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Destroyer | Germany | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points19,600 
Main Battery
150 mm/55 Tbts KC/36 on a Tbts LC/36 mount2 х 1 / 1 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range11.84 km.
Maximum Dispersion103 m.
HE Shell150 mm Spr.Gr. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell12 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity835 m./s.
HE Shell Weight45.3 kg.
AP Shell150 mm P.Spr.Gr. 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity835 m./s.
AP Shell Weight45.3 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Vierling2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7 Steinbarsch 
Maximum Damage14,400 
Torpedo Speed65 knot
Torpedo Range8.49 km.
AA Defense
20 mm/65 C/38 on a Flak 35 Vierling L/38 mount2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm/69 Flak M42 on an LM/42 single mount2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second15 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
37 mm/83 SK C/30 on a Dopp LC/30 mount2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second5.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm/65 C/38 on a twin mount2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second8.4 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
37 mm/69 Flak M42 on an LM/42 mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second41.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius670 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.5 sec.
Surface Detectability Range7.51 km.
Air Detectability Range3.5 km.
Battle Levels

Z-39 — German special premium Tier VII destroyer.

The last sister ship of destroyer Z-23 belonged to a series of ships laid down after the start of World War II (Zerstörer 1936A Mob). She carried 150mm guns. During 1944-1945, the ship underwent an overhaul with a considerable reinforcement of her AA defenses. This, however, required that one of the ship's main guns be demounted.

Z-39 was first released for sale worldwide on 18 May 2018. As of the 0.10.5 update (June 2021) She is no longer available.


Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
150 mm/55 Tbts KC/36T on an LDrh LC/38 mount822.51032,200123,700 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Z-3919,6006302/12/2/2/4/22 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
180° Turn Time
Maximum Damage
Torpedo Speed
Torpedo Range
Research price
Purchase price
G7 Steinbarsch0.7907.214,400658.5 00
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
FKS Typ 8 Mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 70,000 hp36 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
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
 Slot 5 
Torpedo Lookout System
Concealment System Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 2
Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion


Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
Refer to the in-game Port screens for more useful data.

Z-39 has surprisingly good concealment for her tier, and for a German destroyer. In fact, most of Z-39's characteristics can be described the same way. Her 150 mm guns are some of the largest put on a destroyer in World of Warships, only matched by those available to her German compatriots Z-23 and Ernst Gaede. She has surprisingly good AA despite lacking access to Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased., and a decent striking arm of torpedoes which reload fairly fast and travel quickly.

The first unique thing about Z-39 is her main battery, which is comprised of 150mm rifles. These are significantly different from the main battery guns found on other Tier VII destroyers, most of which top out around 127 or 128mm in caliber. They are capable of delivery devastating salvos to enemy ships should the AP manage a full penetration, and her HE packs a good punch as well despite the limitations of German HE damage and their slow reload time. Unfortunately, Z-39’s four barrels share the same reload as Tier VI's Ernst Gaede, despite her also having four 150 mm guns with identical handling. The only thing Z-39 holds an edge on gunnery wise is her longer range, as she has a nearly kilometer advantage over Gaede. While her guns are certainly powerful, it's nothing that cannot be found a tier lower. Her torpedoes are a similar story, though the German destroyer line is somewhat known for all ships having similar torpedoes. In fact, her torpedoes are identical to the ones found on a fully upgraded Leberecht Maass, making them fairly unremarkable other than the noteworthy German traits of good speed and stealth.

Her AA is another unusual trait, possessing one of the most potent anti-aircraft arrays at her tier for a destroyer. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this armament is dampened somewhat by the ship's lack of access to the Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. consumable. As such, she loses out to those destroyers capable of using DFAA; namely, Mahan and Sims. Her health is another point of interest, following the typical German trend of having lots of it: in fact, she has the highest destroyer health at her tier. Additionally, she is the only Tier VII destroyer with access to Upgrade Slot 5, meaning she can equip Concealment System Modification 1: -10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the dispersion of enemy shells fired at your ship. and reduce her detection range even farther.

Z-39 provides a good, well-balanced destroyer platform to operate from. She has a variety of tools that allow her to adapt to any situation: smoke to disengage from threats she can't handle, health and concealment to control engagements with enemy destroyers, and a solid mix of armaments to deal lethal damage to enemy vessels. All-in-all, she is a very capable ship at Tier VII.


  • Very large health pool for a Tier VII destroyer, rivaling those of Tier IX destroyers.
  • AP rounds can quickly devastate cruisers with citadels at mid-to-close range.
  • Fairly quick torpedo reload.
  • Excellent AA suite.
  • Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. and Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates. durations and ranges use Tier VIII values, instead of Tier VII.
  • Has access to the Tier VIII module Concealment System Modification 1: -10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the dispersion of enemy shells fired at your ship., allowing Z-39 to sneak around the seas.


  • Takes large amounts of HE damage.
  • Lackluster HE performance.
  • Average torpedo alpha strike.
  • AA mounts are fragile and will be destroyed under sustained fire.
  • No Defensive AA Fire consumable.


As a Premium ship, Z-39 has no upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Z-39 are as follows:

Slot 1 provides several options for captains. 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 improve the survivability of the ship's weapons. Magazine Modification 1 : -70% risk. can instead be mounted to reduce the risk of a magazine detonation. Captains can also choose to mount the Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Increases the action time of the Hydroacoustic Search and Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search consumables.: +20% action time. or Engine Boost Modification 1 Increases the action time of the Engine Boost and Emergency Engine Power consumables.: +50% action time. upgrades in Slot 2. These upgrades increase the action time of their specified consumable.

Commander Skills


Z-39 can equip the following consumables:


As a premium ship, Z-39 comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.


A typical flag setup for a destroyer works best for Z-39, featuring Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.), Juliet Charlie (-100% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.), and the two fire flags India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) and Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.).

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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery



  1. Armada: Z-39
  2. German destroyer Z39 - Wikipedia
  3. Type 1936A destroyer - Wikipedia
  4. Monthly Wiki Spotlight - Z-39 - News - World of Warships
  5. Watch the Makings of the Z-32 Destroyer at 1:42 Scale - News - World of Warships
  6. 1:42 Scale: Destroyer Z-32 - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  7. Armada: Z-39 - May 18, 2018 - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  8. Armada: Z-39 - Oct 25, 2019 - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

Testing Changes

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.7.2.
  • First appeared on sale in May 2018.
  • Update 0.7.6:
    • Minor fixes to ship textures and geometry.
  • Update 0.7.10:
    • The range of the Hydroacoustic Search consumable was unified - 5 km for detecting ships, 3.5 km for detecting torpedoes.
  • Update 0.7.11:
    • Became available in the game client for purchase for doubloons.
  • Update 0.9.1:
    • Fixed the names of the modules of the fire control system.
  • Update 0.9.4:
    • Fixed a bug due to which it was impossible to use the "Ship Equipment Modification 1" upgrade.
  • Update 0.9.5:
    • Penetration of 150 mm HE shells was increased from 25 to 38 mm.
  • Update 0.10.5:
    • Z-39 was removed from sale in the Armory and the Premium store.

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