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HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV): 7 Best Tank Designs

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) 7 Best Tank Designs

Hearts of Iron IV (HOI4) is a captivating grand strategy video game developed by Paradox Interactive. It offers players an immersive experience set in the prelude to the Second World War. As the leader of a nation, players must navigate a complex global landscape fraught with tension and uncertainty. One key focus of the game is the innovative and influential role of armored warfare, spearheaded by the Germans during the early stages of the war. In this guide, we will delve into the intricacies of designing tanks, providing valuable insights and recommendations to help players optimize their armored forces and achieve success, all in the name of world dominance. Here are the best tank designs you can use in HOI4 right now.

Understanding the Tank Design Parts in HOI4

All good tank designs come from understanding the purpose of the armored vehicle. Will it be used as infantry support? As a hard-hitting solo unit? As a specialized tank destroyer? Picking a single goal for each design will easily help the player narrow down the needed parts for their tank design.

There are a number of possible modules, the main ones being:

  • Engine
  • Armor
  • Suspension
  • Main Armament
  • Turret

Special modules also exist but are optional, depending on the player. Additionally, the player can upgrade the tank’s engine and armor at the expense of its reliability rate.

New modules can be unlocked with new technologies.

It should also be noted that tanks should always have infantry units (ideally mobile or mechanized) in order to keep their organization high enough to remain in the fight.

Best Tank Designs in HOI4

Now we move on to the best tank designs in HOI4: we’ll list them one by one, their advantages, and why you should consider building them.

The Space Marine Tank

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Space Marine Tank
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One of the best early game designs, this tank design is intended to serve in an infantry support capacity as an attachment to infantry divisions. Their addition will boost the defense of said infantry division while also serving as a counterweight to any enemy infantry units, as they won’t likely be able to penetrate the armor of this unit so early in the game.

The Speedy Light Tank

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Speedy Light Tank
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This tank design will serve as a faster and speedier cavalry unit. Its main purpose is to push ahead of your armored columns, take undefended areas from the enemy, and ultimately encircle any foes that remain behind. Speed is the greatest asset of this tank design, as while they do have other good stats, they should not be counted on to serve as the main force for your army.

The Mid-Game Anti-Infantry

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Mid-Game Anti-Infantry
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This tank design should serve as a great anti-infantry vehicle in both the mid-game and the late-game. Mainly intended to be used against predominantly enemy infantry, the soft attack, breakthrough, and armor of this design are so high that the enemy division’s organization is expected to be reduced at breakneck speed.

The All-Around Medium Tank

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The All-Around Medium Tank
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Your main battle tank moving forward, this design places a great emphasis on being capable of leading your main lines whilst also providing a great defense against enemy divisions. With a few increases (either from the design company, the military leader, or the land doctrine), you can stretch this tank’s capabilities even further, making it an even greater threat to the foe than before.

The Medium Tank Destroyer

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Medium Tank Destroyer
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The main goal of this tank design is to provide a large enough piercing that it will be able to knock out enemy armored vehicles at will, leaving only infantry behind for your main battle tanks to mop up. Despite the high production cost, this tank’s chance of reducing the enemy’s armored strength on the battlefield should not be underestimated.

The Medium SPG

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Medium SPG
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A more nuanced tank design, this design is intended to prove a huge dose of soft attack aimed at the enemy infantry and at quickly turning their organization to shreds. Even one or two units attached to an armored division should be able to bring the division’s soft attack back up to a more respectable level.

The Medium Amphibious Tank

HOI4 (Hearts of Iron IV) Best Tank Designs The Medium Amphibious Tank
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Serving in an amphibious capacity, this tank design, while expensive, can be quite useful in major naval invasions as having strong armor, a soft attack, and a breakthrough can make or break the landings. While not intended to serve as the main battle tank of the army, they can do their part adequately.


And that is all you need to know about the best tank designs in HOI4. Check out other interesting HOI4 guides and articles:

Based in Santa Rosa, Philippines, Jonathan Ledesma is a Freelance Writer for Raider King.
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