Welcome to Wargaming.net Wiki!
Variants
In other languages

Kongo

Jump to: navigation, search
Kongō
Kongō_wows_main.jpg
Battleship | Japan | Tier V
Tech Tree Position
Myōgi
Arrow_down.png
Kongō_icon_small.png
Arrow_down.png
Fusō
stock
 top
General
Research price12000 exp
Purchase price1,420,000 Credits
Hit Points49,500 
Main Battery
356 mm/45 41st Year Type4 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire1.94 shots/min.
Reload Time31 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time60 sec.
Firing Range19.27 km.
Maximum Dispersion236 m.
HE Shell356 mm HE Type0 
Maximum HE Shell Damage5,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell25 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity805 m./s.
HE Shell Weight625 kg.
AP Shell356 mm AP Type5 
Maximum AP Shell Damage10,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity790 m./s.
AP Shell Weight635.5 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
152 mm/50 41st Year Type14 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time10 sec.
HE Shell152 mm HE Type4 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,500 
Initial HE Shell Velocity825 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
127 mm/40 Type89 A14 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%
AA Defense
13 mm/76 Type93 Twin12 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second24 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
127 mm/40 Type89 A14 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second40.4 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed24.9 knot
Turning Circle Radius770 m.
Rudder Shift Time17.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.2 km.
Air Detectability Range9.36 km.
Battle Levels
12345678910
Wows_anno_flag_japan.png
V
Ship_PJSB007_Kongo_1942.png
1,420,000

Kongō — Japanese Tier V battleship.

When she was commissioned, Kongō was the most advanced battlecruiser in the world. She was the first among battlecruisers and battleships to be equipped with 356 mm main battery guns. Unlike previous Japanese dreadnoughts, Kongō received a thinner armor belt while her deck armor and torpedo protection were reinforced.

Modules

Main Battery 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)
356 mm/45 Type411.9602365,7002510,000 0190,000
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)
Kongō (A)49,50013254414/412/40 0230,000
Kongō (B)54,10013254414/44/2/6/40 6,500480,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Type5 mod. 1019.3 076,000
Type5 mod. 21021.2 3,600240,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 75,000 hp24.9 0110,000
Propulsion: 136,000 hp30 2,000240,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The Kongo is one of the more fun battleships to play with, particularly when in her own tier. At her tier and anything within her matchmaking table she outranges because of her maxed out range of 21.2 km and with a scout plane active, the Kongo can have a range comparable to a Yamato that did not launch its spotting plane with a total of 25.44 km. interestingly enough, she's also the first deviation in the Japanese battleship line with Amagi being the last of it because after being in the tier III and IV dreadnoughts Kawachi and Myogi respectively, the Kongo makes you adapt to a newer style as she does not fully have the armor to get in all out salvofests with dreadnoughts such as her US tier 5 counterpart the New York which has better armor but low speed before going back to dreadnoughts again when you reach Fuso. At her tier however, she takes her pride as the fastest battleship along with her decent maneuverability which can ease the burden of performing evasive maneuvers against salvos or torpedoes.

As a battlecruiser, you pay for that maneuverability with lighter armor protection. Presenting your broadside to any battleship opponent, even tier 3's, is very dangerous and will quickly get you sunk. Kongo can also see up to Tier 7 battleship opponents that are unlikely to bounce a shot at even extreme angles and fire enough of them to sink her in one salvo.

At stock, you WILL have problems when a match has aircraft carriers on it because of her stock battlecruiser configuration which has a nonexistent AA suite which will give you problems when carrier players are hellbent in sinking you and you don't have escorts with good AA suites themselves with you, adding the fact that you should treat this particular hull having virtually no torpedo bulges to protect against torpedo hits but your guns and surface combat ability can keep you in-line despite having a nonexistent AA suite.

Pros:

  • Great gun range
  • impressive speed for a battleship at 30 knots
  • Decent agility
  • reasonable shell speed to target
  • Feels like a modern battleship in a world of outdated WW1 era ships.

Cons:

  • Anti-air is lacking, even fully upgraded. her stock battlecruiser hull has virtually no AA guns on her
  • Easily Detected (16km)
  • Battlecruiser armor, however can be overcome with angling.
  • Sluggish rudder shift time compared to USN Battleships
  • Poor AP penetration with questionable dispersion

Research

With an Anti-air rating of 3 in the stock configuration, the first thing you'll notice with the Kongo is how enemy carriers laugh at her. One of the first things however that you should get is the propulsion upgrade. Whilst it doesn't help with aircraft, the increase in maneuverability and speed is noticeable. After upgrading the propulsion the hull is probably best next. With a default gun range of 19.3km, the Kongo still out-ranges most of its opponents and the AA increase and the addition of the scout plane is well worth it. The scout plane will give you a 20% range increase when active, effectively making it longer than the aiming system upgrade. Once you have done the hull there is only the aiming system to go, which afterwards makes this a potent war machine.

