Type T-38

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Type T-38
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The Type T-38 is a rank II Japanese motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

Main article: Type 96 (25 mm)

Type T-38 has one 25 mm Type 96 cannon with 15 cartridges in magazine with a good fire rate and excellent damage. The weapon is placed on top of the boat which provides you 360° field of view. Most effective range is up to 1,000 metres. After that, it becomes inaccurate but you can still damage your opponents. You can choose between Universal, HE-I and A-PT ammo.

Torpedo armament

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Main article: Type 2

Special armament

Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can take an off-guard opponent by surprise. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat. If there are no special armaments, remove this section.

Main article: Type 95 depth charge

Usage in battles

This boat is not fastest in its rank and instead of rushing capture points at the start of round you should choose strategic points where you can cover your teammates with your powerful weapon. This weapon allows you to destroy boats very fast which is the best tactic to use since this boat doesn't have any armour. You will excel in 1v1 close range, so avoid open spaces where high calibre guns can snipe you. Best tactics against big ships with armour and/or armament is to not confront them. In some cases (or if you decide to bring this boat into higher ranks) you can't avoid them so it's good to bring some AP-T ammo but even then you might struggle. If you bring this boat into higher rank you should be ready to use torpedoes and depth charges. The AP-T ammo is also very good against boats without armour as it can easily damage the engine and other lethal parts of the boat. Against aircraft you can choose HE-I or keep AP-T as they both do an excellent job, but wait until they are close before firing. Since you have only 15 rounds in the magazine and a rather long reload time without a fully trained crew, they can catch you while reloading and therefore you can't defend yourself.

Pros and cons


  • Excellent 25 mm gun, can destroy opponents within several direct hits
  • High speed



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See also

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Japan boats
Motor torpedo boats  T-1 · T-14 · T-14 (Mod. 1) · T-38 · T-51b · Type 11
Motor gun boats  Ha-Go · Type 4 Model 2 · Type 4 Model 4
Motor torpedo gun boats  PG 02
Armoured gun boats  Soukou-Tei (1927) · Soukou-Tei (1940)
Gunboats  Akebono · Chidori