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Kagerō
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Akatsuki
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General
Research price115000 exp
Purchase price9,100,000 Credits
Hit Points13,300 
Main Battery
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire8.51 shots/min.
Reload Time7.05 sec.
Rotation Speed6.9 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time26.09 sec.
Firing Range8.55 km.
Maximum Dispersion79 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,150 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity915 m./s.
HE Shell Weight23 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP Type0 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity915 m./s.
AP Shell Weight23 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Quad2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.59 shots/min.
Reload Time101 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType90 mod. 1 
Maximum Damage17,233 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type96 mod. 14 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second7.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple mod. 13 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second9.9 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius640 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range6.84 km.
Air Detectability Range3.07 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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9,100,000

Kagerō — Japanese Tier VIII destroyer.

Due to a good balance of her main characteristics, Kagero was the most successful destroyer design in the Imperial Japanese Navy. She had extremely long-range, high-speed, oxygen-fueled torpedoes that made her considerably superior to all ships of her type in terms of torpedo armament power.

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)
127 mm/50 Type38.526.09792,15092,200 0590,000
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)
Kagerō (A)13,30062033/420 0610,000
Kagerō (B)15,10062031020 21,0001,600,000
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)
Type90 mod. 10.61017.217,2336210 01,300,000
Type93 mod. 20.51127.220,9666710 20,0001,800,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type8 mod. 108.6 0350,000
Type8 mod. 2109.4 8,000780,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 52,000 hp35 0600,000

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
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Dropping down from Tier IX as a part of the Japanese destroyer line changes in Update 0.5.15, Kagerō now fills Fubuki’s old spot at Tier VIII. Fans of the old Fubuki and new captains who have moved up from Akatsuki will find Kagerō familiar in many ways. Both should be accustomed to the A-X-Y turret arrangement of the main battery, her handling characteristics are nearly identical (similar turning circle radius and rudder shift time), and her anti-aircraft suite is still hardly worth mentioning. So, what's new?

For starters, Kagerō’s guns reload faster, though they do give up some range to those of Akatsuki and pre-0.5.15 Fubuki. This gives her more of a fighting chance when cornered by an enemy gunboat destroyer (such as Benson), especially if said enemy is already wounded. With that said, however, captains who have progressed this far up the line should know by now when to hang in a gun duel against an enemy destroyer and when discretion is the better part of valor; never court a gunfight with an American or Russian destroyer with lots of health. Kagerō’s detection radius is improved over both old Fubuki and Akatsuki; not only can she can equip Concealment Module 1 (as a Tier VIII ship), but her base detection radius of 6.8 km is the lowest of all high-tier Japanese destroyers.

Kagerō has some fairly glaring deficiencies compared to her counterparts at Tier VIII, though. Her speed is fairly pedestrian, her anti-aircraft guns are ineffective at shooting down enemy planes, and her main battery reload and turret traverse times are painfully slow. Just like Akatsuki, captains are likely to miss the tremendous tactical flexibility of Fubuki’s three torpedo launchers. As nasty as her upgraded torpedoes are — and they hit very, very hard — their reload time means that getting off more than a few salvos in a match is tough. Luckily, Kagerō can give up Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) in exchange for Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.). This allows her to force an 8-second reload time on her torpedoes once every six minutes (or four, with the premium version). Given her best-in-tier detection radius, this will be a worthwhile gamble for many captains.

The Japanese destroyer line becomes challenging to excel in at high tiers, but Kagero provides all the tools necessary for captains to do just that; they need only bring patience and a willingness to learn how to handle her.

Pros:

  • Lowest detection range of all Tier VIII destroyers.
  • Fast, powerful torpedoes that hit like freight trains.
  • Good handling; same turning circle as her predecessors, quick rudder shift.
  • Gains access to Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.), allowing her to launch 16 torpedoes within 10 seconds.

Cons:

  • Mediocre top speed of 35 knots.
  • Main battery is slightly improved from Akatsuki, but is still nothing special.
  • Painfully long torpedo reload time, regardless of which torpedoes are equipped.
  • Has to choose between Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.) or Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.), unlike Akizuki.

Research

Hull (B) is unquestionably the most important upgrade for Kagerō; the extra hit points provide her additional survivability. The Torpedo module is a fairly minor buff to her fish; the Fire Control System module might actually be better to pick-up first. Captain's pick for this one, there's not really a wrong answer.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Kagerō are as follows:

As a Tier VIII ship, Kagerō gains access to Slot 5; Concealment System Modification 1 is the logical choice for the new slot. Her other upgrade recommendations remain largely as they were for Akatsuki: Main Armaments Modification 1 in Slot 1, Aiming Systems Modification 1 or Main Battery Modification 2 in Slot 3, and Propulsion Modifications 1 and 2 in Slot 2 and Slot 4, respectively.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Kagerō can equip the following consumables:

Kagerō captains must choose between equipping Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) and a downgraded version of the Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.) consumable that Shiratsuyu and Akizuki have access to.

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 Kagerō with Type 18 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Kagerō also has an alternate premium camouflage called "Urashima", in which she appears as she does during the Halloween scenario "Sunray in the Darkness".

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Japanese destroyer Kagerō (1938) - Wikipedia
  2. Kagerō-class destroyer - Wikipedia
  3. Stille, M. Wright, P. (2013). Imperial Japanese Navy Destroyers 1919-45 (2): Asashio to Tachibana Classes. London, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  4. Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
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