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Black Swan
Cruiser | U.K. | Tier I
Tech Tree Position
Hit Points6,450 
Main Battery
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range8.75 km.
Maximum Dispersion80 m.
HE Shell102 mm HE 35 lb Practice 
Maximum HE Shell Damage750 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity811 m./s.
HE Shell Weight15.88 kg.
AA Defense
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX3 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second28.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VII1 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maximum Speed19 knot
Turning Circle Radius320 m.
Rudder Shift Time2.9 sec.
Surface Detectability Range7.02 km.
Air Detectability Range4.36 km.
Battle Levels

Black Swan — British Tier I cruiser.

The Black Swan-class sloops — the most numerous ships of this type in the Royal Navy during World War II — were intended for escorting and guarding convoys. They had a rather moderate speed, but outgunned their foreign counterparts in terms of firepower and rate of fire.


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
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX1018807506 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Black Swan (A)6,450313310 00
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk I mod. 108.7 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 4,300 hp19 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1

Player Opinion


All British ship branches originate with the svelte, nimble Black Swan.


  • Most guns of all Tier I ships.
  • Highest damage per salvo of all Tier I ships.
  • Many hit points.
  • Low detectability range.
  • Decent shell speed and arcs.
  • Very good maneuverability.
  • Good acceleration and deceleration.


  • Relatively no armor like other Tier I ships.
  • Slowest Tier I ship (together with Bougainville and Chengan).
  • Longest reload time of all Tier I ships (together with Erie).
  • Lowest shell damage of all Tier I ships.
  • Low chance of causing a fire with one shell.
  • Short firing range.

    See also: Comparison of Tier I Cruisers.


Black Swan only has one upgrade: the Fire Control System module. Captains are free to invest points there if desired, or skip straight on to Weymouth.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrade for Black Swan is as follows:

Commander Skills

While Basic Firing Training is a great Tier 1 skill for Black Swan commanders, it is not valuable again until Tier IV or V. Captains may wish to invest in Basics of Survivability instead and then redistribute the commander skill points later on.


As a Tier I ship, she cannot mount any premium consumables and has access to only the Damage Control Party consumable.


Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.



Historical Info

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