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Cruiser | U.S.S.R. | Tier III
Tech Tree Position
Purchase pricepromo  Doubloons
Hit Points22,400 
Main Battery
152 mm/45 Model 189212 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range10.98 km.
Maximum Dispersion108 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE 109 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity753 m./s.
HE Shell Weight49.76 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP 91 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792.5 m./s.
AP Shell Weight41.4 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
75 mm/50 Canet naval gun12 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range2.5 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell75 mm HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500 
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Maximum Speed25 knot
Turning Circle Radius450 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.6 sec.
Surface Detectability Range10.98 km.
Air Detectability Range4.3 km.
Battle Levels

Varyag — Soviet promo premium Tier III cruiser.

One of the most famous cruisers in the Imperial Russian Navy. Built in the U.S. under a one-off project that was based on the same technical design used for the construction of cruiser Bogatyr. The ship had a very high speed for her time and carried numerous rapid-fire main and secondary guns.

Varyag was first released for sale worldwide on 27 April 2018 and was also obtainable via a series of in-game missions.


Main Battery Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
152 mm/45 Model 18927.5301082,10082,700 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Varyag22,400615212120 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
GFCS III mod. 1011 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 21,100 hp25 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

Player Opinion


Varyag is one of a multitude of premium Russian cruisers in World of Warships, and the third at Tier III (the others being Oleg and Aurora). Varyag possesses similar characteristics to the two other premium Tier III's, which in turn are very similar to the tech tree Tier III, Bogatyr. As such, Varyag shares a similar play style.

Like most Tier III cruisers, Varyag is not the quickest ship, with top a speed of 25 knots. Varyag does however have a quick rudder shift time of 6.6 seconds, which allows captains to quickly "wiggle" themselves out of the way of incoming shells, or into a better angle in hopes of bouncing or ricocheting armor piercing shells.

Varyag was historically a "protected cruiser"; in-game her armor is decent, but again, like most Tier III cruisers, is nothing to write home about. It will be sufficient against cruiser- and destroyer-caliber armor piercing ammunition when angled, but will be next to useless against battleship AP. Captains should not rely on her armor to save them; her mobility and ability to strategically place herself are better options.

Her guns are of a large caliber (152 mm), and have the characteristics to match; slow reload, high damage, high shell arc, and good penetration. Both her high explosive and armor piercing ammunition are usable, and captains are encouraged to switch ammo types as the situation changes. Her high shells arcs make hitting targets at range challenging, but also allow for strategic positioning of the ship behind low-lying islands. Her large number of guns on either side allow her to easily switch between targets without having to wait too long for the guns to traverse.

Despite having generally worse statistics than her three Tier III Russian cruiser counterparts, Varyag remains a passable ship. There is nothing spectacularly good or bad about her, and can serve her captain well when played to her strengths.


  • Decent shell penetration for HE and AP.
  • Decent rudder shift time.
  • Placement of guns on either side of ship allows player to quickly switch targets on a different side.


  • Worst damage output of all of the Tier III protected cruisers.
  • Lowest amount of hit points compared to the rest of the Tier III protected cruisers.
  • High shell arc makes hitting agile ships at maximum range very difficult.
  • Main battery cannot take advantage of commander skills Basic Firing Training or Advanced Firing Training.
  • The combination of her sluggish speed and mediocre range makes it very difficult to do damage to fleeing enemies.
  • Like the Bogatyr, has zero anti-aircraft armament.


As a premium ship, Varyag doesn't have any modules to research.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Varyag are as follows:

Varyag has access to the first two upgrade slots. Slot 1 can mount Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) to increase the survivability of her main guns, Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (+100% to secondary battery survivability. / +100% to AA mounts survivability.) (not recommended with her pitiful secondaries and no AA), or Magazine Modification 1 (-70% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonation.) to reduce detonation chance. The second slot can mount Damage Control System Modification 1 (-3% to the risk of flooding and damage received when torpedoes hit the torpedo protection. / -5% to the risk of fire.) to reduce received fire and flooding chance, Propulsion Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of the engine becoming incapacitated. / -20% to engine repair time.) to reduce chance of damage to the engine and engine repair time, or Steering Gears Modification 1 (-20% to the steering gears repair time. / -20% to the risk of the steering gears becoming incapacitated.) to reduce chance of damage to the rudder and reduce its repair time.

Commander Skills

Key skills for Varyag commanders include Preventative Maintenance at Level 1, Adrenaline Rush at Level 2, Demolition Expert at Level 3, and Concealment Expert at Level 4. High Alert and Basics of Survivability can both be taken to improve the ship’s survivability. Captains may also find Expert Marksman useful to increase the turrets' traverse speed.


Varyag can equip the following consumables:

The premium consumable, Damage Control Party II (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.), can be mounted in Slot 1. Although it may be useful in certain siutations, it is generally not recommended.


As a premium ship, Varyag comes included with Type 9 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.



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