IJN Myoko

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IJN Myoko
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IJN Myoko
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The Myoko-class, IJN Myoko, 1944 (妙高, namesake: Mount Myōkō) is a premium rank IV Japanese heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Apex Predators".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel76 / 102 / 35 mm
Main fire tower25 / 20 / 20 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section9
Displacement15 933 t
Crew970 people

The IJN Myoko features respectable armor for a heavy crusier, especially compared to its other 5.7 Japanese counterparts such as the IJN Aoba. The Main belt features 102mm of steel with the bulkheads and ammo elevators being 76mm thick. Contrary to other ships, the Myoko's frontal magazines are only protected by 76mm of steel whilst the rear magazines are protected by 102mm of steel. Both the magazines are housed below the waterline making magazine detonations fairly uncommon unless taking fire from guns larger than 8".

The crew complement of 970 people is respectable but does not allow you to take extensive gunfire, especially from various high explosive shells which pose a great threat to your turrets which are protected by a only 25mm of steel. While your turrets only feature minimal protection they will not be disabled too often unless they take a near or direct hit. The 76mm ammo elevators are a major improvement over other Japanese cruisers and greatly help the ship maintain her rate of fire even under moderate gunfire.


Speedforward / back
AB73 / 23 km/h
RB62 / 20 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 73 23
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 62 20

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB6 448 Sl icon.png
RB5 670 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts510 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 180 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 450 / 600 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 184 / 184 / 184 % 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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Primary armament

5 х Turret2 x 20 cm/50 3rd year type No.2 cannon
Ammunition240 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 40°

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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 61 61 61 61 61 61
Type 91 AP APHEBC 362 321 263 218 182 139
Type 0 HE-TF HE-TF 61 61 61 61 61 61
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
Type 0 HE HE 835 125.4 0 0.1 8.57 79° 80° 81°
Type 91 AP APHEBC 835 125.85 0.05 9 3.26 48° 63° 71°
Type 0 HE-TF HE-TF 835 125.4 0 0.1 8.57 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

4 х Turret2 x 5 inch/40 Type 89 cannon
Ammunition400 rounds

The ship is fitted with four turrets of dual 5 inch/40 (127 mm) Type 89 cannons capable of long range AA work and anti patrol boat duties.


  • 127 mm HE: maximum penetration: 25 mm; 1.96 kg of TNT equivalent explosive filler.
  • 127 mm Type 1 HE-TF: maximum penetration: 28 mm; 2.31 kg of TNT equivalent explosive filler.

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
127 mm HE HE 25 25 25 25 25 25
127 mm HE-TF HE-TF 25 25 25 25 25 25
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
127 mm HE HE 720 23 0 0.1 1.96 79° 80° 81°
127 mm HE-TF HE-TF 720 23 0 0.1 1.96 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

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

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Additional armament

Setup 116 x 610 mm Type 93 Model 1, Mod 2 torpedo

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Scout plane

Main article: 2 x F1M2

Usage in battles

Due to the Myoko's moderate crew complement and armor she is able to take some damage when needed. However, as the powerful 203mm cannons provide great long range firepower and the floatplanes limit your rear turrets' ability's to engage targets in front of you, the Myoko excels in long range combat. In order to maximize your protection you can sail the ship away from your enemies utilizing the great firing arcs of your forward turrets to keep all guns on target while being heavily angled. This tactic will also mitigate the fact that your bridge features no armor by making it harder to hit and place your most armored sections of the ship in the line of fire.

It is also viable to utilize the speed of the Myoko to capture points and take an offensive role especially on maps which feature alot of cover enabling you to ambush other cruisers and destroyers. This tactic pairs well with your access to two quick floatplanes enabling you to provide your team with a potentially decisive advantage in tickets. However, captains will need to remain aware of their surroundings if pressing the offensive as the Myoko's main turrets only traverse at 4.0 degrees per second. This is only 1 degree faster than that of many battleships such as the SMS Bayern with many other cruisers featuring traverse rates around 6-8 degrees per second. If you are ambushed by a target with fast firing guns they may be able to disable most of your turrets before you can react leading to your destruction.

Enemies worth noting

  • Brooklyn-class - The ships of this class feature 15 6" guns which can fire HE and HE base fuse ammunition. Their rapid fire rate combine with a large explosive filler can devastate your crew and main turrets. While ships of this class feature shell rooms beneath each turret which can be detonated with your powerful guns; it usually requires multiple detonations to completely sink the ship or finishing off the remaining crew to prevent them from stopping the flooding. When engaging them ensure you actually kill them and did not just temporarily disable them.
  • Porter-class - While the Moffett & class is an easy target to kill especially when aiming for the rear magazines, they can pose a great threat due to her rate of fire and powerful 5" high explosive rounds which can set fires and disable your guns. When engaging Moffetts or other US destroyers range can shift the advantage into your favor by minimizing the accuracy of their gunfire and preventing your turrets from being knocked out. However due to their small size and agility if they choose to take defensive actions it may be difficult to accurately hit them at range and it may be best to utilize smoke and disengage in search of more cooperative targets.

Pros and cons


  • Ten 203 mm guns provided heavy broadside firepower
  • All but the X turret have good firing arc
  • Generally survivable, especially when angled
  • Good top speed for a heavy cruiser
  • Equipped with 16 Long Lance torpedoes for area denial and close range engagements
  • Access to two floatplanes


  • Wide hull, somewhat sluggish to manoeuvre
  • Average anti-air defense
  • Fairly weak armour around the frontal magazines, highly vulnerable to shots at the bulkheads
  • The turrets and elevators were poorly-protected
  • X turret's firing arc is obstructed by seaplane catapults, forcing the ship to show the vulnerable sides to use it
  • Long Lance torpedo storage can be detonated and cause severe damage to the ship


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See also

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Japan heavy cruisers
Furutaka-class  IJN Furutaka · IJN Kako
Aoba-class  IJN Aoba
Myōkō-class  IJN Myoko
Mogami-class  IJN Mogami
Tone-class  IJN Tone

Japan premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  Type T-14 (mod. 1) · Type T-51a
Motor gun boats  Type 4 (Mod 4) · PG 02
Sub-chasers  Type K-8 No.13
Frigates  Akebono
Destroyers  IJN Satsuki · IJN Nenohi · IJN Hayanami · IJN Kiyoshimo · IJN Yuudachi · JDS Yūgure (DD-184)
Light cruisers  IJN Yubari · IJN Mikuma
Heavy cruisers  IJN Myoko
Battleships  IJN Yamashiro