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My personal Tips on playing BBs effectively

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I've been playing this game for a long time since closed alpha testing.  I just wanted to share some tips on how to effectively play BBs based on the common things I keep seeing in battles.  These are my tips and my playstyle.  I tend to lean more towards the aggressive side and I will offer varying advice when it comes to the unique characteristics of playing IJN and USN BBs. 

 

1. Don't hang in the back of the map.  In general when I play a battleship, my  #1 goal is to follow and support my cruisers.  Cruisers are the offensive workhorse of the fleet (and defensive depending on situation).  I like to soften up targets for them to score a kill.   This is easier to do in an IJN BB since their speed is good compared to USN BBs.  I play USN BBs (tiers 3 to 7) close to caps and more defensive in playstyle.

 

2. For BB players you dont get XP for kills you get the majority of XP on TOTAL DAMAGE INFLICTED! I once scored 2 kills in a battle and scored 20k damage and only managed to get 1500xp.  In another game I inflicted 171,000 damage and scored 2 kills and got 3400 xp.   

 

3.  Domination mode tips:  Always let DDs and fast cruisers cap. If you're playing a IJN BB, again, follow your cruisers to the capping point.  You can expect to be target #1, but that's okay, you have HP restore and your cruisers are left alone to take out the attacking party.  Being a BB is similar to being a TANK role in MMORPGS.  You take the hits for the team to get their objectives done. 

As a USN BB (or IJN BB), I like to travel between 2 capping points to offer defense for cappers and to defend a cap if its needed. Or if u have good AA defense, hopefully your CV is smart enough to move with the fleet and take advantage of your AA defense.

 

4.  Don't be afraid of absorbing damage.  I shake my head every time I see a BB charge in and then run away when a cruiser lands a shot on him.  You're not a destroyer with paper thin armor.  You're a beast of the open seas!  Earn the respect of your cruiser by softening their targets!  They will repay your efforst by keeping DDs off your back.  Earn the respect of your CV players by killing their pursuers (a fast cruiser or DD)

 

5. Invest credits into getting Rudder Shift Time reduction (available at Tier 6 and some premiums)! When dealing with those pesky airplanes.  Do your best to aim your bow at the oncoming torp bombers as soon as you see them.  If thats not possible, then your stern (IN a US BB this is really annoying to DD and CV players cuz of your tight turns)!  This will give you a chance to dodge torp attacks.  Always ask for cruiser escort from a division mate or team mate.  If they refuse, buddy up with another battleship to increase your chance of survival. 

 

6.  Don't use any repairs until all airplanes and DDs are done attacking you!  Save that repair module until the coast is almost clear or between DD's torp reloads.

 

7.  Leading your shots and aiming.  Aim for the waterline of your target and pray to the gods of luck that your shells dont straddle the target.  Fire one turret at a time if you're not sure of landing a hit while leading with your reticle.  If you're far (13 to 19 km away), lead the reticle by one boat length if its a fast BB or cruiser.  IF you're close to a large target (8 to 11) aim at or close to the bow of the ship.

 

8.  HOLD CTRL then click on a close DD to focus fire your secondaries.  Only Hold CTRL then click on Torpedo Bombers to focus your AA guns.  

 

9.  Don't chase after carriers (unless they're the Langley or Bogue), if you spot a carrier and if its in range of your guns start unloading HE to set its deck on fire!  Let your faster cruisers and DDs give chase if they're closer!  I usually pull away from harrassing a CV and back into the main battle once I know my cruisers/DDs will finish it off.  

 

10.  You are hurting your team if you are in the back of the map and sniping at max range.  Why hang back and only miss your targets?  Get in there with your cruisers, fellow BBs, and start putting the hurt on the enemy!  Steal kills from your CV player!  Do something!  Don't hang back and start blaming the team if you're losing the battle.

 

11.  HE or AP?  HE for DDs, CVs, and weak armored cruisers like Pensacola, Aoba.  AP for Cruisers and Battleships.

 

Got anymore questions or additional tips?  Please feel free to ask and I will make sure to answer them on this thread.

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Great tips for sure!

 

I'd just add one more tip:

 

When attacking a bunch of cruisers in a BB, I suggest switching to AP.  I've gotten several single shot kills via citadel kills. :D

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Great tips for sure!

 

I'd just add one more tip:

 

When attacking a bunch of cruisers in a BB, I suggest switching to AP.  I've gotten several single shot kills via citadel kills. :D

 

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I've been playing this game for a long time since closed alpha testing.  I just wanted to share some tips on how to effectively play BBs based on the common things I keep seeing in battles.  These are my tips and my playstyle.  I tend to lean more towards the aggressive side and I will offer varying advice when it comes to the unique characteristics of playing IJN and USN BBs. 

 

1. Don't hang in the back of the map.  In general when I play a battleship, my  #1 goal is to follow and support my cruisers.  They are the offensive workhorse of the fleet (and defensive depending on situation).  I like to soften up targets for them to score a kill.   This is easier to do in an IJN BB since their speed is good compared to USN BBs.  I play USN BBs (tiers 3 to 7) close to caps and more defensive in playstyle.

 

2. For BB players you dont get XP for kills you get the majority of XP on TOTAL DAMAGE INFLICTED! I once scored 2 kills in a battle and scored 20k damage and only managed to get 1500xp.  In another game I inflicted 171,000 damage and scored 2 kills and got 3400 xp.   

 

4.  Don't be afraid of absorbing damage.  I shake my head every time I see a BB charge in and then run away when a cruiser lands a shot on him.  You're not a destroyer with paper thin armor.  You're a beast of the open seas!  Earn the respect of your cruiser by softening their targets!  They will repay your efforst by keeping DDs off your back.  Earn the respect of your CV players by killing their pursuers (a fast cruiser or DD)

 

6.  Don't use any repairs until all airplanes and DDs are done attacking you!  Save that repair module until the coast is almost clear or between DD's torp reloads.

 

1. It depend on style of each ppl

2. U need 8x more damage for x2 exp. U can earn the same with x2-x3 kills.

4. After onfire for 1st-2 hit they hit u. If u continue to go on they'll burn u to death.

6. Depend on situation. If u have lke 2 fires+ torp hit+  broken steering, engine, repair is a must in hard time

 

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1. It depend on style of each ppl

2. U need 8x more damage for x2 exp. U can earn the same with x2-x3 kills.

4. After onfire for 1st-2 hit they hit u. If u continue to go on they'll burn u to death.

6. Depend on situation. If u have lke 2 fires+ torp hit+  broken steering, engine, repair is a must in hard time

 

 

Yeah, I tend to be more aggressive minded and dont hang around in the back too much.  These are just my personal tips.  I prefer to play IJN bbs in general because I like their speed and range.  I dont like the Izumo or Myogi.  What do you prefer to play?

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Learn to play at win "Chicken" I can not tell you how many times I have pushed a flank in a BB. Pick your fight and push. +1 to the op

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11.  HE or AP?  HE for DDs, CVs, and weak armored cruisers like Pensacola, Aoba.  AP for Cruisers and Battleships.

 

 

Ill agree with the DD part but pensacolas and Aobas have huge citadels and should always be shot with AP Id rather kill a ship in one salvo then setting him on fire and taking shots in return

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Ill agree with the DD part but pensacolas and Aobas have huge citadels and should always be shot with AP Id rather kill a ship in one salvo then setting him on fire and taking shots in return

 

Aww but I want to toy with them a little...:(
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