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Kitakaze
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Akizuki
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Harugumo
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General
Research price154000 exp
Purchase price13,200,000 Credits
Hit Points16,200 
Main Battery
100 mm/65 Type984 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire20 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed16 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time11.25 sec.
Firing Range11.33 km.
Maximum Dispersion108 m.
HE Shell100 mm HE Type98 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity1000 m./s.
HE Shell Weight13 kg.
AP Shell100 mm AP Type98 
Maximum AP Shell Damage1,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity1000 m./s.
AP Shell Weight13 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Sextuple1 х 6 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.36 shots/min.
Reload Time167 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType93 mod. 2 
Maximum Damage20,967 
Torpedo Speed67 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
100 mm/65 Type984 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second83.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
100 mm/65 Type984 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second83.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 mod. 118 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second32.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple mod. 16 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second19.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.56 km.
Air Detectability Range3.55 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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13,200,000

Kitakaze — Japanese Tier IX destroyer.

A V7 project destroyer. This ship was a further development of the Akizuki-class destroyers. Compared to her prototype, she had a higher speed and carried more powerful torpedo armament.

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)
100 mm/65 Type982011.251081,20051,700 01,000,000
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)
Kitakaze (A)16,200132046/18/410 0980,000
Kitakaze (B)20,700132046/18/410 26,0002,000,000
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)
Type93 mod. 20.41677.220,9666710 01,800,000
Type F30.41577.221,366768 30,0002,500,000
Type93 mod. 30.41717.223,7666712 30,0002,500,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type9 mod. 1011.3 0530,000
Type9 mod. 21012.5 14,0001,100,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 52,000 hp36 0900,000

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
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

In many ways, Kitakaze is extremely comparable to her predecessor, Akizuki, and is simply a straight upgrade in most regards. She improves on Akizuki's speed, maneuverability, torpedo launchers, concealment, and has access to the tier nine module slot. Players who enjoyed Akizuki should feel right at home in the tier nine version.

Kitakaze has four 100mm gun mounts, each with two barrels for a total of eight 100mm armaments. These guns provide most of Kitakaze's offensive firepower, especially when pared with her blistering three second base reload. This reload can be further lowered by selecting the Basic Firing Training skill in conjunction with the tier nine Main Battery Modification 3 (Reduces the reload time of the main battery guns: -12% main battery loading time. / -13% main battery traverse speed.) module. Normally, a 100mm gun would not be capable of penetrating anything more than 17mm of armor—limiting the effectiveness of any such guns without the Inertia Fuse for HE Shells skill. However, all Japanese 100mm guns have an increased penetration for their base HE shells, allowing them to penetrate up to 30mm of armor even without the captain skill—And with IFHE, these shells can penetrate 32mm armor plating.

In addition to her impressive main battery firepower, Kitakaze has a sextuple torpedo launcher. Along with her Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.), this allows her to put twelve torpedoes in the water during a short period of time. However, keep in mind that this launcher also has a very long reload speed, taking more than two and a half minutes to be ready. Kitakaze's torpedoes are a useful tool to have in combination with her main battery firepower, and proves to be a direct upgrade from the torpedoes found on Akizuki. In addition, Kitakaze gains an extra three knots of speed in comparison with Akizuki, a second off her rudder shift time, greater concealment, and slightly better short range AA.

Fans of Akizuki should greatly enjoy Kitakaze, as she essentially shores up some of Akizuki's key weaknesses like speed while also improving as a whole. She is a strong ship for anyone who appreciates the playstyle of a gun focused destroyer.

Pros:

  • Great firepower with her main battery guns.
  • Able to fire twelve torpedoes using the Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.).
  • Decent amount of health for a destroyer at tier nine.
  • Pretty good concealment values.

Cons:

  • Provides a large target for enemy ships to shoot at.
  • Torpedoes take a monstrously long time to reload.
  • Large and clumsy turning circle for a destroyer.
  • Doesn't have Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) to boost her AA firepower.

Research

Captains should prioritise unlocking either the upgraded Hull or Gun Fire Control System first, depending on their own playstyle. Unlocking the B Hull give Kitakaze more health and a better rudder shift time, but the Fire Control System improves her gun range. Leave the torpedoes for last, as they are more of a secondary focus for Kitakaze. It should be noted that generally, it is acknowledged that the 12km version torpedoes are the most effective.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Kitakaze are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Kitakaze can equip the following consumables:

Generally, using the premium versions of Damage Control Party (When activated, instantly repairs fires, floods, and incapacitations, and prevents more for the duration.), Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.), and Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.) greatly enhances Kitakaze's combat performance, and using them can be well worth the extra silver it costs.

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 Kitakaze with Type 19 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Super Akizuki-class destroyer - Wikipedia
  2. Akizuki-class destroyer (1942) - Wikipedia
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