Drache

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Drache
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Drache
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Description

The R-1-class, Drache is a rank IV German sub-chaser with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Sons of Attila".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower13 / 0 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section6
Displacement2 084 t
Crew300 people

While it has barely any armour like the majority of coastal ships, the Drache is compensated for by its huge crew complement of 300 and plenty of hull space, thus significantly buffing its survivability.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB42 / 14 km/h
RB28 / 9 km/h

The Drache is rather slow, with its two diesel engines barely competing with various submarine chasers found at its BR.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 42 14
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 28 9

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 438 → 5 756 Sl icon.png
RB6 749 → 8 753 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications166 500 Rp icon.png
275 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training105 000 Sl icon.png
Experts360 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 200 / 100 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
8 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Fire Division
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
8 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
8 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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37 mm Spgr Lh 37
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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88mm_spgr_br_lh31_navy_hei_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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88mm_pzgr_39_navy_apcbc_ammo_pack
Research:
7 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
8 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
8 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Bomb mortar
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Mines
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret88 mm/45 SK L/45 cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 25°

The Drache has a pair of 88 mm guns, which are perfect for combating larger opponents you may face (e.g. Japanese submarine chasers). The HE rounds can be used to make short work of any PT boats while the APCBC shells may be saved for more heavily armoured boats like the MBK pr.186 which are more common at your BR.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
100 m 1,000 m 2,000 m 3,000 m 4,000 m 5,000 m
Spgr. L/4.5 Lh 31 HE 11 11 11 11 11 11
Spgr. L/4.5 Br. Lh 31 HEF-I 11 11 11 11 11 11
PzGr 39 APCBC 146 124 104 88 74 62
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Spgr. L/4.5 Lh 31 HE 700 9 0 0.1 698 79° 80° 81°
Spgr. L/4.5 Br. Lh 31 HEF-I 700 9 0 0.1 698 79° 80° 81°
PzGr 39 APCBC 773 10.2 0.8 28 108.8 48° 63° 71°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret2 x 3.7 cm SK C/30 mounting
Ammunition4000 rounds
Main article: SK C/30 (37 mm)

In addition to the 88 mm guns, there are also two dual 37 mm mounts, with a choice of AP and HE shells. They should be kept as second-hand weapons as their rate of fire is lesser than their autocannon counterparts.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Spgr L/4.1 Lh 37 HE 2 2 2 2 2 2
Psgr L'spur Zerl APCBC 87 84 71 58 48 39
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Spgr L/4.1 Lh 37 HE 1,000 0.75 0 0.1 27.4 79° 80° 81°
Psgr L'spur Zerl APCBC 1,000 0.82 1.3 15 37.4 48° 63° 71°

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret4 x 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 automatic cannon
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min
4 х Turret2 cm/65 C/38 automatic cannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity40 rounds
Fire rate480 shots/min

The Drache sports an extremely powerful anti-aircraft arsenal of two 20 mm Flakvierling 38 guns and two Flakzwilling 38 guns, which can shred any aircraft or PT boat that would be foolish enough to dare and try to approach you.

Additional armament

Setup 112 x WBG depth charge
Setup 240 x EMC moored contact mine
Setup 312 x WBG depth charge
2 x EMC moored contact mine
Main articles: EMC mine, WBG depth charge

While both the mines and depth charges are potent if utilized correctly, they are purely situational and may act more as a larger ammo rack than an effective weapon; It is advised not to bring them with you.

Usage in battles

The Drache is a powerful yet slow ship and should be played as such. Since you have a coastal spawn, one such tactic would be to try and provide fire support for your team, taking out PT boats with ease as you hobble over to the capture point. Once you reach the capture point, defending it should be your top priority. You can use your potent 88 mm guns at this point to knock out enemies your team would otherwise have trouble dealing with (e.g. AA ferries or the Albatros).

Another tactic you can use is to be the damage absorber of your team, using your huge amounts of empty space to soak up large amounts of damage while also shielding the rest of your teammates. Though you are capable of withstanding torpedoes, depth charges and some bombs, you are not invincible. Some players may try and stick very close to you to take advantage of your non-existent gun depression and incapacitate you. However, if you react quickly enough with your 20 mm guns this can be avoided.

Enemies worth noting

  • Soviet post-war boats/frigates (MPK Pr.12412, SKR-7): Should you get uptiered, these boats will be your greatest concern. Their 76 mm guns have a significantly faster fire rate than yours, leaving you with little chance to return fire. It is advised not to engage them at any cost unless you have no other choice.
  • Destroyers: Various destroyers like the aforementioned are in plentiful supply around your BR, and their armament significantly outweighs yours. While they might have a harder time trying to sink you than most other ships due to your large amounts of empty space that will absorb damage, it is also strongly advised not to engage them.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Accurate main guns that can knock out PT boats in a few hits
  • Powerful secondary armament
  • Large and empty hull space allows the boat to absorb hits from bombs and enemy fire
  • Huge crew count for a boat with coastal spawn

Cons:

  • Has only two main guns that are too weak to effectively damage destroyers or frigates
  • Very slow and sluggish to manoeuvre
  • Large and easily recognisable profile

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See also

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Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Minelayer 
R-1-class  Drache(*)**
Battleships 
Helgoland-class  SMS Helgoland*
Bayern-class  SMS Bayern*
  *Previously Howaldtswerke, Kiel
**Previously Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
(*)KB Zmaj before it was captured by Nazi Germany

Germany sub-chasers
M-class  M-17 · M-802
R-1-class  Drache