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Battleship | Japan | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price12,900 Doubloons
Hit Points68,200 
Main Battery
410 mm/45 3rd Year Type in a twin turret5 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range19.38 km.
Maximum Dispersion223 m.
HE Shell410 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage6,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell30 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity805 m./s.
HE Shell Weight938.5 kg.
AP Shell410 mm AP/APC Type91 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity806 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1020 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
Rate of Fire20 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell100 mm HE Type98 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Initial HE Shell Velocity1000 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a casemate mount8 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,400 
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Triple2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType93 mod. 1 
Maximum Damage17,233 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second166.4 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm/60 Type 5 on a twin mount16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second176 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount17 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second56.1 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed29.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius880 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range17.82 km.
Air Detectability Range10.99 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Kii — Japanese premium Tier VIII battleship.

This high-speed battleship was designed under the 1920 shipbuilding program. The ship was a further development of the Amagi-class battleship design. Compared with her predecessor, she had heavier armor protection. The Kii-class battleships were canceled as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922.

Kii was first released for sale worldwide on 22 September 2017.

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)
410 mm/45 3rd Year Type in a twin turret2452236,5003012,600 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)
Kii68,2001945758/816/17/820 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)
Type93 mod. 10.7907.217,2336210 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type8 mod. 1019.4 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 131,200 hp29.5 00

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 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
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Historically, Tier VIII premium Japanese battleship Kii was designed as a follow-on to the Amagi-class battlecruisers with thicker belt armor with slightly lower speed. She mounts the same main battery armament as her tech tree cousin — though they are a touch less accurate, reload one second slower, and have shorter range — in the same turret layout, and has comparable handling characteristics and surface/aerial detection values.

Kii has some fairly noteworthy differences from Amagi, though. She is more vulnerable when broadside thanks to her thinner turtleback armor section and worse torpedo protection system (TPS), which provides roughly half the protection of Amagi’s TPS; subsequently, Kii is significantly more vulnerable to ship-launched torpedoes. She's far less vulnerable than Amagi to aerial torpedoes, however. Kii features a significantly improved AA suite, comprised of 100mm dual-purpose mounts for her long-range bubble — instead of the slower-firing 127mm batteries generally found on Japanese capital ships of the era — and large numbers of the Japanese variant of the 40mm Bofors that make US and Royal Navy mid-range AA so punishing. Her inner AA ring is flooded with copious quantities of standard Japanese triple-mount 25mm guns. All of this combines to give Kii an anti-aircraft suite nearly equivalent to American Tier VIII battleship North Carolina, much to the dismay of enemy carrier captains looking for an easy target.

Further differentiating Kii from Amagi are her two triple-tube torpedo launchers, one each mounted port and starboard near her stern. Kii’s fish are similar to those found on Tirpitz, with 14,400 alpha damage but a 10 km range. The firing arcs of each launcher are generous and reminiscent of Admiral Graf Spee, enabling torpedo salvos from 40 degrees off the bow all the way back to nearly the stern of the ship.

Unfortunately, when compared to her tech tree cousin, Kii gives up a lot for access to torpedoes and an AA suite similar to American battleships. While she has Amagi’s broadside, her accuracy is worse. She and Amagi have similar dispersion values, but Kii has the lowest sigma value at Tier VIII, clocking in at 1.7 (compared to 1.8 for Amagi, Monarch, Richelieu, Tirpitz, and Bismarck). Another downside of Kii compared to Amagi is that Kii’s citadel deck armor is only 22mm thick. This means that virtually all battleships in her matchmaking spread and even large cruisers such as Stalingrad and Alaska are capable of overmatching it (apart from lower caliber guns like the ones on Scharnhorst). As a result, Kii captains must be very careful with her positioning; she can take extreme amounts of damage if her turtleback is penetrated at virtually any range and any angle.

While at first glance Kii may appear to be merely an Amagi with torpedoes, she has some key differences which encourage a very different style of play. Captains comfortable conning Amagi will enjoy Kii once they learn to adapt to those differences.


Pros:

  • Incredible broadside firepower, with ten 410mm guns on 5 turrets that can do up to 12,600 damage per shell.
  • Unlike Amagi, Kii can launch 3 torpedoes per side for close range engagements.
  • Best long-range anti-aircraft suite of all Tier VIII battleships.
  • Has both the strong AP and HE shells that Amagi has.

Cons:

  • Highest surface detectability range of all Tier VIII battleships.
  • Lacks the powerful secondary armament and torpedo defense system of sister ship Amagi.
  • Shorter main battery range than most of her Tier VIII counterparts.
  • Sigma value of 1.7 is worse than Amagi.
  • Thin citadel plating means that she will be citadelled with ease from many battleships she will face.
  • Less torpedo protection than Amagi.

Research

As a premium ship, Kii doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Kii are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 1 provides two viable options. The first is Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.), which increases the survivability and reduces repair time of the main armament. Players wishing to specialize in anti-aircraft (AA) duties should take the second option, Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.). This upgrade increases the survivability of AA and secondary battery mounts.

Upgrade Slot 3 provides options for specialization in certain roles. 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.) is typically recommended for ship to ship combat. However, Kii possesses a formidable AA armament. Players wishing to specialize in AA should mount AA Guns Modification 1 (Improves AA efficiency: +20% reduction in the preparation time of the priority AA sector.). This upgrade is most effective when the ship's commander is specialized with commander skills, including Basic Firing Training, Advanced Firing Training, and Manual Fire Control for AA Armament.

Upgrade Slot 5 provides two options. Concealment System Modification 1 (Reduces the detectability range of the ship and aircraft carrier's squadrons: -10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the dispersion of enemy shells fired at your ship.) reduces ship detectability and increases dispersion of enemy shells fired at the player's ship. This upgrade is useful because it provides Kii with more ability to disengage to repair sustained damage, especially when paired with the Concealment Expert commander skill. The second option is Torpedo Lookout System (Increases the assured acquisition range of torpedoes. to a base value of 1.8 km.).

Commander Skills

Given that Kii has a distinctly un-Japanese AA battery for a battleship, it might well be worth investing in captain skills designed to take advantage of this. Otherwise, captains are encourage to pursue a cookie-cutter survivability based battleship, choosing skills to help Kii stay afloat longer. Both options are viable, and the decision between the two is mostly down to personal preference.

Consumables

As a sister to Amagi and of the same tier, Kii can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Kii comes included with Type 10 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

Kii can mount 21 signal flags simultaneously. India Yankee (-20% to fire duration.) and India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) flags are recommended to improve the ship’s survivability. November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) is also recommended to decrease the cool down on the Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) and Damage Control Party (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.) consumables. Captains looking to further improve the ship’s anti-aircraft battery should mount 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.) flags. Lastly, economic and special signal flags can be mounted to further increase the ship’s experience and credit gain per battle.

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Amagi-class battlecruiser - Wikipedia
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