Smoke Screen refers to the ability to conceal movement or location by the usage of smoke. This tactic is exclusive to Ground forces.
The rumor of the addition of smoke into the game has been tossed around by the community and developers for a long time. Depending on the year, it goes from a speculated to a denied addition.
The first tease of the smoke screen is in the 2017 April Fool's events with the tanks in the event having fully functional smoke grenade systems that could activate the external smoke launchers to create a smoke screen around the vehicle. This event showcased the usage of smoke to the community, which was met with much optimism and support, as well as speculation that the feature was incoming in a future update.
The feature was finally revealed to be an addition to the game in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica". Smoke screening became a valid tactic through three different implementation, smoke shells fired from the tank's armament, smoke launchers fired from the tank's exterior, and fuel injection into the engine to produce smoke.
Effect of Smoke screen
Using smoke in the game creates a large white cloud at the area of impact. Smoke varies between application on screen radius, screen time, and screen holding time.
- Screen radius: How wide the smoke screen is effective
- Screen time: Time it takes for smoke to become effective
- Screen holding time: Time smoke is effective before dissipating
The smoke screen obscures line-of-sight vision rather well once deployed. In addition of concealing movement to the eyes, markers also disappear if obscured by the smoke, granting full concealment to those who could use smoke well. While smoke does indeed conceal a precise position of a vehicle, the presence of smoke is also a good indication for the enemy on the general direction the smoke users are, so its usage must be exercised with caution.
Smoke shells are generally not an offensive weapon due to its utility and lower muzzle velocity, however the smoke shells are treated like explosive shells and could be used to devastating effect on open-topped and lightly-armored vehicles in some cases.
Vehicles with Smoke
As of v.188.8.131.52
Exhaust Smoke System
To be Filled
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