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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 ranks 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 BR Brackets Table

USA Germany USSR Great Britain Japan Comments
Battle Rating: 1.0 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.0
I LVT(A)(1) I Pz. II C I BT-5 I A13 Mk I I Ha-Go
I M2A2 I Pz. II DAK I T-26 I A13 Mk I 3rd RTR I Ha-Go Commander
I M2A4 I Pz. II F I T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) I Tetrarch Mk I I I-Go ko
I M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.) I Pz. III B I T-60
I Pz. 35(t) I 4M GAZ-AAA
Battle Rating: 1.3 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.3
I M3 Stuart I Pz. 38(t) A I BT-7 1937 I A13 Mk II I Ke-Ni
I M3A1 Stuart I Sd.Kfz. 140/1 I T-26-4 I Daimler AC Mk.II I Ka-Mi
I M3A1 (USMC) I Pz. IV C I T-26E I Independent I Chi-Ha
I M2 I Nb.Fz. I RBT-5 I Type 94
I M13 MGC I Flakpanzer I I T-35 I Ro-Go
I SU-5-1
Battle Rating: 1.7 Battle Range: 1.0 - 2.7
I 75mm M3 GMC I Panzerjäger I I A13 Mk II 1939 I Ho-Ro
II Ta-Se
II Chi-Ha Short Gun
Battle Rating: 2.0 Battle Range: 1.0 - 3.0
I M8 Scott I Pz. 38(t) F I T-70 I Crusader Mk II I Chi-Ha Kai
II M22 Locust I Pz. III E II T-80 II Ho-I
I Pz. IV E II Ho-Ni I
I Sturmpanzer II
I Gepard
Battle Rating: 2.3 Battle Range: 1.3 - 3.3
I M5A1 I Pz. II H I BM-8-24 I T17E2 II Chi-He
II M5A1 (5th Arm.Div.) I Pz. III F I SU-57 II Ho-Ni III
II LVT(A)(4) ZiS-2 II Pz. IV F1 II 72-K GAZ MM
Battle Rating: 2.7 Battle Range: 1.7 - 3.7
I M3 Lee I Sd.Kfz. 234/2 I T-126 I Crusader Mk III
I M8A1 I Pz. III J I T-50 I Valentine Mk I
I M3 Medium II Grant Mk I
II T-28E
II SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps)
II ZiS-30
Battle Rating: 3.0 Battle Range: 2.0 - 4.0
II M4A3 (105) II Pz. III N II BTR-152A II Cromwell Mk V
II Marder III H II Valentine Mk XI
II StuH 42 G II Matilda Mk II
II Sd.Kfz. 234/4 II 3 inch Gun Carrier
II Sd.Kfz. 6/2 II Churchill Mk I
Battle Rating: 3.3 Battle Range: 2.3 - 4.3
II M4A1 II Pz. III J1 II T-34 1940 II Valentine Mk IX II Chi-Nu
II M15 CGMC II Pz. III L II T-34 prototype II Archer III Na-To
II Pz. III M II SU-122 II Cromwell RP-3 III So-Ki
Battle Rating: 3.7 Battle Range: 2.7 - 4.7
II M4 II Pz. IV F2 II T-34 1941 II Cromwell I III M24
II M4A5 II StuG III F II T-34 1941 (1st Gv.T.Br.) II Sherman II III Chi-Nu II
II M10 GMC II Wirbelwind II T-34 1942 III Crusader AA Mk I
III M24 TL II KV-1 L-11
II Matilda Mk II F-96
III 94-KM ZiS-12
II 29-K
Battle Rating: 4.0 Battle Range: 3.0 - 5.0
III M4A2 II T-34-747(r) II T-34E III Churchill Mk III
II Panzerwerfer 42 II T-34E STZ III Excelsior
II Pz.Kpfw. Churchill III T-34-57 III Achilles
III ASU-57 III Achilles 65 Rg.
