Tank Guide: KV-5

The KV-5 is a love hate relationship with many World of Tanks players.  A good KV-5 driver can hold their own against high tier tanks while demolishing low tiers while a bad kv-5 driver can be dead weight for their team and drag them to defeat.

Good rate of fire
Good overall armor(180/150/140)
Decent speed for it’s size
Deadly ramming capabilities

Large weak spots(mainly the front radioman turret)
Low damage
Low penetration
Bad hull traverse
Gigantic size

To play the KV-5 you need to keep in mind two key things. First off, the radioman turret(or R2D2) on the front of the tank is a massive weak spot that 90% of players will aim at.  Most tanks can pen this, so if you keep this in mind and either hide it behind another tank or cover you will take away your opponents go to shot and turn the tide in your favor.  Wiggling left/right and continuing to move will also make your enemies miss this weak spot more and do what the KV-5 does best, soak up damage and distract.  Second, keep in mind that the KV-5 weighs a massive 100tons and travels 40 km/h for it’s top speed.  This makes it one of the heavies tanks in the game and use this to your advantage by ramming low tiers, high tiers, anything that gets in your way.

Since you have a huge weak spot on the front of your tank I find it sometimes beneficial to actually expose more of your side armor(it is 150mm). Much like an is-4 angling you can angle your frontal turret weak spot away and force opponents to either hit your tracks, bounce off your 150mm armor(doesnt work against tier 8/9), or panic.

Overall while this tank can be very frustrating to play due to “meh” gun it can be enjoyable. After 393 battles in mine I sit at 560 tank destroyed with 656,000 damage.

I give the KV-5 a 4/5

7 Comments on "Tank Guide: KV-5"

  1. Hey, this website is awesome and thanks for all the info. I was wondering however what you really think about this tank.I like to play russian tanks because of their large armor and HP values. I am a bit of a risktaker but I am also a sensoble player as I have gone down the tree all the way to the IS-4. I wonder if it is worth actually buying the tank if it comes out again during a special. I have been considering buying the tank but the mixed reviews have not allowed me to make up my mind. Thanks…….

    • I love the KV-5(most played tank behind Type 59). It’s a bit “meh” until you get a 100% crew and equipment on it as you need to maximize your DPM and accuracy for it to shine. I run vertical stabilzer(accuracy), and a rammer/vents for DPM.

      Once you learn how to minimize the frontal R2D2 turret(even angling backwards works) you’ll find yourself loving this tank.

      • thedavemister | September 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm |

        Thanks a lot. I think i might buy it the next time it goes out on sale. Good work with the website though- liking it so far. I was wondering the next time you are gonna do one of those promos again. I discovered your website literally 5 mins after the promo closed and so was a bit bummed, but please do it again soon. I really need some premium tanks to boost my credits. Don’t you think its a tad annoying how one needs a premium tank to maintain one’s tier 9 and 10’s? I have stopped playing my IS 3, IS 8 and IS 4 cos i can hardly break even in them and every little promo and giveaway helps. Anyways, thanks again for the website and sorry for the long post.

        P.S- in case you didn’t figure it out yet, I am the anonymous poster from above 🙂

  2. I was playing in platoon with some members from my clan who use KV-5. I have seen them successfully using trick where they intentionally turn their back to opponents, at some 20-30 deg angle, and bounce opponents shots. They off course turn their turrets backward and shoot.

  3. serenekaos | April 12, 2013 at 9:13 pm |

    KV-5 is a beast. Nothing more fun than trolling people into shooting at R2-D2 and then wiggling it every now and then to make them miss.

    There’s also the drive backwards trick, just angle it like a Maus and your good to go.

    To be honest, to really make this tank shine, make sure you bring some premium rounds with you for other T8’s cause they will be tough to pen with just APC.

    Last note: RAM RAM RAM and RAM some more. You can literally smoke other tanks if they aren’t paying attention.

  4. CoherentTopgun | April 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm |

    Can driving a KV-5 backwards benefit you?

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