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Soldier360 #1 Posted May 03 2012 - 10:36

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Well during my beta testing in 7.3 i discovered 1 significant weakspot on IS-8.The when I was in a KV-3 and I encountered an enemy IS-8.
I discovered that the very center of the hull of the IS-8 seems to be a weakspot when i shot it with a 122mm D-25T round.Everytime i shoot that spot in the hull it always damages the tank.So far I have killed 3 IS-8's in KV-3 and 2 on KV-4 and all them were killed by me shooting at the weakspot that I just mentioned.You should try hitting that spot when you encounter an enemy IS-8.It works for me,but I'm sure this is not the only weakspot of the IS-8.

I would appreciate if anyone else discovers any other IS-8 weakspots so that tanks of lower tier can still have a fighting chance against it :) .

LoooSeR78V #2 Posted May 03 2012 - 10:54

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IS-8 frontal armor is capable of stoping 160-180 mm pen guns.
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BTW there is Ammorack just behind hull frontal shoulders (note where is penetration mark)
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And 1 tip - don't shot at part of side armor which is just above tracks. Shot at the upper part of side armor - there is no falseboard's skirts.
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Edited by LoooSeR78V, May 03 2012 - 10:57.


ohsi #3 Posted May 03 2012 - 11:00

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If you are close enough, try the commander's hatch (it's a little cupola, angled towards the front). The little angled driver's hatch is another weakspot, however it is smaller than the IS-4's driver's hatch. Other than that... I couldn't notice other frontal weakspots. Can you post an image of that point? I'm not sure I understand what you exactly mean with "center of the hull".

Trouble_SR #4 Posted May 03 2012 - 11:01

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The tip of the hull is also a weakspot on the IS-3 and IS-7. Since the IS-8 also has a pike armor layout, it would not be surpirsing to find a weakspot there.

Soldier360 #5 Posted May 03 2012 - 11:05

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Yes the hull armor of IS-8 is good but somewhere in that hull there was a weakspot that I discovered.probably that view port I saw at the center of the hull.I'm not sure but 75% of the time I hit that spot with a D-25T or better gun it penetrate it through there.I'm not sure with smaller calibre guns like the 90mm or 88mm guns if they can penetrate that area.

cedarsherrif #6 Posted May 14 2012 - 21:34

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I hit the view port and pen every time with my E75. I have also hit the peak and dome damage but also bounced alot.

random51 #7 Posted May 14 2012 - 22:02

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Based upon playing it a lot in 7.3 I think the entire tank is a weak spot.

When a Tier 7 Tiger can penetrate and do good damage through the front of your Tier 9 Heavy it is time for a new Tier 9 heavy. This wasn't a golden BB, this was three shells in a row from midrange.

Edited by random51, May 14 2012 - 22:03.


Cpt_Kill_Jack #8 Posted May 14 2012 - 22:19

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If you have over 200mm pen you can pretty much pen the thing. Im being serious. In the front yes you will have to aim but you should be able to pen it. Other than the front you should be able to pen it. One other Hint. Dont Shoot The Turret. I believe its bunker brand.

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If you're equipped with anything that has more pen than the Long 88 or so, the answer is "the whole tank lol".

MajorOffensive #10 Posted May 14 2012 - 22:54

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View Postrandom51, on May 14 2012 - 22:02, said:

Based upon playing it a lot in 7.3 I think the entire tank is a weak spot.

When a Tier 7 Tiger can penetrate and do good damage through the front of your Tier 9 Heavy it is time for a new Tier 9 heavy. This wasn't a golden BB, this was three shells in a row from midrange.

This.  I played a few matches in and against it.  Thoroughly unimpressed, except with its gun.  Makes me really appreciate taking the time to grind out the IS-7 in the old IS-4.  If I wanted medium-class armor, I would play one of my four medium class tanks.

View PostCpt_Kill_Jack, on May 14 2012 - 22:19, said:

If you have over 200mm pen you can pretty much pen the thing. Im being serious. In the front yes you will have to aim but you should be able to pen it. Other than the front you should be able to pen it. One other Hint. Dont Shoot The Turret. I believe its bunker brand.
Meh, you can pen the view port on the hatch.  It gets absorbed half the time, but it's something when you don't want to completely crest a hill.

Edited by MajorOffensive, May 14 2012 - 22:55.


Oddball31 #11 Posted May 14 2012 - 23:35

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IS-8 armor layout.

nachosandchez #12 Posted May 14 2012 - 23:36

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surprise! :Smile_honoring:

jdude8 #13 Posted May 15 2012 - 19:30

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200mm will pene IS8, anywhere, any distance, even when facehugging. Its armor is worse than IS3 .

Heh #14 Posted May 15 2012 - 20:12

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I thought the whole tank was the weakspot. >.>

But yeah, what you hit was prolly the huge lower glacis.

HaB1971 #15 Posted May 15 2012 - 20:17

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I've one shot 2 IS-8's with my T-95 but at a distance.. Both were shots were at the side and pretty central

Rainybeet #16 Posted May 15 2012 - 21:47

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Anywhere on the sides and back should penn it, it is not a very strong tank as far as armor goes, though you should avoid the turret.  If you do not have a tank that can penn this thing on the sides or back reliably then you should not even be trying to engage it, since you are most likely way too low a tier to be anywhere near that gun.

That being said, playing the tank is not as horrible as some like to make it out to be.  As long as you play it as though everything on the field can hurt you, and utilize its awesome speed for a heavy, then you should be good.  I like this tank much more than the IS-4 now since the IS-4s armor is not that much better, it has the same gun, and it does not move nearly as well.  I now find myself in the IS-8 in the same place that I was in the IS-4 pre 7.3. . . . . Grinding to the IS-7.

Harkonnen25 #17 Posted May 16 2012 - 07:29

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Was in a battle earlier that had one tier 10 on each side, 2 tier 9s, rest assorted 8s and 7s. Maybe a six or two. Was going well, got a couple ricochets off my armor, killed 2 tanks, damaged several more, ended up dieing at end. Got 2k exp with double, all in all not a bad game.


Then I realized I was actually in my IS-3 and not the IS-8....and the headache returned lol.

Maybe I can skin the IS-8 to make it look like IS-3, maybe I will like it then. :P

Phoenaea #18 Posted May 16 2012 - 20:16

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Actually, for some reason, the mantlet seems to be VERY weak. I'm able to pump shot after shot through it with my KV-3's D-25T, and I've only had one ricochet.

johncage #19 Posted May 16 2012 - 20:27

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View Postjdude8, on May 15 2012 - 19:30, said:

200mm will pene IS8, anywhere, any distance, even when facehugging. Its armor is worse than IS3 .

the wargaming.net people responsible for its piss poor armor need to die in a horrific accident