Weak Spot Guide: Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43

The tier 8 German premium tank destroyer Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 is a heavily armored tank destroyer at tier 8 compared to its peers.  Frontally most tanks at tier 8 will struggle to penetrate the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm even in some of its weaker spots.  Knowing this tanks weak spots is crucial to determine whether you should continue to engage the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm or if you should move to another location.  This is because the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm can cover up its main weak spot, being the lower glacis, and most players do not know what to do after that happens.

This weak spot guide will show you the best places to penetrate the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm (green), the second best places to penetrate (yellow), and the strongest armor areas (red).

Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 Frontal View

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Frontally the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm’s armor is almost rock solid with very limited weak spots available.  There are no cupolas on top of the tank or weak spots on the roof which allows the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm to cover up its lower weak spots and become very difficult to weed out.  The mantlet area is immune to virtually all shells thrown at it and the superstructure area around the gun has 255mm of effective armor.  This is low enough for premium rounds to go through depending on your gun and tier, but overall it is still a very strong piece of armor at tier 8.  The small yellow areas around the gun on the mantlet drop to roughly 200mm-220mm of effective armor but are very difficult to hit since surrounding them is armor unable to be penetrated.

Moving lower the upper frontal glacis is has 238mm of effective armor which is very difficult for most tier 9 tanks to go through reliably unless you use HEAT/APCR.  Tier 6-8 tanks can kiss this area goodbye unless you use premium rounds.  The yellow bit of upper glacis armor next to the machine gun port drops to 224mm of effective armor but is so small it is very difficult to hit reliably.  The green section of the machine gun port is a legitimate weak spot since only has 120mm of armor covering it and 128mm-170mm of effective armor protecting it.

Finally the frontal lower glacis is the major weak spot for the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 frontally since it is very large and only have 170mm of effective armor.  If this is showing then shoot it unless you are under 50m from the Jagdtiger with a large tank since you will be shooting down at it(making it stronger).

Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 Side View

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Fortunately the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 has very flat side armor, which makes it very easy to deal with unless you aim for the purple sections or the small red strips of frontal armor.  The entire green side section is between 80mm and 88mm of effective armor, while the yellow track area bumps up to 120mm of effective armor.  If you aim half-decently you will be fine damaging the side of this tank.

Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43 Rear View

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Like the side armor the Jagdtiger 8.8 cm Pak 43’s rear armor is very weak and there is almost no way to bounce off of it.  The only way you will do that is if you hit the thin strips of armor on the edges of the tank or the angled engine deck.  Stick to the green areas and you’ll do find since they have a maximum of 94mm of effective armor.

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