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Destroyer | U.S.A. | Tier II
Tech Tree Position
Research price720 exp
Purchase price60,000 Credits
Hit Points8,500 
Main Battery
102 mm/50 Mk.9 on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire8.57 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed11.5 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time15.65 sec.
Firing Range7.78 km.
Maximum Dispersion73 m.
HE Shell102 mm HE/HC Mk15 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity884 m./s.
HE Shell Weight14.97 kg.
AP Shell102 mm AP/SC Mk16 
Maximum AP Shell Damage1,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity884 m./s.
AP Shell Weight14.97 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
450 mm Mk64 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire2.73 shots/min.
Reload Time22 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoWhitehead Mk5 
Maximum Damage5,900 
Torpedo Speed49 knot
Torpedo Range5.001 km.
AA Defense
37 mm Maxim on a single mount1 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second2.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maximum Speed29.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius520 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Surface Detectability Range5.94 km.
Air Detectability Range2.38 km.
Battle Levels

Sampson — American Tier II destroyer.

One of the "thousand tonner" destroyers in the U.S. Navy. The ship carried very powerful armament for her type, but her speed was rather moderate. Due to impractical arrangement of the torpedo tubes, only half of them could be fired simultaneously during a broadside salvo.


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
( Credits)
102 mm/50 Mk.9 on a single mount8.615.65731,50061,700 07,500
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Sampson (A)8,5006134140 010,000
Sampson (B)9,1006134240 25028,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
180° Turn Time
Maximum Damage
Torpedo Speed
Torpedo Range
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Whitehead Mk52.7227.25,900495 09,500
Bliss Leavitt Mk72.6237.26,033545 20024,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk3 mod. 107.8 04,500
Mk III mod. 2108.6 13016,000
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 18,000 hp29.5 05,000

Compatible Upgrades

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

Player Opinion


Budding American destroyer captains start their journey here with Tier II's Sampson. Sampson has a lot in common with her Japanese counterpart, Umikaze: both are hard to detect; both have torpedo reload speeds that allow them to put seemingly endless amounts of torpedoes in the water; both are fairly maneuverable and devilishly hard to hit.

They're far from identical, however. Sampson’s main battery is more usable than Umikaze’s in that the guns traverse and reload faster, though Umikaze’s shells hit harder. V-25 remains the best gunboat destroyer at Tier II thanks to her rate of fire, but Sampson’s guns do well enough for what they are.

It's her "other" main battery weapon that that terrifies low-tier battleships: wave after wave of torpedoes. Sampson’s fish are faster than those of Umikaze, and they come just as relentlessly, like clockwork, every 22-23 seconds. They have pretty short legs for torpedoes — only 4.5 km — but that's a handicap that American destroyer captains are advised to get used to early; they won't start seeing torpedoes capable of hitting targets at medium range until Mahan at Tier VII. The extremely short range will require Sampson captains to use islands as cover to approach their targets, or to make near-suicidal head-on charges against ships with far more health and bigger guns. In that sense, Sampson is a perfect introduction to the flavor of the line, though the guns do steadily improve over the next few tiers.


  • Excellent concealment allows her work in very close to targets before launching torpedoes.
  • Highly maneuverable.
  • Low, flush-deck profile makes her a difficult target.
  • Torpedoes reload amazingly fast.


  • Very little armor.
  • Anti-aircraft suite is essentially useless; luckily, she shouldn't see aircraft carriers.
  • Sheds a lot of speed while maneuvering.
  • Main battery reload time is painfully slow.


Availability of researchable upgrades for Sampson is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for a touch more health, improved rudder shift speed, and an extra AA gun. Research of this module unlocks progression to Wickes.
  • Torpedoes: The upgraded torpedoes move notably quicker, as well as hitting a little harder. Their range does not improve. Hull (B) must be researched in order to research this module.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk3 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
Hull (B) is the best place to invest early experience gains in Sampson; the extra hit points aren't much, but every little bit helps. Which module upgrade is taken next is up to individual captains. The Torpedo module upgrade doesn't look like much, but a 10% improvement in speed makes her torpedoes much harder to dodge.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Sampson are as follows:

Captains who are concerned about possible detonations are encouraged to equip Magazine Modification 1 (Reduces the risk of magazine detonation: -70% risk.) instead.

Commander Skills

Preventative Maintenance is the best pick out of the Level 1 skills, to reduce the chances of having her engine knocked out by enemy gunfire. Level 2 offers Last Stand for those times when her engine goes out anyway. Survivability Expert is probably the best of the lot at Level 3, though Main Battery & AA Specialist isn't a bad pick either. Level 4's Concealment Expert makes her even harder to detect and is highly recommended.


Sampson can equip the following 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.


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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


  1. USS Sampson (DD-63) - Wikipedia
  2. Sampson-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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