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Upgrades: AA range or main gun accuracy?

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Hi all

 

From Tier 5, cruisers have an upgrade whose options are:

1.  AA Guns Modification 2 - increase range of AA armament by 20%

2.  Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 - -10% to Torp Tube repair time, +20% to Torp Tube traverse speed.

3.  Gun Fire Control System Modification 1 - increases main battery firing accuracy*

4.  Main Battery Modification 2 - +10% to main battery reload time, +15% to main battery traverse speed.**

 

*Accuracy boost is not stated anywhere in official descriptions but apparently the upgrade reduces dispersion by 7%.  The main stats do not change when you install the upgrade, however.

** Yes, the description is correct - you trade RoF for traverse speed.

 

To me, there's only two options - #1 - AA guns range and #3 - main battery accuracy.  Even on Japanese cruisers, torpedoes are a minor, hardly-used armament, and the boosts are to parameters that aren't too important anyway.  #4 - slower reload but faster traverse speed - isn't a pure boost but a trade-off, and I like my cruisers to maximize their RoF.  Besides, cruisers turret traverse speeds are generally pretty fast.  Battleships might find the upgrade useful though.

 

Now, which to go for: AA range or main gun accuracy?  I have the accuracy upgrade on my Cleveland and Omaha but I am starting to think that AA range might be better.  Have just bought the Furutaka and its main guns seems accurate enough without the upgrade.  With the Cleveland the accuracy upgrade might be a bit of a waste, with 12 guns and a high RoF you can afford to be a bit inaccurate - amongst that rain of shells something's bound to hit!

 

So right now I am starting to lean towards the AA upgrade rather than the accuracy upgrade.  Especially as AA defense is among cruisers' main roles, the developers won't tell us officially what the accuracy boost is for the main gain upgrade and in-game metrics do not improve with adding the accuracy upgrade.

 

Plus, I imagine the game becomes more aircraft-centric the higher up the tiers you go, so AA, and hence the AA upgrade, become more important as you climb the tiers.

 

Thoughts?  What upgrades are you running on your Tier 5+ cruisers?

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Alpha Tester
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AA gets knocked out fairly easily by HE shells, so anything that boosts your AA becomes less effectiveness unfortunately quickly, so usually I would go with upgrades that boost my primary guns.

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Super Tester
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Depends, really. Some cruisers could do with it. Most of the American cruiser line will benefit from the increased AA range. Some Japanese cruisers do (to an extent), such as Myoukou, but in general it's better to go with decreased dispersion.

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If your teams don't provide escorts then AAA  ...  if you are in Div where you can operate as intended then accuracy could be the way.

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Even if the 7% decrease to dispersion from Gun Fire Control Mod I translated into improving damage done per game by 1% then this would improve credits and xp much more than AA Guns Mod as shooting down planes nets very little in the way of xp/creds. Also the AA mod is only useful when there are CV's in game, while Gun Fire Control is always useful.

 

As to which mod improves your chances of winning, then that is going to be something that is very dependent on how you play the game and who your opponents are.

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For a BB I always take the AA/secondary increase. 20 percent increase with the basic fire training/advanced fire training captain skills make any ship a threat.


 

Id presume those two captains skills along with that mod on a cruiser would be brutal!

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Personally I went for accuracy on Cleveland. I think USN CA have very good and adequate AA, even without upgrades. shooting down wave and wave of airplane is very satisfactory, but I don't know how's the reward of doing it compared to raining shells on enemy ships.. anyone mind to enlighten me a bit? :P

 

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Personally I went for accuracy on Cleveland. I think USN CA have very good and adequate AA, even without upgrades. shooting down wave and wave of airplane is very satisfactory, but I don't know how's the reward of doing it compared to raining shells on enemy ships.. anyone mind to enlighten me a bit? :P

 

You don't really need accuracy when you have 12 guns....

 

Might as well strengthen something you are good at.

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