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Battleship | France | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Research price72500 exp
Purchase price6,000,000 Credits
Hit Points46,000 
Main Battery
340 mm/45 Mle 1912 in a turret4 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speed3.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time51.43 sec.
Firing Range16.93 km.
Maximum Dispersion248 m.
HE Shell340 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell26 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity921 m./s.
HE Shell Weight431.8 kg.
AP Shell340 mm AP OPfK Mle 1930 
Maximum AP Shell Damage9,500 
Initial AP Shell Velocity780 m./s.
AP Shell Weight585 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
130 mm/45 Mle 1932 on an Mle 1932 mount4 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.3 km.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Secondary Armament #2
130 mm/45 Mle 1932 on an Mle 1932 mount4 х 4 pcs.
Firing Range6.3 km.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell130 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,900 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
130 mm/45 Mle 1932 on an Mle 1932 mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second34.4 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
130 mm/45 Mle 1932 on an Mle 1932 mount4 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second48.8 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
13.2 mm Hotchkiss Mle 1929 on a CAQ Mle 1929 mount6 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second30 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
13.2 mm Hotchkiss Mle 1929 on a CAD Mle 1929 mount12 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second42 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
37 mm/50 CAIL Mle 1933 on a CAD Mle 1933 mount20 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second46 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
25 mm Hotchkiss Mle 1939 on a CAD Mle 1939 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second33.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maximum Speed25.65 knot
Turning Circle Radius700 m.
Rudder Shift Time19.8 sec.
Surface Detectability Range15.36 km.
Air Detectability Range9.22 km.
Battle Levels

Lyon — French Tier VII battleship.

A battleship design created before the outbreak of World War I, representing an improvement on the previous Normandie class but carrying enhanced primary armament. The addition of the fourth main gun turret allowed the ship to deliver a unique, 16-gun broadside salvo.


Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
340 mm/45 Mle 1912 in a turret251.42484,700269,500 0560,000
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Lyon (A)46,0001336044/412/6/6/20/4/4 0680,000
Lyon (B)53,4001336044/414/8/16/4 25,0001,900,000
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
PCA n° 7 Mle 10 0330,000
PCA n° 7 Mle 20 8,000700,000
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 107,000 hp25.6 0180,000
Propulsion: 112,000 hp27 7,000400,000

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 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

Player Opinion


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

Essentially Normandie with a fourth turret superfiring aft, Tier VII's Lyon stands out among ships with the joint largest (by shell count) main battery broadside in the game; a fact sure to please or frighten any captain, depending on which side of the salvo they are on. However, the accuracy of individual shells is still questionable, as is the AP penetration. Captains should be prepared to switch ammunition types depending on the situation.

Like her predecessors, Lyon does not have the most impressive armor, keeping largely the same armor scheme with only a few extra millimeters of thickness here and there. Her firing angles are still poor, and to make matters worse, her turret traverse time and firing range are worse than that of Normandie, though the latter is average among her tier VII peers. This makes it tricky to deploy her firepower without unacceptable risk; captains must wait for opponents to be distracted or reloading before turning to unmask all four turrets. The maneuverability at least is still very good, if not quite to the level of Normandie.

Her secondaries are an improvement over her predecessor's already potent array, to the point where even German counterpart Gneisenau would be jealous: 12 barrels on each side, with a solid fire rate and a massive 9% fire chance. Brawling with Lyon is not recommended, however, due to her lighter armor. Unlike Normandie, Lyon can claim a modern AA suite that is one of the best among her tier of battleships; it is several times more effective.


  • With 16 main guns, Lyon has the heaviest broadside of all tier VII battleships.
  • Insane alpha strike damage (9500 x 16 = 152000).
  • Devastating against lightly armored targets. Cruisers can routinely be one-shot from full health, and destroyers can lose a lot of health from numerous penetrations and overpenetrations.
  • Can "Shotgun" most targets that get too close, especially if they show broadside.
  • Good anti-aircraft armament.
  • Fairly small turning circle radius compared to other battleships of her tier.
  • Surprisingly strong Secondary armament.
  • Has among the shortest Hulls of all tier VII battleships along with Colorado - combined with her turn radius, this makes dodging torpedoes easier.
  • Fast HE main battery shells, which outpace her AP shells at all ranges.


  • Lowest hit point pool of all Tier VII battleships.
  • Poor armor and very weak torpedo protection. Will take a beating in a secondary brawl with ships like the Gneisenau.
  • Unfavorable dispersion at range and the worst sigma values at Tier VII.
  • AP shells are very lightweight and may struggle to deal damage against well armored and/or angled targets. AP shells are also on the more slower end.
  • HE shells have lowest fire chance of all Tier VII battleships, and have limited effectiveness in general. This is partially compensated by their large volume.
  • Slow turning turrets. Will often have to turn the ship in order to get guns aimed onto the target.
  • Slower than its predecessor Normandie and generally more sluggish.
  • Average main battery range, just a touch shorter than Colorado.


Availability of researchable upgrades for Lyon is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for additional hit points, a significant bump up in anti-aircraft power, and faster rudder traverse. Research of this module unlocks progression to Richelieu.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 7 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
  • Propulsion: Upgrading to the second propulsion module increases Lyon’s top speed by 1.4 knots.
As with most battleships, Hull (B) is the best place to invest early experience gains in Lyon; the additional health is welcome, and the increase in her anti-aircraft suite is significant. The range upgrade is probably the next best pick-up, followed by the extra speed.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Lyon are as follows:

Commander Skills

Key skills for Lyon commanders include Priority Target, Expert Marksman, Superintendent, and Concealment Expert for the first 10 points. Other important skills to take include Adrenaline Rush as a general skill; High Alert, Jack of All Trades, Basics of Survivability, and Fire Prevention for a survival build; and Basic Firing Training, Advanced Firing Training, and Manual Fire Control for AA Armament for an anti-air build.


Lyon can equip the following consumables:


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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


  1. Lyon-class battleship - Wikipedia

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

Testing Changes

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.6.14.
  • Update 0.7.2:
    • Introduced into the game as a researchable ship.
  • Update 0.7.2:
    • Hull A: bow compartment HP was reduced from 1,500 to 1,400, casemate HP was reduced from 7,900 to 7,800, the aft compartment HP was increased from 1,500 to 1,700.
    • Hull B: casemate HP was reduced from 9,200 to 9,000, service compartment HP was reduced from 1,100 to 1,000, aft compartment HP was increased from 1,700 to 2,000, and the superstructure HP was decreased from 2,400 to 2,300.
    • The changes do not affect the total HP of the ship.
    • Improved ship destruction effects.
  • Update 0.8.4:
    • Minor fixes to geometry and textures.
  • Update 0.8.5:
    • Credit earnings decreased by 5%.
    • Experience earnings decreased by 5%.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • The firing range of the secondary battery was increased to 6.3 km.

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