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Supertest: Italian Freemium Tier X Destroyer Paolo Emilio 2.0

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Since the Paolo Emilio didn’t appear in testing for a very long time, I thought that it might be a good idea to rediscover the ship a bit. I will do the same thing for Slava and generally speaking, will now update the different supertest articles when a test ship receives changes. It will allow these articles to stay relevant even after changes are announced.

When it comes to the Paolo Emilio, there is actually little information available on the design. She is based on a project of destroyer leader designed by the Italian company Ansaldo and sold to the USSR. The initial design was modified extensively by Wargaming so in the end, Paolo Emilio isn’t really representative of it.

With the new rebalancing of the ship, Paolo Emilio now can either use HE or SAP and the new ballistic on her shells is close to the one of the shells of the Daring.


Just as a reminder, everything here is work in progress, everything is subject to changes.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

Paolo Emilio

Propulsion: 135 000 hp

SDT 10

135 mm/45 OTO 1938

533 mm Si 270
GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier X
Health 24 700 HP
Displacement 4 807 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 13.830 km
135 mm/45 OTO 1938 4 x 2 135 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 12.000 km
533 mm tubo lanciasiluri
3 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 43.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius 810 m
Rudder Shift Time 5.3 s
Surface Detectability 9.08 km
Air Detectability 3.68 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 3.65 km


4 x 2 135 mm/45 OTO 1938
 Maximum Firing Range 13.830 km
 Reloading Time 7 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 27°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 33°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 119 m
Type of Projectile  SAP – 135 mm proiettili CS 1938
Alpha Damage 3 250 HP
Penetration capacity  38 mm
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.334
Projectile Mass 32.7 kg
Type of Projectile HE – 135 mm proiettili AP 1938
Alpha Damage 1 900 HP
Damage 1 220 HP
Penetration capacity  23 mm
Explosion size 0.48
Fire chance 9 %
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.334
Projectile Mass 32.7 kg


3 x 4 533 mm tubo lanciasiluri
533 mm Si 270
Reloading Time 71 s
Maximum Distance 12.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 50°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 31°
Damage 13 367
Flooding Chance 220 %
Speed 51 knots
Surface Detectability 1.1 km


4 x 2 135 mm/45 OTO 1938
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 15
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 53
Flak clouds number 2
Flak cloud damage 1 540
2 x 2 13.2 mm/76 Breda 1931
4 x 6 20 mm/70 Breda 1941
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 29
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 102

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Exhaust Smoke Generator
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Smoke radius: 510 m
Smoke cloud lifetime: 10 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Bonus: +8% maximum speed

The armor


As a destroyer leader, the Paolo Emilio presents a… fairly substantial armor protecting for a ship of her size. With the main belt and internal plating, this ship has the armor protection of a small cruiser while being protected against AP penetrations from big guns. (Khabarovsk crying in the corner)

The bow section


The bow is 19 mm thick except for the deck that is 20 mm thick.



Inside the bow, there are internal platings with the armored deck being 30 mm thick.
As for the rest, it’s 25 mm thick. The sides have a little slope at the bottom for some reason.


There are finally 2 casemates surrounding that 25 mm area with the upper one being 20 mm thick and the lower one 16 mm thick.

The middle section


The deck of the middle section is 20 mm thick while the sides are 19 mm thick. The only exception is the main belt that is 60 mm thick. Yes. If this surprises you, wait for the rest because this ship also has a turtleback!


This turtleback is 20 mm thick and sloped at 56°. Considering the fact that it’s a destroyer, it won’t really offer anything but at least, it’s here.


Finally, her “citadel” side plating is 10 mm thick.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have here the most heavily armored destroyer of the game.

The stern section


Just like for the bow, the deck on the stern is 20 mm thick while the sides are 19 mm thick.



It also has that internal plating with the armored deck being 30 mm thick. The rest of that inner plating is 25 mm thick as well as the casemate just behind.


Finally, the lower and upper casemates are respectively 16 mm thick and 20 mm thick.



The turrets, including the barbette, are protected by 30 mm of armor except for the face that is 60 mm thick.

Personal Opinion

Right now, I can’t wait to be able to test the Paolo Emilio again. I wasn’t a big fan of the ship back in the days because of the trebuchet-like ballistic but with that air drag buff, she will be way more interesting for sure.

I also like the idea of having the choice between HE and SAP. It will make it much better to deal with heavily armored targets thanks to fires that SAP wouldn’t be able to penetrate. There is just one issue with this ship. It buries Khabarovsk even deeper than where the ship already is.