Tank Guide: Matilda Black Prince

The Matilda Black Prince is a tier 5 British premium medium tank.  It was the first British tank released in World of Tanks ahead of the British tech tree.  This World of Tanks Matilda Black Prince review will go over the tank’s strengths and weaknesses.  Also learn tactics to use the master playing the Matilda Black Prince.

World of Tanks Matilda Black Prince Review


The Matilda Black Prince’s gun is based around low damage per shot while having a high rate of fire.  It is almost identical to the Churchill III’s gun stats outside of a few small differences.  Your AP/APCR rounds do 75 damage and HE does 100 damage.  Penetration is lacking with only 110mm for AP and 180mm for APCR.  Accuracy is .39 which is considerably better than the Churchill III’s .42 accuracy.

The aiming time sits at 2.2 seconds without equipment or crew skills.  Given the high rate of fire often times you won’t fully in between shots.  This makes hitting targets with your full DPM difficult without a good crew and the right equipment.  Your on the move accuracy is also slightly better than the Churchill III’s and hitting shots while moving is possible.

Overall the gun is decent given that the Matilda Black Prince doesn’t face tier 7 tanks.  The lack of penetration does make it hard to fight tanks at long ranges.  Since you do very little damage per shot it also is hard to leverage your DPM advantage in most situations.  Not penetrating most shots and/or enemies hiding behind cover can be problematic.


While the tier 4 Matilda has great armor for its tier the Matilda Black Prince does not.  Since you see more tier 5/6 tanks the armor is easily penetrated by most tanks you face.  Against tier 3/4 tanks they will struggle to penetrate the hull armor.  With your large boxy turret without great armor protection; you struggle to bounce shots aimed at it.

The Matilda Black Prince does have a small size compared to most tier 5 mediums going for it.  This can allow you to use very small cover that other tanks can’t fit behind.  It still won’t make up for the lack of armor against tier 5/6 tanks but it can save you in a pinch.


Its Achilles heal is mobility which is severely lacking.  Capped at 22 km/h forward and only 10 km/h in reverse the Matilda Black Prince is more like a heavy tank.  Compared to the Churchill III it does 6 km/h less forward, 4 km/h less in reverse, and has a weaker engine.  Terrain resistance is also extremely poor on soft ground so avoid any water/swamp areas.

Mobility is the highest hurdle to overcome while playing this tank.  You’ll need to pick the flank best for both you and your team early on.  If not then you’ll be unable to flex over to a different area in time to salvage a match.  Albeit you are very slow do not stay to far back from the fighting.  Your gun doesn’t work very well at long range so do your best to keep up with your allies.

Miscellaneous Attributes

The Matilda Black Prince isn’t helped or hurt by its small miscellaneous attributes.  Your gun depression is excellent at 12.5 degrees and 20 degrees of elevation is average.  While the gun depression is great it isn’t easy to use since your weak turret will still be very easy to hit if hull down.

One problem area is the 55 ammunition capacity.  This is extremely low especially stacked up against the 140 ammunition capacity of the Churchill III.  Given the low damage per shot and high rate of fire you run the risk of running out of shells.  Your potential damage with AP/APCR is only 4,125 if you hit every single shot.  For a tier 5 this is extremely low and poses significant problems.

610 HP is high for a tier 5 medium which covers up some of the armor issues that you will face.  View range sits at 350m before skills and equipment which isn’t terrible with the preferential matchmaking.


Playing the Matilda Black Prince takes great planning skills since you need to find the right spot early on for your tank.  Looking at both teams and figuring out where is best for you is crucial.  You won’t want to be in areas without some form of cover since your slowness makes you an easy target.  Typically finding a close flank you can help hold down or push with heavier tanks.

Learn what tanks you can penetrate with AP frontally and which you’ll need APCR for.  APCR isn’t cheap so using it when you don’t need will cut into your profit margin a ton.  Never go up against tanks with a huge damage per shot advantage on you alone.  While your DPM is excellent you won’t be able to overcome getting hit by a 300+ damage shot early on.

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13 Comments on "Tank Guide: Matilda Black Prince"

  1. I like mine ,, glad I read this learn a few things .. keep it up

    • aquaknightus | October 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm |

      Your guide was spot on! Keep them coming! I have the same equipment you recommended and have been having great results. I have only played 8 battles but won 7. It seems to be as fun as the t-14 and churchill.
      Battle: Steppes Sunday, September 30, 2012 7:24:23 PM
      Vehicle: Matilda Black Prince
      Experience received: 3,560 (x2 for the first victory each day)
      Credits received: 43,258
      Battle Achievements: Steel Wall, Defender, Sniper, Master Gunner, Sharpshooter, Mastery Badge: “Ace Tanker”

      • Glad you agree. At first I bought it for the British crew(since I plan on getting the tier 10 medium) but was pleasantly surprised by how fun it is to play and how useful it is.

  2. enclavecommander001 | October 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

    i am in those vidoes lolz thats awsome!!!!

  3. Thanks for the review/guide, very informative. I have one question: how’s the gun depression on Black Prince? I own a Churchill and its gun depression is practically nonexistent, which in times is a major disadvantage.

    • The gun depression is roughly -6 which is pretty good. I haven’t had any issues with it while playing.

  4. “Going further comparing non-premium tier 5 tanks you will see that the Matilda BP stands up quite well. M4 Sherman with the top 76mm has 1643 DPM, PZ4 1535 DPM, and the T-34 with 1500 DPM. ”

    You’re using the wrong gun or the wrong turret on the T-34. Top turret and 57mm Zis-4 does 2200dpm on the T-34, less if you are sniping with its excellent accuracy and take some time aiming, but still way more than the paltry 1500dpm.

  5. The 76mm S-54 (the top one with 109mm pen) does 1200 dpm. The lesser one with 86mm pen does 1280. There’s really nowhere else else to get 1500 dpm except by using the good gun (57mm) in the bad turret. 10.5rpm on a 76mm gun is just terrible.

    • Hm, you seem to be correct. No clue where I got that number from them since I double checked. Will fix that. Thanks.

  6. I love this tank but it has one problem not mentioned here.

    Its gun elevation is awful and needs to be considered on hilly terrain

  7. One of the things I believe you forgot to mention is the outstanding gun depression. at -12.5 degrees it is 0.5 degrees better than a comet.

    Which means if you can take the high ground, this tank excels at keeping the enemy at bay.

  8. Steve Bennett | December 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm |

    Just found your wesite. Excellent work. I have all 3 Matildas, put my 100%+ team from the std tank into the BP and got a 1.98 reload time. I reckon the 2 pounder top gun is best for the standard tank and a 1.77 reload I had annoys the enemy even if it doesn’t kill them very fast! The lend-lease seems quite good but only just got that.

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