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Hōshō
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Tech Tree Position
Isokaze
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General
Research price11000 exp
Purchase price1,000,000 Credits
Hit Points31,000 
Secondary Armament #1
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a single mount4 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range3.5 km.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell140 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,400 
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel10 %
AA Defense
13 mm/76 Type 93 on a twin mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed25 knot
Turning Circle Radius740 m.
Rudder Shift Time11.1 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range8.82 km.
Air Detectability Range6.46 km.
Battle Levels
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IV
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1,000,000

Hōshō — Japanese Tier IV aircraft сarrier.

The first vessel in the world to be completed as a purpose-built aircraft carrier. This ship was moderately sized and could carry a small air group. For her size, she was armed with an impressive artillery setup and had decent speed and maneuverability.

Modules

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)
Hōshō (A)31,0006204624 0100,000
Hōshō (B)31,8006204624 3,000250,000
Attack Aircraft Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
A4N108001,150 050,000
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
B4Y Jean5,800971,380 050,000
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
D1A Susie2,500981,360 050,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 30,000 hp25 040,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The first aircraft carrier players working up the Japanese tech tree gain access to, Hōshō features a simple load-out that is easy for players that are learningto carriers to use. She is a great introduction to bomber mechanics for new carrier captains, as her squadron load-out boasts two four-plane squadrons of torpedo bombers, allowing for players to test out a variety of ways in which they can attack targets.

Moreover, Hosho holds a maximum of one squadron of reserves for each squadron, which is much more forgiving than her American counterpart, Langley. However, her single fighter squadron may be problematic when Hōshō has to face off with Langley. Also note that Hōshō does not contain any dive bombers, which means captains will not gain any experience in their use until they unlock Zuiho; experienced Langley captains may be able to exploit this inexperience.

They key to success in Hōshō is leaning how to properly overwhelm a target with two torpedo squadrons whilst using the fighter squadron to protect the strike aircraft from harassment. Preferred targets to strike will be slow, unaware, and isolated. In all, she is a good carrier that can teach newcomers carrier some of the tactical basics that favor the torpedo-focused style of the Japanese carrier line.

Pros:

  • Has sixteen (16) torpedo bombers total, making it forgiving to lose some bombers during a run.
  • Two torpedo squadrons provide fearsome striking capability.
  • Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team.
  • Only fighters and torpedo bombers; makes it easy to micromanage aircraft.
  • Slightly stealthier than American counterpart Langley.

Cons:

  • Only has eight (8) fighters, which makes it difficult to fight against Langley’s potential 10 fighters.
  • No dive-bombers.
  • All Hōshō squadrons are smaller than Langley’s.
  • Un-armored. HE shells will cause significant damage.

Research

This is a suggested upgrade path:

  1. Yokosuka B4Y torpedo bombers
  2. Mitsubishi A5M4 fighters
  3. Hosho (B) Hull

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Hōshō are as follows:

Commander Skills

Since Hōshō has only one four-plane squadron of fighters and no dive bombers, it's best to choose the following recommended skills. Players can opt to sacrifice Emergency Takeoff and Dogfighting Expert skills for Concealment Expert (which would reduce her detection to 7.1km when coupled with camouflage), but Hōshō already has sufficient stealth and speed to avoid detection by enemy ships. Therefore, Concealment Expert is not a highly recommended skill. Priority Target and Incoming Fire Alert are not really necessary because when a carrier is detected, the ship often becomes a priority target for many players. Evasive Maneuvers is not recommended because it only affects bombers that have dropped their payload and are returning to the carrier.

As of Update 0.6.3, this carrier can no longer use the manual attack function.

Consumables

Hōshō can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce chances of being detected by the enemy.

Signals

As a carrier, Hōshō can only mount at most four signals at a time and has no risk of detonating. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (+50% XP earned for the battle.), Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.), and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.). However, Juliet Whiskey Unaone is not highly recommended if the player wishes to conserve the signal for later tiers.

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  • Stille, M., Bryan, T. (2005) Imperial Japanese Navy Aircraft Carriers: 1921-45. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing Ltd.
  • Chesneau, R., Gardiner, R. (1980). Conway’s All the World’s Fighting Ships, 1922-1946. London, UK: Conway Maritime Press.
  • Sha, S. K. (1964). Japanese Aircraft Carriers and Destroyers: Vol 2. London, UK: Macdonald & Co. Ltd.
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