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Akatsuki
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Fubuki
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Kagerō
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General
Research price63000 exp
Purchase price5,100,000 Credits
Hit Points11,600 
Main Battery
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type B mount3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
Rotation Speed6.9 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time26.09 sec.
Firing Range9.43 km.
Maximum Dispersion92 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,150 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity915 m./s.
HE Shell Weight23 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP Type0 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity915 m./s.
AP Shell Weight23 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Triple3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.86 shots/min.
Reload Time70 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType8 mod. 2 
Maximum Damage16,267 
Torpedo Speed59 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type B mount3 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second30.3 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second7.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed38 knot
Turning Circle Radius640 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.38 km.
Air Detectability Range3.02 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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5,100,000

Akatsuki — Japanese Tier VII destroyer.

This ship belonged to the "special type" series of destroyers. In contrast to Fubuki-class ships, she had more efficient propulsion and boasted a substantially higher speed.

Modules

Main Battery Guns 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)
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type B mount826.09922,15092,200 0390,000
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)
Akatsuki (A)11,60062033/43 0500,000
Akatsuki (B)13,10062034/3/2/13 12,4001,100,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type8 mod. 20.9707.216,2665910 0400,000
Type90 mod. 10.8767.217,2336210 16,4001,300,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type7 mod. 109.4 0235,000
Type7 mod. 21010.4 6,200500,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 50,000 hp38 0350,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Boost Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Depth Charges Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Akatsuki is the Tier VII entry in the IJN "torpedo boat" tech tree branch. While she can salvo one more torpedo than her "gunboat" counter-part Shiratsuyu, ironically she cannot equip the latter's Torpedo Reload Booster. Akatsuki also has a larger — and dual-purpose — main battery, raising questions as to which is the gunboat and which the torpedo boat.

In many ways, Akatsuki is a side-grade from Fubuki. She is largely the same as her immediate predecessor, with a few minor improvements.

Chief among these is a notable increase in her top speed. One of Fubuki’s more irksome negatives is her maximum speed of 35 knots; Akatsuki’s top speed bumps up to 38 knots. Her handling characteristics are almost the same as Fubuki as well, retaining her turning circle radius while losing time on rudder shift. Also improving is Akatsuki’s main battery. Though her guns are not her main damage dealer, she picks up two more barrels via an additional turret on the aft end of the ship. This makes her a more significant threat when she does decide to open up with her guns. The turrets themselves are the same as those on Fubuki, and they reload a little faster.

Akatsuki’s primary armament is in the same configuration as Fubuki’s — three triple-tube torpedo launchers — while having access to slightly better torpedoes in terms of damage. Her detection radius is slightly higher than her immediate predecessor's as well, so captains will have to be a touch more cautious in their positioning when there are enemy gunboat destroyers — such as Mahan or Kiev — in the mix. She is as vulnerable to enemy aircraft as most other destroyers as well, so when and enemy carrier is present, cautious play is recommended.

While Akatsuki is not a huge upgrade from Fubuki, the upgrades she does get are key to allowing her to remain competitive in her tier.

Pros:

  • Six main battery guns.
  • HE shells have good damage and good fire chance.
  • Three triple-tube torpedo launchers give her good flexibility.
  • Excellent top speed.
  • Good overall handling characteristics.

Cons:

  • Large detection radius.
  • Health pool is on the low end for Tier VII destroyers.
  • Main battery has the characteristic low reload and sluggish turrets of IJN DDs.
  • Lacks access to the Torpedo Reload BoosterWhen used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced. consumable that Shiratsuyu gets.
  • Anti-aircraft suite is weak, but with a dual-purpose main battery it's a big improvement for the IJN.

Research

Hull (B) is the first recommended upgrade. Akatsuki’s stock torpedoes are more than sufficient for her to work with initially. Invest in the Torpedo module next, and grab the Fire Control System module last.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Akatsuki are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Akatsuki equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectability range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Akatsuki with Type 17 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

For players looking for a competitive playstyle, it is highly recommended to mount the following signals: Juliet Charlie, Sierra Mike, November Foxtrot, Victor Lima, India X-Ray, and Juliet Whiskey Unaone.

Juliet Charlie protects the player from the increased potential detonation chances which India X-Ray and Juliet Whiskey Unaone give. In exchange, the two flags provide a potential increase in damage (+0.5% fire chance and +15% chance to causing flooding respectively). There is no need to worry about Victor Lima's debuff (+4% chance of getting flooding), as Akatsuki is a destroyer and will most likely not survive a torpedo strike.

Sierra Mike provides Akatsuki a healthy boost to her speed (38 kts to 40 kts), and November Foxtrot provides that small but potentially life-saving decrease in cooldown timer for the mounted consumables.

Players looking for a more relaxed play or simply grinding down the line are highly recommended to mount the following signals: Equal Speed Charlie London, Juliet Charlie, Sierra Mike, Zulu, November Foxtrot, and Zulu Hotel.

Again, Equal Speed Charlie London will help speed up the player's XP grind and Zulu will help make a little extra credits for the player during the grind. Sierra Mike will give a more comfortable speed for players who wish to be able to cruise to their next target location during a battle. Juliet Charlie is optional for players who dislike being detonated. November Foxtrot is also optional, but if the player dislikes dealing with a disabled engine, rudder, or other vital module, then this can be coupled with premium Damage Control Party II for a more relaxing play. Zulu Hotel will increase commander training and retraining (if the player chose to use his captain from the preceding Tier VI destroyer Fubuki).

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Japanese destroyer Akatsuki (1932) - Wikipedia
  2. Akatsuki-class destroyer (1931) - Wikipedia
  3. Armada: IJN Akatsuki (no YouTube video) - News - World of Warships
  4. Japanese Destroyers - Akatsuki - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.5.12.
  • Introduced into the game as a researchable ship of the IJN main destroyer branch in Update 0.5.15.
  • Update 0.5.16:
    • Main battery guns were replaced with universal guns of the same caliber, which gave the ship a long-range air defense aura.
  • Update 0.6.2:
    • The national flag was moved from the stern to the mast.
  • Update 0.6.4:
    • Main battery turret traverse time reduced from 30 to 26.1 s.
  • Update 0.6.8:
    • Improved appearance with the use of a special technology for rendering thin elements (mainly rigging).
  • Update 0.6.12:
    • Detectability when firing main guns in smoke changed to 2.75 km.
  • Update 0.6.13:
    • Fire extinguishing time now 30 s instead of 60 s.
  • Update 0.6.15:
    • Minor fixes to ship textures and geometry.
    • For the permanent Type 17 camouflage, the discount on ship maintenance was increased from -5% to -10%.
  • Update 0.7.2:
    • Players who have collected the "Uniforms" sub-collection of the "Yamomoto Isoroku" collection can use an alternate permanent camouflage color.
  • Update 0.7.6 update:
    • Improved display of thin elements on the hull.
  • Update 0.7.11:
    • HE shell damage increased from 1,800 to 2,150, fire change increased from 7 to 9%.

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