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Minnesota
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Battleship | U.S.A. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Kansas
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Vermont
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General
Research price180000 exp
Purchase price15,500,000 Credits
Hit Points69,500 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk.7 in a turret4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.5 shots/min.
Reload Time40 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range21.18 km.
Maximum Dispersion271 m.
HE Shell406 mm HE/HC Mk13 
Maximum HE Shell Damage5,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell36 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity820 m./s.
HE Shell Weight862 kg.
AP Shell406 mm AP Mk8 mod. 1 
Maximum AP Shell Damage12,800 
Initial AP Shell Velocity762 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1100 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount8 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.95 km.
Rate of Fire10 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 Shel%
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount8 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second120.8 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount37 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second133.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors on a Mk.1 mount16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second180.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed23 knot
Turning Circle Radius700 m.
Rudder Shift Time23.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range17.54 km.
Air Detectability Range13.38 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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15,500,000

Minnesota — American Tier IX battleship.

An interwar battleship design variant that underwent in-depth modernization in the 1940s, which significantly reinforced her torpedo protection and AA armament.

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.7 in a turret1.5452715,7003612,800 01,200,000
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)
Minnesota (A)69,500194574816/37/80 01,800,000
Minnesota (B)76,30019457488/370 60,0005,100,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1021.2 01,200,000
Mk9 mod. 21023.3 40,0003,400,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 72,000 hp23 01,200,000

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 Defensive AA Fire 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
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Retaining the slow speed of the rest of the line, Minnesota is a big upgrade over Kansas. While having the same turret layout and guns as Kansas, the Minnesota’s AP shells deal 1000 more damage as well as having a higher sigma, 1.9 on Minnesota compared to 1.7 on Kansas. Minnesota also has access to Artillery plotting room 2 for an extra -11% to the maximum dispersion of the main battery guns, making Minnesota a potent gun platform. Compared to her fast battleship counterpart Iowa, Minnesota’s shells do less damage per shell, however Minnesota's broadside alpha is higher due to the extra turret of 3 guns adding up to a 153,600 alpha shot compared to Iowa’s 121,500.

While Minnesota is covered in a 38mm plating, the ship sits high in the water and the superstructure is covered in 19mm plating, making it susceptible to smaller caliber fire. Minnesota does not perform well in close range engagements with its slow speed of 23 knots, long reload of 40 seconds and subpar armor, she performs better at medium range where small caliber fire is not as much of an issue. Staying at medium range will also help to hit ships behind islands as Minnesota has flatter shall arcs and does not have super heavy AP shells like the fast battleship line. Having a sense of situational awareness is needed for Minnesota, as its slow speed can impact reaction time to a surprising salvo fired at the ship.

Pros:

  • Heavy broadside of twelve (12) main guns
  • Excellent main battery range
  • Ship sides are covered with a uniform 38mm outer belt, a good protection against HE shells
  • Good torpedo protection with a 40% damage reduction
  • Tight turn radius and good rudder shift for a Tier 9 battleship
  • Has access to Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.), further boosting its already good AA defenses

Cons:

  • Slowest Tier 9 battleship, with a speed of 23 knots
  • Worst reload speed among Tier 9 battleships, a whopping 40 seconds
  • Less hitpoints than fast counterpart Iowa
  • AP penetration is fairly lacking for a Tier 9 battleship, can struggle against heavily armored targets
  • Lacks the improved Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) found on other USN battleships

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Minnesota is as follows:

  1. Upgrade to Hull (B) for more HP, more AA mounts, and a faster rudder shift. Research of this module unlocks progression to Vermont.
  2. Upgrade to the Mk.9 mod 2 Gun Fire Control System for an extra 10% range on her already-good main battery range.

Optimal Configuration

Skill points and upgrades should be invested to maximize Minnesota's survivability and concealment, as well as main battery accuracy.

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Minnesota are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Minnesota 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.

Gallery

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