Unique Commanders and Yamamoto Isoroku Campaign/Collection

General News


Unique Commanders are coming to World of Warships with Update 0.6.9! Get the scoop on what these new Commander types will do in our video, or check out some of the details on our new campaign and collection below!

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🎶Holding out for a Hero...🎶

With Update 0.6.9, we'll offer players a lineup of unique commanders. Unique commanders will be marked with a special ribbon in the game and will provide combat or economic bonuses to make your ship stand out from the crowd!

One of the first historical commanders introduced in World of Warships will be Yamamoto Isoroku. Yamamoto Isoroku was a Marshal Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of the Empire of Japan during World War II. He graduated from the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, U.S. Naval War College, and Harvard University.


What makes a unique commander?

Update 0.6.9 will bring in two types of commanders:

  1. Normal commanders: This includes any commanders who can be recruited or received for participating in various events, and who do not enjoy any combat, economic, or other bonuses. The two differences between such commanders are the nation they belong to and their presentation (name, image, voiceovers). All normal commanders have the same set of skills, are levelled up in the same way, and don't have distinctions from each other.
  2. Hero commanders will differ from regular commanders in the following ways:
    • Their image will be marked with a special ribbon
    • Hero commanders will receive combat, economic, or other bonuses, or will have unique skills/skills that cannot be reset during retraining.


The "Yamamoto Isoroku" Campaign

Check out the new permanent historical campaign that narrates the story of Yamamoto Isoroku, Marshal Admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of the Empire of Japan. This campaign consists of five missions, is available for players that have achieved Level 9 in the Service Record, and is intended for Tier VIII+ ships. The campaign is not time limited and can be completed at any stage. The first mission will be available for accomplishment right after the release of Update 0.6.9., and each consecutive mission will become available every two weeks.

You earn Commander Yamamoto Isoroku in the Port and the tier I *Hashidate when you finish the final task of the last mission. You also get a Container with items from the Yamamoto Collection and some bonuses, plus 200,000 Credits and 50,000 Elite Commander XP for retraining Yamamoto for the desired ship.

*We’ll add a Reserve space for Yamamoto only if you don’t have one at the time he’s credited. If you have spare Reserve spaces, you won't get the free space. 

As a commander, Yamamoto has 15 Skill points and two exclusive talents when commanding ships, which will remain active even when being retrained:

  • Concealed Reserves: After earning the "First Blood" achievement, players receive one additional charge for each consumable -- in the current battle only, until that battle ends.

  • Second Wind: After earning the "Kraken Unleashed!" achievement with a Yamamoto-commanded ship, Second Wind activates. It has -34% to main battery reload time, -16% to torpedo reload and squadron prep time, and up to 48% of the ship's normal HP restored within 120 seconds. This talent functions just like the "Repair Party" consumable, which restores ship and module damage.

Better yet, this legendary Admiral comes with an exclusive pennant, alternative colour settings for main gun shell tracers, and can shoot fireworks off the ship for every time you get "First Blood" or "Kraken Unleashed!" These personalisations can be demounted or mounted as desired similar to flags.

While these personalisations may help your ship stand out in battle, the fireworks won't reveal you to enemies if they haven't already spotted you, and they can be mounted and demounted for free, like flags. 

Two achievements will be issued to those players who managed to finish the campaign:

  • For completing the final task
  • For completing all tasks in the campaign


The "Yamamoto Isoroku" Collection

The "Yamamoto Isoroku" Collection consists of various items related to the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of the Empire of Japan. The collection includes 40 items, such as personal belongings of Yamamoto Isoroku, the uniforms of naval senior officers and sailors of the Japanese Navy, battle merit decorations, and various military equipment related to Yamamoto Isoroku. The collection has no time limit.

The first collectible can be obtained after finishing the Yamamoto Isoroku campaign or, alternatively, after purchasing special containers in the Premium shop!

As the player progresses through the collection, various abilities will become available for the player, such as mounting a second flag on Japanese ships and adding an alternative colour of camouflage: Type 1, Type 2, Type 5 and Type 6.


