GuideBoot Camp

Boot Camp

 HANGAR

Hangar is where you purchase new tanks, view your stats and prepare your vehicles for combat:  repair them, reload ammo and stock up on special gear that will give you an advantage over the enemy.

The vehicle panel at the bottom of the screen can be used to sort through following categories of tanks:
• My Tanks — all your purchased vehicles.
 Favorite Tanks — vehicles that you prefer to drive into combat. To add a tank to your favorites, click the star in the lower left corner of the vehicle's image.
• All Tanks — a list of all in-game vehicles. Essentially a tank shop.

Above the vehicle panel you will find the special gear panel which has four tabs:

Support Items are one-use consumables that repair your tank's modules, extinguish fires, and heal crew members.
Power-Ups are consumable items that remain active for the entire battle after being used. They provide a variety of effects, such as reduced chance of vehicle detection and increased chance of detecting the enemy, increased armor, higher maximum speed, quicker traverse, larger view range, reduced firing dispersion, and other.
• Upgrades are items that offer you such benefits as auto-aiming, increased accuracy, reduced noise, increased engine power, increased enemy detection range, etc.
Shells are essential to purchase and are divided into three types: Armor-Piercing, High-Explosive, and High-Explosive Anti-Tank.

To quickly purchase an item, tap the + icon in the corresponding item panel. The item's info screen will pop up. Use the buttons to select the desired quantity and confirm your choice by clicking Buy. 

If you hover your mouse over an item in the shop, it will be compared to the items you have already purchased.

Colored hints make it easier to compare items: yellow marks recommendations, green shows increase in characteristics while red shows decrease, and blue marks bonus Mastery. Some of the Special Gear items can be purchased for Credits (earned in battles), others can only be purchased for Warbucks

Don't forget to resupply your ammunition after each combat. To do so, tap the + icon in the Shells panel. You will be offered to purchase ammo or add shells from your Depot if you have them in stock. The weight meter between the Power-Ups and Upgrades panels shows your tank’s current and maximum allowed weight.

After you refill your ammo, the To Battle! button will appear below your selected vehicle. Click it, choose a battle to join and fight it out with other tank commanders!


 DEPOT

The Depot stores all items that are not mounted onto your tanks. You can sell an item you no longer need by clicking the Sell button.

Depot items are sorted by type: Modules, Shells, Special Gear and Other. Use the buttons in the upper part of the Depot screen to switch between these categories. If there are too many items to display, you can use filters by checking and unchecking the respective boxes.  You can also sort items by their quality (from white to violet) or tank models.


 MODULES AND CHARACTERISTICS

Use the Modules tab to equip your vehicle with better subsystems, raising its combat performance and survivability.

There are 3 levels available for each module. To install a new module, you must first earn the required amount of Tank Mastery and pay the required sum of Credits or Warbucks. Open the Module menu by clicking the i icon on the tank's image.

Your vehicle's characteristics will be listed to the right. 

 Damage per Minute   Armor Penetration   Maximum Speed  
 Credit Yield   Rate of Fire   Tank Traverse Speed 
 Valor Yield   Radio Range   Turret Traverse Speed
 Damage   Audible Range   View Range 

 GAME CHAT

The in-game chat is available both in your Hangar and during battle. The chat button is located in the left-hand side of the screen near the tank tabs in the Hangar or just below the mini-map in combat. Chat screen appears in the upper part of the screen on top of all other windows. Use tabs in the left part of the chat screen to switch between channels.


 KEY MAPPING

You can view and remap hotkeys and other tank controls from the respective panel in your Hangar.


 GAME MODES

An offline training mode allows you to familiarize yourself with the basics or a new vehicle without having to expend valuable ammo or special gear.

The game has three battle modes that are chosen randomly:

 Opposition
Players are divided into two teams, each with a base of their own. The goal is to capture the enemy base at the same time protecting your own headquarters.

• Strategic Point
This mode only has one base. At the beginning of the battle both teams are equidistant from it. The goal is to reach the base first and capture it, while fending off the enemy's attacks.

 Assault
Another game mode with only one base. One of the teams has to defend it, while the other team, who enter battle away from the base, must storm and capture it.

In order to improve match-making, we have created a more intuitive battle queue screen, adding more information to it. It now shows the total number of online players, number of tankers currently in their Hangars and the number of players in each tank bracket. If the match-making system can't find a suitable battle for you, try selecting a different vehicle by using the panel at the bottom of the screen.


 BATTLE SCREEN

Now let's take a look at the combat interface.

