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Dresden
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Cruiser | Germany | Tier II
Tech Tree Position
Hermelin
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Kolberg
V-25
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General
Research price350 exp
Purchase price67,300 Credits
Hit Points15,800 
Main Battery
105 mm L/40 SK C/0410 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range9.92 km.
Maximum Dispersion108 m.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. L/3.85 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity710 m./s.
HE Shell Weight17.5 kg.
AP Shell105 mm P.Spr.Gr. 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,300 
Initial AP Shell Velocity710 m./s.
AP Shell Weight17.4 kg.
AA Defense
7.92 mm MG 084 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.8 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed25 knot
Turning Circle Radius580 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range9.54 km.
Air Detectability Range4.53 km.
Battle Levels
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Dresden — German Tier II cruiser.

A typical German protected cruiser of the early 20th century. Dresden could serve as a scout or raider, or cover a ship squadron from enemy destroyers. She boasted a high speed for her time and very good protection. Compared with the majority of enemy cruisers, she was fitted with numerous yet less efficient guns.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180 Degree 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)
105 mm L/40 MPL C/0415181081,20042,300 08,000
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)
Dresden (A)15,80061001040 012,500
Dresden (B)17,10061001240 40038,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
FKS Typ 2 Mod. 109.9 06,000
FKS Typ 2 Mod. 21010.9 25025,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 18,800 hp25 03,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The German cruiser line begins here at Tier II with Dresden. Along with Tier III's Kolberg, she is something of an anomaly in the overall context of the branch in that both ships will spend most of their time firing high-explosive shells at enemy cruisers and destroyers.

Given that her main battery is comprised exclusively of 105mm guns, Dresden will frequently spew out dozens and dozens of shells for minimal damage. Her guns are effective against enemy destroyers, but that effectiveness falls off quickly against cruisers and battleships. Her armor piercing shells lack adequate velocity and power to penetrate anything but other lightly-armored cruisers, and even then only at point-blank ranges (5.0 km or less). The arc on Dresden’s shells is fairly high; landing hits at maximum range will require a significant amount of lead, and AP damage at such ranges will be low or non-existent. Smart captains can use Dresden’s shell arc to her advantage, however, by using islands as cover and firing over them.

Most players won't spend but a few games in Dresden, which makes her faults and weaknesses easy to overlook. Overall, she is a fragile ship with relatively weak guns that excels at eliminating enemy destroyers but struggles against most anything else.

Pros:

  • High rate of fire for her main battery guns.
  • Most barrels of any Tier II cruiser; roughly comparable to Tier III's Bogatyr or St. Louis.
  • On the fast side for Tier II cruiser.
  • Good rudder shift time.

Cons:

  • Shortest firing range of all Tier II cruisers found in the regular tech tree.
  • HE shells do extremely small amounts of damage and AP is practically worthless.
  • Large turning radius for a ship her size makes dodging torpedoes a challenge.
  • High shell arc.

Research

Hull (B) is the top upgrade priority; not only does it increase Dresden’s health pool, but she gains one more barrel in each broadside. Pick up the Fire Control System range upgrade second.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Dresden only has access to Upgrade Slot 1. Given the bare handful of games most captains will spend in her this is a fairly minor upgrade; either Main Armaments Modification 1 or Magazine Modification 1 recommended.

Commander Skills

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

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