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Lightning
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Destroyer | U.K. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Jervis
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Jutland
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General
Research price112000 exp
Purchase price8,900,000 Credits
Hit Points13,000 
Main Battery
120 mm/50 QF Mk XI3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire13.33 shots/min.
Reload Time4.5 sec.
Rotation Speed20 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Timesec.
Firing Range11.1 km.
Maximum Dispersion106 m.
HE Shell120 mm HE 62 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity774 m./s.
HE Shell Weight28.12 kg.
AP Shell120 mm SAP 62 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity774 m./s.
AP Shell Weight28.12 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm QR Mk IV2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.57 shots/min.
Reload Time106 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IX 
Maximum Damage15,433 
Torpedo Speed61 knot
Torpedo Range8.01 km.
AA Defense
120 mm/50 QF Mk XI3 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second14.7 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second14.4 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
12.7 mm Mk III2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second4.2 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII1 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.9 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius590 m.
Rudder Shift Time5.3 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.02 km.
Air Detectability Range3.05 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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8,900,000

Lightning — British Tier VIII destroyer.

An L-class destroyer, a next step in the development of J-class ships. In comparison with her predecessors, she had fewer torpedo tubes and new, more powerful 120 mm guns mounted in turrets with the design that enabled firing at aircraft.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° 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)
120 mm/50 QF Mk XI13.391061,70092,200 0650,000
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)
Lightning (A)13,00062032/4/1/320 0850,000
Lightning (B)15,90062034/1/620 39,0002,750,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
533 mm Mk IX(*)0.6967.215,866618 0800,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk VIII mod. 1011.1 0400,000
Mk VIII mod. 21012.2 25,0001,550,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 48,000 hp36 0700,000

Compatible Upgrades

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

Player Opinion

Performance

The Lightning is a natural evolution from the Jervis, sharing a similar turret and torpedo tube configuration as well as performance characteristics. However, the Lightning mounts its 4.7-inch (120 mm) guns in new enclosed turrets capable of high elevation angles, thus allowing them to serve as anti-aircraft guns as well. These turrets also have the pleasant side effect of allowing them to clear the rear structure, thus allowing the forward turrets to also traverse fully. This allows the Lightning to easily maneuver while keeping its guns on target as it retreats.

Pros:

  • All gun turrets can traverse 360 degrees.
  • Superb concealment with 8 km torpedoes, allowing stealth torpedo attacks.
  • Superb acceleration and maneuverability.
  • Access to Hydroacoustic Search consumable.
  • High number of smoke charges with short cooldown.

Cons:

  • Short duration smoke discourages sitting in smoke and firing.
  • No Engine Boost consumable makes escape nearly impossible if caught in a bad position.
  • High shell arcs make long range hits against anything smaller than a battleship challenging.
  • Short ship detection range for the Hydroacoustic Search consumable.
  • Poor AA firepower.
  • 8km torpedoes may not be adequate in Tier X matches.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Lightning are as follows:

Commander Skills

Key skills for Lightning commanders include Last Stand, Survivability Expert, and Concealment Expert.

Consumables

Lightning can equip the following consumables:

It is recommended that captains use premium consumables to get the most out of the ship.

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 Lightning with Type 18 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

Lightning captains benefit from signal flags that enhance her main battery armament and torpedo armament, such as Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.), India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.). Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) is useful for increasing maneuverability.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery


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