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Baltimore
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
New Orleans
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Buffalo
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General
Research price110000 exp
Purchase price8,900,000 Credits
Hit Points36,600 
Main Battery
203 mm/55 Mk.15 in a turret3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time10 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range14.39 km.
Maximum Dispersion132 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE/HC Mk25 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell14 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
HE Shell Weight118 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP Mk21 
Maximum AP Shell Damage5,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity762 m./s.
AP Shell Weight152 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount23 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second82.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors on a Mk.1 mount12 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second135.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time10.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.6 km.
Air Detectability Range7.25 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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8,900,000

Baltimore — American Tier VIII cruiser.

Designed after the treaty limitations had been lifted and built using the experience gained in World War II. Greater dimensions of the cruiser improved her survivability owing to a reinforced armor deck and enhanced protection for the propulsion. In addition to the main battery guns, the ship received dual-purpose artillery mounts.

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)
203 mm/55 Mk.15 in a turret6301322,800145,000 0730,000
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)
Baltimore (A)36,60062033612/23/60 01,000,000
Baltimore (B)42,40062033612/23/60 28,0002,100,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1014.4 0550,000
Mk8 mod. 21015.8 15,0001,200,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp32.5 0620,000

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 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Surveillance Radar Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 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 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Following on the heels of New Orleans at Tier VII, Tier VIII's Baltimore represents the new era of cruisers from the United States Navy. Not only was the firepower and protection improved, but in-game she also gets access to the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) which makes her a strong team player. Baltimore cannot, however, single handedly deal with destroyers lit up by her radar due to a 10 second reload. Team play and focusing targets is a must. The armor-piercing shells get a very special taste, as she is the first cruiser in the branch to have the famous super-heavy AP shells that retain great penetration even at range. As a trade-off these shells are slower however, and require more lead than the shells used on preceding 203mm armed ships.

Her play style focuses around the objectives and island cover. Captains should stay close behind an island and be a threat to anyone approaching their position thanks to Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.), and Baltimore’s shell arcs. It is important that a central position is chosen in order to maximize her impact on the match; captains should avoid long range, open-water combat under most circumstances, as her low shell velocity will make it easy for opponents to evade incoming fire while Baltimore is unlikely to do the same. Played effectively, Baltimore can be an excellent cruiser and destroyer killer.

Pros:

  • Strong main battery firepower in an AB-X layout that allows her to use the majority of her firepower while remaining heavily angled.
  • Excellent AP shells combined with 10 second reload time on her main battery. Very potent against broadside battleships and cruisers at medium ranges.
  • Shells actually do not have quite as high of an arc as her sister ship Cleveland, making aiming at range a bit easier.
  • Among the best in terms of AA firepower at Tier VIII.
  • Excellent support ship with utility tools like Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) and Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.).
  • High shell arcs allow Baltimore to use islands as cover.
  • Added resistance against 380/381mm AP shells thanks to her 27mm plating, a common caliber for many same-tier battleships.
  • Armor belt of 152mm is the thickest of any Tier VIII cruiser.
  • Effectively no citadel under turrets, plus its low positioning and unusual shape, make Baltimore quite difficult to citadel when angled.
  • With a full concealment build, the detection range of Baltimore becomes a touch smaller than the range of her Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.).

Cons:

  • Relatively high shell arcs, plus slower shells, mean Baltimore still has to lead targets almost as much as Cleveland, and makes island cover very important.
  • Ship has a high freeboard, which makes Baltimore a much bigger target for incoming fire compared to Japanese cruisers, for example. Extremely vulnerable against high-DPM HE spam, heavy HE, or overmatching battleship AP.
  • Has no torpedoes nor other means of high burst damage against battleships at close range, making Baltimore susceptible to battleship rushes if position isn't supported by teammates.
  • Arguably tied for second slowest of all tier 8 cruisers with her CL cousin Cleveland. Charles Martel, while also having a top speed of 32.5 knots, has Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.).

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Baltimore is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for a big boost in hit points, an upgraded AA suite, and improved rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Buffalo.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk8 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
The Gun Fire Control System is recommended for the first upgrade for most captains. While 14.3km of range is sufficient for tier 8 battles if used correctly, 15.8km is necessary if up-tiered. In a very skilled player's hand however, the Hull upgrade may be more useful if he is able to only pick favorable, close range fights. Get the other upgrade once you have accumulated enough XP.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Baltimore are as follows:

Generalist Build: Captains focusing on making Baltimore a more well-rounded ship will opt for 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.) in Slot 1 and Aiming Systems Modification 1 (Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: -7% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% secondary battery firing range. / -5% secondary battery dispersion.) in Slot 3 to increase her accuracy. This is especially useful when firing at destroyers detected during the short period that Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) is active. Baltimore’s base AA is still quite powerful without any AA-specific upgrades.

Anti-Aircraft Build: A popular build for this ship, captains focusing on improving Baltimore’s AA will opt for Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.) in Slot 1 to increase her anti-aircraft armament durability, and AA Guns Modification 1 (Improves AA efficiency: +20% reduction in the preparation time of the priority AA sector.) in Slot 3 to increase her medium- and long-range AA power. Although her AA is a powerful deterrent, its usefulness depends on whether there is a carrier in the game. To ensure these upgrades aren't wasted, consider divisioning with a Tier VIII carrier.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Baltimore can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

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

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Baltimore with Type 18 camouflage that lowers her detection range, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. USS Baltimore (CA-68) - Wikipedia
  2. Baltimore-class cruiser - Wikipedia
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