World of Warships

World of Warships: Italian cruiser event and personal opinion on them

With the version 0.8.9., World of Warships will start a new cycle of updates dedicated to the Italian cruisers.
Just like the other new branch releases, we will get a first update that will allow us to get some of the ships in early access, special permanent camouflages and also a Premium ship linked to that branch.

Let’s have a look at this event!

RULES OF THE EVENT

  • 42 missions across four Directives
  • Completing the missions of the Directives and special combat missions for Italian cruisers will bring you a new temporary resource—Italian Tokens
  • Italian Tokens can also be obtained from Daily Shipments and for completing Daily Missions
    • For one chain of Daily Missions, you’ll earn 10 Italian Tokens
    • For both Daily Mission chains, you’ll acquire 20 Italian Tokens
  • Italian Cruisers containers can be obtained for completing Directives and from Daily Shipments
    • The containers have a certain chance of dropping a combat mission that grants you early access to Tier V–VIII Italian cruisers once completed
  • In Update 0.8.10, Tier I–X Italian cruisers will become available for all players to research in the Tech Tree

AVAILABLE REWARDS

All players will have access to the Daily Shipments’ rewards: Italian Tokens, doubloons, credits, camos, Premium Account time, and Italian Cruisers containers.

Playing smoothly in Update 0.8.9, and having completed six missions in each of the first two Directives, players will be able to obtain up to four Italian Cruisers containers and 690 Italian Tokens—equivalent to one of the following rewards in the Armory:

  • 5 days of Warship Premium account
  • 57 Regia Marina camouflage patterns
  • 5 100 000credits
  • Up to 280 signals
  • Permanent camos for researchable Tier V, VI, or VII Italian cruisers
  • 9x random Patria e Onore bundles that offer a chance of obtaining cruiser  V Genova
  • 9x Italian Cruisers containers that have a certain chance of dropping you doubloons or missions that unlock early access to Italian cruisers

Having completed all of the four Directives, players will receive 10 Italian Cruisers containers and 1,470 Italian Tokens that can be exchanged in the Armory for the following rewards:

  • 12 days of Warship Premium account
  • 122x Regia Marina camouflage patterns
  • 10 950 000 credits
  • Up to 610 signals
  • Permanent camos for researchable Tier V, VI, VII, or VIII Italian cruisers
  • 21x random Patria e Onore bundles that offer a chance of obtaining cruiser  V Genova
  • 21x Italian Cruisers containers that carry a certain chance of dropping you doubloons or missions that unlock early access to Italian cruisers

The top players who have completed all missions of the four Directives and all Daily Missions will receive 2,330 Italian Tokens which can be exchanged for the following rewards in the Armory:

  • 19 days of Warship Premium account
  • 194x Regia Marina camouflage patterns
  • 17 400 000 credits
  • Up to 970 signals
  • Permanent camos for researchable Tier V, VI, VII, or VIII Italian cruisers
  • 22x random Patria e Onore bundles with a guarantee of dropping cruiser  V Genova
  • 33x Italian Cruisers containers that have a certain chance of dropping you doubloons or missions that unlock early access to Italian cruisers

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ITALIAN CRUISERS

The main feature of Update 0.8.9 is the chance that it offers to be among the first to try out the researchable Italian Tier V–VIII ships. But what makes Italian cruisers so special?

The newcomers are notable for their maneuverability and powerful 203 mm guns with heavyweight broadside salvoes on Tier VI cruisers and higher. The unique features of Italian cruisers include semi-armor-piercing (SAP) shells and the Exhaust Smoke Generator consumable.

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SAP shell features

  • SAP shells may ricochet after hitting their target, but have smaller ricochet angles than AP shells
  • If your hit doesn’t ricochet, the armor penetration mechanics are similar to those of HE shells
  • They can’t overpenetrate targets
  • They can’t start fires on enemy ships
  • They cause higher damage and can penetrate thicker armor than HE shells

SAP shells can steadily inflict large amounts of regular damage to enemy ships.

The difference between the Exhaust Smoke Generator and the standard Smoke Generator is that the former conceals a ship without her reducing the speed. This consumable works for 25–40 seconds, with smoke dissipating in 10 seconds.

