Battle ratings

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Battle Ratings

Battle ratings are used by War Thunder to determine matchmaking in-game. Battle ratings are calculated by examining how well an aircraft or ground unit fares in different game modes, and they may differ for each game mode for the same vehicle (for example, an aircraft or ground unit may perform considerably better in arcade mode than realistic battles mode, and so will have a higher battle rating in the former). This allows for a balanced game at all tiers and using all vehicles, meaning that certain nations having technological advantages at different periods in the game's timeline is not an issue when playing, and planes that are too powerful do not ruin gameplay for those flying less effective aircraft.


In Arcade mode

Comparison sheet of fighter aircraft's BR in Arcade
For Arcade Air Battles, a formula is in place that calculates your overall Battle Rating, aka the Battle Rating that the Matchmaker will use to match opponents against you, based on the three highest aircraft in your lineup in regards to their individual BR.

That said, the important thing for you to know are three short facts: The overall BR can be lowered by a maximum of one BR step (e.g. 5.0 to 4.7, or 3.7 to 3.3) based on the aircraft in your lineup Lowering your overall BR only works if you have only one aircraft with the highest BR in your lineup (e.g. one on BR 5.0, all others are at least 4.7 or lower) The formula takes aircraft of up to 2.0 difference in BR into consideration (e.g. for 5.0, 3.0 is the maximum difference)

What does that mean for you, as a player? As you progress through the research trees, it may happen that you unlock a new aircraft of considerably higher BR than the other aircraft in your current lineup. This system, to a certain extent, will allow you to use this new aircraft, while keeping your overall lineup competitive against other players you may face.

The maximum amount that you can lower your overall BR is one step . So, as an example, a 5.0 maximum BR based on your highest aircraft can at best be lowered to 4.7, but only if there are no other 5.0 aircraft in your lineup. The same is true for e.g. a 3.7 lineup, which can be lowered by one step to 3.3 at best. Thus, while this system is helpful to stay competitive with an otherwise ‘weaker’ lineup, you will still be better off equipping multiple aircraft of similar BR (e.g. several 5.0 ones) to maximize the combat effectiveness of your overall lineup - if you have such aircraft available.

Calculation example

Basically, that is all you need to know. If you are interested in the calculation itself, however, here we go:

A is your aircraft with the highest BR, B and C are the two aircraft following A in regards to BR.

If the difference between A and B (the same goes for A and C) is greater than 2.0, the value of A will be used instead of B (or C, respectively). If the difference of A and B (the same goes for A and C) is smaller than 2.0 but greater than or equals 0.6, the value ‘A - 0.6’ will be used instead of B (or C, respectively). If the difference of A and B (the same goes for A and C) is smaller than 0.6, B will be used (or C, respectively).

After our variables have been established, the following formula applies:

Overall BR = A/2+B/4+C/4

An example to show how the calculation works:

A = 6.0; B = 5.7; C = 5.0

At first, we check if the difference between A and B or C is greater than 2.0 - if that would be the case, we would use the value of A instead. Neither the difference of A and B (0.3) or A and C (1.0) is greater than 2.0.

Now, we check if the difference between A and B or C is smaller than 2.0 but greater than or equals 0.6 - if that would be the case, we would use the value of ‘A - 0.6’ instead. This is not the case for A and B (0.3), but for A and C (1.0) it is true. So, for C, we use the value of ‘A - 0.6’, which is 5.4.

As the difference of A and B is smaller than 0.6, we use the regular value of B, which is 5.7.

So, for our formula, we use:

Overall BR = (6.0 / 2) + (5.7 / 4) + (5.4 / 4) = 5.775

Our value will be rounded to the next BR step. For clarification: Values like 3.15 will be rounded to 3.3, or 3.85 will be rounded to 4.0, while e.g. 3.45 will be rounded to 3.3. If the calculated value results in a number right in the middle of two BR steps (e.g. 3.85, which lies between 3.7 and 4.0), it will always be rounded up.

As a result, our overall BR for our Arcade Air Battles lineup of "6.0, 5.7 and 5.0" is now 5.7.

