The KV-5 is infamous in World of Tanks for its unique look and intimidating armor scheme. Being a tier 8 Russian premium heavy tank that doesn’t see tier 10 tanks it can be difficult to destroyer in a fight. This guide for World of Tanks KV-5 weak spots breaks down its effective armor. You’ll learn every weak spot that you will need to easily take one down no matter what angle it is at.
World of Tanks KV-5 Weak Spots |Video Overview|
World of Tanks KV-5 Weak Spots |Frontal|
The KV-5 and its many cupolas is why it is well known. The most famous is the poor radioman’s cupola that most players aim at in front of the turret. In total the KV-5 has 4 different cupolas housing four of its six crew. Starting at its front hull you face a very strong upper and lower glacis. Seeing up to tier 9 most tanks will struggle to penetrate the front hull reliably.
Radioman’s & Driver’s Cupolas
Located above the upper glacis is both the radioman’s and driver’s cupola. The radioman’s cupola is the weakest of the two with the center sitting between 145mm-150mm effective armor. The outer edges range from 171mm to 244mm and you need to be careful not to land to far from the center. The driver’s cupola is much stronger with only the center being 187mm effective. Outside of here you’ll hit 225mm-338mm+ effective armor. For a KV-5 driver you always want to keep moving to make it difficult for enemies to land well aimed shots on these areas. If you are the one taking aim try to allow the KV-5 driver to “walk into” your pre-aimed shot. Trying to follow a wiggling/moving KV-5 will slow your reload time down.
Focusing on the front turret you’ll notice it sacrifices some armor protection for its massive size. There is a plethora of areas sitting between 180mm-186mm from the turret front and mantlet weak spots. There are also several areas sitting at or under 212mm effective. While tier 6/7 tanks will struggle to penetrate the turret most tier 8/9 tanks can easily. The rule of thumb is to aim at the flattest area since the entire front is 180mm thick.
Commander’s & Loader’s Cupolas
On top of the turret you find two more cupolas! For small tanks hitting these at close range will be difficult and also make them harder to penetrate. The commander’s cupola is fairly strong with only a small strip of armor that meets the roof being considered weak. It’s not recommended to aim for this cupola since the armor angles are all over the place. On the other side of the roof is the loader’s cupola that is much easier to penetrate. While a pinch stronger than the radioman’s cupola it is easy to damage by shooting at the center.
World of Tanks KV-5 Weak Spots |Side|
The side of the KV-5 is still difficult for most tanks facing it to penetrate. Tier 6-7 tanks and some tier 8’s have a decent chance at bouncing. If the KV-5 is angled it makes it much harder to damage since the tracks start to cover more of the side hull. The easiest locations to damage are side hull areas with no tracks covering it since it is 150mm effective. The cupolas are all viable weak spots if you land shots towards the center of them. The edges of cupolas are still difficult to penetrate and shouldn’t be aimed for.
The turret side retains its massive size and poor angling making it a viable target. Avoid shooting towards the front since this area on the turret sits at 228mm effectiveness. Otherwise hitting the rest of the side turret or even the side of the mantlet area gives you a good chance to penetrate.
World of Tanks KV-5 Weak Spots |Rear|
The weakest area of the KV-5 is its rear armor but that doesn’t mean you can get sloppy. The rear hull sits between 93mm – 153mm effective armor but has stronger armor mixed in. The 230mm plate in the middle of the rear hull can have you scratching your head when you hit it. Hitting the bottom of the rear hull can also be difficult to penetrate. Like the side armor hitting the flat rear turret and center of the loader’s cupola lead to easy penetrations. Like the rest of the KV-5’s remember to shoot the flat armor areas and you’ll find yourself landing easy damage.
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