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The Leone-class, RN Tigre, 1934 was a Leone-class destroyer built for the Regia Marina between 1917-1924. The class consisted of 5 ordered destroyers, out of which two were cancelled and only three were made. Tigre was last to be laid down on 23rd January 1922, and launched on 10th October 1924. The initial designation of the Leone-class was scout cruiser, but they were later re-designated as destroyers. They were armed with four twin 120 mm Schneider-Canet-Armstrong 1918/19 guns and two single 76 mm Ansaldo 76/40 Model 1916 guns for anti-aircraft duty. Two triple 450 mm torpedo launchers were fitted amidships. The Leone-class were deployed to Italian East Africa at the naval base in Massawa, Eritrea. Tigre saw very little action and together with her sisters, that were either sunk or scuttled, ended up being scuttled off the coast of Arabia by her own crew on 3rd April 1941 after being pursued by British aircraft.

Introduced in Update "Ground Breaking", RN Tigre is an Italian premium destroyer. Being a WWI design, she is very lacklustre when compared to other ships on same battle rating. Her torpedoes are quite fast with average payload but very limited range of 4 km which make their use very situational. The main armament is also unique in that the ship has access to APHE rounds unlike any other destroyer armed with calibres smaller than 150 mm. However, the rate of fire of 7 rounds per minute is lower than contemporaries. The magazines of the ship are located above the waterline right under the turrets, making it very vulnerable to fatal detonation.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower12 / 12 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement2 648 t
Crew206 people

The Tigre has almost no armour to speak of besides the 4 mm steel superstructure, the 16 mm steel hull and the 12 mm thick anti-fragmentation armour on gun shields, the important thing is to flank enemies rather than rush them if you want to stay alive, while as a crew you have 206 men to sustain an adequate amount of damage caused by other ships.


Speedforward / back
AB77 / 34 km/h
RB63 / 28 km/h

The speed of the RN Tigre is reasonable though not especially fast, she does reach her top speed of 63 km/h very quickly with his acceleration, but for manoeuvrability, like almost all Italian ships, it is very good and allows you to dodge torpedoes, enemy salvoes and obstacles at the last moment.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 77 34
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 63 28

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
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RB3 052 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
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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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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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76-mm HE-TF
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode


Primary armament

4 х Turret2 x 120 mm/45 Canet-Schneider-Armstrong cannon mod.1918-19
Ammunition400 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 32°

The RN Tigre has a heavy gun armament (for a destroyer) of eight 120/45 Canet-Schneider-Armstrong Mod. 1918/19 main guns. These fire the same shells as the 120/45 OTO Mod. 1926 guns on the Italian reserve destroyer Turbine and have generally identical performance to them as well. They are distributed in four twin mounts, one in the bow, one in the stern, and the other two amidships. Three of these mounts have unlimited traverse, but the one sited between the funnels cannot be traversed fully because of the fore funnel blocking the guns. The guns have a fairly low rate of fire of only 7 rounds/minute maximum with an aced crew.

The 120 mm guns fire HE, HE-DF, and APHE shells. The HE (and identical HE-DF) shells have a large filler for a 120 mm shell at 2.39 kg of TNT, which is significantly more than those of the newer 120 mm HE shells used by the Dardo and Corazziere and even the larger 135 mm HE shells of the Comandante Margottini, Attilio Regolo, and Etna. However, her APHE has less filler than the APHE on those other ships. HE-DF explodes at the range set by the rangefinder, primarily for anti-aircraft usage, but the limited gun elevation makes the main guns quite hard to use in the anti-aircraft role.

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
HE Dirompente HE 29 29 29 29 29 29
APBC Perforante APHE 154 121 81 56 41 35
HE-TF Contro-aerea HE-TF 29 29 29 29 29 29
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
HE Dirompente HE 850 22.11 0 0.1 2.39 79° 80° 81°
APBC Perforante APHE 850 23.15 0.025 6 1.16 47° 60° 65°
HE-TF Contro-aerea HE-TF 850 22.11 0 0.1 2.39 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

2 х Turret76 mm/40 Ansaldo cannon, mod.1917
Ammunition240 rounds

The Secondary armament is composed by Two 76 mm/40 Ansaldo mod.1917, these two cannons are positioned by one mount in both sides and this is the armament difference between RN Tigre and RN Leone (2x Twin 13,2mm), in addition to this these cannons are perfect for the anti-aircraft role using the HE-TF thanks to the option to choose targets with AI these cannons become really lethal against air targets, while for more anti-ship role I recommend using the APHE which allow you to damage both small boats and ships where in the small boats you can shoot anywhere and cause heavy damage while if you are against ships such as destroyers and light cruisers you have to shoot in the area of the engines to cause as much damage as possible.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
100 m 1,000 m 2,000 m 3,000 m 4,000 m 5,000 m
76 mm HE HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
76 mm APHE APHE 69 32 14 7 6 6
76 mm HE-TF HE-TF 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
76 mm HE HE 690 6 0 0.1 650 79° 80° 81°
76 mm APHE APHE 690 5.87 1.6 4 319 47° 60° 65°
76 mm HE-TF HE-TF 690 6 0 0.1 650 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917, Modif.1930 autocannon
Ammunition1500 rounds
Belt capacity50 rounds
Fire rate200 shots/min

The AA armament is composed by two 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917, Modif.1930, these 40 mm cannons are more specific for anti-aircraft role but they still struggle to hit the enemy target even if they have HE-TFs but when they hit the enemy aircraft due to the framentation of the shot it causes the destruction of the aircraft, I strongly advise against using them against small naval targets in automatic because it already causes little damage and then the enemy boat might be armoured.

