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Ship Locking

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Ship locking is a mechanic designed to force admirals to use a wider variety of ships. At this time, this mechanic has only been used in Events.

A group of ships locked to the AL missions of the Summer 2014 Event.
A group of ships locked to the MI missions of the Summer 2014 Event.

Concept

Ship locking was introduced in the Summer 2014 Event, also known as AL/MI. This event introduced this mechanic to enact the feel of a two front war, following the historical battles of the Aleutian Islands and the Battle of Midway, the former of which was often theorized to have been a feint to draw away the naval fleets stationed at the Midway Atoll. This mechanic was also utilized for the Fall 2014 Event, the Spring 2015 Event, and the Summer 2015 Event.

Details

Ship locking is a mechanic that places a badge on the banners of all ships deployed to a specific map and applying certain restrictions on deploying ships with badges.

  • Ships used in event support expeditions do not obtain a badge.
  • Ships that are tagged for one of these maps cannot be sortied to another map that would apply a different badge.
  • This applies to all ships in the fleet you're attempting to deploy (both fleets if it's a Combined Fleet).
  • Since the Spring 2015 Event, the easy difficulty ignores the sortie restriction for that map; the badges are still applied to ships that do not already have a badge, however.
  • Certain maps may also reject ships with certain (or all) badges, despite not applying one itself.
  • Duplicates of ships are considered different entities; tagging of one does not prevent the other from being deployed to a map that applies a different badge.
  • Ship locking does not prevent the ship from being deployed to expeditions or non-event maps.

Examples

So far, there have been a few events utilizing the mechanic of ship locking.

  • Summer 2014 Event
    • Maps E-1 and E-2 applied an AL badge to ships, and locked out any ship with an MI badge.
    • Maps E-3, E-4, and E-5 applied an MI badge to ships, and locked out any ship with an AL badge.
    • Map E-6 locked out all badged ships, despite not applying a badge.
    • Any badged ship could not participate in any support expeditions.
  • Fall 2014 Event
    • Maps E-1 and E-2 applied a blue badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a green badge.
    • Map E-3 applied a green badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue badge.
    • Map E-4 ignored the locking mechanic, and allowed all ships, badged or not.
  • Spring 2015 Event
    • Maps E-1, E-2, and E-6 did not partake in the ship locking mechanic.
    • Map E-3 applied a blue badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a green or orange badge.
    • Map E-4 applied a green badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue or orange badge.
    • Map E-5 applied an orange badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue or green badge.
  • The sortie restriction did not apply for E-3, E-4, or E-5 if the admiral attempted the map on easy difficulty.
  • Summer 2015 Event
    • Maps E-1 and E-2 applied a blue badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a green, yellow, or orange badge.
    • Maps E-3 and E-6 applied a green badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue, yellow, or orange badge.
    • Map E-4 applied a yellow badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue, green, or orange badge.
    • Map E-5 applied an orange badge to ships, and locked out any ship with a blue, green, or yellow badge.
    • Map E-7 did not apply a tag, and accepted all ships except ships with an orange badge.
  • The sortie restriction did not apply for all event maps if the admiral attempted the map on easy difficulty.

Strategy

As with all events, it is recommended to have a wide variety of ships, and this mechanic makes that even more important. Depending on the amount of maps and the configuration of those maps, you could have up to 72 ships locked into one map (worst case scenario, with 6 combined fleet maps all using different locks), assuming that you do not switch ships out for repairs, which would increase that number. As such, it is important to keep track of your ships and make sure you do not lock ships you need in order to meet branching requirements or have the power to beat later maps. As such, it is important to research the event maps ahead of time to plan out your fleet compositions ahead of time. It is also important to balance your ship levels across multiple groups or you could end up with a low-level fleet being your only composition capable of reaching the boss in a later map, making sure to include LOS in these considerations, as it is often needed for branching.