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Yamato
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Battleship | Japan | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Izumo
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General
Research price249000 exp
Purchase price20,600,000 Credits
Hit Points97,200 
Main Battery
460 mm/45 Type943 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time60 sec.
Firing Range26.63 km.
Maximum Dispersion275 m.
HE Shell460 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage7,300 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell35 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity805 m./s.
HE Shell Weight1360 kg.
AP Shell460 mm AP/APC Type91 
Maximum AP Shell Damage14,800 
Initial AP Shell Velocity780 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1460 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/40 Type89 A16 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity725 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 36 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Initial HE Shell Velocity725 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #3
155 mm/60 3rd Year Type2 х 3 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time12 sec.
HE Shell155 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,600 
Initial HE Shell Velocity925 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
AA Defense
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple28 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second92.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple16 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second52.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 mod. 16 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second10.8 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
13 mm/76 Type93 Twin2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
25 mm/60 Type96 Triple8 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second26.4 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second60.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A1 mod. 36 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second60.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed27 knot
Turning Circle Radius900 m.
Rudder Shift Time22.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range18 km.
Air Detectability Range12.79 km.
Battle Levels
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20,600,000

Yamato — Japanese Tier X battleship.

The biggest warship of World War II and the world's largest battleship. Yamato was designed around the idea that an individual ship could have superiority over any battleship of a potential enemy. Her main guns had overwhelming firepower. The ship maintained a very high level of survivability due to reliable armor and robust torpedo protection. Yamato’s AA capabilities were highly efficient due to carrying numerous AA artillery 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)
460 mm/45 Type942602757,3003514,800 02,300,000
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)
Yamato (A)97,2001965036/6/252/2/6/6/60 03,300,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type10 mod. 1026.6 02,100,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 150,000 hp27 0590,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems 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 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Main Battery Director System Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

The pinnacle of all Japanese battleship design philosophy and possibly of the entire world, Yamato gains its place as the one of the most solid battleship at her tier. She has the third largest hit points of any ship in the game at a staggering 97200 next to Großer Kurfürst’s 105800 and Kreml’s 108300 her guns have the second highest citadel hit damage of any round in the game, at 14800 HP per citadel hit. While individual AA mounts are mediocre, the sheer number of AA guns, nearly 150 25mm AA barrels (in real life, 162 25mm AA barrels in latest upgrade) and 24 127mm DP guns, provides a mild deterrent particularly against lower tier carriers. She, along with her sister ship Musashi holds the record for best torpedo protection in game, with a value of 56%, which is rather surprising considering that in real life, they both suffered from weak torpedo protection due to design flaws with the area joining the upper and lower armor belts. In game, Yamato represents the upgraded 1945 variant while Musashi depicts the original version. With a turning radius of 800m and a top speed of 27.2 kts, she is also surprisingly maneuverable despite her large size, though still quite short of her real life maneuverability. However, with a long rudder shift time and extremely slow turret traverse, one must plan all actions in advance, or risk being caught off-guard and unable to react. The guns, while having better accuracy than Conqueror, Montana and Großer Kurfürst, are very unforgiving, with a 30 second reload stock, which can be decreased to just under 27 seconds at the expense of further reducing its abysmal turret traverse by using a piece of equipment. Being one of the biggest ships in the game, Yamato is constantly targeted by Aircraft Carriers, and despite the numerous AA guns, high tier carriers can still get planes through, so it is advised to stay near ships that have solid AA suites such as cruisers for an AA "aegis" to be created. In addition, even though your armor is the most solid in the game you should still try to angle your ship as sometimes shells may have a chance to hit home and deal glaring damage. Keep in mind that her high citadel can easily be hit if the enemy manages to penetrate your armor, especially since the torpedo protection is only 410mm and can easily be penetrated by enemy battleships.

Despite all of these drawbacks, Yamato is by far the most powerful battleship in the game in a long ranged and defensive position. She may not be the fastest, the stealthiest, or the Tier X battleship with the highest RoF, but her armor, gun caliber and health more than makes up for it. Her guns are so massive that they can score citadels on virtually any Tier VIII+ battleship and combined with their immense accuracy, she is a formidable foe. With good aim and some luck, Yamato's glaring damage can wipe battleships off the sea, allowing other more vulnerable cruisers, such as Des Moines and Hindenburg, to quickly mop up the remaining enemies while simultaneously serving as an AA screen for Yamato. Overall, she is a powerful asset that, with the right build, good teammates, and in the hands of a skilled player, will dominate the battle and can even control it.

