IJN Yubari

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IJN Yubari
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The Yubari-class, IJN Yubari, 1944 (夕張, namesake: Yūbari River), built between 1922 and 1923, was an experimental testbed for Imperial Japanese Navy innovations, featuring weight-saving design and advanced Kampon boilers. Compared to the Sendai-class and previous vessels, she offered similar speed, combat, and range with 60% less displacement. Her design innovations influenced later Japanese heavy cruisers. This resulted in her being something between a very heavy destroyer and a very light cruiser.

She was introduced in Update "Direct Hit". As a test-bed for Japanese naval development, her role isn't quite standard. Playing closely to a well-armed gun destroyer, she packs 140 mm cannons with potent SAP shells, but the sluggish manoeuvrability of a cruiser. Survivability is notable for what she faces on the seas, offering armour survivability closer to a cruiser, with the crew count closer to a destroyer.

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 weak spot 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

Yūbari offers speeds closer to destroyers over light cruisers at the cost of still getting a rather far large fleet spawn. Her speed and small figure allow her to dodge shells with more ease compared to a regular-sized cruiser.

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
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RB3 187 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 × 400 / 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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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°

The armament of the Yūbari is rather lacklustre for a cruiser, but it should be kept in mind that she's built as a testbed and plays closer to a destroyer rather than a cruiser with her size, speed and fewer (but larger) guns compared to regular destroyers. Her 4 x 140 mm cannons come in 2 dual-mount turrets in the front and back of the ship, coordinating the 120 mm/45 in main and auxiliary calibre shooting with one button allows the captain to output quite the forward firepower, leaving your target size minimal, while still dishing out considerable damage against destroyers and light cruisers.

Broadsiding to use the back turret offers more damage output but makes the ship a larger target so keep that in mind. The armour should suffice against weaker destroyers, but facing heavy-end destroyers and other cruisers, it's ill-advised.

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 0 HE HE 35 35 35 35 35 35
Type 2 SAP SAP 61 53 43 35 35 35
Type 0 HE-TF HE-TF 35 35 35 35 35 35
Mod 1 SAP SAPBC 115 100 81 65 54 40
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
Type 0 HE HE 840 37.87 0 0.1 3.15 79° 80° 81°
Type 2 SAP SAP 701 37.9 0.05 6 2.96 47° 60° 65°
Type 0 HE-TF HE-TF 850 37.9 0 0.1 3.15 79° 80° 81°
Mod 1 SAP SAPBC 855 37.87 0.05 6 2.21 48° 63° 71°

Secondary armament

Turret120 mm/45 10th year type cannon
Ammunition250 rounds

As mentioned with the primary, the auxiliary calibre should be fired in unison with the primary guns as it doesn't offer too much on its own. The 120 mm is mounted in a single mount turret as the most forward turret 1 level below the forward primary.

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
120 mm Type 1 HE HE 24 24 24 24 24 24
120 mm Type 0 HE HE-TF 24 24 24 24 24 24
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
120 mm Type 1 HE HE 850 20.33 0 0.1 1.95 79° 80° 81°
120 mm Type 0 HE HE-TF 850 20.33 0 0.1 1.95 79° 80° 81°

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

Having 25 x 25 mm Type 96s, Yūbari offers a decent amount of close anti-air cover for herself and nearby vessels, causing havoc among small patrol boats and shredding them within ~2 km.

Additional armament

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

Carrying 2 torpedo launchers with 2 tubes each, Yūbari offers 4 torpedoes on the ready with 4 more on reserve ready for reloading. The turrets are a rather old model and are slow to traverse.

The Type 8s aren't the top-of-the-line Type 93 Long Lance torpedoes but still offer the same bang and range without the speed.

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
  • Extremely short SAP fuse delay makes damaging enemy ships' internal modules difficult


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]



See also

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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
Hatsuharu-class  IJN Hatsuharu
Shiratsuyu-class  IJN Yuudachi
Light Cruisers 
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
Agano-class  IJN Agano
Unique Ships  IJN Yubari
Tanks  Chi-Ha Short Gun

Japan light cruisers
Kuma-class  IJN Kuma
  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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Destroyers  IJN Satsuki · IJN Nenohi · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi · JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Light cruisers  IJN Yubari · IJN Mikuma
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