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Supertest: German Tier IV Battleship Moltke

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Historical background

The Moltke-class was a pair of battlecruisers (Moltke and Goeben) of the German Imperial Navy and were basically an improved version of the Von Der Tann, being larger, faster, better armored and had an additional twin turret.

Moltke herself was laid down in December 1908, launched in April 1910 and commissioned in August 1911. Moltke participated in several major battles with the rest of the High Seas Fleet, including the battles of Dogger Bank and Jutland in the North Sea, and the Battle of the Gulf of Riga and Operation Albion in the Baltic Sea.

To prevent the Allies from seizing the ship, she was scuttled at Scapa Flow in June 1919.

If you want to learn more about Moltke, here is a video from Drachinifel covering the history of the ship:

Just like the rest of the new line, Moltke features battlecruiser dispersion and the same dispersion as Massachusetts and co for her secondaries.

Ship’s preview

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Moltke (A)

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85,782 HP

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‎FKS Typ 4 Mod. 1

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283 mm/50 SK L/50 on a Drh LC/1908 mount

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Moltke (B)

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FKS Typ 4 Mod. 2

Stock Ship

General Characteristics

Tier IV
Health 37 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 16 %
Displacement 22 979 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 186.52 m
Beam 29.21 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 18.38 m
Freeboard 5.17 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 14.030 km
283 mm/50 SK L/50 on a Drh LC/1908 mount 5 x 2 283 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
150 mm/45 SK C/09 on an MPL C/06 mount
88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
12 x 1 150 mm
4 x 1 88 mm
Maximum speed 28.4 knots
Turning Circle Radius 650 m
Rudder Shift Time 17.2 s
Surface Detectability 10.86 km
Air Detectability 8.83 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 7.85 km

Main Battery

5 x 2 283 mm/50 SK L/50 on a Drh LC/1908 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 14.030 km
 Reloading Time 28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 45 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 37° for 4 turrets
56° for 5 turrets
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30° for 4 turrets
52° for 5 turrets
Sigma 1.50 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 166 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 283 mm Spr.Gr. L/3.6
Alpha Damage 3 200
Damage 2 090
Penetration capacity  71 mm
Explosion size 1.37
Fire chance 19 %
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.534
Projectile Mass 302 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 283 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.2
Alpha Damage 7 200
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.534
Projectile Mass 302 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 789
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 47 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary battery

12 x 1 150 mm/45 SK C/09 on an MPL C/06 mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
Reloading Time 8.57 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 150 mm HE K Gr 18
Alpha Damage 1 800
Damage 760
HE penetration 38 mm
Explosion Size 0.57
Chance to Cause Fire 10 %
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.407
Projectile Mass 45.3 kg
4 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
Reloading Time 4.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 88 mm Spr.Gr.
Alpha Damage 1 000
Damage 240
HE penetration 15 mm
Explosion Size 0.24
Chance to Cause Fire 4 %
Projectile Speed 890 m/s
Air Drag 0.446
Projectile Mass 9 kg

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 2
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 7
Flak clouds number 1
Flak cloud damage 770

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Fast Damage Control Team
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%

Fully Upgraded Ship

General Characteristics

Tier IV
Health 40 800 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 16 %
Displacement 25 400 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 186.52 m
Beam 29.21 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 18.38 m
Freeboard 5.17 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 15.433 km
283 mm/50 SK L/50 on a Drh LC/1908 mount 5 x 2 283 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
150 mm/45 SK C/09 on an MPL C/06 mount
88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
12 x 1 150 mm
8 x 1 88 mm
Maximum speed 28.4 knots
Turning Circle Radius 650 m
Rudder Shift Time 12.2 s
Surface Detectability 10.86 km
Air Detectability 8.83 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 7.85 km

Main Battery

5 x 2 283 mm/50 SK L/50 on a Drh LC/1908 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 15.433 km
 Reloading Time 28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 45 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 37° for 4 turrets
56° for 5 turrets
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30° for 4 turrets
52° for 5 turrets
Sigma 1.50 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 178 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 283 mm Spr.Gr. L/3.6
Alpha Damage 3 200
Damage 2 090
Penetration capacity  71 mm
Explosion size 1.37
Fire chance 19 %
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.534
Projectile Mass 302 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 283 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.2
Alpha Damage 7 200
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.534
Projectile Mass 302 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 789
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 47 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary battery

12 x 1 150 mm/45 SK C/09 on an MPL C/06 mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
Reloading Time 8.57 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 150 mm HE K Gr 18
Alpha Damage 1 800
Damage 760
HE penetration 38 mm
Explosion Size 0.57
Chance to Cause Fire 10 %
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.407
Projectile Mass 45.3 kg
8 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.800 km
Reloading Time 4.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 88 mm Spr.Gr.
Alpha Damage 1 000
Damage 240
HE penetration 15 mm
Explosion Size 0.24
Chance to Cause Fire 4 %
Projectile Speed 890 m/s
Air Drag 0.446
Projectile Mass 9 kg

Anti-air Armament

8 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 10
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 35
Flak clouds number 1
Flak cloud damage 770
8 x 1 7.92 mm MG 08 machine gun
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 17
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 60

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Fast Damage Control Team
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%

The Armor

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Turtleback:

Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden deck:

Hidden armor protection inside the bow and stern:

Personal Opinion

And this is a new speed record that the German battlecruisers broke. This time, it’s not by much but Moltke is able to reach 28.4 knots compared to 28.0 knots for Myogi.

While her speed is impressive, the firepower of the Moltke isn’t great compared to Kaiser for example since she has the same guns as Von Der Tann but a tier higher. With such guns, I don’t think that the battlecruiser dispersion will help that much.

For the armor protection, the difference with the other tier IV battleships isn’t that important at this tier so it’s fine.

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1 thought on “Supertest: German Tier IV Battleship Moltke

  1. I believe the whole intent of this new BB line is to compensate the lackluster primary armament firepower with exceptional secondaries (the key is probably the Mass-like dispersion), so keep that in mind when judging the overall offensive capability.

    I for one are really looking forward to these battlecruisers! Brawling 4 lyfe!

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