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Musashi
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Battleship | Japan | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price19,200 Credits
Hit Points97,300 
Main Battery
460 mm/45 Type943 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speed2.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time72 sec.
Firing Range26.5 km.
Maximum Dispersion274 m.
HE Shell460 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage7,300 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell35 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity805 m./s.
HE Shell Weight1360 kg.
AP Shell460 mm AP/APC Type91 
Maximum AP Shell Damage14,800 
Initial AP Shell Velocity780 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1460 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
155 mm/60 3rd Year Type4 х 3 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
HE Shell155 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,600 
Initial HE Shell Velocity925 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
Secondary Armament #2
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 26 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity725 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple mod. 28 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second26.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple mod. 14 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second13.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
13 mm/76 Type93 Twin2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 26 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second60.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed27 knot
Turning Circle Radius900 m.
Rudder Shift Time18.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range18 km.
Air Detectability Range15.99 km.
Battle Levels
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Musashi — Japanese Tier IX battleship.

A Yamato-class battleship, Yamato’s only sister ship to be commissioned. Just like Yamato, Musashi was the biggest warship of World War II. Upon completion, and in contrast to her subsequently modernized sister ship, she had more powerful secondary battery guns, but weaker AA defenses.

Musashi was first released for sale worldwide on 17 January 2018.

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)
460 mm/45 Type942722747,3003514,800 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)
Musashi97,3001665036/412/2/60 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type10 mod. 1026.5 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 150,000 hp27 00

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

Player Opinion

Performance

Musashi is the sister ship to Tier X Japanese battleship Yamato. As one might expect, the two share many commonalities. However, Musashi is a tier lower than her sister ship and somewhat weaker as a result. She retains the class's fearsome 18.1-inch guns, but sacrifices some general accuracy to do so. Her AA suite is also severely lacking compared to powerhouses like the Missouri, Iowa, or Friedrich der Große. Everything considered, captains that have played Yamato will know what to expect from Musashi. Both share key features such as their armor layout, health pool, stealth (or lack thereof), and speed. The two play very similarly, and overall feel quite comparable. That is not to say that they are entirely similar however, as Musashi sacrifices two main things for her down-tiering.

First and foremost, she takes a massive reduction to her anti-aircraft suite. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the single largest threat to any Musashi captain will be an enemy aircraft carrier, as they can strike her with near impunity regardless of the tier of their planes. Even an up-tiered carrier such as Hiryu or Ranger will have no trouble pushing home a bomber strike against Musashi. The severity of this weakness is somewhat mitigated by her astoundingly good torpedo belt — Musashi, like Yamato, has the joint best torpedo protection in the game. Captains should still keep this downfall in mind, as positioning themselves next to a ship with strong AA could mean the difference between sinking or staying afloat while a carrier is in play.

Yamato’s biggest strength is her guns and this also holds true with Musashi, but with one major difference. While Yamato has the best sigma value in the game at 2.1, Musashi has only has a 1.8 value. Sigma as a value only affects the shell groupings of a volley, causing them to trend towards being closer together as the value grows higher. Simply put, the higher the sigma, the tighter the shell groupings. There will always be outliers where shells go nowhere near a targeted ship, and even a ship with cataclysmically low sigma can have good accuracy as long as the dispersion value is similarly good. Put into context, all of that means that while Musashi is not inaccurate — she has the same dispersion value as Yamato, after all — her shell groupings simply won't be as tight, on average.

Other than these two things, Musashi also has a very high and easy to hit citadel. Captains should actively avoid close passes against enemy battleships and heavy cruisers, and avail to angle towards enemy ships at all times. It's inadvisable to get caught up in the ship's expansive main battery range either, as her guns lose most of their effectiveness past the 15 km mark. Veterans of Yamato are likely already familiar with the quirks of how these ships play.

Musashi is essentially a weaker, downtiered Yamato. They work the same for the most part, sharing the same strengths and a few of the same weaknesses. She is not a radical departure from general battleship play, and should be very comfortable to anyone who enjoys Yamato.


