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Shiratsuyu
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Hatsuharu
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Akizuki
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General
Research price60000 exp
Purchase price5,100,000 Credits
Hit Points11,600 
Main Battery
127 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a Type C mount2 х 2 / 1 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range10 km.
Maximum Dispersion97 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 Quad2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.64 shots/min.
Reload Time94 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType8 mod. 2 
Maximum Damage16,267 
Torpedo Speed59 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second7.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed34 knot
Turning Circle Radius590 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range6.66 km.
Air Detectability Range2.78 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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Shiratsuyu — Japanese Tier VII destroyer.

Developed from the Hatsuharu-class destroyers but was equipped with more powerful torpedo armament. However the ship was slightly slower than her predecessors. She was the first of the Japanese fleet destroyers to be equipped with quadruple torpedo tubes.

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 3rd Year Type on a Type B / Type C mount830972,15092,200 0410,000
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)
Shiratsuyu (A)11,6006201/242 0490,000
Shiratsuyu (B)12,8006201/22/4/82 12,0001,080,000
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)
Type8 mod. 20.6947.216,2665910 0400,000
Type90 mod. 10.61017.217,2336210 16,0001,300,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type7 mod. 1010 0235,000
Type7 mod. 21011 6,200500,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 42,000 hp34 0370,000

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 Depth Charges Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Shiratsuyu is the Tier VII entry in the IJN "gunboat" branch of the tech tree. She can be played as a gunboat, however, she also plays like an entry in the "torpedo boat" branch, as if unsure to which she belongs.

Shiratsuyu is an improvement upon Hatsuharu in a few small but notable ways.

The first is Shiratsuyu’s main battery guns. She has one more barrel than her immediate predecessor, carrying 5 guns with a longer range. With them she poses a significant threat to other destroyers, should her captain decide to use her guns. They boast high alpha strike potential that can take large chunks out of enemy destroyers, though the rather long reload time prevents her from winning prolonged gun fights against gunboat destroyers. The high fire chance also equals that of Vauquelin. Combined with above-average damage per shell and excellent concealment, Shiratsuyu is more than capable of finding and ambushing crippled destroyers, finishing them off with her main battery. Otherwise, her guns should really only be used when in smoke, when able to break line of sight quickly by ducking behind an island, or when in situations where she has adequate support from her allies without the threat of significant return fire.

Her improved torpedo armament is also of note. Shiratsuyu moves from the two triple-tube launchers found on Hatsuharu to a pair of quadruple-tube launchers. She can also upgrade to the Type 90 torpedo if desired, increasing the punch and speed of her fish. Shiratsuyu also gains access to an improved version of the Torpedo Reload BoosterWhen used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced. consumable that drops her reload to only 5 seconds, and has a cooldown of 160 seconds when compared to the 240 seconds of most other ships with this consumable. Using the Booster allows Shiratsuyu to put up to 16 torpedoes into the water in a very short amount of time. However, installing the Booster is not an easy choice as she must give up her Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates. to do so.

While she retains Hatsuharu’s low detection radius, her anti-aircraft suite actually gets worse. Shiratsuyu’s speed and rudder shift performance are also a downgrade; while the latter is not really noticeable, the former definitely is. She is highly vulnerable to enemy aircraft and gunboat destroyers that are faster than she is (such as Sims, Kiev, or Leningrad).

Nonetheless, Shiratsuyu is a well-rounded Tier VII destroyer with excellent torpedoes and guns that are more than capable of contributing to her damage output when used judiciously in the right situations.

Pros:

  • Much improved main battery guns over Hatsuharu: more barrels and longer range.
  • HE shells have good damage and good fire chance.
  • Strong torpedo armament: two quadruple-tube launchers with not-unreasonable reload time (95 seconds).
  • Torpedos have high damage and reasonable speed that allows players to get more damage and torpedo hits.
  • Can equip the powerful Torpedo Reload BoosterWhen used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced..
  • Excellent 5.8 concealment(with concealment expert) that allows her to get really close to enemy ships and launch torpedos with high hit rates.
  • Overall, plays more like a tier 7 version of Kagero with one less gun and easier matchmaking.

