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Manfred von Richthofen
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Tech Tree Position
August von Parseval
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General
Research price355000 exp
Purchase price28,000,000 Credits
Hit Points65,300 
Secondary Armament #1
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/38 mount12 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.85 km.
Rate of Fire17.91 shots/min.
Reload Time3.35 sec.
HE Shell105 mm Spr.Gr. Kz. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
105 mm/65 SK C/33 on a Dop. L. C/38 mount12 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second199.2 
. . . Firing Range4.5 km.
55 mm/77 Gerät 58 on a twin mount12 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second292.8 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32 knot
Turning Circle Radius1 200 m.
Rudder Shift Time16.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range14 km.
Air Detectability Range14.23 km.
Battle Levels
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Manfred von Richthofen — German Tier X aircraft сarrier.

A design for completing an H-class battleship as a heavy aircraft carrier. She is a large-sized ship with armor protection that is quite good for her ship type, coupled with a very powerful AA complement.

Manfred von Richthofen was first released on 4 August 2020.

Modules

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)
Manfred Richthofen (A)65,300132201212/12116 03,000,000
Attack Aircraft Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Fw 190A8167001,380 01,000,000
Me 155G172001,440 38,0002,500,000
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Fw 190G84,5331541,640 01,000,000
Ta 152C-1/R144,5331741,710 38,0002,500,000
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Fw 190G87,8001541,470 01,000,000
Ta 152C-1/R148,8001741,530 38,0002,500,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 183,600 hp32 0900,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Secondary Battery Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Squadron Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Flight Control Modification 2 Air Groups Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance


Capping off the German carrier line, Manfred von Richthofen, named for the famous WWI pilot known as the Red Baron, is the epitome of German carrier design, ironically having never been conceived much less built at the time it was supposed in-game to be designed and laid down.

Let's start with the hull first. Unlike other purpose built aircraft carriers, such as Midway, Richthofen is basically an airfield laid down on top off an H-class battleship hull. This, of course, gives her solid durability against both HE and AP shell fire, thanks to a turtleback armor scheme that is unique among her type, although her flight deck is just 50mm thick, compared to the other carriers at this tier that possess decks that easily exceed 70 or 80mm in thickness. This means that supercruisers, heavy cruisers with high HE penetration (e.g. Hindenberg or Henry IV with IFHE), battleships shooting HE, and American Tiny Tim rockets and HE bombs can penetrate the deck and easily rack up damage. Another unique characteristic of the hull is the rather impressive secondary battery. Comprised entirely of 105mm DP guns with Massachusetts-level accuracy and range, they serve as an excellent deterrent against destroyers and other light vessels that make attempts to assault Richthofen at close range.

Next, her aircraft. Richthofen's attack aircraft are unique, as they use armor piercing rockets instead of the high explosive rockets that are found on other carriers at this tier. This makes the Red Baron less effective against destroyers, since the rockets will just over-penetrate or bounce, but they have undeniably excellent performance against broadsiding cruisers and the upper works of the more thinly armored battleships that Richthofen will see. Her show-stealers, however are her dive bombers. Unlike other dive bombers, these start from high altitude and dive straight down towards their target, which, while it makes charging through flak a challenge, allows for a precision drop on larger targets such as supercruisers. Speaking of which, Richthofen's bombers use AP bombs that boast incredible alpha damage and high penetration — enough to surpass even the pre-AP bomb adjusted Hakuryu by some 900 points of damage, should all three bombs dropped hit the citadel of the target. (If they hit the target, that is; the aiming reticle is an ellipsoid, unlike that of Graf Zeppelin and Erich Loewenhardt, which means that bombs can just as easily miss the target as they can hit it.) Finally, we come to the torpedo bombers. These bombers are ridiculously fast, armed with high speed torpedoes that are guaranteed to hit the target with proper lead. Unlike Hakuryu's or Midway's torpedo bombers, these are more of a secondary weapon than a main striking arm, more useful for finishing off low health targets or starting floods than actually inflicting large amounts of damage on a singular target, due to the low alpha damage on each fish. One more thing to note about these aircraft is that they have rather low HP pools compared to the aircraft of other carriers at this tier, yet they are capable of speeds that would shame other carriers, capable of a ridiculous 230 knots with the W key mashed into the board (and with the proper upgrades and commander skills, of course ).

