Which German Tank Line is Right for You?

Germany is an original nation in World of Tanks along with Russia.  The size of its tech tree is a result of that with 3 heavy tank lines and two medium lines. Add on top two tank destroyer lines, 1 light, and 1 spg line.  German tanks are some of the most iconic and recognizable for people just starting World of Tanks.  One trait that many German tanks have is their large sizes, thick armor, and solid guns.  Oh and they tend to look like “box tanks”.  This World of Tanks which German tank line guide will help you pick the best line based on your wants and needs.

This guide will be updated and added to when new German tanks or changes are made in World of Tanks.  For a complete guide on which tank line is right for you see the link below.

https://wotguru.com/which-tank-line-is-right-for-you/

World of Tanks Which German Tank Line is Right for You?

World of Tanks Which German Tank Line

German Light Tank Line (Pz. I -> Rhm. Pzw.)

Pz. I & Pz. I C

The light tank line for the German tree starts with the Pz. I and Pz. I C which are both relative quick and easy grinds.  The Pz. I will only take a handful of battles to grind through and overall the tank is pretty fun to play. You will want to push through it fast however to get to the glorious Pz. I C which at tier 3 is a mainstay in many player’s garages due to its fun factor and awesomeness.  

The Pz. I C is very fragile even when upgraded but is very agile and zips around on any terrain.  Its view range is top notch for its tier and the Mauser gun is insanely fun with its high rate of fire and machine gun like qualities.  The gun struggles against tier 4 and higher tanks(some tier 5 heavies you cannot penetrate at all) but frail tier 4 and under tanks evaporate in front of your gun.

Pz. II Luchs

At tier 4 the Luchs is a very capable scout and damage dealer.  Many gun options are available depending on your style of play.  Most use the auto-loader gun that has good burst potential for a tier 4 light tank.  With great speed, good burst damage, and a small size the Luchs is an excellent light.  The main downsides are low penetration and somewhat poor accuracy at long ranges.

 VK 16.02 Leopard

The Leopard is very similar to the Luchs in many ways.  It shares the top 3cm gun with the Luchs and also has an upgraded 5cm.  In patch 9.19 the Leopard was changed slightly and rebalanced.  Currently the 5cm top gun is the only viable gun available to use.  With it you have decent penetration and DPM for a tier 5 light but struggle facing many heavy tanks tier 5-7.  With only 100mm AP penetration you’ll find yourself bouncing a lot.  Your view also does not improve coming from the Luchs which is extremely odd.  Honestly the Leopard currently is just a tier 5 Luchs that is larger, slightly slower, has worse camouflage, and the same view range.  The only advantages you have is a little more HP, a better 5cm, and more health over the Luchs.

VK 28.01

The Vk 28.01 as of World of Tanks 9.18 update no longer has its infamous 10.5cm howitzer gun.  It has stock 5 cm and upgraded 7.5 cm options available for it.  Coming from the Leopard the upgraded 7.5 cm is a prayer answered.  Your DPM doesn’t change much but you gain more damage per shot and much needed penetration.  Mobility does take a small hit but you are still fairly quick.  Your health points rise from 380 to 610 and your view range sees a small increase.  While the loss of the old howitzer gun makes the Vk 28.01 a lot less unique it is still a good light tank.  

It doesn’t shine in any specific area but it makes up for it by not having any glaring weaknesses.  Against other lights you can also ram them considering your tank weighs 26.48 tons.  For comparison the Sp I C up next only weighs 9.77 tons.

Spähpanzer SP I C

The tier 7 Spähpanzer SP I C is a zippy small light tank with a great 90mm gun.  While the SP I C isn’t the fastest light tank around its extremely compact size helps cover that up.  Its excellent 90mm gun has good damage per shot and penetration for a light.  The SP I C is great for getting in quick damage and retreating for the next opportune moment to arise.  Your camouflage values are decent but not excellent for a light.  While it isn’t meant to bush spot with its great 90mm gun the small size can open that option up.  The downsides of the SP I Care the slightly low top speed, low DPM, and slow shell velocity.  The upsides are having a small overall size with a more medium like gun that packs a punch.

HWK 12

The HWK 12 refines the SP I C a tier higher and resembles it in appearance.  The HWK 12 in elite form provides modest improvements to the 90mm gun with 20 more damage per shot.  Penetration rises from 158mm to 180mm with AP.  DPM sees a huge increase from 1,701 to 2,170 with equipment.  Your view range also finally starts to be competitive against your peers.  While the SP I C wasn’t a bad light tank the HWK 12 perfects the role both tanks play.  Move in and out of the fight taking off decent chunks of damage with your 90mm.  The small size, good mobility, and solid gun make this a fun light to play.

Ru 251

The Ru 251 significantly increases your firepower coming from the HWK 12.  It also has an easy grind to manage since it starts out with its top gun already unlocked.  Size wise you gain a few pounds…I mean about 12 tons compared to the HWK 12 before it.  Mobility however is nearly identical.  The RU 251 keeps itself in the same role as a hard hitting light with excellent mobility.

View range while not poor doesn’t improve from the HWK 12.  When you add in the slightly low camouflage values for a light you have a small problem out scouting other nation’s light tanks.  Focusing more on setting yourself up to keep your 90mm in the fight as much as possible will reap the rewards more than scouting.  Don’t neglect scouting if your team needs it though!

Rhm. Pzw.

At tier 10 the Rhm. Pzw. shakes things up by adding a 105mm gun to the playing field.  Coming from 90mm on the previous 3 tanks you jump up to 360 damage per shot.  Penetration also sits at a respectable 242mm with standard rounds.  If you thought the RU 251 had excellent mobility the Rhm. Pzw. blows it out the water.  It has the highest top speed in the game at 75 km/h and nearly the best power/weight ratio of tier 10s lights.