In this Update, players will be able to unlock early access to Tier V–VIII Italian cruisers.

Personal opinion

I won’t lie, I was not impressed at all by the Italian cruisers. They are all across the board, except for Venezia, simply inferior to the roaming cruisers of the other nations. They are relatively easy to play, mostly because of the Exhaust Smoke Generator that allows them to turn without the risk of getting demolished if they were spotted before. The nature of the SAP also limits the reflexion on how to optimize the damage output but that’s also the biggest downside of these ships. They offer a very small capacity to optimize their performances due to the SAP shells and you will be thinking “I wish I had HE right now” very often.

The thing is that, unlike HE shells, you cannot toy around fires and rely on them to deal additional damage and unlike AP, except for some very rare cases, you cannot just aim for the citadel. You can only spam the shells on enemy ships and that’s it. Also, the high alpha damage just doesn’t compensate enough for the slow reload in my opinion except for the Venezia and the Brindisi.

Another problem is that, once again, we get roaming cruisers so ships meant to stay on the move and actively maneuver with VERY vulnerable steering gears. HE shells from destroyers are enough to jam them. The only ships with resistant steering gears are the Venezia and Genova. For the others, Last Stand will be mandatory.

To summarize, you have a line of roaming cruisers with vulnerable steering gears, with a very small capacity to optimize their damage output that isn’t that high from the start and with limited capacity to make meaningful plays. Their only real strength is their amazing agility because they are very fast and turn on a dice.

Ah and I also forgot one thing. Sovetsky Soyuz and Kremlin literally laugh at the Italian cruisers if these 2 are angled. Their SAP penetrates up to 54 mm of armor so they can only penetrate their bow, stern and superstructure. Everything else, you will get shatters. It would be with other cruisers, you could set fires. It would be the British light cruisers, you could actually get penetrations on their deck. With the Italian cruisers, you just run.

EVENT DIRECTIVES

The new game event tasks you with completing 42 missions across four Directives. A new Directive will open each week, and you can start progressing in the next Directive only once you’ve completed six missions from the previous one. To obtain the final award, you have to complete eight missions of the fourth Directive.

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Missions can be completed in Random and Co-op Battles. Some missions can be completed in Clan Battles, Operations, and Twilight Battles—a temporary battle type dedicated to the celebration of Halloween. You’ll find more details in the game client.

Please note: starting from Update 0.8.8, the opening and closing time of Directives corresponds to the beginning of each new game session day—07:00 CEST (UTC+2).

The first Directive will become available after Update 0.8.9 is released and the maintenance downtime is over. The opening dates of the second, third, and fourth Directives are October 22, October 29, and November 5, respectively.

Directives can be completed until: Tue. 12 Nov. 07:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Completing missions and Directives will bring you signals, expendable camouflage patterns, Coal, Elite Commander XP, Italian Cruisers containers, and Italian Tokens.

Hall of Fame

After completing the fourth Directive, you’ll gain access to the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame lets you cross swords with the best players out there. Rewards will be issued to every Commander who scores at least one point by the special rules of the Hall.

For more details, check out the rules for rewards and crediting of Hall of Fame points, available in the game client.

ITALIAN TOKENS

You can earn Italian Tokens for:

  • Completing all the missions and Directives of the Italian Cruisers event—up to 1 790 Tokens
  • Completing Daily Missions October 17 through November 12—up to 540 Tokens
  • Completing combat missions on  V Genova V Raimondo Montecuccoli VI Trento VII Zara, and  VIII Amalfi—100 Tokens per mission
    • To complete the mission, it’s necessary to earn 15 000 base XP in Operations, Random, Clan, or Co-op Battles
Combat missions can be completed until: Thu. 14 Nov. 07:00 CEST (UTC+2)

In total, you can earn 2 830 Italian Tokens throughout the Update. After the release of Update 0.8.10, they can be obtained only from Italian Cruisers Premium containers. With the release of Update 0.8.11, all Italian Tokens will be converted to credits at a rate of 1 : 4 500.

