Giulio Cesare

Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

Task Force - Rare - 43/60


Giulio Cesare was one of three Conte di Cavour-class dreadnought battleships built for the Royal Italian Navy (Regia Marina) in the 1910s. She served in both World Wars, although she was little used and saw no combat during the former. The ship supported operations during the Corfu Incident in 1923 and spent much of the rest of the decade in reserve. She was rebuilt between 1933 and 1937 with more powerful guns, additional armor and considerably more speed than before.

Both Giulio Cesare and her sister ship, Conte di Cavour, participated in the Battle of Calabria in July 1940, when the former was lightly damaged. They were both present when British torpedo bombers attacked the fleet at Taranto in November 1940, but Giulio Cesare was not damaged. She escorted several convoys to North Africa and participated in the Battle of Cape Spartivento in late 1940 and the First Battle of Sirte in late 1941. She was designated as a training ship in early 1942, and escaped to Malta after Italy surrendered. The ship was transferred to the Soviet Union in 1949 and renamed Novorossiysk. The Soviets also used her for training until she was sunk when an old German mine exploded in 1955. She was salvaged the following year and later scrapped.


The Cesare is a strong unit for its cost. Lets do a quick comparison to the other 30 point-ish surface warrior. It's a little cheaper than Scharnhorst with slightly lower guns and hull, but has torpedo defense. More or less the same as Repulse, but trades a rank of hull and die in Gunnery for torpedo defense. Kinda the opposite with Jean Bart, Cesare has the better guns but Jean Bart nets a stronger armor/vital/hull and still has torpedo defense. Kongo has way better guns, but again a lower defense without torpedo defense. Dunkerque meets or beats the Cesare in every category except cost (its 2 points more).

The reason I list all of these, is that these are the largest ships you should get engaged with unless another battleship has lost its ER. Otherwise use the Cesare as a really mean cruiser or as an assisting ships to larger BBs. She's great for fighting just about everything except the aforementioned fresh 40+ point BBs, subs, and destroyer swarms (a pair should be easy to handle). If an enemy fleet splits its forces, I usually send a Cesare and some destroyer escorts after the smaller half… which usually pays off.

Compare to the Caio Duilio before you place this ship in your build. Like the CD, the class limit is 2, unlike the CD it lacks range 3 on its secondary guns and is without the powerful "Covering Fire" SA. If you brought 2 CD's in a build, you probably don't need a GC, and if you don't have a CD in your build, take it before you use a GC. This unit is by far one of the worst RM ships in the game, near the bottom of the list with Luca T, the MTB and Duca D'Aosta.

For collecting, not playing.

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