I wrote this information as a result of I observed that a variety of the knowledge out there to EN gamers was missing intimately or rigor, outdated, or mere copy-pastes of older guides containing comparable issues. Moreover, there’s a wealth of data in Chinese language boards and wikis that EN gamers have not likely been uncovered to. That is my try to unravel these issues, with a information on HMS groups written from the bottom up, tailor-made solely for the EN meta.
1:1: A fleet with one ship within the frontline and one ship within the backline, sometimes a BB. Different counts can be utilized with the “<back>:<front>” format. Be sure you keep away from confusion with the “World <chapter>-<sub-chapter>” format.
Barrage: Activation of a ship’s talent
BC: Battlecruiser. Falls underneath the Battleship sort.
BM: Monitor. Falls beneath the Battleship sort.
CA: Heavy cruiser. Counts as a cruiser.
CL: Mild cruiser. Counts as a cruiser.
CVL: Mild Service. Falls beneath the Service sort.
Gunboat: Any cruiser with a secondary gun as an alternative of torpedoes.
HMS: Her Majesty’s Ship. Identifies ships belonging to the Royal Navy.
LB: Restrict break. Often formatted “LB<level>” or “MLB” for the third restrict break.
Proc: A verb for talent activation.
QE: Queen Elizabeth
RNG: Random quantity generator. Refers to a random or stochastic course of.
Shelling: Activation of a BB’s essential weapons
USS: United States Ship. Identifies ships belonging to the Eagle Union.
All through this information, I will probably be utilizing a really particular vocabulary to how we organize our ships. Under is a diagram displaying how these ships are organized within the Particulars display and in battle. Once I write out groups, I’ll write them out as they’re organized within the Particulars display.
The flagship suffers probably the most injury from enemy planes, barrages, and stray torpedoes. Additionally it is a defeat situation for PVE. So we sometimes need to place a sturdy ship right here. On the similar time, it’s the least weak to suicide ships in PVE and enemy HMS groups in PVP. Prime and backside flank are interchangeable. There’s a slight oddity to how far Hood’s talent reaches within the prime slot although.
Mileage might range based mostly on the RNG, however the tank suffers probably the most injury, particularly from torpedoes, as a result of it’s in entrance whereas shifting towards the enemy. The off-tank suffers the second most injury as a result of it’s in entrance whereas shifting away from the enemy. The help suffers the least injury till the ship within the tank slot dies, after which it suffers the larger injury between the 2 remaining ships by succeeding the tank.
Ships by Development Time
Listing of Ships by Stats
Gear Drop Desk
Observe additionally that each one pictures on this information both have a hyperlink under them or embedded inside them.
HMS PVE is extraordinarily robust as a result of numerous farmable, high-synergy ships with wonderful sturdiness and defenses towards each air assaults and suicide boats. The ship pool can even make some nice 1:1 or 2:1 groups together with some assist from their USS buddies.
HMS PVE closely depends on sluggish BBs, so you’ll want to all the time convey an SG Radar on one in every of your backline ships. This significantly improves the effectivity and velocity of your clears.
You need to have a Queen Elizabeth to make an HMS PVE staff. Apart from this, there are not any different necessities.
Observe that the tier construction is predicated on relevance to HMS groups within the present meta and never the person capabilities of every ship or any future content material. It is very important underscore that Tier 2 and three ships usually are not strictly worse than Tier zero or 1 ships. The truth is, they could be your strongest ships; in that case, you need to use them–the identical applies for any ship not listed right here. Lastly, notice that Tier three accommodates low-oil value ships which might be greatest for farming.
HMS DDs are very weak in PVE as a consequence of a scarcity of synergy. We’ll principally be utilizing oil environment friendly USS options.
They’re 1 Oil cheaper than a Fletcher frontline, however rather more sturdy with their Phoenix-like self-healing talent. Nice for low value clear groups. Very poor injury output, although that turns into much less necessary as you progress within the recreation and achieve entry to stronger backline ships.
I might hold an LB0 pair of those for low value farming; use them in a 1:2 workforce with Terror/Erebus and afterward, Rodney/Nelson (or perhaps Pennsylvania). Remember to get an additional pair to LB2 to earn Pearl Tears from the Tears of Pearl Harbor assortment. Then retire them, since they’re ineffective at LB2.