The Rhm. Pzw. tops out tier 10 lights with view range which is strange coming from previous lights.  It shares the top spot with the Sheridan while having slightly better camouflage values.  Its camouflage is lower than all other lights outside of the Sheridan at tier 10.  The role of being a zippy light with a solid gun finally reaches its apex in the Rhm. Pzw.  With 3 tanks leading up to it in the same role you’ll love this tank.

German Medium Tank Lines (E-50M and Leopard 1)

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Leopard 1 Medium Tank Line (PZ. II -> Leopard 1)

PZ. II

The PZ. II starts off both German medium tank lines and is similar to most other low tier German tanks  The PZ. II’s gun choices all have low damage but a high rate of fire. This makes dealing with many other tanks in your tier a breeze at close range. This grind is short and sweet being a tier 2 tank.

PZ. III E & PZ. II G

At tier 3 sits the PZ. III A and the PZ. II G which provide a choice for players to make.  The PZ. III A is a personal favorite of mine since it is a blast to play.  It is very mobile with it’s engine upgrades and the top 2 cm gun is very fun to play with. The 5 cm gun might seem better but the accuracy and aim time are brutal to deal with.  Overall the PZ. III A is an excellent scout tank in most matches that you arent top tier. When you are near the top of the list the 2 cm shines and allows you to focus on dealing damage more than just scouting.  

Your other option is the PZ. II G which is less mobile than the PZ. III A. In return it gets a better top gun in the form of the 3 cm M.K. 103. This allows you deal out consistent damage with that excellent penetration is gets for a tier 3 tank.  Both grinds are quick and easy but my choice is the PZ. III A since it has the added ability to scout while in tier 5 matches.

PZ. III & VK 20.01 D

Moving onto tier 4 you have options of the PZ. III and VK 20.01 D which are very similar tanks.  Both share the same upgraded gun set ups and have the same view ranges. The main difference is that the PZ. III weighs less, has better engine upgrades, and has slightly more armor.  This advantage makes the PZ. III the better tank and at tier 4 is a great all around medium tank that only struggles against tier 5+ tanks.  The VK 20.01 D simply is just a touch behind the PZ. III in several areas but doesn’t bring anything to the table to warrant playing it in my opinion. Both grinds are not that long, but one will certainly be more fun.

PZ. III/IV

Tier 5 sees both lines merge back into the PZ. III/IV which improves upon the PZ. III A/PZ. III builds you may have driven in before.  The PZ III/IV is a nice blend of both low tier German medium tank lines.  When upgraded you have decent penetration on the top gun and your mobility is good enough to scoot around the map easily.  Like other tier 5 mediums you’ll want to play it safe if there are any tier 6+ tanks or tier 5 heavies around since your HP/armor is not amazing. Overall this grind is painless, quick, and allows you to move to tier 6 easily.

VK 30.01 (D)

The Leopard German medium tank line starts at tier 7 with the VK 30.01 (D).  The VK. 30.01 relies on angles for it’s armor to work well unlike other German tanks that rely on sheer thickness. It also has good gun depression which when combined with it’s somewhat small size and good gun depression makes it a versatile tank. It also has very good mobility which allows you to outpace many mediums around your tier.  The downside is a slightly below average gun when it comes to damage and penetration.  Otherwise the VK 30.01 (D) is excellent in other areas and feels like like a supersized light tank.

VK 30.02 (D)

The tier 7 VK 30.02 (D) follows at tier 7 and improves upon the VK 30.01 (D).  The VK 30.02 (D) is very mobile and has very good sloped armor for a medium tank.  The gun options get a tad better with the top 8.8 cm gun but you’ll still run into penetration problems.  Much like the previous tank there are expensive engine upgrades which you will want since this tank needs to extra mobility to flank tougher tanks.  The VK 30.02 (D) is a blast to play once upgraded and is one of the best tier 7 tanks.

The only downside is the lack of penetration and poor accuracy at longer ranges.  The combination of better armor, mobility, and damage per minute from the previous tier is significant.  Most go into this tank(me included) with low expectations and end up loving it once you get used to the penetration.

VK 30.02 (D) Tank Guide: https://wotguru.com/tank-guide-vk-30-02-d/

Indien Panzer

At tier 8 comes the Indien Panzer which is similar to the Pz. 58 Mutz premium tank.  The stock grind is not that pleasant and you will want to get the next gun as soon as possible(followed by tracks/engine).  The Indien-Panzer is a second line tank/sniper since it has poor durability and a gun suited for long ranges  Be aware that although your turret looks tough it is in fact very weak if hit by tier 8+ tanks.  Only low tiers will struggle to penetrate the turret due to the angles on it.  The Indien Panzer is great at its job of a support mid to long range tank but suffers in other areas.

Leopard Prototyp A

At tier 9 the Leopard Prototyp A changes the way you will play this tank line.  The tank is armored like a light tank and starts off with a painful grind that ends in a very enjoyable tank.  Starting off you will want to grab the top gun(no need for the turret yet) and then go for the engine/tracks/turret.  The Leopard P relies on it’s great mobility, view range, and great top gun to put out damage and then re-position.  

This tank does not have great damage per minute compared to other tier 9 mediums. Its reload is slow but the 390 alpha/great penetration make up for it.  The best way to play this tank is to play at medium/long range at the start, dish out some damage, and then later on use your speed to flank and kill off weakened tanks.  The main downfall comes with module damage, specifically the ammo rack, that limits its usefulness once you are spotted.

Leopard 1

Topping this tank line is the Leopard 1 which is the improved version of the previous Leopard Prototyp A.  The Leopard 1 has better view range(410m), an improved gun, good gun depression, and more mobility than it’s predecessor.  This tank is meant to be a blend of a scout, medium/long range bully, and a flanker.  Like other lightly armored vehicles you never want to stop out in the open.  The accuracy and on the move accuracy is also top notch and will allow you to place shots exactly where you want them to land.  Overall the Leopard 1 is a great tank for those capable of playing aggressive without getting into to much trouble.

