Unique Commanders and the Yamamoto Isoroku Campaign/Collection

General News

Unique Commanders arrive with Update 0.6.9 -- get the scoop on them in our video, then check out our new Yamamoto Campaign and Collection below!


Update 0.6.9 ushers in unique “hero” Commanders who provide their ships with special bonuses and talents in battle-- they even get a special ribbon so they stand out from the crowd in your Reserve.

Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku is one of the first historical Commanders we're introducing. Yamamoto graduated the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy, U.S. Naval War College, and Harvard University, ultimately rising to the rank of Admiral and Commander-in-Chief of Japan’s Combined Fleet during World War II.


What Makes a Commander "Unique?"

  1. Normal Commanders are recruited, or received for participating in events. They don't have any special game bonuses. Usually what differs are the nation they belong to and their presentation (name, image, and voiceovers). All normal Commanders have the same set of skills and level up the same way.
  2. Unique Commanders are special because:
    • Their image will be marked with a special ribbon
    • They may receive combat, economic, and other bonuses,
    • May have special Skills or Skills that cannot be reset during retraining.


The "Yamamoto Isoroku" Campaign

This new permanent Campaign challenges even the most seasoned sea wolves in a series of Admiral Yamamoto’s historical battles.

All players with Service Record level nine can sail in the Campaign's tier VIII-X vessels. It contains five missions, each based on a period in Yamamoto’s life. The reward is worth it -- you earn two Supercontainers for completing each mission’s final task. Each consecutive mission will become available every two weeks. 

Check out the Yamamoto Missions

 You earn Commander Yamamoto Isoroku with 15 Skill points 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. 

Earn Yamamoto as a Commander when you complete the "Yamamoto Isoroku" Campaign. He has 15 Skill points and two exclusive talents when commanding ships:

  • 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 color settings for main gun shell tracers, and can shoot fireworks off the ship for every time you get "First Blood" or "Kraken Unleashed!"

While these personalizations 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

You'll be able to access the Collection after completing the Campaign to earn Yamamoto. Collection items will most arrive in daily Containers along with other in-game items.

The Yamamoto Isoroku Collection

The Yamamoto Isoroku Collection has assorted items related to Admiral Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of the Empire of Japan. The collection includes 40 items, making it the largest collection in World of Warships. The items are divided into Japanese uniform models, elements of uniform and combat gear, weapons, rewards, ships the commander served on, and personal belongings.

The Collection's here for good, so there's no time limit. Obtain the first item after finishing the Yamamoto Isoroku campaign, or by purchasing special Containers in the Premium Shop..

As you progress through the Collection, you'll unlock various abilities, like being able to mount a second flag on Japanese ships and being able to add an alternative camo color: 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;

  • Complete "Uniform" to get alternate camo for Japanese destroyers
  • Complete "Uniform Items" to get alternate camo for Japanese cruisers
  • Complete "Rewards" to get alternate camo for Japanese battleships
  • Complete "Ships" to get alternate camo for Japanese carriers
  • Complete "Miscellaneous" to mount a second flag on all Japanese ships

The Collection bonuses are available even if you don't have Commander Yamamoto Isokoru on your account.


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    Mitsubishi Bomber G4M "Betty" No. 323

    Early on the morning of April 18, two G4M1 Betty bombers of 705 squadron, covered by six A6M Zero fighters, flew from Rabaul with Yamamoto in the cockpit of the bomber near the pilot. They were intercepted by 14 American P-38 Lightning fighters in the skies over the island of Bougainville. A few minutes later, the bullet-riddled bomber 323 crashed into the jungle.
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    Turret of cruiser Nisshin after the Battle of Tsushima

    In January 1905, Takano Isoroku, who had just graduated from the Naval Academy, was appointed to Nisshin as an artillery officer. The Battle of Tsushima, which took place in May of the same year, was the first serious test for the future Commander.
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    aygun-tayseo (Admiral) Runners

    The runners for Admiral ranks had a longitudinal wide golden galloon and on it were silver cherry blossoms, the number of which corresponded to a particular rank. Full Admirals and Marshal-Admirals of the Japanese fleet relied on three cherry blossoms on the shoulder signs of the difference. Yamamoto Isoroku received the rank of Admiral on November 15, 1940, he was already posthumously promoted to the Marshal Admiral in April 1943.
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    Sword of an officer of the Imperial Navy, 1930s

    Yamamoto Isoroku owned several swords made by craftsmen in accordance with the traditional techniques of Japanese blacksmithing. One of such swords was with the admiral and at the time of his death.
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    Order of Chrysanthemum on the Big Ribbon

    Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku was awarded the Order posthumously in April 1943. In addition to him in the history of the Order, except for heads of state and members of crowned families, only 50 people were awarded this high award.


After you receive the first collection item, consecutive items are added to daily Containers at a certain probability, except for in Supercontainers. There will still be normal Container content.


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


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

If you're missing a collection item, you can decide to exchange a set number of "Duplicate" items for a chosen item. The exchange rate of Duplicates to unique items for the Collection is 5:1. After you complete the collection, all Duplicates remaining on your account are exchanged for Credits at the rate of one Duplicate = 15,000 Credits.