Weak Spot Guide: Type 59

The Type 59 can be a formidable foe for any new player or player who hasn’t done a little bit of research into which locations are the weakest. For a medium tank it has above average armor for a lot of it’s frontal hull and it’s turret armor frontally is very good as well. However, once you learn where to shoot a Type 59 it becomes a very easy opponent to deal with.  This guide for World of Tanks Type 59 weak spots breaks down the Type 59’s armor into specific armor zones based on effective armor.  Included are three different views of the front, side, and angled views of the Type 59.  The rear of the Type 59 is very weak so I did not feel that it was necessary given you will have an easy time damaging a Type 59 in the rear.

The index at the bottom of each picture describes a few abbreviations used and also the format in which the armor details are described in. Effective Armor (EA) refers to the overall effectiveness of the armor without normalization.  The armor values are presented in three different scenarios for the angled view of the tank.  15° frontal(75° side),  25° frontal(65° side), 35° frontal(55° side), and 45° frontal(45° side).  So as you angle the front of the Type 59 the sides become progressively weaker since the angles on the side hull are reduced.

World of Tanks Type 59 Weak Spots Frontal View


 Frontally the Type 59 is a formidable foe for most tier 8 tanks and below due to it’s awesome turret armor and also it’s above average hull armor for a medium tank.  The turret front on the Type 59 is immune to almost everything thrown at it aside from a few locations located around the center towards the bottom where it drops to a minimal 204mm effective armor.  Otherwise the turret hatches do have several weak spots on them that are able to be exploited if you have an accurate shot on them.  The frontal hull armor is covered by 100mm armor and is difficult for a lot of tanks the Type 59 faces to penetrate reliably.  The lower frontal glacis sitting at 170mm effective armor is a great weak spot to use as long as you are 100m or further away from the Type 59.  As you drop below 100m the upper hull starts to lose its effective armor and the lower glacis becomes tougher due to the angle you are firing at.

World of Tanks Type 59 Weak Spots Angled View


 A lot of Type 59 drivers angle their tank which increases the frontal hull armor immensely.  However it opens up their weak side armor to easy shots as you can simply hit the USH/LSH or shoot the frontal track wheel for easy damage.

World of Tanks Type 59 Weak Spots Side View


 The one thing to remember when dealing with a Type 59 from the side is to avoid shooting at the front or rear of the turret since these areas are tough to penetrate.  The side hull is only protected by 80mm armor with 20mm tracks and a small 45mm hull piece under the turret.  This is exceptionally weak for anything the Type 59 faces and no tank should struggle penetrating the Type 59 from the side.  If for whatever reason you do not have a shot at the side hull simply shoot at the side turret or lower sections of the turret hatch for easy penetrations.
Below are the schematics for the real world Type 59 armor.

11 Comments on "Weak Spot Guide: Type 59"

  1. I was going to rate this guide 10/10, but then I got to the smiley face, so…: 11/10

  2. How’s the rear view look? Green the whole place?

  3. Are you sure those the values for UFG and LFG are correct? I really struggle to pen there with my t44 (175mm pen).

    • Yes they are correct. 175mm will struggle against it a lot as you can see since it is a 50/50 split as to whether your penetration will roll higher or lower than your average. Also, if they Type angles 5 degrees or more horizontally those chances drop even further for you.

  4. The diagram shows the Type as having 100mm at 50 deg top and 55 bottom, why is that? Did WG buff the angle to make it better?

    • Yup, that schematic is for a T-54 variant(which the Type 59 is) so they most likely fiddled with it to make it’s armor better in game.

  5. When I have to deal with the types, one on one, I usually immobilize them so I can swing around to their rear but they seem to get fixed before I can reload my second round. It usually takes two people to do.

    Do they have a faster track repair time than most?

  6. I remember when i first met this tank, i was driving T6 (usually medium) tanks and i was kind of mad, because i wasn’t able to pen this “medium” no matter where i shoot (even the lower glacis). Later i gained T7 and 8 tanks and it was a little bit better, but i still hate this tank.

    In the guide description you make it sound like an experienced player should have no trouble penetrating this tank, but if you look at the actual numbers, the lower glacis has 174mm eff armor and you almost never shoot exactly from the front, so my best guns so far (175mm (IS, T44) and 198mm (T29, T25AT) still have close to none chance to penetrate it unless he overangles (or i get a real lucky penetration roll). Commander’s copula is freaking small and this tank is almost always on the move and to hit it when moving doesn’t seem very realistic.

    So my tactics when i meet this tank? Get out of its way and hope your allies can help you deal with it. It’s probably best to exploit the overconfidence a lot of Type 59 drivers have (not all unfortunately) and lure him in a crossfire.

    Anyway my point is – i don’t entirely agree with the description – even if you know the weakspots, its hard tank to deal with in most vehicles (especially lower tiers). If he angles like 20 deg. and keeps moving, you cant do shit.

    Thank you for all this work, you’re doing a great job helping other players. These schemes are very nicely done and easy to understand.

    • Totally agree. If you face this tank, just get out of his way and wait until he exposes his side hull fighting with your ally. Type 59 players usually maneuvre a lot. so be patient. If you are alone and it is your only chance, detrack him and go around. You need very small part of his side exposed to penetrate him.

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