve 74
Nerve Meat Warehouse Carnage 5 0 10 maximum nerve 75
Booster Grocery Store Absorption 7 0 10% consumable boost 76
Booster Grocery Store Fast Metabolism 3 0 10% consumable cooldown reduction 77
Booster Adult Novelties Indecent 10 0 100% bonus to Erotic DVDs 78
Booster Toy Shop Gamer 5 0 100% console happiness 79
Booster Game Shop Gamer 5 0 100% console happiness 80
Booster Restaurant Professional Metabolism 10 0 25% consumable cooldown reduction 81
Booster Amusement Park Adrenaline Rush 7 0 25% epinephrine effect & duration 82
Booster Pub Lightweight 7 0 50% bottle of alcohol boost 83
Booster Adult Novelties Voyeur 3 20 Erotic DVD 84
Booster Grocery Store Canned in 10 12 Can of energy drink 85
Booster Sweet Shop Energy Rush 7 15 Can of energy drink 86
Booster Grocery Store Bagged Down 1 2 Bag of candy 87
Booster Sweet Shop Sugar Rush 3 2 Bag of candy 88
Booster Grocery Store Bottled Up 5 5 Bottle of alcohol 89
Battle Gun Shop Skilled Analysis 5 0 Target equipment and ammo is always visible 90
Trading Car Dealership Salesman 5 0 No item market fees 91
Trading Property Broker Vendor 5 0 No item market fees 92
Item Property Broker Insider Trading 7 150 Random property 93
Item Farm Fertilizer 7 100 Small explosive device 94
Item Restaurant Flambayed 5 50 Flame thrower 95
Item Gents Strip Club High Heels 5 500 Pair of high heels 96
Item Gas Station Molotov Cocktail 7 5 Molotov cocktail 97
Item Flower Shop Rare Import 1 3 Special flower 98
Item Toy Shop Jumble Sale 3 3 Special plushie 99
Item Ladies Strip Club Thong 5 300 Thong 100
Item Zoo Special K 5 5 Ketamine drug 101
Item Farm Special K 5 5 Ketamine drug 102
Item Adult Novelties Party Supplies 5 500 Pack of Trojans 103
Item Firework Explosives Expert 7 5 Random bomb parts 104
Item Mechanic Shop Junkyard Dog 5 10 Random car 105
Drug use Nightclub Tolerance 7 0 50% drug overdose reduction 106
Drug use Nightclub Suppression 5 1 Drug addiction 107
Drug use Flower Shop Herbal Cleansing 5 1 Drug addiction reduction 108
Drug use Cruise Line R&R 5 1 Drug addiction reduction 109
Travel Theater Disguised 10 0 Hidden travelling status & destination 110
Travel Cruise Line Freight 10 0 3 extra travel items 111
Travel Cruise Line Portage 3 0 2 extra travel items 112
Travel Lingerie Store Concealment 5 0 2 extra travel items 113
Travel Toy Shop Over Capacity 7 0 Able to bring back +5 plushies from abroad 114
Travel Flower Shop Over Capacity 7 0 Buy 5 additional special flowers abroad 115
Travel Cruise Line Destination Report 7 10 View stock analysis of all items at a selected country 116
Travel Flower Shop Floral Contacts 10 10 View stock analysis of flowers in all countrie 117
Travel Toy Shop Toy Importer 10 10 View stock analysis of plushies in all countries 118
Spying Theater Masked 5 0 Cannot be targeted by spies 119
Spying TV Inside Story 5 15 View someone’s stats & money 120
Spying Software Company Corporate Espionage 10 50 View financial details of a company 121
Spying Hair Salon Gossip 3 10 View someone’s money on hand 122
Spying Law Firm Background Check 3 10 View someone’s stats 123
Spying Cyber Café Financial Phishing 10 25 View details of someone’s investment account 124
