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Theaty #1 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:33

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"Oh look hes shooting gold!" Commonly said when a shell hits a part of your tank where it usually doesn't pen. But how do we identify that? Well its easy. The Tracers from each gun and the holes the gun makes. In this guide i will show you the difference from Gold Rounds and AP rounds. "Gold Rounds penetrate anything!" Not true, to start off...if your shooting gold rounds it doesnt mean you don't need to aim at the enemies....believe me i tried shooting gold rounds at incredible angles once and they bounced! For example the Type 59s front very angled...my T34 gold rounds bounced.

NOTE: I am not a daily gold rounds user. I, like most of you have a theory that as long as you can aim in AP, gold rounds are really not necessary at all at most times and are a waste of money to me. I shot the shells to compare on the test server not the normal server.



#1 Tracers from gun shots.


Thats the most accurate way to find gold rounds. Gold rounds have smaller more consistent tracers. So for example is a super pershing shoots you will see a clear straight line which identifies gold rounds. Its hard to explain so here it shows the difference of each tracer.

Gold Rounds

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AP Rounds

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#2 Smaller holes (on big tanks)

Sometimes you can also identify small holes as gold rounds. For example when a E100 155mm gun shoots at you and you just get some small hole a tier 5 usually would make when it pens you then you can be 100% assured those are gold rounds.


AP Rounds:

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Gold Rounds

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#3 Shell Colors (on big tanks ONLY)

Another very clear difference (the most clear one you can see on the guide) is the shell colors. The light blue represents gold rounds which is found on the big Tier IX/X guns and on derp guns. There will not be any difference of color pretty much on the small tank guns. Pretty straight forward, the pics below explain the HUGE difference. :Smile_blinky:


Gold Rounds

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AP Rounds

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I hope this guide helped you clear up more about your concerns whether the people are shooting gold or not. :Smile_Default:
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Edited by Theaty, Jul 28 2012 - 16:52.


xiantom #2 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:34

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It depends on the round itself. For most of the larger rounds, you would get a bluish tracer for APCR rounds instead.

GW_Panther #3 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:39

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Someone negged you for no reason so I fixed that. But larger caliber gold rounds also spark when they hit you, like a sparkler shooting out of the small hole in your tank.

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View PostGW_Panther, on Jul 27 2012 - 00:39, said:

Someone negged you for no reason so I fixed that. But larger caliber gold rounds also spark when they hit you, like a sparkler shooting out of the small hole in your tank.
That would be a HEAT round.

Theaty #5 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:41

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View PostGW_Panther, on Jul 27 2012 - 00:39, said:

Someone negged you for no reason so I fixed that. But larger caliber gold rounds also spark when they hit you, like a sparkler shooting out of the small hole in your tank.
Thanks for fixing the -1 :Smile_Default:

With the sparking idk about that maybe its the sparking on the floor on the last pic? I use WOT Tweaker which hides most of the smoke so i can get good fps but yeah probably thats it but im not sure...

Theaty #6 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:44

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View Postxiantom, on Jul 27 2012 - 00:34, said:

It depends on the round itself. For most of the larger rounds, you would get a bluish tracer for APCR rounds instead.
oh yeah i forgot to add that im adding it to the guide in a sec thanks :)

BCEMonkey #7 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:45

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That's what all those sparks I see are? Never knew those were gold rounds. Nice guide. Hope it doesn't start more hating though.

xiantom #8 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 00:52

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Here's an older topic for tracer identification:
http://forum.worldof...__fromsearch__1
Jesus, negged to help people identify tracers?

Edited by xiantom, Jul 27 2012 - 01:07.


KilgorSoS #9 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 01:09

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View PostGW_Panther, on Jul 27 2012 - 00:39, said:

Someone negged you for no reason so I fixed that. But larger caliber gold rounds also spark when they hit you, like a sparkler shooting out of the small hole in your tank.

Those are Gold HEAT rounds that burn and "Sparkle" I have seen the blueish tracers as a sign of goldy rounds flying as well.

Theaty #10 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 02:05

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View PostKilgorSoS, on Jul 27 2012 - 01:09, said:

Those are Gold HEAT rounds that burn and "Sparkle" I have seen the blueish tracers as a sign of goldy rounds flying as well.


Yep :)

soluuloi #11 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 02:30

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They should add a quote for the crew, commander:"OMG! It looks like they are using gold rounds!"

Scubafishtank #12 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 02:59

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Gold rounds should make that old cash register sound when they hit your tank. Spotting gold rounds sound be one of those secondary skills.

Zakume #13 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 04:13

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Tested it ingame and the only thing I notice is the thinner tracer, I've never been able to see blue tracers.

Theaty #14 Posted Jul 27 2012 - 08:06

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View PostZakume, on Jul 27 2012 - 04:13, said:

Tested it ingame and the only thing I notice is the thinner tracer, I've never been able to see blue tracers.
yeah the thinner traces are  just for the really big guns like T34 gun E100 gun Maus gun KV-2 derp gun...etc... if not that big of a size then it will get thinner like u said in the super pershing pic :Smile_Default:

Galjin #15 Posted Aug 03 2012 - 20:21

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Really,  interesting read am both impressed and puzzled that people know this stuff and care.  If the round is out going I know what I shot.  If it is in-comming. I am not gonna take the time to compare tracers. I am getting the flock out of there.  Good stuff tho.

MySpecialAngel #16 Posted Aug 03 2012 - 20:25

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Noticed the blue tracer coming from a Ferdi last night

xiantom #17 Posted Aug 03 2012 - 20:32

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View PostTheaty, on Jul 27 2012 - 08:06, said:

yeah the thinner traces are  just for the really big guns like T34 gun E100 gun Maus gun KV-2 derp gun...etc... if not that big of a size then it will get thinner like u said in the super pershing pic :Smile_Default:
Thinner tracers are from the really high velocity guns like the Super Pershing's and the Conical gun. Larger calibre guns with lower muzzle velocity will get blue tracers like the 128mm and the T34's gun.

zchen27 #18 Posted Aug 09 2012 - 22:24

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Hmm... Then is it possible to mess with the tracer files to make it more obvious?

Blizzard36 #19 Posted Aug 09 2012 - 23:19

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View Postzchen27, on Aug 09 2012 - 22:24, said:

Hmm... Then is it possible to mess with the tracer files to make it more obvious?
Not anymore. It used to be possible to mod the tracers, but people used that to make them stick around for minutes letting them triangulate targets hidden in bushes.

GateKeeper #20 Posted Aug 31 2012 - 14:35

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wow nice ...Tanks


is this dependant on graphics setting?

You have only showed shells going away.  How about incoming rounds?  Is it the same?