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Tanks Reforged and On-Track: German Heavies, Round 3

March 29, 2022

Take your pick: all three lines of German heavy tanks have now been reforged. See what changes were made in this edition!

Tanks Reforged is the initiative that overhauls vehicles from World War II mode and brings them in line with today’s battle standards.

We’ve completed a feat for this edition of Tanks Reforged. With this week’s updates to the tanks leading to the Pz. Kpfw. VII, we now can say that tanks from all three lines of German heavy tanks have been rebalanced for the ultimate tough-as-nails tanking experience. So how do these changes compare to the changes made to the other two lines?

Take a look at the rebalancing details below to start. Then continue reading to see how to make the Tech Tree vehicles yours with On-Track!


German Heavy Hat Trick

We’ve previously reforged two of the German heavy lines, so it’s now time to complete the hat trick by reforging the final German heavy tank branch.

The Tier VII and VIII vehicles were the main focus for this branch, as they were the most in need of updates to match today’s standards for both armor and firepower. At Tier IX, the armor is still holding up well, so this tank only received additional firepower improvements. There were no changes needed for our Tier X vehicle, as its armor and firepower are proving to be a reliable combination on the battlefield.

Along with these three Tech Tree tanks, we’ve updated various other Premium vehicles in the process.


TECH TREE TANKS

German Tier VII Tiger (P) Heavy Tank

The hull armor has been updated to match changes previously made to the same hull on the Ferdinand.  It also received the additional turret armor improvements previously made to the Tiger I as well as the penetration improvements.

We’ve improved the performance of the various guns to bring them up to date and make them more competitive on the battlefield.

Details:

  • Hull
    • Front corners and side: 80mm ->110mm
    • Upper hull: 200mm -> 215mm
    • Reverse speed: 12 -> 14
  • Turret 1
    • 7,5 cm Kw.K. 42 L/70
      • Reload: 4.6 -> 4.2
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56
      • Penetration: 145/194/44 -> 160/220/44
    • 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/28
      • Accuracy: 0.55 -> 0.53
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Reload: 9.1 -> 8
    • Armor
      • Roof: 25mm -> 35mm
      • Mantlet: 160mm -> 180mm
  • Turret 2
    • 7,5 cm Kw.K. 42 L/70
      • Reload: 4.6 -> 4.2
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56
      • Penetration: 145/194/44 -> 160/220/44
    • 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/28
      • Accuracy: 0.55 -> 0.53
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Reload: 8.6 -> 7.6
    • Armor
      • Roof: 25mm -> 35mm
      • Mantlet: 160mm -> 180mm

German Tier VIII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A Heavy Tank

The turret armor has been upgraded to the same levels as the changes previously made to the Tiger II, along with the improved penetration of the 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56. The upgraded gun received various improvements to bring it more in line with the same gun on other vehicles.

Details:

  • Turret 1:
    • Armor:
      • Front: 100mm -> 185mm
      • Side: 80mm -> 100mm
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56
      • Penetration: 145/194/44 -> 160/220/44
      • Accuracy: 0.38 -> 0.36
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Aim time: 2.9 -> 2.3
      • Reload: 8.2 -> 7
      • After shot: 4 -> 3
  • Turret 2:
    • Armor:
      • Front: 185mm -> 245mm
      • Roof: 40mm -> 50mm
      • Side: 80mm -> 120mm
      • Side: 100mm -> 140mm
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56
      • Penetration: 145/194/44 -> 160/220/44
      • Accuracy: 0.38 -> 0.36
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Aim Time: 2.7 -> 2.3
      • Reload: 7.7 -> 6.8
      • After shot: 4 -> 3

German Tier IX VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B7 Heavy Tank

Its armor is holding up really well, but this tank was lacking in firepower. Its level of firepower should now fit in between the Mauschen and the E 75 to fit in with the difference in armor and mobility of these vehicles.

Details:

  • Turret 1:
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Reload: 7.7 -> 6.5
      • Aim time: 2.9 -> 2.3
      • After shot: 4 -> 3
    • 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/52
      • Reload: 10.1 -> 9.5
    • 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/68
      • Reload: 10.9 -> 9.5
  • Turret 2:
    • 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71
      • Reload: 7.3 -> 6.5
      • Aim Time: 2.9 -> 2.3
      • After shot: 4 -> 3
    • 12,8 cm Kw.K. 44 L/55
      • Reload: 16.6 -> 15.3
      • Aim Time: 2.9 -> 2.7

PREMIUM VEHICLES

German Tier VII VK 45.03 Heavy Tank and
German Tier VII Adler VK 45.03 Heavy Tank

We brought the armor edits from Tier VII down to these tanks. They’ll now be able to have some useful protection that allow them to play hull down. They’ll also be more effective on ridgelines to make use of their gun depression, superb accuracy, and aim time.

Details:

  • Turret:
    • Armor:
      • Front: 100mm -> 185mm
      • Side: 80mm -> 100mm

German Tier VII Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger Tank Destroyer and
German Tier VII Javelin Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger Tank Destroyer

These vehicles already have excellent stats in most areas but could do with being able to deal a little more damage.

Details:

  • Reload: 7.2 -> 6.8

German Tier VIII Kanonenjagdpanzer Tank Destroyer

Improved shell speed and penetration will increase the ability to hit and penetrate targets, which allows this tank destroyer to make better use of its high rate of fire and great accuracy. These changes improve its effectiveness as a hidden sniper to engage targets at a distance.

Details:

  • 90 mm Rheinmetall DM1 Gun
    • DM1341 Shell (Standard)
      • Type: AP -> APCR
        • No change in normalization
      • Speed: 1030 -> 1478
      • Penetration: 238 -> 245
    • M431 Shell (Premium)
      • Penetration: 250 -> 275

American Tier VIII T77 Heavy Tank

While the vehicle is doing well in all areas, a stream request was made for more reverse speed. Looking into this, we agreed it could use a bit to be similar to the other vehicles.

Details:

  • Reverse speed: 12 -> 14

On-Track: Pz. Kpfw. VII

From
29 MAR
10:01UTC Time
Until
12 APR
8:59UTC Time

Experience these updates for yourself! On-Track is the event that gives you Silver discounts and a huge +25% XP bonus on every tank in a specific Tech Tree line. It makes reaching those top-tier tanks easier than ever!

Check out the Silver discounts available for the Pz. Kpfw. VII line through April 11th:

Keep watching the News page and our social media channels to see which legendary vehicles will be updated in the next round of Tanks Reforged!