The whole collection is divided into five sub-collections, each of them containing eight items. Upon completing a sub-collection, new abilities to modify the ship's exterior will become available;

  • On completing the "Uniform" sub-collection, the player will be able to apply camouflage of an alternative colour to Japanese destroyers
  • On completing "Uniform Items" sub-collection, the player will be able to mount alternative camouflage on Japanese cruisers
  • On completing the full "Decorations" sub-collection containing decoration signs, the player opens an ability to mount alternative camouflage on Japanese battleships
  • On completing the fourth sub-collection - "Ships" - the player will be able to mount alternative camouflage on Japanese aircraft carriers
  •  "Miscellaneous" sub-collection will let the player to mount a second flag on Japanese ships.

The Collection bonuses are available even if players does not have Commander Yamamoto Isoroku on their account.



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    Bomber Mitsubishi G4M Betty No. 323

    While in Rabaul in April 1943, Yamamoto decided to visit garrisons on the islands nearest to the front line to raise the spirits of the soldiers. On April 13, the local command sent an encrypted radiogram to the islands with details of Commander-in-Chief’s arrival, assuming that the Americans would be unable to crack the newly updated code. In the morning of April 18, two G4M1 Betty bombers from the 705th squadron, escorted by six A6M Zero fighters, left Rabaul. The Commander-in-Chief was in bomber No. 323. They were intercepted by 14 U.S.A. P-38 Lightning fighters above Bougainville Island. No. 323 crashed into the jungle. As the medical examination later showed, the Admiral was mortally wounded while the plane was still in the air.
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    Fore End Turret of the Cruiser Nisshin After the Battle of Tsushima

    During the Battle of Tsushima, the decisive encounter between Russian and Japanese navies in the Russo-Japanese War, the armoured cruiser Nisshin was the junior flagship of the main battle force. Due to intensive manoeuvring, the cruiser got a chance to lead the entire squadron for a time. More than once Nisshin found herself under concentrated gunfire from Russian armoured cruisers. Three of her four main battery guns were destroyed and 100 or so crew members lost or injured, which made her one of Japan's most battle-scarred ships. Isoroku Takano was also heavily injured in the explosion of the 203 mm gun of the fore end turret.
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    Shoulder Insignia of Kaigun-Taishō (Admiral)

    Officer shoulder insignias were introduced in the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1900. They had not become widespread, as the Navy officers used them only on the white summer uniform. The shoulder insignia of Admiral ranks had a longitudinal wide golden chevron with silver cherry blossoms on it, the number of which depended on the rank. Full Admirals and Marshal Admirals had three cherry blossoms on their shoulder insignia. Isoroku Yamamoto was promoted to Admiral on 15 November 1940, and to Marshal Admiral in April 1943 post-mortem.
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    Imperial Japanese Navy Officer's Sword, 1930

    In 1937, sabres of the European type were adopted by the unified Japanese naval forces (during the early days of their formation) as elements of outfit for command personnel, and were replaced by traditional Japanese swords. The naval military sword, or kai gunto, largely mirrored a medieval Tati-type Samurai sword. The characteristic features, which distinguished it from the shin gunto used by the Imperial Japanese Army, were a brown-braided handle and a wooden scabbard with a black finish. Isoroku Yamamoto owned several swords made by swordsmiths in accordance with traditional Japanese blacksmithing techniques. The Admiral had one of these swords with him at the time of his death.


With the first item of the collection received, the consecutive items will be added into daily containers with a certain probability in addition to normal content of such containers, except for Supercontainers.


Collection items can appear only in the containers that the player receives after they received the first collection item. The containers that were received before the first item of the "Yamamoto Isoroku" collection cannot contain the collection's items.


As a reward for completing the full collection, the player will be issued an achievement for building the full collection and a commemorative Yamamoto Isoroku flag.

Missing collection items can be exchanged for a set number of "Duplicates", and you will be able to select which item you want to receive in exchange for them. The exchange rate of duplicates to unique items for the "Yamamoto Isoroku" collection will be 5 to 1. After completing the collection, all duplicates remaining on the player's account will be exchanged for credits at the rate of 1 duplicate = 15,000 Credits.


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