Cons:

  • Smallest health pool of all Tier VII destroyers, will not last long in a gunfight against rapid firing gun ships.
  • Main battery traverse time is painfully slow with equally slow reload time. Situationally useful, but not really those of a "gunboat".
  • Main battery range is not as good as other destroyers at her tier.
  • When using Torpedo Reload BoosterWhen used, torpedo reload time is significantly reduced. she is extremely vulnerable to planes and rapid firing ships when detected.
  • Anti-aircraft suite is terrible, in fact even worse than Hatsuharu.
  • Slowest top speed of any Tier VII destroyer and slow rudder shift.

Research

Prioritize Hull (B) for ~10% more health, a significantly better rudder shift time, and less terrible AA. Hull (B) also unlocks Tier VIII Akizuki, a true gunboat.

After the hull, the improved torpedoes and longer range are captain's choice.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

In slot 3, Torpedo Tubes Modification 1 +20% traverse speed of torpedo tubes. / −40% chance of critical damage to torpedo tubes. / +5% to the speed of shipborne torpedoes. is a reasonable choice for a straight torpedo boat build.

Commander Skills

Commander skill points are best spent on the level 2 Last Stand skill, which allows the engine and the rudder to function with a penalty when the would usually be incapacitated. This skill is highly advised for all destroyers. Mastering the level 4 skill Concealment Expert, lowers detection range, is also strongly encouraged.

While Shiratsuyu is very much a torpedo oriented destroyer, the subsequent destroyers Akizuki at tier VIII; Kitakaze at tier IX; and Harugumo at tier X are also very much gunboat destroyers. As such, it is advisable to consider resetting captain skills to suit a gunboat destroyer after grinding through Shiratsuyu, or pick up such skills towards the end of the grind, depending on resources available to you.

Consumables

Shiratsuyu can equip the following consumables:

Shiratsuyu’s improved Torpedo Reload Booster is an appealing choice for veteran captains who are able to forego her Smoke Generator.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectability range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Shiratsuyu with Type 17 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

Sierra Mike is probably the single most important signal flag that Shiratsuyu captains can equip. Other recommended flags would be Juliet Whiskey Unaone, Juliet Charlie, and — given how important some of her consumables are — November Foxtrot.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Japanese destroyer Shiratsuyu (1935) - Wikipedia
  2. Japanese Destroyers - Shiratsuyu - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  3. Shiratsuyu-class destroyer - Wikipedia

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.5.12.
  • Introduced into the game as a researchable ship of the alternative IJN Destroyer branch in Update 0.5.15.
  • Update 0.6.2:
    • The national flag was moved from the stern to the mast.
  • Update 0.6.6:
    • Fixed errors in the deck armor, now is all 16 mm.
    • Fixed racks for attaching wires to the main battery.
  • Update 0.6.8:
    • The reload time of the Torpedo Reload Booster consumable was reduced:
      • Torpedo Reload Booster I - from 360 to 240 s.
      • Torpedo Reload Booster II - from 240 to 160 s.
      • The Torpedo Reload Booster consumable was moved to the same slot as the Smoke Generator consumable.
    • Improved appearance with the use of a special technology for rendering thin elements (mainly rigging).
  • Update 0.6.12:
    • Detectability when firing main guns in smoke changed to 2.49 km.
  • Update 0.6.13:
    • Fire extinguishing time now 30 s instead of 60 s.
  • Update 0.6.15:
    • For the permanent Type 17 camouflage, the discount on ship maintenance was increased from -5% to -10%.
  • Update 0.7.2:
    • Players who have collected the "Uniforms" sub-collection of the "Yamomoto Isoroku" collection can use an alternate permanent camouflage color.
  • Update 0.7.6:
    • Fixed a bug due to which the sound of the ship's main battery did not match the caliber of the guns.
    • Improved display of thin elements on the hull.
  • Update 0.7.11:
    • HE shell damage increased from 1,800 to 2,150, fire change increased from 7 to 9%.

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