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I don't really care about one-time quest formations or clearing one-time maps as much since they're one-time, but I thought it might be good to compile a list of formations we'll use over and over and over again. Making them as efficient as possible has a large effect in the long term, though efficiency for one-time quests doesn't really matter at all in comparison.

Maps not listed in this page (see contents below for details) are maps that you will generally never want to repeat once you have cleared the map and/or the one-time quests on them. The exception to this rule is 6-1: while a repeatable quest does technically exist for it, since it gives only a pathetic amount of basic resources and an Irako, it's so much of a net resource loss to do that quest that it is never worth doing even once.

Any strategy that involves sinking any ship will not even be considered.

If you do not possess the recommended equipment types in sufficient quantity, see the Substitution section for what are the next best options to replace the equipment with. Note that fighter/bomber replacement may lead to losing Air Supremacy/Superiority if your replacement's stats are too low, so recalculate carrier setups as per the Equipment guide.

World 1-4: 南西諸島防衛線

World 1-4 Monthly (Quest Bm3)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Shimakaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Teruzuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Akizuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Yuudachi will not overwrite AACI if air radar is not equipped.
AACI optional, map is easy. Can sortie cheaper DDs.

World 1-5: 【Extra Operation】 鎮守府近海

World 1-5 Monthly EO/Multiple Quests (Bd8, Bw5, Bw10, Bm5)
Asashimo Kai Banner Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 3 Depth Charge Projector 045 Card N/A
Libeccio Kai Banner Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 3 Depth Charge Projector 045 Card N/A
Junyou Kai Ni Banner Type 97 Torpedo Bomber (931 Air Group) 082 Card Ka Type Observation Autogyro 069 Card Ka Type Observation Autogyro 069 Card Saiun 054 Card
Ise Kai Banner Prototype Seiran 062 Card Ka Type Observation Autogyro 069 Card Ka Type Observation Autogyro 069 Card Ka Type Observation Autogyro 069 Card
Empty card Left blank due to branch rule
Empty card Left blank due to branch rule
Echelon first 3 nodes for torpedo EVA.
Line Abreast final node for ASW.

World 1-6: 【Extra Operation】 鎮守府近海航路

World 1-6 Monthly EO/Submarine quests (Bd8, Bw5)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Shimakaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Teruzuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Akizuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Yuudachi will not overwrite AACI if air radar is not equipped.
AACI to survive aerial battle node with D rank.
Formations (in order): Line Abreast, Diamond, Line Ahead.

World 2-2: バシー島沖

World 2-2 Multiple Quests (Bd4,Bd5,Bd6,Bd7,Bw2,Bw3,Bw4)
Graf Zeppelin Kai Banner Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Saiun 054 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Akatsuki Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Yukikaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Kasumi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority (102) at all nodes.
Graf shells >= 150.
Has higher pathing rate to boss.
2-3 Oryol recommended over this if goal is not Bd7.
Will clear non-CV boss compositions in day.
CV boss composition will be cleared before Abyssals
get to fire in yasen when Graf is present.
World 2-2 Multiple Quests (Bd4,Bd5,Bd6,Bd7,Bw2,Bw3,Bw4)
Mogami Kai Banner Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Akatsuki Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Yukikaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Kasumi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Effects: Air Supremacy (12) at transport nodes.
Has higher pathing rate to transports.
2-3 Oryol recommended over this unless all submarines are lvl 99.
CV boss composition can be deadly against this in Air Denial.
Any Mogami-class can be used. Tones work but are more expensive.
Taihou can also be used with 3 Torpedo bombers and 1 Saiun.

World 2-3: 東部オリョール海 ('Oryol', commonly rendered as 'Orel')

World 2-3 Multiple Quests (Bd4,Bd5,Bd6,Bd7,Bw2,Bw3,Bw4)
Ro-500 Banner Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card
I-8 Banner Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card N/A
I-19 Banner Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card N/A
I-168 Kai Banner Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card Prototype FaT Type 95 Oxygen Torpedo Kai 127 Card
Empty card Left blank to save resources
Empty card Left blank to save resources
Fewer submarines can be used for greater resource output
at the cost of lower boss S-rank rate.
Only Ro-500 and I-168 should be remodelled
as SSV repair times are much greater than SS.
2-2 recommended if short on time to complete Bd7.
I-58 interchangeable with I-8.

