In World of Tanks, tactics, teamwork and strategy are key to your success. However, one might argue that this all counts for nothing if you aren’t able to pick a tank that is ready and equipped for the battle ahead. There are quite a variety of tanks within the game that are split into subsections and the one we are looking at today, is the heavy tank category.
These vehicles offer a variety of different tactical, offensive and defensive advantages on the battlefield. Different tanks will suit each players playstyle and its best to give each a shot and see what fits your style. This can lead to experimenting in high stakes games and losing games in an attempt to find what’s right for you. So we thought it was best to list the best heavy tanks in the game and give you some info to help make an informed decision. So here is our rundown of the best 15 tanks in World Of Tanks.
The Maus is our first entry on the list. This tank is unique for its defensive capabilities above all else. This one has a mass of armour that will protect you from a barrage of shells if you get caught in a pickle. That’s down to its heavy weight allowing for more protection. To put this in perspective, this vehicle has more rear armour than some tanks have at the front of the vehicle.
This coupled with the largest hit points on offer within the game at 3000, makes this one the tankiest of tanks on the roster. This one has enough armour to weather a storm and a nice 128mm calibre gun to cause a storm too. It’s perfect if you want to attract enemy fire, lead the assault and allow other teammates to flank and get a leg up on your opponents. Give this one a try and see if you’re able to harness the maus’ defensive qualities.
Next is the T29, a tank that can be acquired right at the start of the game and is often the best choice for new players. This is due to the quite well rounded nature of the vehicle. This one has decent damage against tanks of the same tier, reasonable mobility, a very fast reload time of 4.99 seconds if at 100% crew capacity. Plus, this tank can work a much better ridge line than almost any tank in it’s weight class thanks to its 10° of gun depression.
It does fall down in terms of overall accuracy and it’s armour isn’t up to the standard of some tanks within the same tier. Though with others covering you and some clever angled shooting as you peer over ridges, this one is a great choice to have, especially right from the start of your World Of Tanks journey. If you haven’t revisited this tank since you started out on WOT, maybe it’s time to retry this beauty.
Now we have the German beast that is the E100. This tank is a Goliath on the battlefield, with one of the best all round armour stats in the game and the third largest hit point pool within the series too. This armour also includes protection over the tracks, making this tank the perfect vehicle to peer around walls and get snap shots off via the sidescraping method. This coupled with it’s 15cm gun makes it an absolute assassin if used correctly.
This tank does have low mobility and poor long-range accuracy, however. Which makes this tank one that is ideal for close encounters but little else. If this is your playstyle and you need something that can take a hit but also packs a punch, then the E100 is something you should definitely try out.
Now we have another American line tank, the T57. This mammoth machine has one of the highest DPMs in the game, completely dominating the other tier 10 tanks in this area. The T57’s gun depression is great due to the tanks oscillating turret making it ideal for navigating hills and ridges, especially with it’s great accuracy. Plus, this tank has a respectable HP pool of 2250 hit points.
The downfall of this vehicle is the low defensive capabilities with very poor side and rear armour and long aim time. Essentially, this tank is a high risk vehicle that can give players high rewards if used correctly. It’s all about making the high damage rounds count and staying away from enemy fire. So if you are the kind of player that can handle the pressure of a vulnerable but powerful tank, this one is one of the best around.
Now we move onto some French machinery in the form of the AMX-50-B. This tank is known for its speed above all else. This will reach top speeds of 65kmph, the joint fastest in the whole game. This coupled with it’s heavy status and great manoeuvrability makes it a battering ram to be used against lighter tanks on the battlefield. The damage output is nothing to be sniffed at either and with a 4-round autoloader, it means that the reload time is decent as well.
Where this one falls down is much like the last entry. It’s rather flimsy at the rear and sides. Plus, despite decent front armour, the turret is huge and easy to penetrate, making this stat basically pointless. The tank also has the 2nd lowest HP pool for a heavy tank, coming in at 2100HP. Again, this is a tank that is a big risk bit can pay dividends if used correctly. It’s another one that favours the offensive-minded player. If this sounds like you, give this a shot.
