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Which IJN DD line?

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I'm starting to turn my attention to the IJN destroyers. Broadly speaking, they're split into a torpedo-focused line, and a gun-focused line.

That's said, I've read that the 'gun' line has perfectly good torps, and is arguably superior.

 

What do people think, with the current state of the game, is the better line, and also (more importantly) which is the more fun line?

 

(I'll probably end up doing both, but which should I start with?)

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Apart from Tier VIII the lines are very similar.

The Akizuki is the only real gunboat. Unfortunately it is also the end of the line.

 

I would suggest to focus on the Shima line and do the othe line later or in parallel for better comparison.

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Until Tier 7, it's tough to say which line is more torp or gun focused, basically all of them are more or less useless gunboats and more or less decent torpboats. At tier 7 however, the Shiratsuyu (in the "gunboat" line) gets the option for slotting Torpedo Reload Booster in place of smoke and gets pretty good concealment. That can make it a very nasty torpboat if you manage to survive without smoke.

And as mentioned already, the Akizuki at T8 then finally is an actual gunboat and unlike anything else in the IJN DD line (well barring perhaps the HSF Harekaze's hull with the same guns).

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One thing to keep in mind - tier 7 is basically backwards. The gunboat line - Shiratsuyu - is the better torpboat of the two. And the torpedo line - Akatsuki - is a pretty good gunboat :Smile_teethhappy:

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Thank you all for the answers - appreciated!

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It's not really a gunboat line and a torpedo line, and I think WG has made some comment about it. And if anything, Kagero is more similar to Shiratsuyu than Akatsuki (which is more similar to both Fubuki and Hatsuharu). Great concealment, 2x4 torps, TRB. Akizuki isn't similar to anything at all. The only other actual gunboat IJN has is Tachibana at T2, and that's a premium.

 

You should only really get Akizuki if you can get a specialised captain for her. Since she's so different, you need a specialised captain who won't do very well on any other IJN DD. A Mogami captain is probably the most similar (mainly because you have the same T4 skills, CE and IFHE), but there are naturally some other differences there.

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