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The T29, an example of an American heavy tank.

Heavy tanks are large, heavy vehicles which often act as a team's vanguard. They are represented by a three-piece green or red diamond on the mini-map and over their respective target marker.


Characteristics

Heavy tanks are generally the most well armored vehicles in the game and usually have more firepower than light tanks and medium tanks of their tier, though tank destroyers and artillery still have more alpha damage. Their heavy armor and guns come at the cost of poor speed and maneuverability, which leave poorly-positioned heavy tanks prone to flanking by smaller, faster types of vehicles. They are also the hardest vehicles to conceal; heavy tanks have some of the worst camo values in the game and are easily spotted when in the open.

Role

As heavy tanks are the toughest vehicles in the game, it is often their job to take control of or hold the major choke points and routes of attack on a map. When in such positions, heavy tanks can use techniques such as sidescraping and hull-down positioning to maximize their survivability while exploiting enemy heavies' weakspots to do effective damage in return. Heavy tanks are safest in straight, narrow corridors that not only force enemies to attack them head-on, but give them cover from flankers, artillery, and snipers. Because of their dependence on protection from these threats, heavy tanks are most effective early in a game. As a game progresses and heavy tanks are forced to advance into the open (sometimes without flanking support from allies), their poor camo values and maneuverability make them vulnerable to being outmaneuvered, sniped, or ambushed.

Variety and Examples

Heavy tanks vary mostly in how their armor is most effectively used. In order to reliably bounce shots, American heavies must use hull-down positioning, German heavies and most Russian KVs need to be properly angled, while on contrary Russian IS-series heavies have less effective armour thickness when angled, due to their pike-nose shaped hull. Chinese heavies must conceal their lower plate, and Japanese heavies are best at facing their front directly to their opponents due to they have either weak side armor or weak hull cheeks which limits their angling capacities. Though most heavy tanks fit the role of armored brawlers, there are a number of exceptions which trade armor for other strengths. Tanks like the Churchill I and Tiger I have thinner armour than most heavies, but have accurate and "powerful" guns which allow them to fight at a greater distance. Others, like the KV-85 and many French heavies sacrifice armor for greater maneuverability, effectively making them large medium tanks.

USSR

    V
    Churchill III

    Churchill III

    V
    KV-1S

    KV-1S

    V
    KV-220-2

    KV-220-2

    V
    KV-220-2 Beta Test

    KV-220-2 Beta Test

    V
    KV-1

    KV-1

    VI
    KV-2

    KV-2

    VI
    KV-85

    KV-85

    VI
    T-150

    T-150

    VII
    IS

    IS

    VII
    KV-3

    KV-3

    VII
    KV-122

    KV-122

    VII
    IS-2

    IS-2

    VIII
    IS-3

    IS-3

    VIII
    IS-6

    IS-6

    VIII
    KV-5

    KV-5

    VIII
    KV-4

    KV-4

    VIII
    IS-5 (Object 730)

    IS-5 (Object 730)

    VIII
    IS-3A

    IS-3A

    VIII
    KV-4 Kreslavskiy

    KV-4 Kreslavskiy

    VIII
    Object 252U Defender

    Object 252U Defender

    VIII
    Object 252U

    Object 252U

    IX
    T-10

    T-10

    IX
    ST-I

    ST-I

    X
    IS-4

    IS-4

    X
    IS-7

    IS-7

    X
    Object 260

    Object 260

USA

    V
    T14

    T14

    V
    T1 Heavy Tank

    T1 Heavy Tank

    VI
    M6

    M6

    VII
    T29

    T29

    VIII
    T26E5

    T26E5

    VIII
    M6A2E1

    M6A2E1

    VIII
    T32

    T32

    VIII
    T34

    T34

    VIII
    T34 B

    T34 B

    IX
    M103

    M103

    X
    T110E5

    T110E5

    X
    T57 Heavy Tank

    T57 Heavy Tank

China

    VII
    IS-2

    IS-2

    VIII
    WZ-111

    WZ-111

    VIII
    110

    110

    VIII
    112

    112

    IX
    WZ-111 model 1-4

    WZ-111 model 1-4

    X
    113

    113

    X
    WZ-111 model 5A

    WZ-111 model 5A

UK

    V
    Churchill I

    Churchill I

    V
    Excelsior

    Excelsior

    VI
    Churchill VII

    Churchill VII

    VI
    TOG II*

    TOG II*

    VII
    Black Prince

    Black Prince

    VII
    FV201 (A45)

    FV201 (A45)

    VIII
    Caernarvon

    Caernarvon

    IX
    Conqueror

    Conqueror

    X
    FV215b

    FV215b

Germany

    IV
    Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f)

    Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f)

    IV
    Durchbruchswagen 2

    Durchbruchswagen 2

    V
    VK 30.01 (H)

    VK 30.01 (H)

    VI
    Tiger 131

    Tiger 131

    VI
    VK 36.01 (H)

    VK 36.01 (H)

    VII
    VK 45.03

    VK 45.03

    VII
    Tiger I

    Tiger I

    VII
    Tiger (P)

    Tiger (P)

    VIII
    VK 100.01 (P)

    VK 100.01 (P)

    VIII
    Löwe

    Löwe

    VIII
    Tiger II

    Tiger II

    VIII
    VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A

    VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A

    IX
    E 75

    E 75

    IX
    Mäuschen

    Mäuschen

    IX
    VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B

    VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B

    X
    E 100

    E 100

    X
    Pz.Kpfw. VII

    Pz.Kpfw. VII

    X
    Maus

    Maus

    X
    VK 72.01 (K)

    VK 72.01 (K)

France

    IV
    B1

    B1

    V
    BDR G1 B

    BDR G1 B

    VI
    ARL 44

    ARL 44

    VII
    AMX M4 mle. 45

    AMX M4 mle. 45

    VIII
    AMX 50 100

    AMX 50 100

    VIII
    AMX M4 mle. 49

    AMX M4 mle. 49

    VIII
    FCM 50 t

    FCM 50 t

    IX
    AMX 50 120

    AMX 50 120

    X
    AMX 50 B

    AMX 50 B

Japan

    III
    Type 91 Heavy

    Type 91 Heavy

    IV
    Type 95 Heavy

    Type 95 Heavy

    V
    O-I Experimental

    O-I Experimental

    VI
    Heavy Tank No. VI

    Heavy Tank No. VI

    VI
    O-I

    O-I

    VII
    O-Ni

    O-Ni

    VIII
    O-Ho

    O-Ho

    IX
    Type 4 Heavy

    Type 4 Heavy

    X
    Type 5 Heavy

    Type 5 Heavy

Czechoslovakia

Sweden

    VIII
    Emil I

    Emil I

    IX
    Emil II

    Emil II

    X
    Kranvagn

    Kranvagn

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