Most effective vehicles in War Thunder


The heavy German tank ‘Maus’ is with 1.9 kills per loss one of the most effective vehicles in War Thunder.

Some time ago the community of the F2P war game War Thunder has launched its own project on WWII Logs and Thunder Skill to have finally a public statistical overview ​​about the performance of individual vehicles and win odds of the available different nation teams.


So far, therefore, in accordance with the kill/loss ratio the following vehicles (with an indication of the Battle Rating = BR) are the most effective ones in Realistic Land Battles .

Values ​​in the range of 1.0 are only average and below are already reveal too weak vehicles.

Status of information: June, 2016.

Most effective Heavy Tanks

Additionally, it has to bring to notice, that the use of a heavy tank can cost up to 450 points, a medium tank but only a maximum of 310 points and a tank destroyer at highest 290 points. Therefore, heavy tanks should be supposed to have around a 1.25-1.50 times better shooting quota as medium tanks or tank destroyers, which is unfortunately often not the case. Therefore, one should limit the use of heavy tanks in the game as far as possible, if they do not have high kill to loss quota.

Heavy Tanks
Kill/Loss Ratio Heavy Tank Nation Battle Rating
1.9 Maus Germany BR 7.7
1.5 Caernarvon Britain BR 6.7
1.4 T-10M Russia BR 8.0
1.3 10.5-cm-Tiger II Germany BR 7.0
1.3 IS-2 Russia BR 6.0+6.7
1.3 Churchill III Britain BR 4.0
1.1 Tiger II(H) Germany BR 6.7
1.1 Tiger II(P) Germany BR 6.3
1.0 M103 US BR 7.7
1.0 T26E1-1 US BR 6.7
1.0 Tiger I(H) Germany BR 5.7
1.0 Churchill VII Britain BR 4.7
1.0 KV-2 Russia BR 4.3
0.9 KV-1 Russia BR 3.7
0.8 Conqueror Mk 2 Britain BR 7.7
0.8 Tiger IE Germany BR 6.0
0.8 IS-1 Russia BR 5.7
0.8 M4A3E2 Jumbo US BR 5.0
0.7 IS-3 Russia BR 7.3
0.5 M4A3 (105mm) Sherman US BR 3.7

Most effective Medium and Light Tanks

This is the most important category of combat vehicles, which can be used at relatively inexpensive costs and are most times armed equally, faster, and more flexible and nearly as good as the heavy tank at the same Battle Ratings in War Thunder. You can see that mainly the Russian and at higher Battle Ratings the British vehicles occupy leading positions. Only with the relatively high Battle Rating 6.7 the Germans received with the Panther II an exceptionally good medium battle tank. Therefore, the high win rates at most Battle Ratings, especially for the Russian team – and in the high Battle Ratings for the British – are not surprising.

Light and Medium Tanks
Kill/Loss Ratio Light or Medium Tank Nation Battle Rating
1.8 Centurion Mk 3 Britain BR 6.7
1.7 T-44-122 (Premium) Russia BR 6.3
1.6 Centurion Mk 10 Britain BR 7.0
1.4 Chieftain Mk3 Britain BR 8.0
1.4 T-44-100 Russia BR 7.0
1.4 AVIV Thunderbolt (Premium) Britain BR 5.0
1.3 T-34-85 Russia BR 5.0-5.3
1.2 M26E1 (Premium) US BR 6.7
1.2 Panther II Germany BR 6.7
1.2 T-34-100 (Premium) Russia BR 6.7
1.2 T-34-76 Russia BR 3.7+4.0
1.1 Leopard 1 Germany BR 8.0
1.1 T-34E (Premium) Russia BR 4.3
1.1 M4 Sherman US BR 3.7
1.0 M46 Patton US BR 6.7
1.0 T92 US BR 6.7
1.0 M26 Pershing US BR 6.3
1.0 Comet Britain BR 5.3
1.0 M4A3 (76mm) Sherman US BR 5.3
1.0 Cromwell I Britain BR 3.7
1.0 PzKpfw IV G Germany BR 3.7
0.9 T-54 Russia BR 7.3+7.7
0.9 Panther F Germany BR 6.3
0.9 T-44 Russia BR 6.3
0.9 M4A1 Sherman US BR 3.3
0.9 PzKpfw IVF2 Germany BR 3.3
0.8 M60 US BR 8.0
0.8 Sherman Firefly Britain BR 5.0
0.8 M4A2 (76mm) Sherman US BR 5.0
0.8 PzKpfw IV H Germany BR 4.0
0.8 Cromwell V Britain BR 3.3
0.8 Valentine XI Britain BR 3.0
0.8 PzKpfw III J1 Germany BR 3.0
0.7 Panther D Germany BR 5.7
0.7 T-34-57 Russia BR 4.7
0.7 A13 Mk I Britain BR 1.0
0.6 M41A1 US BR 6.3
0.6 Panther A Germany BR 6.0
0.6 PzKpfw III M Germany BR 3.3

Most effective Tank Destroyers

Only in the problematic range of tank destroyers the German teams are the clear leader. But the effective use of these vehicles without a turret is quite challenging and requires already some experience in the mostly existing confusing close-quarter maps.

