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World of Warships Final Review: Pan-American Tier VIII Premium Battleship Atlântico

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Ladies and Gentlemen, as Update 0.11.3 is approaching, it is time to talk about the next Dockyard event.

Atlântico, the first Pan-American battleship will be available for construction during the next two updates with a total of 22 phases. You can unlock 19 phases by completing in-game missions but if you lack the time (or are lazy) you can pay your way through the dockyard grind. There will be two starter packs only available at the start with a 3 phases booster for 3 900 doubloons and an 8 phases booster for 8 000 doubloons. You can also individually buy phases with each of them costing 1 750 doubloons. As usual, if you finish the Dockyard by whaling and without completing all missions, you will get 250 Steel for each extra token you get from the missions.

Now obviously, here comes the big question. Is the Atlântico worth the grind? Is that slow battleship with her beefy secondaries worth your sweat and blood? Well here is my opinion on the matter.

The Historical background

In terms of historical background, there isn’t much to talk about. In action, Atlantico is a pure WG-made ship. Shonai from Wargaming covered the logic behind the development of the design of Atlantico:

“This project is one of the possible implementations of the wishes of Brazilian admirals in the 1910s. In reality, Agincourt was the ship that was created following these requirements.
The main features are five twin turrets with 381 mm guns unlike Agincourt’s seven twin turrets with 305 mm guns.

The secondaries can be considered as a “second main caliber” with the turrets being similar to those that can be found on the British pre-dreadnaughts of the Lord Nelson-class.

The ship “was supposed to be built” in British dockyards in the 1910s.
In reality, because of the First World War, all the ships in British dockyards were to be requisitioned for the Royal Navy. Our ship was not fitting the concept of this navy at all and had zero chance of being built.
However, we suppose that the ship was actually constructed around 1915. Later, the ship underwent a modernization in the late 1930s in the U.S. as well as some more upgrades during the Second World War, mostly in terms of anti-air.”

Long story short, it’s basically a mix of Rio de Janeiro and Riachuelo projects, and the 234s come from Almirante Bacellar’s input on Armstrong design 686.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

The camouflage

The permanent camouflage of the Atlântico provides the classic bonuses for tier VIII ships:

  • -3% to surface detectability range
  • +4% to maximum dispersion of shells fired by the enemy at your ship
  • -10% to the cost of ship’s post-battle service
  • +50% to experience earned in the battle

By completing the Dockyard, you will also get a special commemorative permanent camouflage offering the same bonuses.

The Good and the Bad

The Good

  • Ten guns broadside
  • Decent dispersion
  • Same AP penetration as Vanguard
  • Good firing angles
  • Fast turret traverse
  • Secondary batteries with improved dispersion (same as the German battleships for the 127 mm and same as Georgia and co. for the 234 mm)
  • 234 mm secondaries with improved HE penetration
  • High damage per hit with the 234 mm secondaries
  • Same Damage Control Party as U.S. Battleships
  • Good concealment with 11.5 km spotting range by sea when fully specced

The Bad

  • One of the lowest HP pools of all tier VIII battleships
  • Relatively short main battery firing range
  • Only AP shells are available
  • Low damage per shell compared to other 15″ AP shells
  • The 234 mm secondaries are large targets that can easily be taken down by direct hits
  • Low maximum speed
  • No Spotting aircraft

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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‎Atlântico

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Propulsion: 73 200 HP

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‎Mk8 mod. 1

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381 mm/42 Mk I on a Mk.I**/N mount

General Characteristics and Playstyle

Tier VIII
Health 60 100 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 31 %
Displacement 41 834 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 227.9 m
Beam 30.4 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 26.3 m
Freeboard 6.16 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 18.600 km
381 mm/42 Mk I on a Mk.I**/N mount 5 x 2 381 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 7.473 km
234 mm/50 Mk.XI on a Mk.VII mount
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.24 mount
8 x 2 234 mm
10 x 1 127 mm
Maximum speed 25.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 800 m
Rudder Shift Time 14.8 s
Surface Detectability 14.66 km
Air Detectability 11.1 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 13.42 km
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 20 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%

Atlântico is overall a very interesting ship. Unlike the rest of the battleships in the game, she only has access to AP shells for the main battery. Initially, it was some beefed-up AP but then it was turned back to normal values. Don’t get me wrong though, her AP is definitely not something to underestimate, especially with a broadside of 10 guns.