Pros:

  • 460 mm (18.1") guns are capable of penetrating the bow armor of every ship in the game at any range due to overmatch mechanics.
  • Current best DPM of the Tier IX battleships when Main Battery Modification 3 (-12% to main battery loading time. / -13% to the main battery traverse speed.) is installed.
  • Very long range on the main battery guns.
  • Long range secondaries; can reach up to 10.6 km with the proper build.
  • Tight turning circle for a battleship.
  • Tied with her Tier X sister, Yamato, for the best torpedo protection.
  • Largest hit point pool at Tier IX, and second largest in the game.
  • Strong, reliable armor when angled properly against enemy ships; very strong horizontal armor offers protection against American AP dive bombers (still vulnerable to Graf Zeppelin AP bombs).
  • Fairly good accuracy on her main battery.
  • Increased uptime and decreased cooldown on both Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship providing enhanced main battery firing range.) and Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection from enemy aircraft by engaging incoming fighters and bombers.) consumables.
  • Better rudder shift than her sister, Yamato.

Cons:

  • Painfully slow turret traverse of 2.5 deg./sec.
  • Very weak AA battery.
  • She is slow, and cumbersome with a large turning circle, slow rudder shift, and low top speed.
  • Half of her secondary battery fires AP, which struggles to do damage to angled targets.
  • Tall flat sides make her vulnerable to citadels from broadside targets.

Research

As a Premium ship, Musashi doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Musashi are as follows:

Slot 1 provides players with the first option in choosing a desired role. Typically, Main Armaments Modification 1 is recommended to provide additional survivability to the main battery, but players who desire to specialize in the secondary or anti-aircraft armament should choose Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (+100% to secondary battery survivability. / +100% to AA mounts survivability.).

Slot 3 allows for further specialization. Generally, Aiming Systems Modification 1 is recommended because it reduces shell dispersion of the main and secondary armaments. To increase the effectiveness of the anti-aircraft armament, mount AA Guns Modification 1 (+2 to number of explosions produced by salvos from medium- and long-range AA defenses.). Players wishing to specialize for secondaries should mount Secondary Battery Modification 2 (+20% to secondary battery maximum firing range. /    -20% to maximum dispersion of secondary battery shells.).

Slot 6 gives players options to finalize their build. For gunnery, mount Main Battery Modification 3 to decrease the reload time of the main battery. AA Guns Modification 2 (+15% continuous damage from all AA mounts. / +15% damage per second within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium- and long-range AA defenses.) should be mounted for AA duties to increase the DPS of AA guns. Players wishing to increase the effectiveness of the secondaries should mount Secondary Battery Modification 3 (-20% to secondary battery loading time.).

Commander Skills

Key skills for all Musashi commanders include Priority Target, Expert Marksman, and Superintendent.

For commanders focusing on secondary armaments, key skills include Basic Firing Training, Advanced Firing Training, and Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament.

For commanders focusing on anti-aircraft armaments, key skills include Basic Firing Training, Advanced Firing Training, and Manual Fire Control for AA Armament.

For commanders focusing on maximum survivability, key skills include Basics of Survivability, Fire Prevention, and Concealment Expert.

Consumables

Musashi can equip the following consumables:

Premium versions of Damage Control Party (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) and Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) are recommended, as Musashi will often be detected and drawing fire. Captains can choose between the Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship providing enhanced main battery firing range.) or Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection from enemy aircraft by engaging incoming fighters and bombers.) depending on personal preferences. Both of her aircraft consumables have increased uptime and decreased cooldown compared to other battleships.

Camouflage

As a Premium ship, comes included with Type 10 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 battleship, the Musashi has 8 slots for signal flags. Standard flags to take as a battleship are India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.), November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.), and India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.). These flags help increase the survivability of the Musashi. In addition, Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) will help the Musashi go slightly faster and Mike Yankee Soxisix (+5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary battery shells. / -5% to secondary battery loading time.) will boost the power of the already strong secondaries.

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