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Damage | Game mechanics World of Tanks Guide

Target at range, aim, fire! Penetration! But now it would be good to know what damage we can cause to the enemy with our shells.

Same as with the armor penetration, damage inflicted by our gun is averaged - actual values vary from 75% to 125% (exact range can be read by clicking RMB on our tank's ammo in the garage). Damage which can be inflicted depend both on the shell type we're using (armor piercing AP, subcaliber APCR, cumulative HEAT or high explosive HE) as well as on the area where we hit enemy tank.

Inflicted damage can be divided in two types: hull damage, which reduces hit points if the vehicle and "inside" damage of the crew and modules. If you use AP, APCR or HEAT shells, then penetration of enemy hull armor will reduce vehicle hit points with the listed damage +-25%. If we use HE shells and manage to penetrate enemy tank, damage is calculated identically as with other types of shells. But if the shell doesn't penetrate hull armor, we might still damage it seriously. In this case inflicted damage vary between 0 (small caliber HE shell hitting strongest armored part on enemy tank) and half of the gun's listed damage for that type of shells. In addition you should know, that explosion caused by HE shell will always try to "find" the weakest point at the enemy tank (in the range of the blast), so if you use it, it might be a good idea to aim at the top of the tank or sight.

Despite the fact, that the shell hit the hardest enemy armor, the blast wave got inside the vehicle through driver's vision slit (marked in green). - Damage - Game mechanics - World of Tanks - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Despite the fact, that the shell hit the hardest enemy armor, the blast wave got inside the vehicle through driver's vision slit (marked in green).

Another type of possible inflicted damage is inside damage. All shells after penetrating the hull armor (or after explosion on its surface in case of HE shells), can injure the tank crew or destroy single modules as an engine or ammo rack. If the shell or the blast wave of HE shell hits the module, it not necessarily gets damaged. There exists so called "saving throw". Once it fails, the module get hit and eventually destroyed. The chances of damaging specific module are as follows:

Module

Chance of damage

Suspension

100%

Engine

45%

Fuel tank

45%

Observation device

45%

Radio

45%

Turret ring

45%

Gun

33%

Ammunition rack

27%

A damaged module is represented in yellow, while destroyed one - in red. Damaged modules can be fixed up to 100% by using special consumables (i.e. repair kits) or up to 50% by the crew, automatically. Damaged modules affect the entire tank as follows:

Module

Damaged

Destroyed

Suspension

Reduced maximum speed

Vehicle can't move

Engine

Reduced engine power, chance of fire

Vehicle can't move

Fuel tank

Higher chance of ire

Fire

Observation device

Reduced spotting range

Reduced spotting range

Radio

Reduced radio range

Reduced radio range

Turret ring

Reduced turret ring rotational speed

Turret ring blocked

Gun

Reduced aiming

You can't fire

Ammunition rack

Increased reload time

Vehicle explodes !

Hmmm, something broke... - Damage - Game mechanics - World of Tanks - Game Guide and Walkthrough
Hmmm, something broke...

As for the crew, chances that each of tankers gets hit are 33% for AP, APCR and HEAT shells and 10% for HE shells. Unlike equipment, crew members can be only fully operative or knocked out.

Crew member

Knocked out

Commander

Reduced view range, deteriorated tank parameters

Gunner

Reduced aiming, increased aiming time

Driver

Reduced acceleration, poor mobility

Radio Operator

Reduced radio range

Loader

Increased reload time

In addition to destroying the tank by inflicting it sufficient damage points or by explosion of ammo rack, there is a third possibility: make the tank inoperable by knocking out all crew members. Once the tank loses its all tankers, it becomes inoperable even it has still hit points. Such vehicle is considered destroyed.

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