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Lion
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Battleship | U.K. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Monarch
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Conqueror
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General
Research price180000 exp
Purchase price15,900,000 Credits
Hit Points58,600 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk IV3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range18.85 km.
Maximum Dispersion267 m.
HE Shell406 mm HE Mk II 
Maximum HE Shell Damage6,900 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell46 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight929 kg.
AP Shell406 mm AP Mk III 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity747 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1080 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
133 mm/50 QF Mk I8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.95 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time6.67 sec.
HE Shell133 mm HE Mk IC 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
133 mm/50 QF Mk I8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second64.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk II2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second31.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII10 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second198 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk V4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second49.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk V6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second36.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed28.03 knot
Turning Circle Radius830 m.
Rudder Shift Time22.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.3 km.
Air Detectability Range10.51 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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15,900,000

Lion — British Tier IX battleship.

The last British battleship designed and laid down before the breakout of World War II. In many respects, the ship was a development of the King George V-class ships, but, unlike her predecessors, she had greater dimensions, heavier armor, and modern 406 mm main guns.

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)
406 mm/45 Mk IV2452676,9004612,600 02,000,000
419 mm/45 Mk II2452677,2004813,000 35,0002,500,000
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)
Lion (A)58,600193813810/4/2/8/60 02,400,000
Lion (B)67,90019381386/10/8/40 54,0005,100,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk IX mod. 1018.9 01,000,000
Mk IX mod. 21020.7 26,0002,600,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp28 0600,000
Propulsion: 130,000 hp29.5 20,0001,500,000

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

Player Opinion

Performance

HMS Lion continues the trend of mid to high tier British Battleships, following the example set by King George V, with her above average concealment for a Battleship, rather poor vertical protection, and absurd High Explosive Firepower. The most noticeable upgrade to the Lion over the Tier VIII ship, HMS Monarch, is her access to two different sets of 16 inch rifles, either the 406mm guns or 419mm guns. Neither option is a poor choice, with both boasting absurd HE shells that deal a hefty amount of damage while boasting a fairly high fire chance, as well as short fuse AP shells that have a higher chance of arming and detonating inside cruisers, though you will most likely wish to stick with the 419mm guns as they are the ones that you will find on the Tier X Ship, the HMS Conqueror. Another noticeable upgrade is the change to the Repair Party Consumable. Compared to the previous ship in the line, the Repair Party Consumable repairs a tremendous amount of damage, recovering 75 percent of Casement Damage, though unfortunately only 10 percent of Citadel Damage. However, the fact that the ship recovers 2.0% of her HP per second over a 20 second duration ( add on 20 percent more with the flag ), and the Lion can effectively "print" herself a new ship if given the opportunity to disengage.

Speaking of disengaging, the HMS Lion can effectively disappear from enemy sights if she manages to place herself in the optimum position. Her minimum concealment can reach as low as 12 kilometers, which is patently absurd for such a large vessel. That concealment can also allow her to surprise enemy Cruisers or Battleships which have similar or only slightly better concealement, as well as be a nightmare for cruisers caught out in open water thanks to the combination of stealth and her short fuse armor piercing.

Do not be fooled, however, into thinking that the Lion is some sort of monster of a Battleship. She has a fair number of weaknesses, such as a high water citadel, extremely poor firing angles on her main battery guns, and she is coated in 32mm plating, which makes her vulnerable to getting chipped down by HE spammers over time. This is all on top of the fact that she also has an extremely low HP pool of just 67,900 Hitpoints, which is even less than the French Jean Bart, which has 69,000 Hitpoints. All of this combined means that the Lion is forced to play more of a midrange role and is highly susceptible, without proper management of her HP pool, to being sunk in the opening minutes of a match before she can make any effect.

Overall, Lion is a fairly decent ship. You can make good effect out of her as well, just...be careful.

Pros:

  • Great armor piercing shell penetration combined with short fuse AP makes her dangerous versus cruisers
  • High chance of fire with high explosive shells.
  • Excellent handling characteristics.
  • Great concealment.
  • Decent belt armor that protects the citadel well when angled.
  • Decent anti-air weaponry provides more-than-adequate self-defense from enemy bomber aircraft.
  • Access to the Specialized Repair Teams (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable found on Royal Navy cruisers that can heal 75% of normal penetration damage.

Cons:

  • Lowest health pool of all Tier IX battleships, as well as weaker Torpedo Defense System.
  • Armor scheme is vulnerable to broadside hits from enemy battleships and cruiser HE shells.
  • Poor firing angles in general means that she is forced to expose a large amount of broadside to fire all of her guns.
  • Her size and length make dodging torpedoes difficult.
  • Average top speed; not fast enough to chase some ships. Lion is forced to sit in ambush and wait for her targets to come to her or use her longer reach to strike them before they can react.

Research

Priority should be focused upon upgrading her hull first, then improving her range. The Engine Module should be researched third, and the 419mm guns can be saved for the last part of the grind.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Lion are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Lion can equip the following consumables:

When choosing between aviation assets for Slot 3, the pride leader should consider that Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) provides better vision, enabling her to take more distant prey, while Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection by attacking incoming enemy aircraft.) is mainly intended to keep the fleas and ticks at bay. Choose whichever suits you.

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 Lion 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.

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Lion-class battleship - Wikipedia
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