E 50 M Medium Tank Line (D.W. 2 -> E 50 M)

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Durchbruchswagen 2

At tier 4 kicking off the E50 M line is the Durchbruchswagen 2. It may seem interesting being a tier 4 heavy tank….but once you play it you’ll see it is severely lacking.  The armor on the D.W. 2 isn’t sloped and is 50mm over most of the hull and turret.  At tier 4 this is adequate only if you learn how to angle your tank and only then it works against some guns(and not tier 5’s).  The gun selection is also pitiful and the top 5cm struggles even against tier 4’s and relies on the use of expensive premium ammo to shine.  This tank pays greatly for being a low tier heavy and is limited to tier 5 maximum(unlike tier 6 for other tier 4’s) for a reason.

VK 30.01 H

Following the dud that is the Durchbruchswagen 2 comes the tier 5 VK 30.01 H which is a huge improvement.  The VK 30.01 H still suffers from having weak armor for a heavy tank and somewhat low mobility.  Start off by grabbing the tracks/turret followed by a push for the Konish(Waffe) gun.  This gun isn’t built for absorbing shots but rather for the excellent Konish gun that has good damage per shot for it’s tier as well as excellent penetration capable of dealing with even the toughest of tier 7 tanks.  You may be a heavy tank but you will want to play more like a second line tank early on in the match and then later on when the enemy is weakened is when you can advance.  This tank starts off slow like a lot of German tanks but the end result is a capable tier 5 tank.

VK 30.01 M

The E-50M line starts at tier 6 with the VK. 30.01 M which is a bland tank  The gun only gets two gun choices which are much alike since the top gun simply adds a touch of alpha, accuracy, and penetration. At tier 6 however the top gun isn’t anything special and you won’t be able to go toe-to-toe with many of the tanks you face without being torn apart. Armor wise you will not see any sort of protection from tier 5+ tanks. On the plus side you get some very good engines to upgrade to which allow you to use your mobility to get to where you need to be.  This tank isn’t very fun to grind through initially.  Once elite it isn’t particularly bad but doesn’t shine anywhere to make it interesting.

Panther

The Panther at tier 7 has a brutal stock grind to contend with.  You will want to get the top 7.5 cm gun first then go for the tracks and top engine before moving onto the Panther II.  The Panther is purely a sit back and support/snipe tank since it has very good accuracy/penetration but puny damage per shot at tier 7.  Against tier 7 and under tanks the Panther’s armor can provide decent protection with the upgraded turret.

The Panther relies greatly on it’s team and can be hard to influence a match with the low damage per shot.  Even though the Panther is more suited for long range fighting it performs very well for its tier.  Many sniper tanks struggle to work outside of their intended role but the Panther is a special case.  Outside of the low damage per shot the damage per minute and penetration are there to prop this tank up to excellence.

Panther Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-panther/

Panther II

The Panther II tries to improve upon the Panther I but fails.  The first thing to do is to research the turret for the view range/armor and then head for the tracks/top 8.8 cm gun. The engine can be researched last since there is no point in getting it if you cannot do any meaningful damage.  Before getting the top gun you are essentially a tier 7 Panther stuck at tier 8 which can be very frustrating.  Once upgrade the Panther II is a decent mid to long range tank with the new top 8.8cm gun.  What holds the tank back is poor armor, a large size, low DPM, and just average mobility.  While the Panther worked at tier 7 the Panther II at tier 8 struggles to stand up against seeing tier 9/10 tanks on a regular basis.

Panther II Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-panther-ii/

E 50

The E-50 grind is brutal like the previous Panther II until you get the top gun and modules.  The E-50 is the golden example of the medium/heavy hybrid since is has great mobility for the amount of armor it has.  Once upgraded you have an excellent gun capable of damaging anything you come across but you lack a tad bit of DPM.  Your weight/speed allow you to ram most non-heavy tanks and do massive damage.  Specializing in some ramming skills/equipment is recommended.  Keep in mind that your armor is good enough to bounce a lot of incoming shells from tier 7-9 tanks.  Your lower glacis and turret are your main weak spots frontally.  Overall the E-50 is a favorite of many at tier 9 due to it’s flexibility between being a medium while also having heavy tank aspects.

E-50 Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-e50/

E 50 M

Ending this medium tank line is the E-50M which merely improves upon the E-50 in various ways.  Most important the engine is moved to the rear of the tank which takes away those pesky fires and gains a nice horsepower buff to increase your mobility.  The gun also is upgraded to give you more damage potential but it still lacks behind other tier 10 mediums.  Gameplay wise your role remains the same as the tier 9 E 50.  While you might lack damage per minute compared to other tier 10 medium tanks you make up for it with your armor/ramming ability.

E-50M Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-e-50-ausf-m/

Heavy Tank Lines (Maus, E-100, Pz.Kpfw. VII)

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Low Tier German Heavy Tank Lines (PZ. 35 (t)->PZ. IV H, D.W. 2->VK 30.01 H, and PZ. IV A-> PZ. IV H)

Germany has 3 different heavy tank lines topped by tier 10 heavies.  With this you have multiple options to each tier 10 depending on the route you take.  It also makes it very confusing.  Below each low tier section for the heavy lines is discussed.  Listed is the tier 10 heavy they lead to.  The only line that does not lead to all three starts with the D.W.2 at tier 4.

(D.W 2 -> VK 30.01 H Line) (Leads to E-100)

Durchbruchswagen 2

At tier 4 kicking off the E-100 line is the Durchbruchswagen 2. It may seem interesting being a tier 4 heavy tank….but once you play it you’ll see it is severely lacking.  The armor on the D.W. 2 isn’t sloped and is 50mm over most of the hull and turret.  At tier 4 this is adequate only if you learn how to angle your tank and only then it works against some guns(and not tier 5’s).  The gun selection is also pitiful and the top 5 cm struggles even against tier 4’s and relies on the use of expensive premium ammo to shine.  This tank pays greatly for being a low tier heavy and is limited to tier 5 maximum(unlike tier 6 for other tier 4’s) for a reason.

