IJN Shimakaze

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Italian Fleet
P 420 Sparviero Pack
Shimakaze class, Shimakaze (1944)
General characteristics
282 peopleCrew
3400 tDisplacement
7Number of section
3 / 3 / 3 mmMain fire tower armor
16 mm (steel)Hull armor
4 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 x 127 mm Type 3 gun3 x Turret
300 roundsAmmunition
-7° / 75°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon7 x Turret
1500 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
2 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannonTurret
3000 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
3 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon4 x Turret
4500 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
13.2 mm Type 93 machine gunTurret
1800 roundsAmmunition
30 roundsBelt capacity
476 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
15 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedoSetup 1
8 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 2
15 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 3 torpedo
8 x Type 95 depth charge
Setup 3
260000 Rp icon.pngResearch
370000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/3070 / 3914/6390 / 8147Repair
72000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
250000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png270 % Sl icon.png280 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage IJN Shimakaze.jpg

The Shimakaze class, Shimakaze (1944) is a squadron rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Raining Fire".

General info

Survivability and armour

Shimakaze is an extended Yugumo-class hull which comparatvily gives her more crew and extra space & displacement for an additional torpedo launcher and other weight, but also higher crew count (+40 men). Additionally her survivability is further is aided by having ammunition stored deep underneath the water line, what 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.

That said though, comparing to the equivalents in its BR, the ship has a relatively low crew count, sailing just a 2/3 of the Leningrad men, in a short-range fights Shimakaze has to rely on her overwhelming firepower to take down the enemy before suffering overwhelming causalities herself. This can either be the use of her main armament, her plentyful arsenal of torpedoes and/or 25 mm's.


Shimakaze reaching her top speed of 40,9 kn

Shimakaze is by far the fastest Japanese ship ever made, she could reach a top speed of 40,9 kn due her new experimental high temperature and pressure Kampon boilers that developed 79,240 shaft horsepower, powering a new type of turbine, which generated 50 percent more power than typical turbines used in previous destroyers.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 93 31
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 76 25


Primary armament

Shimakaze shooting her main Type 3 cannons
Main article: Type 3 (127 mm)

Shimakaze's primary guns are shared with Yugumo and Ayanami, offering the same capabilities and the same shell choice. Despite of being in a higher BR the ship stands a fair chance against its counterparts, though with increasingly challenging opponents and added care has to be put in an accurate gunnery and torpedoes play an even more important role in disposing opponents. But like her parallel predecessor (Yugumo-class), her main armament isn't her selling point at this BR.

Secondary armament

Unlike other early refits of Japanese destroyers, which have very few anti-air defense, the Shimakaze is refitted in her 1944 fit, which gives her well enough air cover at semi-close ranges and desimates smaller patrol vessels within 2km range.

  • Universal belts: good balance between firepower and tracer contents, useful for newcomers to the Japanese 25 mm autocannon.
  • APT belts: Full of AP shells, good against boats but you might not meet lots of them in destroyer.
  • HEI belts: Trades tracer rounds for extra firepower, harder to aim but very good at knocking out aircraft.

Anti-aircraft armament

Main article: Type 93 (13.2 mm)

The Shimakaze has a single 13.2 mm HMG on the stern. Her 25 mm's are responsible for for air cover along with the 13 mm, but can't be manually controlled together with the 25 mm's at the same time.

Torpedo armament

Shimakaze firing all her torpedoes broadside.

Shimakaze uses the Type 93 Model 3 torpedoes, which have a reduced range of 15 km compared to the standard 20 km Type 93 Model 1 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, which makes it possible to sink nearly any destroyer with a single hit.

On top of having one of the best torpedoes, she racks a total of 15 torpedoes she can fire all at once due her lengthened hull compared to the Yugumo-class allowing for heavier quintuple launchers, and an extra 3rd torpedo turret due the added buoyancy.

Torpedo Characteristics
Mass (kg) Maximum speed in water (km/h) Travel distance (km) Depth stroke (m) Arming distance (m) Explosive type Explosive mass (kg) TNT equivalent (kg)
2,800 91 15.00 1 50 Type 97 780 998.4

Special armament

Main article: Type 95 depth charge

Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can take an off-guard opponent by surprise. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat. If there are no special armaments, remove this section.

Usage in battles

Shimakaze launching all her 15 Long Lance Torpedoes at once.

The Shimakaze is one of the most formidable destroyers Japan can offer, owing largely to its outstanding torpedo armament of 3 quintuple launchers and only beaten by Tashkent as 2nd fastest ship in-game.

Otherwise, she has a well-rounded mix of survivability and firepower, lagging behind slightly due to the lack of AP ammunition options, making it cannon fodder for most cruisers if the manoeuvrability isn't made use of. On the contrary, cruisers only have to worry about the Shimakaze like any other Japanese destroyer for the arsenal of torpedoes that will most likely wall them off in a wave of torpedoes and sinking them instantly.

The Long Lance is among the best torpedo in game with excellent range, speed and explosive filler. Like all torpedo-centric destroyers, Shimakaze excels in Arcade Battles with the ability to re-spawn torpedoes mid-battle and is better than other Japanese destroyers which have a 2nd reload for torpedoes which takes a few seconds between torpedo bursts unlike the full burst the Shimakaze can do at once and instantly reload the full rack. Meanwhile in realistic battles torpedoes should be used sparing as you can't reload them out of the capture zone and only reloads one torpedo per torpedo turret.


Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 25 mm APT belt
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 25 mm HEIT belts Auxiliary Armament Targeting 127 mm HE-TF
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Bomb mortar

Pros and cons


  • Fastest Japanese destroyer
    • Good manoeuvrability
    • Top speed of 93 / 76 km/h
  • 3 quintuple torpedo launchers
  • 127 mm guns have good ballistics
  • 21 x 25 mm AA cannons with a lot of ammunition


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


Shimakaze seen from the broadside
Shimakaze seen from the broadside

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See also

Related development
Ships of comparable role, configuration and era

External links

Japan destroyers
Mutsuki-class  IJN Mutsuki · IJN Satsuki
Fubuki-class  IJN Ayanami
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Yugumo-class  IJN Yugumo · IJN Kiyoshimo
Shimakaze-class  IJN Shimakaze
Akizuki-class  IJN Akizuki

Japan squadron ships
IJN Shimakaze