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Introduction

This article aims to cover the most commonly used equipment setups for each ship type. It is to give you an idea of what are the most efficient load-outs to make your girls effective in a particular role. This means that this article will not cover niche setups that are specific to a map. For those equipment setups, please refer to the map pages.

Destroyer (DD)

Equipment Notes
High-Angle GunHigh-Angle GunWildcard This is the most basic combat setup for all destroyers. Green dual-purpose guns like the 10cm Twin High-angle Mount contribute Fleet Anti-Air (FAA) while allowing your destroyers to perform night battle double attacks. Ideally, you would be using the 10cm Twin High-angle Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director. Destroyer guns do not provide enough extra firepower to allow them to contribute to day combat. The extra FAA from dual-purpose guns will help more by mitigating airstrike damage. The wildcard can be anything that doesn't interfere with double attacks. In most cases, this will be an Anti-Air RADAR. This will allow any destroyer to activate AACI API5.
Small Main GunSmall Main GunRADAR This is an alternative setup for maps with minimal enemy airpower. This setup should only be used for destroyers with fit bonuses. It is for maximizing firepower just to squeeze out every last bit of damage.
Torpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based Weapon This setup is the standard torpedo cut-in (TCI) setup. It should only be used on destroyers with at least 50 Luck. Destroyers with 40 Luck are still possible candidates for TCI, but should be placed as the flagship to maximize their trigger chances.
Torpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based WeaponWildcard This setup is an alternative TCI setup. This setup is typically used for either powerful destroyers (E.g. Yuudachi, Ayanami, Naganami) that can hit the night battle cap with two torpedoes or low luck (30 Luck) destroyers. In the case of powerful destroyers, the wild card can be night battle equipment or a main gun. The latter will help them maintain some effectiveness during day combat. For low luck destroyers, the wild card should be a Lookout. This will help increase their trigger rate somewhat.

Equipment Notes
SONARDepth ChargesDepth Charges This is the ASW setup that maximizes the ASW bonus you get. One of the depth charges needs to be a Depth Charge Projector (Type 3 or Type 94) while the other needs to be a normal Depth Charge (Type 2 or Type 95). Take note that reaching the OASW threshold takes precedence over everything. So you should just replace depth charges with equipment that has better ASW if you cannot hit the threshold with this setup.

Equipment Notes
Landing CraftAmphibious TankAnti-Ground Artillery This setup is for dealing with Supply Depot Princess and her variants. Since she is the only installation that takes post-cap damage, this setup will allow any girl to kill her in one shot.
High-Angle GunHigh-Angle GunLanding Craft/Amphibious Tank/Anti-Ground Artillery This is the more typical setup for anti-installation work. It still gives significant bonuses against all installations and allows destroyers to double attack at night. Which equipment you pick for the 3rd slot depends on your upgrade values and/or what the destroyer is capable of equipping.
High-Angle GunHigh-Angle GunAnti-Ground ArtilleryAnti-Ground Artillery This is a unique setup for Tashkent. The two anti-ground artillery gives her a significant boost to firepower that allows her to cap in day and night.

Equipment Notes
High-Angle GunAnti-Air GunLookout This is an anti-PT Imp Group setup. The combination of equipment makes hits nearly guaranteed and their low HP means they can be killed in one hit. It does mean that the destroyer's combat effectiveness is severely reduced against other targets though. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you use Reinforcement Expansions to fit the Anti-Air Gun so that another main gun can be used to maintain double attacks.

Destroyer Escort (DE)

Equipment Notes
High-Angle GunHigh-Angle GunWildcard Destroyer escorts will be used primarily for ASW. In the event that you need to use them for combat, green dual-purpose guns like the 10cm Twin High-angle Mount contribute Fleet Anti-Air (FAA) while allowing them to perform night battle double attacks. Ideally, you would be using the 10cm Twin High-angle Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director. Small main guns do not provide enough extra firepower to allow them to contribute to day combat. The extra FAA from dual-purpose guns will help more by mitigating airstrike damage. The wildcard can be anything that doesn't interfere with double attacks. In most cases, this will be an Anti-Air RADAR. This will allow any DE to activate AACI API5.