VK 30.01 H

Following the dud that is the Durchbruchswagen 2 comes the tier 5 VK 30.01 H which is a huge improvement.  The VK 30.01 H still suffers from having weak armor for a heavy tank and somewhat low mobility.  Start off by grabbing the tracks/turret followed by a push for the Konish(Waffe) gun.  This gun isn’t built for absorbing shots but rather for the excellent Konish gun that has good damage per shot for it’s tier as well as excellent penetration capable of dealing with even the toughest of tier 7 tanks.  You may be a heavy tank but you will want to play more like a second line tank early on in the match and then later on when the enemy is weakened is when you can advance.  This tank starts off slow like a lot of German tanks but the end result is a capable tier 5 tank.

(PZ. 35 (t) -> PZ. IV H Line) (Leads to E-100, Maus, Pz.kpfw. VII)

Pz. 35 (t) & Pz. 38 (t)

Starting out the most “direct” path to the German heavy lines is the tier 2 PZ. 35 (t) which is nothing spectacular when compared to some of the newer German low tier tanks released.  At tier 2 the grind is very quick and painless however the first 3 tanks in this line don’t represent “heavy tank” gameplay and instead are light tanks.  The PZ. 35 (t) is very agile and it has either a conventional gun or a fun 2 cm gun to machine gun lightly armored tanks down.  Overall it isn’t anything special and is simply a tank for new players to pass on through.

The PZ. 38 (t) plays very similar to the previous tank with slight upgrades along the way.  The initial grind is easy and you are able to upgrade to get the much needed 4.7 cm gun and the top engine within a handful of battles.  This tank gains a bit of mobility and firepower when compared to the PZ. 35 (t) and is a fun tank to play.  Again, with it being tier 3 it is a quick grind and you move very quickly through it.

PzKpfw 35 t Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-pzkpfw-35-t/

PzKpfw 38 t Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-pzkpfw-38-t/

Pz. 38 nA

At tier 4 sits the infamous PZ. 38 nA which is a decent scouting light tank since it is very mobile and has a decent 370m view range with the top turret.  However, the grind is very painful since you severely lack any sort of firepower even with the top 5 cm gun and are merely a fly on the wall against any tanks above tier 4.  This tank is not very forgiving due to it being primarily a dedicated scout/harasser tank and this makes it difficult for newer players to have fun in it.

Pz. IV H

The PZ. IV H finally starts you on the path for heavy tanks since you gain firepower, a touch of armor, and lose some mobility in return.  The initial grind is much easier than the PZ 38 nA by a mile and is a very enjoyable tank to play.  It doesn’t suffer in any glaring way and the top 7.5 cm gun(the 10.5cm is only “ok” with expensive premium shells) does very well against any enemies you will face.  The PZ. IV H once upgraded has good mobility for a medium tank and when you add in it’s good top gun and somewhat functional armor it becomes a nice starting point at tier 5 for new players.

(PZ. IV A -> PZ. IV H Line) (Leads to E-100, Maus, Pz.kpfw. VII)

Pz. IV A

Branching off of the medium tank lines is the PZ. IV A line that starts at tier 3. To do this line you will need to start at the PZ. II, move to the PZ. III A, and then to the PZ. IV A.  The PZ. IV A at tier 3 is a very lightly armored medium tank that packs a punch with it’s top 7.5 cm gun albeit very inaccurate.  The grind is not to bad starting off and moving through this tank.  Overall it plays like many low tier German tanks in that it has bad armor, decent mobility, and good guns.  It’s a quick and painless tank to move through.

PZ. IV D

Tier 4 sees you upgrade to the PZ. IV D which improves upon the previous PZ. IV in a few ways.  Make sure that you have the 7.5 cm gun researched or else the initial grind will be very difficult.  The PZ. IV D gains a bit more mobility and a very good top gun for tier 4(unlike that pesky PZ. 38 nA) that can easily penetrate any tank it will face.  This tank is meant for doing damage and with the great top 7.5cm and the usable .41 accuracy it is very good at it.

The PZ. IV H finally starts you on the path for heavy tanks since you gain firepower, a touch of armor, and lose some mobility in return.  The initial grind is much easier than the PZ 38 nA by a mile and is a very enjoyable tank to play.  It doesn’t suffer in any glaring way and the top 7.5 cm gun(the 10.5cm is only “ok” with expensive premium shells) does very well against any enemies you will face.  The PZ. IV H once upgraded has good mobility for a medium tank and when you add in it’s good top gun and somewhat functional armor it becomes a nice starting point at tier 5 for new players.

E-100 Heavy Tank Line (VK 36.01 H->E-100)

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VK 36.01 H

Starting off the E-100 heavy line at tier 6 is the VK 36.01 H which was formerly a medium tank but was reclassified as a heavy.  The VK 36.01 H does not have heavy armor like most heavies and starting off the stock turret isn’t protected very well either.  Start off by getting the Konish(Waffe) gun since it can mount on the stock turret then head for turret->engine->tracks.  The VK 36.01 H is a very good bully for tier 6 and under tanks and the Konish rewards fighting at mid to long range since it is a low alpha/high penetration gun.

The main downside of this tank is the somewhat low mobility and that you cannot rely on your armor against tanks your tier or above aside from hull down with the top turret.  Overall the tank is very rewarding to play and is a great blend of a heavy tank with medium tank aspects sprinkled in.

Tiger I

Tier 7 sees you move into a larger tank in the form of the Tiger.  This tank again does not sport overwhelming armor and learning how to angle your tank slightly will do wonders against tier 6 and under tanks.  The German stock grind is once again in full force and you will want to push for the turret->tracks->top gun quickly since the stock Tiger is atrocious.  Until you get the top gun you will want to play conservatively and try not to get into close range fights since you are grossly outmatched.

