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Shimakaze
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Yūgumo
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General
Research price223000 exp
Purchase price19,300,000 Credits
Hit Points17,900 
Main Battery
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type mod. D3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire10.45 shots/min.
Reload Time5.74 sec.
Rotation Speed7.9 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.78 sec.
Firing Range11.37 km.
Maximum Dispersion100 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,150 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity915 m./s.
HE Shell Weight23 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP Type0 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity915 m./s.
AP Shell Weight23 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Quintuple3 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.4 shots/min.
Reload Time150 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType93 
Maximum Damage20,967 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range20.01 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type mod. D3 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second30.3 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 mod. 114 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second25.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Twin mod. 11 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second2.7 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple mod. 12 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed39 knot
Turning Circle Radius690 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.11 km.
Air Detectability Range3.38 km.
Battle Levels
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19,300,000

Shimakaze — Japanese Tier X destroyer.

Shimakaze, hull number 125, was an experimental destroyer, envisioned as the new generation of destroyer design for the Imperial Japanese Navy, born from the 1939 4th Naval Armaments Supplement Programme. Bigger and greater in tonnage than previous types, she carried a larger, higher pressure power plant than her predecessors, which resulted in the highest speed of any Imperial Japanese destroyer, along with the largest torpedo broadside of any previous destroyer, while still carrying a typical complement of main guns.

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)
127 mm/50 Type310.522.781002,15092,200 01,700,000
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)
Shimakaze (A)17,90062032/14/1/330 02,000,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type F30.51317.221,366768 30,0002,500,000
Type93 mod. 30.41537.223,7666712 30,0002,500,000
Type930.41507.220,9666220 02,500,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type10 mod. 1011.4 01,100,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 75,000 hp39 01,650,000

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 Engine Boost Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears 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 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Torpedo Quick Reload System Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

As the pinnacle of the Japanese Destroyer tech-tree, Shimakaze epitomizes the play-style of the main line of ships: a long-range torpedo boat with solid – albeit rather underwhelming – artillery. Shimakaze also boasts the absolute lowest detection range of any Tier X destroyer, further adding to the play style of the main line of Japanese destroyers.

The fundamental flavor of this ship are the unmatched volume of torpedoes that can be launched at once; therefore players must consider which torpedoes they wish to use, as it will affect the manner in which the ship will be utilized. It must be understood that the torpedoes individually are not as good as other nations'. The high range Type 93 torpedoes have an impressive range, but the torpedo detectability range of them is exceptionally poor at 2.5 km and this coupled with the lower than typical speed means landing hits is extremely challenging. The other two options are far more viable; the Type 93 mod 3 of 12km range has an on-par high speed, significantly lower detection and the strongest punch of any torpedo; The Type F3 of 8km range has outstanding, unrivaled speed, and a quicker reload, but at the cost of slightly worse detection and lower damage. The latter choice leads itself to very risky gameplay, but they are much more likely to land on a target, whereas the former 12km option leads itself to metered, conservative gameplay. With any option great care must be taken on positioning the ship safely to launch, and in considering and predicting the enemy's expected movements.

Yūgumo and Shimakaze are the two 12.7cm-gun Japanese destroyers that enjoy relatively good gun reload compared to their predecessors and acceptable turret traverse speeds, and thus can be utilized as a reasonably acceptable gunnery platforms in some circumstances. This is not in line with some popular conceptions about Japanese destroyers. It is worth noting that while the reload is acceptable and the gun's range is excellent, the damage-dealing capability will always lag behind other lines of destroyers by a large margin, so more than ever direct gun trades are not advisable. Japanese torpedoes have the highest flooding chance, so using the guns to light fires and damage modules before and after torpedo attacks can form a very effective and integrated play-style. Great care must be paid to enemy formations, especially in the case of hydro-acoustic search, radar, and enemy aircraft, as well as other ships.

In the hands of a cunning but cautious hunter, the Shimakaze can be made to shine.

Pros:

  • Very good HE alpha damage, and nice rate of fire and turret traverse by IJN DD standards
  • Type 93 mod. 3 torpedoes have amazing damage and flood chance
  • Absolutely devastating salvo of fifteen (15) torpedoes
  • Three quintuple torpedo launchers provide significant flexibility
  • Fast rudder shift time, like other Japanese destroyers
  • Best concealment of all Tier X destroyers, can out-spot most Tier IX destroyers, too
  • Best speed of all IJN destroyers at 39 knots.

Cons:

  • Smallest health pool of all Tier X destroyers
  • Torpedoes have poor stealth and are easily detected
  • Very long torpedo reload time
  • Somewhat poor torpedo launch arcs
  • Weak AA suite, vulnerable to plane attacks
  • Very large turn radius for a destroyer.

Research

Despite being a Tier X ship, Shimakaze does not come elite when unlocked. From the stock Type 93 torpedoes, which are rather slow with a poor detection range, research and equip the Type 93 mod. 3 torps. The Type F3 are painfully short-ranged.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a Tier X ship, Shimakaze has access to all six upgrade slots, with some flexibility in choice to allow preference to a particular play-style. The recommended upgrades for Shimakaze are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 4 presents two good choices. Captains can pick Propulsion Modification 1 (Reduces time to full speed: -50% to time for reaching full power. / Increases engine power when the ship starts moving.) to increase acceleration out of smoke screens or Steering Gears Modification 1 (Reduces rudder shift time: -20% rudder shift time.) for faster rudder shift time to improve the overall maneuverability of the ship.

Upgrade Slot 6, will have some variety. Captains can take Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 (Decreases reload time of torpedo tubes: -15% reload time. / +50% risk of incapacitation.) to decrease the torpedo reload time. Alternatively, take Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 (Extends the firing range of the main battery: +16% firing range.) to increase the maximum firing range of primary artillery, which is good for a gun build. It is worth noting that detectability while shooting is equal to your maximum gun range, so excessive gun range may not be desirable.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Shimakaze gets three consumables:

Camouflage

Shimakaze has access to Type 1, 2, 5, or 6 Camouflage; the first three acquired via credits. Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum as they reduce detectability range by sea. Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Shimakaze with Type 20 Camouflage, which lowers her detection radius, reduces accuracy of incoming shells, increases credits & experience earned in battle, and decreases post-battle costs.

Signals

The choice of which Signal Flags to mount will confer to the individual preference of each captain, and are subject to great variation, although there are certain flags which are worth the further emphasis. Captains should mount India Yankee to decrease time to extinguish fires, mount November Foxtrot to decrease reload time of consumables, and mount Sierra Mike to increase the ship's maximum speed. To make their torpedoes more potent, captains should mount Juliet Whisky Unaone to increase chance of causing flooding and Juliet Charlie to mitigate risk to magazine detonation from mounting the former flag. If captains wish to buff their primary artillery, they are encouraged to mount Victor Lima + India X-ray to increase fire chance to HE shells.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Shimakaze Class Destroyer - Wikipedia
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