Now we have our first Chinese tank on the list, the WZ-111. This tank is one that has great offensive qualities too. The WZ-111 has excellent alpha damage and a high top speed considering the fact that it is a heavy tank. This combined with its great manoeuvrability and frontal armour allows players to race into great positions, get face on with opponents and really deal some excellent damage.
Downsides are the lack of armour penetration, poor gun depression and accuracy could be much better too. In general, this one gives you excellent positioning and damage opportunities provided you can make the shots count and you don’t get flanked to expose your weaker armour at the sides and rear of the vehicle. If speed and strategic positioning is your approach, the WZ-111 can be a wonderful companion.
Now we have the Super Conqueror, a British engineered Goliath. This tank is bolstered with armour and has an excellent rate of fire and alpha damage. This tanks turret is phenomenally well protected and this armour is not just at the front. The armour is spaced all the way around the vehicle, giving good coverage if flanked from the sides too. The Super Conqueror is also one of the more accurate tanks on offer with great gun depression and fast aim times.
Downsides are that this side armour is still flimsy if hit straight on with most of it’s protection being from an angle. Plus gun elevation is pretty poor on this tank, plus it’s also not the quickest tank in the game but far from the slowest either. Overall, this will suit the player who favours a head-on approach with little movement required and can land frequent, accurate shots consistently. If this sounds like you, try out this
Now we have the Polish, tier 9 heavy tank, the 50TP Tyszkiewicza. This tank is all about alpha damage and gun flexibility. The alpha damage output of this tank is the second highest in it’s tier class. Plus this vehicle has both excellent gun depression and elevation, not to mention its overall accuracy being fantastic as well. This coupled with a high health pool and great frontal turret armour make this one great for face to face battles from any range or terrain.
Downsides are that this one isn’t particularly mobile, has a limited ammo capacity and can take quite a long time to reload. Also, the armour around the hull is pretty poor too, making your tank vulnerable if not being taken of from the front. Overall, it’s a tank that favours calculated and accurate players who like to plan each shot meticulously from protected areas. If this is how you like to play, give the TP 50 a try.
Here we have another German masterclass in the form of the VK100.01. This one, much like the Maus, has a monstrously strong armour, so much so that it can take shots from tier ten tanks when taken head-on. This one also has an incredible range that is compatible with tier ten tanks and the highest HP pool in its tier. Then to top it off, it also has a massive ammo capacity too.
The issues with the VK comes down to its speed. It is easily the slowest tank in it’s tier with top speeds of just 20kmph. Plus, it’s large size makes it a sitting duck for SPG’s. Players will also have to contend with a very slow reload speed and an armor rack that is easily damaged if hit from the side. This tank is best for attacking from long range and challenging against opposition that are outside your tier class. So if you like taking on the big boys, this is the one for you.
Now we have the Soviet destroyer, Object 279. This one boasts armour that will protect you very well from frontal attacks, including a particularly well armoured front turret and upper glacis. This one along with excellent protection has great DPM, good mobility for a heavy tank and favourable gun handling, accuracy and aim times.
Downsides are that gun depression is poor like most soviet tanks, the sides and rear are poorly armoured, meaning you are susceptible to flanking. Plus you’ll only be able to obtain this vehicle by completing a rather time consuming and painstaking campaign. This tank is perfect for those that favour accuracy, face-on attacks and heavy tanks that have a bit more manoeuvrability. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, give this one a go.
Now we have the Japanese tier six tank, the O-I. This one has a lot going for it. It has excellent HP for a tier six at 1060HP and has excellent front armour complimented by decent armour all around the tank. This one also has a high turret so you can easily shoot from behind cover and allied tanks. Plus, this tank is insanely powerful within its tier, being able to two shot most tanks in it’s category. You’ll also have your choice of gun with both a 10cm and 15cm to choose from.
Downsides to this one is it’s poor aim time and accuracy especially from close range, the poor camouflage rating, bad DPM and ridiculously slow movement speed and mobility. If you are an accurate shot and can take advantage of the O-I’s phenomenal frontal and rear armour, then the slow mobility becomes less of an issue. If you to strike fear into the opposition with a two shot destroyer at your disposal, the O-I is the one you need.
