Winter Games Campaign's Final Prize: Electrify your Enemies with the Thunderbolt!

This new Premium prize tank will be available at the end of the Winter Games campaign.

The Winter Games campaign is in full swing, with Winter Games Alpha dishing out prizes when you play World of Tanks: Mercenaries all throughout January. The cherry on top? Depending on the level of your participation in the Winter Games, you can get a prize tank at a heavily discounted price or even for free: the M43A8 Thunderbolt VII! This American Medium Tank was under the command of the revered Lieutenant Colonel Creighton Abrams of the 37th Tank Battalion during World War II. You can look forward to...

Shockingly Awesome Frontal Armor

With excellent defensive properties for a Medium Tank, the Thunderbolt can reliably endure and ricochet incoming rounds.

A Striking Weapon

All-around good gun stats make the Thunderbolt a dependable attacker.

Storming the Battlefield

Make use of the Thunderbolt’s excellent gun depression to dominate ridge lines and control the high ground.

You can take a closer look at the Thunderbolt and its stats below (stats may be subject to change before release, please check the latest information on this tank when it's released after the end of the Winter Games campaign).

Stat Attack: American Tier VI M43A8 Thunderbolt VII Medium Tank
  • Matchmaking: Plays up to Tier 8
  • 22% Silver Bonus Earn
  • 35% XP Bonus Earn
  • Hit Points: 750
  • Engine Power: 500 hp
  • Power/Weight Ratio: 13.51 hp/ton
  • Speed Limit: 42 km/h
  • Hull Traverse Speed: 38 deg/sec
  • Hull Armor: 124/38/38
  • Turret Armor: 64/64/64
  • Turret Traverse Speed: 38 deg/sec
  • Penetration: 128/177/38
  • Damage: 115/115/185
  • Aim Time: 2.1 sec
  • Accuracy: 0.38
  • Gun Caliber: 76 mm
  • Rate of Fire: 16.67 rounds/min
  • Max Ammo Capacity: 71 rounds
  • View Range: 370 m
  • Signal Range: 570 m

Complete one phase of the Winter Games campaign (e.g. Winter Games Alpha) to earn a 50% discount on the Gold value of the Thunderbolt. Complete two phases (e.g. Winter Games Alpha and Winter Games Bravo, launching February 1) to earn a 75% discount on the Gold value of the Thunderbolt. Complete the entire Winter Games campaign (Winter Games Alpha, Winter Games Bravo, and Winter Games Charlie) between now and March 31 to earn the Thunderbolt for free!

The M43A8 Thunderbolt VII will be released when the Winter Games campaign ends. Stay tuned to the portal for more updates on the Winter Games campaign, including the Winter Games Bravo phase, which will kick off on February 1.

About Winter Games and the 2019 Ops Structure

Throughout 2019, we're implementing a new challenge structure to Ops that allows you to earn points from Daily and Weekly Ops that you can use to progress through Phases (monthly events), Campaigns (quarterly events), and Objectives (annual events). Participation in Phases such as Winter Games Alpha will reward you depending on how many points you earn. If you progress through all 30 stages of the Phase and complete the campaign, you'll earn a discount on a new Premium tank (in the case of the Winter Games campaign, it's the Thunderbolt)! If you complete the next two Phases in February and March, you'll be able to secure it for free

For a more detailed overview of 2019's events, take a look at our dedicated article. Check back on the portal every week to see new Weekly Ops, or check out your 'Ops' tab in-game to see how you can earn points from Daily and Weekly Ops.

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