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Overview
Credits.png Cost
Hit Points
Mobility
kt Max Speed
s Rudder Shift Time
m Turn Radius
Armor
- mm Hull Armor
- mm Citadel Armor
- mm Deck Armor
- mm Extremities Armor
Primary Armament
Guns
Secondary Armament
Guns
Torpedoes
Torpedoes
Aircrafts
Recon Squadrons
Visibility
km Aerial Detection Range
km Surface Detection Range


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Compatible Equipment


Player Opinion

Performance

Much like the Minekaze, the Mutsuki is also heavily reliant on its torpedoes to perform well. However, it does suffer from quite a long reload time (over a minute). Players sometimes nickname the ship "Mutsucky" because of the terrible reload times of both the guns and torpedoes. Slower than the Minekaze, the Mutsuki still features the fantastic detection and torpedo ranges that make the mid tier IJN destroyers so devastating although you may have a hard time running away if you get detected. The Mutsuki features 2 triple-tube torpedo mounts, and can have fairly decent AA once fully upgraded. With a surface detection range of 5.9km and an air detection range of 3.1km, with a torpedo range of 10km (upgraded) the Mutsuki can remain undetected whilst unleashing torpedo hell on the enemy. This is highly recommended as its poor armor coupled with mediocre gun performance make this a ship you do not want to get into a close-range engagement in. Going for close-in engagements with guns is a one-way trip. Stay away from ships, at least 7 km away, and only use your guns in self-defense provided you are already detected.

Pros:

  • Low detection range, lowest of any ship besides the Tier 2 Tachibana.
  • Fantastic Torpedo range when upgraded
  • Decent speed
  • Ability to launch torpedoes undetected
  • Decent reload time with the gun upgrade

Cons

  • Reload time of stock guns is abysmal, can be fixed with the upgrade.
  • Terrible gun traverse speed, even with the upgrade.
  • Small gun range, less than its predecessor Minekaze.
  • No armor, incapacitations are likely to happen when the ship takes hits.
  • Slow torpedo speed makes them easier to dodge.
  • Low Hitpoints
  • Shorter stock torpedo range compared to previous destroyers.


Early Research

As you do not want to get detected (due to gun stats and armor), it is recommended you get the torpedo upgrade ASAP as the stock torpedoes only give you a 100m leeway between detection and shooting. This will require getting the first hull upgrade aswell.

After you have got the torpedo upgrade, you can get the final hull and then the gun upgrades if you desire, or can save exp after getting the final hull towards getting your Hatsuharu. Getting the gun upgrades is nice if you intend to keep the final hull equipped as the final hull removes 2 turrets, halving your DPM. The gun upgrade allows you to make up for that DPM loss by increasing your ROF to be higher than the original DPM, although as a IJN Destroyer it is still recommended not to shoot unless you have to.


Historical Info

The Mutsuki class (睦月) destroyers were based on the same hull design as the previous Kamikaze class, except with a double curvature configuration of the bow, a feature which became a standard in all later Japanese destroyers.


The Mutsuki class was the first to be fitted with the newly developed 24 inch torpedoes, with greater range and larger warhead than previous torpedoes in the Japanese inventory. Originally Type 8 torpedoes were carried, arranged in two triple mountings. These were later replaced with the famous Type 93 "Long Lance" oxygen-propelled torpedoes during World War II.

In September 1935, many ships in the navy were severely damaged by a typhoon while on training exercises, in what was later termed the "Fourth Fleet Incident", including a number of the Mutsuki class destroyers, which had several plates buckled and bridges wrecked. During 1936-37 the Mutsuki class ships were retrofitted with a strengthened, more compact, bridge, with redesigned watertight shields on the torpedo mounts. With the new shields the torpedoes could be worked in all weather conditions thus extending the useful life of the class.[8]

From 1941-1942 the Mutsuki class destroyers were refitted with the 120 mm/45 main guns reduced to two single mounts and ten Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns added. The minesweeping and minelaying equipment was removed and replaced with four depth charge launchers, with 36 depth charges.

In June 1944, the surviving vessels were again refit, with the number of Type 96 25 mm antiaircraft guns increased to twenty, and an additional five Type 93 13 mm AA Guns also installed.

General Characteristics:

Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,315 long tons (1,336 t) normal, 1,445 long tons (1,468 t) full load
Length: 97.54 m (320.0 ft) pp, 102.72 m (337.0 ft) overall
Beam: 9.16 m (30.1 ft)
Draught: 2.96 m (9.7 ft)
Propulsion: 4 x Ro-Gō Kampon water-tube boilers 2 x Kampon geared turbines 38,500 ihp (28,700 kW) 2 shafts
Speed: 37.25 knots (68.99 km/h) Range: 3600 nm @ 14 knots (6,700 km at 26 km/h)
Complement: 154

Armament: (As originally built)

  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 2 x Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun,
  • 2 x triple Type 12 torpedo tubes (12 × 610 mm Type 8 torpedoes), 18 x depth charges
  • 16 x Ichi-Gō naval mines[2]


(Mutsuki, December 1941)

  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun
  • 2 x Type 93 13 mm AA guns,
  • 2 x Type 92 7.7 mm machine gun,
  • 2 x triple Type 12 torpedo tubes (12 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes), 18 x depth charges


(Uzuki, December 1942)

  • 4 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 2 x Type 93 13 mm AA guns,
  • 2 x Type 92 7.7 mm machine guns,
  • 2 x triple Type 12 torpedo tubes (12 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes),18 x depth charges
  • 1 x landing craft


(Uzuki, September 1944)

  • 2 ×Type 3 120 mm 45 caliber naval gun,
  • 16 x Type 96 25 mm AT/AA Guns
  • 1 x triple Type 12 torpedo tubes (6 × 610 mm 8th Year Type torpedoes), 36 x depth charges


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