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Supertest: German Tier V Battleship Derfflinger

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Historical background

The Derfflinger-class was a class of three battlecruisers (Derfflinger, Lützow and Hindenburg) of the Imperial German Navy.

Compared to the usual way of building a class of ship simultaneously or at least, at close intervals between each unit, there is a 2 years gap between the time Derfflinger and Hindenburg were launched (July 1913 for Derfflinger and August 1915 for Hindenburg). This difference is even more noticeable when it comes to their commissioning with 2 years and a half between the time the two ships entered service (September 1914 for Derfflinger and May 1917 for Hindenburg).

Compared to the previous battlecruisers, the Derfflinger-class were larger, armed with 305 mm guns and were more heavily armored. However, as a result of the increased displacement, the Derfllinger-class was also slower than the previous ships.

During World War I, Derfflinger took part in numerous operations including the famous Battle of Jutland during which she helped to sink the battlecruisers HMS Queen Mary and HMS Invincible. Due to the damage she sustained during the engagement, she was out of action until the end of 1916.

The rest of the war turned out to be fairly quiet with the German Navy focusing more on its U-boat campaign. Derfflinger, alongside the rest of the German Navy, was interned in Scapa Flow at the end of the war and was scuttled in June 1919.

If you want to learn more about the Derfflinger-class, here is a video from Drachinifel covering it:

In World of Warships, we are getting Derfflinger as she was in 1916 as she is missing the tripod mast she received later on during the war.

Just like the rest of the new line, Derfflinger 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.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery




76 634 HP


‎FKS Typ 5 Mod. 1


305 mm/50 SK C/08 on a Drh LC/1912 mount


FKS Typ 5 Mod. 2

Stock and Fully Upgraded Ship

General Characteristics

Tier V
Health 47 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 16 %
Displacement 31 200 tons
Overall length 210.0 m
Beam 29.0 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 20.3 m
Freeboard 3.2 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 14.840 km (stock)
16.324 km (upgraded)
305 mm/50 SK C/08 on a Drh LC/1912 mount 4 x 2 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.960 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 26.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius 740 m
Rudder Shift Time 13.3 s
Surface Detectability 11.96 km
Air Detectability 9.65 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 9.15 km

Main Battery

4 x 2 305 mm/50 SK C/08 on a Drh LC/1912 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 14.840 km (stock)
16.324 km (upgraded)
 Reloading Time 24.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 45 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 28°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 1.60 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 172 m (stock)
185 m (upgraded)
Type of Projectile  HE – 305 mm Spr.Gr. L/3.8 Bdz.
Alpha Damage 3 400
Damage 2 520
Penetration capacity  76 mm
Explosion size 1.56
Fire chance 22 %
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.414
Projectile Mass 406 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 305 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.4
Alpha Damage 8 300
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.419
Projectile Mass 405 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 311
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 51 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 4.960 km
Reloading Time 8.57 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
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 4.960 km
Reloading Time 4.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
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 9
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 32
Flak clouds number 1
Flak cloud damage 770
15 x 1 7.92 mm MG 08 machine gun
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 28
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 98


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:



Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden armor protection inside the bow and stern:

Personal Opinion

Overall, Derfflinger looks a bit meh compared to the rest of the tier V battleships. At this tier, the speed advantage is getting less relevant, especially with Kongo that can reach 30 knots for example. The firepower, even with the battlecruiser dispersion is definitely on the lower end of the spectrum because of the low number of guns and low caliber and it’s not with the secondaries that it will change much.

If there is one department where Derfflinger beats everyone, it’s the concealment with an amazing 11.96 km spotting range by sea while the closest being Agincourt with 12.24 km.

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15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: German Tier V Battleship Derfflinger

  1. Basically mega-sized cruiser that good at tanking but suck doing damage, but am sure historical nerds enjoy it.

  2. According to the files, the ship is in 1915, not 1916 condition.

  3. According to wowsft, only Tier VI and above get Casemate/M***a secondaries dispersion.
    Is it a bug like the 10.8 German 406 accidental nerf or design?
    Yuzorah could you have a look into this?

  4. Can’t believe Wargrinding didn’t fictionalize her with a WW2 refit like they usually do for other ships in the game. I can’t find any info that Derfflinger ever carried MG 08s, but that’s a minor inaccuracy.

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