The mini-map is located in the upper right corner of the screen. It marks enemies and allies and their tank classes, as well as direction of your movement and your view range. Next to the map are 4 buttons:

• Map Zoom
The magnifying glass button brings up a larger image of the map, allowing you to see it in more detail.

• Game Chat

• Camera View
Switches between various camera zoom settings.

• Settings
This button opens the settings menu where you can customize controls, adjust sensitivity, select preferred firing mode, and change other options. Don't forget to tap Apply to save your changes

Below the settings screen is the To Hangar button which allows you to return to your Hangar without having to wait for the end of the combat.

Make sure to check the mini map during combat for valuable information. Spotted enemies are marked red while your allies are highlighted green. The letters indicates vehicle types:

LLight Tank;
M Medium Tank;
H Heavy Tank;
A Self-Propelled Artillery;
G Gauss Tanks.

The durability indicator in the upper-left part of the screen represents the amount of punishment your tank can survive before being destroyed. Items that boost your tank's characteristics are displayed right above this indicator.

At the bottom of the screen in the middle are the Shells and Special Gear panels. You can switch between them using hotkeys.

Commander's sight is located in the center of the screen. It follows the vehicle's turret and main gun. The turret can turn 360 degrees in the horizontal plane while the main gun moves vertically.

Commander's sight consists of a crosshair reticle at the center of which sits the green gunsight. In order to aim, align the gunsight with the target.

The gunsight has additional vertical and horizontal rangefinding brackets to provide better long-range aiming. In the right part of the reticle is the gun recoil meter, in the left part - the reload indicator.

During movement and turret traverse, the reticle expands, decreasing your accuracy. This is called Aiming Dispersion. When you stop your tank or turret traverse, the reticle becomes smaller, making your aim more precise.

After you fire your main gun, the gunsight expands and changes to red, signaling that the gun is being reloaded. When the reloading is done, the gunsight reverts to green.

Press and hold the Ctrl button to summon the quick message panel. You can select from the following messages:

• Reloading!
• Need assistance!
• Defend the base!
• Negative!
• Affirmative!
• Attack!

Click the respective icon to send a message to your allies.


 COMBAT CONTROLS

You can move your vehicle by using the WASD keys:

W — move forward
A — turn left
S — turn right
D — move backwards

Turret controls can be customized to move independently from the tank's traverse. Use the training mode to find the combination that best suits your combat style.


 BATTLE

There are several ways to detect enemy vehicles. First off, enemy tanks can be spotted visually at close range. Secondly, their engine noise may give away their position. Lastly, when tanks fire their main gun, they become visible on the battle screen or on the mini-map.

To fire at an enemy, move your gunsight over their vehicle, aiming at the part you wish to damage, wait for the reticle to decrease in size for more accuracy, then click your mouse to attack.

Every vehicle in the game can use three types of shells: armor-piercing, high-explosive, and high-explosive anti-tank.

The mini-map is located in the upper-right part of the screen. On the mini-map, the green flag marks the location of your base while the red flag shows the enemy's. Yellow triangle is your tank.

Below the map are four buttons that can be accessed by pressing down Ctrl, moving your cursor over them and left-clicking.

Armor-piercing shells are the main type of ammo. They provide a good balance between armor penetration and damage.  Armor-piercing shells can be effective against any part of the enemy vehicle.

High-explosive anti-tank shells have increased armor penetration and deal substantial damage to the target's inner modules and crew. However, the overall durability damage inflicted on the enemy vehicle is relatively small. Use HEAT ammo to reduce the enemy's combat effectiveness by taking out their vehicle's modules.

High-explosive shells, on the other hand, deal the most damage but have a very low penetration value. Using them against frontal armor is ineffective. Try shooting at the target's rear where the armor is minimal.

Each shell type has its own muzzle velocity. Factor it in when exercising lead shooting against fast-moving targets.

Each vehicle has four armor zones: Turret Armor/ Frontal Armor/Rear Armor/Side Armor.

Rear armor is the weakest. Even the protection of the powerful Heavy Tanks can be penetrated with relative ease if you shoot at their rear part.

Sides are better protected than the rear but still a favorable target.

Front is where your vehicles have excellent protection. Penetrating frontal armor, especially on Medium and Heavy Tanks, is very hard; always try to face the enemy with your frontal armor to reduce or avoid damage altogether.

The turret has the thickest armor, making it almost impenetrable.

All right, recruits, you have been briefed on the basics of tank combat. Now it's time to go out there and see if you've learned the lesson. To battle!