Once upgraded the Tiger becomes a very good tank aside from it’s armor.  The top gun has enough penetration and damage to dispatch tier 8’s easily and will only struggle against tier 9 heavy tanks and tank destroyers.  Like the VK 36.01 H you will want to avoid getting into close quarter fights due to your armor early on in matches, but later on your HP will be enough of a cushion that you can.

Tiger II

Finally you move into a tank with some armor in the form of the tier 8 Tiger II(King Tiger).  Like other German tanks you are left with a brutal stock grind since you need to research the upgraded turret to get the needed armor to protect yourself from even puny tier 6 tanks. After that you will need the upgraded tracks and engine to get enough mobility to prevent yourself from being left behind in most matches and being a slow brick.  However, once you upgrade to the upgraded 10.5 cm guns(the top gun with the added accuracy is a blessing) you will be rewarded for all your trouble.

The main downsides of this tank is it’s paper thin sides/rear and the lower glacis plate. If you learn how to hide your lower glacis while preventing yourself from being flanked your armor is superb considering the top gun you also mount.  The Tiger II has the nice combination of great firepower, adequate mobility(with the top engine), and workable armor. Make sure to elite the Tiger II before heading to the E-75 at all costs since you will want the upgraded guns to carry over.

Tiger II Tank Guide: https://wotguru.com/tank-guide-tiger-ii/

Tiger II Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-pzkpfw-vib-tiger-ii/

E-75

At tier 9 comes the glorious E-75 that finally puts you into a true heavy tank.  The E-75 has arguably the best chassis for armor on a heavy tank in the game and it’s not even a tier 10.  This makes starting off a little less painful since you can grab the upgraded tracks/turret quickly and then the engine.  This will transform you into a shell eating machine if you take your past angling lessons and use them.  A properly angled E-75 can eat most tier 10 shells.

Once you unlock the top gun you gain the punch the E-75 deserves and just sweetens the pot since you can now soak up damage and dish it out.  The only downsides are the somewhat large side profile which when not angled can be damaged by tier 9+ tanks and also the low mobility on hilly terrain.

E-75 Tank Guide: https://wotguru.com/tank-guide-e-75/

E-75 Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-e-75/

E-100

The E-100 at tier 10 improves upon the E-75 philosophy with one glaring hole.  The E-100 gains a lot of armor protection over most of the tank which will protect it against anything thrown at it while angled(and even non-direct artillery hits). However, the frontal lower glacis is unfortunately weaker than the E-75 which leads to a glaring hole in your armor.  This can be covered up via map cover, fighting at close ranges(to increase the angle on it), or by angling….but it will always be a thorn in your side.

On the plus side you gain the 15cm gun(once you unlock it) which is the hardest hitting tier 10 heavy tank gun in the game currently.  The AP shell has low penetration so carrying a nice mix of HEAT and around 10 HE rounds does wonders. Use HE at tough targets at long range, HEAT for heavy tanks/tank destroyers, and AP for medium/light tanks.  Overall the E-100 is a fantastic tank aside from the glaring weak spot and inability to fight at long range.

E-100 Tank Guide: https://wotguru.com/tank-guide-e-100/

E-100 Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-e-100/

Maus Heavy Tank Line (VK 30.01 P->Maus)

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VK 30.01 P

At tier 6 the VK 30.01 P starts off the Maus heavy tank line.  The VK 30.01 P is one of the worse stock grinds at tier 6 since you need to start off by getting the upgraded tracks/engine to fix the very poor mobility you are handed.  After that go for the 8.8 cm gun(it fits in the stock turret) which you will keep using until the next tank and then the turret.  Once completed make sure to research the top engine since that also fits into the Tiger P at tier 7.

Overall the VK 30.01 P isn’t anything special stock but when upgraded it is a decent tank.  You have decent armor on the hull that can protect you against tier 5 and under tanks and excellent turret armor.  You also have very good top speed and with the top engine you have great mobility.  The 8.8 cm at tier 6 is also an excellent gun and only suffers from somewhat bad accuracy at long range.  The main downsides is that the armor is terrible against tier 6+ tanks and you have low HP.  In the end it isn’t a bad tank upgraded but the stock grind really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

VK 30.01 P Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-vk-3001-p/

Tiger P

The Tiger P starts off with a relative easy stock grind since the engines and 8.8 cm carry over from the VK 30.01 P.  Research the tracks and then the upgraded turret(you will want that added armor).  Finally research the top gun and you are set!  The Tiger P isn’t as slow as you might think with that heavy armor and can be surprising.  You sport a very good top gun as well which makes you think what is wrong with this tank? Well the armor values might seem to good to be true….and they are.

The frontal armor has well known holes in it and the turret is very weak(even the upgraded turret) against tier 7+ tanks.  This leaves the Tiger P in the “heavy medium” realm but it pulls it off well enough that it is a very fun tank to play.  Just avoid trying to go full speed ahead against enemies that can punch through your armor easily and also hilly terrain(poor gun depression) and you’ll be well off.

Tiger (P) Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spots-guide-pzkpfw-vi-tiger-p/

VK 100.01 P

The VK 100.01 P begins the Maus part of this heavy tank line where you fight in behemoth tanks.  The VK 100.01 P has a ton of armor for a tier 8 heavy tank and the size to go along with it.  To nobodies surprise the mobility is very poor with poor traverse and speed.  The armor is high enough frontally to even give most tier 9/10 tanks issues penetrating you.  The sides and rear armor do pose problems if enemy tanks flank you.  The 12.8 cm works wonders at tier 8 and holds up well no matter what tank you are facing.  The main drawbacks of the VK 100.01 P are its low mobility, large size, and weaker sides/rear armor.  It does its job well of being a large brick of armor, HP, and a punchy gun on top of it all.

