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What equipment do you use on the Tetrarch?

  1. Enhanced Gun Laying Driver (143 votes [17.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.25%

  2. Coated Optics (75 votes [9.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.05%

  3. Improved Ventilation Class 1 (253 votes [30.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.52%

  4. Small Spall Liner (30 votes [3.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.62%

  5. Toolbox (24 votes [2.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.90%

  6. Binocular Telescope (135 votes [16.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.28%

  7. Camouflage Net (154 votes [18.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.58%

  8. None (15 votes [1.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.81%

What Consumables do you use on the Tetrarch?

  1. Extra Combat Rations (9 votes [1.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.05%

  2. Automatic Fire Extinguishers (21 votes [2.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.45%

  3. Large First Aid Kit (10 votes [1.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.17%

  4. Large Repair Kit (11 votes [1.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.28%

  5. Removed Speed Governor (30 votes [3.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.50%

  6. Lend-Lease Oil (29 votes [3.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.38%

  7. Small First Aid Kit (268 votes [31.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.24%

  8. Small Repair Kit (284 votes [33.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.10%

  9. Manual Fire Extinguishers (196 votes [22.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.84%

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Charcharo #1 Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:25 AM

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The Mk VII Tetrarch is a British tier 2 Light tank that is lend leased to the USSR. It was available as a gift from Wargaming to all players for a limited time from the release of the 0.7.1 patch.

Tank specs:

Tech tree:
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This tier 2 premium tank offers a good combination of firepower and mobility. Its main feature is the powerful gun, which can penetrate all tanks up to tier 3 and even some tier 4 tanks whilst dealing respectable amounts of damage. On top of that it is also one of the most accurate guns for its tier. The gun depression and mobility serve well to complement this cannon really well. The Tetrarch accelerates well and turns well. Its top speed is quite respectable which allows it to be capable of pursuing other fast tanks like the BT-2. A surprising advantage is its great radio, which is really important in tier 2 battles. Its hard to lose the other vehicles from your minimap. Unfortunately it suffers from a lack of armor and loses a lot of maneuverability on soft terrain, not to mention the terrible view range.
Price: Promotional/special event (750 gold)
Camouflage: Decent
Gun Depression: -10°/+25°

- The gun is great for a tier 2 tank.
- Good top speed, is reasonably maneuverable and accelerates well.
- Makes at least some amount of credits.
- Great gun depression.
- Great radio for its tier.
- Armor is bad.
- Bad terrains influence it a lot.
- Prone to module damage and loss of crew members.
- Low view range.

1.Warrior Posted Image 2. Sniper Posted Image

1. Commander (also a radioman)  Posted Image
2. Gunner Posted Image
3. Driver Posted Image

The MkVII can serve as an excellent training vehicle for your Soviet light tanks.


Armor scheme currently in use:
The hull is made of paper, simple as that. Only gun you can bounce with some amount of certainty is the .50 cal. There really is no need to slope yourself (except against the .50 cal and some other weak guns) so I suggest to focus on shooting and moving. That is where your real defense is.

Tetrarch / Max.capacity 7.90 / Turn speed 47 deg per sec.
Nothing to research here and thankfully this suspension is more than enough to carry all modules + equipment you might want to take. This suspension loses a lot of ground clearance when on soft terrain, thus making you move and maneuver a lot slower.

Medous MAT – 180 h.p. – 20% chance of fire
The engine is very good. Gives you very good acceleration. Unfortunately, it does not have a lot of health points, so dont overdo the removed speed governor.

Type 9 – range 545 meters
The radio is an insane advantage at these tiers. Unlike other tier 2 tanks, you will find it hard to lose your minimap thanks to this thing. Remember that a dead commander also means a dead radioman.

Armor: 16/14/10
Rotation: 41 degrees/second
View range: 262m

Only the mantlet may absorb some tier 2 guns, but it is small. Rest of the turret is weak though. View range is not good even by tier 2 standards.

40mm QFSA
RoF: 21
Penetration: 64/121/23
Average damage: 45/45/60
Accuracy (100m): 0,4
Aim time: 2,3 sec

This gun can ventilate every vehicle up to tier 3 and even some tier 4 vehicles (T-28 for an example). It also has very decent damage for a tier 2 tank and a relatively powerful HE shell that might surprise the enemy if they end up getting hit in a spot where it may penetrate. Its accuracy and aim time are very good for its tier. The APCR penetration is just absurdly high though   :blink:
Only real drawback this gun has is its low ammo count. Only 50 rounds.

