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Do you ever fire AP in your DDs and is it worth it?

Do you ever fire AP in your DDs and is it worth it?  

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  1. 1. Do you ever fire AP in your DDs and is it worth it?

    • No, HE all the way
    • Yes, but just 'cos sometimes I like the pretty sparks the shells make when they bounce
    • Yes, but less than 5% of the time when the moon and the stars align and that JP cruiser gives me his broadside at point blank range
    • Regularly, almost every game, and it works too.
    • HE is for noobs. I citadel Yamatos everyday.

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So, is it really worth it? DD HE & AP damage is almost the same so a regular penetration causes the same damage.  HE has no risk of over pen and starts more fires and in even in the rare case of an AP citadel you're only getting 2k dmg. 

I fire 100% HE in my JP destoyers (when I'm firing at all). Am I doing it wrong?

Edited by Gorbon_Rubsay

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Senior Moderator
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For the most part, you'll be using HE in DDs. But AP is not at all useless.

 

The key to using small caliber AP is knowing when you know it's going to guarantee citadel hits.

 

Under 4km 2km with little to no angle to the broadside of most IJN cruisers is a guaranteed citadel hit. Such an opportunity won't present itself often, but when it does it's nice to be able to deal 3 times more damage than usual.

 

edit: Checked back my replays, and I seem to have exaggerated the distance a bit... ok, a lot.

edit2: Depends on the ship really. The thinner their armor, the further away you still can hit their citadel. 120mm AP from Mutsuki can only go up to 2km against Myoko and and similar ships. Clemson's smaller 102mm can easily citadel Kuma from up to 4 km.

Edited by amade

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Alpha Tester
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I'd be happy if " HE is for noobs. I citadel Yamatos everyday " win this poll....:trollface:

P.S. well.. my popcorn is ready for Yamatos' salty thread

Edited by james4b

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HE and AP is more like situational...

Once the opportunity represents itself, who can refuse, right?

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Super Tester
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AP at close range is the better choice for finishing off badly damaged CLs/CAs.

It's highly situational though.

 

One example situation would be a 3k hitpoint Cleveland and you in a Mutsuki sailing around an island at the same time.

Four well aimed AP rounds can penetrate his armor and instagib him, while HE will at tops deal ~1k dmg + fire.

 

Aside from that HE all the time.

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I laughed at the "citadel Yamato everyday", clearly weed is powerful...

 

This is a very good consumable :trollface:

 

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