War Thunder Best Us Tanks

No one can dispute that War Thunder provides a lot of choice. From nippy armoured cars, to hulking heavy tanks, to cloud-gazing anti-aircraft vehicles, the sheer volume of vehicular offerings can appear a little daunting. Whether stepping into armour for the first time or picking a new tank after having mastered advanced techniques to become a regular peril of the battlefield, it can be difficult to know which tanks are right for you.

  1. We’ve already discussed the vehicles available to Soviets. Now it’s time to go across the pond and see what the USA has to offer — starting from the very bot.
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  3. War Thunder hasn't had new heavy tanks for a long time. Meet the premium American M6A2E1, a true old school armoured giant and one of the heaviest tanks in the US lineup. The chassis of the tank is a modified and reinforced T1E1 heavy tank. The machine gun and the driver’s hatch on the frontal part of the hull are welded,with an additional armour plate appearing instead. The turret of the tank is distinguished by its strong forepart, especially the mantlet.

Introduced in November 2020’s New Power update, many have called the West-German Leopard 2A6 the best tank in War Thunder. And with good reason. Impenetrable turret cheeks and upper front plate armour, swift gun rotation speed, improved gun optics from its predecessor the Leopard 2A4, and access to the highest-penetration shell in the game.

Well, quiver in fear no longer. We’re here to provide a quick rundown of the best tanks available in War Thunder. No more wasting research points on obsolete unlocks or poorly performing tanks that pale in comparison to your existing armoury, you’ll know which tanks to beeline on the tech tree and what flavour of combat they offer. Some of our picks opt for supreme firepower, others prioritise speed and agility, while more place endurance and hardened armour above all else.

It’s important to know the strengths and weaknesses of the tank you drive into battle. The best tanking is approached slowly, with caution, and an overriding plan of attack. Plunge headfirst into the fray with no regard for your tank’s capabilities, and you’ll soon be left a burning heap of metal. With that in mind, choose a tank that sounds appealing and suitable to your playstyle.

So, adjust the rangefinder and open the breech, as dive into…

The best War Thunder tanks

  • Tiger H1
  • Challenger 2
  • Leopard 2A6
  • M50 Ontos
  • T-80U
  • ZTZ96A
  • T-50
  • Panther A

TIGER H1

Infamous from the battlefields of history and infamous in-game, the German Tiger H1 is a jack-of-all-trades and competently suited to nearly any firefight. Its 88mm cannon, compatible with a range of shells, makes quick work of all enemy vehicles that are likely to cross its path, and its side armour will glance incoming shells if angled appropriately. A 650-horsepower engine makes it one of the faster heavy tanks, and a reasonable gun depression angle keeps it fighting in undulating terrain.

Jack-of-all-trades suited to nearly any firefight

The Tiger H1’s weak side armour is also its Achilles heel. If not angled properly, weaker tanks will penetrate its skirting, and more powerful opponents will one-shot it with ease. Position the tank carefully and make sure your sides are covered. If a defensive position is untenable, rely on its high firepower to get a shot in, before whatever is hustling up to you.

Slow acceleration provides little opportunity for daring escapes or heroic pushes, but in a straight-up gunfight, in which enemies are located and targetable – you’ll be the star of the show.

Challenger 2

Hang behind your front lines, sit snuggly in a covering bush, wait for an enemy prevaricator to try their hand at flanking, before launching a shell with pinpoint accuracy into their side. The British Challenger 2’s extremely high accuracy, fast reload time, and competent optics lend it perfectly to a sniping playstyle. Sit comfortably away from the central melee and engage the enemy from afar.

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A low top speed and sub-par acceleration limit the Challenger 2’s capabilities to lead frontal assaults, better suiting it to staying behind the central offensive column, picking off enemies before they can flank the main batch. Unremarkable armour makes it easy pickings for anything meting out high damage, but a decent reverse speed enables the Challenger 2 to duck out of the fray when caught in a tight spot, while keeping its cannon targeted on incoming threats.

Leopard 2A6

Introduced in November 2020’s New Power update, many have called the West-German Leopard 2A6 the best tank in War Thunder. And with good reason. Impenetrable turret cheeks and upper front plate armour, swift gun rotation speed, improved gun optics from its predecessor the Leopard 2A4, and access to the highest-penetration shell in the game – the DM53 – make this tank a guaranteed killing machine. The effectiveness of its gun cannot be overstated.

Unremarkable mobility means solo flanking is an impossibility, so keep to hull-down positions and make optimum use of that unmatched main cannon. The Leopard 2A6 need only be wary of Soviet HE shells. A shot to your tracks might leave you immobilized and desperately hoping to fight another day, but a bludgeoning hit to your turret will likely send fragmentary shards through your fuel tank and crew, and that’s a dead tank.

