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Louchuan
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Battleship | Pan-Asia | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points67,900 
Main Battery
419 mm/45 Mk.I on a Type C mount3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.07 shots/min.
Reload Time29 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range21.13 km.
Maximum Dispersion271 m.
HE Shell419 mm HE Mk I 
Maximum HE Shell Damage7,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell48 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight995 kg.
AP Shell419 mm AP Mk II 
Maximum AP Shell Damage13,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity747 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1157 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
133 mm/50 QF Mk.I on a Mk.I mount8 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 Shell%
AA Defense
133 mm/50 QF Mk.I on a Mk.I mount8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second64.8 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
40 mm/56 OQF Mk.1/2 on a Mk.IV mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second136.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm/56 OQF Mk.IX on a Mk.VI mount10 х 6 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second202 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm/56 OQF Mk.III on a Mk.VII mount4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second34.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed29.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius830 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range14.84 km.
Air Detectability Range10.51 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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Special

Louchuan — Pan-Asian special premium Tier IX battleship.

Louchuan was a Chinese naval ship primarily used as a floating fortress during the Han dynasty. Designed as a central vessel within the fleet, Louchuan was equipped for boarding enemy ships. She also carried siege weaponry for long-range engagements.

Louchuan was first released for sale on 29 September 2023.

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)
419 mm/45 Mk.I on a Type C/D mount2.1452717,2004813,000 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)
Louchuan67,900193812/184/6/10/8 00
Fire Control System IDS_SHIP_PARAM_SUO_INCREASE_DIST
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk IX mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 130,000 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
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Propulsion Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 1
Airstrike 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

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
Refer to the in-game Port screens for more useful data.


Louchuan is a Tier IX Pan Asian premium battleship. She is a direct copy of British battleship Lion.

Armament:

Louchuan carries nine 419 mm guns in three triple turrets. These guns have a modest range of 21.1 km with a decent 29-second reload but slower 45-second turret traverse. With Main Battery Modification 3, her reload time is 25.5 seconds, but her turrets are even slower, taking 51.7 seconds to rotate 180 degrees.

Due to her gun caliber of 419 mm, these guns can overmatch the 27 mm plating commonly found on high tier cruisers. Her AP shells have a reduced fuse time of 0.015 s, which is useful against cruisers to reduce her chances of overpenetrating their armor. Her HE shells have a 48% fire chance, and 105 mm of penetration.

Louchuan has acceptable accuracy for her tier. While she has normal dispersion for a battleship and a decent 1.85 sigma, she will still occasionally struggle to consistently hit targets.


Survivabillity:

Louchuan’s hull is weakly armored. Her entire hull is covered in 32 mm plating. While most battleships will not be able to overmatch her armor with AP, high caliber HE shells will penetrate with ease. Louchuan’s citadel sits above the waterline and is exposed. Players should be careful when turning broadside in front of battleships.

Louchuan carries the same Specialized Repair Teams consumable found on most other high tier British battleships. It has a short action time of 20 seconds, heals 2% of the ship’s maximum HP per second, and heals 75% of non-citadel damage taken. As she only heals 10% of citadel damage (including damage dealt by torpedoes that hit her torpedo belt), it is vital to not take citadel hits and to avoid as many torpedoes as possible, in order to maximize the efficiency of her Repair Party charges.

Her minimum surface concealment is good at 12 km. Her hull has a small HP pool of 67,900, and a low 25% torpedo damage reduction. As a result, Louchuan captains should play her at medium ranges where there is less risk of torpedoes and focus fire.


Maneuverability:

Louchuan has an average top speed of 31 knots with the Sierra Mike combat signal. Her rudder shift time of 15.9 seconds is average, but her turning radius of 830 m is decent. Due to her decent maneuverability, Louchuan is able to switch from kiting to pushing quickly, and to help apply pressure on her flank with decent speed.


Anti-Aircraft:

Louchuan’s AA DPS is relatively poor, although her mid-range AA DPS of 681.5 is very high. She has a low flak count of 5 and her maximum AA range is only 5.2 km. Her high mid-range DPS can shoot down planes, but cannot stop strikes entirely. Grouping with allied ships to overlap anti-aircraft auras is recommended in games with carriers.


Battle Performance:

Louchuan is a mid-range battleship that likes to play angled away on her flank, setting enemies on fire and punishing broadside targets with her short-fuse AP. Her decent speed allows her to reach positions and react to the current battle situation. Her low detection allows her to play closer to enemies and hit more shells while remaining concealed when necessary. As both shell types are useful, players should switch throughout the battle depending on the current situation.

While her Specialized Repair Teams consumable allows Louchuan to take sustained damage and deal with fires relatively easily, players must be wary to not take citadel or torpedo damage and avoid being focused down while it is on cooldown.

Overall Louchuan prepares players for the gameplay style of Conqueror, as a ship designed to hold flanks and pressure enemies with high alpha HE and punishing AP salvoes.

Pros:

  • High alpha damage HE shells with improved penetration and fire chance
  • Shorter AP fuse time
  • Strong medium-range AA DPS
  • Decent speed
  • Great concealment
  • Access to Specialized Repair Teams consumable

Cons:

  • 32 mm plating everywhere
  • Small HP pool
  • Above-water citadel
  • Low torpedo damage protection
  • Poor long range AA DPS and low flak count

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Louchuan are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Louchuan can equip the following consumables:

When choosing between aviation assets for Slot 3, the pride leader should consider that Spotting AircraftWhile active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range. provides better vision, enabling her to take more distant prey, while Catapult FighterWhile 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.

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References


Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.


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