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Help:Ship Priority

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Introduction

This article is meant to be a rough guideline to help you determine which girls you should be leveling. Included in this is which girls you should be using your limited blueprints, action reports and prototype catapults on. Event-only girls are listed separately due to their rarity. Any girl not listed here can be considered low priority.

The bare minimum you'll require for events is 7DD 1CL 3CA/V 4FBB 2CV 2CVL. This covers all combined fleet combinations with no extra capacity for ship locks or historical ships.

As a general rule, girls which require special resources (blueprint, action report, protoype catapult) are rated lower than their counterparts unless they outclass every other girl in that category. Unless otherwise noted, you should be getting girls to their highest remodel.

The advice in this article assumes you already have the girl. Don't stress about missing high priority girls.

Destroyer (DD)

DDs form the backbone of your fleet. They are your specialists that can be divided into the following roles:

  1. Combat
    • Torpedo Cut-In
  2. Anti-sub
  3. Anti-installation (overlaps with Transport Combined Fleet)
  4. Anti-air

Some DDs can fulfill more than one role.

Combat (Including TCI)
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Yuudachi Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low Kai Ni level at 55.
Ayanami Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Can double up as TCI ship with 40 Luck at Kai Ni.
Yukikaze Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low remodel level.
  • Combat stats are on the low end but high Luck makes her ideal for TCI.
Shimakaze Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low remodel level.
Shigure Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low Kai Ni level at 60.
  • Combat stats are on the low end but high Luck makes her ideal for TCI.
High Asashio Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Convertible remodel to ASW focus.
Jervis Event Drop
  • Low combat stats but 55 Luck makes her good for TCI.
  • Innate OASW at Kai.
Tashkent Event Drop
  • 4-slots.
  • Low combat stats but 4 slots and 43 Luck makes her a good for TCI.
Medium Naganami Drop
  • Requires Blueprint and Action Report
  • Required for quarterly that gives Action Reports.
Kawakaze Drop
  • Can also carry landing craft.
Michishio Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Can also carry landing craft/tanks.
Kasumi Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Can also carry landing craft/tanks.
Low Hatsushimo Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low combat stats but 53 Luck makes her capable of TCI.
Shiratsuyu
Murasame
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires Action Report.
  • Common drop.
  • Can carry tanks (Shiratsuyu) or DLC (Murasame).
Umikaze Drop
  • Requires Action Report.
  • Can carry tanks.
Ooshio
Arashio
Arare
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Common drop
  • Can carry tanks and DLC.
Kagerou
Shiranui
Kuroshio
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires Blueprint.
Yuugumo
Makigumo
Kazagumo
Asashimo
Drop
  • Requires Blueprint and Action Report
Anti-Submarine
Priority Name Availability Notes
High Tanikaze
Urakaze
Drop
  • Decent ASW Stat at D Kai Remodel
Jervis
Janus
Fletcher
Johnston
Samuel B. Roberts
Event
  • Automatic OASW at Kai Remodel
Medium Asashio Kai 2 D Drop
Construction
  • Good ASW Stat at Kai Ni D Remodel
  • Gives up the good Combat Stats of her Kai 2 Remodel
Shiratsuyu
Umikaze
Arare
Drop
Construction (not Umikaze)
Fumizuki
Satsuki
Drop
Construction
  • Decent ASW Stat at Kai Ni Remodel
Tashkent Event
  • 4 Slots
Low n/a n/a
  • Any Ship that you can make OASW with your available Equipment
  • Ships that also appear in other DD Categories are to be preferred

Destroyer Escort (DE)

All DEs are low priority for leveling. There's no reason to level them outside of fulfilling branching or expedition requirements. You'll want at least 4 DE at Kai and the rest can be leveled at your own leisure.

Light Cruiser (CL)

The primary role of a CL is to provide utility for the fleet. This is readily apparent in Combined Fleets that only allow a single CL to participate. As such, there is a limited number of CLs that can be considered useful. Like DDs, they can be roughly divided into the same roles.

Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Abukuma Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires blueprint.
  • Can perform opening torpedoes.
    • Has great combat stats for TCI if luckmodded.
  • Good ASW allows OASW at Kai Ni.
    • Requires level 82 for OASW while maintaining opening torpedoes.
  • Can carry DLC/tank for anti-installation nukes.
Kitakami
Ooi
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low remodel level.
  • Can perform opening torpedoes.
  • Source of 61cm Quint (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount.
  • Classified as CLT.
    • They do not always count as CL for branching requirements.
    • They do not count as CLs for the 1CL requirement in CF escorts.
Sendai Drop
Normal Construction
  • Only valuable for equipment, but equipment is a must-have.
High Kuma
Nagara
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low remodel level.
  • Common drop.
Yuubari Drop
Normal Construction
  • 4-slots.
  • Good ASW allows OASW relatively early on.
  • 4-slots allows maintaining DA setups while stacking WG42 for anti-installation.
  • Unable to perform artillery spotting.
Yura Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Can perform opening torpedoes.
  • Good ASW allows OASW at Kai Ni.
    • Requires level 79 for OASW while maintaining opening torpedoes.
  • Can carry DLC/tank for anti-installation nukes.
  • Can carry SPF to help with AS.
  • Can perform decent AACI.
Medium Kiso Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Can perform opening torpedoes.
  • Classified as CLT.
    • Does not always count as CL for branching requirements.
    • Does not count as CL for the 1CL requirement in CF escorts.
Isuzu Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low Kai Ni level.
  • Innate OASW at Kai Ni.
Jintsuu Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low Kai Ni level.
  • Common drop.
  • Highest combat stats.
Naka Drop
Normal Construction
  • Lowest Kai Ni level.
  • Common drop.
Agano
Noshiro
Yahagi
Sakawa
Drop
Large Ship Construction (Except Sakawa)
  • Low remodel level.
  • Can carry SPB.
Ooyodo Drop
Event
  • 4-slots allows maintaining DA setups while stacking WG42 for anti-installation.
  • Bad ASW makes her unable to OASW until very high levels.
  • Low combat stats.
Low Tama Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Requires blueprint.
  • Good ASW allows OASW on Kai Ni.
  • Can carry DLC/tank for anti-installation nukes.
  • Can carry SPF to help with AS.
Kinu Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires blueprint.
  • Good ASW allows OASW on Kai Ni.
  • Can carry DLC/tank for anti-installation nukes.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
High Gotland
Abruzzi
Garibaldi
Event
  • 4-slots.
  • Good ASW for Gotland and Garibaldi allows OASW relatively early on.
  • 4-slots allows maintaining DA setups while stacking WG42 for anti-installation.

Heavy Cruiser (CA/V)

CAs are primarily used for their night battle capabilities. The CAV subclass is quite valuable because of the limited selection and being necessary for AS requirements in some maps.

Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Myoukou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Great combat stats.
  • 32 Luck is decent for TCI.
Maya Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Great combat stats.
  • Powerful AACI.
  • Requires Reinforcement Expansion to work at full potential.
Mogami Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low remodel level.
  • CAV with good slots.
Mikuma Drop
Large Ship Construction
High Suzuya
Kumano
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Good combat stats.
  • CAV at Kai and Kai Ni.
  • Becomes CVL at Carrier Kai Ni.
  • Requires Blueprint.
Tone
Chikuma
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Good combat stats.
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Low Kai Ni level.
  • CAV only at Kai Ni.
Nachi
Ashigara
Haguro
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Great combat stats.
  • Low Kai Ni level.
Choukai Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Great combat stats.
  • Low Kai Ni level.
  • Requires Blueprint.
Medium Takao
Atago
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low remodel level.
  • Good combat stats.
Kinugasa Drop
Normal Construction
  • Low Kai Ni level.
  • Good fit bonuses make up for lack of gun upgrades.
Low Furutaka
Kako
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Fit bonuses can compensate for lack of gun upgrades.
Very Low Aoba Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Bad combat stats.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Prinz Eugen Event
  • Good combat stats.
  • 40 Luck is good for TCI.
High Zara Event
  • Counts as a CA but can carry SPF.
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • High firepower but not very good torpedo to back it up.
Low Pola Event
  • Counts as a CA but can carry SPF.
  • Bad combat stats.