World 2-5 【Extra Operation】 沖ノ島沖

World 2-5 Monthly EO HP-Drain/World 2 Daily (Quest Bd7)/Monthly (Quest Bm7)
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Zara Kai Banner Prototype Seiran 062 Card 203mm 53 Twin Gun Mount 162 Card 203mm 53 Twin Gun Mount 162 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Shimakaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Akatsuki Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card N/A
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
This build now has AS due to Zara breaking the rule by counting
as a CA while still allowing seaplane bombers to be carried.
High HQ low upgrade low ship level TTK may need to use T33
even if they have the T22SRK4 for LOS.
World 2-5 Monthly EO HP-Drain/World 2 Daily (Quest Bd7)/Monthly (Quest Bm1)
Haguro Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Myoukou Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Nachi Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Chikuma Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card
Tone Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card
Kitakami Kai Ni Banner OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card N/A
Kitakami used as her higher luck gives her higher accuracy.
World 2-5 Monthly EO HP-Drain + Final/World 2 Daily (Quest Bd7)
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Haguro Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Chikuma Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card
Tone Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card
Kitakami Kai Ni Banner OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card N/A
Ooi Kai Ni Banner OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card OTO 152mm Triple Rapid Fire Gun Mount 134 Card Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card N/A
If any more CLT were used, the LoS check would be failed at a certain rate.

World 3-2: キス島沖

See these separate pages for guides:

World 3-3: アルフォンシーノ方面

World 3-3 Weekly (Quest Bw7)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card N/A
Kuma Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Ro.43 Reconnaissance Seaplane 163 Card N/A
Nagara Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Ro.43 Reconnaissance Seaplane 163 Card N/A
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Ryuujou Kai Ni Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel 108 Card
Unryuu Kai Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Supremacy (308) at all nodes.
CL used for lowest-consumption artillery spotting.
Ooyodo radar suppresses maelstrom.
Nagara used instead of Kuma as 43 HP is harder to taiha against.
CV & fBB shells >= 150.

World 3-5 【Extra Operation】 北方AL海域

World 3-5 Monthly EO HP-Drain/World 3 Weekly (Quest Bw7)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Shimakaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Akatsuki Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Yukikaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Used only for pre-final clears due to lack of AACI.
World 3-5 Monthly EO Final/World 3 Weekly (Quest Bw7)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Shimakaze Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 22 Surface Radar Kai 4 088 Card
Teruzuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Akizuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card
Yuudachi will not overwrite AACI if air radar is not equipped.
Hits less hard at night, but will survive the preboss node.

World 4-2: カレー洋制圧戦

World 4-2 Weekly (Quest Bw6)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card N/A
Jintsuu Kai Ni Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Ro.43 Reconnaissance Seaplane 163 Card N/A
Kuma Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Ro.43 Reconnaissance Seaplane 163 Card N/A
Nagara Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Ro.43 Reconnaissance Seaplane 163 Card N/A
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Unryuu Kai Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority (164) at all nodes.
CV used to avoid attacks becoming converted to weak ASW.
CL used to sink subs; Ooyodo radar suppresses maelstrom.
CV & fBB shells >= 150.
World 4-2 Weekly (Quest Bw6) and Monthly (Quest Bm6)
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card N/A
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Teruzuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card N/A
Akizuki Kai Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Type 13 Air Radar Kai 106 Card N/A
Ryuujou Kai Ni Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel 108 Card
Unryuu Kai Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Supremacy (257) at all nodes.
CL/DD used to sink subs; Ooyodo radar suppresses maelstrom.
CV/Ls & fBB shells >= 150.
AACI and AS+ to increase DD survivability since node H must be cleared.

World 4-3: リランカ島空襲

See this separate page for the guide:

  • Shinhwalee's guide to CL/DD flagship grinding
    • Note that while this is the fastest way to level any single DD or CL, it is slower than 3-2A in levelling multiple DDs and CLs at once. Recommended only if you have a specific ship you need to level quickly.

World 4-4: カスガダマ沖海戦

World 4-4 Weekly (Quest Bw8)
Roma Kai Banner 381mm 50 Triple Gun Mount Kai 137 Card 381mm 50 Triple Gun Mount Kai 137 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Asashimo Kai Banner Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 3 Depth Charge Projector 045 Card N/A
Libeccio Kai Banner Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 4 Passive Sonar 149 Card Type 3 Depth Charge Projector 045 Card N/A
Unryuu Kai Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel 108 Card
Hiryuu Kai Ni Banner Tenzan (601 Air Group) 112 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority (197) at all nodes.
CA and CV used to avoid attacks becoming converted to weak ASW.
Do boss node in Double Line; CVs shell >= 150, fBB shells = 138.

