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How to Play the T25 Pilot Number 1

Everything you need to know about how to play the T25 Pilot Number 1.

World of Tanks is receiving another American Tier 8 Premium tank, the T25 Pilot Number 1, this time as a reward for completing a series of Daily Missions.

The T25 Pilot Number 1 is another Medium addition to the Premium tank roster that's similar in nature to the T26E4 SuperPershing, M46 Patton KR, and one of the most overpowered tanks in the history of World of Tanks, the Chinese Type 59.

Let’s check out the T25 Pilot Number 1!

The T25 Pilot Number 1 has standard penetration and damage, but this standard is good for a Premium tank.
The T25 Pilot Number 1 has standard penetration and damage, but this standard is good for a Premium tank.

The T25 Pilot Number 1 is a mixed bag, with some of the stats being favorable, and others being underwhelming. To make the most of this new Premium tank, you will want to focus on supporting its strengths rather than trying to lift its weaknesses to where they become manageable.

First, the T25 Pilot Number 1 offers an impressive DPM when compared to other Mediums in a similar class. This damage-per-minute will allow you to employ a peak-a-boom tactic when the conditions are in your favor. However, when taking into account its other stats, peak-a-boom is extremely risky when you ignore the reload time of your enemy.

The T25 Pilot Number 1’s penetration comes in at 192 for standard rounds, bringing it in line with other Premium Medium tanks of its tier level. As for its alpha damage, 240 damage per AP round is pretty standard for a Premium tank. Unfortunately, it has a low ammo capacity, meaning the shots you take must hit and chances are you will find yourself burning through your munitions if you are bottom-tier.

With a weak hull and turret armor, the T25 Pilot Number 1 will struggle to bounce shots of higher tier tanks with high-calibre weapons.

Shifting gears into gun handling, this is where the T25 Pilot Number 1 shines. With an aim-time of 2 seconds and gun dispersion of 0.36, you will be able to make snapshots with relative ease. Thankfully, it also has decent stats when the tank is moving and during turret traverse, making it a highly mobile damage-dealing machine.

With a forward speed of 55 km/h and a reversing speed of 20 km/h, you will be able to move around the battlefield fairly easily. It also has extremely good hard and soft terrain movement, making it more maneuverable than other Premium tanks of its class. Though the reversing speed is slowing than the Strv S1, which we recently discussed.

The one place where the T25 Pilot Number 1 will let you down is its armor. The hull armor is 76.2 mm at the front, with 50.8mm on the side. While it's quite thin on the side, you can successfully side-scrap with the T25 as long as you remember to angle your tank correctly.

The saving grace of the T25 Pilot Number 1's armor is its mantle, which is surprisingly strong.

Although the armor is lacking, the mantle armor is surprisingly strong and acts as a point of strength despite the turret armor being weak. It may not be the best tank to go hull-down with in World of Tanks, you will likely need to use the T25 Pilot Number 1 in a hull-down position to take advantage of the mantle’s thickness. 

When top-tier, the mantle armor will help you in a pinch, especially if the enemy is using a 180mm gun or lower. It’s incredibly important to take note of your matchups, because if you are top-tier, the way you’ll be playing the T25 Pilot will shift slightly compared to when you are bottom tier, where you’ll be hiding a lot more and taking advantage of its fast rate-of-fire.

When taking advantage of the high mobility and fast aim-time, you will hopefully see yourself farming plenty of credits. Though, perhaps not as many as some of the other tanks that are considered best credit farmers in World of Tanks. Despite its armor flaws, the T25 Pilot Number 1 is impressive and one of the few Premium tanks you can get for free as long as you take the time to complete the daily missions.

Let us know in the comments what you think of the T25 Pilot Number 1 and how you think you’ll be playing it!

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Sam Chandler

Sam loves all things shooters, whether it's a cheeky chicken dinner in PUBG or diving into a raid in Destiny, he'll be there.