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Equipment improvement levels are displayed beside equipment names, starting from ★+1 and up to ★+10 (★+max), they can be gained for certain equipment through Akashi's Improvement Arsenal, and give hidden stat bonuses to a user ship, depending on the equipment and their levels.

EffectsEdit

  • There are no visible stat differences between non-improved and improved equipment.
  • Improvements have been shown (or officially announced) to give additive bonuses to the following stats: day battle firepower (shelling) and torpedo (salvos), night battle power (firepower + torpedo), ASW, AA, eLoS, accuracy and torpedo evasion.
  • Generally, the bonus is proportional to the square root of the improvement level,$ k \sqrt{\bigstar} $, with multiplier coefficient$ k $ varying depending on a stat and equipment. This also means that upgrading a higher level equipment would give relatively lower gain per star than upgrading a lower level equipment.
  • More precisely, for a given equipment setup and a set of stats, bonuses to stats are assumed to follow the following formula:
    $ bonus_{stat} = \sum_{eq} k_{stat,eq} \sqrt{\bigstar_{eq}} $
    .
    • For example, if$ stat = fp $ (day battle firepower) and a heavy gun and an AP shell are equipped, then the formula should be interpreted as$ bonus_{fp} = k_{fp,gun} \sqrt{\bigstar_{gun}} + k_{fp,ap} \sqrt{\bigstar_{ap}} $ or, using the table below,$ 1.5 \sqrt{\bigstar_{gun}} + \sqrt{\bigstar_{ap}} $, with basic attack power for day battle shelling being$ fp + bonus_{fp} + bonus_{fleet} $ (fleet bonus is 5 for normal fleet). Note that there is no intermediate flooring under summation, that is, for example, if both equipment are at ★+8, then the bonus is$ 1.5 \sqrt{8} + \sqrt{8} \approx 7.071 $, not$ \lfloor 1.5 \sqrt{8} \rfloor + \lfloor \sqrt{8} \rfloor = 6 $ nor$ \left\lfloor 1.5 \sqrt{8} + \sqrt{8} \right\rfloor = 7 $. Fractional values can matter when pre-cap modifiers are taken into account, because there is no floor before the pre-cap modifiers are applied. The effect this has is dependent on the value of$ fp \pmod 5 $.
    • The following table shows multipliers for different stats and equipment:[1]
k Value
Equipment Day Battle ASW Night
Battle
Power
AA (Adj.) Support
Shelling
F33 eLoS
Firepower Torpedo
Light Guns 1 0 1 0 0 0
Medium Guns 1 0 1 0 0 0
Heavy Guns 1.5 0 1 0 0 0
Secondary Guns 1 0 1 0 0 0
High-Angle Mounts 1 0 1 0.7 (2.8)? 0 0
Torpedoes 0 1.2[2][3] 1[4] 0 ? 0
Sonars 0.75 0 1 0 0 ? 0
Depth Charges 0.75 0 1 0 ? ? 0
AP Shells 1 0 1 0 ? 0
Anti-Air Radars 0 0 0 0.7 (2.1)? ? 1.25[5]
Surface Radars 0[6] 0[7] 0[8] ? ? 1.25[5]
Machine Guns[9] 1 1.2 0 0.7 (4.2)? ? 0
AA FD

[10]

1 0 1 0.7 (2.8)? ? 0
Searchlights 1 0 1 ? ? 0
Seaplane Reconns 0 1.2[10]
Carrier-Based Fighters 0[11]
Landing Crafts 1[11] 0 0 1 ? ? ?
Amphibious Tank 1[11] 0 0 1 ? ? ?
  • Accuracy multiplier for various equipment like guns, AP shells, and AA Radar is currently believed to be 1.[12]
    • Effects on low morale seem to be lower (that is, the morale modifier is applied).
    • Overall accuracy bonus might have an upper limit of 10%, or a limit that depends on type or number of equipment.[citation needed]
    • Radar improvements should give accuracy bonus.[13]
    • For Seaplane Reconn, no effects are detected so far.[14]
    • Accuracy multiplier for torpedo is 2
  • In the following table, ○ mean improving the equipment is verified to give extra accuracy in that stage, × mean no change in accuracy have been observed, ? mean it is still not sure and empty cells mean no test have been done on that yet.[15]
Equipment Accuracy[16]
Shelling Torpedo
(Opening + Closing)
ASW Night Battle
Light Guns
Medium Guns
Heavy Guns
Secondary Guns
High-Angle Mounts
Torpedoes ×
Sonars
Depth Charges
AP Shells
Anti-Air Radars
Surface Radars
Machine Guns ×
AA FD
Searchlights
Seaplane Reconns ×
Landing Crafts
Amphibious Tank
Carrier-Based Fighters
  • Sonar improvements increase evasion against enemy torpedo attacks.[17][18]
    • Since they also give firepower they could potentially be useful for torpedo squadron maps where dodging closing torpedo salvos often determines whether a run is successful.
  • Seaplane Reconn improvements increase Contact Selection Rate, but not Initial Rate.[19]
  • Landing Craft and Special Amphibious Tanks improvements give a linear increase to expedition incomes and Anti-Pillbox Damage Bonus in addition to their original bonus. (Refer to linked pages for details)
  • As shown in the table, so far there are no known effects on support shelling (firepower bonus is known to be zero).
  • Carrier-based Fighter improvement is currently believed to give additional linear ~0.2★ AA in Fighter Power equation per improvement, and Carrier-based Bomber (Fighter-Bomber) is currently believed to give additional linear ~0.25★ AA.

