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Hindenburg
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Cruiser | Germany | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Roon
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General
Research price238000 exp
Purchase price19,600,000 Credits
Hit Points51,900 
Main Battery
203 mm/60 SK C/34 in a turret4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire6.12 shots/min.
Reload Time9.8 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range17.83 km.
Maximum Dispersion156 m.
HE Shell203 mm Spr.Gr. L/4.7 Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell13 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity925 m./s.
HE Shell Weight122 kg.
AP Shell203 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/4.4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage5,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity925 m./s.
AP Shell Weight122 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/31 mount8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range8.3 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 Shell%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Vierling4 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7a T1 
Maximum Damage13,700 
Torpedo Speed64 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/31 mount8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second132.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
55 mm/77 Gerät 58 on a twin mount7 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second170.8 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
20 mm/65 C/38 on a twin mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
20 mm/65 C/38 on a Flak 35 Vierling L/38 mount7 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second42 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
55 mm/77 Gerät 58 on a single mount2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second34.6 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
20 mm/65 C/38 on a Flak 35 Vierling L/38 mount2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed31.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius800 m.
Rudder Shift Time12.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.02 km.
Air Detectability Range8.47 km.
Battle Levels
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19,600,000

Hindenburg — German Tier X cruiser.

The ship was developed from a series of German heavy cruisers. Unlike ships of preceding classes, she boasted an increased displacement and more powerful main battery guns.

Modules

Main Battery Guns 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)
203 mm/60 SK C/34 in a turret6.122.51562,500135,900 01,800,000
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)
Hindenburg (A)51,90013150488/9/7/4/24 02,200,000
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)
G7a T10.7907.213,700646 0260,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
FKS Typ 10 Mod. 1017.8 01,700,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 155,000 hp31.5 01,400,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire 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 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Depth Charges Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Upgraded Damage Control Equipment 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

Settling in to play Hindenburg at Tier X will feel good to veterans of the branch who took the time to play the previous tier's Roon and get comfortable in her. Hindenburg is essentially a better Roon, with more guns, more torpedoes, more anti-aircraft defenses, and more health.

Sporting more main battery rifles than all other Tier X cruisers save the Japanese Zao and Italian Venezia, Hindenburg is gifted with a balanced 4x3 turret layout: turrets "Anton" and "Bruno" are forward of the superstructure, while "Caesar" and "Dora" are aft of it. This gives Hindenburg captains the flexibility to put all twelve barrels on a single target as necessary, or to present enemies with a significantly narrower profile to shoot and still keep half her main battery in action. Combined with her rate of fire, this makes Hindenburg a potentially deadly opponent to almost any ship she faces. While her individual high explosive shell performance looks uninspiring, it is deceptive; she fires a dozen, highly accurate shells every 9.8 seconds. They produce a prodigious number of fires and rack up solid penetration damage thanks to German HE shells penetrating enemy armor thicknesses 1/4 of their diameter and below (as opposed to most other cruisers' 1/6th diameter and below). Enemy ships who make the mistake of presenting a broadside profile to Hindenburg should be prepared to pay the price; her armor piercing shells have good penetration values and extremely high damage. Salvos of 10,000 damage or more against enemy battleships at mid-range or closer are not uncommon if they opt to disrespect the power of Hindenburg’s AP rounds.

Aside from her damage output, Hindenburg is a virtual Swiss Army knife of tools that allow her to contribute to her team's success in other ways. She is fairly mediocre(with a 30mm midsection and 27 bow and aft), with an armor scheme that leaves her vulnerable at long range, but able to take more punishment than might be expected because of the turtleback as she closes with the enemy; her Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) furthers her longevity. Her torpedo armament packs a serious wallop: Hindenburg loves to brawl with her enemies when given the chance, and her torpedoes frequently mean that she is the one sailing away afterwards, even from a point-blank engagement with an enemy battleship, although brawling shouldn't be your main focus in hindenburg. Last — but not least — she has the best Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) in the game, capable of spotting incoming torpedoes more than four kilometers away, and detecting enemy ships at nearly six kilometers.

On the downside, Hindenburg has a staggering base detection radius of 15.5 kilometers; even when fully-rigged for stealth, the lowest detection radius she can achieve is 12.6km. This is noteworthy in that there are some Tier X battleships capable of fitting out with an even lower detection radius. Further compounding her detectability issues is her armor scheme's vulnerability to long-range fire if not angled properly. Hindenburg is most vulnerable to large amounts of incoming damage when at long range. Even with these flaws, hindenburg shines at long - mid range were she can maximise her guns with good ballistics and good pen.

Viewed as a complete package, Hindenburg is a very good long range he spammer, but also does decently at close range. She is very capable of contributing to her team in any situation she might find herself in. She can provide her captain with the tools for winning, but it is up to the captain to employ these tools correctly.