Fletcher, Aulick/Foote/Spence, Charles Ausburne, Thatcher
In case you are new, it is best to construct Fletchers, as they’re the usual for World 1 to three farming. The thought is to squadron Fletcher with one or two of her Widespread sister DDs. Fletcher has two expertise that buff their Firepower (twice), Torpedo, Evasion, and Reload.
Charles Ausburne and Thatcher are the Uncommon options to Aulick, Foote, and Spence. I sometimes advocate solely the Widespread Fletchers, however Charles Ausburne has a really robust Velocity and Evasion buff that has a four% probability to proc upon firing. Thatcher is ineffective, however LB2 her for the gathering anyway.
Notice that Fletchers are a purely transitional ship. When you get a whole set, you need to degree them to 30 and get them to LB2 to earn the Beaver Squad Tag from the Little Beaver Squadron assortment. Retire them after that.
Mild Cruiser (CL)
CLs are the workhorses of any frontline, and HMS groups have entry to a few of the greatest defensive CLs within the meta.
It’s stated that Belfast can go on any staff–and for good cause. Wonderful all-around stats and her Smokescreen make her a really robust decide, particularly when paired with different escorts. Her HE weapons are additionally no slouch; Triple 155mm is usually considered inferior to Twin 150mm TbtsK, however stacking bonuses from talent, armor varieties, and burn injury permits Belfast to clear chaff in a short time.
Edinburgh is a wonderful tank, however her mediocre injury limits her usefulness in PVE outdoors of guide play. Cruisers extra like Suffolk Kai, which have a lot quicker clear speeds, are a lot better options for now. Additionally, make sure you observe that she is a construction-only Elite ship, so like Belfast, it might be awhile earlier than you get her.
Leander Kai is the glue that holds HMS cruiser frontlines collectively resulting from her smoke talent and bonus Firepower for all cruisers. Pair her with Suffolk Kai to make extremely robust 1:2 or 2:2 groups.
Phoenix is the nigh unkillable USS tank. Nice for 1:1 groups. I might not likely use her for some other objective although, as you can also make stronger pairs with the HMS CLs. Stack HP to maximise the consequences of her Pink Phoenix.
Heavy Cruiser (CA)
Though CAs are just about the least aggressive class as a consequence of their mediocre sturdiness and lack of Evasion, HMS groups have entry to one of many solely good ones.
Norfolk is a subpar model of Edinburgh that trades Evasion (which is boosted by QE and Smokescreen) for a defend talent (which isn’t). Nevertheless, she is farmable and features with nearly zero funding in her expertise, which makes her good for brand spanking new gamers. After you exchange her, she will nonetheless be used for low value farming or filling in Onerous mode necessities, so maintain her LB1 (to unlock her talent).
Make her your tank in order that her defend can eat bullets. Get the Little Beaver Tag on her, since she lacks Evasion like most CAs.
Suffolk has the very best Firepower of all escorts within the recreation. When partnered with Leander Kai and Queen Elizabeth, after her Full Firepower procs, her Firepower grows to a monstrous 417 (earlier than gear). With a 25% probability to shoot twice on prime of that, she simply outputs extra injury together with her single gun than most gunboats do with two.
Some dock her factors as a result of she has torpedoes as an alternative of a second gun, which lacks synergy together with her expertise, however I don’t assume this can be a very robust argument. In any case, she has a better Torpedo stat than Takao.
Be sure you equip her with Evasion and make her your help to enhance her survival time.
HMS groups have entry to one of the best BBs within the recreation bar none.
Word that nearly each single BB has an SG Radar in its beneficial gear desk. I all the time advocate your PVE groups convey one for the talent, which helps keep away from ambushes, however make sure to solely deliver one. In any other case, convey an Autoloader; base Hit should be adequate to deal with most NPCs within the present meta.
Backline BBs with all-time low Oil prices. Nice for farming Worlds 1 to four. Nevertheless, they do work greatest within the flagship place because of the sample of their barrage. However watch out, Screens are fragile, with Mild armor and escort ranges of HP.
I might undoubtedly advocate levelling each Erebus and Terror, as they will each be used to guard CVs from suicide boats.
