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Game: Hearts of Iron IV
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The No Steps Back DLC completely overhauled the tank meta in Hearts of Iron IV with the introduction of the tank designer. Tanks of each type can now be designed with up to 9 modules, allowing a huge level of customization but making it difficult to determine the new meta. Many of the options in the tank designer will come down to personal preferences or situational differences, so feel free to modify these designs however you see fit.

Medium tanks are considered the best tank to use due to their low supply cost and high potential piercing, but other tank classes have some niche use cases.

A light tank design in Hearts of Iron 4.

This light tank design has high speed, reliability, and breakthrough. Its speed means it won’t be a bottleneck for any divisions it’s placed in as it can outpace motorized infantry. Reliability is an important stat for keeping tanks operational and not wasting any industrial capacity, but if this isn’t a priority for you feel free to crank up the engine and armor values. To put it simply, this tank excels at speeding past enemies and encircling groups.

Main Armament
Improved Automatic Cannon
Turret
Two Man Turret
Special Features
Advanced Radio
Special Features
Extra Ammunition Storage
Special Features
Auto Loader
Suspension
Christie Suspension
Armor Type
Riveted Armor
Engine Type
Gas Turbine
A medium tank design in Hearts of Iron 4.

This design is great for an all-purpose tank that you can insert into your divisions without limiting them to a specific job. It has excellent breakthrough with solid armor, piercing, and attack stats. The tank is a bit pricey, but it can be reduced to a reasonable 15.6 production cost by removing the engine and armor upgrades.

Main Armament
Improved Medium Cannon
Turret
Three Man Turret
Special Features
Advanced Radio
Special Features
Armor Skirts
Special Features
Auto Loader
Special Features
Stabilizer
Suspension
Interleaved Roadwheels
Armor Type
Riveted Armor
Engine Type
Gasoline Engine
A medium tank destroyer design in Hearts of Iron IV.

The perfect counter to an opponent with a large armored force is the tank destroyer. While this design is expensive at 20.6 production cost, keep in mind that you will not produce as many tank destroyers as you will tanks. If you decide to modify the design, be sure to remember that tank destroyers need to prioritize piercing and hard attack to remain effective.

Main Armament
Advanced High-Velocity Cannon
Turret
Medium Fixed Superstructure
Special Features
Advanced Radio
Special Features
Squeeze-bore Adaptor
Special Features
Stabilizer
Special Features
Sloped Armor
Suspension
Interleaved Roadwheels
Armor Type
Riveted Armor
Engine Type
Gasoline Engine
A heavy tank design in Hearts of Iron IV.

This heavy tank design is a jack of all trades, master of none. It’s important to note that heavy tanks typically aren’t recommended due to their prohibitive cost, high supply usage, and how easy it is to get high piercing on medium tanks. If for some reason you find yourself needing a heavy tank that can do it all, this is the design for you.

Main Armament
Advanced Heavy Cannon
Turret
Three Man Turret
Special Features
Advanced Radio
Special Features
Extra Ammunition Storage
Special Features
Stabilizer
Special Features
Armor Skirts
Suspension
Interleaved Roadwheels
Armor Type
Riveted Armor
Engine Type
Gasoline Engine
A heavy tank destroyer design in Hearts of Iron iV

The heavy tank destroyer is the most expensive design on this list, coming in at a whopping 35 production cost. It has high armor, piercing, and hard attack to counter enemy tanks. If you want to add more armor or engine upgrades, I would suggest switching the turret to a heavy fixed superstructure for additional reliability. Keep in mind that this tank destroyer would be worse than the medium one due to its substantially higher cost.

Main Armament
Advanced High-Velocity Cannon
Turret
Three Man Turret
Special Features
Advanced Radio
Special Features
Sloped Armor
Special Features
Squeeze-bore Adaptor
Special Features
Armor Skirts
Suspension
Torsion Bar
Armor Type
Welded Armor
Engine Type
Gasoline Engine

While other types of tanks do exist, these are the most relevant and used tank types in Hearts of Iron IV. Using these designs can serve as a simple plug-and-play for your games, or as a starting point to creating your own tank designs.

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Sam
Sam
13 days ago

I find tank destroyer to be useless

SaM
SaM
Reply to  Sam
7 days ago

not in multiplayer

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