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As a battleship main, I am actually horrified at how easy it was for me to pick this ship and do well in random battles with it... like, almost every battle today, minus a couple outliers, was very good. Decent torp hits, decent damage, capping, spotting, good results in general...

 

This ship is scary good, especially if you let it get behind your team... an unspotted Harekaze thats able to flank your team can be one of the most dangerous things ever... especially when they're backed up by a friendly Gearing...

I'll let the results speak for themselves...

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Then there was this game... we wont talk about this game...

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A HUGE shoutout to Shaddock though, in that Gearing. Without his support, that game probably would have been a loss. Shaddock, if I ever see you in game again on my team, you are more than welcome to sail by my side again! =D

 

 

 

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Just picked it up, 10 battles in and very impressed. Like the gun options, especially the 100mms.  If you like playing DDs, I would suggest it would be a worthwhile purchase.

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As far as I have found, Harekaze has two weaknesses that stem from the same root.  The first is low HP.  Not abysmal, but definitely low for tier 8.  Additionally, the torps are stock Kagero torps, which are okay and compensated for by the guns.  Both of these stem from the Harekaze being a stick Kagero with different gun options.  There really isn’t more to it than that.

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I picked this boat up recently as well, and have been getting a feel for her in randoms.  I stuck my Akizuki captain in her, figuring it'd be a good match with his skills and the 100mm guns and have been pretty impressed with the results.  It basically feels like a Duckie that can torpedo with that setup, making for a great cap fighter in the right hands.  The 5"/54s didn't really impress me the one round I used them so I'll probably stick with the 100mm turrets.

I think this'll end up a good trainer for the lines and am actually looking forward to being confidant enough with my skills to use the reload booster instead of smoke.

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2 hours ago, Kitsunelegend said:

As a battleship main, I am actually horrified at how easy it was for me to pick this ship and do well in random battles with it... like, almost every battle today, minus a couple outliers, was very good. Decent torp hits, decent damage, capping, spotting, good results in general...

 

This ship is scary good, especially if you let it get behind your team... an unspotted Harekaze thats able to flank your team can be one of the most dangerous things ever... especially when they're backed up by a friendly Gearing...

I'll let the results speak for themselves...

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bjcPFFU.jpg

iTtI6ym.jpg

 

 

Then there was this game... we wont talk about this game...

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BfmxBOL.jpg

ajs1Mk6.jpg

 

A HUGE shoutout to Shaddock though, in that Gearing. Without his support, that game probably would have been a loss. Shaddock, if I ever see you in game again on my team, you are more than welcome to sail by my side again! =D

 

 

 

oh also

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Harekaze is indeed a nice boat but from the results it looks like you would have had an even better result in a Kagero. The good thing about the Harekaze is it's guns are way more dangerous than the Kagero.

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I have been very interested in Harekaze since she was released.  However, I'm already an Akizuki fanboy.

If I already play and love Akizuki, is Harekaze worth $44???  I do like her paint job...but $44!

 

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21 minutes ago, desmo_2 said:

I have been very interested in Harekaze since she was released.  However, I'm already an Akizuki fanboy.

If I already play and love Akizuki, is Harekaze worth $44???  I do like her paint job...but $44!

 

The primary question to ask yourself from a gameplay standpoint is: 

Would I rather have an extra Launcher or an extra Turret.

Also would I rather have Smoke or TRB.

And the final thing is do you have an Atago / Takao as a higher tiered IJN CA trainer? 

Your CA commander may not have the need for IFHE but you most likely took DE if you're running the 127/54s you've got a fairly impressive %Fire Chance. And if you're also spec'ed into AFT the range is nice to have. 

Also if you want a Trainer for the IJN DD mainline the 1-4 Hull is a very familiar build set. 

Personally wish the buffed the 1-4 Hull to make it more different to the Kagero maybe allow access to both smoke and TRB whereas the other gun hulls must pick. But that might unbalance the usefulness of each Hull option. Although there's 1 reason to ever pick the 1-4 Hull and thats familiarity. 

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Same, I only started playing with it for the HSF crates and so far as much as i dislike IJN DD gameplay, this ship is rather fun to play. IDK about everyone else, but i use the third gun option.

