WoT Crew Update April 2024: Quality of Life Improvements

In our continuous effort to improve the crew system, we will introduce several changes with Update 1.24.1. The new features will affect existing crews and the recruitment of new crew members, making the system more convenient to use, but will not change any perks.

This is the latest step forward in an ongoing process, with more updates of features like the crew perks planned for later this year. So stay tuned!

Quality of Life Improvements and Changes:

Revision of Major Qualification Level
Introduction of Crew Efficiency and Perk Efficiency
New Crew Member Recruitment
Redesign of Training and Retraining
Perks Reset
Barracks Clean-Up and Crew Conversion
Simplified Crew Transfer
Bonuses for Newcomers


Revision of Major Qualification Level—No More Penalties to Vehicle Performance

All crew members with levels above 50% and below 100% have been set to 100%.

This change renders the major qualification level as an indicator of crew performance obsolete, replacing it with crew efficiency. The XP previously invested in increasing the qualification level is now converted toward perk progression and counts as a percentage of each crew member’s total XP amount.

Crew Efficiency and Perk Efficiency—Boost Your Crew to New Heights

Two new performance values determine the effectiveness of your crew members.

  • The crew efficiency value can be increased with specific perks, consumables, equipment, and the Commander’s bonus.
  • The perk efficiency value determines the effectiveness of learned perks and is set to 100% by default.
    • Retraining operations performed for free or credits will reduce the perks efficiency value below 100%, negatively impacting the effectiveness of all learned perks. Perk efficiency of 50% means learned perks are only half as effective.
    • The reduced value can be linearly increased with Crew XP to a maximum of 100,000, so a 1% perk efficiency increase is equal to collecting 1,000 Crew XP.

Simplified Crew Member Recruitment

Removing the major qualification level requires a redesign of the recruitment options.

The reworked system allows you to recruit a fully trained crew (previously known as a 100% crew) for free. After recruitment, you can start the process of training your first perk straight away.

Redesign of Training and Retraining

We have made a few changes to retraining operations to make the system easier to understand and more straightforward.

The new system allows any crew of the same nation to command any vehicle regardless of the class without negatively impacting the vehicle’s performance. Even if the crew is not trained for the specific vehicle, you can roll straight out into battle.

Penalties and Disabling of Crew Perks

  • The same penalty to perk efficiency will be applied regardless of whether you perform a retraining operation on the same vehicle class or with a class change.
  • Crews assigned to a vehicle they are not trained for will not benefit from learned perks until retraining is completed.
  • Retraining for a vehicle can be done for free with a decrease in perk efficiency to 30%.
  • Retraining a crew member for 20,000 credits now allows you also to change the major qualification.
    • Perk efficiency is lowered to 60% if trained for a different vehicle without role change
    • Perk efficiency is lowered to 40% if trained for a different vehicle with role change
  • Players gradually remove the applied penalty by collecting Crew XP in battles. The perk efficiency experience pool consists of 100,000 Crew XP. All Crew XP gained after a retraining operation will first go to fill this pool to 100%.
  • No penalties will be applied if a crew member is retrained for 200 gold or with retraining orders.

Example: A loader with a 100% Brothers in Arms perk and an 80% Concealment perk is retrained for credits. A 40% penalty to perk efficiency is applied, reducing the effect of all perks. The BiA perk, for example, now only provides a 3% bonus, and the Concealment effect is also reduced. It requires 40,000 Crew XP to return to full effectiveness. After collecting 19,000 Crew XP in battles, the perk efficiency is at 79%.

Perk Reset Operations Remain Unchanged

The perk reset operation for updating and adjusting the trained perks of your crew members will remain mostly unchanged. The system will continue to allow you to reset trained perks at once, with a penalty to the total amount of experience if done for free or with credits.

  • Resetting crew perks for free will deduct 20% of the total perk experience.
  • Resetting for 20,000 credits will deduct 10% of the total perk experience.
  • Resetting for 200 gold will have no penalty applied.

Barrack Clean-Up—Convert Unused Crews to Crew XP

For 90 days, starting from the first login after update 1.24.1, you can mass-dismiss crews that you no longer need to free up barrack slots and gain nation-specific Crew Books.

A special button added to the Barracks screen will remove crews that started training toward a first perk but have not yet mastered it. The accumulated experience will be automatically compensated based on Crew XP divided by the number of crew members in the trained vehicle.

Example: Dismissing one German Loader with 100,000 Crew XP trained for the Tiger II (a vehicle operated by five) will be compensated with one Training Booklet (Germany).

This option will only affect regular crews without a fully trained first perk. Crew members assigned to a vehicle, those from special events, those with zero-trained perks, and celebrities will not be dismissed. You will keep the corresponding Barracks slots, but temporary slots will be removed. To activate this option, you must log in before the release of Update 1.25. It is a one-time operation and can’t be reverted.

Simplified Crew Transfer

We have improved the crew transfer operation between vehicles and the Barracks.

You can now switch crews directly from one vehicle to another, even if you don’t have free Barracks slots.

It is also possible to send crews to the Barracks even if they are at capacity and there aren’t any free slots available. In this case, you won’t be able to recruit a new free crew member.

Newcomer Bonuses—Experiment with Your Crew Setup

New players get a chance to experiment and familiarize themselves with the updated crew system thanks to discounts on retraining operations.

While learning the first perk, newcomers can freely switch crews between vehicles and retrain them without any penalties to perk efficiency using a 100% gold discount!

After the crew has reached their first 100% perk and while learning a second perk, new players will still see a 50% credits or gold discount to retrain the crew.

These are the major changes to the crew system introduced with Update 1.24.1, aimed at streamlining the system and preparing for the next step later this year.

Make sure to check the full guide for more in-depth details and examples.


Roll Out!

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