Spying Cyber Café IP Tracing 7 25 View lister of anonymous bounties 125
Spying Candle Shop Meditation 10 250 View someone’s true level 126
Education Nightclub Restraint 10 0 Education is unaffected by drug addiction 127
Education Fitness Center Healthy Mind 1 1 30 minute education time reduction 128
Education Hair Salon Cutting corners 7 1 30 minute education time reduction 129
Awareness Zoo Eye of the Tiger 7 0 70% awareness 130
Awareness Firework Illumination 3 0 50% awareness 131
Awareness Candle Shop Illumination 3 0 50% awareness 132
Happy Sweet Shop Voracious 10 30 4,500 happiness 133
Happy Sweet Shop Gluttony 5 10 1,000 happiness 134
Happy Candle Shop Warming Therapy 1 1 50 happiness 135
Happy Zoo Fulfillment 1 1 50 happiness 136
Happy Farm Fullfillment 1 1 50 happiness 137
Happy Toy Shop Memory Lane 1 1 50 happiness 138
Happy Music Store Ambience 1 1 50 happiness 139
Happy Property Broker Job Satisfaction 3 1 50 happiness 140
Happy Sweet Shop Sweet Tooth 1 1 50 happiness 141
Busting Law Firm Educated Decisions 10 0 View success chance of potential busts 142
Busting Law Firm Closing Argument 5 0 Easier to bust more people at once 143
Busting Law Firm Bail Bondsman 1 0 50% decreased bail costs 144
Faction Law Firm Loophole 7 0 20% organised crime skill 145
Faction TV Propaganda 1 5 1 faction respect 146
Experience Theater Stagecraft 1 1 Experience 147
Experience Nightclub Criminal Connections 1 1 Experience 148
Experience Lingerie Store Lingerie Party 1 1 Experience 149
Experience Clothing Store Fashion Show 1 1 Experience 150
Experience Hair Salon Debate 1 1 Experience 151
Pest Oil Rig Embargo 3 50 Half a target’s happiness 152
Pest Software Company Proxy Hacking 3 25 Cancel a target’s virus programming 153
Pest Cyber Café Proxy Hacking 5 25 Cancel a target’s virus programming 154
Hunting Meat Warehouse Huntsman 7 0 25% hunting skill gain 155
Hunting Zoo Animal Instinct 3 0 25% hunting reward 156
Hunting Farm Animal Instinct 3 0 25% hunting reward 157
Ammo Gun Shop Bandoleer 7 0 1 extra clip for guns during combat 158
Ammo Gun Shop Surplus 3 25 100 random special ammunition 159
Ammo Firework Inferno 10 25 50 random incendiary ammunition 160
Ammo Gun Shop Sales Discount 1 0 20% discount on standard ammo cost 161
Racing Mechanic Shop Driver 10 0 50% driving skill gain 162
Racing Mechanic Shop Refurbish 7 0 Lose no car parts after crashing 163
Racing Gas Station Machinist 1 5 Racing point 164
Racing Car Dealership Test Drive 1 5 Racing point 165
Racing Mechanic Shop Machinist 1 5 Racing point 166
Racing Gas Station Discount Parts 3 0 75% cost discount on car parts 167
Racing Car Dealership Discount parts 3 0 75% cost discount on car parts 168
Racing Mechanic Shop Discount Parts 3 0 75% cost discount on car parts 169
Virus Cyber Café Clone Data 3 25 Virus 170
Virus Software Company Ub3rg33k 1 0 50% virus coding time reduction 171
Virus Cyber Café Ub3rg33k 1 0 50% virus coding time reduction 172
Virus Game Shop b3rg33k 1 0 50% virus coding time reduction 173
Work Stat Lingerie Store Nine to Five 3 10 100 endurance 174
Work Stat Clothing Store Nine to five 3 10 100 endurance 175

