World War: to the combat troops
|This mode has significantly different gameplay for commanders and combat troops. If you are one of the commanders, we have an article that may be useful for you.|
Game mode with battles on the global map that are run in “Operations” format and are based on historical events.
World War mode battles are run in Realistic mode with special marker mechanics.
|World War is available to all players that have at least one purchased rank 3 vehicle.|
The World War mode in War Thunder is represented by Seasons that have various scenarios, years of operations, available vehicles and theatres of war.
Squadrons and players that take part in battles and Operations will receive (besides the usual battle rewards) special prizes for participation, and the best squadrons and players will receive special valuable prizes after the results of the day and the Season - they are unique for each Season.
|Squadrons||Squadron members||Free players|
|Take a role in one of the contesting parties and lead the Operation until it's over, commanding the armies and initiating battles and participating in them.
Squadrons can take part in World War Seasons and fight for valuable prizes.
|May fight both for their own squadrons within an Operation or participate as free players joining any available battles.||Can play a role of reinforcements taking any vacant places in available battles and helping one of the battling parties.
They receive valuable rewards according to the Leaderboard (single for all players - Squadron members or not) every day or by the end of the Season.
You can enter the World War interface using the “TO BATTLE” button menu, by selecting the “World War” option.
World War window
|Scoreboards||“All battles” button||Scenario list|
|A list of special daily awards, as well as squadron and players' record tables.
In the scoreboard, the player can view his statistics and rankings.
|Opens a window where all the available battles are presented.
A competitor can immediately join an ongoing battle or queue up for a battle in preparation for its start.
|The currently active scenarios in which the squadrons battle each other.
Useful if a participant is a member of a squadron or a free player who wants to find a particular Operation and participate in it.
Window of all battles
This window contains a list of all available World War battles, the composition of armies involved in the selected battle, the time before a battle begins and other conditions. You can quickly find an interesting battle and join it.
Preparing for battle
In any battle, only the vehicles of the army involved in this battle can be used. Vehicles that a player doesn’t have, will still be available to him for use in battle, but only in its basic modification and with an untrained crew.
At the battle selection stage, a player can prepare and take their vehicle and trained crews into battle, thus gaining an advantage. To do this, it is necessary to equip such vehicles in the crew slots which reflect the vehicles specified for the army. This process can be entrusted to an automatic system by clicking "Create a vehicle set".
Participation in the battle
After completing preparation for battle, a player selects "To battle!" and enters the mission, the tasks of which depend on many factors, including: the type of armies encountered, their composition, the conditions under which the battle has begun, and much more.
Upon entering battle, a player will receive from 1 to 3 randomly selected vehicles from the army and must complete the mission tasks in the allotted time.
|Every lost vehicle is deducted from the army! Try to protect your vehicle.|
Read the main article regarding the rules on distribution of vehicles among the participants, peculiarities of aviation armament and symbols.
In the squad
The mechanism of participation in battles in a squad is not particularly different from the mechanics of participation in random battles, except that the possibility of assembling a squad of up to 10 participants - this mechanics works only in battles in World War.
A commander need to send the squad into battle. Members of the squad must confirm their readiness twice: the first time in the hangar interface, and then in the battle window - it is necessary to exclude the possibility of participants who did not have time to install the specified vehicles in crew slots.
Safe exit area
There are no airfields in World War aviation missions, and the air reserve and aviation fuel reserves are limited. In order that a vehicle is not lost from the army, it is enough to fly to a special safe exit zone. A pilot in such a zone will be able to take the vehicle out of battle (button J) without losing it for the army.
Defeat in one World War battle does not entail catastrophic consequences for the entire Operation, as it was in reality, and often commanders resort to creating lost battles deliberately - for example, in order to delay an enemy attack. But every army has a morale index, which decreases with every defeat and increases with victory. An army whose morale index has fallen to zero will surrender to the enemy and disappear from the Operation map. Consider this in battle, even when fighting on the side of an unfamiliar squadron.
If you don't have an aviation army at your side in battle, the commander can send reinforcements in the form of aircraft at any time: fighters, attackers or bombers. Aircraft will begin to be distributed among the members of the allied side according to the usual rules.