Overall, Richthofen is a bit polarized for a Tier X carrier, as it specializes more towards dealing with cruiser and battleship-killing duties (though it is amusing to snipe carriers with the AP rockets) — something difficult to pull off with it's relatively low plane HP pool. However, all of her positive traits make Richthofen a worthy addition to Tier X and a powerful carrier that is truly worthy of her name.

Pros:

  • Fastest techtree planes in the game
  • AP rockets are incredibly effective against cruiser and aircraft carrier broadsides, and have the shortest delay among Tier 10 attack aircraft
  • Fastest aerial torpedoes in the game
  • Highest per-bomb AP bomb damage in the game
  • Dive bombers have access to In-flight Repair (When activated, repairs a squadron's damage +10% over 5 seconds.)
  • A lot of Manfred von Richthofen's damage will come from citadel penetrations via AP rockets and bombs, preventing most ships from recovering from said damage
  • Best armor protection in tier/class, tied with Max Immelmann (as they share the same hull)
  • Dangerous secondary armament, very useful for self-defense
  • Best concealment among Tier 10 aircraft carriers, tied with Max Immelmann

Cons:

  • Second worst plane durability among Tier 10 aircraft carriers
  • AP rockets and AP bombs require their target to be at full broadside (rockets) or at 90 degrees (bombs) for the drop to be effective
  • AP bomb accuracy is inconsistent and their aiming reticle is large, some drops will lead to disappointing results
  • Both AP rockets and AP bombs are virtually useless against destroyers
  • Aerial torpedoes deal the lowest damage and have the lowest flood chance among Tier 10 torpedo bombers
  • Not counting its hull secondaries, Manfred von Richthofen has no reliable ways of igniting fires
  • The carrier's AA defenses are powerful, but short-ranged

Research

Like other Tier 10 aircraft carriers, Manfred von Richthofen does not come elite on purchase.

  • Attack Aircraft: Upgrade to Me155G for slightly higher plane speed and health.
  • Torpedo Bombers: Upgrade to Ta 152C-1/R14 for higher plane speed and slightly more health.
  • Dive Bombers: Upgrade to Ta 152C-1/R14 for higher plane speed, slightly more health, and a big damage boost (7'800->8'800).
Players are encouraged to prioritize researching dive bombers first for the damage boost. Torpedo bombers should come second as they gain more speed than attack aircraft, and are used against all kind of targets, whereas attack aircraft are only used against cruisers. Attack aircraft should be researched last.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Manfred von Richthofen are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 5 offers players A choice between Flight Control Modification 1 and Squadron Consumbales Modification 1, which adds 50% to the length of all consumables. Players wishing to have more responsive fighters and longer heals can take this upgrade in in combination with repair specialist to get 8.2 second heals on their Dive and Torpedo Bombers . As for fighters, with Enhanced reactions, search and destroy and patrol group leader you can extend the fighter duration to more then 1.5 minutes post 0.10.4.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Manfred von Richthofen can equip the following consumables:

Aircraft Carrier:

All aircraft carrier consumables are automatically activated.

Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Bombers:

Signals

As with all other ships, Manfred von Richthofen can mount eight signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (for faster XP grinding / increased XP gain per battle), Zulu Hotel (when coupled with Equal Speed Charlie London greatly helps increase the speed of commander retraining), November Echo Setteseven (for better bomber self-defense against fighters and increased AA DPS), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (to have a better chance at causing flooding and dealing damage via flooding). Players can also choose to equip the Dragon Flag for faster commander (re)training.

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

Gallery

Historical Gallery

References


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