See also: Crimes
Nerve is needed for many aspects of the game, notably doing Crimes; it regenerates at the rate of 1 nerve every 5 minutes until it fills your nerve bar. Other ways to increase your nerve gain are through using certain Drugs, drinking alcohol bottles, spending 25 points on a refill or spending Job points on nerve. Nerve has a natural limit of 60, which is increased along with your crime experience. Your nerve bar can be increased even further to a maximum of 125 including merits and faction specials, however only your natural nerve bar reflects your crime experience.
- As stated, Nerve is needed for Crimes. Usually the more difficult the crime is, the more nerve it takes (with exceptions).
- More difficult crimes are not necessarily always better crimes.
- Nerve is also used for Busting yourself out of Jail at a cost of half of your total nerve bar. If your nerve bar is an odd number it is rounded down; e.g. if you have a 35 nerve bar, it will take 17 nerve to bust out of jail. It is also not always successful busting yourself out of jail. Note: You no longer gain dexterity when busting yourself out of jail. You can also reduce the cost of nerve of busting yourself out of Jail by having completed education LAW2990
- Your natural nerve bar reflects your crime experience and allows you to attempt harder crimes.
- Organised crimes in Factions can require high crime experience and therefore a high nerve bar, however these crimes do not use up your own nerve.
- Nerve is also used to bust people out of jail. Busting success chance takes level and total amount of busts you've made into account, along with any educations or active job specials which affect busting. Busting skill by up to 50% with the use of Bust skill upgrades on the Criminality branch of faction specials.
Your Crime Experience (commonly referred to as CE) is a hidden stat which affects how successful you are at crimes, and which crimes you will be able to perform. Some crimes require very little CE, such as stealing jackets, whereas others will need a lot to be successful. Attempting a crime without enough CE will greatly increase your chances of being jailed, or may be simply impossible.
Crime Experience is raised simply by completing crimes. Generally, the more difficult the crime, the more CE they will need, and the more CE they will reward you with on success.
However, one should be wary of attempting crimes out of their league, as being jailed will result in a percentage loss of Crime Experience, meaning at very high CE levels, a jailing can be a substantial loss.
Ways to increase your Nerve bar
- The main way to increase your nerve bar is through doing Crimes; this both increases your crime experience and at certain milestones of CE also increases your nerve bar size by increments of 5 up to 60 total. These points are often referred to as your "natural nerve bar".
- Spending Merits on your nerve bar allows you to increase your maximum nerve bar by up to 10 extra points.
- Joining a Faction with the Nerve Faction upgrades in the Criminality branch. Nerve increases your nerve bar by 1 per Nerve upgrade (up to a maximum of 40).
- Many Job and Company specials can provide bonuses to your nerve:
- The Law Job special at the first rank gives "+3 to current nerve" for 5 job points several Company provide benefits to nerve and/or crimes:
- The 1* Amusement Park Special "Dauntless", which gives +1 to current nerve for 1 job point. The special5* "Unflinching" gives user +10 maximum nerve, while 10* "Thrill Seeker" special gives user +10% crime skill and experience gain.
- The 5* Candle Shop Special "Calming Therapy" gives user +2 to current nerve for 1 job point.
- The 1* Firework Stand Special "Audaciousness", gives user +1 to current nerve for 1 job point.
- The 10* Game Shop Special "Overpowered", gives user 1 nerve, 5 energy, 50 happiness for 1 job point.
- The 3* Gents Strip Club Special and Ladies Strip Club Special "Free Drinks", gives user +1 to current nerve for 1 job point.
- The 1* Meat Warehouse Special "Blood Thirst", gives user +1 to current nerve. 5* "Carnage" gives user +10 maximum nerve.
- The 5* Pub Special "Liquid Courage", Refills users nerve bar. 10* "Buzzed" gives user +15 maximum nerve.
- Additional information: The maximum nerve bar you can get is 125.
- Nerve bar strength and crime experience is also increased by busting others out of jail. It is unclear exactly how busting higher levels or longer jail times affects that.
- For 25 points you can refill your nerve bar. You can access this by clicking [Use] next to Points on the sidebar. As with the energy refill, you can only refill your nerve bar once a day.
- Alcohol bottles can be bought from shops or other players to replenish your nerve bar, these count towards your booster cooldown.
Increasing Crime Success Rate
- Simply increasing your base Crime Experience will raise your success rate.
- Upgrades along the Criminality Branch of faction upgrades can increase your success and crime experience gain by 1% per upgrade to a maximum of 25%
- Some Education courses offer an increase in crime success rate, including the Psychology Bachelor (10% increase).
- Attaining the level of Federal Judge in the Law starter job provides a passive gain of 10% in crime success. You retain this when you move to a new job.
- The Crime Experience merit upgrades increase your crime success ability by 3% per upgrade, up to 30% at 10/10 upgrades.
- Own the Crime Enhancer for a particular crime.