Some have called the Leopard 2A6 overpowered, and many have begged for a nerf. But make no mistake, a quality tank will amount to nothing in the hands of an amateur tanker that doesn’t know how to leverage its strengths. Learn the tank, and learn it well.

M50 Ontos

Hard-hitting, stealthy, and capable of unexpectedly decimating enemy flanks, the US M50 Ontos brings a totally novel playstyle to War Thunder. Kitted out with six recoilless rifles that can be fired within less than a second of each other to launch high-explosive anti-tank and squash head shells. Its recoilless rifles eliminate the need to reposition between shots, allowing you to fully exploit a weak enemy position after finding the perfect angle.

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Its primary drawback is its paper-thin armour. This is not a tank that wants to be taken into the main fray, but one to stealthily push around the enemy’s side and ambush with an unexpected barrage.

Its unforgiving playstyle can also be off-putting. Miss your shot and you’ll be waiting over a long reload time, and an even longer manual targeting time, before getting back in the fray. With an 18-shell ammo capacity, it can be tempting to unload salvos quickly in a blanket offensive, but temper a high rate of fire with accuracy for the most effective offensive load.

T-80U

Few sights strike such tangible fear in the hearts of enemies as the Soviet T-80U bounding over the hills, surrounded by a sturdy regiment of supporting allies. An exceptionally well-armoured front that can generously glance incoming shells, a durable rear-end that can soak up shrapnel, and a low profile complete its defences, making it a difficult target to spot and near-impossible to destroy in sufficiently flat bushland.

Difficult to spot and near-impossible to destroy

The auto-loaded 125mm cannon on its top also makes a particularly painful thorn in the enemy’s side, capable of launching regular volleys of shells to wear down enemy combatants.

Although the T-80U shines in a momentous forward attack, it’s left wanting when retreat is preferable. A slow reverse speed means you’ll have to remain keenly aware of your surrounding points of exit and implement a quick getaway plan if things go sour. And keep the enemies at length. Poor side armour and a large ammunition carousel means its chances of survival following shell penetration are all but nil.

ZTZ96A

There are few better options for straightforward tank-busting than the Chinese ZTZ96A. Sporting a 125mm main cannon with fantastic angling, and firing the most powerful HE shell available to any main battle tank, it can reliably destroy most armoured targets in one shot, both angled and flat. Wrapped in strong armour, its roof-mounted heavy machine gun can also be usefully deployed against light aircraft.

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With a poorer reload speed than some of the equivalent tanks at its tier, you’ll be relying on your own instincts to draw the most out of the ZTZ96A, especially given is poor mobility, which throws any ideas of tasteful flanking operations out the window.

T-50

Even the lowest-tier tanks can carve out a masterful space on the battlefield. Agile and well armoured, the Soviet T-50 scout tank is excellently suited to nipping around enemy armour, relying on its high speed to perform flanking manoeuvres, before quickly returning to safety amongst allied forces. Thick, sloping armour sets it apart from other beginner tanks, and forgives the faux-pas of new players when they’re frantically racing to slide past enemy lines.

The T-50’s handling will take some getting used to, and its slow turning speed makes it unsuitable for extreme adrenaline manoeuvres. Be careful not to damage its tracks when driving at top speed across rough terrain, but, ground allowing, leveraging its high speed to evade enemies or shift them from your weak side armour will keep the T-50 in the game.

A fantastic beginner choice that demonstrates there’s more to look for in a tank than big shells and monstrous firepower.

PANTHER A

High mobility, respectable gun rotation, ammunition options suitable for crippling most any opponent tank – these make the Panther A one of the best medium tanks in the game. Like most German offerings, it comes kitted with heavy, sloping front armour, offset by poor sides, but its agility allows quick getaways and subtle defensive anglings. Its range and firepower outdo tanks of a similar battle rating, punching through armour from moderate distances.

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The Panther A’s ubiquity is its downfall: everybody knows its weak spots. Enemies will be firing directly at your soft gun mantlet to cripple you, so avoid head-on confrontations and make quick work of those you encounter. Best move with a pack of others, utilise speed to take the enemy off-guard, and make sure every shot counts. With a high profile, subtlety isn’t the Panther A’s speciality, so quickly get stuck into the thick of battle and make the most of its punishing main cannon.

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USA

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Tier I
Of course, it’s m22, one of the smallest and fastest tanks ever, you can take it even on tier IV, his gun can penetrate side armor of King Tiger.

PROS
+very fast
+very small
+good gun for its BR (fast reload, good penetration)
CONS
-no more binoculars to spot enemies
-slow turn in place

Tier II
After buff M4A1 with 105mm short gun get 2.7 BR, that makes this tank fight against 1.7 sometimes.

