Module Upgrades: Six slots, USN Standard
Camouflage: The Iowa has the option of purchasing premium camouflage for 4,000 doubloons. This provides -3% to your surface detection range, increases enemy dispersion by 4%, provides a 100% bonus to experience gains and reduces your repair costs by 10%
The reach of the Iowa's guns is incredible -- just what you would expect from a tier 9 Battleship. The alpha strike from a well aimed shot will pulverize anyone it catches broadside.
Top Speed: 33.0 knots.
Turning Radius: 920m
Rudder Shift: 19.5s
Hit Points: 79,000
Citadel Protection: Up to 307mm + 25mm torpedo bulge.
Min Bow & Deck Armour: 32mm (immunity to 420mm rifles)
Torpedo Damage Reduction: 25%
With the combination of terrible handling and an enormous, vulnerable citadel, the Iowa is ill suited for brawling. Leave this to the German Battleships who specialize in it. Otherwise you'll just get your ship sunk beneath you.
Concealment & Camouflage
Surface Detection Range: 16.2km
Air Detection Range: 14.2km
Minimum Surface Detection Range: 12.16km
Concealment Penalty while Firing: +12.2km
Outfitting the Iowa
When you're equipping your Iowa, there are two primary roles to consider. The first is whether or not you intend to fully specialize her as an AA-Ship or not. This is hardly an optimal build, but if you hate Carriers with a vengeance, it has its merits. If you decide against this, you can instead choose one of two gunship builds which focus on either accuracy or firepower.
If you are selecting an AA build, you want the following choices to best optimize your firepower. This will provide extra range and extra DPS off of your AA guns. In addition, this build also adds to your agility, reducing your rudder shift time.
Recommended Captain Skills
Two optimal Iowa builds. The left focuses on gunnery, with the option of player's choice at the tier 3 skill. The right focuses on anti-aircraft firepower. Again, the player's preference is left open at tier 3 to select the skill of their choice.