Comparison with its peers:
MkVII Tetrarch vs PZ 38H 735 (F)
These two tanks differ a lot in their gameplay. The 38H relies on heavy armor, a decent gun and pathetic maneuverability, whilst the Tetrarch relies on its great gun and good speed.
In short:
38H is much slower and carries much heavier armor.
Both have good guns, but Tetrarch is superior.

MkVII Tetrarch vs T2 Light Tank
The T2 is so fast it leaves even the MkVII in the dust. Both have 0 amounts of armor. Tetrarch has a much better gun than the T2.

Historical MkVII Tetrarch
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MkVII Tetrarch - A World War II air transportable British light tank. Developed by Vickers between 1938-1940 on its own initiative, initially as a reconnaissance tank, to replace the obsolete Mk VI. However, because of poor results shown by light tanks in the first year of World War II, the production of the Tetrarch, which began in 1940, was soon stopped. Interest in the Mk VII began again in 1941 when it was decided to use it as an air transportable tank. Series production of the Tetrarch was resumed and continued from 1941 to 1942. Total production amounted to 177 vehicles. The Tetrarch saw limited use by British troops in battle during the years 1942-1945 and remained in service after the war until the end of the 1940s. The MkVII was also available in the USSR in small quantities during the war under the Lend-Lease program.

CuP1D #2 Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:30 AM


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? - sorry, I thought I was going to read about the tet'

Perhaps it's too early for me and I am missing something


Vipez #3 Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:44 AM

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O.o I thought its about the tret. ... but T-59? ....

Looks like I shouldnt drink so much vodka in the morning  :D

Zszywacz #4 Posted 01 May 2012 - 10:40 AM

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Charcharo #5 Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:13 PM

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Damn, seems like a bug happened guys XD. Will fix it people. Its just that I am using the Type 59 as an example for all my reviews.

View PostVipez, on 01 May 2012 - 09:44 AM, said:

O.o I thought its about the tret. ... but T-59? ....
Looks like I shouldnt drink so much vodka in the morning  :D

View PostZszywacz, on 01 May 2012 - 10:40 AM, said:


Is fixed now.

Sepharus #6 Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:11 PM

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Tetrarch is awesome indeed, problem is it gets massacred by autocannons... 1 salvo and all ur modules are dead and health is near minimum. But I still love trolling low tiers and especially ruining PZ 38H 735 (F) players day  :P I run it only with ventilation and occasionally binocs.

TomasOneil #7 Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:17 PM

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Good review. Only exchange values of pen. & dmg ;)

xRatas #8 Posted 02 May 2012 - 11:03 AM


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Nice review of tetrarch.

This is the tank I keep for newbie bashing and general ego-/statboosting. It is indeed rare that I have a bad game in my tetra. When two of those happen in a row, it is good reason to take a break from WoT for a while. Yesterday, I decided to have some fun with the Tetra after a while: 13 games, 4 topguns. :)

The combination of exellent gun, good speed and efficien camoflage is what makes this tank truly powerful. It can easily run to forward position, slaughter the first tanks that move in range then fall back to another position. Speed also allows it to run where ever it is needed the most (and get away from where it really shouldn't be).

This thing seems to fade away though, I think I saw only 2-3 other tetras in those games I played yesterday. But less there are, harder for others to know how to fight it, not complaining. Also seems like matchmaking is bit more harsh for it now. Lot of games where you're the last tank on list, with lots of tier3 on top. Doesn't matter though, only T-127 can be serious pain for Tetra driver, anything else dies under tetra's crosshair in seconds. Running out of ammo in those games can be a real threat though.

I think the real trick to play Tetra well, is to be good at reading the situation. It dies really fast if anything can target it. So it is mandatory to know when to run and where to hide.

But most of it's awesomeness certainly comes from the fact that you'll be fighting against inexperienced tankers most of the time. I bet many have died wondering why was that far-away-bush so angry at them...

