At tier 5 the Russian premium heavy tank KV-220 has superb hull armor which allows it to shrug off an absurd amount of damage, especially since it only sees tier 6 max tanks. While the hull armor is great the KV-220 suffers when it comes to turret armor as well as it’s gun which is not very reliable against tanks with decent amounts of armor. Regardless the KV-220 proves to be a unique tank while facing it and driving it since it has some very good strengths and very steep weaknesses.
This guide will break down the KV-220 into firepower, armor, mobility, miscellaneous attributes, and tactics to use. Starting off this guide is a quick video below that goes over the KV-220’s positive/negative aspects and also a couple of matches are played with commentary.
Gun wise the KV-220 only equips a 76mm gun meaning that it does not have the great firepower you come to expect from Russian heavy tanks. Compared to the standard KV-1 at tier 5 the KV-220 is severely lacking and must make up for it in other areas. With 110 damage per shot and a base rate of fie of 14 the KV-220 relies upon getting a lot of shells downrange in a hurry compared to the high alpha that most other Russian heavy tanks have. While the KV-220’s gun chews apart tier 4’s and lightly armored tier 5’s it can struggle against tougher opponents due to it’s low penetration.
With 99 penetration for the AP shell and 121 for the APCR the KV-220 is definitely lacking when it comes to penetration against most heavy tanks and some tank destroyers at tier 5/6. Due to the low penetration you need to make sure to hit specific weak spots and at range it can be difficult to do damage. The overall accuracy of .46 and 2.3 second aim time do it no favors either since it forces it to get up close to enemies to have reliable damage.
For a complete armor guide with weak spots and effective armor values check out the KV-220 weak spot guide here on WoT Guru.
Armor wise the KV-220 has some very tough armor to deal with for any tank facing it but lacks any resemblance of turret armor. With the frontal and side hull armor being 100m in most places a KV-220 driver can angle heavily and make that section of the tank essentially immune to all shells being thrown at it. No amount of hiding can however hide the turret front, sides, and rear which will always be showing if you are shooting at a tank. To maximize your armor you want to always try to keep your turret slightly angled if a tank is about to hit you or hide it the best you can. Fortunately not all players know that your turret is weak and will instead aim at the hull armor.
While the KV-220 will win no races when it comes to speed it is a slight improvement over the standard KV-1 at tier 5. For the amount of armor the KV-220 has over the KV-1(hull armor at least) it is a little surprising it can beat the KV-1 in mobility in most cases. While the overall speed is just enough to not feel like a slug against tier 4/5 tanks you can be out turned fairly easily by light and medium tanks. Your overall thick hull armor helps with protecting you when this happens but it can be impossible to keep your gun on the target if they do this. Luckily even with the somewhat “meh” mobility at tier 5 since a lot of shells will fly and hit your hull at a distance this slight downside is negated somewhat.
As stated earlier the KV-220 does have limited matchmaking which will only see it face tier 3, 4, 5, and 6 tanks instead of up tier tier 7 tanks. This is a huge upside since it covers some of the gun’s downsides. The gun depression being -8 degrees means that you can effectively use some of the small hills to hull down unlike most other Russian tanks that have -6 degrees of gun depression. As you can see below the KV-220 has pretty bad accuracy stats but the modifiers for terrain resistance are decent.
Firing While Stationary: 2%
Firing While Moving: 1%
Aiming Circle Spread
After Shooting: 3.836
Turret Traversing: 0.153
Turret Traversing Full Speed: 3.36
While Moving: 0.221
Hull Moving Full Speed: 7.28
Hull Traversing: 0.221
Hull Traversing Full Speed: 4.41
Hard Ground: 1.093
Medium Ground: 1.314
Soft Ground: 2.407
Playing the KV-220 is a fine line between being a “god” and being torn apart and feeling helpless. This all depends on whether you are face to face with more than a few tanks with decent armor. Heavy tanks such as the KV-1, M6, T1, etc. can easily out-damage the KV-220 while also being immune to most of the shots unless they hit weak spots. On the flip side when the KV-220 is toe-to-toe with more tanks with poor armor it can soak up a lot of damage and easily use it’s high rate of fire to kill them in a breeze. Knowing where the tanks that can damage you are on the battlefield will allow you to play aggressive when you are somewhat safe while also knowing when to hang back a bit more.
Overall the KV-220 plays very much like other Russian tanks since it needs to play semi-close to use it’s gun effectively due to penetration and accuracy. Avoid getting caught out in the open if you can help it in a tier 6 match but in a tier 5 match you can play a little more risky since your armor is that good.