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Akizuki
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Destroyer | Japan | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Shiratsuyu
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Kitakaze
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General
Research price115000 exp
Purchase price9,000,000 Credits
Hit Points15,900 
Main Battery
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount4 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire20 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed16 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time11.25 sec.
Firing Range11.33 km.
Maximum Dispersion99 m.
HE Shell100 mm HE Type98 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity1000 m./s.
HE Shell Weight13 kg.
AP Shell100 mm AP Type98 
Maximum AP Shell Damage1,700 
Initial AP Shell Velocity1000 m./s.
AP Shell Weight13 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
610 mm Quad1 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.59 shots/min.
Reload Time101 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoType90 mod. 1 
Maximum Damage17,233 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second83.2 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a twin mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16.2 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount1 х 3 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second3.3 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time7.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.76 km.
Air Detectability Range3.55 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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9,000,000

Akizuki — Japanese Tier VIII destroyer.

One of the most sophisticated destroyers in the Japanese Navy. This ship was specifically designed to provide anti-aircraft defense. Due to her significantly increased dimensions, she was equipped with new dual-purpose main gun mounts that had a very high rate of fire. Among the drawbacks of the ship were the relatively weak torpedo armament and an insufficiently high speed.

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)
100 mm/65 Type 98 on a Model A mount2011.25991,20051,700 0570,000
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)
Akizuki (A)15,900132041/4/610 0610,000
Akizuki (B)20,400132047/18/410 16,5001,400,000
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)
Type90 mod. 10.61017.217,2336210 01,300,000
Type93 mod. 20.51127.220,9666710 20,0001,800,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Type8 mod. 1011.3 0370,000
Type8 mod. 21012.5 8,000780,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 52,000 hp33 0600,000

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

Player Opinion

Performance

Tier VIII's Akizuki is a major departure from the rest of the Japanese destroyer line. She packs both more guns and fewer torpedoes than any of her cousins that surround her on the tech tree, giving her a very different playstyle than any ship before or after. She is a unique ship that requires a completely different approach to the typical ninja-like playstyle of other Japanese destroyers that attempt to overwhelm their enemies with torpedoes fired from stealth. She shares a number of similarities with high-tier Russian destroyers Udaloi and Khabarovsk; captains familiar with how those ships play will likely feel right at home in Akizuki.

Akizuki’s main battery is comprised of four (4) double 100mm turrets. Unlike most Japanese destroyer gun turrets, these turn quickly, roughly on par with those found in the middle tiers of the American destroyer line aboard Nicholas, Farragut, and Mahan. She can get all of her guns on target even while maneuvering, and their rate of fire rivals that of Tier X American destroyer Gearing (although Akizuki’s shells do far less damage than Gearing’s). Also notable is the initial velocity of those shells: 1000 meters per second. This gives Akizuki’s guns a relatively flat arc at close range; they are comfortable to fire and fairly easy to guide on to target. However, her shells lose velocity quickly, and beginning around 10 km they will have a very high ballistic arc similar to those of Atlanta. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it enables her to fire over islands when needed. Her main battery is equally capable of chewing up battleship and cruiser superstructure with armor-piercing rounds or dueling enemy destroyers with high explosive ones.

While her guns are excellent, her torpedo armament is lacking. She mounts only a single quadruple launcher — compared to the double quadruple launchers of Kagero, Shiratsuyu, and Yūgumo — on a relatively long reload of 112 seconds. Akizuki shares Shiratsuyu’s access to the improved version of the Torpedo Reload Booster consumable without having to give up access to Smoke Generator, so she is capable of doing significant damage with her torpedo armament against unsuspecting captains by virtue of mounting the same Type 93 mod. 2 torpedoes that Kagero carries.

Her handling takes some getting used to — she is far slower to respond to helm commands than Japanese destroyer captains will be accustomed to — and her slow top speed is a notable handicap. Still, her anti-aircraft suite beats out every other Japanese destroyer in the game, and she has the customarily low detection radius typical of her sisters. Akizuki requires some adaptation in play, but she's more than capable of dishing out copious amounts of punishment in the hands of a captain who has taken the time to decipher how to play her well.

When facing American and Soviet destroyers her tier or higher, captains are advised to use armor-piercing rounds as Akizuki’s 100mm HE shells lack sufficient penetration to deal consistent damage.


Pros:

  • Quick-turning, fast-firing main battery guns.
  • Armor-piercing rounds are punishing against broadside ships thanks to her rate of fire.
  • Above-average anti-aircraft suite for a Japanese destroyer due to her dual-purpose main battery guns.
  • Can equip the improved version of the Torpedo Reload Booster consumable that reduces torpedo reload time to 5 seconds, and doesn't have to give up Smoke Generator to do so.

Cons:

  • Slow to accelerate and low top speed for a destroyer.
  • Handles more like a cruiser than a destroyer; large turning circle and slow rudder shift make Akizuki feel sluggish.
  • High explosive shells have very low damage and fire chance.
  • Only one torpedo launcher (on a long reload) means she is almost totally reliant on her guns for damage.
  • Her 100mm shells are hard pressed to damage certain targets; hits for zero damage against cruisers and battleships are not uncommon.

Research

Hull (B) is a huge boost to Akizuki’s survivability, and should be researched first. After that, the Fire Control System upgrade to boost her range is probably the best bet, leaving the Torpedo module for last.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Akizuki’s gunboat playstyle means that her upgrade modules will look very similar to that of similarly-tiered cruisers and Russian destroyers. Main Armaments Modification 1 in Upgrade Slot 1 and Aiming Systems Modification 1 in Upgrade Slot 2 are the best options. A case can be made for AA Guns Modification 2 in that second slot, but lacking access to the Defensive AA Fire consumable, it isn't recommended. Propulsion Modification 1 is the top choice in Upgrade Slot 4. Either Steering Gears Modification 2 or Propulsion Modification 2 should be slotted into Upgrade Slot 5. Like all Tier VIII+ destroyers, Concealment System Module 1 is a must-have in Upgrade Slot 6.

Commander Skills

Consumables

A gunboat destroyer like Akizuki is inevitably going to come under heavy fire; the abbreviated cooldown on Damage Control Party II will eventually pay for itself. Shelling out the doubloons or credits here is highly recommended. Her low speed also makes the shortened cooldown on Engine Boost II highly attractive. Paying for Smoke Generator II is captain's choice, but there are times that the shortened cooldown on smoke is the difference between sneaking away and going to the bottom.

Camouflage

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

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Akizuki with Type 18 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

Victor Lima and India X-Ray signal flags will help boost Akizuki’s meager fire chance, especially when combined with Demolition Expert. Juliet Charlie should also go along with those flags in order to prevent detonations. Sierra Mike will help make up some of her deficiency in top speed.

Gallery

Historical Info

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