Equipment Notes
SONARDepth ChargesDepth Charges This is the ASW setup that maximizes the ASW bonus you get. One of the depth charges needs to be a Depth Charge Projector (Type 3 or Type 94) while the other needs to be a normal Depth Charge (Type 2 or Type 95). Take note that reaching the OASW threshold takes precedence over everything. So you should just replace depth charges with equipment that has better ASW if you cannot hit the threshold with this setup. Take note that DEs have bonus armor penetration from Depth Charges.

Light Cruiser (CL)

Equipment Notes
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunSeaplane This is the most basic combat setup for most light cruisers. The exception would be light cruisers that have 0 plane slots. In that case, swap the seaplane for any utility equipment that won't interfere with the double attack setup.
Torpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based Weapon This setup is the standard torpedo cut-in (TCI) setup. The usual candidates are Yuubari Kai Ni Toku and Abukuma Kai Ni. the latter needs to be luck-modded to be viable.
Torpedo-based WeaponSeaplane FighterMedium Main GunHigh-Angle Gun This is a unique setup for Yura Kai Ni that allows her to provide air support while maintaining night battle double attacks and opening torpedoes. The gun in the Reinforcement Expansion must be a 8cm High-angle Mount or 8cm Twin High-angle Mount + Additional Machine Guns.
Torpedo-based WeaponMedium Main GunMedium Main GunWildcard RADAR This is a unique setup for Yuubari Kai Ni Toku when she isn't running the full TCI setup. The wild card can be a tank, landing craft, or anti-ground rocket for anti-installation work or a sonar for ASW work.

Equipment Notes
SONARDepth ChargesDepth Charges This is the ASW setup that maximizes the ASW bonus you get. One of the depth charges needs to be a Depth Charge Projector (Type 3 or Type 94) while the other needs to be a normal Depth Charge (Type 2 or Type 95). Take note that reaching the OASW threshold takes precedence over everything. So you should just replace depth charges with equipment that has better ASW if you cannot hit the threshold with this setup.

Equipment Notes
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunAnti-Ground ArtilleryAnti-Ground Artillery Primarily only 4-slot CLs will be used for a dedicated anti-installation role because the DLC-capable CLs are better suited to other roles. The bonus firepower from the anti-ground rockets is more than enough to let any of the 4-slot CLs hit the day and night caps.

Equipment Notes
Torpedo-based WeaponRADARWildcard High-Angle Gun This is a unique setup for Yura Kai Ni's AACI. The gun in the Reinforcement Expansion must be a 8cm High-angle Mount or 8cm Twin High-angle Mount + Additional Machine Guns. The wildcard should preferably be a Medium Main Gun to allow her to maintain night battle double attacks. If need be, the midget submarine can be swapped for a recon seaplane to allow her to perform daytime spotting.
Medium Main GunSeaplaneWildcard Wildcard High-Angle Gun This is a setup to take advantage of Ooyodo's reinforcement expansion. By placing a 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount Kai + Additional Machine Guns in it, it allows her to perform artillery spotting and night battle double attacks while freeing up two slots for utility purposes. The wild cards can be anything that doesn't interfere with the special attacks. It can be night battle equipment or a Fleet Command Facility.

