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Ning Hai
Cruiser | Pan-Asia | Tier III
Tech Tree Position
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points13,800 
Main Battery
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a twin mount3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed7.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time24 sec.
Firing Range12.72 km.
Maximum Dispersion120 m.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,400 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell10 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
HE Shell Weight38 kg.
AP Shell140 mm Capped Common Shell 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight38 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Twin2 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.43 shots/min.
Reload Time42 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Type6* 
Maximum Damage10,833 
Torpedo Speed57 knot
Torpedo Range6.99 km.
AA Defense
76 mm /40 3rd Year Type on a single mount6 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second9.6 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
7.7 mm/80 Type 92 on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.4 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
Maximum Speed21.25 knot
Turning Circle Radius390 m.
Rudder Shift Time3.6 sec.
Surface Detectability Range9.88 km.
Air Detectability Range3.33 km.
Battle Levels

Ning Hai — Pan-Asian special premium Tier III cruiser.

In 1931, the Japanese Harima shipbuilding company laid down two mini-cruisers—Ning Hai and Pin Hai—for the needs of the Chinese Navy, both based on cruiser Yūbari. Ning Hai was built in Japan and became part of the Chinese fleet in 1932. Both Chinese cruisers were sunk by Japanese aircraft at the start of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Between 1938 and 1943, Ning Hai served as floating barracks in the Sasebo Naval Arsenal. In 1944, she was repaired and converted into an escort ship named Ioshima. On September 19, 1944, the former Chinese cruiser took a torpedo hit from USS Shad and sank.

Ning Hai was first released for sale on 19 January 2023 in the Steam store as a DLC, and temporarily available in the Premium Shop via a special coupon applied to doubloon bundle purchases.


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
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a twin mount7.5241202,400102,700 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Ning Hai13,80067634/62 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
180° Turn Time
Maximum Damage
Torpedo Speed
Torpedo Range
Research price
Purchase price
533 mm Type61.4427.210,833577 00
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk III mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 7,488 hp21.3 00

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

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.

Tier III premium cruiser Ning Hai enters the Pan Asian tree as the first low tier cruiser (besides Tier I Chengan) of the tree. Built by Japan for the Republic of China Navy, she was based on the real-life experimental cruiser Yūbari, featuring large guns for her displacement. In-game, she bears more similarities with her low tier Japanese cruiser counterparts than her Pan-Asian tech tree successors.


Ning Hai carries large guns for her small size, with strong performance in many aspects. She mounts six 140mm guns in three twin turrets, the same guns and turrets carried by Tier IV Yūbari. Her guns reload in 8 seconds and her turrets can traverse 180° in 24 seconds, both average for her tier.

Although two of her three turrets are located on the stern, her small superstructure gives her excellent firing angles to both the front and rear. Her guns have a range of 13.7km, the longest of any Tier III cruiser and even longer than many Tier IV cruisers. Combined with flat shell arcs and fast flight times, she can effectively engage a target anywhere within her impressive range.

Both her HE and AP shells are identical to those carried by Tier III Japanese cruisers Tenryū and Katori, and Tier IV Yūbari. Her HE shells deal up to 2400 damage with a 10% fire chance, the highest damage and second highest fire chance in her tier. Her AP shells deal up to 2700 damage, and have reasonable armor penetration thanks to their larger caliber. Although her AP is best used against broadside cruisers, it can still be effective against battleship superstructure and upper belts at close and medium range. Despite her high shell damage and fire chance, her 8 second reload limits her sustained DPM and the number of fires she can set per minute.

Ning Hai also carries two twin 533mm torpedo launchers, one per side. Her launchers are the same as on Katori and Tenryū, but she uses Kuma’s higher damage torpedoes. They all have the same 7km range, 42 second reload, and 57 knot speed. But Ning Hai's deal more damage per torpedo, 10,833 vs. 9,067 on her Tier III counterparts. They have a high flood chance, but also have a high detection range and longer reaction time of 7.8 seconds. Her firing angles aren’t as bad as Tenryū, but she still has to show a lot of side to launch. With only two torpedoes per side she can cripple or kill an enemy cruiser, but will only manage to anger a healthy battleship.

Ning Hai has no secondary battery mounts.


As a Tier III cruiser, Ning Hai only has access to a single consumable — Damage Control Party. She uses the same standard version carried by almost all cruisers, with a 5 second action time, 60 second cooldown, and unlimited uses.


Ning Hai features both outstanding agility and terrible maneuverability. Her speed is on the level of standard battleships, but her agility is at the top of her class.

With a top speed of only 21.3 knots, she is one of the slowest ships in her tier and matchmaking range. Cruisers and destroyers can easily outpace her, and even many battleships can reach the same or higher speed. She must plan her movements in advance, as she will often find herself lagging behind allied ships. Both during a push as well as during a retreat.

