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Fire in World of Warships is a damage-over-time effect that occurs due to damage taken from enemy high explosive shells or aircraft bomb hits. Fire is represented visually by flames spewing from the deck or superstructure of a ship, as well as by flames along the edges of the in-game user interface. Ships can sustain multiple fires simultaneously; each part of a ship that is on fire increases the amount of damage that a ship suffers per second.

The "Set on Fire" ribbon is awarded for setting fire to an enemy ship.

Setting Fires

The user interface will display several different indicators to let captains know their ship is on fire. The timer shows only the duration of the most recent fire set.

There are two different things that can potentially cause a ship to catch on fire:

  • Being struck by a high explosive shell (enemy or friendly).
  • Being struck by an aircraft bomb (enemy or friendly).

A ribbon is awarded when a fire is caused on an enemy ship; captains are awarded a "Set on Fire" ribbon for each individual fire that they set. Every ship has four distinct areas along its main deck that can be set on fire. Cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers can have all four of these zones set on fire simultaneously; destroyers can only have active fires burning in three of them. Fires may be set by high explosive shells — including those fired by secondary batteries — or by bomber aircraft according to the fire chance of the individual shell or bomb and the fire resistance of the targeted ship.

Fire Chance

Each ship hull in the game has a fire resistance coefficient. These are not specific to individual ships and are dictated solely based on ship tier and the currently equipped hull. Due to how fire chance is calculated, the lower the coefficient, the more resistant a ship is to catching fire. The coefficients are shown below:

Ship Tier Fire Resistance Coefficient
(Stock Hull)
Fire Resistance Coefficient
(Top Hull)
Tier I 1.0000
Tier II
Tier III 1.0000 0.9667
Tier IV 0.9334 0.9001
Tier V 0.8668 0.8335
Tier VI 0.8002 0.7669
Tier VII 0.7336 0.7003
Tier VIII 0.6670 0.6337
Tier IX 0.6004 0.5671
Tier X 0.5338 0.5005

The chance to set fire for a single high explosive shell (or aircraft bomb) hitting a section is calculated by the following formula:

[Fire Resistance Coefficient] x ( 1 - [Damage Control Modification 1] - [Fire Prevention] ) x ( [Projectile Base Fire Chance] + [Demolition Expert] + [Signals] - [Inertial Fuse for HE Shells]) = Fire Chance
  • The value of "Damage Control Modification 1" is 0.05 if the appropriate upgrade is installed; otherwise, it is zero.
  • The value of "Fire Prevention" is 0.10 if a commander with the appropriate Commander skill is in command of the ship that is under attack; otherwise, it is zero.
  • "Projectile Base Fire Chance" is displayed in the Port screen — for high-explosive shells — by mousing over the Main Battery information underneath the Artillery tab. For aircraft bombs, the base fire chance is a fixed number based on the size and type of ordnance used and varies between 1.20 (for the 250 lb. bombs carried by Langley) and 1.62 (for the 1000 lb. bombs deployed aboard Essex and Midway). See the Aerial Combat page for more info.
  • "Demolition Expert" is 0.03 if a commander with the appropriate skill is in command of the ship that fired the shell (or dropped the bomb); otherwise, it is zero.
  • "Signals" varies depending on which signals are equipped; both Victor Lima and India X-Ray can increase the fire chance of high-explosive shells.

As an example, we can compare the chance of a single Benson high explosive shell lighting a fire on an enemy Bismarck. The Bismarck is using Hull (B) and Damage Control Modification 1, but her commander does not have Fire Prevention. The Benson commander has Demolition Expert (but not Inertia Fuse for HE Shells) and is flying both the Victor Lima and India X-Ray signals. The fire chance would be:

(0.6337) x (1 - 0.05 - 0.00) x (0.05 + 0.02 + 0.005 + 0.005 - 0.00) = 5.42% fire chance

If the Bismarck commander acquires the Fire Prevention skill, the chance would then be:

(0.6337) x (1 - 0.05 - 0.10) x (0.05 + 0.02 + 0.005 + 0.005 - 0.00) = 4.31% fire chance

If the Benson commander didn't have Demolition Expert or the signals equipped, the chance would be:

(0.6337) x (1 - 0.05 - 0.10) x (0.05 + 0.00 + 0.00 - 0.00) = 2.69% fire chance

The above example can be used to demonstrate the usefulness of the Demolition Expert on certain ships, especially those with a high rate of fire and a low individual fire chance per shell (such as Atlanta, Gearing, or Akizuki).

A shell's base fire chance can be found my hovering the mouse over the Main Battery information in the Port screen.

Fire Damage

Damage dealt by each instance of fire on a ship is fixed as 0.3% of its total health pool per fire per second (0.4% for aircraft carriers). Each fire has a base duration of 60 seconds, meaning that a fire which is allowed to burn for the full duration will consume 18% of a ship's maximum health (24% for carriers). Captains of capital ships — aircraft carriers and battleships — can quickly see, then, that while one fire might be considered a nuisance, two or more are a major threat to their ship.

Other Effects of Fire

  • Ships that are on fire have their surface detection range increased by 3.0 km and their aerial detection radius increased by 2.0 km. This is particularly noteworthy for destroyer captains.
  • Aircraft carriers that are on fire cannot launch or recover aircraft.

Extinguishing Fires

Fires can only be extinguished by utilization of the Damage Control Party consumable, or by waiting for the fire duration timer to expire. The duration of a fire can be reduced in several ways:

Each of these effects stacks with the others; however, they are multiplicative rather than cumulative.

For example, if all three reduction effects are stacked, the duration of a single fire is: 60 seconds x 0.85 x 0.85 x 0.80 = 34.68 seconds.

The below table provides the fire durations and total health loss for the different combinations of the above three effects.

Modifiers Total Damage to Destroyers,
Cruisers, & Battleships
Total Damage to Carriers Duration
Total damage 18% of base health 24% of base health 60 seconds
With one -15% modifier 15.3% of base health 20.4% of base health 51 seconds
With a -20% modifier 14.4% of base health 19.2% of base health 48 seconds
With two -15% modifiers 13.005% of base health 17.34% of base health 43.35 seconds
With one -15% modifier and a -20% modifier 12.24% of base health 16.32% of base health 40.8 seconds
With two -15% modifiers and a -20% modifier 10.404% of base health 13.872% of base health 34.68 seconds

All damage sustained by fires is 100% recoverable by ships that can use the Repair Party consumable.