Alternatively, since the ship is already faster than her American counterparts with a 25 knot speed stock, you can instead focus on getting both Hull upgrades. Both upgrades increase the turret traverse and decrease the main battery reload times while also adding additional AA firepower. The B hull is also noteworthy in that it increases the deck armor and minimum citadel armor, allowing her to survive the long range gunnery duels she excels at a little easier. After getting both hull upgrades getting the speed upgrade should follow since increasing the range on the Kongo isn't necessary. Getting the range upgrade increases you maximum dispersion, but only by 17 meters which for a battleship is unnoticeable.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery


Ships of Japan
Destroyers  II Tachibana Doubloons • II Umikaze • II Tachibana Lima Doubloons • III Wakatake • IV Isokaze • V Minekaze • V Fūjin Doubloons • V Kamikaze Doubloons • V Kamikaze R Doubloons • V Mutsuki • VI Fubuki • VI Hatsuharu • VI Shinonome Doubloons • VII Akatsuki • VII Shiratsuyu • VII Yūdachi Doubloons • VIII Akizuki • VIII Kagerō • VIII Asashio Doubloons • VIII Asashio B Doubloons • VIII HSF Harekaze Doubloons • VIII AL Yukikaze Doubloons • IX Yūgumo • IX Kitakaze • X Shimakaze • X Harugumo • X Hayate 
Cruisers  I Hashidate • II Chikuma • III Tenryū • III Katori Doubloons • IV Yūbari Doubloons • IV Kuma • IV Iwaki Alpha Doubloons • V Furutaka • V Yahagi • VI Aoba • VII Myōkō • VII ARP Myōkō • VII ARP Ashigara • VII ARP Haguro • VII Southern Dragon • VII Eastern Dragon • VII ARP Nachi • VIII Mogami • VIII Atago Doubloons • VIII Atago B Doubloons • VIII ARP Takao • IX Ibuki • IX Azuma • X Zaō • X Yoshino 
Battleships  II Mikasa Doubloons • III Kawachi • IV Myōgi • IV Ishizuchi Doubloons • V Kongō • V ARP Kongō • V ARP Kirishima • V ARP Haruna • V ARP Hiei • VI Fusō • VI Mutsu Doubloons • VII Nagato • VII Ashitaka Doubloons • VIII Amagi • VIII Kii Doubloons • IX Izumo • IX Musashi • X Yamato 
Aircraft Carriers  IV Hōshō • VI Ryūjō • VIII Shōkaku • VIII Kaga Doubloons • X Hakuryū
Battleships
Japan  II Mikasa Doubloons • III Kawachi • IV Myōgi • IV Ishizuchi Doubloons • V Kongō • V ARP Kongō • V ARP Kirishima • V ARP Haruna • V ARP Hiei • VI Fusō • VI Mutsu Doubloons • VII Nagato • VII Ashitaka Doubloons • VIII Amagi • VIII Kii Doubloons • IX Izumo • IX Musashi • X Yamato 
U.S.A.  III South Carolina • IV Wyoming • IV Arkansas Beta Doubloons • V New York • V Texas Doubloons • VI New Mexico • VI Arizona Doubloons • VI W. Virginia 1941 Doubloons • VII Colorado • VIII North Carolina • VIII Alabama Doubloons • VIII Massachusetts Doubloons • VIII Massachusetts B Doubloons • VIII Alabama ST • IX Iowa • IX Missouri • IX Georgia Doubloons • X Montana • X Ohio 
U.S.S.R.  III Knyaz Suvorov • IV Imperator Nikolai I Doubloons • IV Gangut • V Pyotr Velikiy • V Oktyabrskaya Revolutsiya Doubloons • VI Izmail • VII Sinop • VIII Vladivostok • VIII Lenin Doubloons • IX Sovetsky Soyuz • X Kremlin • X Slava 
Germany  III Nassau • III König Albert Doubloons • IV Kaiser • V König • VI Bayern • VI Prinz Eitel Friedrich Doubloons • VII Gneisenau • VII Scharnhorst Doubloons • VIII Tirpitz Doubloons • VIII Bismarck • VIII Tirpitz B Doubloons • IX Friedrich der Große • X Großer Kurfürst 
U.K.  III Bellerophon • III Dreadnought Doubloons • IV Orion • V Iron Duke • VI Warspite Doubloons • VI Queen Elizabeth • VII King George V • VII Hood Doubloons • VII Nelson • VII Duke of York Doubloons • VIII Monarch • VIII Vanguard Doubloons • IX Lion • X Conqueror • X Thunderer 
France  III Turenne • IV Courbet • V Bretagne • VI Normandie • VI Dunkerque Doubloons • VII Lyon • VIII Richelieu • VIII Gascogne Doubloons • IX Alsace • IX Jean Bart Doubloons • X République • X Bourgogne 
N/A  V Viribus Unitis 
Italy  V Giulio Cesare Doubloons • VIII Roma Doubloons 
Pan-Asia  
Commonwealth  
Pan-America