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Bayern
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Battleship | Germany | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
König
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Gneisenau
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General
Research price40500 exp
Purchase price3,470,000 Credits
Hit Points43,900 
Main Battery
380 mm L/45 Drh LC/19134 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speed3.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time51.43 sec.
Firing Range15.13 km.
Maximum Dispersion237 m.
HE Shell380 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell35 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity800 m./s.
HE Shell Weight750 kg.
AP Shell380 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.5 
Maximum AP Shell Damage10,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity800 m./s.
AP Shell Weight750 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
88 mm L/45 MPL C/138 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell88 mm Spr.Gr. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,000 
Initial HE Shell Velocity890 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
150 mm L/45 MPL C/1316 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time8.57 sec.
HE Shell150 mm HE K Gr 18 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity835 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
AA Defense
88 mm L/45 MPL C/138 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second13.6 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed22.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius630 m.
Rudder Shift Time19.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range14.94 km.
Air Detectability Range8.64 km.
Battle Levels
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3,470,000

Bayern — German Tier VI battleship.

The warship belonged to the last series of battleships built for the Imperial German Navy. She was distinguished for her powerful 380 mm main guns with extremely good shell ballistics and a rate of fire that was quite high among similar gun systems.

Modules

link=Ship: 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)
380 mm L/45 Drh LC/1913251.432374,5003510,900 0320,000
link=Ship: 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)
Bayern (A)43,9001635048/1680 0440,000
Bayern (B)51,60016350410/66/6/1/60 16,5001,000,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
FKS Typ 6 Mod. 1015.1 0300,000
FKS Typ 6 Mod. 21016.6 9,000700,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 54,800 hp22.5 0130,000
Propulsion: 75,000 hp25 5,000300,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System 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

Player Opinion

Performance

The last Imperial German battleship, Bayern stands as the ultimate refinement of the dreadnought-type before the shift to the fast battleship. She represents the best of what the Kaiserliche Marine had ever wanted for their linienschiff dreadnoughts: tough-as-nails, good offensive power, and fast (for a dreadnought); she is very potent when compared to other battleships of her tier. Like the ships before her, Bayern is can do very well while brawling with other battleships, and can cause massive damage when positioned properly in a brawl.

Protecting Bayern is an armor belt significantly stronger than her American colleague New Mexico and much stronger than Fuso, though like all dreadnoughts the deck armor is somewhat questionable. Her offensive armament rivals that of Tier VI premium battleship Warspite in terms of gun caliber and ballistics. At a glance, Bayern may not look like much compared to her peers, but she is a solidly-rounded ship with many strengths and few weaknesses.

Pros:

  • Armor layout makes her highly resistant to damage.
  • Impressive range, even without the upgraded Gun Fire Control System or Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) launched.
  • Comparable gun caliber to HMS Queen Elizabeth and Warspite.
  • Good shell velocity.
  • High volume of secondaries with decent range.
  • Above average speed and turning characteristics.
  • Surprisingly stealthy for a dreadnought, allowing her to close the distance to where her guns will do more damage.
  • Final hull with captain perks and modules can put up stiff resistance to even Tier VII aircraft.

Cons:

  • Accuracy of her main battery guns is inferior to most other battleships and the low number of barrels results in low damage output, especially at range.
  • The stock World War I-era hull does not have any anti-aircraft defenses, allowing aircraft to attack with impunity.
  • Slow turret traverse.
  • Slightly longer reload time than most German battleships.
  • AP penetration value drops very significantly over distance due to her light shells.
  • Despite their caliber of 380 mm, the AP shells' damage is more similar to that of 356 mm/14 inch guns, than to other 15 inch guns.
  • HE shells do little damage and have low fire chance, which makes them ineffective.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Bayern has access to four Upgrade Slots as a Tier VI ship.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Bayern can equip the following consumables:

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. SMS Bayern - Wikipedia
  2. Bayern-class battleship - Wikipedia
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