VK 100.01 P Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-vk-100-01-p/

Mäuschen

The Mäuschen improves upon the VK 100.01 P and visually resembles the tier 10 Maus.  Coming from the Vk 100.01 P you can expect much of the same in terms of how the Mäuschen plays.  Armor sees a modest buff as well as the gun stats.  You are still limited by your poor mobility and large size.  Specifically the large flat sides provide very easy targets if you are caught off guard.  Compared to the tier 10 Maus the Mäuschen lacks the much thicker side/rear armor to shrug off non-frontal hits.  While the Mäuschen isn’t a perfected super heavy tank like the Maus it holds it own on the battlefield.

Mäuschen Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-mauschen/

Maus

At tier 10 sits the behemoth Maus that perfects the mistakes the previous two tanks had.  The armor is much improved over the entire tank especially on the turret and sides/rear.  To maximize your armor you will want to angle both the hull and turret slightly.  Unlike the previous tiers your side armor is strong enough to take some of the beating if you keep it angled.  As of the 9.17.1 update the Maus received massive buffs to turret armor, side hull armor, gun reload, and health points.  Like previous proto-Maus tanks your speed is your limiting factors along with slightly poor gun handling.  The large size also poses a problem if enemies get flat shots on your side and rear.  Once you get into the fight the combination of armor, health, and DPM is hard to beat.

Maus Tank Guide: https://wotguru.com/tank-guide-maus/

Maus Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spots-guide-maus/

Pz. Kpfw. VII Heavy Tank Line (VK 30.01 P -> Pz. Kpfw. VII)

World of Tanks Which German Tank Line

VK 30.01 P

At tier 6 the VK 30.01 P starts off the Pz. Kpfw. VII heavy tank line.  The VK 30.01 P is one of the worse stock grinds at tier 6 since you need to start off by getting the upgraded tracks/engine to fix the very poor mobility you are handed.  After that go for the 8.8 cm gun(it fits in the stock turret) which you will keep using until the next tank and then the turret.  Once completed make sure to research the top engine since that also fits into the Tiger P at tier 7.

Overall the VK 30.01 P isn’t anything special stock but when upgraded it is a decent tank.  You have decent armor on the hull that can protect you against tier 5 and under tanks and excellent turret armor.  You also have very good top speed and with the top engine you have great mobility.  The 8.8 cm at tier 6 is also an excellent gun and only suffers from somewhat bad accuracy at long range.  The main downsides is that the armor is terrible against tier 6+ tanks and you have low HP.  In the end it isn’t a bad tank upgraded but the stock grind really leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

VK 30.01 P Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-vk-3001-p/

Tiger P

The Tiger P starts off with a relative easy stock grind since the engines and 8.8 cm carry over from the VK 30.01 P.  Research the tracks and then the upgraded turret(you will want that added armor).  Finally research the top gun and you are set!  The Tiger P isn’t as slow as you might think with that heavy armor and can be surprising.  You sport a very good top gun as well which makes you think what is wrong with this tank? Well the armor values might seem to good to be true….and they are.

The frontal armor has well known holes in it and the turret is very weak(even the upgraded turret) against tier 7+ tanks.  This leaves the Tiger P in the “heavy medium” realm but it pulls it off well enough that it is a very fun tank to play.  Just avoid trying to go full speed ahead against enemies that can punch through your armor easily and also hilly terrain(poor gun depression) and you’ll be well off.

Tiger (P) Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spots-guide-pzkpfw-vi-tiger-p/

VK 45.02 P Ausf. A

The VK 45.02 P Ausf. A trades some armor for mobility.  You carry over several things from the previous tank.  However you first need to research the upgraded tracks to mount them.  In the 9.18 update the VK 45.02 P Ausf. A received a significant frontal armor buff.  With above average mobility and a solid top gun it now can hold its own on the battlefield.  Your armor is great against tier 8 or under tanks.  It will not hold up against most tier 9/10 tanks.  Prevent yourself from taking side shots and pick your opponents wisely.  With better frontal armor now this tank is surprisingly good in a heavy-medium role.

VK 45.02 p Ausf. B

The VK 45.02 P Ausf. B follows at tier 9 and finally shifts you into a more traditional heavy tank role. Starting off you will want to grab the 10.5 cm L/68 and then the upgraded tracks.  After that you can head towards the top gun that packs a mean punch.  This tank has a rear mounted turret which makes the learning curve slightly higher since the gun depression is very low.  You also have to learn how to “side scrape” and angle.  To do this simply put the front of your tank into a corner of a building, rock, etc. and then stick the rear of your tank out at slight angle.

This allows you to back up, fire, and then drive forward while having your side armor at a very tough angle to damage.  The VK 45.02 P Ausf. B isn’t very mobile and due to the rear turret is limited in where it can fight.  However, the frontal armor is very good even against tier 10 tanks and the top gun packs a strong punch.  This tank can either be very annoying to play due to it’s turret or very rewarding if you can master it’s play style.

VK 45.02 P Ausf. B Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-vk-4502-p-ausf-b/

Pz. Kpfw. VII

Ending this tank line is the Pz. Kpfw. VII which is very similar to the VK 72.01 (K) reward tank.  It plays very similar to the tier 9 VK 45.02 B you previously progressed through.  Armor protection is excellent across the front of the tank with few weak spots available.  The armor diminishes quickly if angled because of the odd turret ring and poor side/rear armor.  You do gain a substantial gun performance boost and also a fair bit of mobility.  The upside of the Pz. Kpfw. VII is a well rounded gun that has above average damage and good DPM that doesn’t leave many weaknesses for the gun.  Unfortunately the poor armor outside of the front and the odd turret layout holds the tank back compared to the Maus and E-100.

Pz. Kpfw. VII Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-pz-kpfw-vii/

JgPze E-100 Tank Destroyer Line (Pz.Jg I->JgPze E-100)

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Pz.Jg I & Marder II

German tank destroyers for the most part a solid tanks to play but are very one dimensional in most areas which limits their overall usefulness.  Starting at tier 2/3 with the Pz.Jg I and the Marder II you have very frail tanks which puts them further away from the fight in a support role.  Both equip very good guns for their tier and can chew through tanks at mid to long range.

