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Friedrich der Große
Battleship | Germany | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Großer Kurfürst
Research price180000 exp
Purchase price15,900,000 Credits
Hit Points72,500 
Main Battery
406 mm L/52 Drh LC/344 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.31 shots/min.
Reload Time26 sec.
Rotation Speed5.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time32.73 sec.
Firing Range18.47 km.
Maximum Dispersion263 m.
HE Shell406 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.4 Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell38 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity810 m./s.
HE Shell Weight1030 kg.
AP Shell406 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/4.4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity810 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1030 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
150 mm L/55 SK C/284 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.6 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.5 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity875 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/388 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.6 km.
Rate of Fire17.91 shots/min.
Reload Time3.35 sec.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #3
150 mm L/55 SK C/282 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.6 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.5 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity875 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
20 mm Flakvierling 388 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second51.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm Flakzwilling 306 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second15.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
37 mm Dop. Tr C/392 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second20.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/388 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second132.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
Maximum Speed27.3 knot
Turning Circle Radius940 m.
Rudder Shift Time24.5 sec.
Surface Detectability Range17.28 km.
Air Detectability Range12.84 km.
Battle Levels

Friedrich der Große — German Tier IX battleship.

A project developed as part of the program for a large-scale expansion of the German Navy. A further development of Bismarck-class battleships with more powerful main guns and enhanced AA defenses.


link=Ship: 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
( Credits)
406 mm L/52 Drh C/342.332.732634,8003812,700 02,000,000
420 mm L/48 Drh LC/402.132.732635,0004113,500 35,0002,500,000
link=Ship: Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Friedrich der Große (A)72,5001940046/88/2/6/80 02,400,000
Friedrich der Große (B)84,3001940046/8260 54,0005,100,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
FKS Typ 9 Mod. 1018.5 01,000,000
FKS Typ 9 Mod. 21020.3 26,0002,600,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 150,000 hp27.3 0600,000
Propulsion: 165,000 hp30 20,0001,500,000

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 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion


Based on the unrealized H-39 design plans and sharing her name with one of the Kaiser's sister ships, the Friedrich der Große (English: Frederick the Great) is essentially a super-Bismarck, sporting the same dual AB-XY turret layout (but with larger guns), the same secondary battery (but with a touch longer range), and the same Hydroacoustic Search (but with longer range and duration). Thanks to the gain in displacement, Friedrich has a significantly larger hit point pool than Bismarck, but loses a bit of maneuverability and concealment in the process.

As with Bismarck, Friedrich excels at close-range brawls where the abysmal accuracy of her main guns is less of a factor, while her powerful secondary armament combined with her decent maneuverability and turret traverse can dish out the damage. Here her turtleback armor and Hydroacoustic Search are key factors in protecting her from return fire. Unfortunately, with the rapidly increasing range and firepower at high tiers, combined with unprotected approaches on many maps, she runs a high risk of being focused and sunk if played too forward at the beginning of the game. Captains should moderate their aggression until an opportunity for a combined push and/or to run down a smaller group of enemies presents itself. With the recent boost to the accracy of the German Battleships, her accuracy has been improved to the point where she sits on par with her contemporaries at tier 9, but she still has a hard time hitting at range. Friedrich also has the ability to quickly deal with overextending cruisers that show themselves too quickly. Despite having literally the lowest AP Alpha strike of all Tier 9 Battleships, as well as low DPM, her turret traverse allows and quick-as-hell reload speed allow her to make sudden ( and often surprising ) strikes on an unsuspecting cruiser, often with impressive results

Friedrich has the option between two sets of guns: slightly faster-firing but lighter 406 mm guns, and slightly slower-firing but heavier 420 mm guns. The differences are quite marginal in practice; many captains opt to stay with the 406 mm guns as the higher rate of fire makes the poor accuracy slightly less frustrating, and the 420 mm guns cost XP and credits.


  • Signature German turtleback armor scheme prevents citadels at close range.
  • Enhanced Hydroacoustic Search with long range and duration.
  • Insane 80mm deck armor in most places makes it completely immune to American AN-M66 HE Bombs
  • Powerful and numerous secondaries.
  • Decent speed and maneuverability for a ship her size.
  • Fast turret traverse for a battleship at 32.73 seconds
  • Gargantuan HP Pool of 84,300 HP
  • Brutal mid-range AA ring on B-hull


  • Secondaries are less effective at this tier, requiring the usage of IFHE to work most of the time
  • Poor main gun arcs; A lot of broadside is needed in order to fire all 4 turrets.
  • Turrets can be incapacitated relatively easily.
  • Large turn radius.
  • Poor detection range.


The 420mm guns are perfectly serviceable, and require the B hull in order to be researched. The B hull greatly improves your survivability, anti-aircraft armament, and rudder shift so it is recommended to research first or second. The GFCS and Engine should be researched next, and the guns researched last.

Optimal Configuration


As a Tier IX ship, Friedrich der Große has access to all six Upgrade Slots. Friedrich der Große can build for Secondaries or AA.

Commander Skills

As a tier IX Battleship, Friedrich der Große can be built with either a secondary focus, survivability focus, or anti-aircraft focus. Secondary and anti-aircraft builds can overlap, with both taking advantage of Basic Firing Training and Advanced Firing Training. Captains may also wish to consider skills such as Fire Prevention, Concealment Expert, High Alert, Basics of Survivability, Adrenaline Rush, and Jack of All Trades. Expert Marksman is also highly recommended.


Friedrich der Große can equip the following consumables:


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 Friedrich der Große with Type 19 camouflage that lowers her detection radius and the cost for her post-battle service, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience and credits she earns.


As a tier IX Battleship, Friedrich der Große benefits greatly from signals that improve her survivability, such as November Foxtrot, India Delta, and India Yankee. Signals that increase XP and credit earnings can also be useful, as well as those that boost her secondary battery and anti-aircraft armament.


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


  1. H-class battleship proposals - Wikipedia
  2. https://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNGER_16-52_skc34.php
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