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Nelson
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Battleship | U.K. | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase priceCredits
Hit Points59,400 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk I3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range18.21 km.
Maximum Dispersion242 m.
HE Shell406 mm HE Mk II 
Maximum HE Shell Damage6,900 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell46 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity788 m./s.
HE Shell Weight929 kg.
AP Shell406 mm AP Mk IB 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity788 m./s.
AP Shell Weight929 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
152 mm/50 Mk XXII6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
HE Shell152 mm HE Mk V 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,150 
Initial HE Shell Velocity884 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
120 mm/40 QF Mk VIII6 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell120 mm HE Mk VA 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity749 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV39 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second140.4 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII6 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second118.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
120 mm/40 QF Mk VIII6 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second36 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed24 knot
Turning Circle Radius750 m.
Rudder Shift Time14.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.3 km.
Air Detectability Range12.36 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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Nelson — British Tier VII battleship.

This battleship featured an innovative arrangement designed under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The ship was armed with 406mm main guns that were concentrated in three turrets in the ship's bow. She was the first battleship in the Royal Navy to be armored according to the "all or nothing" concept.

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)
406 mm/45 Mk I2452426,9004612,000 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)
Nelson59,400940636/66/39/60 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk VII mod. 1018.2 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 46,000 hp24 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

Player Opinion

Performance

HMS Nelson is a Tier VII premium British battleship. She is the second premium ship available that is purchased using Free Experience instead of doubloons (the first being Missouri).

Nelson features a main battery of 16-inch guns in a 3x3 configuration with all three turrets forward of the superstructure. Unlike Izumo, Nelson’s turrets all face forward, allowing her to shift fire to either side very easily when bow on. Nelson features decent — if low — penetration values on her armor-piercing rounds. This makes them highly effective against enemy cruisers due to their short fuse arming time, but renders them largely ineffective against more armored battleships at range. However, Nelson also has some of the best high explosive shells available to any battleship, with very high penetration and fire chance values. She is able to utilize her HE rounds to easily burn enemy battleships, as well as stripping off AA mounts and damaging other modules.

Nelson also has a unique Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) consumable that is similar to those found on Lion, Conqueror and Tier VIII+ British cruisers, enabling her to heal as much as 40% of her total health pool in one use. As such, she is extremely durable with regards to fire damage. However, Nelson has a high citadel, unusual for a British battleship. Her citadel location is similar to the original Iowa and Montana citadel locations that were revised in Update 0.6.6, meaning that she will occasionally take citadel damage even while angled towards the enemy (especially through her 25mm bow armor). Her torpedo protection system is quite weak, and with her slow speed and high detection, she lacks the ability to control engagements the way faster ships can. Nelson’s secondaries are also not all that great, and her AA is best described as "adequate" and fit for self defense only.

Overall, Nelson is a strong battleship, with excellent firepower for her tier and a high resilience to fire damage balanced by her high citadel, slow speed, and weak torpedo protection.

LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Nelson from the NA Forums


Pros:

  • Three forward turrets that all turn frontally, allowing for more flexibility in engagements.
  • Fairly decent dispersion aids in punishing broadside cruisers and battleships.
  • Has access to the same special Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) consumable that can heal massive amounts of health in a short span of time (similar to high-tier British battleships and cruisers).
  • Very good HE shells with high fire chance (46%).
  • Rear secondaries are good enough to deal with the occasional destroyer that sneaks up behind the Nelson.

Cons:

  • Citadel extends well above the waterline, making it easy for other battleships and heavy cruisers to citadel.
  • Slow top speed.
  • Horrendously poor deceleration.
  • Underwhelming anti-aircraft suite makes Nelson an easy target for enemy aircraft carriers.
  • AP shells, lack the punch to penetrate some battleship armor.
  • Loses battle influence exponentially over citadel damage intake.
  • Inability to heal citadel damage is a major disqualification for a special heal.

Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Nelson are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 1 provides two useful options. For players who wish to specialize in anti aircraft duties or the secondary battery, Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 should be mounted. Otherwise, Main Armaments Modification 1 should be chosen.

Upgrade Slot 3 provides options for specialization. For increased gunnery accuracy, Aiming Systems Modification 1 should be equipped. For specialization in anti aicraft duties or the secondary battery, either AA Guns Modification 2 or Secondary Battery Modification 2 should be mounted, depending on the desired specialization.

Upgrade Slot 4 provides two useful options. For increased survivability, Damage Control System Modification 2 is the better choice. However, players who enjoy fighting at close ranges may find Steering Gears Modification 2 to be more useful.

Commander Skills

Nelson’s suggested Commander Skills are mostly to be expected, and are highly typical for those found on most Battleships. As she doesn't have particularly excellent qualities, such as the secondary armaments found on Scharnhorst and Gneisenau or the anti aircraft abilities of Hood, it is recommended to invest in survivability skills instead.

Consumables

Nelson can equip the following consumables:

It is highly recommended to mount premium Repair Party II (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) as it can, for all intents and purposes, practically heal half of the ship's total hitpoints (about 23,000 hit points base; 28,000 when combined with India Delta signal). Premium Damage Control Party II (While active, instantly repairs any module incapacitations, fires, and floods.) is left to the player's discretion upon finding whether they take too much damage from fires and flooding or simply having the turrets, engine or other module incapacitated constantly.

Camouflage

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

Signals

As a battleship, Nelson can mount eight signal flags simultaneously. Captains should mount India Delta flags (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) to increase the amount of hit points the repair party consumable can recover. November Foxtrot flags (-5% reload time on all consumables.) are recommended to reduce the cooldown timers on the ship’s consumables. Captains should also mount Sierra Mike flags (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) to help mitigate the ship’s slow top speed. Lastly, economic and special signal flags can be used to increase the ship’s credit and experience gain per battle.

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