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i thought i start a thread on those who intend to grind the PR directives and finish.  Sharing tips and tricks, and time taken.

 

Directive 2
finished using 33 random battles and 7 coops. I run premium time (bought it last year when they had the year long sale - so its for long run benefits). Bought a Gorizia and had 20 battles on it to complete the 4 missions. Following that, i used cruisers only in randoms and coops - T10 Salem, Des Moines , Zao and Smolensk to get the fires, citadels and torps needed to hit 150 ribbons. There is synergy with the Cruiser exp because Goriza grind gave me about 70k exp. Using flags on the T10s, this qucikly brought me past the 135K cruiser experience needed for the last mission to complete directive. I could have completed faster but i had a few lousy games in Zao and Des Moines with potatos..

total gaming time spent: 8am-11.15am, lunch, 1pm to 4.30pm (6.5 hours)

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Wow that's fast.

I am working over the next few days so the earliest I would finish Directive 2 is probably Thursday or Friday.

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To put it into perspective, some people have to work 8 hours to fund the boosters, sleep 8 hours so they can work the 8 hours without the risk of being unemployed. So that leaves us 6.5 hours of 8 hours remaining to play wows. This is not factoring commuting into that 8 hours of work.

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2 hours ago, F14TomcatRIO said:

6.5 hours

good job fellow singaporean

i am looking forward for you to complete the last few directive tips

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4 hours ago, Gummilicious said:

good job fellow singaporean

i am looking forward for you to complete the last few directive tips

it will be a grindfest

Here is my own strategy for the grind, with what ships i have. I have plenty of flags and camos accumalated over the last 4 years, hence it might be a little unfair to the newer gamers. But, i have done the below based on my personal skill level. 49% wr hahahah i am average not unicum nor potato.

Directive 3. up to 40 Coop games and 25 random battles

For those with Gorizia - grind the 4 missions. There is synergy with the 48K base cruiser xp. I estimate with flags and good games, i could finish in 25 Random battles with the Gorizia. Make up any shortfall of dmg with coop mission. For the remainder of the cruiser xp, play COOP with cruisers to get 130 citadels or torpedoes.  Good to have UK , german and Japan line for doing both ribbons at the same time, US Des monines and high tier soviet line works well too for citadels.  Assuming 3-6 of the needed ribbons per game, you are looking at 40-20 coop games (about 400 to 200minutes (6 hours to 3 hours) if each game is 10mins

get the remainder balance of the 48k cruiser xp through Random PVP battles.  and you are done with the 6 missions needed.

 

For Directive 4.  100 Random battles

its impossible to aim for 950k xp or 9,3 million damage. These should be "by the way" kind of goals.
instead, focus on 5 countries to grind 27K base xp.

For me, i am still mid tier for CA, BB and DD lines for German, Russian, French, Italy, and Pan Asia.   This means that i can take the opportunity to grind up my T6, T7 to T8 and beyond, which will be very important and useful for the later Directives.  27K base means about 20 battles per country (1.2k xp per battle), for total of 4 countries. 80 battles. you won't win all and won't lose all either, and each might be 10 to 20mins long depending if you die early or drag out. If you die early, dont waste time, move onto another country's ship. If you are bottom tiered, there is an advantage by hitting higher tier ships-  thats just the mechanics of how xp works.


I also have 1.5million spare Free XP. Getting the Friesland with Free XP or Byslwaica with Coal is a good choice as you can easily knock off the European mission with 14,500 Base Xp (about 15 battles of 1K xp each). Do consider converting Free XP. Friesland will be useful in the next few Directives also.

This means about 100 battles for Directive 4. If you are good, you might shave off about 5million damage (50k dmg per game). The remaining 4.3 million can be carried over and finished in later directives.

