We’ve talked about on several occasions how the combat in World of Warships Blitz is more than just about firing at your enemies until they sink. Sure, you’ll need to rain hell on them to defeat them, but you’ll also need to take care of your ship so you don’t get sunk yourself. In this sense, you can never sail head-on into the enemy as this is a surefire method for getting ganged up and destroyed faster than you can “Ouch!”
Every type of ship has its own strengths and weaknesses, which you can check out in our guide on the ship types and best ships in World of Warships. However, regardless of their type, every vessel has one important thing in common: They all sink when shot too much. Because of this small detail, you’ll need to employ some advanced tactics to survive in the battlefield, avoid damage, and return fire to the enemy, all while avoiding any nasty icebergs or other obstacles.
In this guide, we’re gonna share some advanced naval combat tactics that you can use to stay alive in World of Warships Blitz.
Islands are Your Best Friends (Or Worst Enemies)
Across every map, you’ll find small islands and other objects that present a collision hazard to you warship. Avoiding these objects is as simple as steering clear of them. However, you might not want to avoid them at all, since they’re a great source of cover from enemy fire.
Shooting in World of Warships Blitz is tough; we’ve made that clear several times. However, while proper use of the BlueStacks Keymapping Tool can greatly improve your aim, in general, you will never hit what you can’t see. Case in point, by sticking close to the islands and other objects around the map, you can use them as cover from enemy fire. A good tactic for this purpose is to sail close to an island, and just do circles around them until you deal with the immediate threat.
However, take care not to sail too close as you risk crashing into the object, potentially damaging your ship. Furthermore an excellent use of the island is when you’re recharging your weapons or changing ammo type, which can take a lot of time. For maximum effect, float to the island so that you put it between the enemy and yourself, and go to a full stop. Wait until your weapons are ready to go, and then sail back out to combat. You can also use the islands for when you’re waiting for your repair kits to come out of cooldown.
Upgrade Shot Traverse Speed to Improve Precision
Your standard battery ammo in World of Warships is slow and takes a few seconds to reach its target. While the projectiles are in the air, they travel in a ballistic trajectory, flying in an arc until hitting the ground where you were aiming. This arc helps you to land even tricky shots where the enemy is hiding behind islands or other obstacles, but can also hamper your ability to aim properly.
Fortunately, you can improve your precision in naval combat by upgrading your ammo traverse speed. Especially when it comes to dealing with pesky Destroyers, having faster ammo means that the shells will spend less time in the air, and more time embedded in your enemy’s hull, hopefully sinking them.
The best way to improve your projectile traverse speed is by using the right equipment. For example, by equipping the Main Battery Modification equipment, you’ll increase the speed of your main battery projectiles by a whopping 20%. That’s 20 percent less time in the air, which can significantly improve your accuracy against even the fastest targets. Alternatively, if you want to improve the speed of all your weapons, you could also consider using the Aiming System Modification, which provides a weaker bonus, but to all your weapons systems instead of only your main battery.
Use The Right Ammo for the Job
AP Ammo, HE Ammo, and torpedoes, the tools that you’ll use in all your matches both for defending yourself and to sink the enemy ships. We talked about the properties of each ammo type in our naval basics guide, so take a look there if you want to learn more.
However, what we want to talk about right now is when to use each type of ammo. We know that HE shells are weaker but cause burning in the enemy, and AP rounds are stronger but are trickier to use due to armor penetration. In this sense, you’ll want to use HE shells only when the enemy is very far away since your AP round won’t penetrate enough of their hull to cause damage. However, if the enemy is near, switch to AP and punch several holes in their armor.
A special fact to consider here is the armor of your enemy. If you’re going up against a Battleship, you won’t do much damage regardless of your ammo type. A good strategy here would be to pelt your opponent with HE shells since the burning effect causes flat damage equivalent to 10% of the enemy’s health over 20 seconds. The burning effect ignores enemy armor and will tear through their health after several applications.
Never. Stop. Moving
A still target is an easy target. If you’re struggling to hit your enemy while you’re both moving, odds are that he’s having the same issues, too. Even though you’re commanding huge warships, you can still maneuver enough to dodge incoming enemy fire, which is something you can’t do when you’re at a full stop.
Keep in mind that, when it comes to fighting in a naval setting, your ship can only steer if you’re moving forward. In this sense, the faster you’re moving, the better you’ll be able to make sharp turns to dodge those enemy torpedoes. For this reason, if you want to win in World of Warships, you should never stop moving.
Avoid Enemy Detection Until the Right Moment
Did you know that camouflage is a thing in this naval game? Sure, the game explains it a bit during the tutorial, but this feature eluded us since, even though the enemy was technically camouflaged, we could still see them in the distance. However, the thing about concealment and detection in World of Warships is that, even though your enemy can physically see you, they can’t lock on to you if you’re outside their scanning range. Furthermore, if you’re outside their radars, you won’t show up on their minimap.
Use concealment to your advantage when sneaking up on those pesky Aircraft Carriers and to make short work of the enemy’s weakest links. You can improve your camo index by purchasing different camo paints in the armory.
In short, if you want to survive in World of Warships while also doing the most damage to the enemy, you’ll want to stay hidden, make every shot count, and never stop moving once you’re engaged in combat. In this manner, you’ll not only maximize your damage output, but you’ll also minimize the probability of sustaining heavy damage yourself in this naval game.