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Sanzang
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Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points47,900 
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk2015 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second91.5 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk25 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second79.5 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk110 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second113 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius920 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.24 km.
Air Detectability Range10.18 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Sanzang — Pan-Asian promo premium Tier VIII aircraft сarrier.

Sanzang is a Buddhist monk, scientist, philosopher, traveler, and translator. He is not only an eminent person, but also the main character from "Journey to the West", a novel by Wu Cheng'en.

Sanzang was first released in "Lunar New Year" containers on 20 Jan 2021 on all servers.

Modules

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)
Sanzang47,900615210/5/1548 00
Attack Aircraft Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
F8F Bearcat176001,660 00
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
BTD Destroyer6,4671312,040 00
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
BTD Destroyer11,2001312,150 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp33 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Squadron Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

As the first Pan-Asian premium aircraft carrier, Sanzang is not a new concept, but is actually a clone of the USN T8 premium Saipan, except for the permanent camouflage. She plays exactly the same as Saipan and shares her strengths and weaknesses. Players who are comfortable with the play style of Saipan should not have any problem playing with Sanzang.

Sanzang shares the same Tiny Tim rockets, stock torpedoes and upgraded HE bombs as the Midway, but has only 6 planes for each plane type per squadron and only 9 of each plane type on deck at the start of the game. On top of that, the plane restoration time is more than 2 minutes, sharing the title of having the worst plane restoration time with Saipan. Like Midway, the HE bombs and rockets have very high alpha damage, but sometimes will occasionally annoyingly large aiming circles.

For a better and more in-depth review, here is the link to the Saipan page.

Pros:

  • High alpha bomb and rocket damage/penetration.
  • Planes have high speed and good-sized HP pools.
  • Acceptable torpedo bomber aiming speed.
  • Torpedo bombers drop 2 torpedoes per plane (4 fish per drop).
  • Good rudder shift, turning circle and top speed, making it easier to reposition the carrier.
  • Small detection radius by sea.
  • Good penetration on HE bombs enables them to attack targets with thicker deck armor, which Lexington cannot penetrate with bombs.

Cons:

  • Low plane count per squadron and on deck.
  • Horrible plane restoration time of more than 2 minutes for torpedo and dive bombers, and 117s restoration for attack aircraft.
  • Very weak armor compared to the Lexington or Enterprise.
  • Anemic AA defenses with stock range of 3.5km and insufficient AA fire power to make attack runs on this carrier expensive.
  • Despite the good detectability range by sea, detection range by air is 10.4km, giving enemy aircraft carrier more than enough time to maneuver squadron into position before attacking.
  • Small number of planes makes attacks by enemy fighter squadrons very costly for the player.
  • Dispersion ellipse of Tiny Tims is very large. Being a premium, Sanzang also does not have the option to mount HVAR rockets which Lexington and Midway can.

Research

As a premium ship, Sanzang doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Sanzang should focus heavily on plane survivability despite the large plane hit point pools (for tier 8) due to the long plane restoration time.

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Sanzang are as follows:

Commander Skills

Captains should focus on plane survivability despite the generous HP pools of the planes due to the long plane restoration time. Air Supremacy, Improved Engines, Aircraft Armor, Survivability Expert, Sight Stabilisation, Enhanced Aircraft Armor and Proximity Fuse are recommended for a 19 point commander, with special emphasis on the defense skills. However, do note that the distribution of skill points is a matter of personal choice. Captains should choose different skills for Sanzang if they feel more comfortable with that playstyle.

Consumables

Sanzang can equip the following consumables:

Aircraft Carrier:

All consumables on the carrier itself are activated at need and cannot be activated manually.

Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Bombers:


The In-flight Repair (When activated, repairs a squadron's damage +10% over 5 seconds.) and Patrol Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles a location spotting and engaging enemy aircraft.) consumables have 4 charges with the Repair Specialist and Patrol Group Leader captain skills respectively.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Sanzang comes included with Tang Sanzang camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

India X-Ray, Juliet Whiskey Unaone and Victor Lima are the most effective skills for Sanzang. November Echo Setteseven will help to increase the power of Sanzang's horrible AA. As an aircraft carrier, Sanzang had no risk of detonating, so Juliet Charlie should not be mounted.

Gallery

Historical Gallery


Ships of Pan-Asia
Destroyers  II Longjiang • III Phra Ruang • IV Shenyang • V Jianwei • VI Fushun • VI AnshanDoubloons • VII Gadjah Mada • VIII Hsienyang • VIII SiliwangiDoubloons • VIII LoyangDoubloons • VIII FenyangDoubloons • IX Chung Mu • X Yueyang 
Cruisers  I Chengan • VI HuangheDoubloons • VIII IrianDoubloons • VIII WukongDoubloons 
Battleships  IX BajieDoubloons • IX WujingDoubloons 
Aircraft Carriers  VIII SanzangDoubloons
Aircraft Carriers
Japan  IV Hōshō • VI Ryūjō • VIII Shōkaku • VIII KagaDoubloons • VIII Kaga BDoubloons • X Hakuryū 
U.S.S.R.  
U.S.A.  IV Langley • VI Ranger • VIII Lexington • VIII EnterpriseDoubloons • VIII SaipanDoubloons • X Midway • X Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Italy  
Germany  IV Rhein • VI Weser • VI Erich LoewenhardtDoubloons • VIII August von Parseval • VIII Graf ZeppelinDoubloons • VIII Graf Zeppelin BDoubloons • X Manfred von Richthofen • X Max Immelmann 
Europe  
France  
U.K.  IV Hermes • VI Furious • VI Ark RoyalDoubloons • VIII Implacable • VIII Indomitable • X Audacious 
Pan-Asia  VIII SanzangDoubloons 
Commonwealth  
Pan-America