Pros and Cons
- Respectable front armor allows bouncing even against tier 10 guns
- Ability to pivot in place
- Best sidescraping ability 2nd only to the Maus
- Good training for using the Maus
- Harder to ignite transmission
- Gun selection same as E-75
- Large profile makes an easy target for artillery
- Weak side armor
- Lacks mobility
- Very weak stock gun that must be used before obtaining the top gun.
- Rear-mounted turret
- Without the top engine, the VK 4502 (P) Ausf. B might as well be a fixed fortification
Initially, the Ausf B. is slow and clumsy. Its rear-mounted turret makes it so you have to fully reveal yourself from cover to fire if you adopt traditional tactics. Instead, angle your front to protect it behind cover while exposing your side at an acute angle. Once upgraded, it makes up for some of its more awkward grievances. The armor is nicely sloped, allowing it to bounce a high percentage of shells. However, its frontal armor has the driver view port as weakness, but only very accurate shots may hit it. Unlike its competitor the E-75, the VK 45.02P does not use a front mounted transmission and is thus much less prone to engine fires when hit in the lower front glacis, but its engine is located in the front so you instead will get engine damage.
In some cases, the learning curve can become fairly expensive and you may suffer heavy financial hits until you've grown (or groaned) accustomed to this heavy tank. Don't give up. It's well worth the pain. If mastered, the Ausf B. can be a rewarding tank to play and is great preparation for the playing style of the Maus.
This is one of the most well-adapted tanks for the "Sidescrape" position due to the rear mounted turret. This is especially good since the rear-mounted turret makes it less suitable for "peek and shoot" city tactics.
Alternatively you could approach this tank as a Ferdinand with a turret (the top gun is essentialy the same as the one on the Ferdi) and the armor is just as reliable at range, the mobility is similar as well. Just hang back and snipe from long range if the classic 'heavy tank' playstyle does not suit you.
- You should have researched the engines, gun and radio from the previous VK, so equip them first
- The stock turret is strong enough to hold up on its own,so its important to upgrade the guns as it will give you the ability to hit targets reliably, should you have not researched the 105mm L/68 from the Tiger II, your first priority is to acquire that gun.
- Research the suspension, or use a suspension module
- Research and equip the Turret