Table example

Some more lineups as an example:

A B C Overall BR
8.0 7.7 7.7 8.0
5.0 4.3 4.0 4.7
4.0 4.0 2.0 4.0
3.7 3.0 2.7 3.3
5.0 1.0 1.0 5.0
Aircraft example BR Effect on lineup
F-86f-25.png Aircraft with Highest BR
Spitfire f24.png Top aircraft's BR - 0.3
Bf-109e-3.png Top aircraft's BR - 0.6 to 2.0
Ki 10 1.png Top aircraft's BR - >2.0
Aircraft 1 Aircraft 2 Aircraft 3 Result
F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png Spitfire f24.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png Spitfire f24.png Spitfire f24.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png Bf-109e-3.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png Spitfire f24.png Bf-109e-3.png Spitfire f24.png
F-86f-25.png Bf-109e-3.png Bf-109e-3.png Spitfire f24.png
F-86f-25.png F-86f-25.png Ki 10 1.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png Spitfire f24.png Ki 10 1.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png Bf-109e-3.png Ki 10 1.png F-86f-25.png
F-86f-25.png Ki 10 1.png Ki 10 1.png F-86f-25.png

In Realistic and Simulator battle modes

In these two modes, the battle rating system works the same, however as the player is only using one aircraft or ground unit, the battle rating system will not take in to account the other aircraft in their lineup, and they will only fight enemies with aircraft or ground units within the battle rating range of the one they have selected.

Ground Forces

Arcade and Realistic Battles

In Arcade and Realistic Battles only the highest battle rating vehicle decides the matchmaking. So the highest ranked vehicle in the lineup will only fight other vehicles with +-1 battle rating difference.

