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Black
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Destroyer | U.S.A. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo  Doubloons
Hit Points17,100 
Main Battery
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 05 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire17.96 shots/min.
Reload Time3.34 sec.
Rotation Speed34 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time5.29 sec.
Firing Range12.85 km.
Maximum Dispersion111 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.5 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP/SC Mk38 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Mk152 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time96 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoMk29 
Maximum Damage21,600 
Torpedo Speed43 knot
Torpedo Range13.71 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 05 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second53.5 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk13 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second33.9 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk47 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second25.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk202 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius560 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.38 km.
Air Detectability Range4.05 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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Black — American promo premium Tier IX destroyer.

One of the numerous and very successful Fletcher-class destroyers which boasted a sufficiently high speed, powerful dual-purpose artillery, efficient AA defenses, and decent torpedo armament.

Black was originally available by reaching Rank 1 in five (5) separate seasons of Ranked Battles. She is now sold exclusively via the Arsenal.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
127 mm/38 Mk30185.291111,80052,100 00
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Black17,10062053/7/2/520 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk16 mod. 10.6967.221,6004313.7 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1012.8 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 60,000 hp35 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 2 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2
 Slot 5  Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 3

Player Opinion

Performance

Tier IX reward ship Black is very similar to her American tech tree counterpart Fletcher, with the main differences being her torpedoes and the availability of the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) consumable. Black is unique among American destroyers in that she can equip radar. Her radar is weaker than those available to most other Tier IX ships, featuring only 7.5 km range and 20 seconds of up time. Despite the reduction in range and short duration, this radar — combined with five fast-firing American destroyer guns — still makes Black a fearsome ship when contesting control points, able to see through smoke to spot for her team and continue damaging enemy destroyers.

The other major difference between Black and Fletcher is their torpedo armament. Black’s torpedoes feature a 13.7 km range and are rated for 21,600 damage, but travel at a painfully slow 43 knots. These torpedoes are almost more for area denial, as leading targets with them is almost impossible; they take longer to reach their max range than they do to reload.

There are some other minor differences between the sister ships — Black is slower and has a smidgeon less anti-aircraft firepower — but most important characteristics remain the same. Black brings a slightly different play style to the American destroyer family, and fans of Fletcher will find Black a great addition to their port.

Pros:

  • Same excellent concealment as the Fletcher.
  • Very fast turret rotation speed.
  • Very rapid rate of fire.
  • Torpedoes hit very hard; they reload faster than Fletcher’s torpedoes, have more range than Fletcher’s torpedoes, and are difficult to dodge.
  • Has access to either Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) consumable or a unique Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) consumable.
  • Unlike Fletcher, Black is a premium ship so captain retraining is unnecessary.

Cons:

  • Same fragility as the Fletcher.
  • Torpedoes are incredibly slow, slower than even Sims’ infamous "sea mines".
  • Slower than Fletcher.
  • Slow shell speed makes it difficult to hit targets from range.

Research

As a premium ship, Black doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Black are as follows:

Captains with access to Surveillance Radar Modification 1 (+40% to duration of Surveillance Radar.) are strongly encouraged to equip it in Slot 2. The extra four seconds of active time may not sound like much, but access to Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) is Black’s big strength, and she should maximize her use and effectiveness of it.

The recommended option for Slot 6 is Main Battery Modification 3; Black is less flexible than Fletcher because her torpedo loadout is more challenging to use. Captains who grow comfortable with the slow speed of Black’s torpedoes may wish to experiment with Torpedo Tubes Modification 3 (-15% to torpedo tube reload time. / +50% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated.) in conjunction with the Torpedo Armament Expertise and Torpedo Acceleration commander skills. Attempting such a build until captains are familiar with the quirks of her torpedo armament is not recommended.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Black can equip the following consumables:

Though she has three options for Slot 3, the reason to take Black into a game (and not Fletcher) lies in equipping Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).). Captains are encouraged to equip premium versions of all consumables.

Camouflage

As a Tier IX premium ship, Black comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns. This Type 10 camouflage provides a 100% bonus to experience earned in battle, not the usual 50%.

Signals

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Historical Info

Historical Gallery


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