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Supertest: French Tier X Freemium Destroyer Marceau

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So we are back at it with the new ships coming with the Update 0.8.8. To start, let’s have a look at Marceau, the ship that hypes me the most but yet triggers me a lot.

The Marceau presents the same characteristics as the other French destroyers. She has the special +20% Engine boost and the saturable middle section. However, she trades her Main Battery Reload Booster for a Defensive AA. Also, her torpedoes are not the super-fast torpedoes of the high tier French destroyers but instead, they are the same as those of the French cruisers.
One final thing to note, her X turret can actually rotate at 360° degrees. It will be a bit awkward since the Y turret can’t but it is still quite a nice addition.

Now the question is what is Marceau exactly?
The Marceau is a Kléber-class and with the hypothesis that the ship would have been completed after the war, in the early 50s. Because of this, her superstructure is modernized and her main armament consists of 4 twin 127 mm/54 gun turrets. Now, you would expect that she also get modern 57 mm/60 ACAD. Well no. She for some weird reasons gets outdated 40 mm Bofors Mk 1 and 2 which doesn’t make any sense. It would be like having the old 37 mm Flakzwilling 30 from Tirpitz on an Iowa-class.

I seriously do not understand that choice…

Some people might be wondering why she is named the same way as the real Marceau that was a modified Z-31 that France received as a war price. It’s simply because initially, that name really was meant for a Kléber-class destroyer.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery


Propulsion: 96 842 hp

PCA n°10 Mle 1

127 mm/54 Mle 1948

550 mm 23DT

GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier X
Health 21 900 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 11.500 km
127 mm/54 Mle 1948 4 x 2 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 9.000 km
550 mm tube lance-torpilles 4 x 3 550 mm
Maximum speed 44 kt
Turning Circle Radius 740 m
Rudder Shift Time 4.8  s
Surface Detectability 8.88 km
Air Detectability 4.84 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 3.42 km

4 x 2 127 mm/54 Mle 1948
 Reloading Time 3.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time 6.0 s
Optimal front firing angle
20° for 3 guns
27° for 4 guns
Optimal rear firing angle 27°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 117 m
Type of Projectile  HE – 127 mm HE Mark 42
Alpha Damage 2 100 HP
Damage 550 HP
Penetration capacity  20 mm
Explosion size 0.44
Fire chance 7%
Projectile Speed 808 m/s
Air Drag 0.308
Projectile Mass 31.5
Projectile Krupp 475
Projectile Detonator 0.001 s
Type of Projectile AP – 127 mm AP Mark 41
Alpha Damage 2 600 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 808 m/s
Air Drag 0.308
Projectile Mass 32.5
Projectile Krupp 2 200
Projectile Detonator 0.03 s

4 x 3 550 mm tube lance-torpilles
550 mm 23DT
Reloading Time 90 s
Maximum Distance 9.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle 20°
Optimal rear firing angle 25°
Damage 14 833
Speed 60 kt
Surface Detectability 1.3 km

4 x 2 127 mm/54 Mle 1948
Sector range 0.1 km – 6.0 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 24
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 84
Flak clouds number 3
Flak cloud damage 1680
2 x 2 40 mm/56 Bofors Mk1
3 x 4 40 mm/56 Bofors Mk2
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 39
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 137
4 x 2 20 mm/70 Mk20
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 16
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 56
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed

The armor

It’s a destroyer so nothing interesting to see here. Her hull is 19 mm thick, the superstructure is 13 mm thick and the guns are protected by 10 mm of armor.


Personal opinion:

A Kléber. With the same guns as Colbert. And with Defensive AA Fire. Where can I sign to get it now seriously? Of course, compared to Kléber, she loses a fair amount of range and won’t be able to citadel cruisers except for rare occasions while her sister-ship can easily do that. However, she trades all of this for an amazing DPM and also for the ability to defend herself against carriers.

Now, I just wish her anti-air was making some sort of sense…