Module Upgrades: Four slots, standard German options.
Camouflage: The Gneisenau does not have any form of premium camouflage available at present.
Top Speed: 32.0 knots.
Turning Radius: 830m
Rudder Shift: 14.7s
Hit Points: 58,200
Citadel Protection: Up to 350mm + turtleback
Bow Armour: 25mm (immunity to 356mm rifles)
Torpedo Damage Reduction: 22%
Concealment & Camouflage
Surface Detection Range: 15.7km
Air Detection Range: 13.0km
Minimum Surface Detection Range: 13.10km
Concealment Penalty while Firing: +11.40km
I thought the Bayern was going to be my favourite ship of those researched from the Battleship line. The Gneisenau surprised me. And she surprised me twice. The first surprise was how different she felt from the Scharnhorst. Even with all of her similarities, the difference in her primary armament and the subtle nuances between the two sisters makes them feel very distinct. That was a pleasant shock. The second was how much I enjoyed her despite having only six guns.
Outfitting the Gneisenau
Like her sister ship, the manner in which you choose to equip your Gneisenau will affect how flexible she can be.
As a Battleship, I have to stress taking a premium version of her Damage Control Party. This keeps the same immunity period of 15s but it reduces the reset timer from 120s to 80s. I also find value in the premium version of her Repair Party to reduce the reset timer for similar reasons. For her plane consumable, I would recommend her Spotter Aircraft over her Float Plane Fighter. Your guns perform alright at a distance and the extra reach is welcome, particularly in some of the highest tiered matches. Still, the latter is nice for helping disrupt attack formations and can be worthwhile for a Captain wanting to specialize in AA power.
Recommended Captain Skills
You should choose Captain Skills that will compliment the modules you have selected. If you're keeping a Captain over from the Bayern and plan to move her onto the Bismarck, I would strongly recommend skills that specialize either her primary or secondary gun batteries.