PROS
+good frontal armor
+.50 cal browning at 2.7
+good main gun
+stabiliser but weak
CONS
-very slow turret rotation

Tier III
After Sherman Jumbo get nerfed, the M18 Hellcat is best tier III American vehicle.

PROS
+very fast
+good gun
+fast reverse speed
CONS
-no armor (hullbreak)

Tier IV
As many good tanks we have at American tier 4, but we dont have any “BEST tier 4 american tank”
Im gonna show you one of best tier 4 tank, American T34.

PROS
+very good frontal turret armor
+good gun
+2x .50 cal brownings
+good turret rotation speed
CONS
-weak mobility
-slow reloading

Tier V
Im not sure about good tier 5 vehicles after XM-1 gets to tier 6. However i found M48A1 really good tank

PROS
+faster than M60
+cheaper than M60
+better armor
CONS
-worse gun

Germany

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Tier I
Not a tank but anti-air vehicle Pz.38 “Gepard” 64mm pen with almost no reload makes it deadly against first tier, however only 2 crew members.

PROS
+good gun(penetration, reloading)
+can destroy planes
CONS
-2 crew members

Tier II
88mm flak truck, pz. IV F2 or Puma? of course PUMA! Truck gets nerfed several times, pz. IV F2 is very good tank, but Puma can fight against any tier if you have skills tho.

PROS
+very fast
+fast reverse speed
+fast reload
+no armor best armor (no hullbreak at its BR, except some 15cm guns)
CONS
-a bit slow turret rotation speed
-meh penetration against T-34 or shermans
-hard to drive on high speed

Tier III
Uhhh can’t see any “BEST” german vehicle at third tier, but “Tiger E” is all ways better than “Tiger H1”

PROS
+better speed than tiger H1
+good gun
+good turret frontal armor
+can unlock additional armor
CONS
-weak mobility
-a bit slow turret rotation speed

Tier IV
Hard choice between King Tiger and Panther II, however if you have “Tiger II (Sla.16)” you have best tier 4 german tank

Tanks

PROS
+good maximum speed for heavy tank, however you can reach it only when drive off the hill
+very good armor(better side armor than original king tiger)
+very good gun
+good turret rotation
CONS
-nearly impossible to get “Tiger II (Sla.16)”
-weak mobility

Tier V
Leopard I is an absolute leader here

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PROS
+fast speed
+very good gun
+fast reverse speed
CONS
-bad armor

USSR

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Tier I
BT-5 is soviet fast reserve tank, can fight against high tier tanks.

PROS
+fast speed
+good gun for its BR
+reserve vehicle
+russian bias
CONS
-bad armor (hullbreak if you take it on high BR battles)

Tier II
of course one of T-34’s here, the “T-34 (1942)“.

PROS
+fast speed
+fast turret rotation speed
+good armor angle
+impossible to pen 75mm hatch
+additional armor
CONS
-meh reload speed

Tier III
A lot of cool vehicles USSR have on this tier, but T-34-57 is most OP after penetration changes.

PROS
+very good gun(penetration, reloading speed, projectile speed)
+good armor
+fast speed
+fast turret rotation
CONS
-meh armor against 5.3
-no additional armor

Tier IV
T-44 is most powerful gopnik

PROS
+very good armor
+very fast speed
+fast turret rotation
+better penetration than T-34-85
CONS
-repair cost
-hardly can pen Tiger II in front

Tier V
Do you think I put T-54 here, after all those nerfs? no! T-54 isn’t good anymore(repair price, shell price, penetration compared to other 7.7 tanks, mobility, remember when it was 7.3?
The new leader now is stronk “Zsu-57-2”

PROS
+very good guns(twin 57mm, 132mm pen after update, very good ballistic, very fast reload speed, good damage)
+very fast turret rotation
+can shot down slow planes and choppers
+fast speed
+very cheap
+can be used against 10.0
CONS
-no armor(hullbreak)

Great Britain

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Tier I
Crusader Mk.III aka “tier 1 MBT” or “smoke machine”, its one of best tanks in game, can fight against any vehicle except E-100 and Maus.

PROS
+very good gun (120mm penetration at 2.7, fast reload speed and fast projectile speed)
+very fast turret rotation
+no armor best armor (no hullbreak)
+50 smoke grenades (record)
+stabiliser (weak tho)
CONS
-cant penetrate maus or e-100

Tier II
100mm frontal armor at 3.0 with 75mm gun? 3inch gun carrier!
can’t get penetrated by t-34 and kv-1 but avoid Pz. IV or japanese tanks.

