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Cruiser | U.S.S.R. | Tier ★
Tech Tree Position
Research priceexp
Purchase price47,500,000 Credits
Hit Points65,800 
Main Battery
254 mm/55 B-48 on a MK-13 mount3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire4.8 shots/min.
Reload Time12.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.
Firing Range19 km.
Maximum Dispersion195 m.
HE Shell254 mm HE Model 1938 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,550 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell16 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity900 m./s.
HE Shell Weight285 kg.
AP Shell254 mm AP Model 1938 
Maximum AP Shell Damage6,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity900 m./s.
AP Shell Weight285 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
152 mm/57 on a BL-115 mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.3 km.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell152 mm OFU-35 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,200 
Initial HE Shell Velocity950 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell12 %
AA Defense
152 mm/57 on a BL-115 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second69 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
57 mm AK-725 mount7 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second268.8 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maximum Speed34.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius1 090 m.
Rudder Shift Time13.2 sec.
Surface Detectability Range15.67 km.
Air Detectability Range10.29 km.
Battle Levels

Novosibirsk — Soviet Tier ★ cruiser.

In the mid-1930s, the U.S.S.R. began working out preliminary designs for large artillery ships to meet the needs of their navy in the future. In February 1936, the first top-level specifications for the construction of a cruiser were worked out. The project later evolved into a "B-type battleship." It was unlikely that the new heavy cruiser would be completed before World War II—the ship would have been completed in the 1960s for escorting convoys, supporting amphibious operations, and as the flagship of the expeditionary squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet.

Novosibirsk was first released for sale on DD MMM YYYY.


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
254 mm/55 B-48 on a MK-13 mount4.825.71953,550166,900 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Novosibirsk65,80016210367/6 00
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
GFCS XI mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 210,000 hp34.5 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
Defensive AA Fire Modification 1
Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
Surveillance Radar Modification 1
Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3 
Main Battery Modification 2
Secondary Battery Modification 1
AA Guns Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Propulsion Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 1
Airstrike Modification 1
 Slot 5 
Torpedo Lookout System
Concealment System Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 2
Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6 
Main Battery Modification 3
Gun Fire Control System Modification 2
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

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.

Novosibirsk is the supership of the Soviet Heavy Cruiser tech tree. She shares similar characteristics to Petropavlovsk, with improvements to both armor and gun caliber.


Novosibirsk carries nine 254 mm guns in three triple turrets. These guns have a good range of 19 km and a 12.5-second base reload. Novosibirsk’s turrets have a 180-degree turn time of 25.7 seconds, but lose Petropavlovsk’s 360-degree rotation. Novosibirsk has bad gun angles and must show a lot of side to fire all guns.

Due to their large caliber, these guns can overmatch the 16 mm plating commonly found on superlight cruisers like Minotaur and Jinan. Her AP shells have good alpha at 6,900, with good ballistics. They also have high penetration, slightly improved bounce angles, and a shorter fuse timer, allowing her to citadel targets at longer range. Her HE shells have 42 mm penetration and a 16% fire chance, but low damage at 3,550. Due to these characteristics, AP shells should be her primary choice, with HE shells used situationally against angled targets and destroyers.

Novosibirsk uses the same dispersion curve as Petropavlovsk, with improved close- and mid-range dispersion but poor long-range dispersion.


Novosibirsk has a large health pool of 65,800 and a base speed of 34.5 knots. Her maneuverability is poor, with a slow 13.2-second rudder shift and a large 1090-meter turning radius. Her large size makes her an easy target to hit, and her poor maneuverability leaves her vulnerable to torpedoes if not careful. Her concealment is average, with a minimum concealment of 12.7 km.

Although she follows Petropavlovsk, Novosibirsk is visually more similar to Tier IX cruiser Riga. She sits higher above the water than Petropavlovsk and has a larger superstructure. Her armor scheme is similar toPetropavlovsk’s, with the addition of a thicker 50 mm deck that can shrug off most HE shells. However, her citadel sits higher above the water and is easily punishable when showing broadside. While she has a 40 mm icebreaker, her upper bow and stern plating is only 25 mm, which can be overmatched by 380 mm AP shells or larger.


