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Hōshō
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Tech Tree Position
Isokaze
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Ryūjō
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General
Research price11000 exp
Purchase price1,000,000 Credits
Hit Points31,000 
Secondary Armament #1
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type4 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 Type93 Twin6 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

Flight Control Fighters
(sqdr.)
Torpedo Bombers
(sqdr.)
Dive Bombers
(sqdr.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type4 mod. 1111 060,000
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)
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)
A4N10800670 050,000
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
B4Y Jean5,40097930 050,000
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
D1A Susie3,00098730 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
 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 provides players an introduction to IJN's carrier line. In general, players can expect Attack Aircraft with great accuracy but a relatively small payload, Dive bombers with high potential damage and relatively stealthy Torpedo Bombers.

As a carrier that loses too many aircraft will be unable to contribute to their team, players must learn to balance risk and reward when committing to an attack. Attack runs on targets that are either isolated or have weak AA defence is advised due to the relatively low risk involved. Players should also only call back their aircraft (f key by default) when they are safely outside AA bubbles in order to ensure they don't get shot down along the way.

Pros:

  • Hosho's attack aircraft are quite accurate due to their small targeting ellipse
  • Dive-bombers have the potential to cause 18 thousand damage per wave, assuming all bombs in the flight hit the citadel of a ship
  • Powerful propulsion, allowing it to keep up with the team.
  • It's torpedo aircraft boast more potential damage (5400 vs 4233) and higher stealth (7.5 km vs 10 km) compared to its American counterpart Langley
  • Slightly stealthier by sea than Langley.

Cons:

  • Attack aircraft are only fire 6 rockets per attack run (each aircraft are armed with 2 rockets, and 3 planes participate in each run)
  • Dive-bombers are only armed with AP-bombs, leaving them unable to start fires.
  • AP-bombs are treated as AP shells on a regular ship, and can over-penetrate or ricochet.
  • More visible by Air compared to Langley
  • Un-armored. HE shells will cause significant damage.

Research

The Hosho has only 1 upgrade, it's B hull, which provides it with better AA, manoeuvrability and a slight increase in health

  1. Hosho (B) Hull

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Hōshō are as follows:

Commander Skills

Players should emphasize on incresing the HP of their planes as they have the lowest health of all 3 nations, a tren that continues up to tier 10

Consumables

Hōshō has access to the following consumables:

All aircraft carrier consumables are automatically activated.

Attack Aircraft:

Torpedo Bombers:

Bombers:

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.

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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