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Le Fantasque
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Destroyer | France | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Vauquelin
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Mogador
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General
Research price110000 exp
Purchase price8,900,000 Credits
Hit Points15,400 
Main Battery
139 mm/50 Mle 19295 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range11.86 km.
Maximum Dispersion103 m.
HE Shell139 mm HE OEA Mle 1928 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,000 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell10 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
HE Shell Weight40.2 kg.
AP Shell139 mm SAP OPFA Mle 1924 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity840 m./s.
AP Shell Weight39.9 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 24V Mle 1 
Maximum Damage18,400 
Torpedo Speed75 knot
Torpedo Range8.01 km.
AA Defense
20 mm/70 Mk48 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second28.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm/56 Bofors Mk33 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second22.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed42.7 knot
Turning Circle Radius690 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range8.18 km.
Air Detectability Range4.12 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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8,900,000

Le Fantasque — French Tier VIII destroyer.

Large and extremely fast ships. They carried a main battery that consisted of new 139 mm guns with improved shell ballistics and an extended firing range.

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)
139 mm/50 Mle 192910181032,000102,700 0650,000
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)
Le Fantasque (A)15,40062058/330 0850,000
Le Fantasque (B)18,50062052/1/830 38,0002,750,000
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)
550 mm 24V Mle 10.7907.218,400758 0800,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
PCA n° 8 Mle 1011.9 0400,000
PCA n° 8 Mle 21013 25,0001,550,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 74,000 hp42.7 0700,000

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 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

Le Fantasque is a step up from the preceding Tier VII destroyer, Vauquelin, featuring higher than average hit points for a Tier VIII destroyer, higher base speed, and the standard Tier VIII access to upgrade Slot 5.

The Slot 5 upgrade allows players to better test out the capabilities of Le Fantasque in ambushing, hunting, or whittling down large targets from afar. They can select between Steering Gears Modification 2 (Reduces rudder shift time and accelerates the repair of steering gears: -40% rudder shift time. / -80% repair time.) for better evasive maneuvers or 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.) for ambushing and or hunting enemy destroyers. However, the latter strategy can be countered if the enemy destroyer has Radio Location, putting oneself at a disadvantage in the engagement. Ambushing and hunting destroyers is best when the captain and ship are outfitted with skills and signals that improve the concealment, ship speed, main battery reload, and survivability of the ship.

Le Fantasque’s AP shells are very potent against thick or armored destroyers and light cruisers, with a high potential to citadel most cruisers at under 7km. They are also useful against battleships at range, should the player lack the Inertia Fuse for HE Shells skill. Coupled with the fact that Le Fantasque has access to Main Battery Reload Booster (When used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced.), she is a fearsome threat for most cruisers within her torpedo range. However, due to her large profile, this makes being close to cruisers dangerous for Le Fantasque as well.

Overall, Le Fantasque is a very agile destroyer capable of shredding lightly armored targets and whittling down larger armored targets. Her speed is not to be underestimated, as it may lead to one's demise should they be caught in the open against Le Fantasque.

Pros:

  • Very good hit points pool for a Tier VIII destroyer
  • Decent main battery reload
  • Strong AP shells with a very high penetration
  • Hard hitting HE shells
  • High burst damage potential with Main Battery Reload Booster (When used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced.)
  • Decent torpedo armament
  • Decent mid range AA suite
  • Very fast, up to 53.8kn when using both the Sierra Mike signal flag and Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.)

Cons:

  • Lack of Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) makes disengaging difficult
  • Poor concealment
  • Sluggish main battery turret traverse

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Le Fantasque is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for larger health pool, improved anti-air power, and better rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Mogador.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 8 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Le Fantasque are as follows:

Slot 5 may be replaced with Steering Gears Modification 2 (Reduces rudder shift time and accelerates the repair of steering gears: -40% rudder shift time. / -80% repair time.) should the player desire better rudder shift time. However, this is not recommended as the base rudder shift time is already decent enough.

Commander Skills

Key skills for Le Fantasque commanders include Last Stand, Survivability Expert, and Concealment Expert.

Consumables

Le Fantasque can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Le Fantasque 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.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. French destroyer Le Fantasque - Wikipedia
  2. Le Fantasque-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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