For almost any player just starting to play World of Tanks the KV-1 has that special place in everyone’s heart of the first “fearsome” tank encountered by most especially before the KV-1/2 split. At tier 5 it is one of the first true heavies encountered by most new players(heavily armored, slow, good gun) and many do not know how to damage one correctly.  While it may seem hard to damage as you plink away at it’s armor it does have some weak spots that are very easy to exploit. 

The index at the bottom of each picture describes a few abbreviations used and also the format in which the armor details are described in. Effective Armor (EA) refers to the overall effectiveness of the armor without normalization.

 The armor values are presented in three different scenarios for the angled view of the tank.15° frontal(75° side),  25° frontal(65° side), 35° frontal(55° side), and 45° frontal(45° side).

Frontal View

KV1_Front
Frontally the KV-1 is actually easy to deal with if you remember a few small “rules”.  The first one is the avoid shooting any heavily angled areas as you will bounce off a lot. Even the UFG#2 can bounce a lot of shells since it is near the 70 degree auto-bounce angle(although it is somewhat negated since it is low to the ground).  Avoid shooting the beak at all costs as it will bounce shot after shot. Also, the turret does have various weak spots located around the gun and to the left/right of the mantlet which can be used at close range…just make sure to hit them fully aimed so you don’t hit the tough around around them.  Lastly the “ears” and sights on the KV-1 colored in purple do not do any HP damage but only destroy modules or kill the crew.

Side View

KV1_Side

A KV-1 from the side is extremely vulnerable due to the lack of angles on the side of the tank. The main strong points are the turret since it is thicker than the hull and also the areas where the tracks overlay the hull armor.  Just fire away at the side hull armor and be careful of not hitting the purple track sections since there is no hull behind those areas.  Aim towards the rear of the KV-1 to set it on fire fairly often(1-4 shots will do it).

Angled View

KV1_Angled

An angled KV-1 can prove to be a difficult opponent for many tanks the KV-1 normally faces.  Use the side and frontal sections for turret armor information and for the hull all of the effective armor and armor values against AP are listed in the picture.  The best locations to aim are the frontal weak spots unless the KV-1 angles a lot which opens up the upper side hull armor.

Rear Armor

The entire bottom rear portion of the KV-1’s hull is 70mm and the engine is located there making it a high fire possibility. The upper rear hull armor is only 60mm making it easier to damage but with a smaller chance of hitting the engine compartment. The rear section of the turret is the only strong spot on the rear at 110mm thick however the machine gun sticking out of the rear of the turret can be penetrated easily.
    • WoT Guru says:

      No problem. Typically on any tank you see the machine gun ports and small driver “slits” are a bit weaker than the surrounding armor. The gun ports are the best to aim for since shooting at the driver ports has a chance of killing the driver but doing no HP damage(which isn’t all that bad but won’t destroy the tank).

  1. taco says:

    I wouldn’t recommend taking on a KV-1 with a Valentine or any tier 4 tanks. If that KV-1 is focused on you and angles the tank at 35-45 degree it will be immune to any gun found on tier 4 tanks even tank destroyers. Try to flank it or shoot at it when it’s distracted or it will finish you with 2 shots.

    Only tier 5 tanks and above can engage a kv-1 and only with guns that have +110mm penetration. Shooting at it with 80-90mm pen guns will bounce most of the time even on the green areas

    • Grey d'Miyu says:

      Odd, I like taking out KV-1s in my Hetzer. Of course I run it pretty much opposite of everyone else, 7.5 PaK w/AP rounds. 110 pen, punches through half the front of the KV-1, all of the sides and rear. Of course if you’re running a 10.5 HE Hetzer the KV-1’s going to be impervious to you.

      • John says:

        Actually, I run the 10,5 and you can still do some significant damage, maybe even taking out a module or two. I also own a KV-1 and I know that even with the damaged modules the hetzer wont last long against the frontal armour. Even knowing which bits to shoot at you shouldn’t engage a KV-1 alone at anything less than tier V, and even then most of the time. An experienced driver can even take a T14 in single combat and roll away with more than half their HP.

    • Ollomont says:

      Objection! with my SU-85b (tier 4) I just love seeing an at safe distance, I just keep him tracked so doesn’t come closer (low spot on KV-1) and shoot him, while he is helplessly searching for me, mostly at the UFG driver or LSH at his back

  2. SingifyHate says:

    Hi im a tank destroyer expert and kv’s are not a problem when i have fully upgraded my tanks but when it comes to light, mediums, and heavys too with not so good guns its really difficult so just to make sure from the frontal view u have to avoid hitting the beaks and hit the places colored in green and from the side the rear and from an angle hit the frontal weak points unless the tank is angled were u can hit it from the side? This guide is helpful for many new players and i think this was helpful to me too
    Thank You for your hard work

  3. Hookachooga says:

    I have used this the opposite way and am trying to find out how to survive in my KV-1. This has helped a lot man, I just need to keep myself angled and I will be fine. :D

  4. Slow_Ride says:

    Just want to say THANKS to you for wanting to help the exp players along with the newer players with the information that you have made available to us. I’ve been looking for this information and find it very helpful. Now to put it to good use. Thanks.

  5. Radu says:

    I own the kv-1 which is fully upgraded ,and i also got some additional equipment installed. I usually platoon it with 2 more kv-1 and to be honest, no enemy remains alive till the end of the battle. What proved to be more difficult to penetrate was the churchill 1, churchill 7, kv-1 at times, the t1 heavy and perhaps a few more. It’s a very nice tank, it pays a lot of cash at the end of the battle, and it allows you to get tons of exp. I simply love it!

    • CidneyBear says:

      well i do think they did make it at one time in the game i think it might not be in it anymore just like they took out the t-50-2 but it looks simular to the kv-5 and 4 and looks very fun if they do put it back it i will work harder to get that tank other then a is7

  6. CidneyBear says:

    the kv-1 now is not as popular as it was a month or so ago it seems the tier 5 or 4 is to go with the vk’s when i started i was wondering what to go for but now since the horrible grind with the t-28 i got the kv-1 and off the bat loved it thow its true if you get distracted in one you are very likley to be taken out very soon thow i dont think the armor is as strong as it was and being at the top of the list is also a coffendince booster seeing your the toughest tank in the game on your side or being the only heavy in a mm (match maker) the next tank kv-1s is also a amazing tank while it still has its 122mm it seems with the 8.8 update they decided not to take it away and now i see less kv-1s and it being my highest tier right now i still feel in control sorry this is so long but it might help any new players who are looking for a good line to go to and im a girl btw and love the game

  7. dcon930 says:

    My churchill 1 is awesome for shooting the KV1 at those points. The gun is incredibly accurate at short (<100 m) distances, and even if it does shoot back, it either bounces or does damage I can easily shake off. He he.

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