WZ111 model 5A
Now we have a variant of the WZ111, the model 5A. This one is a step up from the original due to it’s excellent DPM, excellent frontal armour, decent gun depression in comparison to other Chinese tanks and fantastic mobility and speed considering it’s a heavy tank. With all these attributes, this one is a fast mover, shooter and well protected in frontal assaults.
The downsides for this tank are pretty minimal due to it’s well rounded nature. The biggest issues are it’s inability to penetrate a lot of tanks within it’s tier, it has a sluggish tuttet traversal and is rather low, giving other tanks the opportunity to shoot down on this piece of Chinese machinery. Overall, this one is an excellent choice for all-rounders who enjoy face on attacking and the choice of a mobile heavy tank.
Now we have a German engineered beast, the Mauschen. This Goliath favours defence with very thick armour and an outstanding 2300HP, which makes this the highest health pool for tier nine tanks. Due to these attributes, it’s not surprising that this one is the second heaviest tank in the whole game. This makes the Mauschen extremely resistant to ramming. Then in terms this tanks gunplay, it offers decent aiming time as well.
The negatives of this tank are down to its low rate of fire for its alpha, its size which makes it a priority target for SPG’s, its speed is abysmal as to be expected by its size and weight. Plus, this one can’t effectively side scrape due to the cupola being penetrable. This one is ideal to lead attacks due to its incredible defensive capabilities and still packs a punch while you draw enemy fire. If this is a role you often adopt, perhaps you should do so in this fantastic tank.
Another Soviet tank makes our list in the form of the Object 705A. This powerhouse boasts the most alpha damage amongst Soviet vehicles, an incredibly strong front turret with no weak spots and equally think hull and side armour that make this tank great at sidescraping. Plus, due to its decent speed ans thick armour, this tank is excellent at ramming enemy vehicles as well.
Downsides are the terrible gun depression synonymous with Soviet tanks, a very low DPM for a tier 10 tank and a gun that can be extremely inconsistent, with bad aim time and poor accuracy. This one is ideal for those that favour defensive strategies, side scraping and appreciate a heavy tank that can move at pace. If this sounds ideal give this one a try.
AMX M4 mle.51
Then lastly we have another French piece of machinery, the AMX M4 mle.51. This tank offers excellent gun handling and accuracy as well as good gun depression and height. This tank also reaches top speeds quickly and moves reasonably fast at these top speeds. Plus, with its reasonable weight, this speed can be used to this tank’s advantage for ramming foes.
The downsides to this formidable vehicle are its weak side armour, making it susceptible to flanking. Plus it may have small cupola but they can still be penetrated. Though overall, this tank is a phenomenal option for those that want an accurate, fast and powerful tank. It sounds like a no brainer but if you need to see it for yourself, try this one in your next match.
How to play well with heavy tanks (best tips and tactics for heavies)
Now that you know the best heavy tanks to take on the battlefield, you may be wondering just how to play effectively with these mammoth tanks. Having the best tank for you is all well and good but not knowing how to use it will see you losing matches even in the best tanks available. So here are our tips to using your heavy tank in the best way possible
Play a scout role
Many players believe that light tanks are the best scouts within World Of Tanks. However, heavy tanks actually work fantastically as scouts due to their thick armour and intimidating stature. Light tanks if spotted will often get rushed and destroyed with ease but a heavy scout will be able to hold its own and perhaps win a few battles with light tanks that over commit in these situations.
Smart team plays
There are ways to play smart in heavy tanks with others. One example of this is only moving side to side when playing corners. Through doing this your hulking vehicle will not get in the way of your colleague and vice verse, allowing you to get off more shots. Then when playing as a tank with a higher turret, team up with lower tanks so you can shoot shots over their shoulder deceptively as most opponents won’t forsee this smart play.
A smart thing to do when playing a heavy is to play a position on the map that allows you to predict and react to the opponent’s position. This is often the middle of the map. If you position yourself in a place that gives you access to all areas in as quick a manner as possible, it means you can join the assault fast and draw enemy fire to your big, bulky tank.
So now that you know the best tanks to choose and how to use them effectively, get out there and rule the battlefield in your mammoth heavy tank.