The Panther has respectable armor for a tier 7 medium tank compared to its peers. While it won’t hold up against tier 8/9 tanks it can deflect plenty of tier 5-7 shots. This guide for World of Tanks Panther weak spots will help you know where to aim against an enemy Panther tank. It is also useful for driving one as well since you know what areas to cover up. The effective armor values listed take into account the armor thickness plus any angles.
World of Tanks Panther Weak Spots | Frontal |
Frontally the Panther doesn’t have many impenetrable areas for tier 7. What it does have is a solid armor profile for protecting it against various tier 5-7 tanks with average penetration. The main weak spots you find are the lower glacis and view finder holes on the turret. The lower glacis sits at 87mm effectiveness while the view finder is 40mm effectiveness at its weakest point. Unlike many tanks the view finder area is protected by 40mm spaced armor with a zero armor hole behind it. While it is hard to hit from the front it can be useful if you can’t penetrate the cupola reliably.
World of Tanks Panther Weak Spots | Side |
The side armor on the Panther doesn’t have many strong areas compared to the front. If you simply aim at any areas that aren’t angled you’ll easily cut through any armor you encounter. As of the 9.17.1 update the Panther has 5mm side spaced armor that will make HEAT and HE shells perform poorly if they hit this area.
World of Tanks Panther Weak Spots | Rear|
Much like the side armor on the Panther the rear also is poorly protected. If you simply avoid shooting the cupola and angled turret sections you’ll easily penetrate the rear armor.
World of Tanks Panther Weak Spots | Angled|
With the front hull and turret having decent protection a Panther driver can angle to deflect stronger rounds. Unfortunately as depicted in the angled view above the side armor becomes a massive weak area. Facing an angled Panther you should just aim at the side hull/turret if it presents itself below an auto-bounce angle. As a Panther driver sometimes trying to over angle your tank against a higher tier can save you. If you do it at the last second you give yourself a chance at bouncing some rounds that would have cut through your front armor.
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