For Directive 5. 100 coop, 140 random games minimum

i would start with the French, Jap BB 1700 main battery hits in coop. with a normandy, Lyon, Jean Bart, and the entire t5-t10jap line plus musashi, this could take about 60 games, assuming 30 hits per coop game. (you need to account for loading, and how fast the bots get sunk by your teammates). The trick is you need not sink ships, overpens, ricochets, torp belt hits all count as hits. Fire away at those DDs and CA to your leisure. A hit is still a hit.

next i will do the US, Soviet and EU DD grind for 50k base xp in Randoms. keep rotating , dont stop. I expect that CVs will still sink dds easily so maybe 500-800 base xp per random game.  hence looking at maybe 80-100 games in Random, but life will be short if there is radar and cvs, you wont last 5 minutes a game.

following that, do the Jap and Pan Asia DD 200 fires and flooding ribbon mission, in COOP. load my flags and shoot away. keep getting those fires. assuming 5 ribbons per game, that is 40 games. If you have to ram a bot ship to get a flood. Ram. a flood ribbon is still a flood ribbon.

next i will do the Jap/ italian 47 million potental dmg, (or the US German one works as well). Personally I've grinded out the Jap ca line 3 years ago, and boy the mogami, ibuki, takao , atago and zao can dodge rounds. Apply rudder shift and kite. torpbeats will help too. 1 million potential dmg per game is not uncommon in a Tier X fest. 40 random games should do it.

And while you are doing all these 4 missions, the 20milion credit and 150k base xp missions are still rolling. By the end of achieving the earlier 4 missions, see which of the 2 is closer to completion, and work toward finishing it then. Personally i have the Missouri, so this is no issue for me. A few flags and camo and a few randoms should close the credit gap.  Or, you could ignore the  two 47million potential dmg missions, and focus on the 20million/ 150k base xp missions..

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Dir 6 at least 140 coop battles

Directive 6 is where things get slightly easier if you know how to game the system

I start with the  Eu/ Russia/ Pan Asia DD 7000 main battery hit mission. If you read earlier, getting the Friesland or Byswalica will be quite useful here.  Friesland is a dakkadakka spam ship. So is the Russian DD line, so if you grinded earlier, you should have mid to high tier Khaba, Grozo by now. 7000 hits in coop games should be easy. 200-300 hits with Fries, Khaba, YY per random game is not uncommon, more if you spam bot BBs in coop. Remember, a hit is still a hit, even if non-penetration or richohet. 500 hits is possible with a Khaba! 20 coop games will down this mission.

The next mission i do is the 7300 secondary with US and German BBs. owning a secondary-spec captain Bismarck, Tirpitz, FDG , and Georgia or Ohio will finish this mission with ease. again 200-400 hits in coop is easy. Looking at 20 coop battles to down this. (get the Georgia for Free with Coal!)

The next 2 missions i do will be the Soviet, Jap, Italin BB 130 Citadel, and the German, italian CA 230 Torps or citadel missions. Play this in coop. assuming 3 citadel or torp ribbons per game, thats about 100 games. But its coop, you can sail broadside and fire away those torps, and practice brawling broadside shots to get better at randoms.  I will assume 100 fast coop games.

and the kicker after accomplishing the four missions? the 20million credit and the 150k xp mission are still rolling. See which one is closer to completion, and work on it through randoms. Voila, 5 missions done. I will skip the 350k xp on soviet or US CA mission as it is a waste of flags , and the German/French DD 50K base xp will take eons because of CV rework and radar - you will probably take another month..

Dir 7 -  this is the nigh impossible directive 150 Random battles (estimated, and with lots of flags and camo)

Skip all the 350K Free Xp missions. it is impossible even with flags and camos.

the common thread is Tier 10 UK ships. you should aim to have Mino, Conqueror, Thunderer, Daring. Here is why.

I will start with the three 350k XP missions :

UK, italian Cruisers (tier 8 and above)

UK, US BBs (tier 8 and above)

UK, Pan Asian DD (tier 8 and above)

Slap credit flags on the tier 10s that you have in those classes. keep rotating them until you finish the 20million credit grind mission. By this time, you would have shaved of some of the 350k xp - if you had xp flags etc and good games, this could vary from 100-200k xp clean done within 30 games per mission and lots of flags and camo expended.

THIS would also mean that you would have shaved off a lot of the 1.1million xp (tier 8 and above mission) .

From here on, you could concentrate on finishing the three 350k XP missions and hence complete the 1million xp for the fifth mission. You can use tier 8 to tier 10 premiums from other lines, if you already finished the 350K xp missions.

