The Z-42 is the newest Armory (Steel) Tier 10 German Destroyer. It has 10x 105mm guns.
Price: 27,000 Steel
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01:35 Armour Layout
03:30 Ship Characteristics
25:22 Summary and Conclusion
Big Fan Maltese, cant wait for this new steel ship since it’s release 😀 !!
A nice addition for those who have too much steel and don’t know what to do with it. Low on the priority list for the rest of us 🙂
with all the radar Gunboat DDs with heal coming into the game, its already an obsolete ship to me
they tried so hard not to make this ship better than z52, since z52 is already a weak ship there is no way i am gonna waste my 27k steel on this crap
I was waiting for a good German dd as I play dds mainly! I had ready the steel for z42! But after the nerf she got for main Guns from 3.1 to 4.5 they completely destroyed her! I get Ragnar instead! ( I was ready to pas Ragnar as I already have småland)
You need too much time to get all that steel! So steel ships must be above average teck tree! Absolutely no point to get this ship!
Cap contester played a a pure gunboat, JTR would be proud🤣
You need to be careful when cap contesting, I said multiple times about radar threats and submarines also.
honestly it’s kinda lazy that WG didn’t bother to redesign the turret. I mean, the Z52 classes should be a “modern” destroyer and WG decided to just pick the turret out of Schlieffen, which is not a fully enclosed turret. I don’t mind the calibre tho.
Doesn’t really seem like a steel ship. Kind of madge that they wasted this on a steel ship.
Man, I was so excited when they first announced this ship. Then it got beaten with the nerf bat and it seems they aren’t budging on its garbage stats. What a shame.
I literally wanted to cry when I saw the reload nerf on this ship. 3.8sec reload on 10x105mm is horrible. Why would WG be afraid of having to high of AP DPM for 105’s that can pen maybe 25% of hits at best, and yet have abysmal HE DPM which you will be using 90% of the time. They should have made the stats near identical to Haragumo, a 5% nerf of Haragumo stats would have even been acceptable, but 3.8sec reload is rough. No doubt you will hit some nice broadsides once in awhile, but it won’t be anything consistent.
I was hoping for DPM focused German 105mm gun boat, and a Russian 100mm gun boat, but then WG gave us this ☹️
Becouse wg hates german ships
You should be using AP 90% of the time of this ship.
If your shoot as much HE as seen in the video you are doing it wrong.
REgarding ASW mention at the 20:00 mark:
Kinda ridiculous how, MORE THAN 50% of the TIME, it is EXTREMELY difficult to shift binocular bearings without disruption of guns, find the temporary and ephemeral bubbles of detection which are in fact no where near the sub, ATTEMPT to hit an unlocated ship that is moving in an UNKNOW BEARING with an airstrike reticle that has been nerfed four times and this with a payload that has been nerfed twice.
How many finger manipulations does WG figure it must take for an outcome that is not only uncertain and greatly distractive, but is also NOT going to dev strike the submarine?
Oh and why fire your 16+ inch shells at a sub that is fully detected? It DOES NOT DEVSTRIKE THEM because they have more hull saturation than a Kleber, add to this ridiculous set of circumstances that : they can dive in less than a heart beat, and their torpedoes are surely entirely shotgunned at you.
If as has been said by evasive representatives of WG it really easy easy to dodge torps with “a simple manoeuvre”, then the game designers at WG must have said to themselves that BBS require all this ” simplicity” that perceptual overload and lack of clarity and lack of effect that we can throw at them. But of course, we at WG must make sure that CV players are not treated in the same manner when confronted with submarines.
One thing to note on this ship vs Z-52, the AP pen arm threshold is 18 mm, which means you will be getting full pens on 19mm DD armor plating. Z-52 127mm has a threshold of 21mm which means lots of overpens.
This is also why im not sure if IFHE is worth it, because AP should be your go to ammo type. your HE dpm is already sad and with an angle of 27 degrees you can already fullpen cruiser ss which is 16mm. Feels like you are just robbing yourself of fire chance that might set that permafire on a bb. It does break some nice thresholds, but maybe i’d prefer SI, or DE and GtG
Could be buffed a little, but don’t want it op. Before I was an absolute no on getting this ship, but maybe changed my mind after seeing this video. I’m a fan of the short smokes so with hydro this I think I’ll like the ship
Great video as always
Still waiting for That llinois lol. Holding out for this steel one for something i like .
When this ship was announced and they gave the initial parameters it would have been OP. But if they just removed hydro or something and essentially made it German Harugumo without the hydro it would have been fine. Instead they make a german gunboat that can’t gunboat, really weird.
Not a big DD driver but it is a good looking ship!
the best ship to put a hydro mod on. big fan btw. also it only needs 18mm for the AP to arm, it chomps dd’s
Pretty sure you don’t want to spec into IFHE.
The AP damage is so much higher than the HE damage to begin with and then AP arms on 18mm.
So you really want to be shooting AP (even at superstructure) whenever possible and the HE should only be used against angled DDs or when you really need a fire.
And in both those cases IFHE doesn’t help or is even detrimental.
Running IFHE doesn’t make your AP worse, it just helps you in situations where you won’t get a lot of damage with AP, and yes, on angled targets you won’t get massive damage with AP. I explain this all in the video.
Something additional which I mention about IFHE in the video is the fact that you go through 3 armour treshholds which are common at T10, 27mm, 30mm and 32mm.
So for example when you’re fighting a bow in Des Moines instead of having to aim for super structure and potentially hitting his guns missing out on a big portion of damage, you can aim for his nose and get damage like that and potentially even get a fire to improve damage. That’s just an example.
Also in terms of what you could take instead of IFHE, maybe SI, but I don’t think it’s necessary, from personal experience.
My build isn’t something everyone must run, but it’s what I choose to run after trying the ship out and seeing it’s strengths and weaknesses. But anyone can feel free to run what they choose. 😀
Hey Malta great video, I’ll be getting this ship when I enough steel. Btw why did you not use your smoke signal?
The Smoke flag is quite expensive, so I wouldn’t expect most players to have or run it every game, which is why I didn’t make use of it. Thank You
@MalteseKnight Thanks and your welcome
Thank to this ship the Harugumo is no longer the only DD with 10 guns…
Also no matter how much i look at it, it is really is a German Harugumo even the guns and torpedo layout are the same and ofc the fact that it has dual-purpose guns with small caliber just like the IJN 100 mm gun.