World of Tanks Scouting Guide and Tips

How to scout in World of Tanks

One of the most important aspects of World of Tanks is scouting. Artillery and Heavy Tanks rely on scouts to spot enemy tanks so that they have targets to attack, without a scout they are blind and therefore ineffective.

While scouting may seem simple, it’s actually a fairly difficult thing to do especially if you want to be effective – there’s no use find out where the enemy is before your team is ready and then getting destroyed before they can do anything.


My favorite scouting tanks (less than tier 5)

The T50 Light tank is a quick and nimble tank that can scout well - it maintains top speed of 59mph very well and has a decent counter shot if needed.
The T50 Light tank is a quick and nimble tank that can scout well - it maintains top speed of 59mph very well and has a decent counter shot if needed.
The M5 Stuart medium tank is a great scout. It has decent armor, quite a punch and still maintains speeds in the high 50s. It allows you to scout really well and if needed gives you a great chance of defeating artillery.
The M5 Stuart medium tank is a great scout. It has decent armor, quite a punch and still maintains speeds in the high 50s. It allows you to scout really well and if needed gives you a great chance of defeating artillery.

Important elements for scouting in World of Tanks

  • Fast tanks are the best for scouting – some medium and even heavy tanks can be faster than some of the light tanks. One thing you have to consider is that many tanks have high top speeds, but with terrain, turning etc they often don’t get to these high speeds – so a ‘nimble’ tank that can maintain a higher speed is often better.
  • The longer the view range the better – light tanks generally have the best range, but some heavy tanks and tank destroyers have good or better view range. It’s a compromise between speed and range.
  • There are several ways to scout; often hiding and observing is just as useful – if the enemy can’t see you, they’ll move past you allowing you to effectively scout for the team – remember, sit tight, don’t move or shoot – if possible use camouflage – you’ll be harder to find.


What to think about when scouting in World of Tanks?

There are several key roles of a scout:

  • To reveal enemy locations so that heavy tanks and artillery can attack them from range – as the enemy usually cannot see who is firing at them (other than by following the ‘trace’ of the shot), this means your artillery is relatively safe.
  • Artillery killer – while this is not the main objective, a good scout will often be able to get past the defenses and attack artillery – while light tanks often can’t kill artillery quickly enough, a decent heavy tank scout can do enough damage and take a ‘few’ hits from artillery.
  • Don’t get killed – sounds simple. The scout is there to spot enemies not engage enemies. The more times you are able to move past the enemy and re-spot them the better. If you get destroyed then over a small period of time your team will not be able to see the enemy. So try and do quick runs past the enemy and re-circle to find them again. Scouting on WOT isn’t as easy as it sounds!
  • Know when to scout – if there are already a couple of scouts out there then there’s no point rushing and scouting. Wait until the other scouts are either destroyed or on their way back to base before venturing out. As the enemy will be sending fast scouts against you, you can often help defend the base against enemy scouts prior to becoming a scout yourself.
  • Check your team – if there’s no artillery, it’s often better to wait for your heavy tanks to get into position prior to scouting. There’s no pointing finding the enemy if you have no team members who can shoot them!


Different Methods of Scouting in World of Tanks

Rushing (Method used in video) - this is by far the most popular, the most fun and often most effective. You should wait a few seconds before charging to give your tank destroyers and artillery a chance to get into position. Rushing headlong is about the worst thing you can do as you’ll have at least half a dozen guns trained on you and you will not last long.

Subtlety is the key to the rush. Rush at angles and use the terrain to your advantage. Hug cliffs or buildings so enemy artillery can’t get to you and duck behind cover to make yourself a hard target. Weave often and try a curved route if you can so that it makes you harder to hit.

Don’t head down the ‘obvious’ channels as you know that the enemy is waiting for you – try and sneak around, or zigzag across the map so that the enemy isn’t quite sure where you are going.

Try not to slow down or hit obstacles – you should maintain a high speed so that you can sweep past the enemy and hopefully survive so you can loop back for a second run. Don’t worry about shooting the enemy, that’s not your job – shooting often makes you lose concentration. Watch the terrain – rushing through trees, debris or boggy ground can slow you down.

Observer - this is often a great way to scout. Rush to a protected position somewhere in the middle of the map, usually in an ‘unexpected’ position, and sit tight. Try and equip the camo net and binoculars so you can remain unseen but also spot the enemy. Don’t shoot or move – the minute you do this the more chance you have of being found – the idea is that you are not seen by the enemy but you can see them!

To play this role requires patience but also knowledge of the map and the usual routes that tanks take. If possible choose a position that is elevated as you’re more likely to be able to spot over buildings and boulders.

The Sneak Scout - tank destroyers like the Hetzer are very stealthy and this allows you to slowly move from bush to bush while staying hidden from the enemy – it’s a cross between the Rush method and the Observer method. This is the hardest method of scouting as you have to ensure that you are sneaking from a hidden spot – this requires knowledge of the terrain but also knowledge of where the enemy scouts and leading tanks are likely to go.

Dodge and weaver - I think this is called spotting officially – this is one of my favorite methods of scouting. Often, when heavy tanks are close to each other, say around the corner, the will lose sight of each other when they move back – a light tank can move forward and dodge back hopefully drawing movement or a shot from the enemy, thus lighting them up for your artillery.

Another way to be a spotter that is very effective is using cover to move stealthily around the map so you are on the heavy tanks flank or back, and then dodging in and out quickly to spot them – usually they don’t have time to shoot at you so you should retreat quickly.

Conclusion

WOT Scouting is not that rewarding and often some will call you a noob for rushing – gaining the scouting accolade is nice, but using some of the other methods (not rushing) often help your team, but don’t lead to the scouting accolade – but at the end of a day, a win is a win – and that is the true objective of scouting in World of Tanks – helping your team to win!


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