Type 64 Review: The Must Buy Light Tank
If you’re a new tanker but plan on playing in Strongholds and Clan Wars, then there’s three Premium tanks you really need to look at.
One is the T34-85M, which I recently reviewed on Wot Talk, the second is the Cromwell B, and the third is the Type 64.
The 85M and the Cromwell B are two of the most often used tanks in Strongholds. The 85M is a mobile tank with Tier 7 punch and solid armour. The Cromwell B is faster, and the current choice for Stronghold commanders who want a fast tank complement (aka ‘comp’).
But the Type 64 will get you invited into Strongholds constantly. It is, quite simply, the best scout for Tier 6 strongholds, and arguably the best scout at Tier 6 period.
The Chinese premium stands out for two primary reasons:
- It’s the fastest scout at tier … and not by a little. The Type 64 races around the battlefield at 72.4 kph, and will even outrun a Cromwell. It’s held back a little by its power to weight ratio, which is lower than a lot of tanks at tier, but helped by its ground resistance values. All that aside, the Type 64 is very, very fast.
- It has the highest DPM of any light tank at Tier 6, and among the highest for mediums as well. Essentially, the Type 64 is a Hellcat with a faster firing gun, better mobility, and a fast-turning turret.
The pen on that gun isn’t great, but it pumps out 2,180.5 damage per minute, which is miles ahead of any other tank at this tier.
The speed allows the Type 64 to get to forward spotting locations very quickly, and to retreat just as quickly when necessary. The high DPM allows this tank to fight side by side with Cromwells, which are also very good at dishing out the pain.
And then there’s the typical skills of a scout: the camo and the view range. The Type 64 has the highest view range of any scout at 390 meters, whereas most scouts at this tier can only boast between 360 and 380 meters. The Cromwell, which is among the most used tanks in Strongholds, only has 360 meters as well.
This allows the Type 64 to outspot pretty much any tank in the game, other than another Type 64!
The camo values are actually not that great when stacked up against other light tanks. In fact, the Type 64 has among the worst values at tier.
However, the difference isn’t that much, and it’s much stealthier than a Cromwell.
To sum it all up, the Type 64 brings the most important elements you can have in many battles; vision, speed and firepower.
Other light tanks can actually be replaced quite effectively by the Cromwell itself, and they just don’t have the firepower to be competitive.
So, if you want a tank for Strongholds, the Type 64 makes a very strong case for being the best buy of any tank, and it’s definitely the best light.
The downside is, of course, the fact you have to pay real money to get it, and you just have to decide if it’s worth it to you.
What may help your decision is the fact the Type 64 also shines in pub matches. It’s ability to spot enemies at a greater distance, combined with its amazing DPM, means this tank has the ability to turn the tide of battle.
I call skirmishes every week for my clan, and try to never go into battle without at least one Type 64. As well, many of the best players in the game concur that this Chinese Premium makes a strong case for being not just the best light at Tier 6, but the best tank period.
I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, but it is very good indeed. The Type 64 is more accurate than a Cromwell, and will generally win sniper battles. It’s more fragile, however, and the Crommie will easily win close up brawling engagements.
And then, of course, there’s the T34-85M, which is almost like a Tier 7 medium at Tier 6. It’s a much tougher tank, with armour that will bounce a lot of shells, good mobility, high DPM, and higher alpha.
Whether it’s the best tank at tier is open to debate, but it is certainly among the best tanks you can get at Tier 6, and an absolute essential if you’re in a clan that plays Strongholds.