Heavy Cruiser (CA/V)

Equipment Notes
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunSeaplaneWildcard This is the most basic combat setup for most heavy cruisers. It provides both day and night double attacks. The wild card can be anything that does not interfere with the double attack setup. The wild card is usually a RADAR of some sort to increase the artillery spotting trigger rate.
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunMedium Main GunSeaplane This is an alternative setup for CAs in the main fleet of a combined fleet. Do not use this setup if your CAs are expected to engage in night battle. This setup gives them extra hitting power for artillery spotting at the expense of having a terrible night battle cut in.
Medium Main GunSecondary GunSecondary GunWildcard This is an alternative combat setup where your CAs are expected to be fighting without artillery spotting. The extra secondary guns will give them extra firepower in the daytime without interfering with night battle double attacks. Any secondary gun can be used but yellow ones are preferred for the higher firepower. The wild card can be anything that doesn't interfere with night battle attacks. It will typically be night battle equipment or an additional yellow gun.
Medium Main GunTorpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based WeaponWildcard This is the standard CA setup for TCI. Since any CA that can TCI or should be luck-modded to be capable of TCI can already hit the cap with two torpedoes, it is better to have a main gun over a 3rd torpedo. This will allow them to be somewhat effective during the day and gain the bonus accuracy from equipping an IJN 20.3. The wild card can be anything that doesn't interfere with this setup. It will typically be night battle equipment.

Equipment Notes
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunSeaplaneAnti-Aircraft Shell This is the typical anti-installation setup for CAs. It is sufficient to allow CAs to hit the daytime shelling cap against most installation targets. It also allows them to perform artillery spotting.
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunAnti-Ground ArtilleryAnti-Aircraft Shell This is an alternative anti-installation setup for CAVs. It allows them to significant damage to all installation types in exchange for not being able to do artillery spotting. CAVs with this setup are able to hit the night battle shelling cap against installations.

Equipment Notes
Medium Main GunHigh-Angle GunRADARSeaplaneAnti-Air Gun This is a unique setup for Maya Kai Ni. This is the typical setup that allows her to perform artillery spotting, night battle double attacks and AACI. There are several variants to this setup depending on what role you need her to specialize in. Trading a Medium Main Gun for a High-Angle Gun will let her focus more on anti-air at the expense of artillery spotting. If you have two 5inch Twin Dual-purpose Gun Mount (Concentrated Deployment) or the GFCS variant, you can maintain artillery spotting and AACI.
Medium Main GunSeaplane FighterSeaplane FighterSeaplane FighterHigh-Angle Gun This setup is for Suzuya Kai Ni and Kumano Kai Ni. It maximises the air power they can bring to bear while maintaining night time double attacks. One SPF can be swapped out for a recon seaplane if you need them to perform daytime spotting as well.

Battleship (BB/V)

Equipment Notes
Large Main GunLarge Main GunSeaplaneArmour-Piercing Shell This is the most basic combat setup for BBs. The AP shell enables the most powerful artillery spotting attack and provides bonus damage. You should be running this setup a majority of the time. For 5-slot BBs like Ise, Hyuuga and Musashi, a Fighter or Seaplane Fighter would generally be used for extra air power.

Equipment Notes
Large Main GunLarge Main GunSeaplaneAnti-Aircraft Shell This is the typical anti-installation setup for BBs. It is generally not used that often because BBs will already hit the daytime cap and losing out on APCI reduces their power and effectiveness against other targets. This setup is more viable on 5-slot BBs that can also take an AP shell and get the best of both worlds.
Large Main GunLarge Main GunSeaplaneAmphibious Tank/Landing Craft This is a unique setup for Nagato Kai Ni and Mutsu Kai Ni. While it does give up APCI like the regular BB anti-installation setup, tanks and landing craft have much better multipliers across a wider range of installation types. This can make for some devastating attacks when combined with their Touch mechanic.

Equipment Notes
Large Main GunLarge Main GunSeaplaneArmour-Piercing ShellRADARHigh-Angle Gun This is a unique setup for Musashi Kai Ni and requires a 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount Kai + Additional Machine Guns in her reinforcement expansion. This setup should also only be used in a main fleet of a combined fleet as it can trigger main/secondary cut-in at night. This setup allows Musashi to perform AACI. It also her a higher trigger rate of artillery spotting because the equipment setup fulfills the trigger requirements for a wider array of special attacks.

Carrier (CV/L)

Unlike other ship types, equipment placement order matters for carriers.