Monolito #9 Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:08 PM


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Amazing tank! I play it regularly! I play it more often than my J Panther and IS :> It's fast and can take a few hits. It's gun accuracy and aiming time is really crap but if you buy a camo net and hide in the bushes you're OK. Low tier battles with this tank are fun to play. You can net a lot of kills. My tanks has 100% crew and some bonus abilities just started (farther view, camo and better terrain resistances). I think it's the best premium, aside from Sherman 424, which you could get for playing beta.

mr3awsome #10 Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:55 PM

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Tet ftw

Rojek #11 Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:48 PM


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About the armor-

You forgot that upper frontal hull armor is bazillion degrees from vertical. I've compared it to upper frontal hull of IS-4 (which we know is 57deg from vertical, right now) and scientifically estimated Tetrarch's armor as sloped @ ~70 deg (that could be even more). That makes this part of our little precious ~46mm of effective armor which is higher than average penetration of most autocannons. Next thing- Tetrarchs meet mostly enemies armed with said autocannons that are (let's say) little inaccurate, so few bullets from a burst can ding off your armor. However that part is rather small. But something (@ front) is better than nothing (@ sides and rear). So you should try to show your front to those damned PzIIs.

Edited by Rojek, 07 May 2012 - 09:48 PM.

Raimon6 #12 Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:09 PM


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Charcharo, you should add a None option to the consummables poll.


2dme #13 Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:07 PM


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Good review, nice overview of this awesome tank!

I love my Tetrarch, its an amazing amount of fun to drive. whilst its armour is certainly weak, you shouldn't ever be stopping. I find that its biggest problem is the guns horrendous accuracy when moving, you quite often have to pause in order to hit anything, even at point blank range.That and the fact my commander dies every... damn... game!

I find that it doesn't have any real problems with any of tanks of its tier, and its an especially good minimaus hunter!

Kauhava #14 Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:14 AM


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Camo and binocs, which I bought for other tanks but don't hurt the Tetrarch.

Love the 2 pounder on it, great for killing 38H's.

Artificialx #15 Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:06 PM

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Oooooo I loooooooove this little baby, more and more as time passes. It's just a "fun" tank for me so I only have around 80 odd games so far. At about 92% trained I think, and boy does crossing that 90% mark make a diff...

This tank, is seriously OP. Well...not the tank...the problem isn't with the tank, it's with the types of people who play this tank, and the typical enemy they encounter.

Back when this beauty was released, everyone and their grandma got one, so lower tier matches were jam-packed. It was always a case where the team with the most tets would win 9/10 times. Nowadays though, now that the honeymoon period is over, you can quite often find yourself as the only tet in the game, and it is in this situation, that this tank becomes deadly.

Don't have my stats in front of me as at work but I know I am currently running ~2:1 kill ratio according to stats, though I predict this will quickly rise indeed, as the games I've had in the last few weeks rarely give me less than 3 kills per game, with about 62% win rate. Heck, in the last week or so I've been disappointed to get less than 5. One game gave me 9 and I seriously felt quite bad for the clearly inexperienced tankers (On "Mines", drove up the centre hill, didn't go in, just stayed in the entrance to the hill by the barriers, popped every one that drove by and didn't even turn their turret my way).

Entering a game dominated by Tier 1 tanks is just pure....hilarity.....though I fear I may put people off playing :D

Edited by Artificialx, 10 May 2012 - 03:07 PM.

alagord #16 Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:54 PM


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Is any chance how can I got Tetrarch?

Rojek #17 Posted 22 May 2012 - 03:16 PM


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Tetrarch was a New Year's gift tank. There's no possiblity of getting one now. Maybe you can be able to buy one in the Gift Shop someday.

sonicology #18 Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:35 PM


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View Postalagord, on 17 May 2012 - 05:54 PM, said:

Is any chance how can I got Tetrarch?

It will be back in one form or other when the British tech tree is finally released.

Zelfana #19 Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:14 AM

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How about the crew skills? I was thinking BiA but maybe Snap Shot with Smooth Ride could work, too, especially combined with GLD. Dunno what to take on the commander with those though. Ramming might be a bad idea with the light weight of Tetrarch but I have equipped Spall Liner just because there's not much else to take.

RedSyndicate #20 Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:42 AM


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Edited by RedSyndicate, 31 May 2012 - 08:17 PM.

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