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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

Health47 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction16 %
Displacement31 200 tons
Overall length210.0 m
Beam29.0 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)20.3 m
Freeboard3.2 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range14.840 km (stock)
16.324 km (upgraded)
305 mm/50 SK C/08 on a Drh LC/1912 mount4 x 2 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range4.960 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 speed26.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius740 m
Rudder Shift Time13.3 s
Surface Detectability11.96 km
Air Detectability9.65 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke9.15 km

Main Battery

4 x 2 305 mm/50 SK C/08 on a Drh LC/1912 mount
 Maximum Firing Range14.840 km (stock)
16.324 km (upgraded)
 Reloading Time24.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time45 s
Optimal firing angles at the front28°
Optimal firing angles at the rear30°
Sigma1.60 sigma
Maximum Dispersion172 m (stock)
185 m (upgraded)
Type of Projectile HE – 305 mm Spr.Gr. L/3.8 Bdz.
Alpha Damage3 400
Damage2 520
Penetration capacity 76 mm
Explosion size1.56
Fire chance22 %
Projectile Speed850 m/s
Air Drag0.414
Projectile Mass406 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 305 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.4
Alpha Damage8 300
Projectile Speed855 m/s
Air Drag0.419
Projectile Mass405 kg
Projectile Krupp2 311
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold51 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Secondary battery

12 x 1 150 mm/45 SK C/09 on an MPL C/06 mount
Maximum Firing Range4.960 km
Reloading Time8.57 s
Sigma1.0 sigma
Type of ProjectileHE – 150 mm HE K Gr 18
Alpha Damage1 800
HE penetration38 mm
Explosion Size0.57
Chance to Cause Fire10 %
Projectile Speed835 m/s
Air Drag0.407
Projectile Mass45.3 kg
8 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Maximum Firing Range4.960 km
Reloading Time4.0 s
Sigma1.0 sigma
Type of ProjectileHE – 88 mm Spr.Gr.
Alpha Damage1 000
HE penetration15 mm
Explosion Size0.24
Chance to Cause Fire4 %
Projectile Speed890 m/s
Air Drag0.446
Projectile Mass9 kg

Anti-air Armament

8 x 1 88 mm/45 Flak on an MPL C/13 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance75 %
Sector’s damage9
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second32
Flak clouds number1
Flak cloud damage770
15 x 1 7.92 mm MG 08 machine gun
Sector range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance70 %
Sector’s damage28
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second98


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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