Reference TablesEdit

Bonus for one equipment, different multipliers:

★+2 ★+3 ★+4 ★+5 ★+6 ★+7 ★+8 ★+9 ★+max
0.75 1.06 1.3 1.5 1.68 1.84 1.98 2.12 2.25 2.37
1 1.41 1.73 2 2.24 2.45 2.65 2.83 3 3.16
1.2 1.7 2.08 2.4 2.68 2.94 3.17 3.39 3.6 3.79
1.5 2.12 2.6 3 3.35 3.67 3.97 4.24 4.5 4.74

Bonus for two equipment, both multipliers = 1, e.g. two light/medium on a DD/CA:

Firepower Increase (second gun ★ value)
First gun ★ valueFP+2FP+3FP+4FP+5FP+6
★+1 ★+1★+4★+9
★+2 ★+1★+3★+7
★+3 ★+1★+2★+6
★+4 ★+1★+4★+9
★+5 ★+1★+4★+8
★+6 ★+1★+3★+7
★+7 ★+1★+2★+6
★+8 ★+1★+2★+5★+max (5.99)
★+9 ★+1★+5★+9

Bonus for three equipment, two with multiplier = 1.5, one with multiplier = 1, e.g. two heavy guns and an AP shell on a BB in day battle (one extra FP can be added for T1 when comparing with T91):

Firepower Increase (first gun ★ value / second gun ★ value)
AP Shell ★ valueFP+4FP+5FP+6FP+7FP+8FP+9FP+10FP+11FP+12
★+1 ★+1/★+1★+1/★+3
(5.098)
★+3/★+3
(6.196)
★+4/★+4★+5/★+6
(8.028)
★+6/★+9
(9.174)
★+9/★+9
★+2 ★+1/★+1
(4.414)
★+1/★+2
(5.035)
★+2/★+3
(6.133)
★+3/★+4
(7.012)
★+4/★+6
(8.088)
★+6/★+7
(9.057)
★+8/★+9
(10.156)
★+3 ★+1/★+1
(4.732)
★+1/★+2
(5.353)
★+1/★+4
(6.232)
★+3/★+4
(7.330)
★+3/★+6
(8.004)
★+6/★+6
(9.080)
★+8/★+8
(10.217)
★+max/★+max
(11.218)
★+4 ★+1/★+1★+1/★+3
(6.098)
★+3/★+3
(7.196)
★+4/★+4★+5/★+6
(9.028)
★+6/★+9
(10.174)
★+9/★+9
★+5 ★+1/★+1
(5.236)
★+1/★+3
(6.334)
★+1/★+5
(7.090)
★+2/★+6
(8.031)
★+5/★+6
(9.264)
★+6/★+8
(10.152)
★+9/★+9
(11.236)
★+6 ★+1/★+1
(5.449)
★+1/★+2
(6.070)
★+2/★+3
(7.168)
★+3/★+4
(8.047)
★+4/★+6
(9.123)
★+6/★+7
(10.092)
★+8/★+9
(11.192)
★+7 ★+1/★+1
(5.645)
★+1/★+2
(6.267)
★+1/★+4
(7.145)
★+2/★+5
(8.121)
★+4/★+6
(9.319)
★+6/★+7
(10.288)
★+7/★+9
(11.114)
★+max/★+max
(12.132)
★+8 ★+1/★+1
(5.828)
★+1/★+2
(6.499)
★+2/★+2
(7.071)
★+3/★+3
(8.024)
★+3/★+6
(9.100)
★+6/★+6
(10.176)
★+6/★+9
(11.002)
★+9/★+max
(12.071)
★+9 ★+1/★+1★+1/★+3
(7.098)
★+2/★+4
(8.121)
★+4/★+4★+5/★+6
(10.028)
★+6/★+9
(11.174)
★+9/★+9
★+max ★+1/★+1
(6.162)
★+1/★+3
(7.260)
★+1/★+5
(8.016)
★+3/★+5
(9.114)
★+5/★+6
(10.190)
★+6/★+8
(11.079)
★+9/★+9
(12.162)

ReferencesEdit

Some standard overviews:

Official statements and various tests:

See alsoEdit

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