Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

Task Force - Common - 50/60



Akitsuki is a bit of an enigma. On the one hand, many were hoping for a bit more AA potency from her. On the other hand, she may still be the most popular Japanese destroyer. Despite her popularity, however, it can be hard to find a really solid role for her in a Japanese fleet—she's good at many things and great at none.

Akitsuki was designed around the AA Specialist SA. But she only sports AA 5. At 10 points Akitsuki is therefore fairly expensive and ineffective when used as a dedicated AA escort. When shooting at tough US bombers, two 5-dice rolls often equals two misses—you probably have better AA strategies available. Grab a bunch of Zeros and either deploy your Japanese battleships or carriers in pairs to leverage their better AA, or drop a Tone in along with a carrier.

In swarm fleets, the AA specialist is better than nothing in fending off bombing and strafing. And Akitsuki is the lowest cost Japanese destroyer at 10 points, which is significant. But the tradeoff is lower torpedo stats at most ranges (2/2/1/1 vs. the more typical 3/3/2/1). This diminishment of striking power shouldn't be underestimated.

Rounding it out, Akitsuki has decent ASW, but lacks the Sub Hunter SA of Isokaze. The other nice feature of Akitsuki is her unusually robust Vital Armor of 8, but this seldom plays a meaningful role in the game.

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