III ZiS-43
Battle Rating: 4.3 Battle Range: 3.3 - 5.3
II T14 II M4 748(a) II KV-1E III Chi-To
III Calliope II 8.8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. II KV-1S
III Pz.Bfw. IV
Battle Rating: 4.7 Battle Range: 3.7 - 5.7
III M18 "Black Cat" III Pz. IV H III T-34-57 mod. 43 III Sherman Firefly III Chi-To Late
III M18 GMC III Dicker Max IV ZSU-37 III Firefly "Scorpion"
III M6A1 III Jagdpanzer 38(t) III Churchill Mk VII
III M4A3E2 III Jagdpanzer IV III Avenger
III "Cobra King" III Ostwind IV Crusader AA Mk I
Battle Rating: 5.0 Battle Range: 4.0 - 6.0
III M4A1 (76) W III KV-1B 756(r) III M4A2 (76) W III AC IV Thunderbolt III Chi-Ri II
III M4A2 (76) W III KV-II 754(r) III KV-2 1939
III T20 III Panzer IV/70(A) III KV-2 1940
IV M19 III Brummbär III SU-152
Battle Rating: 5.3 Battle Range: 4.3 - 6.3
III M4A3 (76) W III Nashorn III T-34-85 (D-5T) III Comet I III M4A3 (76) W
III Panzer IV/70(V) III KV-85 III Challenger
III VK 4501 (P) III KV-2 (ZiS-6) III Iron Duke IV
III Sturer Emil III IS-1
III Type 65
IV ISU-122
Battle Rating: 5.7 Battle Range: 4.7 - 6.7
IV M4A3E2 (76) W III Panther D III T-V III Heavy Tank No.6
IV M36 GMC III Tiger H1 III KV-220 IV Centurion Mk I
III Tiger H1 IV T-34-85
III Tiger E IV T-34-85E
IV Pz.Bfw. VI (P) IV KV-122
IV Waffenträger IV IS-2
Battle Rating: 6.0 Battle Range: 5.0 - 7.0
IV M41A1 IV Panther A IV ISU-152 IV Charioteer Mk VII IV M41A1
IV T25 IV Panther G IV ISU-122S IV Black Prince IV Ho-Ri Prototype
IV Panther F
Battle Rating: 6.3 Battle Range: 5.3 - 7.3
IV M26 IV Tiger II (P) IV T-44 IV Centurion Mk 3 TIV ST-A1
IV M26 T99 IV Jagdpanther IV T-44-122 IV FV4202 IV ST-A2
IV Super Hellcat IV Bfw. Jagdpanther IV ASU-85 IV M42 Duster
IV T28 IV SU-100
V M42 Duster IV SU-122P
IV IS-2 mod. 1944
IV IS-2 "Revenge"
Battle Rating: 6.7 Battle Range: 5.7 - 7.7
IV T92 IV Ru 251 IV SU-100P IV Caernarvon IV Type 60 SPRG
IV M56 IV Tiger II (H) IV Type-62 IV Tortoise
IV M26E1 IV Tiger II (H) Sla.16 IV T-34-100 IV FV4005
IV T26E1-1 IV Coelian IV Strv 81
IV T29 IV Ferdinand
IV T34
V M50 Ontos
V T114
Battle Rating: 7.0 Battle Range: 6.0 - 8.0
IV M46 "Tiger" IV Panther II IV T-44-100 V Centurion Mk 10 IV Type 61
V M46 V Tiger II 10.5cm IV IS-6 V Vickers MBT V Type 60 ATM
V T32 V Kugelblitz V Conway
V T95
Battle Rating: 7.3 Battle Range: 6.3 - 8.3
V Jagdtiger V Object 906
V Jpz 4-5 V IS-3
V SU-122-54
V Object 268
Battle Rating: 7.7 Battle Range: 6.7 - 8.7
V M47 V Leopard 1A0 V T-54 1947 V Conqueror
V M48A1 V mKPz M47 V T-54 1949 V Falcon
V M103 V T-54 1951
V ZSU-57-2
V Object 120
Battle Rating: 8.0 Battle Range: 7.0 - 8.7
VI M551 VI Leopard A1A1 VI T-62 VI Chieftain Mk.3 VI STB-1
V M60 V RakJpz 2 VI ZSU-23-4 VI Swingfire VI Type 87
VI M60A1 (AOS) VI FlakPz I Gepard VI T-10M VI Striker
VI M60A2 V Maus
VI T95E1 V E-100
VI M163
Battle Rating: 8.3 Battle Range: 7.3 - 9.3
VI M60A1 RISE (P) VI RakJpz 2 HOT VI T-55A VI Chieftain Mk.5 VI Type 74
Battle Rating: 8.7 Battle Range: 7.7 - 9.7
VI MBT-70 VI KPz-70 VI T-64A (1971) VI Chieftain Mk.10
Battle Rating: 9.7 Battle Range: 8.7 - 9.7
VI M1 Abrams
Yellow = Premium/Gift vehicles