Pros:

  • Unrivaled main battery guns that can even penetrate other battleships at close range when they're bow on.
  • Extremely good dispersion, but landing hits on targets beyond 18 kilometers is still challenging.
  • Accuracy and firing time can be improved even further with a legendary upgrade.
  • Third largest health pool in the game.
  • Large quantity of secondaries can easily kill a destroyer at very close range.
  • Impressive torpedo damage reduction as long as torpedoes hit her torpedo belt.
  • Longest main battery stock range in the game.
  • Insane turret armor that deflects all but Tier X battleship AP shells at point blank.
  • Despite modest muzzle velocity, the huge shell mass means the shell travel time even at longer ranges is quite respectable.

Cons:

  • Extremely large size (but still smaller than Izumo and Großer Kurfürst) makes direct hits more likely.
  • Very high notoriety and potential danger make her a priority target for the enemy team the moment she becomes visible(though this is somewhat mitigated by her decent detection radius).
  • Though buffed, turret traverse rate of 60 seconds for traversing 180 degrees is quite slow, decreased even further if a legendary upgrade is taken.
  • Long rudder shift time.
  • The majority of her AA defenses are short ranged, rendering her unable to shoot down planes before they drop their payloads.
  • Despite her citadel is well armored, but the large size and octagonal shape of the forward portion mean she is still very vulnerable to any sorts of citadel damage when improperly angled.
  • Torpedo protection armor does not cover much of the citadel and can be easily penetrated by battleships.

Research

As a Tier X ship, Yamato has no additional modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Yamato are as follows:

Slot 1 provides players with the first option in choosing a desired role. Typically, 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.) is recommended to provide additional survivability to the main battery, but players who desire to specialize in the secondary or anti-aircraft armament should choose Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.).

Slot 3 allows for further specialization. Generally, 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.) is recommended because it reduces shell dispersion of the main and secondary armaments. Main Battery Modification 2 (Increases the traverse speed of the main turrets: +15% to main battery traverse speed.) is also not a bad choice to speed the glacial turret rotation. Other options are not as compelling.

Slot 6 gives players options to finalize their build. For gunnery, mount Main Battery Modification 3 (Reduces the reload time of the main battery guns: -12% main battery loading time. / -13% main battery traverse speed.) to decrease the reload time of the main battery. The unique upgrade Main Battery Director System (–7% dispersion of main battery shells / –13% main turrets traverse speed.) provides both lower dispersion and a reload boost. Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2 (Improves the efficiency of the secondary battery and AA mounts: −20% secondary reload time / +15% continuous AA damage / +15% flak damage / +2 flak explosions when Defensive AA Fire is active.) improves the effectiveness of both secondaries and AA.

Commander Skills

Yamato can be built for survivability, anti-aircraft, or secondary focus. For a survival captain, skills like Fire Prevention and Basics of Survivability are very important. Captains wanting to focus on secondaries should pick up Basic Firing Training, Advanced Firing Training, and possibly Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament. Concealment Expert is highly recommended with all builds, but one must weigh the benefits and trade-offs of investing an additional four points here instead of somewhere else.

Consumables

Yamato can equip the following consumables:

Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection by attacking incoming enemy aircraft.) is recommended to defend against aircraft. Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) will be quite useless in the game, considering that Yamato's guns are capable of shooting literally anywhere on the map.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Yamato with Type 20 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, increases her credit earnings, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

She also has an alternative permanent camo, "K-117" obtainable by completing the HSF Collection. K-117 provides similar benefits as the Type 20. The collection and thus the camo are currently (0.9.2) available.

Signals

Yamato comes with 21 signal flag slots. The three most important flags are India Delta, Juliet Yankee Bissotwo and India Yankee; all of which will improve your survivability. If the captain goes with the Secondary Build, the addition of Mike Yankee Soxisix will further improve the performance of Yamato`s secondaries.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. Japanese battleship Yamato - Wikipedia
  2. Yamato-class battleship - Wikipedia
  3. 1:42 Scale: Yamato – Trailer - News - World of Warships
  4. 1:42 Scale: Yamato - News - World of Warships
  5. Armada: Yamato - News - World of Warships
  6. Dry Dock: Yamato - News - World of Warships
  7. Naval Legends in World of Warships: Yamato - 04/22/2019 - News - World of Warships
  8. Naval Legends: Yamato - 08/21/2015 - News - World of Warships
  9. Squall Line: Yamato - News - World of Warships
  10. Yamato’s Final Mission: Operation Ten-Go - News - World of Warships
  11. Armada: Battleship Yamato - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  12. Dry Dock: Yamato - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  13. Naval Legends in World of Warships: Yamato - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  14. Operation Ten-Go: Yamato's Final Mission - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  15. Scale 1:42. Yamato. Trailer - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  16. 1:42. Yamato - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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