Italian Tokens can be exchanged in the Armory for:

  • Regia Marina expendable camouflage pattern
  • Credits
  • Days of Warships Premium Account
  • Signals
  • Italian Cruisers containers
  • Grigio-azzurro chiaro permanent camos for ships Raimondo Montecuccoli, Trento, Zara, and Amalfi. The camo is painted in shades of light blue and gray—the standard coloring for the Italian Royal Navy ships of the initial period of World War 2
  • Random Patria e Onore bundles

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Camouflage Regia Marina

  • Detectability range by sea: ?3%
  • Dispersion of shells fired by the enemy attacking your ship: +4%
  • XP per battle: +100%
  • Commander XP: +50%
  • Free XP: +100%

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RANDOM BUNDLES

The Italian Cruisers section of the Armory will offer random bundles at the price of 70 Italian Tokens each.

  • All the rewards are visible in advance: the bundles’ contents and their amounts are displayed when viewing the currently available bundle
  • After each exchange, you’ll be able to see the contents of a new random bundle out of 22 available
  • Having collected all 22 bundles, you’re guaranteed to have obtained all the available rewards, including Italian cruiser  V Genova

List of bundles

Contents Number of bundles
1  V Genova, a Port slot, and Commander with 3 skill points 1
2 3x Dragon signals, 3x Hydra signals, and 3x Regia Marina expendable camos 2
3 3x Wyvern signals, 3x Basilisk signals, and 3x Regia Marina expendable camos 2
4 3x Red Dragon signals, 3x Scylla signals, and 3x Regia Marina expendable camos 2
5 3x Ouroboros signals, 3x Leviathan signals, and 3x Regia Marina expendable camos 2
6 3x Regia Marina expendable camos, 250,000 credits, 1,000 Coal 4
7 250,000 credits, 2,000 Coal 5
8 10x Equal Speed Charlie London signals, 10x Zulu signals, 10x Papa Papa signals, and 10x Zulu Hotel signals 4

If you obtain  V Genova from a random bundle and already have this ship in your Port, you’ll get a Commander, Port slot, and compensation for the ship in the form of doubloons.

EVENT CONTAINERS

Daily Shipments and the event’s Directives will bring you Italian Cruisers containers.

An Italian Cruisers container drops:

  • 1x Regia Marina camouflage pattern
  • One of the following: 1x special signal (Dragon, Hydra, Ouroboros, or Red Dragon), 100x doubloons, or 1x Type 59 camo
  • One of the following: 1x special signal (Dragon, Scylla, Leviathan, or Basilisk) or 500x Free XP
  • A chance to get a special combat mission for one of the Italian cruisers:  V Raimondo Montecuccoli VI Trento VII Zara, or  VIII Amalfi

An Italian Cruisers Premium container drops:

  • 50x Italian Tokens
  • One of the following: 10x special signals or 150x doubloons
  • One of the following: 7x Regia Marina camos or 7x Type 59 camos
  • A chance to get a special combat mission for one of the Italian cruisers:  V Raimondo Montecuccoli VI Trento VII Zara, or  VIII Amalfi

The chances of getting a combat mission from Italian Cruisers Premium containers is higher than from standard containers.

  • The mission for any particular ship can be dropped only once
  • To complete the mission, you’ll need to earn 10,000 to 16,000 base XP playing Tier V–X ships in Operations, Random, Clan, Ranked, or Co-op Battles
  • Combat missions can be completed until December 31
  • All ships come with a Port slot and Commander with 3 skill points
  • In Update 0.8.9, you won’t be able to research the next ship in the Italian cruiser branch

DAILY SHIPMENTS

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During Update 0.8.9, if you log in to the game during the period from October 17 through October 31, you can get the following rewards via the Daily Shipments section.

You can get a total of 10 rewards, while the shipments are available for 14 days. This means that after you enter the game for the first time, you’ll have 14 days to obtain 10 rewards—one per day. Thus, you can skip four days out of two weeks and still claim all the valuable rewards.

Rewards

  • 3x Regia Marina camouflage patterns
  • 50 000 credits
  • 25 Italian Tokens
  • 1 days of Warship Premium account
  • 1x Italian Cruisers container
  • 3x Regia Marina camouflage patterns
  • 50 000 credits
  • 50 doubloons
  • 25x Italian Tokens
  • 1x Italian Cruisers container

Be among the first to try out Italian cruisers!

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