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Friant
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Cruiser | France | Tier III
Tech Tree Position
Jurien de la Gravière
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Duguay-Trouin
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General
Research price2400 exp
Purchase price260,000 Credits
Hit Points18,900 
Main Battery
139 mm/55 Mle 19214 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.
Firing Range11.72 km.
Maximum Dispersion113 m.
HE Shell139 mm HE OEA Mle 1923 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,000 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
HE Shell Weight31.5 kg.
AP Shell139 mm AP OPFA Mle 1923 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity790 m./s.
AP Shell Weight39.5 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.71 shots/min.
Reload Time84 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 19D 
Maximum Damage12,233 
Torpedo Speed57 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
8 mm Mle 19142 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second2.6 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
75 mm/50 Mle 19224 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.8 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed30 knot
Turning Circle Radius560 m.
Rudder Shift Time8.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.34 km.
Air Detectability Range5.58 km.
Battle Levels
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III
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260,000

Friant — French Tier III cruiser.

A light cruiser project designed after the end of World War I that revealed an acute shortage of this type of ship in the French Navy. The primary features of the project were high speed, weak armor, powerful torpedo armament and main guns placed in turrets.

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)
139 mm/55 Mle 1921525.711132,00082,700 028,000
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)
Friant (A)18,90063044/240 040,000
Friant (B)20,300630442/440 1,00098,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180 Degree Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
550 mm 19D0.7847.212,233576 022,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
PCA n° 3 Mle 1011.7 021,000
PCA n° 3 Mle 21012.9 50053,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 54,000 hp30 018,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Tier III's Friant is a ship of extremes. Her 30 knot top speed places her amongst the fastest cruisers at Tier III, while her 23mm of maximum armor protection make her the least-armored cruiser at her tier. Friant is exceedingly fragile, but her armaments give her a lot of flexibility that most of her Tier III counterparts can't match.

For starters, her HE shells have solid performance; they are more than capable of punishing destroyers that get too close, while her torpedoes make a lovely surprise for battleships and cruisers who think she will be an easy kill. She must be carefully angled in order to get the best performance out of her armor, as she takes a lot of damage from shell penetrations. A major draw for Friant is the all-centreline arrangement of her main battery, which allows her to bring all of her guns to bear on a single target---a feature some cruiser lines don't acquire until three tiers later. Unfortunately, her slower reload means that she cannot put out the same number of shells as ships like Kolberg or St. Louis, so Friant captains must make every shot count.

Pros:

  • Torpedoes with decent range and excellent firing arcs.
  • Large health pool.
  • Good speed and maneuverability.
  • All-centreline AB-XY turret layout is excellent for its tier.

Cons:

  • Takes heavy damage from hits.
  • Slow main gun reload.

Research

The hull upgrade should be researched first. The additional hit points and faster rudder shift will make the ship more comfortable to play. The addition of secondary and anti-aircraft weaponry is marginal. After the hull, either research the Gun Fire Control System to add 10% to her gun range, or save the experience in order to unlock Duguay-Trouin faster.

Optimal Configuration

Friant is best set up to function as a long-range support cruiser. She will want to fire at medium and long range until the battle is nearly decided; then she can close in and use her torpedoes for maximum effect. Captains are recommended to stick close to their heavy hitting battleships and ward off any destroyers that attempt to kill them.

Upgrades

For Upgrade Slot 1, Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) is recommended; it will keep Friant’s guns and torpedoes firing. In Upgrade Slot 2, either take Damage Control System Modification 1 (-3% to the risk of flooding and damage received when torpedoes hit the torpedo protection. / -5% to the risk of fire.) for reduced fire/flood chance, or Steering Gears Modification 1 (-20% to the steering gears repair time. / -20% to the risk of the steering gears becoming incapacitated.) to ensure your rudder survives so you can continue to angle against incoming fire.

Commander Skills

Like most long-range cruisers, Friant will benefit most from skills that help the ship survive and also punish enemies who push too close to her.

Consumables

The premium Damage Control Party is recommended to help ensure the ship's vital systems are running at maximum efficiency.

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



Ships of France
Destroyers  VI Aigle 
Cruisers  I Bougainville • II Jurien de la Gravière • III Friant • IV Duguay-Trouin • V Émile Bertin • VI La Galissonnière • VI De GrasseDoubloons • VII Algérie • VIII Charles Martel • IX Saint-Louis • X Henri IV 
Battleships  V Bretagne • VI Normandie • VI DunkerqueDoubloons • VII Lyon • VIII Richelieu 
Aircraft Carriers
Cruisers
Japan  I Hashidate • II Chikuma • III Tenryu • III KatoriDoubloons • IV YūbariDoubloons • IV Kuma • IV Iwaki AlphaDoubloons • V Furutaka • VI Aoba • VII Myoko • VII ARP Myoko • VII ARP Ashigara • VII ARP Haguro • VII Southern Dragon • VII Eastern Dragon • VII ARP Nachi • VIII Mogami • VIII AtagoDoubloons • VIII ARP Takao • IX Ibuki • X Zao 
U.S.A.  I Erie • II Chester • II AlbanyDoubloons • III St. Louis • IV Phoenix • V Omaha • V MarbleheadDoubloons • V Marblehead LimaDoubloons • VI Cleveland • VII AtlantaDoubloons • VII Pensacola • VII IndianapolisDoubloons • VII FlintDoubloons • VIII New Orleans • IX Baltimore • X Des Moines • X Salem 
Germany  I Hermelin • II Dresden • II EmdenDoubloons • III Kolberg • IV Karlsruhe • V Königsberg • VI Nürnberg • VI Admiral Graf SpeeDoubloons • VI HSF Admiral Graf SpeeDoubloons • VII Yorck • VIII Admiral Hipper • VIII Prinz EugenDoubloons • IX Roon • X Hindenburg 
U.S.S.R.  I Orlan • II DianaDoubloons • II Diana LimaDoubloons • II Novik • III AuroraDoubloons • III Bogatyr • III OlegDoubloons • IV Svietlana • V MurmanskDoubloons • V Kirov • V Krasny KrymDoubloons • VI Budyonny • VI MolotovDoubloons • VI Admiral MakarovDoubloons • VII Shchors • VIII Chapayev • VIII Mikhail KutuzovDoubloons • IX Dmitri Donskoi • X Moskva 
U.K.  I Black Swan • II Weymouth • III Caledon • IV Danae • V Emerald • VI Leander • VII Fiji • VII BelfastDoubloons • VIII Edinburgh • IX Neptune • X Minotaur 
Pan-Asia  I Chengan • VI HuangheDoubloons 
Italy  VI Duca d'AostaDoubloons • VII Duca degli AbruzziDoubloons 
France  I Bougainville • II Jurien de la Gravière • III Friant • IV Duguay-Trouin • V Émile Bertin • VI La Galissonnière • VI De GrasseDoubloons • VII Algérie • VIII Charles Martel • IX Saint-Louis • X Henri IV 
Commonwealth  VI PerthDoubloons 
Poland