Monstrous stats with a tremendous talent that’s each offensive and supportive. Construct her for procs and watch her barrage wipe whole waves and improve your complete backline’s Reload by 40%. Ideally, she ought to all the time be your flagship in PVE to maximise the variety of enemies hit by her barrage.
Nelson and Rodney are the usual for BBs, with Heavy armor, an enormous HP pool, CL weapons for clearing suicide boats, and a strong barrage. Nice for low value 1:1 farming groups.
I might undoubtedly advocate levelling each Nelson and Rodney, because the pair of them at LB1, not more than LB2, in two separate 1:1 fleets can clear all the present content material for reasonable.
Queen Elizabeth (AKA QE)
The ship that makes HMS groups attainable. QE is a run-of-the-mill BB with a command talent that buffs each seen stat on HMS ships apart from HP, together with her personal. This command talent stacks with all others, leading to some ridiculous stat totals.
Regardless of having the very best unmodified Firepower within the recreation, Warspite is sadly not the perfect for PVE. Her Oil value is as excessive as may be, and her talent is unreliable as a result of it typically nukes ineffective targets. She could be good for bosses although.
To stability out the superb BBs, I suppose HMS groups don’t have a lot in the best way of CV choices in the intervening time. Nevertheless, those that they do have undoubtedly will stand out sooner or later.
Ark Royal is the only choice for an offensive HMS CV. Nevertheless, she is quite underwhelming in the intervening time. She depends closely on torpedo bombers to deal injury, however as a result of these aerial torpedoes are launched in two separate volleys, they typically miss even slowed targets. Thus, most BBs and Ranger Kai can simply out-damage her, even towards bosses. Nevertheless, future content material will make her much more highly effective in boss fights, so don’t hand over on her but.
Ark Royal is the one CV that I might advocate utilizing the aimed torpedo bombers on for PVE. This is because of her talent’s sluggish, which reduces the prospect of a complete miss. (Though her talent specifies the mediocre Swordfish, it really works with any torpedo bomber)
Illustrious (AKA Lusty)
Illustrious is a defensively oriented HMS CV with double fighters and a talent that gives an HP defend in your escorts. As is the case with Ark Royal, future content material will make her much more related to PVE.
Ranger Kai (AKA RNGer)
Ranger Kai is well-known for her sheer injury output means. With double dive bombers and a torpedo bomber in addition to wonderful efficiencies because of her retrofit, she is a really robust CVL choice at any level within the recreation.
Some may marvel why I like to recommend Ranger, however not Enterprise. It’s as a result of there isn’t a cause why I might ever run Enterprise in an HMS group. CVs wrestle towards suicide boats, so that you just about should pair them with a BB. Nevertheless, a maxed Ranger prices 9 Oil, which is identical as LB1 Lv80 Enterprise, all whereas dealing injury similar to maxed Enterprise.
One of the best help CVL within the recreation can also be an HMS ship. Generally paired with QE and a cruiser frontline to stack her Reload buff with QE and Leander Kai’s.
Many deliver the A6M5 Zero to scale back the cooldown of her air strike as little as attainable. Nevertheless, I sometimes advocate the A7M Reppuu as an alternative. Going from 500lb to 100lb bombs is a big drop in injury, and Unicorn is useful in clearing.
Yorktown has a self-heal like many different USS ships, which makes her a superb low-cost choice for filling in Arduous mode necessities. Equip her for sturdiness and maintain her LB0 to maximise worth.
HMS is among the strongest choices within the present meta for PVP and can stay so for fairly a while. However why? This is a vital query as a result of with out a solution, it is going to be inconceivable to meaningfully consider the ships out there to us.
My thesis is straightforward: HMS is highly effective due to an enormous stat benefit and the power to snipe enemy backline ships with barrages.
The best way it accomplishes that is by putting Hood and Warspite on the highest and backside flanks and setting QE because the flagship. BBs and CVs usually simply shell random targets. However as a result of Hood’s talent all the time lands on the closest backline ship and Warspite’s talent all the time lands on the furthest ship from her, their expertise will all the time assault the identical goal when they’re on the flanks. That is big, as a result of your backline will probably be killing one enemy ship twice as quick the enemy can kill any one in every of yours. And as soon as a ship is sunk, there’s a direct drop-off in injury output. Mix the 3v2 state of affairs with the stat benefit, and you may see in a short time that the prospect of an inevitable victory grows the longer an Train drags on.
