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This category contains all ships classified as Destroyers.

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Destroyers (DD) are very versatile, utilizing Small Caliber Main Gun Small Caliber Main Guns, Torpedoes Torpedoes, and Depth ChargesSONAR ASW equipment, and having high torpedo Torpedo Attack, ASW Anti-Submarine Warfare, and evasion Evasion, and good "night attack power Night Battle Power" stats, to the detriment of firepower and armor. They:

DD Default equipment compatibility
✔️ Can Equip ❌ Cannot Equip
Fighter Dive Bomber Torpedo Bomber JetFighterBomber2.png Reconnaissance Aircraft Large Reconnaissance AircraftSp Reconnaissance SeaplaneRecon Seaplane BomberBomber Seaplane Fighter Large Flying Boat Rotorcraft Liaison Aircraft Aviation Personnel TransportationMaterial.png
Small Caliber Main Gun Anti-Aircraft Gun Anti-Aircraft Fire Director Torpedoes Depth Charges Small SONARSmall Small RADARSmall Medium Caliber Main Gun Large Caliber Main Gun Very Large Caliber Main GunSp Secondary Gun Large Secondary High-Angle GunSp_Sec Submarine TorpedoesSub Midget SubmarineMinisub Large SONARLarge Large RADARLarge Very Large RADARSp Submarine Equipment
Engine Improvement FlareIcon.png Searchlight Lookout Drum Anti-Ground Artillery Smoke Generator Emergency Repair Personnel Ration Anti-Aircraft Shell Armor-Piercing Shell Medium ArmorMedium Large ArmorLarge Large SearchlightLarge Landing Craft Amphibious Tank Landing Forces Facility.png Command Facility Supplies
RE: Anti-Aircraft Gun Anti-Aircraft Fire Director Lookout Emergency Repair Personnel Ration Equipment Card Improved Kanhon Type Turbine.png
Equipability notes: Night Fighter=Fighter ; Night Torpedo Bomber=Torpedo Bomber ; JetFighterBomber1.png=JetFighterBomber2.png ; Night Reconnaissance Seaplane =Reconnaissance SeaplaneRecon ; Night Seaplane Bomber =Seaplane BomberBomber ; Small Caliber Main High-Angle GunSmall=Small Caliber Main Gun ; Medium Main High-Angle GunMedium=Medium Caliber Main Gun ; Secondary High-Angle GunSec=Secondary Gun ; Barrage Balloon=Smoke Generator


A Destroyer (駆逐艦 kuchikukan) is a fast and maneuverable yet long-endurance warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy, or battle group and defend them against smaller, powerful, short-range attackers. The first ship named and classified as a destroyer was the Spanish warship Destructor (1886), designed by Fernando Villaamil.

The Imperial Japanese Navy possessed some of the most formidable destroyers of their day. This came as a nasty surprise to the Allies, who had generally underestimated Japanese technical capabilities.

Originally the IJN issued numerical designations to every ship. However, the bland numerical designations were unpopular with the officers and crews. Thus the IJN abolished destroyers' numerical designations in August 1928, reverting to names. The reverence held by the Japanese for the arts of war, promoted by the pre-war military governments, led to poetic-sounding names for warships. Destroyers were allocated names associated with natural phenomena of weather, sky, and sea, e.g., wind (kaze), snow (yuki), rain (ame), clouds (kumo), waves (nami), mist (kiri), frost (shimo), tides (shio), and the moon (tsuki).

The IJN further classified its destroyers by types, classes, and eventually sub-classes. The "type special" is named as such because of how much a leap forward it was, redefining the general ship design of all future IJN destroyers. Later in WWII, the IJN ordered many specialized destroyers, now divided into type A, for the main combat ones, type B, for the AA-focused ones, type C for the most formidable ones (only experimental), and type D for the cheaper ASW-focused ones.

Type Main Class Sub Class
"Pre Type Special"[1] Kamikaze-class -
Mutsuki-class -
Type Special Fubuki-class Fubuki-class
"Post Type Special" Hatsuharu-class[2] -
Shiratsuyu-class -
Asashio-class -
Type A Kagerou-class -
Yuugumo-class -
Type B Akizuki-class Akizuki-class
Super Akizuki-class[5] -
Type C Shimakaze-class -
Super Shimakaze-class[6] -
Type D Matsu-class Matsu-class
  1. The unreleased Momi-class, Minekaze-class, and Wakatake-class can also be included for WW2.
  2. Sometime, the 2 later ships of the class are considered as Ariake-class instead.
  3. Fuyutsuki in the game is considered an Akizuki-class and not a Fuyutsuki-class for no apparent reason.
  4. Unreleased yet.
  5. The Super Akizuki-class was planned but never build, and may serve as a template for future in-game remodels.
  6. The Super Shimakaze-class was planned but never build, and may serve as a template for a future in-game remodel.
  7. The Tachibana-class has been teased in an interview.


This category has the following 19 subcategories, out of 19 total.