PROS
+very good armor
+good gun
CONS
-very slow speed (reversed too)

Tier III
Comet I is not overpowered, but very good tank if you skilled player, however even you can play well you can’t damage enemies well…

PROS
+fast speed
+good gun (penetration, ballistics)
+20 smoke nades
CONS
-very bad reverse speed
-weak damage

Tier IV
Caernarvon is tank with hull of Conqueror and turret from Centurion, but BR still 6.7.

PROS
+very good hull armor and good turret armor
+good gun (penetration, ballistics)
+good reverse speed (compared to previous british tanks)
+Stabilised turret
CONS
-meh mobility
-repair cost

Tier V
Even with no armor and no fast speed “Vickers MBT” is best tier 5 tank, compared to leopard 1 this tank have 7.0 BR, stabiliser, faster reload.

PROS
+very good gun(penetration, ballistics, reloading speed)
+stabilised turret
CONS
-bad armor
-repair cost

Japan

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Tier I
Chi-Ha Kai is the only first tier Japanese vehicle I can call good, sadly Ho-Ro is a skilled vehicle to use to compare with Chi-Ha Kai.

PROS
+good gun
+5 crew members
CONS
-bad armor

Tier II
“Ta-Se” can destroy planes and tanks on its BR, however penetration is worse than “Gepard’s”

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PROS
+fast turret rotation speed
+good gun
+fast speed
+can destroy planes
CONS
-bad armor

Tier III
If you skilled player, you will like to play on “Chi-Ri II“, if not, buy Chi-Nu II.

PROS
-fast speed
-very good gun (autoloader)
-second gun (to trick your enemies)
CONS
-meh armor

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Tier IV
Ho-Ri “Production” is blueprint, alternative to “Ferdinand”, but better

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PROS
+good armor
+good gun
+fast speed
CONS
-very expensive repair price

Tier V
See how “many” tier 5 Japanese vehicles we got? However by all this quantity I can tell you which is best, STB-1 is Japanese Leopard 1, however better a lot!

PROS
+fast speed
+fast reverse speed
+very good gun
+adjustable suspension
+stabilised turret
+good binoculars
CONS
-repair cost

Italy

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Tier I
AB.41 compared to AS.42 have armor to protect against artillery and bullets.

PROS
+very fast speed
+good gun(penetration, 20mm autocannon)
+can used against planes (hardly)
+fast reverse speed
CONS
-very bad armor (hullbreak from 75mm)

Tier II
AB.43! why AutoBlinda again? because it’s fast and can be used against high tier vehicles,
and since “R3 T20” get to tier 3.

PROS
+very fast speed(faster than AB.41)
+fast reverse speed
+pizza camo
CONS
-very bad armor (hullbreak from 75mm)
-slower reloading speed than M15/42

Tier III
75/46 M43 or Breda 501, well M43 got good armor, good gun and slow speed, Breda 501 have everything that M43 has, but better! except for armor.

PROS
+fast speed
+very good gun
+pizza camo
CONS
-no armor (hullbreak)

Tier IV
Aubl 74, is 1974 prototype armored car with 90mm gun, very fast deadly, however not armored well.

PROS
+very fast speed
+fast reverse speed
+good gun
+good turret rotation speed
CONS
-no armor (hullbreak)

Tier V
B1 “Centauro” better than OF-40, because it’s faster and stabilised, they both have bad armor.

PROS
+very fast speed
+fast reverse speed
+good gun
+stabilised turret
CONS
-bad armor (hullbreak)

France

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Tier I
definitely H.39

PROS
+good armor
+fast reloading speed
CONS
-weak mobility

Tier II
B1 Bis is 2.0 Maus!

PROS
+very good armor
+two cannons
+fight against 1.0 vehicles
CONS
-slow speed
-slow reloading

Tier III
Since Jumbo gets nerfed I put ARL-44 (ACL-1) here. Can not get penetrated by Soviet/American tanks, but can be penetrated by German/Japanese tanks.

PROS
+very good frontal armor
+good gun
+fast speed (for heavy tank)
CONS
-bad side armor

Tier IV
Lorraine 40t or AMX-50? nope! Char 25t, lower BR, faster, cheaper but still expensive.

PROS
+fast speed
+fast reverse speed
+good gun (fast reloading speed)
+frontal armor protected with fuel tank and engine
CONS
-very expensive repair cost

Tier V
AMX-30 is MBT that probably better than Leopard I.

PROS
+fast speed
+fast reverse speed
+very good gun
+20mm autocannon
CONS
-meh armor
-repair cost

This is the ending of War Thunder – All Best Vehicles by Nations guide. I hope it will help you. If there is wrong or you have suggestions, please let’s know and comment us. Have fun.

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