As you’ll be able to see right here, the BB backline is just about obligatory. There isn’t a actual level to enjoying HMS in PVP with out that backline as a result of different fleets can deal rather more injury and quicker.
Tier 1 ships are your aggressive frontline choices. The 2 main compositions are cruisers (Edinburgh + Leander Kai + Belfast) and defensive most cancers (Juneau + Fortune + Belfast).
Tiers 2 accommodates some substitutes for if you lack Tier zero or 1 choices. I don’t anticipate the groups utilizing these to be aggressive although.
DDs don’t have a really outstanding position in HMS fleets. That is for quite a lot of causes. The primary is that there merely aren’t very many good ones. The second is that the HMS frontline synergies are principally between Cruisers. Lastly, as a result of the backline depends so closely on BBs, you want robust defensive expertise to make up for the loss in AA.
The HMS cockroach. She has the very best Evasion within the recreation, Emergency Evasion, and Smokescreen. Her solely draw back is that she doesn’t actually synergize with anybody else. Certainly, she just about competes with the a lot stronger Leander Kai for the help slot.
Cygnet Kai must be made your help as a result of she is extremely troublesome to kill the longer the Train drags on. Take Pearl and the Extinguisher for the most effective survivability; DDs don’t profit as a lot from Toolkits because of their small HP pool.
Just like Cygnet in that she’s kind of a cockroach. Nevertheless, she trades her Smokescreen for Flank Protection, which reduces the injury taken by your backline by 15%. This can be a big deal as a result of it applies an efficient 118% multiplier to the already large HP swimming pools of HMS BBs. This impact solely compounds with therapeutic results like Juneau’s Martyr and Pearl Tears.
All the time make Fortune Kai your help to maximise her uptime. Oxygen Torpedo helps her output some respectable injury. Except for that, stack HP on her.
Mild Cruiser (CL)
In PVP groups, the escort’s job is to outlive, and HMS has entry to a few of the greatest defensive CLs within the meta. The most secure formations use two CLs with a DD or CA sandwiched in between. By default, they need to all have Restore Toolkit and Anti-Torpedo Bulge hooked up; if the enemy makes use of Belfast or gunboats, a Hearth Extinguisher could also be warranted.
Belfast can fill any position, however serves greatest as an offtank in PVP. In transitional groups, Belfast could also be utilized in lieu of Edinburgh as a tank. She’s very versatile.
Juneau is the cornerstone of most defensive frontlines in PVP because of her mixture of above common sturdiness, sky excessive AA, and rage-inducing team-healing talent. Though she just isn’t an HMS ship, this truly serves as a plus for her. See, her objective is two-fold: 1) Repel early air strikes. 2) Die at round 30-45 seconds to heal your group to full.
All the time make Juneau your tank. Improve her sturdiness with gadgets like Anti-Torpedo Bulge and Beaver Squad Tag; Restore Toolkit can also be good, however as a result of she is predicted to die comparatively shortly, you gained’t get as a lot mileage out of it. By no means put Pearl Tears on her. There’s a very actual hazard of over-healing if she dies too early.
Edinburgh is probably the most sturdy cruiser within the recreation on a group with QE, Belfast, and Leander. She is nearly all the time your tank. The one exceptions are in case you are operating Juneau and/or want an alternative to Belfast. Observe that she is construction-only. Norfolk is a farmable substitute till you get her.
Simply as in PVE, Leander Kai is the glue that holds HMS cruiser frontlines collectively as a result of her Smokescreen and command talent for all cruisers. When paired with Belfast, your escorts might be shielded from each the preliminary torpedo salvo and Akaga’s quickened air strike.
Leander Kai is usually sandwiched between Edinburgh and Belfast as a help. Give her an Air Radar; Hearth Extinguisher is most popular in case you are up towards a BB backline. In transitional groups, Leander could also be utilized in lieu of Belfast as an offtank. In that case, give her Pearl Tears.
Heavy Cruiser (CA)
The aim of an HMS frontline in PVP is to remain alive for so long as attainable. For this objective, Norfolk is a subpar model of Edinburgh that trades Evasion (which is boosted by QE and Smokescreen) for a defend talent (which isn’t). Nevertheless, she is farmable and features with nearly zero funding in her expertise, which makes her good for brand spanking new gamers. After you exchange her, she will nonetheless be used for low value farming, so hold her LB1 (when she unlocks her talent).