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I manged to put in a few hours after work today and with the Gorizia I managed to complete 4 out of 6 missions for Directive 2. Cruiser XP mission about 2/3 complete.

Not bad at all. I should be on track to complete Directive 2 by Thursday or Friday.

 

On a side note, gosh my games were full of bots from that CN_70 clan. Every game tonight had at least 1 of them. The first few of them that I checked all had 100+ games per day. I sent a ticket to report them the first time but after that I just gave up because they were in every single game I played. I doubt Customer Support even reads the bot report tickets since I just get that canned response from them about how their bot detection systems are so awesome and highly accurate. :Smile_sceptic:

 

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Woot! Managed to complete Directive 2 today ahead of schedule.

4 games in my T10 cruisers with XP flags and camos and I completed the rest of the Cruiser XP mission.

After that I just spammed Coop to finish the 150 fires, citadel hits, torps and flooding mission. This didn't take too long - played a bunch of T5 cruisers and DDs. The trick is to to play a DD or a cruiser like an Omaha and find some nice enemy cruiser to pump AP shots into their broadsiding citadels. For a DD you can smoke up to one side and pump them full of AP but you need to be at a close enough range. For this mission I suggest playing on T5 coop, because at those tiers you can easily citadel enemy CLs like Emeralds or Omahas, even with DDs. Set fires on BBs and supplement with torp and flooding hits.

Do it right and you can easily get over 10 citadel, fire, flooding and torp hit ribbons per battle. The most I got was 23 citadel hits in one game.

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Anyway with Directive 2 out of the way I can chill for a bit with Operations or continue blowing off my snowflakes until Directive 3 opens up.

Oh and I got a Marblehead Lima out of a Supercontainer.

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Not to sound ungrateful, but I already have a Marblehead, which I almost never play. Oh well a free Premium is a free Premium, unlike a certain T10 supercruiser... :Smile_smile:

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So just how long do you think it will take you to grind those directives. I mean can you find anything wrong with these figures?

Boost Source Completion Days available Hours taken to complete Real PPM Accumulative Bonus Bonus + accum
0 Free Guaranteed 28 0 6.944 279982 0 279982
1 Directive 1 Grind 28 0.001 104.167 4200007 750000 4950007
2 Directive 2 Grind 28 13 104.167 4118763 1200000 5318763
3 Directive 3 Grind 24 14 173.611 5854163 1600000 7454163
4 Daily Tokens Zero missed 23 3 173.611 5718746 1600000 7318746
5 Directive 4 Grind 20 15 208.333 5812491 2500000 8312491
6 Directive 5 Grind 16 16 208.333 4599993 2500000 7099993
7 Directive 6 Grind 12 17 208.333 3387495 2500000 5887495
8 Directive 7 Grind 8 18 208.333 2174997 2500000 4674997
To use this spreadsheet enter in the hours it takes you to complete the directive after it has become available.    
0 = directive not completed yet. Target 51300000
  Total accum 51296636
              Required 3364

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/198oHS4K_sgnb3ba22CcgdhGRmqjYFwEvN0MkqDdFOqw/edit#gid=0

 

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8 hours ago, keskparane said:

So just how long do you think it will take you to grind those directives. I mean can you find anything wrong with these figures?

 

Boost Source Completion Days available Hours taken to complete Real PPM Accumulative Bonus Bonus + accum
0 Free Guaranteed 28 0 6.944 279982 0 279982
1 Directive 1 Grind 28 0.001 104.167 4200007 750000 4950007
2 Directive 2 Grind 28 13 104.167 4118763 1200000 5318763
3 Directive 3 Grind 24 14 173.611 5854163 1600000 7454163
4 Daily Tokens Zero missed 23 3 173.611 5718746 1600000 7318746
5 Directive 4 Grind 20 15 208.333 5812491 2500000 8312491
6 Directive 5 Grind 16 16 208.333 4599993 2500000 7099993
7 Directive 6 Grind 12 17 208.333 3387495 2500000 5887495
8 Directive 7 Grind 8 18 208.333 2174997 2500000 4674997
To use this spreadsheet enter in the hours it takes you to complete the directive after it has become available.    
0 = directive not completed yet. Target 51300000
  Total accum 51296636
              Required 3364

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/198oHS4K_sgnb3ba22CcgdhGRmqjYFwEvN0MkqDdFOqw/edit#gid=0

 

wow. the daily tokens assumes you didnt missed any. i already missed 2 , which means 20 tokens, and that means a set back by 1 day -    and directive 6 and 7 in under 20hours seems legit in order to get the PPM going. and that's where too many variables are factored.

but thank you for the spreadhseet, i saved a copy myself and will update once directive 3 goes online.