Battleship (BB)

The priority of a BB changes depending on their type. Fast battleships, slow battleships and aviation battleships all have their own special niche. For a player just starting out, fast BBs can fill in for slow BBs. They won't have the raw power of a slow BB, but they'll perform adequately in the role.

Fast Battleships
Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Kongou
Hiei
Haruna
Kirishima
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Good combat stats.
Low Kongou Kai Ni C Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires 2 Blueprints, 2 GunMats and an Action Report.
  • Gains closing torpedo.
  • Powerful night battle BB.
Bismarck Large Ship Construction
  • Requires 2 Blueprints to reach adequate performance levels.
  • Gains closing torpedo.
  • Powerful night battle BB.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Iowa Event
  • Great combat stats.
  • Low remodel level.
Richelieu Event
  • Good combat stats.
  • Low remodel level.
Medium Littorio
Roma
Event
  • Good combat stats.
  • Low remodel level.
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Very Long default range.
Very Low Gangut Event
  • Bad combat stats.
  • Counts as fast BB but slow speed.
  • Can perform closing torpedoes.
Slow Battleships
Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Nagato
Mutsu
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • The second one of the pair would just be High priority.
  • Powerful special skill.
  • Good combat stats.
  • Can carry DLC/tank for anti-installation work.
Medium Musashi Large Ship Construction
  • Requires 3 Blueprints, 3 GunMats and an Action Report.
  • 5 slots.
  • Great combat stats.
  • Has AACI with niche usefulness.
Yamato Large Ship Construction
  • Great combat stats.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Nelson Event
  • Decent combat stats.
  • Powerful special skill.
Medium Warspite Event
  • Decent combat stats.
Low Colorado Event
  • Low remodel level.
  • Bad special skill.
Aviation Battleships
Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Ise Drop
Normal Construction
  • Requires 2 Blueprints, a Prototype Catapult and an Action report.
  • 5 slots.
  • Two large slots makes her great at assisting with AS.
  • Has AACI with niche use.
High Fusou
Yamashiro
Large Ship Construction
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Single large slot good for assisting with AS.
Low Hyuuga Large Ship Construction
  • Requires 2 Blueprints, a Prototype Catapult and an Action report.
  • 5 slots.
  • Only has one large slot.
  • Has AACI with niche use.
  • Can perform OASW with the correct setup.

Standard Carrier (CV)

Standard Fleet Carriers are the backbone of the Fleet when it comes to providing air support for the fleet. As aircraft are their main weaponry, their slot size and distribution determines the usefulness of the Carrier. Armoured Carriers (CVB) are capable of attacking while in moderately damaged.

Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Shoukaku
Zuikaku
Regular Construction
Drop
High Soryuu
Hiryuu
Regular Construction
Drop
Akagi
Kaga
Regular Construction
Drop
Quest (Akagi)
  • Low remodel Level (Kai)
  • Decent slot size and distribution
Medium Akagi Kai 2
Taihou Large Ship Construction
  • Is a Armoured Carrier
  • Great slot distribution
Unryuu Drop
Event
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Saratoga Large Ship Construction
Event
  • Requires Blueprint and Prototype Flight Deck Catapult
  • Turns into a Night Carrier upon Mk II Remodel
  • Turns into a Armoured Carrier upon Mk II Mod 2 Remodel
  • Gives Access to the Questline rewarding various Carrier Night Operation Equipment
High Intrepid Event
  • Big Slots, decent slot distribution
Medium Ark Royal Event
  • Average Carrier
Low Katsuragi
Amagi
Event
  • Requires Blueprint
  • Come with decent Planes of the 601st Air Group
  • Low running cost
Very Low Aquila
Graf Zeppelin
Event
  • Bad Capacity
  • Bad Slot Distribution
  • Very Fragile (Aquila)

Light Carrier (CVL)

CVLs, as their name suggests, are just smaller CVs. They are used as substitutes for CVs when routing or fleet composition rules stop you from taking CVs. CVLs perform the same roles that CVs do, providing air support and powerful striking power. Like CVs, slot size and distribution plays a large role in determining how useful they are. CVLs are important to have around because of Combined Fleet composition requirements - STF and TCF limit CVs. They are also useful in normal maps where you want to reduce the resource cost.