World 4-5: 【Extra Operation】 カレー洋リランカ島沖

World 4-5 Monthly EO HP Drain/Weekly (Quest Bw6)
Tone Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Nachi Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Ashigara Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Haguro Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Myoukou Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Shoukaku Kai Ni A Banner Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card
Effects: Air Superiority or Supremacy (219) at all nodes.
Shoukaku K2A used to provide AS while launching even if chuuha.
aCV shells >= 150, CA shells >=100.
Zuiun-carrying CAV used to get B rank at submarine node.
If CA levels too low to survive reliably, use the Final composition below for pre-Final as well.
World 4-5 Monthly EO HP Drain/Weekly ADGIJM (Quest Bw6)
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card WG42 (Wurfgerät 42) 126 Card
Yuudachi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card WG42 (Wurfgerät 42) 126 Card N/A
Ayanami Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card WG42 (Wurfgerät 42) 126 Card N/A
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Shoukaku Kai Ni A Banner Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card
Zuikaku Kai Ni A Banner Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Ryuusei (601 Air Group) 113 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority or Supremacy (249) at all nodes.
Armored carriers used to provide AS while launching even if chuuha.
aCVs shells >= 150 even in head-on, CA shells >=100.
Requires extremely high level ships.
World 4-5 Monthly EO HP Drain/Weekly ADGIJM Alternate (Quest Bw6)
Ooyodo Kai Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card WG42 (Wurfgerät 42) 126 Card
Kasumi Kai Ni Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Special Type 2 Amphibious Tank 167 Card N/A
Verniy Banner 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card 10cm Twin High-angle Gun Mount + Anti-Aircraft Fire Director 122 Card Special Type 2 Amphibious Tank 167 Card N/A
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Shoukaku Kai Ni A Banner Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card
Zuikaku Kai Ni A Banner Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Ryuusei (601 Air Group) 113 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority or Supremacy (249) at all nodes.
Armored carriers used to provide AS while launching even if chuuha.
aCVs shells >= 150 even in head-on, CA shells >=100.
Requires extremely high level ships.
Used if insufficient WG42s for earlier build.
World 4-5 Monthly EO Final/Weekly (Quest Bw6)
Tone Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Prototype Seiran 062 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Haguro Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Myoukou Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 3 Shell 035 Card
Shoukaku Kai Ni A Banner Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Tenzan (601 Air Group) 112 Card Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card
Zuikaku Kai Ni A Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel 108 Card
Hiryuu Kai Ni Banner Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority or Supremacy (232) at all nodes.
Armored carriers used to provide AS while launching even if chuuha.
aCV shells >= 150 even in chuuha, CV shells >=150 even in head-on, CA shells >=100.
Zuiun-carrying CAV used to get B rank at submarine node.

World 5-1: 南方海域前面

World 5-1 Monthly (Quest Bm4)
Ooyodo Kai Banner Type 3 Active Sonar 047 Card Type 3 Active Sonar 047 Card Type 3 Active Sonar 047 Card Type 3 Depth Charge Projector 045 Card
Nagato Kai Banner Prototype 41cm Triple Gun Mount 105 Card Prototype 41cm Triple Gun Mount 105 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Mutsu Kai Banner Prototype 41cm Triple Gun Mount 105 Card Prototype 41cm Triple Gun Mount 105 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Ise Kai Banner Zuiun Model 12 080 Card Zuiun Model 12 080 Card Zuiun Model 12 080 Card Zuiun Model 12 080 Card
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Maya Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount 050 Card 90mm Single High-angle Gun Mount 135 Card 25mm Triple Autocannon Mount (Concentrated Deployment) 131 Card FuMO25 Radar 124 Card
Effects: Air Superiority (61) at nodes AFI, Air Parity at node H.
Fusou-class K2s are weaker as the BBV's role here is to give maximum Air Power.
Taking more than one BBV is NOT RECOMMENDED as this will waste attacks on ASW.
Ooyodo flagship for greater survivability
Choose DL at boss if Ooyodo in good health, Diamond if Ooyodo chuuha.
All other nodes use Line Ahead.
AACI advised due to low Air Power.

World 5-2: 珊瑚諸島沖

World 5-2 Weekly (Quest Bw9)
Haruna Kai Ni Banner 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Abukuma Kai Ni Banner Type A Kouhyouteki 041 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount 058 Card N/A
Jintsuu Kai Ni Banner 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card 15.2cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 139 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card N/A
Ryuujou Kai Ni Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Tenzan (601 Air Group) 112 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 52 (Skilled) 152 Card
Unryuu Kai Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Skilled Carrier-based Aircraft Maintenance Personnel 108 Card
Hiryuu Kai Ni Banner Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Supremacy (326) at all nodes.
CLs used both for their shelling power and ASW abilities.
Named squadrons assigned to Ryuujou for ASW.
CVs shell >= 188, fBB & CVL shells >=150. 

