The number of battles played also influences matchmaking. See The Matchmaker for Newcomers.
Account Level 1Co-op Battles
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 0
All players start their World of Warships journey at Account Level 1, which grants them access to Co-op battles. New captains will be pitted against computer-AI-controlled ships as they discover the basics of game play.
Account Level 2Ship Research and Upgrades
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 1
- Research and purchase of modules and ships
Upon reaching Account Level 2, a player is granted access to the various national tech trees in the game, allowing him to purchase new ships and also improved modules — such as range or hull upgrades — for existing ships.
Account Level 3Random Battles
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 3
Account Level 3 allows a player to fight in Random Battles, potentially earning more experience and credits than in Co-op. In Random battles, players battle other players as opposed to the computer-controlled bots they previously fought.
Account Level 4Exterior
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 5
Attaining Account Level 4 grants the player the ability to mount Camouflage and Signals on his ships.
Camouflage provides a variety of bonuses, from reductions in spotting range and confusion for enemy gunners, to additional credit earnings, to additional experience for the ship and commander at the conclusion of battle. Plus, most of them look cool.
Signals are earned from achievements and other sources and are expended on use. Some of them provide significant buffs to experience and credits earned in battle, while others grant small buffs to ship performance.
Account Level 5Containers
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 7
Containers become available at Account Level 5, providing a player with additional opportunities to earn credits, consumable items, free experience, resources, and — potentially — rare rewards like premium ships! Most containers are earned by acquiring regular ship experience in battle — up to three such per day.
Account Level 6Free XP
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 9
At Account Level 6, a player start earning Free Experience (FXP). Free experience can be spent on unlocking new ships and upgrades as needed, and undistributed experience can be converted to free experience using Doubloons .
Account Level 7Ship Commander
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 11
Account Level 7 introduces a player to one of the most important mechanics in World of Warships: Commanders. Just like the ship, the commander assigned to her also earns experience in battle, acquiring skills that further customize and improve a ship's performance.
Account Level 8Combat Missions
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 13
- Combat Missions
Account Level 8 grants access to Missions and Challenges. These tasks provide additional rewards above and beyond those attained through regular battle, and vary from additional credits or experience, to earning a brand new ship just for playing the game!
Account Level 9Upgrades
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 15
Upgrades become available to players at Account Level 9, allowing captains to customize and improve the performance of various aspects of the ships in their port. Ships can mount as many as six upgrades, depending on the ship tier.
Account Level 10Campaigns
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 17
Having achieved Account Level 10, a player is able to participate in Campaigns. Campaigns are long-term projects in World of Warships, as players choose certain tasks to pursue towards unlocking an overall reward. Completing each task likewise awards credits, flags, free experience, and more!
Account Level 11Armory
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 19
Account Level 12Operations
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 21
Reaching Account Level 12 grants a player the ability to queue up for Operations. Operations are challenging PvE (Player vs. Environment) encounters that pit a team of 7 players against a series of increasingly difficult AI-controlled bot opponents, while working towards a list of primary and secondary objectives. Rewards for top performance include camouflage, flags, commanders, and even Premium time!
Account Level 13Inventory Management
Account Level 14Ranked Battles
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 130
Ranked Battles become accessible to players who have earned Account Level 14. Ranked Battles provide a more team-focused experience over Random Battles, while granting unique rewards up to and including reward ships that are only attainable by playing Ranked games!
Account Level 15Clan Battles, Training Room
Total number of battles needed to reach this level: 200
In order to experience the challenge of Clan Battles, a clan member must first attain Account Level 15. Level 15 members have the ability to join their clan on the battlefield, queuing up as a group to challenge others on their server's Clan Rating leader boards. Also at Level 15, a player may begin to use Training Rooms to hone his skills.
- A tech tree is an ordered set of increasingly powerful ships, branched by type (battleships, cruisers, destroyers, carriers) for a national navy. Your first ship is the base of that nation's tech tree.