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[[Ship:|]] — N/A special premium Tier  N/A.

An aircraft carrier that had a prominent effect on the development of this type of ship in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was a highly successful project that featured a high speed, reasonably good AA defense and a sizable air group. Poor armor protection reduced the aircraft carrier's resistance to damage.

Hiryu was removed from the game with Update 0.8.0 - the CV Rework.


Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1 
Air Groups Modification 1
Main Armaments Modification 1
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
Magazine Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 0
Spotting Aircraft Modification 1
Damage Control Party Modification 1
Sonar Modification 1
 Slot 2 
Damage Control System Modification 1
Engine Boost Modification 1
Defensive AA Fire Modification 1
Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
Surveillance Radar Modification 1
Aircraft Engines Modification 1
Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3 
Main Battery Modification 2
Secondary Battery Modification 1
AA Guns Modification 1
Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 1
Smoke Generator Modification 1
Torpedo Bombers Modification 1
Attack Aircraft Modification 1
Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
Dive Capacity Modification 1
Sonar Modification 2
Skip Bomber Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Propulsion Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 1
Attack Aircraft Modification 2
Torpedo Bombers Modification 2
Bombers Modification 2
Skip Bomber Modification 2
Airstrike Modification 1
Depth Charges Modification 1
Submarine Steering Gears Modification 2
Air Groups Modification 3
 Slot 5 
Flight Control Modification 1
Torpedo Lookout System
Concealment System Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 2
Enhanced Engineering Systems
Reinforced Emergency Response
Upgraded Damage Control Equipment
Improved Main Battery Loading Mechanisms
Aerosol Smoke Curtain System
Master Fire Control Director
Torpedo Fire Control System
Improved Hull Concealment
Improved Main Artillery
Ship Consumables Modification 1
Squadron Consumables Modification 1
Heavier Torpedo Warheads
Additional Smoke Generators
Submarine Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6 
Main Battery Modification 3
Torpedo Tubes Modification 2
Gun Fire Control System Modification 2
Flight Control Modification 2
Air Groups Modification 2
Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2
Main Battery Fire Control Station
Improved Ammunition Hoists
Main Battery Director System
Improved Bridge
Enhanced Propulsion Plant
Enhanced Countermeasures
Extended Main Battery Effective Range
Torpedo Quick Reload System
Main Gun Automatic Loader
Modified External Hardpoints
Fuel Injection System
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2
Improved Camouflage Patterns
Automated Main Battery Loading Mechanism
Forced Takeoff and Landing Equipment
Dive Capacity Modification 2

Player Opinion


The first standard-sized (or "fleet") aircraft carrier in the Japanese carrier line, carrier players will surely fall in love with Hiryu. With a total complement of 72 planes, she is far less likely to run out of planes than her predecessors, if captains execute their attacks correctly that is. However, one must be aware that the torpedo planes she carries are the same as Tier V's Zuiho. This means they incredibly vulnerable when facing warships above Tier VII.

Captains must plan their attacks very carefully when using Hiryu’s air squadrons. Never stay in one place, use auto-pilot mode, continue sailing (even at 1/4 speed), and always keep distance from the enemy.


  • Larger hangar provides a total complement of 72 planes and full reserves on all squadrons.
  • Top speed of 34 knots means she can re-position to any area of the map quicker.
  • Upgraded fighter groups can match with American fighters (if used well).
  • Very well-rounded and is consistent in general when using the balanced loadout.
  • Good anti-aircraft defense.


  • Tier VI torpedo bombers are easily shredded by ships Tier VII and above.
  • Alpha damage against equal or higher tier capital ships can be lacking due to lower tier torpedo bombers.
  • Performance against DDs may be short of what is expected due to inferior torpedo bombers.


This is a suggested research path:

  1. Type 7 mod. 2 Flight Control
  2. Mitsubishi A6M5c fighters
  3. Aichi D3A2 dive bombers
  4. Hull (B)
Once the second hull is researched, captains are free to decide if they want to spend experience on the air superiority modification or move on to Shokaku.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Hiryu are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 3 is the main choice of upgrades with '. For players looking to improve their fighter's capabilities, Air Groups Modification 2 : +7.5% aircraft HP. is highly recommended, especially when using the Type 7 mod. 3 flight control system. Otherwise, the Flight Control Modification 1 Does not work with tactical squadrons: -5% aircraft restoration time / +2 carrier deck places available. helps players land and launch '’s multiple flight squadrons, as ' has six separate plane squadrons to manage.

Commander Skills


' equips the following consumables:


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

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip ' 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.


As a carrier, ' can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (🚫), Zulu Hotel (🚫), and, for the last two: 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.) and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.).

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


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