IJN Yubari

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The Yubari-class, IJN Yubari, 1944 (夕張, namesake: Yūbari River) is a premium rank III Japanese light cruiser with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

The IJN Yubari was built between 1922 and 1923 as an experimental test bed for various new innovations made by the Imperial Japanese Navy, such as weight-saving design and the then state-of-the-art Kampon boilers. As a result, the Yubari ended up being something between a very heavy destroyer and a very light cruiser.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel25 / 38 / 25 mm
Main fire tower20 / 20 / 20 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure13 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement4 450 t
Crew368 people

The Yubari is a very small cruiser, being only slightly longer and heavier than the Akizuki at 138.9 metres in length and 4,450 tons of displacement. When combined with her decent mobility, she can be somewhat harder to hit at range.

Being such a small and very light cruiser also means that the Yubari doesn't have much protection. Her armour profile is roughly the same as the Kuma with smaller shell rooms, which means it's very poorly protected against any other cruisers and even destroyers at closer range. Yubari's fatal weakspot is her rear ammunition storage that sits above the waterline and is very easy to hit and detonate.


Speedforward / back
AB69 / 32 km/h
RB59 / 27 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 69 32
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 59 27

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB900 Sl icon.png
RB900 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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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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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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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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Primary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Torpedo Mode


Primary armament

2 х Turret2 x 140 mm/50 3rd Year Type cannon
Ammunition410 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 30°

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Secondary armament

Turret120 mm/45 10th year type cannon
Ammunition250 rounds

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

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

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 18 x 610 mm Type 8 No.2 wet-heater torpedo
Main article: Type 8 No.2 (610 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Small size (comparable to some destroyers) makes her harder to target
  • Sufficient armaments and armour to take on any destroyers at range
  • Good AA armament


  • Terrible survivability against other cruisers
  • Only 4 main guns, very poor damage output against cruisers
  • Carries only 8 torpedoes, only 4 can be launched before reloading
  • Average top speed and mobility
  • Rear ammo racks sit above the waterline and are thus prone to detonation
  • Outclassed by almost every cruiser she will face


The Imperial Japanese Navy authorized the construction of the Yubari class during the First World War as part of the 8-4 Fleet Construction Program. Due to budgetary constraints, the ship did not start construction until 1922. Like many pre-war Japanese vessels, it sought to put as much weaponry as possible on a limited size hull. It was designed to have the hitting power of a 5,500-ton class cruiser in a 4,500-ton package. While in many cases, this resulted in overweight, top-heavy and unseaworthy boats, the Yubari class accomplished this using an intelligent application of structural armour. [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. Stille, M., 2012, Imperial Japanese Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Osprey Publishing

Sasebo Naval Arsenal (佐世保海軍工廠)
Mutsuki-class  IJN Mutsuki
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Light Cruisers 
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Unique Ships  IJN Yubari

Japan light cruisers
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Yubari*  IJN Yubari
Nagara-class  IJN Isuzu
Sendai-class  IJN Sendai
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Mogami-class  IJN Mikuma · IJN Suzuya
  * = Unique ship

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Motor gun boats  Type 4 (Mod 4)
Motor torpedo gun boats  PG 02
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Destroyers  IJN Satsuki · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi · JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Light cruisers  IJN Yubari · IJN Mikuma