A high-speed aircraft carrier armed with numerous secondary and dual-purpose guns. She had the most powerful propulsion among all German Navy ships. The carrier was never completed because Germany’s shipbuilding program priorities changed during the course of World War II.
Graf Zeppelin B was released for the Black Friday event Nov. 2019.
Graf Zeppelin B is in all respects save her paint scheme identical to Graf Zeppelin.
Graf Zeppelin B is the only German aircraft carrier available in World of Warships at this point in time. As such she differs greatly from all the other carriers present and gives her own unique flavor in-game. She currently sits at Tier VIII.
Graf Zeppelin B’s hull is worth a special mention. For one she boasts a threatening amount of secondary armament, which makes her a risky target for destroyers that can not avoid getting spotted. This also opens up the opportunity to use her late-game as a platform that engages through her secondaries and planes, but such maneuvers need to be carefully calculated or else the destruction of the ship will be imminent. Secondly, she features a reinforced hull plating which makes her immune to non-IFHE guns with a caliber of up to 128mm. Destroyer captains engaging her with artillery should be aware of that and switch to AP-shells in these cases.
The most potent planes of Graf Zeppelin B are her torpedo bombers. Being able to fly at speeds of up to 227 knots they are capable of traveling far distances with ease, and can do quick “boom and zoom” attacks even against vessels with stronger AA defenses. Their torpedoes however are not hitting particularly hard, and the planes are rather fragile, so it should be kept in mind that several runs will be required to deal notable damage and that ships with high continuous DPS are a big threat. Every attack run can drop up to three torpedoes, which will be dropped in a wedge shape. As every squadron consists of nine planes, Graf Zeppelin B can make three attack runs with three planes each. However, the flooding chance for these torpedoes is quite low, making DoT stacks difficult with this German carrier.
Being the only viable plane type on Graf Zeppelin B against destroyers, her attack aircraft will satisfy the player with good hitting power and rocket penetration (40mm), but unlike the torpedo bombers, they do not possess a superior speed and are in fact on the slower side of T8 aircraft. Every attack run will release up to eight rockets, so timing the drop for a narrow reticle is highly recommended. With eight planes in total per squadron that result in four attack runs.
The remaining plane type is the dive bombers, which while they offer a faster diving approach, are lacking in terms of striking power and penetration. However, using the same plane as the torpedo bombers they are fast enough to travel across the map quickly. Each attack run will consist of two dive bombers with one bomb each, and the entire squadron will consist of eight planes in total. Unfortunately, some ships are completely immune to these weapons, and while the circular reticle means you can approach from any angle, it also means that even the best-aimed drops can result in no hits.
In terms of playstyle, her captain should capitalize on the torpedo bombers whenever possible, launching fast attack waves against capital ships which do not possess the means of dodging her fish. Her rocket planes should be used against agile targets such as destroyers and maneuverable cruisers. When having the opportunity, spotting destroyers with the fighter plane consumable is an option that should be considered, however, they lack the speed to be effective against enemy aircraft unless the opponent actively closes the distance to them.
Access to the fastest planes at Tier VIII, which will form her torpedo and dive bombers.
It comes with one of the best secondaries in the game. Incredibly accurate even without Manual secondaries perk, with a maximum possible range of 9.4 km.
Her rocket planes hit hard and penetrate even battleship plating.
Citadel is hidden below the waterline, which prevents her from taking massive amounts of damage.
Can’t be damaged by IFHE-Less 127mm and 128mm guns due to 21mm plating, which makes her immune to most of the destroyers in-game.
As a Tier VIII aircraft carrier, captains may face off against large amounts of high tier AA.
Unable to train captains for any other carriers, and requires a specialized German captain to perform well.
Poor surface detectability.
Awful and situational AP bombers with bad alpha strike, penetration, accuracy and only two bombs per strike.
Her AA is lacking, making it difficult to repel air attacks.
Worst aerial torpedos at tier VIII, with lowest alpha damage and flooding chance.