Hetzer & Marder 38 T & Stug III B

 At tier 4 you have a choice of the Hetzer, Marder 38T, and the Stug III B if you choose the Marder route.  The Hetzer which sports a decent amount of armor(especially the frontal armor which is excellent) for the tier and is a tad more sluggish due to that.  It however packs a mean howitzer gun as it’s top gun(or the more reliable 7.5 cm) which at tier 4 is superb since most tanks do not have a great deal of armor to counter HE shells.

The Marder 38T is very lightly armored and is a slightly improvement over the Marder II.  This tank relies on it’s excellent damage per minute and gun traverse to sit on the second lines and machine gun the enemy down before it is spotted.  The stock grind is also very painless and overall is an easy tank to move through.  Before you move onto tier 5 if you chose the Marder 38T you also have to go through the tier 4 Stug III G.

The Stug III G is very similar to the Stug that is at tier 5 except it has lower armor and does not have access to the top gun for it.  However, this tank is a very good option since you can unlock almost all modules before moving onto tier 5 where things get much tougher since both Stug’s share engines, radios, and most guns.  The Stug III B packs a lot of firepower DPM wise into a mobile lightly armored chassis and is a great tank to play before moving up to tier 5.

Hetzer Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-hetzer/

Stug III G & JagdPz IV

Before moving onto the tier 5 Stug III G you’ll want to grab the 7.5 cm on the Hetzer or Stug III B even if you do not plan on using it.  This will help you with the initial stock grind which is a tad brutal since the Stug loses some armor since it is a higher tier compared to the hetzer and has no fearful gun alpha wise.  The Stug shifts back into the “avoid taking shots” type of tank that was at tier 2/3 but lacks flexibility due to the lack of survive-ability and DPM gun.

Tier 6 is much of the same with the JagdPz IV which like the Stug you’ll want to research the top gun before moving into it.  The JagdPz IV has awesome DPM with it’s top gun but aside from that there is no other true positive side of the tank to make it worth keeping.

Jagdpanther

Tier 7 brings the Jagdpanther which is a tad similar to the JagdPz IV but is a bit larger.  The low armor, low durability, and lack of flexibility remain but the gun gets a further boost. The initial grind very painful since you do not have much damage potential damage and penetration wise.  Make a push for the 10.5 cm which is a remedy for those problems and turns this tank into a very good damage dealer that is great at supporting your team.

From here you have a choice of the Ferdinand or JapgdPanther II which offer two different types of tank destroyers.  Both have very good top guns which make their damage potential very high and people recognize that even if they are in a tier 10.  The Ferdinand offers a slower tank but with better armor while the JagdPanther II lacks any type of useful armor but gains a bit of mobility. Both are great tank destroyers and deciding which one to pick comes down to how you play.

Ferdinand Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-ferdinand/

Jagdtiger

Tier 9 brings the Jagdtiger which brings great armor(aside from the lower glacis) and in most regards is an improved Ferdinand.  The mobility isn’t amazing but it gets the job done and the larger size does hamper it’s effectiveness if you are caught out in the open.  On the plus side however you have two amazing guns(stock grind isn’t bad) and the top gun shreds anything into pieces in it’s path.  Like the previous tank destroyers it does lack a bit of flexibility since you can be easily flanked and have a large profile but the gun easily makes up for it if you can harness it.

JagdPz E-100

Capping off this tank branch is the JagdPz E-100 which uses the tier 10 heavy tank E-100’s chassis with a rear mounted design.  The armor overall is very good but unlike the E-100 since this tank destroyer has no turret you cannot angle as much if you plan on firing to hide your very weak lower glacis.  This along with the low mobility and it being one dimensional are the downsides of this tank destroyer.

The JagdPz E-100 brings a 1050 damage gun to the game that is meant to peak out, whack off a ton of HP, and then to slink back into cover.  This gun is very good and puts fear into enemies however due to your weak spots, low mobility, and large size it is hard to play for some since you have to rely on working with others. This tank requires some level of support and trying to venture off on your own in a battle in it unless you can back yourself into corner usually ends in failure.

Jagdpanzer E-100 Weak Spots: https://wotguru.com/weak-spot-guide-jagdpanzer-e-100/

Grille 15 Tank Destroyer Line (Marder 38T-> Grille 15)

World of Tanks Which German Tank Line

Marder 38T & Pz.Sfl. IVc

Starting off the second German tank destroyer line is the tier 4 Marder 38T.   The Marder 38T is very lightly armored and is a slightly improvement over the Marder II.  This tank relies on it’s excellent damage per minute and gun traverse to sit on the second lines and machine gun the enemy down before it is spotted.  The stock grind is also very painless and overall is an easy tank to move through.

Following at tier 5 is the Pz.Sfl. IVc which starts off with a bad grind due to the gun not transferring over.  However, aside from the initial grind the tank is very good once you get used to the large size/bad gun depression.  This tank is meant to stay at long range and use it’s excellent firepower and mobility to prevent itself from being shot.  The downside is that if you have to fight up close or are spotted your low armor and large size will lead to you being destroyed easily.

Nashorn

At tier 6 the Nashorn suffers the same fate of not having the previous upgraded guns carry over.  This leads to an annoying stock grind but like the previous tank it all gets better after that.  The Nashorn’s main weakness are it’s large size, low armor, and low gun depression.  It however has great view range, good mobility, and great upgraded guns.  It’s role like the previous tanks is to prevent being targeted at all costs so your superior gun to dish out damage in safety.  This role is very hard to pull off and sometimes impossible depending on your team unfortunately.

