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Henri IV
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Cruiser | France | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Saint-Louis
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General
Research price238000 exp
Purchase price19,500,000 Credits
Hit Points53,300 
Main Battery
240 mm/55 Mle 19393 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire4.88 shots/min.
Reload Time12.3 sec.
Rotation Speed5.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time32.73 sec.
Firing Range19.08 km.
Maximum Dispersion164 m.
HE Shell240 mm HE OEA Mle 1939 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell22 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity845 m./s.
HE Shell Weight220 kg.
AP Shell240 mm AP OPfK Mle 1939 
Maximum AP Shell Damage6,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity845 m./s.
AP Shell Weight220 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/54 Mle 19486 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mark 41 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity808 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 23DT 
Maximum Damage14,833 
Torpedo Speed60 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
57 mm/60 ACAD Mle 19518 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second204 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
127 mm/54 Mle 19486 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second94.2 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius840 m.
Rudder Shift Time11.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.56 km.
Air Detectability Range10.35 km.
Battle Levels
12345678910
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X
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19,500,000

Henri IV — French Tier X cruiser.

Developed from the preceding project with enhanced anti-aircraft defenses, this cruiser carried 240 mm main guns designed in the 1930s. The ship featured a powerful propulsion plant and a very high speed.

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)
240 mm/55 Mle 19394.932.731643,400226,200 02,000,000
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)
Henri IV (A)53,3006220368/620 02,900,000
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 23DT0.7907.214,833609 01,600,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
PCA n° 10 Mle 1019.1 01,800,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 220,000 hp35 01,600,000

Compatible Upgrades

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

Player Opinion

Performance

Proudly standing at the peak of the French cruisers tree, Henri IV takes her place alongside the Russian Moskva as the second “Big Gun” cruiser of Tier X. Henri IV’s key upgrades from her predecessor Saint-Louis are her speed — now capable of 35 knots in a straight line — and her new 3x3 240mm guns: 20mm bigger than those of Moskva. Her main battery shells have the highest armor piercing damage available to Tier X cruisers, and tie with Zao for the most high explosive damage. Combined with the excellent penetration statistics, good accuracy and great range, these guns combined with her amazing speed, make Henri IV a very potent ship.

Several trade-offs must be made in order to squeeze guns of this caliber on to a cruiser hull: they have the second longest reload time, below-average shell velocity, and there are only nine of them. Henri IV is armed with a torpedo configuration that will feel familiar to veterans of the line: a single triple-tube 550mm torpedo launcher on each side of the ship, which boast a 9.0 km range married with decent reload time, low speed, and moderate damage. Henri IV captains have far fewer torpedoes available than captains of Hindenburg, Minotaur, or Zao and as such, they must be treated as a supplementary or last-ditch weapon. Henri IV’s base AA performance is lackluster, but her 57mm and 127mm guns have excellent range and decent damage when upgraded via modules and commander skills, with the latter fully benefitting from the Manual Control for AA Armament skill. Her AA is good enough for self-defense, but won’t truly be capable of defending friendly ships like most high-tier cruisers can.

While Henri IV lacks a catapult to launch reconnaissance seaplane or catapult fighter, she comes with a choice between Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) or Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) as well as default access to the improved French cruiser version of Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) consumable that increases her speed by a massive 20%. Combined with the Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) signal flag, she is capable of reaching 43.9 knots... which is patently absurd for a cruiser. As with all high-tier cruisers, she also has access to Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.). Captains have a choice between Defensive AA Fire for a massive increase in her AA performance, or Hydroacoustic Search for hunting destroyers, something the speed-demon Henri IV excels at.

Similar to the rest of the French cruisers, Henri IV’s armor shouldn't be relied upon. She does have the second highest health pool of all Tier X cruisers, but her large size and poor concealment coupled with her limited armor can lead to an over-extending Henri IV being sent back to port very quickly. Henri IV’s speed can almost work against her, as she must avoid overextending at all costs, something that is a tad difficult in a ship that goes so fast. Overall, Henri IV poses a threat to nearly every ship class in the game, capable of mercilessly pursuing destroyers and slamming them with high-damage and accurate HE shells, able to re-position rapidly mid-battle to cover multiple fronts at once, equipped oppose enemy cruisers with her superior gun caliber, and still readily take on battleships with her excellent guns and her torpedoes. She is a Tier X cruiser worthy of addition to any captain's port.

Pros:

  • AP shells have excellent penetration statistics and she has the highest AP damage and ties with Zao for the highest HE damage.
  • Fire chance of 22% on primary HE shells is unsurpassed among cruisers.
  • Leagues ahead of all other cruisers at her tier in terms of speed; with Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) active Henri IV is capable of reaching 43.9 knots, and can catch up to and even outrun high-tier destroyers.
  • Mounts the biggest guns of Tier X cruisers (240mm), moving Moskva (220mm) to second place.
  • Second highest health amongst Tier X cruisers.
  • Armed with three torpedo tubes per broadside with decent range, speed, and reload time.

Cons:

  • Poor shell velocity on both HE and AP shells; the arcs make it harder to land citadel hits at long range, even against broadside targets.
  • At long range, the penetration value of her AP shells lags behind Moskva.
  • Fewer number of guns plus a longer reload time reduces Henri IV’s DPM capabilities.
  • Mediocre AA characteristics.
  • Limited torpedo capabilities compared to other Tier X cruisers armed with torpedoes.
  • Second worst concealment value, after Moskva.
  • While fast in a straight line, Henri IV bleeds a lot of speed in a hard turn.
  • Lacks aviation facilities for a Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship providing enhanced main battery firing range.) or a Catapult Fighter (While active, a fighter plane circles the ship providing additional protection from enemy aircraft by engaging incoming fighters and bombers.).

Research

As a Tier X ship, Henri IV has no additional modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Henri IV are as follows:

  • Slot 1: Main Armaments Modification 1. Henri IV’s guns are her lifeline and this reduces the chances of them being knocked out.
  • Slot 2: Aiming Systems Modification 1 to improve the performance of her main guns, or AA Guns Modification 2 to increase the range of her AA guns, as while not as good as her peers, Henri IV’s AA has consistent long range.
  • Slot 3: Main Battery Modification 3 to reduce the reload speed of the main guns from 12.3 seconds to 10.8 seconds at the cost of turret traverse speed. Alternatively, Henri IV has the second longest base main gun range of 19.1 km, and Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 could raise this to a staggering 22.1km.
  • Slot 4: Damage Control System Modification 1 is the best option, as Henri IV is a large target to planes, torpedoes, and HE shells. The preferred alternate is the rare module Engine Boost Modification 1 to give her a staggering 270 seconds (4.5 minutes) of uptime on Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.).
  • Slot 5: Steering Gears Modification I is recommended to improve Henri IV’s handling. Alternatively, Damage Control System Modification 2 helps reduce how long Henri IV burns and floods.
  • Slot 6: Concealment System Modification 1 is vital to allowing Henri IV to properly position herself without being spotted by enemy ships and to escape enemy ships should the battle turn against her favor.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Henri IV can equip the following consumables:

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.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Henri IV with Type 20 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, increases her credit earnings, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

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