Arcade Brackets Table

USA Germany USSR Great Britain Japan Comments
Battle Rating: 1.0 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.0
T1 LVT(A)(1) T1 Pz. II C T1 BT-5 T1 A13 Mk I T1 Ha-Go
T1 M2A2 T1 Pz. II DAK T1 T-26 T1 A13 Mk I 3rd RTR T1 Ha-Go Commander
T1 M2A4 T1 Pz. II F T1 T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) T1 Tetrarch Mk I T1 I-Go ko
T1 M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.) T1 Pz. III B T1 T-60
T1 Pz. 35(t) T1 4M GAZ-AAA
Battle Rating: 1.3 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.3
T1 M3 Stuart T1 Pz. 38(t) A T1 BT-7 1937 T1 A13 Mk II T1 Ke-Ni
T1 M3A1 Stuart T1 Sd.Kfz. 140/1 T1 T-26-4 T1 Daimler AC Mk.II T1 Ka-Mi
T1 M3A1 (USMC) T1 Pz. IV C T1 T-26E T1 Independent T1 Chi-Ha
T1 M2 T1 Nb.Fz. T1 RBT-5 T1 Type 94
T1 M13 MGC T1 Flakpanzer I T1 T-35 T1 Ro-Go
T1 SU-5-1
Battle Rating: 1.7 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.7
T1 Panzerjäger I T1 A13 Mk II 1939 T1 Ho-Ro
T2 Ta-Se
T2 Chi-Ha Short Gun
Battle Rating: 2.0 Battle Range: 1.0 - 3.0
T1 75mm M3 GMC T1 Pz. 38(t) F T1 T-70 T1 Crusader Mk II T1 Chi-Ha Kai
T1 M8 Scott T1 Pz. III E T2 T-80 T2 Ho-I
T2 M22 Locust T1 Pz. IV E T2 Ho-Ni I
T1 Gepard
Battle Rating: 2.3 Battle Range: 1.3 - 3.3
T1 M5A1 T1 Pz. II H T1 BM-8-24 T1 T17E2 T2 Chi-He
T2 M5A1 (5th Arm.Div.) T1 Pz. III F T1 SU-57 T2 Ho-Ni III
T2 M16 MGMC T1 Sturmpanzer II T2 T-28
T2 LVT(A)(4) ZiS-2 T2 StuG III A T2 72-K GAZ MM
T2 Pz. IV F1
Battle Rating: 2.7 Battle Range: 1.7 - 3.7
T1 M3 Lee T1 Sd.Kfz. 234/2 T1 T-126 T1 Crusader Mk III BR2.7 / T1 tanks cannot match BR3.7 / T3 tanks
T1 M8A1 T1 Pz. III J T1 T-50 T1 Valentine Mk I
T2 Grant I T2 Marder III T1 T-III T2 AC Mk II AA
T1 M3 Medium T2 Grant Mk I
T2 T-28E
T2 SU-76M
T2 SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps)
T2 ZiS-30
T2 ZUT-37
Battle Rating: 3.0 Battle Range: 2.0 - 4.0
T2 Pz. III N T2 BTR-152A T2 Cromwell Mk V
T2 Marder III H T2 Valentine Mk XI
T2 Sd.Kfz. 234/4 T2 Matilda Mk II
T2 Sd.Kfz. 6/2 T2 3 inch Gun Carrier
Battle Rating: 3.3 Battle Range: 2.3 - 4.3
T2 M4A1 T2 Pz. III J1 T2 T-34 1940 T2 Churchill Mk I T2 Chi-Nu
T2 M15 CGMC T2 Pz. III L T2 T-34 prototype T2 Valentine Mk IX T3 Na-To
T2 Pz. III M T2 SU-122 T2 Archer T3 So-Ki
T2 Cromwell RP-3
Battle Rating: 3.7 Battle Range: 2.7 - 4.7
T2 M4 T2 Pz. IV F2 T2 T-34 1941 T2 Cromwell I T3 M24
T2 M4A3 (105) T2 StuG III F T2 T-34 1941 (1st Gv.T.Br.) T2 Sherman II T3 Chi-Nu II
T2 M4A5 T2 StuH 42 G T2 T-34 1942 T3 Crusader AA Mk I
T2 M10 GMC T3 Wirbelwind T2 BM-13N
T3 M24 T2 KV-1 L-11
T3 M24 TL T2 SMK
T2 Matilda Mk II F-96
T3 94-KM ZiS-12
T3 29-K
Battle Rating: 4.0 Battle Range: 3.0 - 5.0
T2 T-34-747(r) T2 T-34E T3 Churchill Mk III BR4.0 / T2 tanks cannot match BR5.0 / T4 tanks
T2 Panzerwerfer 42 T2 T-34E STZ T3 Excelsior
T2 Pz.Kpfw. Churchill T3 T-34-57 T3 Achilles
T3 ASU-57 T3 Achilles 65 Rg.
T3 ZiS-43
Battle Rating: 4.3 Battle Range: 3.3 - 5.3
T2 T14 T2 M4 748(a) T2 KV-1E T3 Chi-To
T3 Calliope T2 8.8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. T2 KV-1S
T3 M4A2 T2 StuG III G T2 KV-1 ZiS-5