Pros:

  • Fast-reloading 203mm guns; not as fast as Des Moines, but with better base range and shell arcs.
  • Excellent shell velocity and low gun arc makes hitting distant targets easier.
  • Good range on her main battery guns, which can be boosted to 20.7 km by equipping Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 (Extends the firing range of the main battery: +16% firing range.).
  • One of the highest damage cruiser armor piercing shells in the game; Hindenburg will punish any ship that is completely broadside to her, regardless of class.
  • Decent torpedoes with good firing arcs.
  • Armor scheme is deceptively sturdy; she is hard to citadel with her turtleback at short range.
  • Best Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) in the game.

Cons:

  • High explosive shell damage is lower than all other Tier X cruisers.
  • Torpedo armament can be easily knocked out due to their position on the ship.
  • Sluggish maneuverability and low maximum speed.
  • Large size; Hindenburg is fairly easy for enemies to hit.
  • Large detection radius for a cruiser — 15.5 km base — although this can be reduced to ~12 km with the right equipment modules and commander skills.
  • Prone to citadel penetrations at long range if not angled properly, which makes her large detection radius a huge liability.
  • Has to expose quite a bit of her broadside to bring all guns to bear.

Research

As a Tier X ship, Hindenburg has no additional modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

As the pinnacle of the German cruiser line, Hindenburg offers more flexibility to her captain than any other top-tier cruiser in the game. She can be fitted out as an anti-aircraft platform rivaling that of Des Moines; she can boost her main battery range and rain shells on opponents from positions that make her difficult to hit; she can boost the rate of fire of her main battery significantly and turn her into one of the best damage dealers in the game. All of these options — and more — are available to Hindenburg captains, depending on which upgrades and commander skills they choose.

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Hindenburg are as follows:

Main Armaments Modification 1 is the recommended pick for Slot 1, though captains who choose to equip Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) may wish to install Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 (Increases the action time of the Spotting Aircraft and Rapid Takeoff Spotter consumables.: +30% action time.) in this slot instead. Captains with access to Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 (Increases the action time of the Hydroacoustic Search and Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search consumables.: +20% action time.) are encouraged to plug those in Slot 2 depending on which consumable they opt to equip. Concealment System Modification 1 is the most popular pick for Slot 5 in order to help curtail her large detection radius. Conversely, Steering Gears Modification 2 (Reduces rudder shift time and accelerates the repair of steering gears: -40% rudder shift time. / -80% repair time.) is a strong option in the same slot for captains who prefer quicker rudder response, but this is not advised for a normal build.

The upgrade in Slot 3 is largely dependent on how captains intend to invest commander skill points on Hindenburg and the role they want her to fulfill in a given game.

Generalist Build: The easy choice for Slot 3 is 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.), or you could choose Main Battery Modification 2 (Increases the traverse speed of the main turrets: +15% to main battery traverse speed.)which improves her turret traverse greatly.

Commander Skills

Hindenburg’s commander build is mostly similar to other cruiser counterparts, but with a few minor differences: Due to the extra Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable, Superintendent isn't as mandatory on her as you are unlikely to burn through five Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.)s.

Normal Build

Gun Feeder, Priority Target, Eye In The Sky, Consumable Enhancements, Survivability Expert, Adrenaline Rush, Concealment expert, Top Grade Gunner.

Alternatively, replacing Concealment Expert with Heavy HE And SAP Shells and Grease the Gears with Propulsion Modification 1 (Reduces time to full speed: -50% to time for reaching full power. / Increases engine power when the ship starts moving.) and Steering Gears Modification 2 (Reduces rudder shift time and accelerates the repair of steering gears: -40% rudder shift time. / -80% repair time.) will give hindenburg more DPM, but this is advised for captains with excellent situational awareness as it gives up concealment for max DPM.

Consumables

Hindenburg can equip the following consumables:

Hindenburg’s best-in-game Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) is one of her strengths. It allows her to hunt down destroyers in close proximity — particularly those shielded by smoke — and to warn friendly captains of incoming torpedoes in more than ample time to avoid them. Due to the rarity of carriers in high tier games, it is generally preferable to Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.), although the odd carrier might ruin a match.

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 Hindenburg with Type 20 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, increases her credit earnings, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Signals boosting the fire chance of her main battery — Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.) and India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) — are recommended. India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) should be flown to maximize health recovered via Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.). Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) is a good pick to increase her somewhat low top speed, while 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.) will help pile on more DPS for an Anti-Aircraft Build. India Bravo Terrathree (-10% to the cost of the ship's post-battle service.) helps keep her operating costs down.

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Cruiser Hindenburg - News - World of Warships

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