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Gneisenau
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Battleship | Germany | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Bayern
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Bismarck
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General
Research price80500 exp
Purchase price6,700,000 Credits
Hit Points50,900 
Main Battery
380 mm L/52 SK C/343 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.31 shots/min.
Reload Time26 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time36 sec.
Firing Range17.77 km.
Maximum Dispersion255 m.
HE Shell380 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.6 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell34 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity820 m./s.
HE Shell Weight800 kg.
AP Shell380 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/4.4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage11,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity820 m./s.
AP Shell Weight800 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/317 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range5.3 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 #2
150 mm L/55 SK C/284 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range5.3 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 #3
150 mm L/55 MPL C/354 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range5.3 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%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Drilling2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.88 shots/min.
Reload Time68 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7a T1 
Maximum Damage13,700 
Torpedo Speed64 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
20 mm Flakzwilling 3814 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second58.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
20 mm Flakvierling 387 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second42 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm Flakzwilling 308 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second20.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
105 mm L/65 Dop. L. C/317 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second116.2 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed28.8 knot
Turning Circle Radius830 m.
Rudder Shift Time20.6 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.66 km.
Air Detectability Range10.39 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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6,700,000

Gneisenau — German Tier VII battleship.

A very high-speed battleship that was close to the battle cruiser type. Under the re-armament project, she was equipped with 380 mm guns that enabled her to fight off larger contemporary ships. Among her drawbacks were the small number of main guns and weak horizontal armor.


Modules

link=Ship: 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)
380 mm L/52 Drh LC/342.3362554,4003411,600 0520,000
link=Ship: 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)
Gneisenau (A)50,9001636034/4/77/8/7/1420 0620,000
Gneisenau (B)58,200163603116/11/1220 24,0001,350,000
link=Ship: 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)
G7a T10.9687.213,700646 0260,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
FKS Typ 7 Mod. 1017.8 0360,000
FKS Typ 7 Mod. 21019.5 12,000800,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 125,000 hp28.8 0300,000
Propulsion: 160,000 hp32 8,000650,000

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

Player Opinion

Performance

Hailing as the first post-World War I battleship design in the German battleship line at Tier VII, Gneisenau dramatically shifts from the bulky, slow-to-react dreadnoughts that are more dangerous when they get close into a post-dreadnought battleship which can do many of the same things (to a certain degree) while remaining one of the most versatile battleships at her tier.

Playing Gneisenau is decidedly different from playing her counterparts at Tier VII. While Gneisenau may appear slender and lightly armored, don't be fooled: she is deceptively durable in the hands of a captain who knows how to handle her. Her 15-inch guns give her the capability of fighting on the same level as her peers, though she does have fewer barrels than the competition. From a handling perspective, she's the fastest battleship out of the German line, and has no trouble keeping up with cruisers as needed.

Her speed is arguably Gneisenau’s greatest asset. It allows her to close the gap with enemy battleships and force them into close range where her main battery, secondary guns, and torpedoes can deliver the killing blow. While most battleships tend to join a battle line, Gneisenau can instead join up with fast cruisers and blitz the enemy by appearing quickly from an unexpected location. She is capable of operating solo, but extra caution is needed when doing so; her main battery dispersion is frequently frustrating, making long-range combat decidedly not her strong suit. Gneisenau is most comfortable at medium-to-close range — even point-blank range — where she can make every shell and torpedo count.

Gneisenau is unique in the game as the only regular tech tree battleship to have torpedoes available; the only other battleships with torpedo tubes are her premium sister Scharnhorst, the premium version of her successor, Tirpitz, and Japanese premiums Mutsu and Kii. Her rakish looks hide a brutal array of secondary batteries that unload at an impressive rate of fire, and are more than capable of shredding destroyers of equal and lower tiers (higher tier destroyers are likely to have concealment values that make closing with them suicidal).

