IJN Kiyoshimo

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This page is about the premium Japanese destroyer IJN Kiyoshimo. For other Yugumo-class destroyers, see Yugumo (Family).
IJN Kiyoshimo
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IJN Kiyoshimo
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The Yugumo-class, IJN Kiyoshimo, 1944 (清霜, namesake: Clear Frost) is a premium gift rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" and was removed from the store after the 2020 May sale. It has since been made available temporarily for purchase in-game with Golden Eagles (Ge icon.png) for the 2022 "Day of Japan", 2023 "JSDF Day" and the 2023 and 2024 "National Foundation Day in Japan" mini-events.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 3 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement2 560 t
Crew228 people

Kiyoshimo's profile is rather low compared to destroyers of other factions, mainly because of being top-heavy. This in effect gives her a better chance of avoiding enemy fire, especially at long-range engagements, even as an overall longer ship. Additionally, her survivability further is aided by having ammunition stored deep underneath the water line, which ensures survival if faced with AP shells and having torpedo turrets protected against fragmentation damage, though they are still one of the easiest components to damage on the ship.


Speedforward / back
AB79 / 31 km/h
RB65 / 25 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 79 31
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 65 25

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 337 Sl icon.png
RB2 371 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts290 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 260 / 600 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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Shrapnel Protection
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Bomb mortar


Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 127 mm/50 3rd Year Type cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Vertical guidance-7° / 75°

The Kiyoshimo has six 127 mm dual purpose guns that have a high velocity and flat trajectory that enables you to easily hit targets at 10 km. With an Ace crew, you can reduce the reload rate to ~6 seconds, which enables you to win long ranged gunfights. If the Kiyoshimo is caught at close range, it is suggested to take out the enemies turrets and go for crew as these guns lack any type of AP shells.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
Type 1 HE HE 28 28 28 28 28 28
HE-TF HE-TF 26 26 26 26 26 26
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
Type 1 HE HE 910 23 0 0.1 2.31 79° 80° 81°
HE-TF HE-TF 910 23 0 0.1 2.07 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

Turret2 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min
4 х Turret3 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition4500 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min
14 х Turret25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon
Ammunition1500 rounds
Belt capacity15 rounds
Fire rate261 shots/min

The Kiyoshimo is armed with twenty-eight 25 mm anti-aircraft guns as its secondary armament. These are effective at close range as they can throw a lot of shells into the air, but it is recommended to stay near allied ships for air cover as the range of these guns is short.

Anti-aircraft armament

4 х Turret13.2 mm Type 93 machine gun
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity30 rounds
Fire rate476 shots/min
Main article: Type 93 (13.2 mm)

On top of her 28 x 25 mm anti-air arsenal, she has 4 x 13.2 mm machine guns across the ship which on their own don't offer too much firepower, and should be used in unison with 25 mm cannons to clear PTs and air targets.

Additional armament

Setup 116 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedo
Setup 28 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 316 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedo
2 x Type 95 depth charge

The Kiyoshimo's torpedoes are the special Type 93 Mod 3 torpedoes, the other users being the IJN Akizuki and IJN Shimakaze. It has reduced range of 15 km compared to the standard 20 km Type 93 Model 1s found on other Japanese ships. While not gaining any speed advantage, it does gain an even larger warhead: ~1000 kg of TNT instead of ~600 kg. These torpedoes have a tendency to destroy anything they hit. These are especially useful in Naval EC.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Good top speed
  • Good manoeuvrability
  • 2 quad torpedo launchers with one reload each
  • Very deadly torpedoes
  • 127 mm guns have good ballistics
  • 28 x 25 mm AA with a lot of ammunition


  • Slow turret traverse
  • Turrets tend to be taken out often
  • 25 mm AA only effective at close range (max range about 3 km)
  • 127 mm guns have no AP (Only HE and HE-DF)
  • 127 mm guns are almost useless against air targets (due to slow traverse)


IJN Kiyoshimo (清霜, "Clear Frost") was a ship of the Yugumo class built for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) during the Second World War. As an incremental improvement over the previous Kagero class, Kiyoshimo had an improved anti-aircraft armament. Completed in May of 1944, Kiyoshimo was present at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and was ultimately sunk by American land-based bombers in December of that year.


The Yugumo class was essentially a slightly-improved version of the preceding Kagero class of destroyers, armed with a heavier anti-aircraft armament. They displaced 2110 tons at standard load and had a crew complement of 228 officers and crew. Kiyoshimo carried a main armament of six 127 mm Type 3 guns in three dual turrets - one fore and two aft. These guns were designed with a high maximum rate of elevation to be used as dual-purpose guns, but their slow fire rate and lack of high-angle rangefinding devices severely hampered their effectiveness against aircraft.

Kiyoshimo carried a secondary armament of twenty-eight 25 mm anti-aircraft guns in fourteen single, four triple and one dual turrets. These weapons were the standard anti-aircraft guns for all Japanese warships during the Second World War. Kiyoshimo carried a torpedo armament of two quadruple 610 mm torpedo tube mounts firing the dreaded “Long Lance” torpedoes, along with four reloads. Her anti-submarine armament comprised two depth charge throwers with 36 depth charges.

Service history

Kiyoshimo was completed in May of 1944, after which she was immediately sent to join the Japanese forces in the Philippines. She was present at the Battle of Leyte gulf and was hit by an American bomb, and received five near-misses. She assisted the battleship Musashi after she was hit by numerous bombs, and later evacuated the survivors when the battleship sank. She was repaired in Singapore in November of that year. On December 26th, Kiyoshimo was at sea when she was crippled by American bombers, and finished off by a torpedo from the torpedo boat PT-223. 82 men were killed, while the destroyer Asashimo rescued 169 survivors and American PT boats rescued five.



See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


  • Budge, K. (2007). Yugumo Class, Japanese Destroyers. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/Y/u/Yugumo_class.htm
  • Newitt, A. D. (1998). IJN Kiyoshimo. Retrieved January 26, 2021, from http://www.combinedfleet.com/kiyosh_t.htm

Uraga Dock Company (浦賀船渠株式会社)
Sub Chasers (駆潜艇) 
No.1 Type  Type K-3 No.1
Destroyers (DD) 
Hatsuharu-class  IJN Nenohi
Yugumo-class  IJN Kiyoshimo
Light Cruisers (CL) 
Nagara-class  IJN Isuzu

Japan destroyers
Momi-class  IJN Momi
Mutsuki-class  IJN Mutsuki · IJN Satsuki
Fubuki-class  IJN Ayanami
Hatsuharu-class  IJN Hatsuharu · IJN Nenohi
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Yugumo-class  IJN Yugumo · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo
Shimakaze-class  IJN Shimakaze
Akizuki-class  IJN Akizuki · IJN Hatsuzuki
Ariake-class*  JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Harukaze-class  JDS Harukaze (DD-101)
  * Modified Fletcher-class destroyers

Japan premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  Type T-14 (mod. 1) · Type T-51a
Motor gun boats  Type 4 (Mod 4) · PG 02
Sub-chasers  Type K-8 No.13
Frigates  Akebono
Destroyers  IJN Satsuki · IJN Nenohi · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi · JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Light cruisers  IJN Yubari · IJN Mikuma
Heavy cruisers  IJN Myoko
Battleships  IJN Yamashiro