At the same time, the ship also ends up having fairly strong secondaries. While German battleships rely on HP and armor to bring theirs into action and the German battlecruisers rely on speed and concealment, Atlântico does a bit of both. While she might be particularly slow, her armor gives her some pretty good tanking capacity and at the same time, she gets good concealment that allows her to close the distance quietly. Obviously, you will need to plan your engagements properly as the lack of speed will not allow you to disengage if things go south. That also means that if you end up dealing with a kiting flank, you will just be relying on your main battery because good luck catching up with the enemy.

If you want to see the ship in action, here is a commented replay of one of my games with her:

Here are also the post-battle results of that game.

Main Armament

5 x 2 381 mm/42 Mk I on a Mk.I**/N mount
 Maximum Firing Range 18.600 km
 Reloading Time 30.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 30.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 1.80 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 234 m
Shells
Type of Projectile AP – 381 mm AP Mk XXIIb SC
Alpha Damage 10 700
Projectile Speed 804 m/s
Air Drag 0.316
Projectile Mass 879 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 63 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

The main battery of Atlântico, even for a secondary-focused battleship, is quite strong.

Thanks to the 10 guns broadside, the 1.8 sigma is easily compensated and the same goes for the inferior damage per shell. While I will definitely miss the unique AP shells Atlântico had at the start with the improved penetration angles and reduced arming threshold, her current firepower is nothing to be underestimated.

The only big downside of Atlântico is that she doesn’t have HE (or SAP) shells. This means that angling against this ship is particularly effective because there won’t be any risk of getting set on fire by the main battery. For destroyers… well they will get mowed down by secondaries but they won’t risk getting nuked by 381 mm HE shells.

Secondary Armament

8 x 2 234 mm/50 Mk.XI on a Mk.VII mount
Maximum Firing Range 7.473 km
Reloading Time 12.5 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 234 mm HE 6 CRH
Alpha Damage 3 850
HE penetration 59 mm
Explosion Size 1.12
Chance to Cause Fire 21 %
Projectile Speed 881 m/s
Air Drag 0.36
Projectile Mass 185.3 kg
10 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.24 mount
Maximum Firing Range 7.473 km
Reloading Time 6.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage 1 800
HE penetration 21 mm
Explosion Size 0.38
Chance to Cause Fire 5 %
Projectile Speed 792 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 24.5 kg

The secondaries of the Atlântico are nothing to ignore. Her secondary armament is composed of single 127 mm peashooters and big scary twin 234 mm secondaries with improved HE penetration, high damage, and high fire chances. On top of that, both secondary types have improved dispersion. The 127 mm have the same dispersion as the secondaries of German battleships and the 234 mm have the same dispersion as the secondaries Georgia, Schlieffen, and such.

Once fully specced, you will reach an 11.3 km firing range while having an 11.5 km spotting range by sea. Basically, unless you are dealing with destroyers, the moment you get spotted, the secondaries will start opening up on your target. Obviously, Atlântico doesn’t reach the German battlecruisers level of “Rain of death and fire” but she definitely leaves a good impression on the enemies.

There is just one thing to keep in mind though. These 234 mm twin turrets are large targets and aren’t particularly tanky so it isn’t a bad idea to take Auxiliary Armament Modification 1 to make sure that they stay alive in case a British battleship or something similar starts slinging HE at you.

Anti-air Armament

10 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.24 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 27
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 95
Flak clouds number 5
Flak cloud damage 1 400
12 x 2 40 mm Bofors on a Mk.1 mount
4 x 4 40 mm Bofors on a Mk.2 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 96
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 336
16 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.20 mount
20 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 98
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 343

The anti-air of Atlântico, while not particularly bad, isn’t anything impressive and tier VIII carriers will have very little trouble at dropping you multiple times with a single squadron.

The Armor

Atlântico presents fairly respectable armor protection. It is well protected against HE and, unless you give a flat broadside to everyone, the ship is also well protected against AP shells.

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Secondary barbettes:

Turtleback:

Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden armor protection inside the bow and stern:

Final Opinion

In the end, I consider Atlântico to be definitely worth grinding for. She offers a relatively unique take on secondary-oriented battleships and still presents a strong main battery. If you have the time to do the grind, you should go for it and take the opportunity to get a solid tier VIII battleship.

Recommended Build

For the Atlântico, I recommend the following commander build and upgrades:

If you want to secure your 234 mm secondaries, you can also take Auxiliary Armament Modification 1 as the main battery turrets are decently protected.

This concludes my review of the Atlântico. Thank you for reading this article!

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