On the other hand, she is one of the most agile ships in her tier. Her 3.6 second rudder shift is faster than any other Tier II to IV cruiser, and her 390m turning circle is better than all but a couple Tier II cruisers.


Ning Hai is a small ship, and severely lacking survivability. With only 13,800 HP, she is the squishiest cruiser in her battle, and barely has more health than the largest Tier III and IV destroyers. Like most other low tier cruisers, she also lacks any real armor protection. Her 6mm bow and stern provide absolutely no protection against any HE shell, and only the smallest destroyer-caliber AP can’t overmatch it. She has thin strips of 76mm armor extending under her turrets that can bounce the occasional AP shell when angled, but most of her side and deck are the same 6mm. She has a 19mm central deck that can shatter most destroyer HE and bounce cruiser AP, but it’s mostly covered by her 6mm superstructure that is easily damaged.

Her citadel is particularly vulnerable, extending almost all the way up her side and extending along the waterline under her turrets. The central section is only protected by 25mm of armor, while the waterline sections are behind her 76mm strips. The 25mm section can bounce all AP when sufficiently angled, but she will take large amounts of damage when caught broadside. She also has a large stepped citadel that ranges from 19 to 25mm thick, so any AP that overmatches her bow or stern can easily reach her citadel.

Ning Hai does feature a torpedo belt, one of only a couple low tier cruisers to have one. The 4% reduction offers little protection in practice, but it makes torpedoes slightly less of a threat than for most Tier III cruisers.

Although her small size results in a very low health pool, it still has its benefits. She is more difficult for enemies to hit, especially if she is actively dodging. And her thin plating and narrow hull mean larger caliber AP is likely to overpenetrate and deal minimal damage as long as it misses her citadel. It also helps with her concealment. Her 8.9km maximum surface concealment is slightly better than average, but her 3km air detection is excellent for a cruiser. Enemy aircraft will struggle to spot her and keep her detected, and her primary surface detection threat are stealthy destroyers.


Ning Hai has almost no protection against aircraft. She has no long-range mounts, and produces no flak. Her mid- and short-range mounts have average range, 3 and 1.5km respectively, but both deal very little damage.

Like most Tier III cruisers, Ning Hai must rely on allied ships for air protection, or hope the planes go somewhere else and leave her alone.

Battle performance

Like many other low tier cruisers, Ning Hai can really only do one thing — deal damage. She can’t tank damage, she can’t offer AA cover, and she can’t lead a charge. Her main battery and torpedoes are highly effective for a Tier III cruiser, and her comfortable ballistics and long range allow her to stay in the fight while still keeping enough distance to dodge return fire. And although her torpedoes have limited firing angles, their fast speed, high damage, and quick reload mean they’re still a potent threat to cruisers or injured battleships. As she can’t fire from stealth, they’re best used for ambushes around chokepoints.

Due to her poor speed, players must plan their movements in advance. Her main battery range is long enough that she can lend fire support even if she trails behind her flank, but she can easily get left behind if her flank retreats. Players should stay at mid range whenever possible, using her small size and good firing angles to her advantage. She must know where her battleship threats are, and try to present as small a target as possible so their shells miss or hopefully bounce off her citadel belt. Focus on shooting enemy cruisers and destroyers, and use her good fire chance to help burn down enemy battleships.


  • Has torpedo reduction
  • Long main battery range
  • Good main battery firing angles
  • Good ballistics
  • Fast torpedoes with high damage and quick reload
  • Agile
  • Excellent air concealment


  • Very low health
  • Weak armor protection
  • Torpedoes have a high detection range and long reaction time
  • Weak AA
  • Slow


As a premium ship, Ning Hai has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Like most low tier cruisers, Ning Hai has few options outside dealing damage. As such, players should select skills and upgrades that increase her damage potential wherever possible. Both her main battery and torpedoes are usable, so players can choose to focus on one or the other, or build into both.


The recommended upgrades are:

Commander Skills

Skilled Commanders Dà Róng and Quán Róng can be a good fit for Ning Hai and should be used if available. Due to her low base HP, their improved Survivability Expert skill can be very useful to give her as much health as possible. Their improved Demolition Expert skill is also useful for players that build into her main battery.

The following build is intended for players that wish to have a dedicated captain for Ning Hai. Players intending to use her as a captain trainer for a tech tree ship should consult the build recommendation on that ship's page.


Ning Hai equips the following consumables:


As a premium ship, Ning Hai comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.


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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.11.10.

Testing Changes

  • DevBlog 373:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • DevBlog 409:
    • Main battery firing range reduced from 13.7 to 12.7 km.
  • Update 12.0:
    • Available in the Steam store starting on January 19, 2023.
    • Temporarily available in the Premium Shop from February 10 to February 15, 2023, via a special coupon applied to certain doubloon bundles.
  • Update 12.2:
    • Improved the geometry and textures of the ship.

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