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Nino Bixio
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Cruiser | Italy | Tier II
Tech Tree Position
Eritrea
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Curtatone
Taranto
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General
Research price100 exp
Purchase price85,000 Credits
Hit Points15,500 
Main Battery
120 mm/50 Elswick Pattern "EE" on a shielded mount8 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range10.34 km.
Maximum Dispersion104 m.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AP Shell120 mm proiettili AP 1909 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight22.75 kg.
Maximum SAP Shell Damage2,850 
Initial SAP Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Secondary Armament #1
76 mm/50 Model 1909 on a single mount6 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range3.2 km.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell76 mm proiettili HE 1909 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity815 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
AA Defense
7.7 mm Lewis2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second3.2 
. . . Firing Range0.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed26.8 knot
Turning Circle Radius480 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.86 km.
Air Detectability Range3.96 km.
Battle Levels
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Nino Bixio — Italian Tier II cruiser.

Built shortly before the outbreak of World War I, this turbine-powered cruiser was to be used as lightweight and high-speed reconnaissance ship. The vital elements of the ship were protected by an armored deck.

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)
120 mm/50 Elswick Pattern "EE" on a shielded mount522.51042,100 08,500
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)
Nino Bixio (A)15,5006100862 010,500
Nino Bixio (B)16,6006100862 30025,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
SDT 2 mod.1010.3 05,000
SDT 2 mod.21011.4 18015,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 23,000 hp26.8 04,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Tier II Italian cruiser Nino Bixio is the first characteristic ship of her line. Her main appealing features include the trademark SAP shells, excellent maneuverability, and high speed.

Nino Bixio’s firepower includes eight 120mm guns in single turrets, with three each on the port and starboard sides, and two aft. Because of this peculiar layout, not all of Nino Bixio’s guns can be aimed at any single enemy. While her guns have potential for a high alpha strike, her slow reload time of 12 seconds prevents her from rapidly damaging enemies. The main feature of her guns is her access to Semi-Armor Piercing (SAP) shells, instead of HE shells found on most other ships. This allows Nino Bixio to heavily damage destroyers and other lightly armored targets. However, this strength is held back by her inability to set fires or effectively damage ship modules. In terms of AP performance, her unusually good ballistics compared to other Tier II cruisers and penetration allow her to outclass many cruisers at her tier, despite her smaller 120mm guns.

Nino Bixio does not get access to torpedo armament, which is a disadvantage in close range engagements, where many of her peers have torpedoes. Being a cruiser designed before World War I, Nino Bixio has incredibly poor AA defenses. However, being a Tier II ship, she will not face any aircraft carriers in battle. In addition, she has poor secondary armament, featuring inaccurate guns of a low caliber, and below average damage output.

Nino Bixio’s survivability on paper appears to be quite poor. This is partly true, as she has a feeble health pool of only 16,600 when fully upgraded. Her armor is just as bad; she is covered in a mere 6 millimeters of armor. However, Nino Bixio does have access to a steep turtleback armor layer, whose 38 millimeter thickness can protect her against some low caliber AP shells. Because of her slim hull shape, many battleship AP shells are liable to either overpenetrate Nino Bixio, or miss her entirely at closer ranges.

In terms of handling, Nino Bixio is strong. She is the fastest cruiser at her tier, reaching speeds close to 27 knots without Sierra Mike equipped. She also features a quick rudder shift time of 4.8 seconds fully upgraded, and a very tight turning circle of only 480 meters. Captains of Nino Bixio should be alert to incoming fire, and use her superb handling to evade the enemy’s shells, as her armor and health are weak. Nino Bixio also features excellent concealment for her tier, allowing her to effectively control engagements, and carry out surprise attacks on enemies.

Taking all of her characteristics into account, captains of Nino Bixio should adopt a conservative playstyle, using allies and islands as cover to stay safe while crippling enemy cruisers and destroyers with her effective SAP rounds. She should avoid close range fights, as her weak armor and lack of torpedoes will mean a quick punishment for overly aggressive play.

Pros:

  • SAP shells are quite effective against destroyers and lightly armored targets
  • Excellent handling allows her to evade a great deal of incoming fire
  • The fastest Tier II cruiser
  • Good Handling
  • Good AP penetration

Cons:

  • Weak armor and a small HP pool
  • Long reload time of 12 seconds
  • No torpedoes
  • Cannot effectively damage highly armored targets due to lack of fire starting capabilities
  • Small caliber guns compared to her peers

Research

  1. Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) first. Research of this module also unlocks progression to Tier III Taranto.
  2. Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to SDT 2 mod.2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Recommended:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Nino Bixio equips:

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References


Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.8.7.

Testing Changes

  • July 23, 2019:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • Aug 20, 2019:
    • Removed the 10% damage limit for semi-armor-piercing shell penetrations against destroyers.
    • Improved ricochet angles of semi-armor-piercing shells from 60-85 degrees to 80-85 degrees.
  • Oct 14, 2019:
    • Main battery reload time decreased from 13 to 12 s.
  • Introduced in Update 0.8.10.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • Acceleration and braking dynamics were decreased to standard values.
  • Update 0.10.10:
    • Secondary battery maximum firing range increased to 3.2 km.
  • Update 0.11.1:
    • Ricochet angles for SAP shells changed from 80-85 degrees to 60-75 degrees in an unlisted change, likely due to sharing shells with low tier Italian destroyers which had their shells changed during testing in DevBlog 275.

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