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Massachusetts
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Battleship | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price12,750 Doubloons
Hit Points66,300 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk.6 in a turret3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time36 sec.
Firing Range18.27 km.
Maximum Dispersion242 m.
HE Shell406 mm HE/HC Mk13 
Maximum HE Shell Damage5,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell36 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity803 m./s.
HE Shell Weight862 kg.
AP Shell406 mm AP Mk8 
Maximum AP Shell Damage13,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity701 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1225 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount10 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.5 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount10 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second151 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.24 mount5 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second30.5 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors on a Mk.2 mount15 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second238.5 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount25 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed27.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius710 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.56 km.
Air Detectability Range9.74 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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12,750

Massachusetts — American premium Tier VIII battleship.

A South Dakota-class battleship. Designed subject to treaty limitations, the ship had well-balanced characteristics in terms of armament, speed, and armor protection. By the end of World War II, the ship had a very powerful AA defense.

USS Massachusetts is now preserved as a military museum ship in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was first released for sale worldwide on 29 June 2018. The ship is no longer available with the release of Update 0.10.1 in early 2021.

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.6 in a turret2362425,7003613,100 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)
Massachusetts66,300645731015/25/5/100 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1018.3 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 130,000 hp27.5 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 Artillery Plotting Room 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

Player Opinion

Performance

Massachusetts is the second South Dakota-class battleship to come to World of Warships, and — despite appearances — plays very differently than her sister Alabama in several ways. The primary differences are found in her main and secondary batteries.

Massachusetts’s main battery has a lower sigma value and worse dispersion than that of her sister, and will generally produce slightly worse shot groupings than Alabama. The difference is slight, but noticeable. It will lead to some accuracy issues at long range, and encourages captains to close the range against enemy ships in order to improve her hit percentage; this style of play is further reinforced by her reduced main battery range compared to Alabama as well.

Where Massachusetts really departs from Alabama is in her secondary battery; indeed, Massachusetts is unique among American battleships with the power of her secondaries. Her secondaries fire faster, farther, and are far more accurate than those found on any other American battlewagon. Sporting a four second reload, a max range of 11.3km, and incredible accuracy with the right buffs — such as Mike Yankee Soxisix flag (+5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary battery shells. / -5% to secondary battery loading time.), Secondary Battery Modification 1 (Extends firing range and increases firing accuracy of the secondary battery: +20% secondary battery firing range. / -20% secondary battery dispersion.), and the captain skill Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament — Massachusetts are a terror to all enemy units that are spotted within range. Enemy destroyers in particular must be wary; these secondaries will tear them apart in very short order if they are not actively maneuvering while spotted under Massachusetts’s guns.

Massachusetts brings with her the typically powerful anti-aircraft battery that veterans of high tier American battleships are accustomed to. She packs in a few more 40mm Bofors mounts than Alabama, and her dual purpose 127mm guns remain as potent as ever. Just like Alabama, Massachusetts has a small turning circle allowing some tight turns for dodging torpedoes and shells.

All told, Massachusetts is an American battleship built for mid- and close range brawling, but may struggle at long range due to her dispersion and slow shell velocity (similar to North Carolina), but played well, and thanks to those secondaries, she can be a monster in players hands.


Pros:

  • Powerful main battery AP shells, with high damage and penetration
  • Good main battery traverse speed
  • Fast-firing, long range secondaries with good base accuracy for this type of armament
  • Excellent AA suite
  • Excellent torpedo protection
  • Good turn radius for a battleship, Massachusetts handles better than techtree counterpart North Carolina
  • The Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable has a fast cooldown

Cons:

  • Poor main battery range and accuracy
  • Despite having strong AA, her AA can be easily destroyed by HE shells or rockets.
  • Exceptionally poor AP shell velocity
  • Low secondary armament penetration, though enough to damage destroyers and all superstructures
  • Extensively covered in 32mm plating, vulnerable to HE spam
  • Very vulnerable to citadel damage when showing a full broadside
  • Can no longer be obtained.

Research

As a premium ship, Massachusetts doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Massachusetts are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Massachusetts equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Massachusetts comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. USS Massachusetts (BB-59) - Wikipedia
  2. South Dakota-class battleship (1939) - Wikipedia
  3. Naval Legends: USS Massachusetts - News - World of Warships
  4. Naval Legends: USS Massachusetts - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  5. USS Massachusetts: South Dakota-Class Battleships. Warships Expedition (EU) - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  6. USS Massachusetts: South Dakota-Class Battleships. Warships Expedition (NA) - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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