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Rochester
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points41,900 
Main Battery
203 mm/55 Mk.15 on a triple mount3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range15.86 km.
Maximum Dispersion142 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE/HC Mk25 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell14 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
HE Shell Weight118 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP Mk21 
Maximum AP Shell Damage5,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity762 m./s.
AP Shell Weight152 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 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 Shell%
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount10 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second208 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius750 m.
Rudder Shift Time10.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.06 km.
Air Detectability Range7.25 km.
Battle Levels
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Rochester — American promo premium Tier VIII cruiser.

An Oregon City-class heavy cruiser with more advanced AA weaponry and a different arrangement for her AA defenses as compared to her direct predecessors—the Baltimore-class ships.

Rochester was first released for sale on 1 October 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)
203 mm/55 Mk.15 on a triple mount5301422,800145,000 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)
Rochester41,900162033610/6 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1015.9 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp33 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 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator 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

Player Opinion

Performance

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
For a graphic summary of ships Tiers VIII thru XI see LittleWhiteMouse's "Actual AA DPS".


Tier VIII American premium cruiser Rochester is nearly identical to her sister ship Baltimore. She shares her sister’s hull and main battery, but differs in concealment, utility, damage per minute, and Anti Aircraft firepower. Most notably, Rochester mounts the Smoke Generator consumable instead of the Surveillance Radar found on Baltimore.

Attributes

Rochester features a 27mm bow, stern, midsection, and deck plating. As with Baltimore, this makes her essentially invulnerable when angled to ships with a gun caliber of 381mm and below. However, battleships with a gun caliber of 406mm and above will have no trouble punching through her armor for massive amounts of damage. In high tier matches where battleships often have larger gun calibers, captains should look to play more conservatively, using islands or smoke screens to fire upon targets while staying undetected. In addition, the 27mm plating leaves her vulnerable to HE spam from enemy cruisers.

The only difference between the 203mm guns of Rochester and those of Baltimore, is that the former reloads in 12 seconds and the latter reloads in 10 seconds. Captains familiar with Baltimore will recognize the floaty shells, slow turret traverse, and hard hitting AP shells. As American super-heavy AP shells, they have great penetration and improved penetration angles, making them effective against enemy cruisers and battleships at all ranges. Of course, captains should fire HE against destroyers and sharply angled ships, penetrating up to 32mm of armor with a 14% fire chance.

Rochester’s maneuverability is decidedly average, with a turning radius of 750 m and a rudder shift of 10.5 seconds. As a result, cruiser captains with less experience or skill in dodging battleship salvos should refrain from playing her in open water. This can be partially compensated by her excellent concealment - with a surface detectability range of 11.7km (9.5km with relevant upgrades), Rochester is one of the stealthiest heavy cruisers at Tier VIII. Not only does this allow her to disengage freely in the open water, but it also makes her an effective ambush predator.

Rochester wields one of the best anti-aircraft suites at Tier VIII, with outstanding mid-range continuous damage. Combined with her considerable flak and especially with the Defensive AA fire consumable active, her AA menaces enemy aircraft, often sending large portions of squadrons to the depths of the ocean.

What sets Rochester apart from her tech tree counterpart is that she has access to two charges of the smoke generator consumable. Her smoke has both long action time and dispersion times, at 30 seconds at 104 seconds respectively. In addition to this, she can slot either Hydroacoustic search or defensive AA fire. Captains usually should mount Hydroacoustic search, as it allows her to easily evade torpedoes, even when at low speed in smoke. Paired with the Propulsion Modification 1 upgrade, she can dodge torpedoes without leaving the safety of her smoke screen. As a final note, captains should ensure that no enemy ships sail within her smoke firing penalty of 6.8km before firing from smoke, under pain of detection and an early return to port.

Game Play

Rochester is best described as an opportunistic cruiser. Between her excellent concealment, floaty shells that can arc over islands, and smoke generator consumable, she wields all of the tools necessary to dictate the terms of every engagement and ensure tactical advantage in battle. Captains familiar with the island hugging play style of the US Cruiser line can view Rochester's smoke consumable as a makeshift island generator. Like an island, the smoke either serves as a choke point to prevent enemy ships from pushing through an area, or a “get out of jail free” card that allows her to safely disengage from an unfavorable engagement.

Due to Rochester’s low surface detection, Captains should keep the “Concealment Trapping” technique in mind during battle. This tactic uses the buffer zone between her concealment and that of a less stealthy enemy cruiser to put herself in an advantageous kiting position. When the enemy cruiser first detects her, they must sail bow in to her while she is stern in. This gives the enemy cruiser a difficult choice to either continue sailing forward and take focus fire from the captain's supporting teammates, or risk crippling damage from her AP shells while turning out to disengage.

With a combination of excellent armor, main battery guns, concealment, AA firepower, and utility, Rochester is one of the strongest cruisers at Tier VIII. Her weaknesses are limited in number, and in some cases end up playing to her strengths. Inexperienced players and veterans alike will have success with Rochester, a true apex predator at Tier VIII.

Pros:

  • Like Baltimore, Rochester uses superheavy AP shells with high penetration and improved penetration angles
  • High shell arcs allow to shoot at enemy ships from behind island cover
  • Access to the long-emission and long-duration Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates. typical of USN destroyers
  • Access to Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. and Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. in separate slots
  • Good AA defenses
  • Good speed at 33 knots unmodified (0.5 knots faster than Baltimore)
  • Great concealment

Cons:

Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Commander Skills

Consumables

Rochester equips:

Camouflage

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

Signals

As a premium American cruiser utilizing flags that boost your AA abilities are a no brainer. Furthermore Rochester has the added benefit of having a smokescreen and hydro. Taking flags that enhance those consumables boost your potential in battle.

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 0.10.6.

Testing Changes

  • DevBlog 162:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • DevBlog 187:
    • Surveillance Radar consumable replaced by Smoke Generator consumable.
  • DevBlog 203:
    • Main Battery reload time increased from 11.5 to 12 s.
  • First appeared on sale in October 2021.

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