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Kongō
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Battleship | Japan | Tier V
Tech Tree Position
Myōgi
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Fusō
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General
Research price12000 exp
Purchase price1 780 000 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 Damage5700 
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.
AP Shell152 mm AP Type4 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2900 
Initial AP Shell Velocity855 m./s.
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 Damage2100 
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 Second42 
. . . 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 Range11.7 km.
Battle Levels
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1 780 000

Kongō — Japanese Tier V battleship.

When she was commissioned, Kongo 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, Kongo received a thinner armor belt while her deck armor and torpedo protection were reinforced.

Modules

Batería principal Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180 Degree 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 Tipo 411,96023657002510 000 0190 000
Casco 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 10013254414/44/2/4/60 6500480 000
Sistema de control de tiro Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Tipo 5 mod. 1019,3 076 000
Tipo 5 mod. 21021,2 3600240 000
Motor Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsión: 75 000 CV24,9 0110 000
Propulsión: 136 000 CV30 2000240 000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM030_MainWeapon_Mod_I_96030a0457a0354806c48d85ce6676be5f6497b87f22bcb3e2ebb61e2d072914.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del armamento principal|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0armamento_principal]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM031_SecondaryWeapon_Mod_I_3052372f9677465987f8c6bfc953fb50d36e7346cadbac08aa11678cedb8de9a.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del armamento auxiliar|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0armamento_auxiliar]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM032_PowderMagazine_Mod_I_4ca84c8576aa07da0b8c3964613597aa01a13371173a00f210c68ae3c086966e.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 de la santabárbara|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_de_la.C2.A0santab.C3.A1rbara]]
 Slot 2  [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM006_MainGun_Mod_II_ed7e44850c084e7749856042985c8b683b4f7cb8ba05227889e4bea8b3d8a020.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 2 de la batería principal|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A02_de_la.C2.A0bater.C3.ADa_principal]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM012_SecondaryGun_Mod_II_90bace4c335a616f390ca14123b859d0d5c917dd6ba2da75d5fdef1966c47ddf.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 de la batería secundaria|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_de_la.C2.A0bater.C3.ADa_secundaria]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM018_AirDefense_Mod_III_4f31d9be2ed95af6f26d3f2b383ddce632d783ea283c84abefb09a464bcdb7b6.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 de los cañones AA|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_de_los.C2.A0ca.C3.B1ones_AA]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM033_Guidance_Mod_I_5833f5d588cb58af4463246fdeb661ea5f841e8e8e29847be40decbd0aaed053.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 de los sistemas de tiro|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_de_los.C2.A0sistemas_de_tiro]]
 Slot 4  [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM020_DamageControl_Mod_I_a7f09e1168644fee7c14fa14f47718f590b4d33a71de60b6f8b91293bdd6e33a.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Modificación 1 del sistema de control de daños|link=Ship:Upgrades#Modificaci.C3.B3n.C2.A01_del.C2.A0sistema_de_control_de_da.C3.B1os]] [[File:wows icon_modernization_PCM069_Movement_Mod_I_bb4cf51f510df3fff7c12b47d360f7ec1657443a32adbcdf8fe3a84cb8d5868c.png", "local": "{\"default\": \"gui|44px|Protección de la sala de máquinas|link=Ship:Upgrades#Protecci.C3.B3n_de_la_sala_de_m.C3.A1quinas]]

Player Opinion

Performance

Kongo is considered to be one of the most enjoyable battleships in the game, especially towards the lower tiers. Kongo has by far the highest top speed of the battleships of Tier V, a strong, solid main armament of eight 14-inch guns in four twin turrets, far greater range than her contemporaries, good secondaries, and the most health of her tier. However, she's not the strongest in all suites - she's got the worst armor of her tier, with only 203mm of belt armour compared to New York’s, Texas’ and König’s 356mm belt armor, and she has the least guns of her tier. These shortcomings, however, don't stop Kongo from being one of the most competitive battleships in the game tier-for-tier. Kongo must always be careful with how she positions herself; showing too much broadside to an enemy battleship can be a fatal mistake. Kongo excels at both ranged combat and can use her maneuverability to outdo enemy battleships at closer ranges. Kongo is the second of three battlecruisers/fast battleships in the Japanese battleship line, coming after Myogi and eventually leading to Amagi at Tier VIII.

Pros:

  • Great gun range: Reaching out to 21+ kilometers, she has the second highest range in the mid tiers after Fuso.
  • Impressive speed: Kongo can reach 30 knots, allowing her to keep up with cruisers and relocate if needed.
  • Decent agility: She is surprisingly maneuverable and can cover her turning circle quite quickly.
  • Good gun characteristics: her guns are accurate, powerful, and have decent penetration.
  • Feels like a modern battleship in a world of outdated WWI era ships.

Cons:

  • Low AA suite potency: Her AA suite will not do much against higher tier aircraft.
  • High detection range: She is easily seen at 16km, but not much of a problem, as she can fire out to 21 km.
  • Battlecruiser armor: Her weak armor is easily penetrated by battleship shells, though it can be partially overcome with angling.
  • Sluggish rudder shift time: It takes a long time for her to start turning compared to USN Battleships.
  • Being a mid-tier battleship, her dispersion is still somewhat high at longer range. This can be mitigated my installing Aiming System Modification 1.

Research

Kongo is — effectively — a battlecruiser and needs to be able to dictate the terms of the engagement as she does not have a lot of armor. Upgrading her Propulsion module is first priority. After this, pick up Hull (B) for the upgraded main battery shells and a little bit faster turret traverse. The Fire Control System module upgrade can be saved for last.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

As a battleship at Tier V with only the first three upgrade slots, the following upgrades are recommended on Kongo:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Players can equip the following consumables on Kongo:

Premium Damage Control Party II and Repair Party II are recommended to maximize survivability.

Camouflage

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.

Signals

As with all battleships, Kongo comes with 8 signal flag slots. The three most important flags are India Delta, Juliet Yankee Bissotwo and India Yankee; all of which will improve your survivability. Captains wishing to improve the performance of their secondary battery should consider the addition of Mike Yankee Soxisix.

Gallery

Historical Info

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