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I played about 10 games over a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning and I barely dented Directive 1. And we are expected to repeat it 7 times. And supposedly it get harder. And if we follow weegees' insane plane to "complete things in 3 days upon release"....

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28 minutes ago, dejiko_nyo said:

I played about 10 games over a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning and I barely dented Directive 1. And we are expected to repeat it 7 times. And supposedly it get harder. And if we follow weegees' insane plane to "complete things in 3 days upon release"....

The first directive is already crazy enough tbh. It took me 8 days to finish it. The second directive is way too steep with the exp quests. I don't care about Gorizia at all, but I won't be surprised if I fail to get that ship.

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1 hour ago, Sir_Feather said:

The first directive is already crazy enough tbh. It took me 8 days to finish it. The second directive is way too steep with the exp quests. I don't care about Gorizia at all, but I won't be surprised if I fail to get that ship.

Yeah. This is just as bad as the DoY grind. Might as well buy the gorilla outright instead of wasting time (depending on the monetary value of your time). 

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completed directive 3. gaming time 0530-830, 1030-1230 total play time 5 hours.

used gorizia in 11 random battles to get the 4 million credits and 100k commander exp. i have quite a lot of credit and exp flags so i just stack them on. some good games gave me 500k credits and 15k cdr exp for 3 kill 90k dmg game.

then played 25 coop battles to get the 22 gorizia kills needed and 750k damage. finished off the 130 citadel/torp hit mission with my salem-desmoines combo. i had up to 10 citadels per coop against those poor bots. each coop game was quick, less than 5 minutes on average. 

game rewarded me woth 8000 doubloons and i bought the 1 premium booster for 6000. and when i opened the crates, i get back 3000 doub. lol. 

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i took a snapshot of my flags before the start of directive 2. will look at it again after the grind to see the net usage and if i profited from the gift crate boxes and achievements.

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9 minutes ago, F14TomcatRIO said:

i took a snapshot of my flags before the start of directive 2. will look at it again after the grind to see the net usage and if i profited from the gift crate boxes and achievements.

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Wow, you never used them before this current grind?

I would try to get Gorizia for free this time. Barely anything more than that. I have just finished the 1st stage of the grind last night as I am busy these days...

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Directive 3 completed after a whole day of WoWs. Got the doubloon refund for Gorizia. Not sure how much I got actually, but I think it was around 8k doubloons.

For Directive 3, only 5 missions need to completed. I planned to do the 4 Gorizia missions plus the citadel and torp hit mission (with the Secondary hit mission as backup). Wasn't aiming to do the cruiser base xp mission, despite the synergy with Gorizia.I figured the other missions are faster.

Started off by playing Gorizia in Randoms with credit and commander xp flags and camos equipped. With the Gorizia credit and commander xp missions done, I went to Coop to finish off the Gorizia damage and kill missions. The 22-kills mission actually took the bulk of my time since my kills kept getting stolen. In the end I had to resort to kill-stealing myself, which I hated doing. But I got it done eventually

Last mission was the citadel and torpedo hits. Same strategy as Directive 2, though a bit harder since fires and floods are no longer counted. I decided to do things differently this time round and instead complete this by spamming Graf Zeppelin in Coop. Torp the bot BBs and AP divebomb the cruisers for citadels while charging forward for the Secondary hits mission (unnecessary for completing Directive 3 but that was my backup plan).

Then I realised nobody in my Clan was playing CVs for Naval Battles, so I took my Enterprise into Random to continue the torp and citadel hits mission. Got a fantastic game, too bad it ended in a loss.