The general rules are:

  • Bomber in top slot
  • Torpedo bomber in largest slot

Equipment Notes
Torpedo BomberDive BomberFighterFighter This is the basic setup for CV/Ls. It balances striking power with fighter power. You can just adjust the amount of Torpedo Bomber and Fighter depending on how much enemy airpower you expect to encounter. One Fighter can be swapped out with a Saiun if preventing Red-T engagement is necessary.

Equipment Notes
Torpedo BomberRotorcraftLiaison AircraftSONARDepth Charges The only CVLs you'd want to use for ASW are those who can perform OASW. You'll want to equip said CVL with your best ASW planes. If you require her to engage surface targets as well, stacking Torpedo Bomber is the way to go.

Equipment Notes
Torpedo BomberDive BomberFighterFighter For the standard CV/L setup to work against installations, the Dive Bomber must be one of the anti-installation DBs. Otherwise all bombers must be Torpedo Bomber. Take note that using only Torpedo Bomber will prevent CV/Ls from doing CVCI.

Equipment Notes
FighterFighterFighterFighter This setup is known as a "fighter mule". The CV/L will be unable to attack and her only role is to provide as much fighter support as possible.
Night Torpedo BomberNight FighterNight FighterAviation Personnel This setup is to allow CV/Ls to perform night battle attacks. Since the CV/L will lose 1 slot to fit the Night Operation Aviation Personnel or the skilled variant, careful consideration needs to be taken when running this setup.
Night Torpedo BomberDive BomberNight FighterNight Fighter This setup is only for Saratoga MkII, Akagi Kai Ni E and Kaga Kai Ni E as they are able to perform night battle special attacks without the NOAP. The Dive Bomber should ideally be the Zero Fighter Type 62 (Fighter-bomber/Iwai Squadron) to maximise NB damage and allow CVCI during the day.

Submarine (SS/V)

Equipment Notes
Torpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based Weapon This is the standard setup for SS. This setup aims to maximize their opening and closing torpedo power. Any TCI that manages to trigger in night battle is just a bonus. SS with 3 slots can either take another Torpedo-based Weapon or utility equipment like {{SubmarineRadar}].

Equipment Notes
Landing CraftAnti-Ground ArtilleryAnti-Ground Artillery This setup is only available to SSV. The two anti-ground artillery gives them a respectable firepower boost against installations. The anti-installation multipliers will allow them to hit the damage cap against all installation types.

Equipment Notes
Seaplane FighterSeaplane Fighter This setup is used when you're taking SSV for air support.

Seaplane Tender (AV)

Equipment Notes
Torpedo-based WeaponTorpedo-based WeaponWildcard This setup is for maximising the opening and closing torpedo power of your AVs. Both Torpedo-based Weapon will be a midget submarine so it will hamper their night battle effectiveness. The wild card can be any equipment. Usually, it will be a Seaplane bomber to also provide some airstrike power.
SeaplaneSeaplaneTorpedo-based Weapon This is a variant of the above that gives up some torpedo power for a better airstrike.
SeaplaneSeaplaneMedium Main GunMedium Main Gun This setup is for Commandant Teste. The seaplanes give her a decent airstrike and the guns allow her to perform artillery spotting.
Medium Main GunMedium Main GunSeaplaneTorpedo-based Weapon This setup is for Nisshin. She is able to perform opening torpedoes, an airstrike and still do artillery spotting.

Equipment Notes
Amphibious TankLanding CraftAnti-Ground Artillery Basic anti-installation nuke setup for all AVs. 4-slot CVs can add another Anti-Ground Artillery to increase firepower further. This setup hits hard against all installation types and will allow the AV to hit both the day and night damage cap.

Equipment Notes
Seaplane FighterSeaplane FighterSeaplane Fighter Use this setup to maximise your AV's fighter power. 4-slot AVs can take an extra Seaplane Fighter

Auxiliary (AX)

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