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Molotov
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Cruiser | U.S.S.R. | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price4,550 Doubloons
Hit Points28,400 
Main Battery
180 mm/57 MK-3-1803 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire4.8 shots/min.
Reload Time12.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range15.49 km.
Maximum Dispersion139 m.
HE ShellHE-32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell13 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity920 m./s.
HE Shell Weight97.5 kg.
AP ShellAP-32 
Maximum AP Shell Damage4,400 
Initial AP Shell Velocity920 m./s.
AP Shell Weight97.5 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
100 mm/56 B-346 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range4.5 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE ShellHE-56 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,400 
Initial HE Shell Velocity895 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Triple 1-N2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.86 shots/min.
Reload Time70 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo53-38 
Maximum Damage14,400 
Torpedo Speed65 knot
Torpedo Range4.02 km.
AA Defense
45 mm 21-K6 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
37 mm 70-K8 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second45.6 
. . . Firing Range3.21 km.
12.7 mm Vickers2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second4.2 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
37 mm 70-K4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second22.8 
. . . Firing Range3.21 km.
12.7 mm DShK4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second14.4 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
100 mm/56 B-346 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius860 m.
Rudder Shift Time7.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.14 km.
Air Detectability Range7.53 km.
Battle Levels
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VI
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4,550

Molotov — Soviet premium Tier VI cruiser.

An improvement of the preceding Project-26 cruisers, also known as the Kirov-class cruisers, the Project-26bis "sub-class" had improvements in armour protection, while retaining the powerful armaments and high speed set as standard of the class.

Molotov was released on both the NA and EU servers on 16 May 2016.

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)
180 mm/57 MK-3-1804.822.51392,500134,400 00
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)
Molotov28,40010150362/12/6/4/620 00
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)
53-380.9707.214,400654 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
GFCS VI mod. 1015.5 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 110,000 hp36 00

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 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

Player Opinion

Performance

Molotov superficially resembles the Tier V soviet cruiser Kirov, and both ships do share many similar characteristics. Both have paper armor and cannot be relied upon to tank damage when found in unfavourable situations. Both have an average anti-aircraft suite, which could provide mediocre self-defence from aviation, at best. Furthermore, both cruisers exhibit good speed, which gives them the legs to move between destinations, but the large turning radius hampers any sense of manoeuvrability.

The most notable trait of Molotov are the primary artillery. While they are the same rifles mounted on Kirov, Molotov has improved ballistic characteristics than its Tier V predecessor; the ballistic characteristics are more similar to those of the Tier IX soviet cruiser, Dmitri Donskoi. Specifically, she has good fire chance, good AP alpha damage, and good shell velocity. This allows her to reliably hit any straight-sailing ship at any distance; even nailing citadels against broadside cruisers. As well, she has the volume of fire to deter any destroyer that gets too close, and harass any battleship that has over-extended.

Molotov is a reliable secondary line support gunship that can provide effective counter-fire from the rear of an advancing flank, while the primary line ships are keeping the enemy ships busy, but this task is not easy. Captains will need to have mastered good map/situational awareness and a decent sense of preplanning to understand where to position their Molotov; this can spell the difference between a feared gunship and a target for the enemy.



LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Molotov from the NA forums


Pros:

  • Great speed of 36 knots.
  • Fantastic gun handling characteristics and shell performance.
  • Responsive rudder for a cruiser.

Cons:

  • Fragile cruiser with light armor.
  • AA capabilities are limited.
  • Secondary and Torpedo armament are too short-ranged to be effective.
  • Has a large turning radius.

Research

As a premium ship, Molotov doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a Tier VI cruiser, Molotov has access to Upgrade Slots 1, 2, 4, and 5. For Upgrade Slot 1, Main Armaments Modification 1 is the best choice. For Upgrade Slot 2, Aiming Systems Modification 1 is the best choice. For Upgrade Slot 4, the choice falls to the captain’s personal preference between Propulsion Modification 1 and Steering Gears Modification 1, as these two modules will be frequently incapacitated. For Upgrade Slot 5, there are again also two good choices presented in the form of Propulsion Modification 2 and Steering Gears Modification 2; the choice falls to the captain’s preference of either buffing the speed or the rudder shift time of Molotov.

Commander Skills

For Tier 1, Basics of Survivability is the best choice. For Tier 2, Last Stand is the most recommended choice, although captains can choose Incoming Fire to alert them if their ship is being targeted and provide additional time to react. For Tier 3, Vigilance is recommended to provide captains additional time to react to oncoming torpedoes. Alternatively, captains can choose Superintendent to give them an extra charge on their consumables. For Tier 4, Demolition Expert is the best choice. Survivability Expert could be an alternative choice, albeit of limited benefit. For Tier 5, Concealment Expert is the best choice.

Consumables

Molotov has access to three consumables slots: Damage Control Party, Spotting Aircraft, and a choice between Hydroacoustic Search and Defensive AA Fire. Captains are recommended to take premium versions of all consumables, but it is not a necessity. Furthermore, the a choice between Hydroacoustic Search and Defensive AA Fire will predominantly fall upon the captain’s preferred play-style, as both only confer situational benefit at best.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Molotov comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers his detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

The choice of which signal flags to mount will confer to the individual preference of each captain, and are subject to great variation, although, some options will be highlighted. If captains wish to buff their primary artillery, they are encouraged to mount Victor Lima + India X-ray to increase fire chance to HE shells, which will synergize well with Demolition Expert. Captains should mount India Yankee to decrease time to extinguish fires, mount November Foxtrot to decrease reload time of consumables, and mount Sierra Mike to increase ships maximum speed.

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