IJN Tone

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Italian Fleet
P 420 Sparviero Pack
IJN Tone (1945)
General characteristics
882 peopleCrew
15201 tDisplacement
8Number of section
25 / 25 / 25 mmMain fire tower armor
105 / 100 / 31 mmCitadel armor
25 mm (steel)Hull armor
8 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
2 x 20 cm/50 3rd year type No.2 cannon4 x Turret
240 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 55°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
2 x 5 inch/40 Type 89 cannon4 x Turret
400 roundsAmmunition
Anti-aircraft armament
25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon18 x Turret
1500 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
3 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon12 x Turret
4500 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
2 x 25 mm/60 Type 96 automatic cannon4 x Turret
3000 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsBelt capacity
261 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
24 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 1, Mod 2 torpedoSetup 1
270000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png0/8100 / 10505/7100 / 9208Repair
200000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1700 Ge icon.pngAces
196 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
100 % Sl icon.png360 % Sl icon.png280 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage IJN Tone.jpg

The IJN Tone (1945) is a rank V Japanese heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Starfighters".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 77 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 66 22


Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

The IJN Tone is capable of carrying 24 Long Lance torpedoes in 4 sets of 3, 2 per side. Each torpedo tube has an onboard quick reload, so 12 torpedoes can be launched per side before needing to reload in a capture zone or port. One notable characteristic about the torpedo launchers is that the aft sets have better forward-firing angles than the fore sets, but the forward angles still aren't particularly incredible. However, all the sets have good rearward firing angles.

As the torpedoes are Long Lances, they can detonate if they are hit and will destroy the IJN Tone nearly 100% of the time. Essentially they are completely unarmored ammunition racks. Conversely, if an enemy ship is hit with a Long Lance, there is a high likelihood of destroying it outright or sinking it via flooding.

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 20.3 cm Type 91 AP 20.3 cm Type 0 HE-TF Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 127 mm HE-TF Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting

Pros and cons


  • Devastating anti-aircraft armament
  • 4 turrents placed in the bow providing amazing firepower while staying in cover


  • Turrets easily disabled due to very close proximity to each other


Tone seen in 1942.

The IJN Tone was the lead ship of the Tone class of two heavy cruisers built for the Japanese navy. Designed as a scout cruiser to operate within large task forces, the ship was built with a unique armament scheme and a large rear deck for carrying seaplanes. Completed in 1938, she saw extensive service during the Second World war and served in many major battles including the Battles of Midway, Santa Cruz and Leyte. Relegated to training duties by early 1945, she was sunk by American naval aircraft in July of that year, and was later raised and scrapped.[1]

Design and construction

Tone, along with her sister ship Chikuma, were designed as a pair of heavy scout cruisers to provide long-range reconnaissance services to the Japanese carrier fleet. Due to the Japanese doctrine of not carrying reconnaissance aircraft on their carriers, the Tone carried six Aichi E13A reconnaisance floatplanes on a huge spacious rear-deck. Thus, the ship featured an unconventional main armament configuration - four twin 8-inch (203 mm) turrets all located forward of the superstructure.[1] She also carried numerous anti-aircraft defences and four triple 610 mm torpedo launchers located at the sides. She displaced 11 500 tons, and could make 35 knots (65 km/h).[1]

The Tone was ordered in 1932, and was laid down on December 1st 1934. She was launched in November of 1937, and was commissioned on November 20th 1938.

Operational History

The Tone was present during the attack on Pearl Harbour in December of 1941, and launched her reconnaissance aircraft in support of the raid. She later participated in the Battle of Midway, where her floatplanes helped discover the inbound American carrier group. Later on, she participated in the Battle of the Solomon Islands, and the battle of Santa Cruz. During the latter engagement, the Tone played a major role in delivering supplies to the troops at Guadalcanal, and performing scouting duties for the Carrier task force.[1]

Tone then returned to the Japanese port of Kure to receive additional anti-aircraft guns. She served a short stint as a commerce raider in the Indian ocean, but was then reassigned to the Japanese carrier group as a scout and escort for the Battle of the Philippine Sea. At the battle of Leyte Gulf, Tone provided her floatplane scouting duties as required; she survived with minor damage while her sister ship Chikuma was sunk.[1] At that point, she retired to the Japanese home islands, where she would stay for the remainder of the war. On July 24th 1945, Tone was attacked by USN aircraft; hit by nine bombs, she settled onto the seabed. She was stricken from the navy list, and subsequently raised and scrapped after the end of the war.[1]


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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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 WWII Cruisers. (n.d.)

Works Cited

  • WW2 Cruisers. (n.d.). IJN Tone Class. Retrieved November 18, 2020, from https://www.world-war.co.uk/japan/tone.php

Japan heavy cruisers
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Tone-class  IJN Tone
Mogami-class  IJN Mogami