T3 Pz. IV G T3 SU-85
T3 Pz. IV J
T3 Pz.Bfw. IV
T3 KV-1B
Battle Rating: 4.7 Battle Range: 3.7 - 5.7
T3 M18 "Black Cat" T3 Pz. IV H T3 T-34-57 mod. 43 T3 Sherman Firefly T3 Chi-To Late BR4.7 / T2 tanks cannot match BR5.7 / T4 tanks
T3 M18 GMC T3 Dicker Max T4 ZSU-37 T3 Firefly "Scorpion"
T3 M6A1 T3 Jagdpanzer 38(t) T3 Churchill Mk VII
T3 M4A3E2 T3 Jagdpanzer IV T3 Avenger
T3 "Cobra King" T3 Ostwind T4 Crusader AA Mk I
Battle Rating: 5.0 Battle Range: 4.0 - 6.0
T3 M4A1 (76) W T3 KV-1B 756(r) T3 M4A2 (76) W T3 AC IV Thunderbolt T3 Chi-Ri II
T3 M4A2 (76) W T3 KV-II 754(r) T3 KV-2 1939
T3 T20 T3 Panzer IV/70(A) T3 KV-2 1940
T4 M19 T3 Brummbär T3 SU-152
Battle Rating: 5.3 Battle Range: 4.3 - 6.3
T3 M4A3 (76) W T3 Nashorn T3 T-34-85 (D-5T) T3 Comet I T3 M4A3 (76) W
T3 Panzer IV/70(V) T3 KV-85 T3 Iron Duke IV
T3 VK 4501 (P) T3 KV-2 (ZiS-6)
T3 IS-1
T3 SU-85M
T3 SU-100Y
T3 Type 65
T4 PT-76B
T4 ISU-122
Battle Rating: 5.7 Battle Range: 4.7 - 6.7
T4 M4A3E2 (76) W T3 Waffenträger T3 T-V T3 Challenger T3 Heavy Tank No.6 BR5.7 / T3 tanks cannot match BR6.7 / T5 tanks
T4 M36 GMC T3 Panther D T3 KV-220 T4 Centurion Mk I
T3 Tiger H1 T4 T-34-85
T3 Tiger E T4 T-34-85E
T4 Sturer Emil T4 KV-122
T4 Pz.Bfw. VI (P) T4 IS-2
Battle Rating: 6.0 Battle Range: 5.0 - 7.0
T4 M41A1 T4 Panther A T4 ISU-152 T4 Charioteer Mk VII T4 M41A1
T4 T25 T4 Panther G T4 ISU-122S T4 Black Prince T4 Ho-Ri Prototype
T4 Panther F
Battle Rating: 6.3 Battle Range: 5.3 - 7.3
T4 M26 T4 Tiger II (P) T4 T-44 T4 Centurion Mk 3 T4 ST-A1
T4 M26 T99 T4 Jagdpanther T4 T-44-122 T4 FV4202 T4 ST-A2
T4 Super Hellcat T4 Bfw. Jagdpanther T4 ASU-85 T4 M42 Duster
T4 T28 T4 SU-100
T5 M42 Duster T4 SU-122P
T4 IS-2 mod. 1944
T4 IS-2 "Revenge"
Battle Rating: 6.7 Battle Range: 5.7 - 7.7
T4 T92 T4 Ru 251 T4 SU-100P T4 Caernarvon T4 Type 60 SPRG
T4 M56 T4 Tiger II (H) T4 Type-62 T4 Tortoise
T4 M26E1 T4 Tiger II (H) Sla.16 T4 T-34-100 T4 FV4005
T4 T26E1-1 T4 Coelian T4 Strv 81
T4 T29 T4 Ferdinand
T4 T34
T5 M50 Ontos
T5 T95
T5 T114
Battle Rating: 7.0 Battle Range: 6.0 - 8.0
T4 M46 "Tiger" T4 Panther II T4 T-44-100 T5 Centurion Mk 10 T4 Type 61
T5 M46 T5 Tiger II 10.5cm T4 IS-6 T5 Vickers MBT T5 Type 60 ATM
T5 T32 T5 Kugelblitz T5 Object 906 T5 Conway
Battle Rating: 7.3 Battle Range: 6.3 - 8.3
T5 Jagdtiger T5 T-54 1947
T5 Jpz 4-5 T5 IS-3
T5 SU-122-54
T5 Object 268
T6 BMP-1
Battle Rating: 7.7 Battle Range: 6.7 - 8.7
T5 M47 T5 Leopard I T5 T-54 1949 T5 Conqueror
T5 M48A1 T5 mKPz M47 T5 T-54 1951 T5 Falcon
T5 M103 T5 IS-4M
T5 ZSU-57-2
T5 Object 120
Battle Rating: 8.0 Battle Range: 7.0 - 8.7
T5 M551 T5 Leopard A1A1 T5 T-62 T5 Chieftain Mk.3 T5 STB-1
T5 M60 T5 RakJpz 2 T5 ZSU-23-4 T5 Swingfire T5 Type 87
T5 M60A1 (AOS) T5 FlakPz I Gepard T5 T-10M T6 Striker
T5 M60A2 T5 Maus
T5 T95E1 T5 E-100
T5 M163
Battle Rating: 8.3 Battle Range: 7.3 - 8.7
T6 M60A1 RISE (P) T5 RakJpz 2 HOT T5 T-55A T5 Chieftain Mk.5 T5 Type 74
T5 IT-1
Battle Rating: 8.7 Battle Range: 7.7 - 8.7
T6 MBT-70 T6 KPz-70 T6 T-64A (1971) T6 Chieftain Mk.10
Yellow = Premium/Gift vehicles