Certain Cold War vehicles have a feature that was inspired by the real-world technology of the time: the ability to mount and fire missiles!
Missiles are a type of ammo that a vehicle can use in addition to traditional shells. Vehicles that can use missiles will have a gun available in their upgrades that has missile ammunition as an option.
Unlike shells, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) sacrifice travel speed for the ability to be guided towards the attacker’s target with no loss of penetration. Furthermore, their damage is higher, their number is limited, and they usually take longer to ready and reload.
Below are answers to some of the most common questions about how missiles work.
Part 1: Purchasing and Equipping Missiles
How many missiles can I equip on one tank?
Missiles are limited to a certain amount for each vehicle individually. Vehicles are not able to fill their ammo capacity with only missiles.
Can I buy missiles with Silver?
Yes, all missiles can be bought and equipped with Silver.
Will there be regular and premium missiles?
Part 2: Missile Performance
What’s the biggest difference between a missile and other types of ammo?
Missiles can be guided to locations within a vehicle’s line of sight.
Do missiles go in a straight line, or can I guide them?
Missiles are guided by laser, which you steer with your reticle. Enemies can dodge your missiles by hiding behind cover.
How much damage do missiles do?
Missile damage can vary based on which missile is used, but generally missile damage will be higher than shell damage on the same vehicle.
How do missiles perform around smoke?
Smoke acts as a “blocker” for the targeting laser of missiles, but they will not stop the missile completely. Missiles can travel through the smoke and if they come in contact with an enemy, they will deal damage.
Part 3: Vehicles That Can Equip Missiles
Is there a limit on tanks with missiles during matchmaking?
Why is it that some tanks get missiles and some don’t?
Missiles are primarily assigned to vehicles based on historical usage. While some vehicles may have missiles based on potential loadouts not seen in history, we do not add missiles to tanks that have no missile-launching capabilities.
Will missiles be in World War II? Which nations/eras can use missiles?
Missiles appear only in the Escalation and Détente eras in Cold War mode for all affiliations.
Which tanks can use missiles?
Currently, four Tech Tree tanks are able to use missiles. Below you’ll find information on the missile-capable gun that you can research for each tank, the type of missile that each gun uses, and the essential stats for those missiles:
Additionally, the T-62-M1 Escalation Era Eastern Alliance Medium Tank, a Premium Cold War vehicle, also has the ability to mount missile ammunition.