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And with that game I completed Directive 3.

Imo purchasing the Gorizia really helped me complete these Directives in a timely manner. While I completed Directive 1 without the Gorizia, I took a lot longer compared to Directives 2 and 3. I can actually chill for the time being while waiting for Directive 4 to open up.

For those without Gorizia, it is going to a be a tough grind since you cannot boost base XP with flags or camos.

The Secondary hit mission is harder than I expected - I had planned to do this in Coop by sailing a Secondary-build BB and using my main guns as little as possible. In theory I would just park myself next to an enemy BB and not shoot my main guns, but in practice that seldom happened as players would just kill the enemy or win the game before I could rack up a good number of Secondary hits. If you want to do this mission, play during off-peak hours when there are few human players in Coop. Full human teams just win the game too fast.

If you want to do the 72-kill mission, I suggest doing so by playing a DD in Coop. Every match you sail forward, gun down the enemy DD, smoke up against the enemy cruisers, then yolo torp an enemy BB. Imo that is the most consistent way to get kills. Alternatively use a cruiser with torps.

Commander XP mission is simple - stack all the flags and camos you can muster.

For base XP missions, I suggest focusing on 1-2 ship classes first. Hopefully by completing the non-base xp missions along the way you don't have to grind all 4 classes.

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Bump up the post as I am currently struggling at Directive 3 to earn Gorizia completely for free as a souvenir of the 2019 Xmas-New Year event, and after that, try further to get some freebies from the mission chain.

Doing the XP and Base XP missions with my collection of cruisers and freemium battleships as a recent purchase of Amalfi and Moskva has depleted my credits once again and I have to make a solid grind to pay for more ships that I am interested in (Zao, Yamato, etc.) . Cruiser base XP almost done, battleship base XP more than halfway.

Attempted to complete the Citadels and Torpedoes task with Murmansk running Co-op with some success, though instances still happen when I became bottom-tiered, or the matchmaker spwans a bunch of Konigsbergs on the enemy team.

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Completed Directive 4 just now. This took quite a while as I was busy irl.

Did it by grinding 5 nations - Pan Eu, Japan, US, Germany and UK since I had the most T10 ships for those lines.

I have no tips. This is just an honest but long slog. Key is to try to play well and win. At T10 my wins were around 1.6-1.8k base xp, with good games often exceeding 2k. Even my losses were usually around 1-1.2k base xp.

All lines went pretty fast, with the exception of the UK line which I did last. Today the quality of players was just abysmal, so many steamroll losses. I guess the good players are all out partying.

Well now I can finally get out of the house and enjoy the celebrations.

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As of 18:30 December 31st, 3/5 of Directive 3 (Cits and Torps, Cruiser Base XP and Total XP) have been done.

As of end of the gaming day, Battleship Base XP and Total Base XP are within striking distances. A handful of battleship games in Narai will complete the grind for Gorizia, then grind Gorizia hard to earn those freebies and retrain Admiral Sansonetti for Amalfi.

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With Directive 4 completed I am guessing I am nearly done with this Christmas and New Year's event. I will not be seriously attempting Directive 5 as the grind looks quite ridiculous.

Instead I will be taking it easy and blowing off the Snowflakes from my remaining ships, while attempting to finish off the rest of the Directive 4 missions for those sweet free port slots and the last New Year Permanent Camouflage.

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Working on Directive 5. (2/5 done) Rest close

Noted a problem with Base XP even with a premium Account I am only getting the Base XP for an account without premium. Is this right?

 

 

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5 hours ago, EvilJade said:

Working on Directive 5. (2/5 done) Rest close

Noted a problem with Base XP even with a premium Account I am only getting the Base XP for an account without premium. Is this right?

 

 

That is exactly how BASE XP is calculated. The only way to get more base XP in a game is to be on the winning team.

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6 hours ago, EvilJade said:

Noted a problem with Base XP even with a premium Account I am only getting the Base XP for an account without premium. Is this right?

Working as intended. Base XP is XP without any modifiers, so Premium Account isn't counted.

As Lunsmann said, the only way to boost your Base XP is to play well and win.

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