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[[Ship:|]] — Pan-American promo premium Tier VII cruiser.

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.

Modules

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
 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 Bombers Modification 1 Airstrike Modification 1 Depth Charges Modification 1 Submarine Steering Gears Modification 2
 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

Performance

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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

Research

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

Upgrades

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 (Increases HP of the aircraft carrier's planes: +7.5% aircraft HP.) is highly recommended, especially when using the Type 7 mod. 3 flight control system. Otherwise, the Flight Control Modification 1 (Accelerates aircraft servicing and increases the maximum number of aircraft on deck: -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

Consumables

' 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 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.

Signals

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 (+50% XP earned for the battle.), Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.), 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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