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July 03, 2019

ST: IFHE Shells and Plating Changes in World of Warships

IFHE Shells and Plating Changes

There will be a closed testing of changes to the Inertia Fuse for HE shells. Please note, that this is a test of a concept that will not necessarily be included into the game.
  • Plating of the central part for tier VI - VII cruisers is brought to the value of 25 mm. This will cause the ricochet of shells with a calibre up to 357 mm. If existing plating or armour belt is thicker than 25 mm, it won't be changed.
  • Plating of central part for tiers VIII - IX cruisers is brought to the value of 27 mm. This will cause the ricochet of shells with a calibre up to 386 mm. But battleships will still be able to penetrate ships' bow and aft ends, because only the plating of the central part is changed. If the existing plating or armour belt was thicker, it won't be changed.
  • Plating of central part for tier X cruisers is brought to the value of 30 mm. This will cause the ricochet of shells with calibre up to 429 mm. Armour belts thicker than 30 mm will not be changed.
  • Plating of bow and aft ends of cruisers with a calibre of main guns lower than 200 mm is made thinner than before: 13 mm for tiers VI - VII, 16 mm for tiers VIII - X.
  • For tiers VIII - X cruisers with 152 - 155 mm main calibre guns, the penetration of HE shells is brought to the value of 1/5 of the calibre. This will allow them to penetrate same tier cruisers.
  • Now, HE shells of most ships penetrate the armour, thinner than 1\6 of the calibre. This rule is changed from "lower" to "equal or lower". Thus 152 mm shells will penetrate 25 mm plating.
  • Plating of tiers VI - VII battleships is brought to the value of 26 mm. This will keep interactions within the class, and between classes, intact considering changes to the HE shells penetration: 152 mm with penetration of 1/6 of the calibre won't penetrate the new plating of 26 mm.
  • Inertial Fuse for HE shells skill is increasing the penetration of HE shells by 20% and lowers the probability of causing fire by 50%.
Changes to plating will make tiers VI - IX cruisers a bit more resistant to the battleships fire when angled properly and will encourage good positioning, similarly to tier X cruisers.
Changes of HE penetration will allow us to unify the interaction of classes: cruisers will always penetrate same tier cruisers with HE shells even without Inertia Fuse. Using this skill on cruisers with 150-155 mm guns will be able to penetrate same tier battleships.

IMPORTANT! Because the information in this Article is tentative and reflects the state of game development at the time of its publication. Changes and new features may be removed entirely or implemented differently by the time the update goes live. Screenshots, specific values of certain characteristics, and details of in-game mechanics will not necessarily be relevant after the finalised information is released.