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Drake
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Cruiser | U.K. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Albemarle
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Goliath
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General
Research price176000 exp
Purchase price13,800,000 Credits
Hit Points40,100 
Main Battery
234 mm/50 Mk XII3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire3.33 shots/min.
Reload Time18 sec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range14.45 km.
Maximum Dispersion142 m.
HE Shell234 mm HE 6 CRH 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,850 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell24 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity841 m./s.
HE Shell Weight185.3 kg.
AP Shell234 mm AP 6 CRH 
Maximum AP Shell Damage5,750 
Initial AP Shell Velocity841 m./s.
AP Shell Weight185.3 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
113 mm/45 Mk IV6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell114 mm HE Mk XVI 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,600 
Initial HE Shell Velocity746 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm QR Mk IV2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time96 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IXM 
Maximum Damage16,767 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII4 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second79.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII4 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second51.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV12 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second43.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
113 mm/45 Mk IV6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second89.4 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33.3 knot
Turning Circle Radius760 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range13.2 km.
Air Detectability Range8.74 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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13,800,000

Drake — British Tier IX cruiser.

The project of a warship designed in the late 1930s which was to be able to effectively counter the latest German heavy cruisers. Superiority in firepower was achieved through the use of 234 mm main guns.

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)
234 mm/50 Mk XII3.3181423,850245,750 01,000,000
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)
Drake (A)40,10016229364/12/4/620 01,300,000
Drake (B)46,80016229364/1220 48,0003,400,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
533 mm Mk IXM0.6967.216,7666210 01,000,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk IX mod. 1014.4 01,000,000
Mk IX mod. 21015.9 30,0002,400,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 102,000 hp33.3 01,000,000

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 Torpedo Tubes 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 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Drake is the Tier IX British heavy cruiser for the Tech Tree, being the link between the Tier VIII Albemarle and the end of the line, TX Goliath.

Over her predecessor Drake offers an improved main battery, with an increase in caliber and hitting power while at the same time trading reload speed. With 18.5s stock reload time, Drake is on par with the same tier supercruiser Kronshtadt in terms of loading speed. However, while the fire rate may seem like a burden, the shells themselves are among the best at the tier. High Alpha damage and high fire chance on her HE shells, coupled with improved penetration capabilities that let her penetrate up to 58mm of armor, give Drake a nasty tooth that no other surface ship type wants to be hit with. Furthermore, her AP penetration is among the highest of tech tree cruisers at that tier, making those shells a valid choice against any target at a lot of ranges, should they choose to show Drake their side.

With an improved Repair Party (While active, restores a fixed percentage of a ship's hit points each second.) and not taking over the odd citadel shape of her predecessor, Drake can withstand incoming AP shells better than Albemare. However, this requires her to be at an angle when being shot at by battleship caliber guns.It should be noted that despite the more advantageous shape, the citadel still raises well above the waterline while extending over a significant length of the ship, so showing broadside can turn into an instant trip back to port.

With Drake's excellent concealment figures and her impressive healing skills, Drake should be played in the open water, keeping an eye on her surroundings to not receive flanking shots while mercilessly wittling down opponents with her hard hitting shells. If there is the need to, the player can disengage quickly to regenerate hitpoints and relocate. Aircraft carriers, while loosing parts of their strike wave in the process, can and will pose a threat to Drake. Investing into AA skills can mitigate this, but that will cost points that could be invested elsewhere. Priority targets should always be destroyers, as the hard hitting HE shells will cause tremendous damage to both their hitpoints and their modules.

Pros:

  • Good concealment with 10.4km when applying Captain Skills, Modules and Camouflage
  • Hard hitting HE shells with high penetration and fire chance
  • AP shells have high penetration values
  • Decent AA protection

Cons:

  • Main battery range of 15.9km leaves something to be desired
  • Citadel extends noticably above the waterline and runs from the A turret back to the C turret
  • Poor firing angles, especially with her C turret
  • Very long reload

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Drake is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for 6,700 hitpoints, improved AA defenses and a reduction of rudder shift time of nearly six seconds. Research of this module unlocks progression to Goliath.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk.IX Mod.2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
The priority of research should depend on the Modules equipped. If the player has decided to equip Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 (+16% to main battery maximum firing range.), then the improved range from the Gun Fire Control System upgrade is not as crucial as the improved maneuverability that the B hull will provide. If however the player decided to instead go for reload speed, then upgrading the Gun Fire Control System should be the highest priority.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Drake are as follows:

Alternatively, Slot 6 can be filled with Main Battery Modification 3 (-12% to main battery loading time. / -13% to the main battery traverse speed.), if a player wishes to improve Drake's slow reload. However, this will leave her rather short ranged.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Drake can equip the following consumables:

Premium versions of the Damage Control Party and Repair Party are highly recommended due to their large impact on the player's performance. If the player wishes so, the Spotter Aircraft can be upgraded to its premium version to be able to utilize it more often to mitigate the short range of Drake.

Camouflage

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Drake 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.

Signals

Gallery

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