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Type 0 Observation Seaplane

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No.59 零式水上観測機
Seaplane.png Reconnaissance Seaplane
Effects: Bombing+1 AA+2 ASW+4 Accuracy+2 LoS+6
Combat Radius: 3 (Deployment Cost: Bauxite 6)
Scrap value: Fuel 1 Ammo 1 Bauxite 2 (Buildable)

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Equipment Character Type 0 Observation Seaplane.png

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Equipment Full Type 0 Observation Seaplane.png

Refittable Class
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



Although being a biplane, this is a dual-seat float reconnaissance plane with outstanding maneuverability and high air-to-air capability.
Its initial purpose was for fleet gunnery spotting and reconnaissance, however its high dogfight ability even out-qualify purposely built float fighters.
Being modern enough and a biplane, it's undoubtedly a masterpiece of its own class.


Seaplane Seaplanes are the main aircraft type used by non-carrier ships (mainly battleships, cruisers, and auxiliaries).

Reconnaissance AircraftReconnaissance AircraftLarge Reconnaissance AircraftSpLand-based Reconnaissance AircraftLBReconnaissance SeaplaneReconNight Reconnaissance Seaplane are planes that:


Not to be confused with Type 0 Recon Seaplane.

How To Obtain


Stock equipment of: Mizuho KaiMizuho Kai, MizuhoMizuho, MusashiMusashi, YamatoYamato

Upgradeable from: Type 0 Reconnaissance SeaplaneType 0 Reconnaissance Seaplane (★+2)

Ranking reward for:

  • Jun 2013: 1-20, 21-100, 101-340


Used to improve: Type 0 Observation SeaplaneType 0 Observation Seaplane, Zuiun Model 12Zuiun Model 12, Zuiun Model 12 (634 Air Group)Zuiun Model 12 (634 Air Group)

Updates History

  • 2013-07-03: Implemented as ranking reward
  • 2013-12-24: Stats increased: Anti-Submarine Warfare+2 → Anti-Submarine Warfare+4
  • 2014-03-14: Became buildable
  • 2016-02-29: Became improvable

Fit Bonuses

Ship Extra Requirement Firepower Torpedo Attack Anti-Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Line of Sight Armor Evasion Note
Mogami Kai Ni (Toku)Mogami Kai Ni
Mogami Kai Ni Toku
+1 +1 Non-stackable
Ship Extra Requirement Firepower Torpedo Attack Anti-Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Line of Sight Armor Evasion Note
Agano-class Kai NiNoshiro Kai Ni
Yahagi Kai Ni
Yahagi Kai Ni B
+2 +3 +1 Non-stackable between any Seaplane Recon
Mogami Kai Ni/TokuMogami Kai Ni
Mogami Kai Ni Toku


Seaplane.png Type 0 Observation Seaplane
Improvement Not
★ Improvement
0~5 6~9
Development material Consumed 4/6 6/9
Improvement material Consumed 3/5 4/7
Equipment Card Zuiun.png Equipment Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane.png
Resources Fuel90 Ammunition40 Steel0 Bauxite270
Ship Helper Conversion
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Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Ship Banner Musashi.png
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Ship Banner Musashi Kai.png
Musashi Kai/Ni
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Improvement Improved effects
Reconnaissance SeaplaneRecon 1★ 2★ 3★ 4★ 5★ 6★ 7★ 8★ 9★ Max★
Line of Sight 1.2 1.69 2.07 2.40 2.68 2.93 3.17 3.39 3.60 3.79


Codenamed "Pete" by the Allies, the Mitsubishi F1M had high air-to-air capability resulting from its crisp maneuverability (basically biplanes have better mobility than monoplanes while trading off high-speed capability) as highlighted in the description text. It seldomly served its original role of gunnery spotting, but with its high dynamics and stability, it served many purposes such as ground attack, anti-sub patrol, convoy escort, and sometimes air-to-air combat. Its maneuverability equalling Type 96 fighters (which are purposely-built monoplanes), there are records of kills of American fighters such as F4F and even an F6F (the pilot that shot down the F6F was Officer Nobuo Fujita, the only man who succeeded to bombard the American mainland in 1942).

See Also

Mitsubishi F1M