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Duke of York
Battleship | U.K. | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points60,500 
Main Battery
356 mm/45 Mk VII Quad2 х 4 / 1 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.03 shots/min.
Reload Time29.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range18.15 km.
Maximum Dispersion241 m.
HE Shell356 mm HE Mk VIb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage6,100 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell41 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity757 m./s.
HE Shell Weight721 kg.
AP Shell356 mm AP Mk VIIIb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage10,500 
Initial AP Shell Velocity757 m./s.
AP Shell Weight721 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
133 mm/50 QF Mk I8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range5.6 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time6.67 sec.
HE Shell133 mm HE Mk IC 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
133 mm/50 QF Mk I8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second64.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mk VIII8 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second158.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mk VII6 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second77.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV39 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second140.4 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk II2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second31.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk V8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second48.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maximum Speed28 knot
Turning Circle Radius790 m.
Rudder Shift Time17.5 sec.
Surface Detectability Range14.58 km.
Air Detectability Range10.01 km.
Battle Levels

Duke of York — British promo premium Tier VII battleship.

A King George V-class battleship that carried 356 mm main guns, and could run at quite a high speed for a ship of her type. Numerous dual-purpose artillery served as a basis for the ship's AA defenses. A very successful gun fire control system provided for high accuracy of fire of the ship's main battery.

Duke of York was first released for sale worldwide on 20 December 2017.


Main Battery Guns 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
356 mm/45 Mk VII2452416,1004110,500 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Duke of York60,500133811/288/2/8/8/39/60 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk VII mod. 1018.1 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 110,000 hp28 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search 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

Player Opinion


HMS Duke of York is the third Tier VII premium British battleship in World of Warships, coming in alongside the previously released HMS Hood and HMS Nelson. Unlike the other two — which are quite unique — Duke of York is literally the sister ship of the regular tech tree Tier VII battleship, King George V. Many of Duke of York’s statistics are similar, if not identical, to that of her sister; as such, her play style is also very similar.

Duke of York is armed with ten 356 mm guns in a unique setup; two quad turrets — one fore and one aft — and a single dual turret in a forward super-firing position. This gives her unrivaled firepower to the front and rear of her ship in comparison to all other Tier VII battleships. This good forward and backwards firepower comes at the cost of atrocious turret angles, requiring her to show almost a complete, flat broadside to her enemies to fire all ten rifles at a target. Her guns themselves are nearly identical to that of her sister, with the exception of a longer reload. Like all British battleships, her guns have lackluster AP in exchange for phenomenal HE shell characteristics, including the ¼ HE penetration rule, allowing her to do massive damage and light fires to all targets with HE.

Duke of York features an identical armor scheme to that of her sister; 25mm plating around the entire ship, and a hefty main belt with a maximum thickness of 381mm. Her belt armor is very capable of bouncing large caliber shells when properly angled, while her 25mm plating makes her extremely susceptible to HE shells from enemy cruisers, even without the use of the Inertia Fuse for HE commander skill. Like all battleships below Tier VIII, she features a 25mm bow, allowing her to be overmatched by gun sizes over 380mm. Taking citadel penetrations through the bow is very common, so proper angling is a must.

The major differences between Duke of York and King George V come in the form of anti-aircraft firepower and consumables. Duke of York features a greatly enhanced AA suite; 65 and 32 DPS on her two long range batteries, 235 on her mid-range, and 189 on her short range (in comparison to KGV’s 65, 145, and 74 on her long, mid, and short range, respectively). With the proper commander skills and upgrades, her AA can be very powerful. The raw DPS comes at the cost of a short AA range on all of her mounts. Because she is a large and easy target, significant amounts of her AA will also be lost throughout the course of a battle as she absorbs damage from enemy high explosive shells. Additionally, Duke of York has access to the Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable, making her more resistant to torpedo attacks.

Overall, Duke of York is essentially a King George V that sacrifices main battery reload for increased anti-aircraft firepower, Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), and premium bonuses.


"As far as I know, it now also has improved penetration angles on its AP shells, making them much more useful, especially vs cruisers. the penetration power is still limited at range so its not as useful vs battleships, at least not when hitting their citadel armor at range."


  • Highest base AA DPS among Tier VII battleships, surpassing even Colorado.
  • Her armor scheme will bounce off many shells 356 mm caliber or less, and thick armor protects the citadel very well when angled.
  • Ability to use Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.).
  • Shares best in-tier battleship concealment with King George V.
  • Uses British battleship HE shells with high fire chance.
  • Enhanced heal compared to most battleships, healing up to 75% of normal penetration damage.


  • Poor gun angles, must expose a lot of broadside to fire the rear turret.
  • 18% longer reload than King George V.
  • Cannot equip catapult aircraft.
  • Most AA DPS is short-range, limiting effectiveness in practice.
  • Very slow rudder shift time for a Tier VII battleship.
  • Shortest main battery range of all Tier VII battleships.
  • Despite her heavy armor, enemy battleships with guns of 406 mm and above can sometimes penetrate her citadel even through the bow.


As a premium ship, Duke of York doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Duke of York are as follows:

The majority of Duke of York’s anti-aircraft power is found in her 40mm "pom poms" and 20mm Oerlikons, both of which are highly vulnerable to incoming high explosive shells. As such, Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 earns the recommendation in Slot 1. Slot 4 could also be filled with Steering Gears Modification 1 (Reduces rudder shift time: -20% rudder shift time.) for captains looking to improve her rudder shift speed.

Commander Skills


Duke of York can equip the following consumables:


As a premium ship, Duke of York comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.


As a ship with a good AA battery, November Echo Setteseven (+5% continuous damage by all AA guns, +5% damage per second within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium- and long-range AA defenses.)is the best option for the ship. After that signals helping the survivability of the ship, such as India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.), India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.), or Juliet Yankee Bissotwo (-20% to flooding duration.) are always helpful. To increase her offensive capabilities, signals such as Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.), and November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) will be useful. As she is a premium ship, XP/captain XP boosting flags such as Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.), Equal Speed Charlie London (+50% XP earned for the battle.), or the Dragon Flag (+333% Commander XP earned for the battle.) will see great gains with this ship. Juliet Charlie (-100% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) is always handy to prevent a quick trip back to port.

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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery



  1. HMS Duke of York (17) - Wikipedia
  2. King George V-class battleship (1939) - Wikipedia
  3. Armada: HMS Duke of York - Armada in 90 Seconds - News - World of Warships
  4. Armada in 90 seconds: Duke of York - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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