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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 Type 98 on a Model A mount4 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 Type 98 on a Model A mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second83.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second83.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount6 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second19.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount18 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second32.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.76 km.
Air Detectability Range3.66 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

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)
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount2011.251081,20051,700 01,000,000
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)
Kitakaze (A)16,200132046/18/410 0980,000
Kitakaze (B)20,700132046/18/410 26,0002,000,000
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. 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
Fire Control System 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
Engine 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 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Boost 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  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 comparable to her predecessor, Akizuki, and a straight upgrade in most regards. She improves on Akizuki's speed, maneuverability, torpedo launchers, concealment, and adds access to the Tier IX upgrade slot. Players who enjoyed Akizuki should feel right at home.

Kitakaze has four main gun turrets, each with two guns for a total of eight 100mm rifles. These guns provide most of her offensive firepower, especially considering their blistering three second base reload. This reload can be further lowered by selecting upgrades and skills — to 2.5 seconds (excluding the effects of Adrenalin Rush). Normally, a 100mm HE shell would not be capable of penetrating more than 17mm of armor without the Inertia Fuse for HE Shells skill. However, all Japanese 100mm HE shells have 30mm base penetration without IFHE, and 37mm with it. These guns are lethal.

Kitakaze has a sextuple torpedo launcher. With her Torpedo Reload Booster (When used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced.) active, she can put twelve fish in the water during a short period of time. However, this launcher has a very long reload time — more than two and a half minutes — reducible to a little over 2 minutes: still a very long reload. Kitakaze's torpedoes are a useful tool to have in combination with her main battery firepower.

In addition, Kitakaze gains an extra three knots of speed in comparison with Akizuki, a second off her rudder shift time, better concealment, and slightly better 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 play style of a gun focused destroyer.

Pros:

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

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

  1. Upgrade to Hull (B) for a significantly increased health pool and faster rudder shift, and to unlock progression to Harugumo.
  2. Type9 mod. 2 Gun Fire Control System for increased main battery range.
  3. Torpedoes.
Captains may prioritize researching the Gun Fire Control System earlier or later. Since torpedoes are more of a secondary focus, leave them for last, though more torpedo-oriented captains may want the Type93 mod. 3 sooner.

Optimal Configuration

While her torpedoes are very dangerous indeed, it is difficult to justify a full Torpedo build. Best to stay with a Gun build.

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Kitakaze are as follows:

Commander Skills

Kitakaze's Priorities are survival and Guns.

Consumables

Kitakaze 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 detectability 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 service 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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