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Guépard
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Destroyer | France | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
Jaguar
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Vauquelin
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General
Research price35500 exp
Purchase price3,200,000 Credits
Hit Points14,200 
Main Battery
139 mm/40 Mle 19235 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire10.71 shots/min.
Reload Time5.6 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range11.86 km.
Maximum Dispersion112 m.
HE Shell139 mm HE OEcl M1925 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,000 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity700 m./s.
HE Shell Weight40.2 kg.
AP Shell139 mm AP OPf Mle 1924 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity700 m./s.
AP Shell Weight40.4 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 24V 
Maximum Damage14,833 
Torpedo Speed68 knot
Torpedo Range7.98 km.
AA Defense
13.2 mm/76 Mle 19294 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second10 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
37 mm/50 CA Mle 19254 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.4 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius680 m.
Rudder Shift Time5.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.74 km.
Air Detectability Range3.57 km.
Battle Levels
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VI
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Guépard — French Tier VI destroyer.

Armed with 139 mm artillery guns, the Guépard-class ships were, to a greater extent than their predecessor, in line with the concept of large destroyers — half cruiser, half destroyer.

Guépard first appeared in the tech tree on 24 Aug 2019.

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)
139 mm/40 Mle 192310.722.51122,00092,600 0170,000
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)
Guépard (A)14,20061654/420 0380,000
Guépard (B)17,20061652/220 12,500840,000
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)
550 mm 23DT Mle 10.7907.214,833688 0250,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
PCA n° 6 Mle 1011.9 0180,000
PCA n° 6 Mle 21013 6,500510,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 64,000 hp36 0150,000

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 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

It is at Tier VI that French destroyers fully different themselves by embodying a uniquely French characteristic. Starting with Guépard, French destroyers receive access to Main Battery Reload Booster (MBRB), a consumable currently found only on the French cruiser and destroyer tech tree lines from Tier VI to X and select French premium ships. Main Battery Reload Booster reduces the reload time of Guépard's main battery guns by 50% for 15 seconds with a cooldown time of 100 seconds. The short duration increase in DPM afforded by this consumable can be used as just that - a DPM boost - but is significantly more valuable when used at especially crucial times, such as when dueling enemy destroyers, shooting AP shells into the broadsides of enemy cruisers, or attempting to stack fires on enemy battleships that have recently used Damage Control Party.

Another strength of the French destroyer line that starts with Guépard is her upgraded 139mm main battery gun. (While the rest of the line also equips 139mm guns, earlier destroyers from Tier II to V use 100mm or 130mm guns.) Guépard's 139mm gun is the second largest caliber gun currently found on any destroyer[1] and is unique as the largest caliber gun that can be improved with the Basic Firing Training and Advanced Firing Training commander skills. Guépard's higher caliber guns have higher penetration, greater maximum damage, and faster reload speed as compared to her predecessor. However, though not terrible at Tier VI, the turret traverse speed decreases to 8°/s from the 10°/s of her predecessor. Other Tier VI destroyers have a turret traverse anywhere between 15°/s and 6°/s (higher is better). Combined with MBRB, Guépard is very competitive in duels and enemies should fear her. Starting with a loaded gun and assuming an (unrealistic) 100% HE hit and penetration rate, Guépard can deal 20,000 damage in the span of 14 seconds with MBRB active. Without MBRB, Guépard will deal 10,000 damage in that same time span.

However, Guépard's torpedoes are the same as her predecessors. She has the same number of them (two triple launchers) with the exact same parameters. As other destroyers have torpedoes that are improved from their predecessors', Guépard's torpedo range and damage are merely average. Nonetheless, Guépard can still stealth torp without Concealment Expert, though only barely with a 0.3 km window.

With Guépard, a clear focus on guns over torpedoes becomes evident. This emphasis continues with subsequent French destroyers. While Guépard does have two main weaknesses - her high detectability and lack of smoke - her impressive maximum speed of 45 knots and high health pool allows her to stay alive and redeploy to wherever she is needed even in the endgame. If captains can resist the initial allure of caps and avoid charging in at the start, Guépard performs her support role well.

Pros:

  • First tech tree French destroyer with access to Main Battery Reload Booster (When used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced.).
  • When upgraded, highest health pool and largest main battery range among all Tier VI destroyers.
  • Hard-hitting 68 knot (fastest at tier) torpedoes that don't need to be researched.
  • High speed of 45 knots with Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) and Sierra Mike +5% to the ship's maximum speed. (fastest at tier).

Cons:

  • No Smoke Generator, making it hard to disengage and increasing vulnerability to carriers.
  • Largest detectability range among Tier VI destroyers (tied with Aigle).
  • Torpedoes are exactly the same as Tier V Jaguar's with relatively long 90 second reload.
  • Mediocre torpedo arcs, especially towards the bow.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Guépard is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for better armor and anti-air defenses. Research of this module unlocks progression to Vauquelin.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 6 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
It is recommended for captains to first research the Hull upgrade for an additional 3,000 HP on Guépard. Captains may decide to then proceed immediately to the next ship on the tech tree, Vauquelin. Alternatively, captains may research the PCA n° 6 Mle 2 upgrade for a 10% increase to Guépard's already large main battery range.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

For Slot 1, the signal Juliet Charlie -100% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating. prevents detonation. In this case, Magazine Modification 1 (Reduces the risk of magazine detonation: -70% risk.) is unnecessary and Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) is preferred to keep armaments functioning.

For Slot 2, Engine Room Protection (Reduces the risk of incapacitation, and accelerates repairs of the engine and steering gears.: -20% to the risk of incapacitation. / -20% to repair time.) is useful as incapacitation of the engine and/or steering gear can be fatal. With the Last Stand skill, Damage Control System Modification 1 (Reduces the risk of fire and flooding.: -5% to the risk of fire. / -3% to the risk of flooding when torpedoes hit the torpedo protection.) becomes viable in Slot 2 as it can decrease the chance of fire and flooding.

For Slot 3, Aiming Systems Modification 1 (Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: -7% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% secondary battery firing range. / -5% secondary battery dispersion.) is useful for a slight decrease in dispersion. Alternatively, Torpedo Tubes Modification 1 (+20% traverse speed of torpedo tubes. / −40% chance of critical damage to torpedo tubes. / +5% to the speed of shipborne torpedoes.) can be equipped to increase Guépard's torpedo speed by 3.4 knots to 71.4 knots.

For Slot 4, Steering Gears Modification 1 (OBSOLETE Use Engine Room Protection) allows captains to better dodge incoming shells at range. Engine Room Protection (Reduces the risk of incapacitation, and accelerates repairs of the engine and steering gears.: -20% to the risk of incapacitation. / -20% to repair time.) is another option for faster acceleration.

Commander Skills

Key skills for Guépard commanders include Preventive Maintenance, Last Stand, Basic Firing Training, and Concealment Expert.

Consumables

Guépard equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectability range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Guépard with Type 16 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

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. French destroyer Guépard - Wikipedia
  2. Guépard-class destroyer - Wikipedia

Notes

  1. The largest caliber gun is the 150mm gun that the tech tree German destroyers Ernst Gaede (Tier VI) and Z-23 (Tier VIII) have the option to research and mount. Also, the premium German destroyer Z-39 (Tier VII) mounts a 150mm gun.

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