Fast Battleships
Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Zuihou Kai Ni B Drop
Normal Construction
  • Small slots, alright distribution.
  • Becomes Escort Carrier that can be placed in a Transport Combined Fleet.
  • Can OASW.
Chitose
Chiyoda
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Common drop.
  • Low remodel level.
  • Good slot sizes and distribution.
High Ryuujou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Decent slot sizes, alright distribution.
  • Good combat stats.
Junyou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Good slot sizes and distribution.
  • Good combat stats.
  • Slow.
Low Hiyou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Small slot sizes, alright distribution.
  • Weak combat stats.
  • Slow.
Shouhou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Small slot sizes, alright distribution.
  • Weak combat stats.
Very Low Houshou Drop
Normal Construction
  • Only 3 slots.
  • Bad slot size and distribution.
  • Weak stats overall.
  • Slow.
Ryuuhou Drop
  • Requires Blueprint.
  • Bad slot size and distribution.
  • Weak stats overall.
  • Slow.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Medium Taiyou
Shinyou
  • Bad slot size and distribution.
  • Weak stats overall.
  • Requires Blueprint and Prototype Catapult.
  • Counts as Escort Carrier that can be placed in a Transport Combined Fleet.
  • Can OASW.
  • Slow.
Very Low Gambier Bay
  • Only 3 slots.
  • Bad slot size and distribution.
  • Weak stats overall.
  • Counts as Escort Carrier that can be placed in a Transport Combined Fleet.
  • Can OASW.
  • Slow.

Submarines (SS/V)

SS are of limited usefulness. Their main role is to be bait for leveling in certain maps. Despite this, there have been a number of events where cheesing with submarines is a viable strategy. Therefore it is recommended that you have a few good submarines to prepare for that eventuality.

Regular Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High Maruyu Drop
Large Ship Construction
  • Important for luck modernisation.
High I-401 Drop
Large Ship Construction
  • Low remodel level.
  • Can carry seaplane bombers/fighters.
Low I-19
I-8
I-58
Drop
Normal Construction
  • Can carry seaplane bombers/fighters.
I-168
  • Good for sub tanking.
Event-Only Girls
Priority Name Availability Notes
Very High I-13
I-14
  • 3 slots.
  • Can carry seaplane bombers/fighters.
High I-400
  • Low remodel level.
  • Can carry seaplane bombers/fighters.
Low I-26
  • Can carry seaplane bombers/fighters.
U-511
Luigi Torelli
Event
  • Good for sub tanking.

AV

tl;dr: Nisshin, Teste, Akitsushima (for routing and Taitei), gap, Mizuho, chiyoda/chitose

AO

Very Low Priority: Fleet Oilers fullfill their main purpose (carrying Maritime Resupply) at base Remodel.

AS

Very Low Priority: Taigei is only a Submarine Tender in her Base form (will remodel to the CVL Ryuuhou).

Her main purpose is to fullfill Quests D13 and D14 as well as obscure routing requirements in Event Maps from time to time, to which her level is largely irrelevant.

AX

Top Priority: As soon as you acquire Akashi, she should be leveled and remodeled

  • Akashi Kai has a higher success chance on improving Equipment, saving valuable Improvement Materials Instant construction
  • The remodel also gives an additional Ship Repair Facility, enabling another ship to be repaired via Anchorage Repair
    • Leveling a second Akashi for her Repair Facilities (for a total of 4) to be able to repair up to 5 Ships is also an option, but not high priority
  • It is not necessary to level her beyond her remodel level

CT

Extremely Low Priority. Don't bother unless you're completely out of other things to work on.

  • Their slow speed and poor combat stats generally leave them completely outclassed by other ships.
  • Some potential for ASW thanks to their 4 slots, but you should not be using them at all unless shiplocking conservatively for an early ASW map. Again, completely outclassed by ships specialising in ASW.
  • You should not be using them in PvP for the passive experience bonus unless you have absolutely run out of other things to level. You're better off levelling more useful ships instead of wasting a PvP slot on them.