The second table is where I took the classified specials (lazy way = I chose which groups I prefer, then ordered within the group) and then rated them, providing a score for each company type. So this is effectively a list of how good the specials are for all companies (based on how I currently rate those specials). The lower my Overall Rating the better..

Company L4 overall Rating
Furniture Store 291
Fitness Center 276
Oil Rig 332
Gents Strip Club 287
Ladies Strip Club 283
Pub 421
Game Shop 178
Amusement Park 238
Restaurant 452
Adult Novelties 350
Music Store 486
TV 226
Property Broker 214
Meat Warehouse 487
Grocery Store 559
Clothing Store 331
Cruise Line 234
Theater 543
Candle Shop 414
Hair Salon 515
Flower Shop 548
Firework 518
Farm 389
Software Company 333
Lingerie Store 510
Car Dealership 519
Gas Station 533
Toy Shop 582
Nightclub 550
Zoo 499
Sweet Shop 602
Gun Shop 493
Law Firm 745
Cyber Café 765
Mechanic Shop 697

The way I have always approached which company to own/work in has been looking at my current goals, and joining a company which gets me those goals (ie. Merits) as quick as possible.

  • First I was in companies which got me all the educations done quickly
  • Then I joined companies which got me all the crimes done
  • Currently I am going for stat gains (hence all the gym gain/energy companies came out on top)
  • Next I will likely just go for Money

I don’t really value battle related specials, as gym gains and energy both help in that regard. Really my choices are always money, energy/gym or nerve/crimes

There will come a point where your stats are so high that you need Stat Enhancers to go further, at which point Money is the best option. Some like to keep stats secret, some like to reduce muggings and some just stick to anything that makes money without caring about the specials. At the end of the day you have to decide what you do – There are too many possibilities to say “that one is the best”.

Got a special you prefer? Why not tell us why in the comment section!

Merit Hunting

I saw a post in the forums recently where someone had gone through a load of stats and found I was in the top 5 for merits earnt. Merits a possibly the most important thing in the game in determining the best strategy for your character. The more merits you have the more agile you can be, and the more agile you are the more merits you can earn. There are plenty of easy merits out there that some people just don’t bother getting, possibly because they don’t know they exist. Merits come at four main costs

* Energy merits
* Nerve merits
* Time merits
* Money merits

Energy Merits

Attacking, respect, bounties, revives, level up. These are the cheapest merits around, and the best place to start your merit hunting life. Revives often get a decent price in the trade chat, and even the weakest player can pick up 10m by doing the 100 bounties merit. If you are reading this blog you likely have a DP anyway, but if not that should be your first mission.

Nerve Merits

Busting and crimes. There are so many crime merits you likely won’t get them all in 15 years. If you are just starting out then they are a great way to build your nerve bar too, just keep going with whichever is the cheapest merit you can get. That doesn’t mean head straight for 10k searches for money, look at how many of which crimes you need, and work out how much the nerve cost is. The cheapest may not be the one for the lowest cost nerve crime. If you are poor you should still be able to afford BEER at $10 a pop, and always have your booster cooldown ticking.

Busting is much harder, you need dexterity, and you can only do 3-4 an hour. Go for these much later in the game.

Time merits

Travelling, commitment, jobs, education. These merits can also be earners. Flower/Drug/Plushie running whilst doing your 50 of each travel destination is a must. You can make 2m a day minimum. If you can join a cruise line job when you do these for the extra portage!

If you haven’t maxed out all the torn basic jobs and done all the merits for those.. quit your job now and do it. Also once done go for the Afronted merit (guides are in forums/wiki).

Education merits can wait, it’s much better to ensure you are going for educations that maximise your stat gains or ability to make money (depending on which you want more)

Money merits

Stocks, Networth, Item use, Point use, Gambling merits. Not always cheap, but as you get richer and more powerful the cost involved can seem small. You should be refilling energy every day regardless. If you aren’t in a war you should be using as many sfaks as possible and always have your med cooldown ticking – fill empty bags to reduce life if need be, you can sell them again.

Now there is clearly also the competition merits, and some odd-ball ones that don’t strictly in the above groups. The merits for being attacked for instance could come under the money tag, as a lot of people pay others to lose/run etc.

What to spend merits on

 

I spend most of my merits on nerve/crime exp at the moment. It’s only a little but it does help getting more nerve merits.

Initially I used all my merits on education – the benefits are huge. Then I used one of each category to pick up web of perks.

If you don’t have many merits your focus should only be on getting more. Don’t spend them if you don’t have a benefit in getting more merits. HP, stats, awareness, banking, should all be last ones you think of.