Additional armament

Setup 14 x 533 mm steam turbined torpedo S.I. 250/533,4X7,5 Tipo A

The only additional armament that the RN Tigre carries are 4 S.I. 250/533.4X7.5 Type A torpedoes, which have enough explosives to damage or destroy enemy ships except Battlecruisers and Battleships in one hit, using the torpedo modification you can increase torpedo range but lose torpedo speed, always try to target the holds in enemy ships which are almost always under the main towers.

Usage in battles

The RN Tigre for a destroyer can carry only 4 torpedoes less than other italian destroyers but the strong part are his heavier main gun armament. With a large salvo of eight fairly powerful HE shells, she can deal a substantial amount of damage to opposing destroyers with a single salvo. However, the low rate of fire of the main guns also mean that she cannot really compete in a prolonged duel against fast-firing destroyers (particular the American ones with 5"/38 main guns) for example British destroyers (HMS Diana, HMS Nepal...) and American Destroyers (USS Fletcher, USS Mitscher...), and last and despite her larger size she actually has a smaller crew count than the RN Corazziere and RN Da Verazzano. Furthermore, her partially exposed bow ammunition magazine is a dangerous weakness, especially in close range fights.

Her torpedo armament is very poor, with only four fairly underwhelming 533 mm torpedoes that are not particularly fast and that have a very short range of only 4 km without the torpedo mode installed. It is worth considering not bringing them at all, especially since they are a potential hazard if hit by enemy fire.

It is also worth noting that the RN Tigre has better firing angles towards the stern of the ship than towards the bow. Angling towards the enemy in such a way that the ship fires towards the stern is worth considering, especially since this also exposes the bow ammunition magazine less.

At last for the additional two 76mm cannons, the best option to use them is for anti-air role with HE-TF, if you want to use them against other ships use the APHE because HE for the 76mm are very weak and don't do very much damage to the enemy ships and boats.

Pros and cons


  • Large number of main guns
  • Large main gun HE shell explosive filler
  • Large field-of-fire towards the stern of the ship
  • Reasonable penetration and filler for the APHE shell
  • Two 76mm cannons more than RN Leone


  • Low main gun rate of fire
  • Inadequate anti-aircraft armament
  • Only four torpedoes with a very short range without torpedo mode installed
  • Above-waterline bow ammunition magazine


Devblog History

The Italian Leone-class destroyers were ordered to replace the more obsolete and worn out ships of the Regia Marina. Ansaldo shipbuilding company, that developed the design of the new ships, focussed at developing the concept of the previous class of ships of this type - the Carlo Mirabello scout cruisers - combining significant firepower with high speed performance. In the period of 1921-1922 three destroyers, out of five ships ordered, were built at the Italian shipyards and all three received the names of large felines: Leone, Tigre and Pantera. After 15 years of service in the native waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the feline flotilla was sent to serve at the Massawa naval base in the Red Sea, where the ships met the entry of Italy into World War II ... cut off from the main forces of the fleet.

By this time, the destroyers were already worn out from time and tropical climate. After several unsuccessful attacks on enemy convoys, the destroyers opted for a suicidal mission to the harbor of Suez, Leone wrecked herself on an unmarked rock and, as a result of the damage received, was flooded by the wakes of the two remaining destroyers. No less desperate was the second attack, the target of which was the port of Sudan - this time the ships being assaulted by fierce raids from British aircraft, were forced to retreat into neutral waters where the crews scuttled the doomed ships in shallow waters off the Arabian coast. The partially submerged ships were soon reconnoitered and finally destroyed by air strikes and artillery from the destroyer HMS Kingston.



See also

Related development

External links

Gabbiano-class  RN Gabbiano · Folaga
Leone-class  RN Leone · RN Tigre
Light Cruisers 
Condottieri-class  RN Bartolomeo Colleoni · RN Raimondo Montecuccoli · RN Eugenio di Savoia
Heavy Cruisers 
Trento-class  RN Bolzano
Conte di Cavour-class  Novorossiysk*
  *RN Giulio Cesare before war reparation to the USSR

Italy destroyers
  Regia Marina
Aquila-class  RN Aquila
Leone-class  RN Leone · RN Tigre
Turbine-class  RN Aquilone · RN Turbine
Navigatori-class  RN Da Verazzano
Dardo-class  RN Dardo
Soldati-class  RN Aviere · RN Corazziere · RN Geniere
Comandanti Medaglie d'Oro-class  RN Comandante Margottini
  Marina Militare
Fante-class*  Geniere
Indomito-class  Impetuoso
  * Modified Fletcher-class destroyers

Italy premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  Freccia P-493 · MAS 569 · MC 485
Motor gun boats  Sparviero
Sub-chasers  Folaga
Destroyers  RN Aquilone · RN Aviere · RN Geniere · RN Tigre · Geniere
Heavy cruisers  RN Pola
Battleships  RN Leonardo da Vinci