Novosibirsk has a choice between the Hydroacoustic Search and Defensive AA Fire consumables in the same slot. Both consumables are the normal versions for Tier X and supership cruisers.

Novosibirsk has access to the Surveillance Radar consumable. Like the other high-tier Soviet tech tree heavy cruisers, her radar has a long range of 12 km but a short 15-second duration. The short duration can be useful to briefly locate enemy destroyers, but does not give her (or her teammates) much time to shoot a spotted target.

Novosibirsk has access to the Repair Party consumable, with three charges that each heal up to 14% of her maximum HP.


Novosibirsk’s AA defenses are relatively poor. While she has a 6.9 km anti-aircraft battery range, her long-range AA DPS is very poor at 80.5, and she only produces four flak. Her high mid-range DPS of 448 can shoot down planes, but cannot stop strikes entirely. Due to her aggressive positioning play style and poor maneuverability, Novosibirsk is vulnerable to many carriers. Sticking with allied ships to overlap anti-aircraft auras is recommended in games with carriers.

Battle Performance:

Novosibirsk is a cruiser that rewards aggressive play at close to medium range. This can be achieved through positioning close to islands, to cover her weak citadel protection and only expose her bow and deck armor. With the proper positioning and usage of Hydroacoustic Search and Surveillance Radar, Novosibirsk can hold down caps and prevent enemy destroyers from approaching.

If she is forced to kite away, Novosibirsk is a much weaker ship. Her poor firing angles and bad HE DPM mean she cannot easily deal with heavily angled battleships and cruisers. When kiting, she should actually kite away from her team, to create crossfires and utilize her high-velocity AP shells on broadsides.

At long ranges, Novosibirsk is inaccurate and loses much of her effective damage output. It is best to utilize her concealment to gain positional advantages on enemy ships and use the element of surprise to deliver her punishing AP shells.


  • Good HP pool
  • Icebreaker bow and thickly armored midsection
  • 50mm deck armor
  • Excellent AP penetration
  • Slightly improved ricochet angles
  • Unique dispersion curve improves accuracy at close and medium range
  • High shell velocity
  • Long AA battery range
  • Access to 12 km Surveillance Radar


  • Large target
  • Vulnerable citadel
  • Poor HE DPM
  • Poor rearward firing angles
  • Slow main battery traverse speed
  • Low flak count
  • Massive turning radius and slow rudder shift
  • Worse dispersion than other cruisers past 14 km
  • Surveillance Radar has a very short duration


As a top-tier ship, Novosibirsk has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades are:

Commander Skills


Novosibirsk equips the following consumables:


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 12.3.

Testing Changes

  • DevBlog 428:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • DevBlog 439:
    • Maximum AA firing range increased from 5.8 to 6.9 km.
  • DevBlog 441:
    • Main battery turret 180° turn time reduced from 32.7 to 25.7 s.
    • Detectability range by sea reduced from 16.6 to 15.7 km.
      • Detectability range after firing main battery guns in smoke reduced from 12.5 to 11.5 km.
      • Detectability range by air increased from 9.9 to 10.3 km.
  • DevBlog 446:
    • AP shell fuse timer reduced from 0.033 to 0.022 s.
  • DevBlog 450:
    • Main battery reload time reduced from 14 to 12.5 s.
  • Update 12.5:
    • Available in limited Early Access as part of a Lighthouse Auction event, as a single-price auction with 1,050 ships available across all servers. The winning bid was 156,097,365 credits. Lots were delivered to winners on July 4, 2023.
  • Update 12.8:
    • Added to the Russian tech tree as a special ship unlocked once the player reaches Tier 10 cruiser Petropavlovsk, then purchased for credits.
  • Update 13.1:
    • Changed the recommended Commander skills for the ship to reflect the gameplay more accurately.

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