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Yahagi
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Cruiser | Japan | Tier V
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points25,700 
Main Battery
152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire6.67 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range14.91 km.
Maximum Dispersion135 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE Type4 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,600 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell13 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
HE Shell Weight45.4 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP Type4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity850 m./s.
AP Shell Weight45.4 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount2 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range4.3 km.
Rate of Fire25 shots/min.
Reload Time2.4 sec.
HE Shell76 mm HE Type98 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity920 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Quad2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.5 shots/min.
Reload Time120 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType8 
Maximum Damage17,233 
Torpedo Speed60 knot
Torpedo Range12 km.
AA Defense
76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second20.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount10 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second33 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount18 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second32.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius690 m.
Rudder Shift Time5.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.34 km.
Air Detectability Range5.14 km.
Battle Levels
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Yahagi — Japanese promo premium Tier V cruiser.

One of the Agano-class light cruisers – the new generation of ships designed to replace cruisers built in the 1920s. She was relatively small, quick, and sported powerful torpedo armament.

Yahagi was first released for sale on 29 September 2019.

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)
152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret6.7301352,600132,900 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)
Yahagi25,7006603210/18/22 00
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)
Type80.51207.217,2336012 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type5 mod. 1014.9 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 100,000 hp35 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 Engine Boost 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 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Yahagi is a Japanese light cruiser which sits at Tier V. She is very strong as she has one of the best HE shell performances and one of the best torpedo batteries for a ship of this type and tier. However, this ship does not sail without its quirks.

For starters, Yahagi is very poorly armored and has an extremely high unprotected citadel. If a player dares to turn broadside to any ship, regardless of class, they are almost guaranteed to citadel her when using AP. It is best for her to remain angled or just use her forward turrets and forget about the aft one. However this does have its flaws: the turrets are poorly armored and are prone to frequent incapacitations, if not being outright destroyed. In fact, just about every module is prone to frequent knockouts due to their poor armor, meaning it is absolutely compulsory to have Main Armaments Modification 1 -20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time., and even then they still have a chance to get knocked out.

Despite all these flaws, Yahagi does have a few good things that go in her favor. The first thing players will notice are three turrets with two guns each. Yahagi has one of the best fire chances out of any cruiser of this type and tier. One out of every four salvos of HE are almost guaranteed to start a fire, combined with the correct signals and commander skills, this makes her a floating flamethrower. However, as mentioned previously, the turrets are poorly armored and will frequently suffer incapacitations. In addition to this, Yahagi has a 9 second reload, which is an eternally long reload for a light cruiser. The AP shells too are lacking in combat performance, having low penetration and low damage, it is best to stick with HE if any meaningful damage wants to be done.

The torpedo battery is worth a separate mention. These torpedoes are extremely powerful and are almost guaranteed to take out same-tiered battleships with a single salvo. To add to that, they have an extremely long range for this tier and are also decently fast at 60 knots. However, these torpedoes have extremely bad firing arcs, requiring Yahagi to present a nearly complete flat broadside if a player wants to launch them.

Overall, Yahagi is an ok ship if played and used correctly. Take advantage of her torpedo's range and force any destroyers out of its smoke. Use her potent HE shell performance to wither ship's hitpoints away and use her torpedoes to cause flooding and massive damage in a short period of time.

Pros:

  • Powerful HE shells with high damage and fire chance.
  • Torpedoes have long range and high damage.
  • AA suite is good for a tier V cruiser.
  • Concealment is fairly good for a cruiser — the ship is theoretically capable of stealth torpedo launch.
  • High top speed with fairly quick rudder shift.
  • Speed boost consumable to help get out of trouble.

Cons:

  • Very fragile; exposed citadel with little protection.
  • Guns have a long reload, slow traverse, and poor ballistics.
  • Accuracy is worse than 203mm armed Japanese cruisers, however this can be mitigated with the use of Aiming Systems Modification 1 Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: -7% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% secondary battery firing range. / -5% secondary battery dispersion..
  • AP shell is virtually useless.
  • Torpedoes tubes have terrible firing arcs.
  • Torpedoes are fairly slow (60 kts) and easily spotted.
  • While the rudder shift is fast, her turning circle is rather large.


Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Yahagi are as follows:

Commander Skills

The Inertial Fuse for HE Shells skill allows Yahagi to penetrate Tier V to VII battleship plating. Yahagi already has a 1km range band where she can launch torpedoes without being detected. Concealment Expert enlarges that band to 2.1km.

Consumables

Yahagi equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Yahagi comes with Type 9 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

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Japanese cruiser Yahagi (1942) - Wikipedia
  2. Agano-class cruiser - Wikipedia

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.7.12.
  • Update 0.8.0.2:
    • Main battery reload decreased from 10 to 9 s.
  • Available for purchase in the Premium Store in Update 0.8.8.
  • Update 0.9.1:
    • Updated geometry of main battery turrets.
  • Update 0.9.2:
    • HE shell armor penetration was increased from 24 mm to 25 mm.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • The firing range of the secondary battery was increased to 4.3 km.

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