Gneisenau — like Scharnhorst — is a ship that is equally at ease diving into a melee or holding back from one. Learning when to dive in and put her secondaries and torpedoes to work (and when not to) is half the fun of learning how to play her well.

LittleWhiteMouse in the Gneisenau from the NA forums. Tested in Update 0.5.9.

Pros:

  • Highly versatile battleship; her armament allows her to play as a typical battleship, while her speed lets her behave as a battlecruiser at need.
  • Excellent 15-inch guns, same as those on Bismarck and Tirpitz.
  • First-rate speed for a battleship (32 knots); the fastest battleship in the German battleship tree. With a Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) signal, she is as fast as Tier IX's Iowa.
  • Solid secondary battery guns, comparable to Japanese counterpart Nagato.
  • Good range at her tier.
  • Has one triple-tube torpedo launcher on each side.
  • Outstanding armor belt combined with German turtleback armor scheme makes her deceptively durable.
  • Reasonable concealment rating; with a captain that has Concealment Expert, her surface detection range goes down to an astounding 13.1km (comparable to the equal tier Japanese cruiser Myoko).
  • Good anti-aircraft suite; when fully built for anti-air duties, she is deadly to enemy planes.

Cons:

  • Short torpedo range of 6km.
  • 15-inch guns have trouble with angled enemy battleships (use HE against the superstructure or choose a different target).
  • Only 6 main guns with questionable accuracy results in low hit ratio and damage output.
  • Easily set on fire.
  • She is nearly impossible to citadel, but will take a lot of full penetration damage.
  • AB-X layout of dual mount turrets may feel lacking.
  • Dispersion can be infuriating.
  • Deck armor can potentially be penetrated by bigger guns.
  • Rather bad turning radius.
  • Extremely vulnerable to AP bombs.

Research

Hull (B) is first priority, as it comes with a boatload more hit points and secondary guns (that also contribute to her anti-aircraft defense). The engine module upgrade should be next, with the range upgrade being taken last.

Optimal Configuration

Gneisenau doesn't mind brawling at close range; her commander skills and upgrades can be tailored to such tactics, or focused more on anti-aircraft defense to increase her survivability.

Upgrades

Gneisenau has access to four Upgrade Slots as a Tier VII ship. Gneisenau also has the option of building for Secondaries or AA.

Even if choosing to focus on her secondary battery, Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.) is not recommended; improving the survivability of Gneisenau’s main battery with Main Armaments Mod 1 is still a better choice.

Commander Skills

Secondary Battery Build: Priority Target or Preventative Maintenance at Level 1, Adrenaline Rush at Level 2, Superintendent at Level 3, Advanced Firing Training at Level 4. These skills increase Gneisenau’s survivability while buffing her secondary battery range. Subsequent points should be invested in Manual Fire for Secondary Armament and Basic Firing Training.

Anti-Aircraft Build: Priority Target or Preventative Maintenance at Level 1, Expert Marksman at Level 2, Superintendent at Level 3, Manual Fire Control for AA Armament at Level 4. Additional points should be put into Advanced Firing Training when available. Gneisenau is a deathtrap for enemy planes in this configuration, dispensing a punishing amount of damage from her 128mm dual-purpose guns.

Consumables

Gneisenau can equip the following consumables:

Usage of Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) is recommended over the Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection by attacking incoming enemy aircraft.), as high tier maps as well as ranged engagements call for more range, while the capabilities of the fighter aircraft are far more limited.

Camouflage

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 Gneisenau with Type 17 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

Players who have followed the Secondary Battery Build above will want to equip Mike Yankee Soxisix (+5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary battery shells. / -5% to secondary battery loading time.) and India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) signals in order to further boost the effectiveness of their secondaries and Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable, respectively. Players following the Anti-Aircraft Build are encouraged to equip 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.) for the bonus to AA gun damage.

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. German battleship Gneisenau - Wikipedia
  2. Scharnhorst-class battleship - Wikipedia
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