The German Dark Science: Scharnhorst in World of Warships (Review)

Glory to Urakaze for staying up late (sleeping now) and translating this from a Chinese website.

Scharnhorst (Tier VII German Premium Battleship):

First off, let’s start with its current stats:
Main Armour Belt Bow and Stern Turret Armour Deck Armour
80mm-350mm 25mm-90mm 45mm-350mm 80mm-95mm
Torpedo Protection 24%
Main Battery
283mm L/54.5 Drh LC/34 Initial Velocity Shell Weight Range
3*3 890m/s 330kg 19.9km
Secondary Battery
105mm L/65 Dop. L. C/31 150mm L/55 MPL C/35 150mm L/55 SK C/28 Range
7*2 4*1 4*2 6km
533mm Triples Range Speed
2*3 6km 64 knots
AA                                                                                                                                                         Damage                                                        Range
20mm C/38 10*1 30 2km
20mm C/38 Flakvierling 5*4 30 2km
37mm Dopp L C/30 8*2 21 3.5km
105mm L/65 Dop. L. C/31 7*2 116 4.5km
Speed Turning Circle Radius Rudder Shift Time (with modifications)
30 Knots 800m 11.6s
Detectability (with camouflage)
Surface Detectability 15.2km Air Detectability 12.4km
Battle Performance
  The Scharnhorst is very much a standard battlecruiser, against cruisers you are a battleship; against battleships you are a cruiser. Her nifty 20 second reload with her main battery ensures enough firepower and keeps enemy cruisers at bay. Her excellent dipersion and Sigma 2.0 makes BBs and CA rethink their strategies when they go against her, even if the 28cm main guns are a bit lackluster against ships facing you directly with their bow. However, most ships (save for Tirpitz and Yorck) do not come close to be able to perform close-quarters with Scharnhorst.
Dispersion at 18km (against stationary Izumo)

Here we are going to talk about another important factor: 80mm-95mm of deck armour. Firstly, the historical value should be 50mm (TN: thank WG later). Secondly, Scharnhorst has an astounding 105mm-150mm of horizontal armour thickness in game, this has been tested out in-game : Des Moines can only effectively dish out 50% of damage with AP at ranges greater than 22km (>79mm of horizontal penetration) on a Scharnhorst facing bow on; even North Carolina with 170mm of horiztonal penetration at 26km can only do 50% of AP damage on the Scharnhorst, not one of them reached citadel in fact.
In theory, the Scharnhorst cannot be reliably penetrated by all but Yamato’s 46cm when faced head on in normal combat situations.
In level, turning away (exposing the deck armour) or turning in (exposing the waterline armour)  on incoming shells, the Scharnhorst’s citadel cannot be effectively penetrated by any gun but the 46cm
Screenshots of the tests at different angles and distance with Yamato, Des Moines and North Carolina

It is apparent that no matter what situaion, the penetrating hits mostly deal half the damage or less and with no citadel hits.
All in all, Scharnhorst will be a tricky opponent both in firepower and protection
Tactics & Summary
  • When compared to traditional battleships, the quick-firing 28cm guns will be more capable at suppressing enemy cruisers , hence your main targets should be cruisers, then battleships.
  • Its 30 knot top speed enables it to excel in quick repositioning, whether it should be flanking or defending a collapsed flank.
  • Strong armour, torpedoes for close-range brawling and good main battery makes you more than confident against battleships.

24 thoughts on “The German Dark Science: Scharnhorst in World of Warships (Review)

  1. seems like a definite ship to get i think i would train my german cruiser crew in this thing while continuing to train the bb crew in the tirpitz if i get one of these


    1. Good news is baddies will light this puppy on fire like mad, so they will be happy I think. Hopefully we can keep our OP BC.

      Also this gives me great hope my Alaska will come. Alaska all in all would play exactly liek this, almost same exact armor and speed except it had great 305mm amazing guns


      1. But little or no torpedo protection; at very least on the same level as the USN cruisers that didn’t get bulges. Scharnhorst and her sister are built in the german way; “fast battleship” which the Imperial German Navy battlecruisers were most like (a bit tougher compared to RN BCs and respectable speed).

        Alaska is basically an enlarged cruiser concept. Her cruiser origin show in things like the mentioned lack of torpedo protection and a single rudder.


    1. Well TBF most things you cant pen the citidel facing away. Its why ever newb in the game wil burn you to death.

      Better run your premium rep kits boys


  2. Im so damned excited for a proper battle cruiser that will turn better than a Kongo.

    Alaska here we come.

    TBH BC`s will be the best ships in game for elite players. Very accurate but less hard hitting means it rewards skilled gunners.

    Solid armor on bow thats basically a BB means skilled players wont often go sideways, and guess what? Thats ok because Torps🙂

    But newbs will die fast in these as they will sit sideways and try to trade, and not realize these will be penned by Rus and Jap cruisers all day long.


  3. Just a bit more TN
    In the original post, the author mentioned it has excellent accuracy (绝对精度) , but in reality, its maximum dispersion is 261m at 19.9km (stock). It is possible to reduce it to near ~200m range with modifications, but it still isn’t the best at being accurate. (The high RoF of the guns counters this accuracy problem quite easily though, being able to throw 9 28cm shells every 20 seconds is still a serious threat)
    I wasn’t sure if the author meant to be sarcastic about it, though there were no sign of sarcasm with the sentence in question.


  4. Looking forward to the roasting one of these things on the barbie.

    Too many lines running right now to really consider doing the German BBs.

    Currently counting my pennies to buy a New Orleans.


  5. Scharnhorst on EU, NA, RU and SEA is still in test and ballance phase.
    During EU test gun accuracy is similar to Tier IV battleships!

    Before spending money on it I recomend reading/watching some reviews/opinions


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