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World of Warships: Friesland Review

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The first ship of the Dutch Navy is now in World of Warships for 1 000 000 Free XP. The HNLMS Friesland and her fast-firing guns are waiting for you Ladies and Gentlemen!

Tier IX Pan-European Freemium Destroyer Friesland: Warthog-land


Her permanent camouflage gives the standard Tier IX permanent camouflage bonuses:


The Good and the Bad

The Good

  • 1.8 second base reload time
  • Turrets able to turn at 360°
  • Great AA power
  • U.S. destroyer type of smoke
  • Hydroacoustic Search and Defensive AA

The Bad

  • No torpedoes
  • Relatively slow for a destroyer and no Engine boost
  • Bad concealment for a destroyer

My opinion

The Friesland is quite a unique destroyer. It is, in fact, the very first destroyer that doesn’t have any torpedo armament. You might think that this is terrible. Well, for blocking that one angry battleship from charging you, yes it is. However, that lack of torpedoes is compensated by the fastest firing main batteries of the game.

Long story short, All hail our Lord and Savior Bofors! 

Health pool

Now, before looking at the guns, let’s first talk about the health pool. The Friesland’s HP pool is somewhat disappointing for a ship of that size with only 17 600 HP. It is, of course, still respectable but one could have hoped for 1 000 more HP.
Coupled with the large size of the ship, you need to be careful and avoid those big volleys that can cripple you for an entire game.

Main batteries


Main Battery
2 x 2 120 mm/50 Bofors No.10
Maximum Firing Range 12.350 km
 Reloading Time 1.8 s
180 Degree Turn Time 6.0 s
Optimal front firing angle
Optimal rear firing angle 35°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion  108 m
Type of Projectile  HE – 120 mm brisantgranaat M/50
Alpha Damage 1 750 HP
Damage 490 HP
Penetration capacity  19 mm
Explosion size 0.4
Fire chance 8 %
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.322
Projectile Mass 23.5
Projectile Detonator 0.001 s
Type of Projectile AP – pantserprojectiel M/50
Alpha Damage 2 100 HP
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.322
Projectile Mass 23.5
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s

BEHOLD MY CHILDREN! Witness the glory of our Lord Bofors!

The main batteries of the Friesland are, with her anti-air, the bread and butter of the ship. Even though the ship only has 4 guns, thanks to their very fast reload of 1.8 seconds (which goes down to 1.4 seconds with the appropriate build) they deliver an amazing damage output. The fire chance also helps a lot with 8 % chance to cause a fire. Quite an impressive value for these guns.

Now, let’s clear out something. While these guns are very effective to fight destroyers because of the fast reload, do not try to actively hunt them as it was advertised. The ship is just too sluggish and her concealment doesn’t help either. Enemy destroyers just have way too much time to react once they spot you to hunt them effectively (of course, unless it’s something like a French destroyer for example). HOWEVER, she is very good at farming damage on battleships and cruisers. You are chewing on their superstructure with your peashooters while setting a few fires along the way. If you ask me, the ship is pretty good to farm Witherers.

The torpedo armament

Ah right… There is none. another rule to follow with this ship. Don’t be too aggressive and get close to the enemy. If they decide to charge you, the only things you have are your guns. Alternatively, you can slam your ship into theirs…

Keep a safe distance to avoid being in a situation in which you are 6 km away from a German battleship that has a secondary build.

The anti-air armament


Air Defense
2 x 2 120 mm/50 Bofors No.10
Sector range 0.1 km – 6.0 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 42
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 147
Flak clouds number 6
Flak cloud damage 1 820
6 x 1 40 mm70 Bofors SP48
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 60
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 210

WITNESS MY CHILDREN!!!! No ok, I will stop with that…

You remember the fact that the Smolensk’s anti-air is brutal? Well, Friesland is relatively close to her. She has by far the best anti-air of any destroyer. Tier VIII carriers will have a very bad day and Tier X ones will also have a bad surprise.

You can also have a view on the quadruple 375 mm mortar launchers at the front of the 2 40 mm Bofors mounts. My hand to cut that these will make of the Friesland a fantastic submarine hunter when they will join the game. After all, it was the original goal of the ship when the class was built.

Maneuverability and Concealment

Maneuverability and Concealment
Maximum speed 36 kt
Turning Circle Radius 620 m
Rudder Shift Time 4.0 s
Surface Detectability 8.18 km
Air Detectability 2.9 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 2.97 km

The Friesland is not really shining on that department. She is only able to reach a 36 knots top speed (37.8 knots with the Sierra Mike flag) and she lacks the Engine boost consumable. The maneuverability is decent but it is not great either.

For the concealment, as I said before, it is really far from good. With a full concealment build, you can only reach 6.4 km concealment by sea (but 2.3 km detectability by air which is pretty good). This gives to most enemy destroyers plenty of time to react when they spot you and you can’t just smoke up and use your hydroacoustic to catch them like that. You can, of course, use that consumable combination to setup up an ambush against enemy destroyers but that’s pretty much it.

The armor


The Friesland has the classic 19 mm plating that is present on almost all high tier destroyers. The superstructure is 13 mm thick and the turrets are only protected by 6 mm of armor.

The consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

Number of charges: 2
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 240 s
Life time: 127 s
Smoke radius: 450 m
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.5 km
Ship spotting range: 5.0 km
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Life time: 127 s
Smoke radius: 450 m

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.5 km
Ship spotting range: 5.0 km


The Friesland is a very unique destroyer that compensates her lack of torpedoes by amazing firepower and anti-air. While she cannot actively hunt destroyers, she is a very good damage dealer and her set of consumables can also allow her to play a more defensive role near capture points to ambush unaware enemy destroyers.

Is she worth 1 000 000 Free XP? She definitely is. Now after that, you do have the problem of getting a good captain for her unless you already have a spare Blyskawica captain around.

Recommended build

During the testing of the Friesland, I used the following captain build and upgrades:


Captain build:

  • Priority Target
  • Adrenaline Rush
  • Last Stand
  • Basic Firing Training
  • Survivability Expert
  • Concealment Expert
  • Advanced Firing Training


  • Icon_modernization_PCM030_MainWeapon_Mod_I.png Main Armaments Modification 1
  • Wows_icon_modernization_PCM021_Engine_Mod_I.png Propulsion Modification 1 or Wows_icon_modernization_PCM041_SonarSearch_Mod_I.png Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
  • Wows_icon_modernization_PCM033_Guidance_Mod_I.png Aiming Systems Modification 1 or Icon_modernization_PCM018_AirDefense_Mod_III.png AA Guns Modification 1
  • Wows_icon_modernization_PCM024_Engine_Mod_II.png Propulsion Modification 2
  • Concealment_System_Mod_1.png Concealment System Modification 1
  • Wows_icon_modernization_PCM013_MainGun_Mod_III.png Main Battery Modification 3

Last words

This wraps up my review of the Friesland. If things go as planned, she will be soon available for a giveaway on our official Discord so stay tuned. On this, see you later!

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