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 As with most battleships, it is recommended to build ''North Carolina'' for stealth and survivability, as her base AA suite is already quite powerful. Key skills include ''Fire Prevention'', ''Concealment Expert'', ''Superintendent'' and ''Basics of Survivability''. For players wishing to maximize her AA potential however, ''Basic Firing Training'' and ''Advanced Firing Training'' can be considered. As with most battleships, it is recommended to build ''North Carolina'' for stealth and survivability, as her base AA suite is already quite powerful. Key skills include ''Fire Prevention'', ''Concealment Expert'', ''Superintendent'' and ''Basics of Survivability''. For players wishing to maximize her AA potential however, ''Basic Firing Training'' and ''Advanced Firing Training'' can be considered.
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The first U.S. battleship of the new generation. The key advantage over her predecessors of this type was significantly increased speed. In contrast to preceding ships of the same type, she featured a thinner armor belt, but had very solid horizontal armor protection and a superior AA armament including numerous dual-purpose artillery.

USS North Carolina is now preserved as a military museum ship in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 0 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Boost Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Surveillance Radar Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2 Skip Bombers Modification 1
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Enhanced Engineering Systems Reinforced Emergency Response Upgraded Damage Control Equipment Improved Main Battery Loading Mechanisms Aerosol Smoke Curtain System Master Fire Control Director Torpedo Fire Control System Improved Hull Concealment Improved Main Artillery Ship Consumables Modification 1||Squadron Consumables Modification 1||Heavier Torpedo Warheads||Additional Smoke Generators
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Flight Control Modification 2 Air Groups Modification 2 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2 Main Battery Fire Control Station Improved Ammunition Hoists Main Battery Director System Improved Bridge Enhanced Propulsion Plant Enhanced Countermeasures Extended Main Battery Effective Range Torpedo Quick Reload System Main Gun Automatic Loader Modified External Hardpoints Fuel Injection System Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2 Improved Camouflage Patterns Automated Main Battery Loading Mechanism Forced Takeoff and Landing Equipment

Player Opinion


The biggest transition in American battleship game play, North Carolina is the first fast battleship of the American line. She is a welcome change of pace for players used to the 21 knot top speed of New York, New Mexico, and Colorado, and is a radical departure from the pudgy appearance and mediocre firing range of her dreadnought predecessors.

North Carolina boasts speed, protection, armament, and handling that represent improvements in ship design made over the span of a 15-year gap in American battleship construction that began in the mid-1920's. Her fully upgraded top speed of 28 knots is immediately noticeable, and while other Tier VIII battleships like Bismarck, Tirpitz, and Amagi can still outrun her, the gap in speed is limited to a only few knots. North Carolina is more than capable of keeping up with her team and using her excellent range to begin punishing enemy units while they close.

North Carolina can fire at very long ranges fully upgraded(27km), which is a double-edged sword. If the super-heavy AP shells hit at such ranges, they are legitimate plunging fire penetrations and will pierce most citadel decks. However her dispersion is irritating and the muzzle velocities of her 16-inch, 45 caliber guns are slower than the 50 caliber guns found on Iowa and Montana. Those deadly high arc shells seemingly take forever to return to earth at ranges past 13-14 km, meaning that captains must use additional lead when firing at far off targets. Frustratingly, she cannot equip Aiming Systems Modification 1 to improve her dispersion, either. All-and-all, 23+ kilometer bombing is not a good use of salvos and match time unless the enemy is camping in place.

Still, there are some nice trade-offs. Unlike many ships, her stock configuration is relatively solid, and when fully upgraded her anti-aircraft suite is brutally punishing to enemy planes. When fully-rigged for stealth — via Concealment Systems Modification 1 and the Concealment Expert commander skill — her surface detection range drops to a positively ludicrous 12.1 km. This frequently allows North Carolina to maneuver unseen and strike at unsuspecting cruisers and battleships from an angle they did not anticipate. It also allows her to cease fire and escape when necessary; she is very easy to citadel while broadside to enemy ships (even cruisers!), so care must be taken when turning around under fire. She has the worst torpedo protection out of all Tier VIII battleships; captains must be very cautious about putting North Carolina into a position where enemy destroyers will focus torpedoes on her.

With careful positioning and heads-up play, North Carolina is an solid all-around Tier VIII battleship.


  • Excellent main battery range, when using a range build she can shoot from 27 km away(without spotter aircraft).
  • Powerful AP shells with very good damage and penetration.
  • High sigma (2.0) for a Tier 8 battleship.
  • Very durable when properly angled, with a thick lower belt and 38mm deck armor.
  • Very strong AA suite.
  • Significant speed improvement over preceding ships like Colorado, useful for supporting allies and cap areas when needed.
  • Decent turn radius for a battleship.
  • Excellent concealment with all relevant upgrades.


  • Abysmal AP shell velocity.
  • Poor main battery dispersion.
  • Extensively covered in 32mm armor, vulnerable to HE spam and AP overmatch.
  • Very easy to citadel when showing broadside because of the citadel's location at the waterline.
  • Extremely poor torpedo damage reduction for a battleship, a mere 19%.
  • Most of North Carolina's AA are open mounts that can be easily destroyed by HE fire.


Prioritize researching the Hull B upgrade, followed by the propoulsion upgrade. The range upgrade is welcome but optional, as North Carolina's base range is already plenty good, and she can equip the Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) consumable to boost it when needed.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for ' are as follows:

Commander Skills

As with most battleships, it is recommended to build North Carolina for stealth and survivability, as her base AA suite is already quite powerful. Key skills include Fire Prevention, Concealment Expert, Superintendent and Basics of Survivability. For players wishing to maximize her AA potential however, Basic Firing Training and Advanced Firing Training can be considered.


' can equip the following consumables:


Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip North Carolina 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.

North Carolina also has an alternate premium camouflage called "Leviathan", in which she appears as she does during the Halloween scenario "Terror of the Deep".


As a battleship, North Carolina benefits greatly from flags that boost her survivability, such as India Delta, November Foxtrot, and India Yankee.


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


  1. USS North Carolina (BB-55) - Wikipedia
  2. North Carolina-class battleship - Wikipedia
  3. "Armada" Video: USS North Carolina - News - World of Warships
  4. Naval Legends: North Carolina Trailer - News - World of Warships
  5. Naval Legends: North Carolina - News - World of Warships
  6. Armada: North Carolina - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  7. Naval Legends: North Carolina. Trailer - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  8. Naval Legends: North Carolina - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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