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Iwaki Alpha
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Cruiser | Japan | Tier IV
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points18,600 
Main Battery
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a single mount5 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed8.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time21.18 sec.
Firing Range10.71 km.
Maximum Dispersion106 m.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell10 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
HE Shell Weight38 kg.
AP Shell140 mm Capped Common Shell 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight38 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Triple2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.79 shots/min.
Reload Time76 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType8 mod. 2 
Maximum Damage16,267 
Torpedo Speed59 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount5 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16.5 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius580 m.
Rudder Shift Time3.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range10.1 km.
Air Detectability Range3.84 km.
Battle Levels
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Iwaki Alpha — Japanese promo premium Tier IV cruiser.

An advanced design of the Tenryu-class cruiser. The ship's displacement exceeded that of her predecessor, which allowed for a reinforced artillery armament and more powerful propulsion. At the project design stage, the cruiser was faster than all existing cruisers and many destroyers.

Iwaki Alpha was awarded to testers in March 2015 who had played 100 matches during the Closed Alpha period. The 'Death Pickle'[1] is considered so over-powered that she has not been available since.

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)
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a single mount1021.181062,400102,700 00
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)
Iwaki18,6003635520 00
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)
Type8 mod. 20.8767.216,2665910 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type5 mod. 1010.7 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 68,250 hp35 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 0 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Iwaki Alpha is best treated as a destroyer (DD) that is the size of a cruiser. She has a smoke generator like a DD, and two triple racks of 610mm torpedoes with massive hitting power. With its light armor and good maneuverability this ship can wolf pack it with the best of them. When played like a torpedo destroyer this ship can work wonders.

The biggest drawback is Iwaki Alpha's cruiser sized hull with a deck-to-keel citadel. Stay undetected as much as you can.

Pros:

  • Fast and maneuverable.
  • The guns can be made very accurate indeed.
  • Hard hitting, stealthy, long-range torpedoes (10 km) that give her the ability to launch from outside detection range.
  • Two triple center-line racks for a full six torpedo salvo.
  • Equipped with the smoke generator and hydroacoustic search consumables.
  • Has access to four upgrade module slots (compared to the usual two).

Cons:

  • Thin armor.
  • Prone to citadel hits and incapacitation of modules.
  • Generally lousy guns (DPM, range, ballistics).
  • Poor forward torpedo firing arcs.
  • Lacks secondary artillery armament.
  • Weak anti-aircraft guns (3.1 km) with no long-range capability.


Research

As a premium ship, Iwaki Alpha doesn't have any modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

The following information is provided for players who wish to create a permanent captain for the ship. Those players who are retraining captains or using the ship to gain extra experience for a captain should consult the page relevant to the ship to which the captain will be assigned.

Upgrades

Iwaki Alpha can equip the legendary Aiming Systems Modification 0 (Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes and the main battery, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: +20% main battery traverse speed. / -40% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +20% secondary battery firing range. / -40% secondary battery dispersion.) — one of only three ships that can do so[2] — for large buffs to all main armament. Similar to Arkansas Beta, Iwaki Alpha has access to upgrade slots 3 and 4 that other ships of her tier do not.

The recommended upgrades for Iwaki Alpha are as follows:

Combining Aiming Systems Mods 0 and 1 makes Iwaki Alpha the most accurate (smallest dispersion ellipse) ship in the game.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Iwaki Alpha equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Iwaki Alpha comes with Type 9 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Iwaki Alpha is reasonably fast, so Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) may be useful to the player. 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.) may be used to increase the fire chance of main battery high explosive ammunition by 1%. Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) will increase torpedo efficiency by increasing the chance to cause flooding.

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

Gallery

Historical Info


References

  1. 'Pickle' from the color of her permanent camouflage.
  2. The others are IV Yubari and III Katori.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

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