Caernarvon

Once at the Caernarvon, the British heavy tank design goes in a completely different direction. No longer is the focus on tough armour all-around and low-calibre guns, but on strong turret armour and more powerful armament.

Gameplay

Coming from the Black Prince, this Tier VIII vehicle isn't even remotely close to its predecessor. The biggest change has been in terms of armour: instead of tough but badly sloped armour everywhere, the Caernarvon features strong armour where it matters the most. The toughest spots are now the frontal turret armour and the upper frontal plate. Everything else is easy to penetrate, though.

One of the major weaknesses of the Caernarvon is the weak ammo rack, which is at the lower front. We strongly advise you to keep it hidden at all costs.

Another significant improvement is the mobility, which might still not be that impressive, but at least it allows you to keep up with other heavy tanks, unlike the Churchill-based ones. Another interesting trait is the outstanding view range, with which you are able to easily spot other vehicles at longer distances.

It's equipped with a 32-pounder gun, and while the damage per shot is below average, the rate of fire is absolutely astounding! Thanks to this, you are able to shoot the enemy twice or even three times before they have reloaded. In combination with good accuracy and aiming time, it's fairly easy to take out any opponent if they're exposed long enough.

Try "perma-tracking" the enemy. If your target shows you their side too much, shoot their first track wheel. Chances are high that you'll destroy their tracks and deal damage. Keep firing at that spot as their tracks will most likely not repair fast enough, leaving them at your mercy.

Equipment

Recommended Setup

Hover your cursor over the images for more information on each piece of equipment.

To maximise your damage per minute and make sure most of the shots hit the centre of your reticle, the recommended setup will be of great help. Both the reload time and dispersion factors will be reduced, while the Improved Ventilation grants you a useful bonus to several characteristics. If you prefer a higher view range, go for Coated Optics instead of an Improved Ventilation.

Crew Skills

COMMANDER
GUNNER
DRIVER
LOADER

A standard choice of crew skills with Repair being the first to choose. However, because of the Caernarvon's weak ammo rack, you may want to learn Safe Stowage first – it will also come in handy with later vehicles as they suffer from the same downside.

Adrenaline Rush

Decreases the gun reload time by 10% if your vehicle's HP drops below 10%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Brothers in Arms / Sisterhood of Steel

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100% for every single crew member.

Band of Brothers

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100% for every single crew member.

Also works if other crew members have Brothers in Arms / Sisterhood of Steel.

Call for Vengeance

Reports the enemy vehicles' location for two more seconds after the destruction of the own vehicle.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Clutch Braking

Increases the traverse speed of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Concealment

Increases the camouflage value of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Controlled Impact

Increases the ramming damage dealt and decreases damage taken by ramming.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Deadeye

Increases the chance of landing a critical hit.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Designated Target

Keeps targetes vehicles visible for two more seconds.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Eagle Eye

Allows you to identify damaged/destroyed modules as well as injured crew members of an enemy vehicle by hovering your mouse over it for several seconds.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Firefighting

Reduces the duration and damage taken by fire.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Intuition

Grants a slight chance of changing the shell type without having to reload again.

Doesn't work with autoloaders. Works also while reloading.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Jack of All Trades

Reduces the performance penalty of wounded crew members.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Mentor

Increases the Crew XP gained for each member apart from the commander.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Off-Road Driving

Increases the mobility on medium and soft terrain.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Preventative Maintenance

Reduces the chance of taking fire.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Recon

Increases the view range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Relaying

Increases the signal range of your allies' vehicles within your signal range.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Repair

Reduces the repair time of destroyed modules.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Safe Stowage

Increases the durability of your vehicle's ammo rack.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Signal Boosting

Increases the signal range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Situational Awareness

Increases the view range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Sixth Sense

Shows a lightbulb three seconds after you've been spotted.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Smooth Ride

Reduces the dispersion penalty while driving.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Snap Shot

Reduces the dispersion penalty of traversing the turret.

The higher the skill progress, the higher the effect.

Additional Grousers

Increases the mobility on soft and medium terrain.

Binocular Telescope

Increases the view range of your vehicle by 25%.

Your hull must stand still for at least 3 seconds.

Camouflage Net

Increases the camouflage value of your vehicle tremendously.

Your hull must stand still for at least 3 seconds.

Enhanced Gun Laying Drive

Reduces the aiming time of your gun by 10%.

Coated Optics

Increases the view range of your vehicle by 10%.

Tank Gun Rammer

Reduces the reload time of your gun by 10%.

Spall Liner

Decreases damage taken by ramming and high-explosive splash.

Toolbox

Decreases the repair time of destroyed modules.

Cumulative with the Repair skill.

Improved Ventilation

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Vertical Stabilizer

Reduces the dispersion penalties of hull and turret traverse, as well as driving by 20%.

"Wet" Ammo Rack

Increases the module HP of your ammo rack.

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