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Chikuma
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Cruiser | Japan | Tier II
Tech Tree Position
Hashidate
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Tenryū
Umikaze
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General
Research price350 exp
Purchase price69,000 Credits
Hit Points17,300 
Main Battery
152 mm/45 41st Year Type4 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire5.22 shots/min.
Reload Time11.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time20 sec.
Firing Range9.35 km.
Maximum Dispersion92 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE Type4 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity825 m./s.
HE Shell Weight45.4 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP Type4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity825 m./s.
AP Shell Weight45.4 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
80 mm/40 41st Year Type4 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range3.5 km.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell76 mm HE Mk2 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity680 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
6.5 mm/115 3rd Year Type2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second2.4 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed26 knot
Turning Circle Radius530 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range9.18 km.
Air Detectability Range4.2 km.
Battle Levels
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Chikuma — Japanese Tier II cruiser.

Designed as part of the program to create a "high-speed fleet" using the latest technology of the time. The first in Japan, and one of the first light cruisers in the world, to be equipped with turbine-driven propulsion. The ship carried decent armament and had a high top speed for her time.

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)
152 mm/45 Type415.220922,50092,900 07,500
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)
Chikuma (A)17,30061024420 010,000
Chikuma (B)18,70061028420 65042,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type2 mod. 109.3 04,500
Type2 mod. 21010.3 27018,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 22,500 hp26 05,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1

Player Opinion


Pros:

  • Incredible armor for its tier.
  • Fastest current Tier 2 cruiser at 26.4kts.
  • Gun range is good before the upgrade.

Cons:

  • Maneuverability is poor, comparable to same tier battleships.
  • Has less concealment than the Chester.
  • AA Guns are useless.
  • Is prone to getting its engine disabled in battle.
  • Stock hull gives only a 3 gun broadside
  • Guns have a slow reload time for their caliber

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Chikuma is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for an improved rudder shift time, additional hit points, and four additional main battery turrets. Research of this module unlocks progression to Tenryu.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Type 2 Mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery. Research of this module unlocks progression to Umikaze.
Captains should first research Hull (B) before researching the Gun Fire Control System.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Chikuma are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Chikuma can equip 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 detectibility range.

Signals

Chikuma captains should mount the standard flags to improve the ship's performance in battle. India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) and Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.) flags are recommended to improve the main battery's fire chance. To improve the ship’s survivability, captains should mount November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) and India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.) flags. Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) flags are recommended to increase the ship’s top speed. Lastly, economic and special signal flags can be mounted to improve the ship’s economic gains per battle.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Japanese cruiser Chikuma (1911) - Wikipedia
  2. Chikuma Class cruiser - Wikipedia
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