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Want to know all about War Thunder? Then stay tuned for our complete guide below to clear up all your doubts and understand how the game works, what the objective is, which nations are involved and the main curiosities!

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What is War Thunder?

The first step to learning all about War Thunder is to understand exactly what War Thunder is: a military combat simulation game developed and published by Gaijin Entertainment, released in 2013. The game features realistic and detailed battles involving military land vehicles, aircraft and naval vessels from different eras.

How War Thunder works

War Thunder is available on several platforms, including PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and macOS and has several game modes.

All about War Thunder: game modes

There are a variety of War Thunder game modes, catering to different realism preferences:

Arcade Battles

A more accessible and faster game mode, with simplified physics and aiming assistance. It features aiming indicators and visual assistance, reduced refueling and repair times and fewer penalties for sudden maneuvers.

Realistic Battles

A game mode that offers a more realistic experience in terms of physics and gameplay.

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Simulator Battles

The most realistic game mode, designed to accurately simulate military combat.

Assault Battles

PvE (player vs. environment) modes where players face waves of AI-controlled enemies.

Custom Battles

Custom game mode where you can adjust rules and parameters to create your own battles. It gives you total control over settings such as maps, vehicle types and victory conditions.

Ranked Battles

Competitive mode that allows players to compete in a ranking system.

What is the story of War Thunder?

War Thunder’s story doesn’t follow the traditional plot style found in many single-player games, but covers several eras of military history, mainly the Second World War and the Cold War.

What is the objective of War Thunder?

The objective of War Thunder is to pilot planes, drive tanks and command ships from different nations involved in the conflict, such as the United States, Germany, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and Japan. The battles take place in realistic and historical settings from that era.

War Thunder vehicle types

War Thunder vehicles are divided into three main categories: air, land and naval.

Air vehicles

  • Fighters
  • Bombers
  • Attack Aircraft
  • Jet Aircraft
  • Heavy Fighters
  • Jet Bombers
  • Helicopters

Ground Vehicles

  • Light Tanks
  • Medium Tanks
  • Heavy Tanks
  • Tank Destroyers
  • Self-Propelled Guns
  • Anti-Aircraft Vehicles
  • Armored Vehicles

Naval Vehicles

  • Patrol Boats
  • Torpedo Boats
  • Destroyers
  • Cruisers
  • Battleships
  • Aircraft Carriers

What are the nations in War Thunder?

The War Thunder nations have their own air, land and naval vehicles, representing different historical periods.

United States (USA)

  • Aircraft: P-51 Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, F-86 Sabre.
  • Tanks: M4 Sherman, M26 Pershing, M1 Abrams.
  • Ships: USS Fletcher, USS Arizona, USS Iowa.


  • Airplanes: Bf 109, Fw 190, Me 262.
  • Tanks: Panzer IV, Tiger I, Leopard 2.
  • Ships: S-100 class, Admiral Hipper class, Bismarck.

Soviet Union / Russia

  • Aircraft: Yak-3, Il-2 Sturmovik, MiG-15.
  • Tanks: T-34, IS-2, T-80.
  • Ships: G-5, Kirov class, Sovetsky Soyuz.

United Kingdom

  • Airplanes: Spitfire, Lancaster, Hunter.
  • Tanks: Churchill, Centurion, Challenger 2.
  • Ships: HMS Illustrious, Tribal class, King George V class.


  • Airplanes: A6M Zero, Ki-84, F-86 Sabre (JASDF).
  • Tanks: Type 97 Chi-Ha, Type 74, Type 90.
  • Ships: IJN Akizuki, IJN Yamato, IJN Akagi.


  • Airplanes: CR.42 Falco, G.55 Centauro, F-104 Starfighter.
  • Tanks: M13/40, P40, Ariete.
  • Ships: RN Trento, RN Zara, RN Littorio.


  • Aircraft: D.520, Ouragan, Mirage III.
  • Tanks: B1 bis, AMX-13, Leclerc.
  • Ships: La Melpomène, Suffren, Richelieu.


  • Airplanes: P-40 (AVG), J-7II, A-5C.
  • Tanks: T-34-85 (captured), Type 59, ZTZ99.
  • Ships: Lung Jiang, Ning Hai.


  • Airplanes: J21A, J29 Tunnan, J35 Draken.
  • Tanks: Strv m/42, Strv 103, Strv 122.
  • Ships: Visby, Gotland, Östergötland.


  • Aircraft: Spitfire Mk IXe, A-4E Skyhawk, F-4E Phantom II.
  • Tanks: M51, Merkava Mk.2, Merkava Mk.4.

What is the fastest plane in War Thunder?

The fastest plane in War Thunder is the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23M, a Soviet jet fighter from the Cold War era. The MiG-23M can reach 2,500 km/h or 1,550 mph.

Requirements to play War Thunder

Minimum requirements to play War Thunder on PC

  • Operating System: Windows 7 SP1/8/10 (64 bit)
  • Processor: Dual-Core 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 10.1 card: AMD Radeon 77XX / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660. Minimum resolution supported: 720p
  • Network: Broadband Internet.
  • Disk: 17 GB

Minimum requirements to play War Thunder on MAC

  • Operating System: Mac OS Big Sur 11.0 or newer
  • Processor: Core i5 2.2GHz minimum (Intel Xeon not supported)
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Graphics Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 (Mac), AMD/Nvidia equivalents for Mac. Minimum resolution supported: 720p with Metal support.
  • Network: Broadband Internet.
  • Disk: 17 GB

Minimum requirements to play War Thunder on Linux

  • Operating System: Most modern 64bit Linux distributions
  • Processor: Dual-Core 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA 660 with the latest drivers (no more than 6 months old) / AMD equivalents with the latest drivers with Vulkan support (no more than 6 months old); Minimum resolution supported: 720p.
  • Network: Broadband Internet.
  • Disk: 17 GB

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