World 5-4: サーモン海域

World 5-4 Ranking
Tone Kai Ni Banner Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card Drum Canister (Transport Use) 075 Card
Choukai Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Haguro Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Myoukou Kai Ni Banner 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount 090 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 32 Surface Radar Kai 141 Card
Chitose Carrier Kai Ni Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card
Chiyoda Carrier Kai Ni Banner Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority or Supremacy (199) at all nodes.
Chitose/Chiyoda used for their survivability.
CVLs shell >= 150, CA shells >=100.
BB not used in order to reduce damage taken from one of node H's forms.

World 5-5:【Extra Operation】サーモン海域北方

World 5-5 Monthly EO
Haruna Kai Ni Banner 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card Type 98 Reconnaissance Seaplane (Night Recon) 102 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Kongou Kai Ni Banner 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Hiei Kai Ni Banner 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card 38cm Twin Gun Mount Kai 114 Card Type 0 Observation Seaplane 059 Card Type 1 Armor Piercing Shell 116 Card
Shoukaku Kai Ni A Banner Fw 190T Kai 159 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Tomonaga Squadron) 094 Card Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Fw 190T Kai 159 Card
Zuikaku Kai Ni A Banner Reppuu (601 Air Group) 110 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 52 (Skilled) 152 Card
Hiryuu Kai Ni Banner Ryuusei Kai 052 Card Type 0 Fighter Model 53 (Iwamoto Squadron) 157 Card Tenzan Model 12 (Murata Squadron) 144 Card Saiun 054 Card
Effects: Red T cancellation, Air Superiority or Supremacy (401) at all nodes.
Armored carriers used to provide AS while launching even if chuuha.
aCVs & CV shell >=150 even in head-on, fBBs shell >=150.

See also: Juuryoushin's guide to 5-5 clearing.

This gives an indication as to how to choose which to do in which order to clear all the quests (except 6-1) with the minimum resource outlay. Bullet points on the same indentation on the same day are done at the same time (rotating through these to ensure no ship below 33 morale is sortied). Non-sortie quests will not be mentioned.

Monday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bw1 by fully sparkling (85 morale) ships.
    • Clear Bd5, Bd7, Bw2, Bw3, and half of Bw4 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
      • Clear Bd8 and half of Bw5 with 1-6 x2.

Tuesday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5, Bd7, and second half of Bw4 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
      • Clear Bd8, second half of Bw5, 1/3 of Bw10, and 1/10 of Bm5 with 1-5.

Wednesday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5 and Bd7 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
    • Clear 1/2 of Bw7 with repeated 3-3.
      • Clear Bd8, 1/3 of Bw10, and 1/10 of Bm5 with 1-5.

Thursday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5 and Bd7 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
    • Clear second 1/2 of Bw7 with repeated 3-3.
      • Clear Bd8, finish Bw10, and 1/10 of Bm5 with 1-5.

Friday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5 and Bd7 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
      • Clear Bd8 and 5/12 of Bw6 with 4-2.

Saturday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5 and Bd7 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
      • Clear Bd8 and 5/12 of Bw6 with 4-2.

Sunday

  • Clear Bd1 and Bd2 with 3-2A. Activate Bd3, which will autoclear in the later steps.
    • Clear Bd5 and Bd7 with repeated 2-2/2-3.
      • Clear Bd8 and last 2/12 of Bw6 with 4-2.
        • Clear Bw8 with 4-4.
          • Clear Bw9 and what remains of Bd8 with 5-2.

These additional monthly quests will enter the weekly schedule at the following points:

  • Bm1 and Bm7 will fulfill Bd7 requirements for the days they are done on with 2-5. Make sure these two are done first before finishing the map, as the compositions needed for these are less powerful than the 2CAV 2CA 2CLT build - you want to make sure you face the Final boss with the most powerful build. Each of this substitutes a 2-3 composition for Bd7.
  • 2-5 EO last two runs will fulfill Bd7 requirements for the days they are done on. (the first two will be Bm1 and Bm7). This substitutes the usual 2-3 compositions for two runs.
  • Bm6 will fulfill Bw6 requirements for the week it is done on with 4-2. This substitutes the usual 4-2 composition for one run.
  • 3-5 EO will fulfill Bw7 requirements for the week(s) it is done on. This substitutes the usual 3-3 compositions for 5 runs.
  • 4-5 EO will fulfill Bw6 requirements for the week(s) it is done on. This substitutes the usual 4-2 compositions for 5 runs.

