- Main Battery: 4×2 203mm A-B-X-Y turret arrangement (same)
- Rate of Fire: 4.615 rpm (same)
- 180′ Turn: 22.5s (same)
- Maximum Dispersion: 153m (same over same distance)
- Max HE damage: 2500 (same)
- Fire Chance: 13.0% (same)
- Max AP damage: 5900 (same)
- Max range: 17.5km (vs 17.7km)
Well, nothing much different there except for the range. To be honest, if there wasn’t that little 200m blip in their reach, I would have been second guessing myself that this was a different ship. So, the main battery is the same as Admiral Hipper’s. Dull as this may be, it’s a rather good thing. The Admiral Hipper’s guns perform well. Their AP can give any ship they slap a big ol’ headache. Now, we can’t look at the secondary gun compliment because it wasn’t from the information pulled from the API data. We can only guess here, but looking at the good ol’ Wikipedia entry on the Prinz Eugen, she had the same dual 105mm gun mounts as the lead of her class. We can safely assume they’ll be very similar there. I’ll list the Admiral Hipper’s guns below.
- Secondary Battery: 6×2 105mm guns
- Rate of Fire: 17.65rpm
- Max HE: 1300
- Fire Chance: 9%
- Max Range: 4.5km
This is a nice little secondary compliment but it’s not going to dissuade anyone from getting in too close. That’s your torpedoes’ job.
- Six (6) dual purpose twin 105mm guns (Hey, we were right about those secondaries). 99dps @ 4.5km
- Eighteen (18) 40mm L56 Flak guns with 134dps @ 3.5km.
- Two (2) 20mm Flak38s (probably dual barreled) with 8dps @ 2.0km
- Six (6) quad 20mm Flak38s with 36dps @ 2.0km
This gives the Prinz Eugen 99dps / 233dps / 277dps at ranges of 4.5km / 3.5km / 2.0km respectively. Compare this to the Admiral Hipper and you get 100 / 235 / 288dps at the same ranges. So there we go — some minor differences! Hooray!
- Maximum Speed: 32.0 knots for the Prinz vs 32.0 knots for the Admiral.
- Turning Circle: 770m for the Prinz vs 740m for the Admiral (ouch)
- Rudder Shift: 10.9s for the Prinz vs 10.7s for the Admiral.
Well, there’s no surprise there. The Prinz Eugen gains an extra 30m in the turn and her rudder’s 0.2s slower. That’s not too bad, really and it’s the usual form of “premium tax” that I’m accustomed to seeing.
- Surface Detection Range: 14.5km for Prinz vs 14.2km for the Admiral.
- Aerial Detection Range: 9.4km for Prinz vs 9.0km for the Admiral.
Verdict: Insert follow-up fat joke here.
- The Prinz Eugen is almost a clone of the Admiral Hipper in terms of stats.
- She has a marginal increase in hit points.
- She has slightly less range on her main guns.
- She has slightly worse AA values — almost unnoticeable.
- She has slightly worse handling but the same top speed.
- She’s visible from further out than the Admiral Hipper, but only by 300m or so.
Do you feel underwhelmed? I’m feeling underwhelmed. At least, I am on the surface. But this already tells me a lot. The gimmick of the Prinz Eugen isn’t going to be found in her baseline stats. I predict that we’ll see it in her consumable choice — at least, that’s what the close similarities between the two ships is indicating to me. While the name of the Prinz Eugen would certainly be sufficient enough to make people want to covet it, I strongly suspect that Wargaming is going to incentivize picking up this premium with something interesting.
- We don’t know what combination of consumables she has.
This is the big one. Imagine if she has a Smoke Generator. Imagine if she has Radar. Imagine if she has a Repair Party. The unknowns here can make or break a premium ship. You need only look at the USS Flint vs the USS Atlanta to see this in action.
- We don’t know what her premium camouflage does.
The Pan-Asian destroyer, Anshan, became very interesting — not just as a Gnevy-clone at tier 6 with better torpedoes, but because she earned bonus free experience.
- We don’t know if these will be her final released statistics.
Everything is still subject to change.