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Cristoforo Colombo
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Battleship | Italy | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Lepanto
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General
Research price255000 exp
Purchase price20,700,000 Credits
Hit Points89,900 
Main Battery
381 mm/50 OTO 19344 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.62 shots/min.
Reload Time37 sec.
Rotation Speed4.7 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time38.3 sec.
Firing Range18.91 km.
Maximum Dispersion251 m.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AP Shell381 mm proiettili AP 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight884.8 kg.
Maximum SAP Shell Damage12,500 
Initial SAP Shell Velocity880 m./s.
Secondary Armament #1
90 mm/50 OTO 193912 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.3 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell90 mm proiettili HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity860 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Secondary Armament #2
152 mm/55 OTO 19366 х 3 pcs.
Firing Range7.3 km.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell152 mm proiettili HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity950 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
90 mm/50 OTO 193912 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second162 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
20 mm/70 Breda 194120 х 6 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second124 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm/54 Breda 19378 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second92.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
37 mm/54 Breda 19398 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second152.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed29.6 knot
Turning Circle Radius960 m.
Rudder Shift Time18 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range17.88 km.
Air Detectability Range15.16 km.
Battle Levels
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20,700,000

Cristoforo Colombo — Italian Tier X battleship.

A large battleship that embodies the Italian shipbuilding achievements of the early 1940s. The ship carried sixteen 381 mm main guns and a strong secondary battery.

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)
381 mm/50 OTO 19341.638.325112,000 02,000,000
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)
Cristoforo Colombo89,90019406412/68/12/20/80 03,000,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
SDT 10 mod.1018.9 02,000,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 160,000 hp29.6 02,000,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party 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 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

As the Tier X battleship, Cristoforo Colombo is the culmination of the Italian battleship line. Similar to Montana, Cristoforo Colombo gains an extra turret over her Tier IX predecessor, Lepanto. As a result, her main strength lies in her sixteen (16) 15-inch main battery guns. However, she has an extremely low base range for a Tier X battleship at 18.91 kilometers - nearly two kilometers shorter than the Großer Kurfurst's 20.6 kilometer range. Therefore, she excels at punishing broadside targets at close to medium range, but lacks the ability to trade at range with her peers. Overall, captains will find Cristoforo Colombo’s adept playstyle to be incredibly unique.

Cristoforo Colombo’s defining characteristic is her extensive main battery suite. With sixteen (16) 15-inch main battery guns, Cristoforo Colombo holds the title to the highest broadside weight in the game, marginally beating out Vermont’s twelve (12) 18-inch main gun battery. Like her predecessors, she has unique access to semi-armor piercing shells in place of high explosive. As a tradeoff, her standard armor piercing ammunition has very low penetration in comparison to her peers. Despite this, her standard armor piercing is more than enough to deal significant damage to broadside cruisers, and deal substantial damage to battleships and destroyers alike.

However, Cristoforo Colombo’s main battery falls short in their ability to overmatch more than 26mm of armor with AP shells, being only 15 inches in diameter. As a result, Cristoforo Colombo encounters situations where she is unable to deal significant damage with AP to some Tier X cruisers when angles. However, this downside is partially alleviated due to the fact that Cristoforo Colombo has access to SAP, allowing her to still reliably deal damage to all Tier X cruisers unless they are perfectly angled. Additionally, her guns are relatively imprecise; the main battery has the standard battleship dispersion formula and only 1.5 sigma.

At a max speed of 29.6 knots and a base rudder shift time of 18 seconds, Cristoforo Colombo’s maneuverability is about average for a Tier X battleship. However, she also gains access to the special Exhaust Smoke Generator (Generates a smoke screen that allows the ship to remain undetected at full speed.) consumable, allowing her to create smoke cover that can keep pace with her even at max speed for a base duration of 45 seconds. As a result, Cristoforo Colombo is able to turn out from imminent danger so long as captains are careful not to fire her main battery, as she is detected from 16.7 kilometers while firing in smoke. In addition, despite having only 89,900 hit points, Cristoforo Colombo can shrug off much damage owing to a fantastic armor scheme. With a 70mm upper belt and fully submerged citadel compartment, she is incredibly difficult to punish even when broadside and mitigates a significant amount of incoming damage when properly angled to the enemy.

As a whole, Cristoforo Colombo captains will find her flexible gameplay very enjoyable. Playing optimally, captains will have to switch between SAP and AP to whittle down targets with SAP and punish broadside cruisers and battleships with AP. Overall, the ship is very forgiving due to its excellent armor scheme and access to Exhaust Smoke Generator (Generates a smoke screen that allows the ship to remain undetected at full speed.).

Pros:

  • Largest number of main guns of all Tier 10 battleships, with sixteen (16) rifles
  • Currently the heaviest AP broadside in the game, slightly heavier than Vermont's
  • SAP shells can be extremely effective against angled and/or lightly armored targets
  • Good main battery firing arcs
  • Both aft turrets can turn 360 degrees
  • Both SAP and AP shells have very good shell velocity and low air drag
  • Good midsection external armor, useful to counter HE shells
  • Fairly powerful AA defenses
  • Access to the Exhaust Smoke Generator (Generates a smoke screen that allows the ship to remain undetected at full speed.) consumable
  • Fairly good ship speed of 29.6 knots

Cons:

  • Third smallest hitpoint pool among Tier 10 battleships
  • Main guns have no access to HE shells
  • Second worst reload speed in its tier/class, only Vermont's is longer
  • Very poor accuracy, comparable to Tier 7 French battleship Lyon
  • Small gun caliber, AP shells cannot overmatch 27mm armor
  • Shortest main battery range of all Tier 10 battleships
  • Virtually useless turtleback, can be overmatched by all AP shells of 380mm and larger calibers
  • Enormous target with poor concealment
  • AA defenses are short-ranged, making them rather ineffective at preventing plane strikes
  • Most secondary mounts are 90mm and lack penetration (even with IFHE)
  • Very large turn radius and fairly slow rudder shift

Research

As a Tier X ship, Cristoforo Colombo doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Cristoforo Colombo are as follows:

Commander Skills


Signals

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

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