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Curtiss SB2C-3 Helldiver
No.420 SB2C-3
RedPlane.png Carrier-based Dive Bomber
Effects: Firepower+1 Bombing+11 AA+2 ASW+5 Accuracy+1 Evasion+1 LoS+3
Combat Radius: 5 (Deployment Cost: Bauxite 6)
Scrap value: Fuel 2 Ammo 5 Bauxite 5 (Unbuildable)

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Equipment Character SB2C-3.png

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Refittable Ship Types
Coastal Defense Ship Destroyer
Light Cruiser Torpedo Cruiser
Heavy Cruiser Training Cruiser
Aviation Cruiser Fast Battleship
Battleship Aviation Battleship
Light Carrier Standard Aircraft Carrier
Armored Carrier Seaplane Tender
Submarine Aircraft Carrying Submarine
Submarine Tender Fleet Oiler
Repair Ship Amphibious Assault Ship
LBAS Plane



This plane is the latest mass-produced version of the last true dive-bomber developed by the US to replace the masterpiece SBD.
Its operational deployment was delayed and it was only deployed to the front when the war's outcome was forgone. With its powerful bombs, it carried out dive bombing attacks against the remnants of the Imperial Japanese Navy.


Dive Bombers are one of the main types of plane used by CV(B/L). Their main role is to do damage during the Airstrike, with their "Dive Bombing" Dive Bomber Attack stat being the most important factor in this regard. Dive Bombers are additionally needed for dealing damage during day Shelling, especially for Aircraft Carrier Cut-Ins (CVCI).

This dive bomber has the ability to target installations during shelling.


Not to be confused with other aircraft of this family (see here).

How To Obtain

Upgradeable from: SBD-5SBD-5

Ranking reward for:

  • May 2021: 1-5 (★+5), 6-20 (★+3), 21-100 (★+3), 101-500
  • Oct 2021: 21-100 (★+3)
  • Sep 2021: 21-100 (★+4)

Updates History

  • 2021-06-30: Implemented as ranking reward
  • 2021-07-15: Ability to target Installations added

Fit Bonuses

SB2C-3 Equipment Bonuses
Ship Extra Requirement Firepower Torpedo Attack Anti-Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Line of Sight Armor Accuracy Evasion Note
Essex-classIntrepid (★0-2) +2
(★3-MAX) +3
Other United States NavySaratoga
(★0-2) +1
(★3-MAX) +2
Ark Royal (any)Ark Royal
Ark Royal Kai
(★3-MAX) +1
United States NavyLangley
Gambier Bay
(★0-2) -1 -2 -1
(★3-MAX) -2 -1
Other CVL - -2 -2 -1


Improvement Improved effects
Dive Bomber 1★ 2★ 3★ 4★ 5★ 6★ 7★ 8★ 9★ Max★
Dive Bomber Attack 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.0
Anti-Submarine Warfare 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.0


  • The SB2C-3 implemented in Kantai Collection is from VB-18 one of the dive bomber squadrons of the USS Intrepid. This particular squadron and plane model were credited with sinking Musashi at the Battle of Sibuyan Sea. They are also credited with sinking Zuihō and Zuikaku during the Battle of Cape Engaño.

See Also