Pz.Sfl. V

Tier 7 brings the Pz.Sfl. V which does not carry over the previous guns once again but that is not a huge issue.  It starts off with the 10.5 cm gun which is a decent stock gun which upgrades to the 12.8 cm.  Both guns pack high alpha and good penetration(no gold rounds needed on top gun!) onto a very weak chassis.  Like it’s predecessors it’s armor and hardiness is very poor leading it to be very careful of it’s movements.   The tank destroyer is not that mobile either and really pays for it’s massive amount of firepower it wields   Overall it is a tough tank destroyer to play since you rely on your team heavily to set up shots for you and to prevent you front being destroyed.

Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger

Tier 8 sees you move into the Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger which is even more frail as the tank destroyers you were in before!  Armor is essentially non-existent and any HE/artillery hit will obliterate you.  On the plus side your firepower is once again scaled up with the stock 12.8 cm and upgraded 15 cm.  Leave the 15 cm until last since the puny engine upgrade and added track traverse is needed to get you around the map marginally faster.

Your role remains the same…..sit on the second line and chuck 750 damage busses at people with a tier 8 tank destroyer.  This tank is limited in it’s usefulness since it cannot lead charges, flank, or fight head on head without team support.  

Waffenträger auf Pz. IV

Progressing to the tier 9 Waffenträger auf Pz. IV is rather easy since there are not many upgrades and at tier 9 the tank sticks in the same role as the previous tank destroyers.  You start off with the upgraded gun from tier 8 and you should grab the tracks/engine first.  After that ignore the upgraded 15 cm gun and go for the 12.8 cm since it has better accuracy, penetration, and overall is better suited for your mid to long range role.  The traits largely stay the same and you are in a frail tank destroyer with “meh” mobility and comfort.  You pay heavily for your firepower, rely on your team heavily, but can be devastating if you survive long enough to put out damage.

Grille 15

The Grille 15 replaced the Waffenträger E-100 and is a lightly armored tank destroyer that packs a huge punch.  The Grille is meant to fight at long ranges where it wont be spotted since its health and armor is very poor at tier 10.  The camouflage values also don’t do the tank any favors and will make it easily seen within an enemy tank’s view range.  The Grille 15 has the perfect combo of mobility and firepower of tier 10 tank destroyers.

Its 15 cm gun is pint point accurate, hits hard at 750 damage, and has excellent DPM.  With that speed + damage combo comes the drawback of being very easy to kill if spotted.  This can make some maps or scenarios difficult to perform well in if you are needed to fight at close ranges.

Germany Artillery Line (G.Pz. Mk. VI (e) -> G.W E-100)

World of Tanks Which German Tank Line

G.Pz Mk. VI (e)

At tier 10 the G.Pz Mk. VI (e) kicks off the German artillery line.  Being a tier 2 artillery you’ll only play a handful of matches in it before moving onto tier 3.  Just enough time to get the hang of artillery mechanics.  For its tier it has a high damage per shot gun but pays for it with poor accuracy.

Wespe & Bison

Following the tier 2 SPG you have the option of unlocking the Wespe, Bison, or both.  The Wespe provides 10 more damage per shot and much better accuracy compared to the Bison.  The Bison has a much higher shell arc allowing it to hit over cover much easier than the Wespe.  Both are quick and easy grinds to make your way through.

Pz.Sfl IVb & Sturmpanzer II

Depending on which SPG you picked previously you find yourself with two options again at tier 4.  The Pz.Sfl IVb like the Wespe before it has slightly more damage per shot/DPM and accuracy over its peer.  The Sturmpanzer II has a much easier time hitting targets behind cover with a very good shell arc.  Otherwise its gun is less accurate and has less DPM.

Grille

At tier 5 the two lines merge into the Grille spg.  The Grille moves up to 540 damage per shot compared to 400-410 on the previous spgs.  Accuracy is slightly lacking for a tier 5 SPG.  The high damage per shot slightly makes up for that.  The Grille can hit enemies easily behind cover with its good shell arc.  The range at which you can hit enemies also is much better than previous SPGs with a high shell arc.  While the Grille isn’t the fastest tank it can get around the map pretty well.

Hummel

At tier 6 the Hummel bumps the damage per shot up to 680 from 540 on the Grille.  The downside is that DPM drops by around 100 DPM.  Accuracy does increase to slightly offset this by going from .75 to .65.  You also lose some of that high shell arc the Grille and some other previous SPGs had.  While the hit to DPM does sting the higher damage per shot and great accuracy make up for it.

G.W. Panther

The G.W. Panther doesn’t reinvent the wheel and is more or less an improved Hummel.  Same damage per shell and only a hair bit more stun effects.  Accuracy however is a killer .59 which is awesome for a SPG.  DPM rises from 1,368(100% crew no equipment) to 1,637.  Whereas the Hummel lacked a little damage potential the G.W. Panther’s gun remedies that.

G.W. Tiger P

Stepping up a tier the G.W. Tiger P significantly increases alpha damage to 1,100 per shot.  Accuracy takes a huge hit and rises to .76 from .59 on the G.W. Panther.  Your DPM also tumbles backwards to 1,496 which is lower than the G.W. Panther.  Like the Hummel two tiers ago you take 1 step forward and 2 steps back.  While the added damage per shot is nice it can be hard to make use of it.

G.W. Tiger

The G.W. Tiger is like the G.W. Panther two tiers lower in that it drastically improves on the tank prior to it.  It doesn’t change much coming from the G.W. Tiger P at tier 8 at first glance.  However, the G.W. Tiger improves accuracy a smudge and DPM as well.  While it isn’t as massive of an improvement like the Hummel to the Panther was it is enough to make it a good SPG.

G.W. E-100

The G.W E-100 keeps the same 1,100 damage shell that you’ve had for the previous two spgs.  Really nothing changes much other than accuracy and DPM receive small increases.  If you have liked the two spgs prior to this then you’ll feel at home.  If you didn’t like either than you’ll be disappointed.

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