Make her your tank in order that her defend can eat bullets. Get the Little Beaver Tag on her for those who aren’t operating Suffolk Kai.
Suffolk has the very best Firepower of all escorts within the recreation. When partnered with Leander Kai and Queen Elizabeth, her Firepower grows to a monstrous 417 (earlier than gear) after her Full Firepower procs. With a 25% probability to shoot twice on prime of that, she simply outputs extra injury together with her single gun than most gunboats do with two.
Some dock her factors because of the presence of torpedoes, which lack synergy together with her expertise, however I don’t assume this can be a very robust argument. In any case, she has a better Torpedo stat than Takao.
As with all CAs, sturdiness is her Achille’s heel. This drawback is worse in PVP than in PVE. Make sure you equip her with Evasion and make her your help to enhance her survival time.
Monstrous stats with a tremendous talent that’s each offensive and supportive. Certainly, most of Hood’s injury comes from her barrage, which offers large injury to the enemy backline reverse of her. And the 40% Reload bonus improves your complete backline’s Reload.
Don’t make the error of all the time making Hood your flagship, even when the opponent’s flagship is Enterprise. That may be a technique discovered on different groups that doesn’t even work all too properly on HMS groups. All the time place her on the flank reverse your Warspite in addition to reverse your opponent’s most weak flanking ship.
Nelson and Rodney can function respectable flagships for brand spanking new gamers in each PVE and PVP. It is extremely straightforward to degree them via Train. As with Hood, most of their injury comes from their talent barrage, however it will be a mistake to go all-in on it.
Queen Elizabeth (AKA QE)
Within the aggressive backline, Queen Elizabeth serves as your flagship. As a result of this place is on the biggest danger of being hit by bombs and torpedoes, sturdiness is a premium. QE has large HP and horrible Luck (a hidden stat), so enhancing her Evasion is one of the simplest ways to go about this. Hit is the second precedence.
When QE is positioned in your flanks, you may be getting probably the most out of her shelling by maximizing Hit. Nevertheless, this could solely occur for transitional groups.
Warspite has a strong talent barrage that offers AP injury and is assured to crit. When positioned on the other flank of Hood, Warspite’s barrage might be hitting the identical goal as Hood. Sometimes, it would be best to goal the least sturdy goal, particularly a CV or CVL. The thought is to knock somebody out of their backline instantly and simply let sheer numbers do the remaining. Keep in mind, CVs deal probably the most injury after your escort dies, so eliminating them early defangs them.
Warspite the very best unmodified Firepower within the recreation and wishes to enhance her mediocre BB Hit. This implies SG Radar or 2x Hearth Management Radar
As a result of HMS PVP groups rely closely on BBs, CVs are just about all the time going to be substitutes.
Observe that each CV ought to have a Drop Tank. It’s because in PVP, when planes attain the top of the map, they kamikaze, dealing injury to a random backline ship. Remaining HP figures closely into the injury dealt.
Ark Royal is the only choice for an offensive HMS CV. Nevertheless, she is somewhat underwhelming in the mean time. She depends closely on torpedo bombers to deal injury, however as a result of these aerial torpedoes are launched in two separate volleys, they typically miss even slowed targets. Thus, most different backline choices shall be superior for even a transitional staff.
One essential factor to notice is that though her talent specifies the mediocre Swordfish, it really works with any torpedo bomber.
Enterprise is a balanced CV with a strong defensive and offensive self-buff. Nevertheless, her full lack of synergy with the remainder of the HMS workforce limits her solely to solely transitional groups and even then, you would wish to spend money on her talent.
Illustrious (AKA Lusty)
Illustrious is a defensively oriented HMS CV with double fighters and a talent that gives an HP defend on your escorts. As is the case with Ark Royal, future content material will make her much more related to PVE.
Ranger Kai (AKA RNGer)
Ranger Kai is well-known for her sheer injury output potential. With double dive bombers and a torpedo bomber in addition to wonderful efficiencies because of her retrofit, she is a really robust CVL choice for a transitional workforce, maybe even higher than Enterprise for this objective since you don’t want to take a position a lot in her expertise for her to be efficient. Moreover, two waves of aircraft are a lot stronger in PVP than 2x air strike injury due to kamikaze injury.
