Pan-Asian tech tree review / World of Warships guides / WoWSBy Denis Marasan ☆ 25/Feb/2020
In World of Warships (play now!), Pan-Asian fleet consists of ships from various nations, i.e. People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), Republic of China Navy (ROCN), Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), Republic of Indonesia Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut, or TNI–AL), as well as Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Currently Pan-Asian fleet consists of a Destroyer tech tree line, as well as several premium and promo Cruisers and Battleships.
A tech tree line of Pan-Asian Destroyers is all we have to explore in World of Warships to date. These ships have the following distinctive features:
- Linear Pan-Asian Destroyers feature deepwater torpedoes capable of damaging Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, and Cruisers only.
- Most if not all Destroyers were originally designed and built in Britain, USA, Soviet Union and other countries that are represented in World of Warships. These ships were added to the tech tree line with the addition of distinctive features (like e.g. deepwater torpedoes, Hydroacoustic Search, etc.)
- A choice between Smoke Generator or Surveillance Radar from tier VIII.
- Pan-Asian Destroyers are not recommended for newbies, you better go for IJN Destroyers first and explore Pan-Asians later.
The main feature of linear Pan-Asian Destroyers is their deepwater torpedoes. They are not capable of inflicting damage to enemy Destroyers, but since deepwater torpedoes have lesser detection range they are very potent when launching covert attacks against enemy Aircraft Carriers, Battleships, and Cruisers since those sea monsters have no time to turn away from torpedoes to minimize damage unless they’ve got a Torpedo Lookout System upgrade installed.
The reverse side of the coin is that Pan-Asian Destroyers are not very good for battling enemy Destroyers in close range combat since the enemies have conventional torpedoes capable of hitting smaller ships, whereas Pan-Asians don’t.
Much to my regret low-tier Destroyers have short-range torpedoes, forcing them to launch covert attacks on Cruisers and Battleships under the cover of islands or by diving on enemies from a smoke screen. This changes with VII Gadjah Mada only, cos she has a sensible torpedo range. Gadjah Mada is really a giant leap forward in terms of the comfort of play. Thereby I personally don’t recommend Pan-Asian Destroyers for newbies, unless you’re from that region, though high-tier ships are really great for hunting down enemy capital ships.
From tier VIII there’s a choice between Smoke Generator or Surveillance Radar consumable, though considering the current situation with aircrafts in random battles the ability to set a smokescreen is potentially lifesaving, whereas Surveillance Radar is short and situational.
Destroyers to notice: all destroyers starting from tier VII Gadjah Mada are OK at the very least.
Notes on tier X Destroyer Yueyang: she’s OK at the very least. A Fletcher-class Destroyer with high fire guns, capable of dealing massive damage with her deepwater torpedoes to capital ships, though her torpedo tubes reload time is ridiculously long.
Premium Pan-Asian Destroyers: since several premium Pan-Asian Destroyers appeared long before this tech tree line was finalized, tier VI Anshan (Soviet Gnevny-class Destroyer with short and long-range torpedoes at choice) and tier VIII Lo Yang (USN Benson-class Destroyer with Hydroacoustic Search) have conventional torpedoes capable of inflicting damage to any class of ships. Whereas tier VIII Siliwangi (Soviet Ognevoi-class Destroyer) has deepwater torpedoes and fantasy permanent skin.
There is no tech tree line of Pan-Asian Cruisers to explore in World of Warships, but there are several mid- and high-tier premium and promo Pan-Asian ships to play with.
Premium Pan-Asian Cruisers: tier VI Huanghe is pretty much the same as tier VI Perth, but obviously worse. And she has no deepwater torpedoes, btw. In case you want a low-tier Cruiser with Crawling Smoke Generator you’d better look out for Commonwealth Perth.
Tier VIII Irian is another Soviet Cruiser sailing under the Pan-Asian flag, pretty much like legendary Mikhail Kutuzov, but without Smoke Generator, Defensive AA Fire and overpowering specifications like elvish rudder, etc. Nevertheless Irian features deepwater torpedoes with an impressive firing range. So if you’re searching for a high-tier premium Pan-Asian Cruiser, Irian is the ship to watch. She's great!
Tier VIII Wukong is a Charles Martel clone, but without Engine Boost as well as some other distinctive features of the French. The real advantages of Wukong over Martel and Irian are few deepwater torpedoes with Torpedo Reload Booster and her fantasy permanent skin.
Since this tech tree line is not introduced yet, here’s a brief overview of the only Pan-Asian premium/promo Battleship in World of Warships:
Premium Pan-Asian Battleships: tier IX Bajie is an IJN Izumo clone, and since Izumo is below average the only real advantage of Bajie is her fantasy permanent skin.