The following monthly tasks can be done at any time while keeping 3-2A grinding active at the same time. They'll tend to be done on the days when Bd7 is completed early - Bd7 can take quite some time to complete with bad compass luck.

  • Bm3 (requires Bw4 completed)
  • Bm4
  • 5-5 EO

Since Bw4 (Mon) unlocks Bm6 (Fri) which unlocks Bm7 (Any day), and Bm1 (Any day) unlocks Bm5 (Tuesday), Bm7 will tend to be done later than Bm1. The final two iterations of 2-5 are not done until both of these are done first. Since on the first day of the month 1-6 is not available yet, the very first Monday of a month will have its Bd8 completed with 1-5 along with the first tick of Bm5. This leads to Bm5 completion in 3 weeks - the first day, and the subsequent 3 weeks of 3 completions from Bw10. One additional completion of 1-6 may be necessary in the fourth week to complete the EO, since the map needs to be cleared 7 times. Since this means week 1 has 4 completions of 1-5, it also guarantees 1-5's medal is acquired in the Thursday of the first week.

  • Grind 3-2A nonstop. This is the single most effective XP generator in the game in terms of the XP and modernisation fodder acquired in exchange for resources, repair and time.
    • Do not grind any flagship (CA, CL) on 3-2A beyond level 80 unless you already have optimal gear. Beyond these levels, 80-99 (617,000xp) gives 8 evasion at best. In contrast, a similar amount of experience will level a lvl 1 Kitakami to lvl 50 five times (612,500xp), which will give your fleet five 61cm Quintuple (Oxygen) Torpedo Mount amounting to a total bonus of 10 torpedo and 5 accuracy across several ships, or a lvl 1 Ashigara to lvl 65 three times (658,500xp), which will give your fleet nine 20.3cm (No.2) Twin Gun Mount amounting to a total bonus of 9 firepower 9 accuracy across several ships. Post-lvl 80 ships are better levelled using Events, EOs and quests, given that basically every ship (except Shoukaku-class K2A) are already at their final remodels by lvl 80.
    • DD can still be ground on 3-2A beyond level 80 as they are rarely used in Events, EOs and quests. In general expeditions and 3-2A will be responsible for levelling all the DDs that aren't max-tier in stats.
  • Sparkle expedition ships between 3-2A morale recovery periods. The guide below details which expeditions to use depending on your resource levels, and whether or not sparkling for those expeditions is a good idea.
    • Exception: As far as possible try NOT to sparkle ships on Saturday and Sunday. You want as many ships to be flat-morale as possible so that you have ships to sparkle on Monday to complete Bw1 in a single day. If Bw1 is not completed on Monday Bw4 cannot start - which means Bw10 cannot be activated on schedule on Tuesday, which means additional 1-5 sorties in the week will be necessary in order to complete Bw10.
  • Attempt to craft 4 radars (10-10-250-250-1) or 46cm guns (10-251-250-150-1) and 4 Maruyu (1500-1500-2000-1000-1) every day to fulfill the dailies. A LOT of Maruyus are needed to optimise a fleet.
  • Clear up to World 6-3, if you haven't already done so.
  • Attempt LSCs more expensive than Maruyu, if you haven't already obtained them.
  • Stockpile resources if an event is imminent.

Final notes on drop management

At this point, most Admirals should have most of the fleet girls, if not all, in the game who they wish to keep. Modernising existing fleet girls with drops is obvious, but there are some things you can do before using drops for modernisation, as they come with full fuel, ammo and HP at level 1.

  • Special drops
    • Maruyu and Mikuma should be levelled to Kai every time they are obtained - the former because it increases the luck-modernisation value by 33%, and the latter because Mikuma Kai gives the most easily obtainable 20.3cm (No.3) Twin Gun Mount (43,500xp).
  • Destroyers
    • Use these to sparkle your other ships as escorts in 1-1. Two escorts is optimal - three means you need to pick a formation which slows sparkle speed, while one does not provide sufficient cover.
  • Submarines
    • A single submarine will already tank all damage in 1-1. A single escort is optimal.
  • Others
    • CLs, BBs, CVs, etc... send them to 2-2 in groups of 6 to clear Bd7. Especially useful if the compass trolls you in 2-3.

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Credits

  • Chocolatecravinghobo for spotting the composition error in Bm6 formation and twin Tomonaga issue.
  • KowaretaGuze for spotting mysterious error where Tone turned into Jintsuu.
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