Instance PVP Groups
Typical HMS group. QE and Leander enhance the Firepower of the frontline; Edinburgh and Belfast each have injury multipliers on their respective major weapons. Leander and Belfast double smoke to stop an Akaga blowout.
HMS most cancers group. When Juneau dies, she heals your complete group by 25%. When Fortune dies, she heals the complete staff by 10% on prime of decreasing the backline injury acquired. Altogether, you’re massively growing the efficient HP of the backline, which provides Hood and Warspite time to barrage the enemy backline.
Some individuals level out that Belfast makes use of the Oxygen Torpedo higher than Fortune, however I feel switching would end in a case of optimum ship, sub-optimal group. It’s because Fortune advantages greater than Belfast by having Pearl’s HP, and Belfast advantages extra from Fortune dying second to heal her. The thing of the frontline, in any case, is to remain alive so long as attainable to repel air strikes and the enemy escorts.
This group is 100% farmable and most of its elements are useable nicely into late recreation. Good for when it is advisable use Train to degree up ships. Hold Norfolk and Nelson LB1 although.
AA is a really complicated and but, extraordinarily essential topic for HMS PVP. It’s because we lack aggressive CVs and rely solely on our AA weapons to defend ourselves from the CVs that dominate the non-HMS meta.
Thankfully, we’ve got an enormous benefit in our across-the-board 15% buff to AA and Reload. It’s because in contrast to different fight, AA output is a staff effort.
Every ship has its personal AA injury. That is probably the most simple of the calculations as a result of it’s just like how Firepower is calculated:
shipAADamage = gearDamage * shipEfficiency * (100 + shipAA * (1 + skillAABonuses))/100 * zero.525
So every level of AA will increase AA injury by 1%. Nevertheless, one distinction is that your AA weapons will deal anyplace from 5% to 100% of their injury at random; that final fixed is the typical of zero.05 and 1.
Your complete workforce shares a single AA vary; it’s visually displayed as an enormous circle round your escorts and all weapons solely goal enemies inside this circle, INCLUDING THOSE OF YOUR BACKLINE. When your escort dies, the circle shifts to round your flagship.
It’s the common of your ships’ AA weapons’ vary:
teamRange = sum(gearRange) / numberOfShips
Observe that CVs and ships with out AA weapons nonetheless rely towards the group’s AA vary utilizing some (very low) hidden base worth.
AA Reload Time
Your complete staff shares a single AA reload time; your whole weapons will concurrently hearth at targets contained in the circle.
It’s the common of your ships’ last reload occasions:
shipReloadTime = gearReloadTime * (200 / (100 + shipReload * (1 + skillReloadBonuses)))^zero.5
teamReloadTime = sum(shipReloadTime) / numberOfShips
So every level of Reload beneath 100 is an growing marginal penalty; every level over 100 is a diminishing marginal bonus.
As with Vary, observe that CVs and ships with out AA weapons nonetheless rely towards the workforce’s AA reload time utilizing some (very poor) hidden base worth.
Simply inform me what AA weapons to make use of!
Here’s a desk with the 10 highest DPS AA weapons with 25 or extra vary
- Extra mathematically inclined customers may also think about AA weapons with vary 20-24, however I took them out of consideration to simplify decision-making
- These weapons are ranked left to proper from greatest to worst for injury, however you’ll need to stability the weapons for vary
- DDs, CVLs, and Belfast are all good candidates for Twin 113mm
- I’m not positive if this rating holds true for non-HMS ships, given they’ve roughly 15% much less AA and Reload throughout the board
Merely give your ships weapons from this desk. For those who want it spelled out step-by-step:
- Rank your 6 ships from greatest to worst by their AA stat
- Make sure you keep in mind QE’s buff, Anti-Air Mode, and kit
- Decide the ship with the perfect AA stat and, based mostly on the ship’s class, give it one of the best gun from its row within the desk
- I don’t advocate taking greater than two Pom Pom weapons (I’ve highlighted their borders with dashed strains) on a single workforce; they’ve “only” 25 vary
- Repeat with the ship with the second, third, and so on. greatest AA stat