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An aircraft carrier that had a prominent effect on the development of this type of ship in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was a highly successful project that featured a high speed, reasonably good AA defense and a sizable air group. Poor armor protection reduced the aircraft carrier's resistance to damage.

Modules

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 0
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6  AA Guns Modification 2 Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Flight Control Modification 2 Air Groups Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 2 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

The first standard-sized (or "fleet") aircraft carrier in the Japanese carrier line, carrier players will surely fall in love with Hiryu. With a total complement of 72 planes, she is far less likely to run out of planes than her predecessors, if captains execute their attacks correctly that is. However, one must be aware that the torpedo planes she carries are the same as Tier V's Zuiho. This means they incredibly vulnerable when facing warships above Tier VII.

Captains must plan their attacks very carefully when using Hiryu’s air squadrons. Never stay in one place, use auto-pilot mode, continue sailing (even at 1/4 speed), and always keep distance from the enemy.

Pros:

  • Larger hangar provides a total complement of 72 planes and full reserves on all squadrons.
  • Top speed of 34 knots means she can re-position to any area of the map quicker.
  • Upgraded fighter groups can match with American fighters (if used well).
  • Very well-rounded and is consistent in general when using the balanced loadout.
  • Good anti-aircraft defense.

Cons:

  • Tier VI torpedo bombers are easily shredded by ships Tier VII and above.
  • Alpha damage against equal or higher tier capital ships can be lacking due to lower tier torpedo bombers.
  • Performance against DDs may be short of what is expected due to inferior torpedo bombers.

Research

This is a suggested research path:

  1. Type 7 mod. 2 Flight Control
  2. Mitsubishi A6M5c fighters
  3. Aichi D3A2 dive bombers
  4. Hull (B)
Once the second hull is researched, captains are free to decide if they want to spend experience on the air superiority modification or move on to Shokaku.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for ' are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 3 is the main choice of upgrades with '. For players looking to improve their fighter's capabilities, Air Groups Modification 2 (+7.5% to aircraft HP.) is highly recommended, especially when using the Type 7 mod. 3 flight control system. Otherwise, the Flight Control Modification 1 (-5% aircraft restoration time, +2 aircraft carrier deck places available.) helps players land and launch '’s multiple flight squadrons, as ' has six separate plane squadrons to manage.

Commander Skills

' uses the standard Japanese carrier captain skill setup. Emphasis should be on skills that boost fighter and bomber effectiveness and AA protection. Aircraft Servicing Expert, Torpedo Acceleration, Torpedo Armament Expertise, and Air Supremacy are "must have" skills. Dogfighting Expert is also useful if ' faces a higher tier carrier, and the bonus to ammunition allows her fighters to remain airborne longer before returning to rearm.

For AA defense, ' has large-caliber 127mm guns that benefit greatly from Manual Fire Control for AA Armament. Basic Firing Training is also a good choice to boost all AA guns' DPS by 20%. While '’​‍s AA DPS output is not sufficient to wipe out entire squadrons, it can knock out a few planes and, in combination with maneuvering, can help avoid taking serious damage.

Evasive Maneuvers is recommended as it increases the bombers' survivability when returning to the carrier, and is especially useful when the enemy targets have activated Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.).

Any skills that are related to an enemy vessel firing on your carrier are not useful, as the cost-benefit of investing in survivability skills is not worth the minimal benefit they offer. ' has a low HP pool and is large and unarmored, and will not survive an attack by any ship larger than a destroyer. ' captains must position their ship near friendlies and far back from the enemy fleet. Concealment Expert may be taken to further reduce detection range if the captain so desires.

Consumables

' can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip ' with Type 17 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

As a carrier, ' can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (+50% XP earned for the battle.), Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.), and, for the last two: November Echo Setteseven (+5% continuous damage by all AA guns, +5% damage per second within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium- and long-range AA defenses.) and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.).

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