Guide to Weak Spots in World of Tanks
Weak spots are specific areas of a tank that can be penetrated more easily than other areas where the armor is thicker and/or sloped.
Here is a list of common weak spots across tanks:
The cupola, which is the hatch on top of the turret
View (range) ports
Machine gun ports
Lower front glacis, especially on German tanks
Hatches elsewhere on the vehicle
Weak Spots (KV-1s)
For almost every tank in the game, the rear and side armor of the hull (body) and turret tend to be weaker than the front armor, which is why flanking is so critical in World of Tanks.
In general, you want to avoid targeting the following areas of an enemy tank:
The mantlet, which is the heavily armored section where the gun attaches to the turret
Areas which are heavily sloped or angled relative to you
The following video provides illustrative footage of penetrating tanks in their weak spots:
Aside from consistently hitting enemy tanks in their weak spots, make sure to protect your tank’s weak spots via proper angling and leveraging physical cover. The following video provides a more advanced look at weak spot targeting and protection with footage from an “Ace Tanker” Mastery battle for the IS-4:
To protect your tank against penetrations, you can angle your hull armor to increase the effective armor and chance to ricochet incoming rounds, as discussed in my guide on angling.
For more advanced videos, check out my “Road to Unicum” tank reviews in which I share what I’ve learned as I progress towards account Unicum rating (top 1%). I talk through how I’m reading each battle as it unfolds and discuss key decisions and mistakes. My hope is that these videos meaningfully help other players improve their gameplay.
Recommended Tools and Resources
There are some amazing web sites, mobile/tablet apps, and desktop applications that enable you visualize the armor of tanks with 3D models, and you can use these to understand their weak apots. Here are the ones I recommend.
This relatively new site allows you to view the 3D models of every tank in a web browser.
You can mouse over various parts of the tank to see the penetration values. You can also rotate the turret, so that you can determine side and rear turret values.
The site provides both live and test 3D models.
This is an application you install on your Windows computer, and similar to tanks.gg, it provides 3D models of every tank.
One notable feature is that you can specify the shell type (AP/APCR/HEAT/HE/HESH) and caliber of the gun firing on the tank, as shell normalization varies by shell type, and this enables you to see the effective armor values.