|USSR||Heavy Tank||Tier X|
The development of the vehicle was started in April 1944, with several prototypes manufactured by the end of World War II. The IS-4 was mass-produced from 1947 through 1949, with a total of 219 vehicles built.
The IS-4 is quite a versatile tank, with a good gun, and thick sloped armor. These are opposed by its somewhat low speed and agility. When armed with the 122mm M62-T2 gun, it becomes a fearsome opponent, capable of belting out generous amounts of damage. It trades frontal armor from its predecessor, the ST-I, in exchange for better side armor and higher mobility. It sports better penetration and rate of fire, it still is far from being as nimble as its counterpart, the IS-7, and feels very sluggish and slow in comparison. While its frontal armor is thinner than other tier X tanks, it compensates by having a great slope on the frontal armor plating, meaning that you will bounce enemy shots effectively. Unfortunately, the lower frontplate is very soft and a rather big target to hit, effectively negating the good slope of the upper front plate. Therefore, it is best to either hull-down or position yourself at an angle to maximize your sloped armor. Take into consideration that you are a close-range brawler, not a sniper, as your guns have poor or mediocre accuracy at best, and if you miss a shot it can be painful. You do not have the speed and manuverability to get yourself into position quickly and relocate if needed. However, you can utilize cover sufficiently effective - peek out, fire a shot at the enemy, then dive back into safety. The good side armor also makes it very suitable for side scraping. Generally, it is more well-rounded over the IS-7, but it doesn't have any extremely strong points.
The IS-4 marks the end of one of the Soviet heavy tank lines.
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Pros and Cons
- Very strong turret armor
- Great tank for sidescraping
- Higher penetration, faster aiming and better accuracy with the top gun than IS-7
- Relatively high HP pool
- Thinner frontal armor than most tier X heavies
- Rather huge and soft lower glacis
- Rather slow and sluggish
- Less mobile compared to the IS-7
- Driver dies from frontal shots rather easy
- Outrageous repair cost
It is a common tank to see on the battlefield for a very good reason; it has a decent amount of speed, good armor values all around and mounts a high-penetration gun. Many players view the IS-4 as a superior tank to the IS-7 because it does not have the weak rear armor that the IS-7 has. But like some machines of war, it finds itself in a "jack of all trades-master of none" position in that that while performing well, it does not particularly stand out in any one area. However, if played right, the IS-4 can be a feared and respected tank. The IS-4's somewhat weak point is its mobility. The turret traverse speed is average. It deals decent damage, and combined with its sloped armor, it is a well rounded tank.
You should carry your crew over from the ST-I so you have good crew to start with. First get Repair for all of them, because you don't want to stand in open where artillery can shell you. Then you should get Mentor for your Commander, because this skill helps the other crew get skills and perks faster. Your Gunner's 2nd skill should be Snap Shot, Clutch Braking for the Driver, and Safe Stowage for the Loader. Then you should train them all in BiA (Brothers in Arms). If you get high enough for another one then you can get Sixth Sense for the Commander, Designated Target for the Gunner, Off-Road Driving for the Driver, and Adrenaline Rush for the Loader.
It's impossible to come from the ST-I without researching the improved gun, so it should already come elited.
- IS-4 Drive By at YouTube.