Tank Destroyers
Kill/Loss Ratio Tank Destroyers Nation Battle Rating
1.9 Panzerjäger I Germany BR 1.7
1.6 Jagdtiger Germany BR 7.0
1.6 Dicker Max Germany BR 4.3
1.2 SU-85 Russia BR 4.7+5.3
1.2 Achilles Britain BR 4.0
1.2 Marder IIIH Germany BR 3.0
1.0 Nashorn Germany BR 5.3
1.0 SU-152 Russia BR 5.0
1.0 StuG III G Germany BR 4.0
0.9 Jagdpanther Germany BR 6.3
0.9 M18 Hellcat US BR 5.0
0.8 M10 Wolverine US BR 3.7
0.6 StuG III F Germany BR 3.7

Most effective Anti-Aircraft Tanks

Again, apparently the German team are in advantage, even when this are only support vehicles for the second or third wave, which usually can not turn the tide of battle.

Kill/Loss Ratio AA-Tank Nation Battle Rating
1.0 Gepard Germany BR 2.0
0.9 Wirbelwind Germany BR 3.7
0.8 Kugelblitz Germany BR 6.7
0.6 ZSU-57-2 Russia BR 7.7
0.6 M19 US BR 5.0
0.6 Ostwind Germany BR 4.7
0.6 94-KM ZIS-12 Russia BR 3.3
0.6 AC Mk II AA Britain BR 2.7
0.5 ZSU-37 Russia BR 4.7
0.5 SdKfz 6/2 Germany BR 3.0

Most effective Aircrafts

Subsequently, the most effective aircraft, which have come in larger quantities into action during the realistic ground battles of War Thunder:

Kill/Loss Ratio Plane Nation Battle Rating
5.3 Canberra B Britain BR 8.0
2.1 Arado 234B Germany BR 6.7
2.0 Do 217E Germany BR 4.7
1.9 Spitfire F Britain BR 5.3-6.3
1.7 B-25J Mitchell US BR 4.0+4.3
1.7 F6F-3 Hellcat US+Britain (Premium) BR 3.7
1.7 Wellington Britain BR 2.3-3.3
1.6 Tu-2S Russia BR 6.3
1.6 F8F-1 Bearcat US BR 6.0
1.4 (lease-lend) B-25J Russia BR 4.3
1.3 Pe-8 Russia BR 4.0
1.3 Il-4 Russia BR 3.0
1.2 AD-2 Skyraider US BR 6.0
1.2 Firefly FR Britain BR 3.7+4.0
1.2 Pe-2 Russia BR 3.7-4.7
1.1 Fw 190A Germany BR 4.7+5.0
1.1 Bf 109F Germany BR 3.7-4.0
1.0 Me 410A Germany BR 3.7
1.0 P-47D Thunderbolt US+Russia (Premium) BR 3.7
0.9 Me 410B Germany BR 4.7
0.8 Ju 87D Germany BR 2.7+3.3

Overall arise spots in effectiveness among the nations around the following Battle Ratings:
Germany at BR 4.3 (Dicker Max) and 7.0 (Jagdtiger, 10.5-cm-Tiger II, Panther II, Arado bomber) and the Maus at 7.7.
Russia around BR 3.7-4.0 (T-34-76), 5.0 (T-34-85) and BR 6.3-7.0 (IS-2, T-44-100, Tu-2 or Premium T-44-122, T-34-100), especially because of the T-34/44 series.
Britain from BR 6.7-7.0 (two Centurions, Caernarvon, Spitfire F), at BR 8.0 (Chieftain, Canberra bomber) and probably around BR 4.0 (Churchill III, Achilles).
In the US none optimal, above average BR can be found (if any, than most likely around the BR 6.7, including the use of premium vehicles).

The most effective premium tank appears to be the Russian T-44-122 with a kill to loss ratio of as much as 1.7 !

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  1. maus hahahahha

    pen from front with obj 120 !!!!

  2. WHAT IS Japan?

    • Japan (Japanese: 日本; Nippon [ɲippoɴ] or Nihon [ɲihoɴ]; formally 日本国 About this soundNippon-koku or Nihon-koku, lit. ”State of Japan”) is an island country in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian continent and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea in the south.

  3. But…
    muh russian bias…

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