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1 hour ago, CaptainTeddybear said:

 

Harekaze is indeed a nice boat but from the results it looks like you would have had an even better result in a Kagero. The good thing about the Harekaze is it's guns are way more dangerous than the Kagero.

Thats why I prefer the Harekaze honestly. I like having guns that are a threat. =P

 

2 minutes ago, EmperorMaxwell said:

Same, I only started playing with it for the HSF crates and so far as much as i dislike IJN DD gameplay, this ship is rather fun to play. IDK about everyone else, but i use the third gun option.

I use the 152s as well. Regardless of having only 3 guns total, they're fairly good. Just dont get into a fight with an  American DD... they'll rip you apart like a chew toy unless you go in with all advantages... >.>

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ok I am a serious HSF Harekaze fan boy.. I'll just admit it up front to the point of other then the occasioanl dive into the next match with a Kagero, the Harekaze has been THE ship for me this ranked season..

I run mine no smoke,  Yamamoto in command (he's at 17 points!) IFHE,  and SE (2800 extra HP not to be sneezed at!), AR, and RPF in place of CE (so my surface detect is only 6Km.. but I have RPF.  The extra tactical flexibility more then makes up for it)

There are DD's that do one thing better, sometimes even 2 things better.  But its the whole package with the Harekaze that makes it a blisteringly good ship.  It can easily hold its own in a tier X fight.  With a little luck there isn't another DD out there it cannot gun down.  And the ones that can out gun it surrender some other advantage to do so.   

The ships in ranked that caused me the most issues were the Lo Yang (with that awesome hydro that it carries) and the German DD's with their doggone 5.9" guns (150's) and large HP pool.  And even then the skill of the player still counts for more then the ship.    For cruisers if it packed radar it was a bother.  And even then I would now and again fire guns just to make the cruiser pop radar.. quite a few times I was able to double back and bag a radar cruiser.. I even did a few time with JUST guns... which is saying something in an IJN DD!

 

Here's a nice port shot... Got my 2 star flag on here, along with my supremacy league 1st year flag and the Isoroku Yamamoto pennant and the usual raft of signals.

(2 flags courtesy of one of the Yamamato sub-collections)

 

 

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Glad to hear that you all are enjoying the Harekaze. Congrats on winning your battle, Kitsunelegend!

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5 minutes ago, Jazzyblaster said:

Glad to hear that you all are enjoying the Harekaze. Congrats on winning your battle, Kitsunelegend!

Please make it so I can buy a second one... It's the best all around IJN DD. Love mine.

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Harekaze is one of the best premiums if you just want something balanced. It's not stupidly overpowered, it's not ridiculously underpowered, it's simply a good ship with different options for different playstyles. You like to have a punch against DDs? Use the 100mm guns with IFHE. You like burning stuff down? Use the american 127mm guns with DE and AFT. You're only looking for a trainer and don't want to use a specialized build for this ship alone? Well, you can pick what you want, even the IJN 127mm guns, I won't judge... however i'd have to ask "But y tho?".

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This thread may have sold me on it...  I  had been holding off for T-61, but since it isn't coming soon, I may spring for it.

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1 hour ago, Kitsunelegend said:

Thats why I prefer the Harekaze honestly. I like having guns that are a threat. =P

 

I use the 152s as well. Regardless of having only 3 guns total, they're fairly good. Just dont get into a fight with an  American DD... they'll rip you apart like a chew toy unless you go in with all advantages... >.>

 

It's a bit of the porcupine defense. The other gunboats can probably kill you but it would be too painful.

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1 hour ago, bassmasta76 said:

This thread may have sold me on it...  I  had been holding off for T-61, but since it isn't coming soon, I may spring for it.

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I say go for it! Shes a great little bote, you wont regret it! =D

 

1 hour ago, CaptainTeddybear said:

 

It's a bit of the porcupine defense. The other gunboats can probably kill you but it would be too painful.

Maybe to a Benson or something lower tier, but to a Fletcher or a Gearing? You're basically a chew toy with the USN guns. Your best bet is to try and stay in stealth and run away/smoke up if you get caught by one of those.

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