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Buffalo
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Baltimore
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Des Moines
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General
Research price165000 exp
Purchase price13,600,000 Credits
Hit Points42,500 
Main Battery
203 mm/55 Mk154 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range14.14 km.
Maximum Dispersion140 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 Mk326 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
127 mm/38 Mk326 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk111 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second124.3 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk24 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second63.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk416 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second57.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius800 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.62 km.
Air Detectability Range8.02 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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13,600,000

Buffalo — American Tier IX cruiser.

This heavy cruiser design appeared soon after the completion of development of cruiser Baltimore and was her direct successor (Project CA-B). The increased water displacement allowed engineers to significantly reinforce the ship's armor protection and armament. The number of main guns was augmented to total 12 overall.

Modules

Main Battery 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 Mk155301402,800145,000 01,100,000
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)
Buffalo (A)42,50062294611/4/16/60 01,450,000
Buffalo (B)47,8006229464/11/6/160 40,5003,020,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1014.1 0985,000
Mk9 mod. 21015.6 24,0002,000,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp33 0875,000

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
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Buffalo is, by and large, a direct upgrade from Baltimore before her. Carrying twelve 8" rifles in four triple turrets, two fore and two aft, 47,800 hitpoints, decent armour, excellent gun handling, and powerful AA, Buffalo has the makings of a truly powerful heavy cruiser. As a high tier American cruiser, Buffalo has three consumable slots beyond Damage Control Party (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) - A choice between Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) and Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), A choice between Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.), Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection by attacking incoming enemy aircraft.), and Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), and Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.). Thanks to her high health, Buffalo enjoys one of the most potent Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) heals for cruisers of her tier. Buffalo has the tools to face any opponent, with her famed American anti-aircraft power capable of fending off planes, Radar for hunting down destroyers, American super-heavy AP shells that can make a mess of cruisers, and a heavy HE broadside coupled with her accuracy makes scoring nearly-full salvos on battleships easy.

Against other cruisers of her tier, however, Buffalo is sorely lacking torpedoes. While she can fend off most other cruisers, she lacks the alpha-strike potential that comes from torpedoes to allow her to deal with battleships quickly, against which she can find herself outmatched in a prolonged brawl. Buffalo fights best against enemy battleships at medium to long range, using islands as cover, as she is a large target. The other issue with Buffalo is her limited range, at only 15.6km, the shortest range of all current Tier IX cruisers. This can be mitigated, but it requires sacrificing either Radar for the Spotting Aircraft, or equipping Gun Fire Control System Mod 2 in her 6th Upgrade slot.


Pros:

  • Boasts superior firepower to most of her contemporaries.
  • Third highest health pool among Tier IX cruisers at 47,800 hit points.
  • Excellent all-around survivability for a cruiser.
  • Powerful AA suite, as is standard with American ships. ​
  • Decent concealment. ​

Cons:

  • Large size makes her an easier target.
  • Suffers from one of the longest reloads for cruisers of her tier.
  • Shortest main battery range among all Tier IX cruisers.
  • Very, very bad torpedo damage reduction at only 4% base.
  • Relatively sluggish compared to its predecessor and contemporaries, with a larger turning circle and significantly longer rudder shift time when stock.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Buffalo is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for improved health, AA, and rudder shift. Research of this module unlocks progression to Des Moines.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Gun Fire Control System for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Buffalo are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Buffalo can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

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.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Buffalo with Type 19 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Heavy Cruiser Buffalo (Project CA-B) - News - World of Warships
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