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question about proper in game ammo usage

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so basicly it depends on the power of the ship gun in comparison to the armor thickness of the in game ship your fighting against??

 

Basically,

 

very thinly armored ship, very big gun? shoot HE

 

Very thickly armored ship, very small gun, shoot HE!!

 

Very thickly armored ship, very big gun? this here gets harder, as you'r never gonna pen a Yamato for eg. within his immunity range with a 14" gun.....

 

Though as a general rule of thumb, shoot AP in the third case, and by all means, shoot ap at cruisers, from anything other than DDs, and low tier cruisers you can shoot ap from DDs and do good damage....

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Rule of thumb (for 90% of the cases, some exceptions apply, I won't go into them here, you'll learn most of them by trying)

 

If you are playing a

Destroyer: Always shot HE at everything (or don't shoot to stay undetected)

Cruiser, shoot AP at other cruisers of same tier or below, HE at everything else

Battleship, shoot AP at battleships and cruisers, HE at destroyers

Carrier, carriers don't have guns :)

 

When you are shooting HE, aim for the superstructure/deck, not the side armor, biggest chance for damage + fire.

When shooting AP, aim for citadels (for most ships, there are located under the big chimneys at the water line level, you can find most citadels on ships by searching google). If your shooting arc is  mostly straight (most battleships), aim direct at the waterline to penetrate side armor, if you have big arcs (most cruisers), try pluging fire on the deck, AP will bounce off side armor due to big angle but will penetrate deck.

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so basicly it depends on the power of the ship gun in comparison to the armor thickness of the in game ship your fighting against??

 

And the relative tiers. And the angle of the ship you're shooting at. And the range.

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so basicly it depends on the power of the ship gun in comparison to the armor thickness of the in game ship your fighting against??

 

In a nut shell yes,

 

If you AP shell is to weak to penetrate use HE.

If you AP shell is to Powerful and goes through the hull and out the otherside use HE.

Otherwise use AP..   

 

A simple guide to start with, as with all things there are exceptions..   but hat basic rule of thumb will help you for a while..

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