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Jaws is a typical island archipelago. The headquarters on island capture are shaped like a giant mouth, with the islands in the middle being supply bases.

Escort[edit]

A Japanese and American carrier force is about to engage each other. Both sides have to sink the enemy carrier before they lose theirs.

The Japanese fleet sails in a traditional line of battle.
The Atlanta-class cruisers are tough targets from the air.

This map is extremely straightforward and reasonably balanced, but is extremely slow-paced and heavily reliant on ships. Players only have access to Wildcats and TBFs, or Zeroes and Kates.

As aforementioned, the map is straightforward - players must simply defend their carrier while trying to sink the enemy's. Unfortunately, fights do not revolve around the carriers, and instead are focused on a pair of large fleets heading toward the carrier. The battle in reality depends on who sinks the enemy fleet first.

The Japanese fleet sails in a single narrow line. The Japanese fleet consists of a pair of Fusō-class battleships, and three Akizuki-class destroyers. The Allied fleet has a Renown-class and a King George V-class battleship. The Allied fleet sails line abreast, with ships directly across from each other, and has two Atlanta-class light cruisers sailing for escort.

This battle formation is inherently flawed; the Japanese battleships have 12 guns each for a total of 24, while the Allies have only ten guns on their King George V and six more on their Renown. Additionally, the Allies' sailing formation puts the Renown-class in range far earlier than the King George; this formation also impedes the firing arcs of the King George, forcing it to fire over the Renown. While the Allied Atlanta-class cruisers are stronger than the Akizuki-class destroyers, the Japanese have three of them, thus negating the Allies' cruisers. Therefore, this map inherently goes to the Japanese.

Regardless, each fleet begins within striking distance of the opposing side's carrier. Since carriers are virtually unarmed, the fight ultimately boils down to who sinks the opposing fleet first, not who sinks the enemy carrier.

With such a small unit selection, combined with the addition of the two fleets (which are virtually unstoppable if your own fleet is sunk) makes this map extremely unpopular amongst players.

Siege[edit]

Japanese amphibious forces are about to attack a US controlled island from the northwest. The US must protect the island and destroy the enemy landing forces. The Japanese have to destroy all the coastal defence lines and protect their landing vessels.

Map description

De Ruyters will be the brunt of your strength.
This Agano-class isn't even in range, and already it's being double-teamed by cruisers and the fortresses. Good luck winning this one.

This rather unbalanced map is rather straightforward for both sides. The Allies have a heavily defended island, surrounded by fortresses, that the Axis players must take over. Axis players have access to Agano-class light cruisers or Minekaze-class destroyers, while the Allies have access to De Ruyters (erroneously flying the American flag) and Clemsons.

The Japanese have to employ every advantage in their arsenal to win, most particularly their torpedoes, because the US land-based defences in particular cause a lot of damage to the very vulnerable SB boats in their landing fleet. The Allies also use a single squad of SBDs to harass the landing ships, but they ultimately aren't a major cause for concern.

Perhaps the biggest problem with this map is its monotony - apart from the occasional SB boat making landfall or the De Ruyter penetrating the Japanese lines, there aren't a lot of other things to do in this map. The fortresses are the Japanese team's primary target, but the extra cannons the De Ruyters have will almost certainly prevent that.

Competitive[edit]

Commanding the guns of your coastline defences, can you stop the enemy overwhelming your shores? As a US land defence force you have to control all the defences surrounding a vital headquarters.

Beware of high-flying targets like these Judies.
Your base gets more guns the longer you stay alive.

This game mode is very similar to a shooting gallery - waves of almost random enemies will appear and attempt to neutralize your headquarters. Using your shoreline flak and AA batteries, you have to sink all enemy ships and keep the enemy at bay.

The first wave consists always of troop transports. As you destroy enemies, the ante slowly gets upped. Approximately every third wave consists of either dive bombers or kamikaze planes, both of which approach at high altitude. You'll want to keep your eyes peeled for these, as even a few can either neutralize your HQ outright (and end the game for everyone), or knock out your shore defences.

The longer you hold onto your headquarters, the more guns it sprouts. Eventually this culminates with sufficient firepower to sink a Yamato-class battleship, which is one of the waves before the game rolls over back to destroyers and troop transports. There is no end to the waves; simply survive and eliminate the enemy as they come.

Duel[edit]

Player start locations for Duel Mode.

Island Capture - Small[edit]

Map Description: Similar to pretty much every other small-sized map there is, Jaws has players start in the southwest and northeast corners for a quick battle for an airfield. Naturally, whoever controls this airfield can easily neutralize the last enemy headquarters for an easy win. With heavy cruisers available, this map generally goes to the Japanese, whose heavy cruisers are the strongest in the game, assuming the Allies don't employ the Alaska-class. If the Allies can secure the airfield, however, their TBM Avengers give them a distinct advantage.

Unlock Data: The Allies, if possible, will probably want to get the Alaska-class CA to try and even the odds against the powerful Mogami-class. Otherwise, the Allies will want to use as much torpedo power as possible to try and take the airfield, and start employing TBM Avengers. The other unlocks aren't as useful - the Atlanta-class upgrade has more guns but less punch from its guns.

Balancing Notes: This map typically goes to the Japanese, but if the Allies can capture the airfield, their TBM Avengers can create an extremely easy win for them. However, this map is still favoured by the Japanese as their heavy cruisers can punch through Allied cruiser screens and hit the headquarters directly. Overall, the map is reasonably balanced, but only if the Allies are wise enough to employ Tiny Tims.

Click on a Headquarters to see what units it can spawn.

HQ 3 (Japanese)HQ 4HQ 2 (Allied)Jaws - Small
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HQ 2 (Allied)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • LST Mark 2
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • SB Boat LST
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 3 (Japanese)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • LST Mark 2
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • SB Boat LST
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 4[edit]

Allied ships

None

Japanese ships

None

Allied planes
  • P-38 Lightning
  • SBD Dauntless
  • TBF Avenger
  • P-51 Mustang
  • P-80 Shooting Star
  • TBM Avenger
Japanese planes
  • J1N Gekko
  • D3A Val
  • B5N Kate
  • J7W Shinden
  • J9Y Kikka

Island Capture - Medium[edit]

Map Description: A newbie's deathtrap, Jaws size Medium consists of a seemingly innocuous island archipelago. Since most maps have the most powerful units spawn in the middle, it's easy for a newbie to capture all the centre bases. A closer look at the map and where the units spawn from, however, reveals that the true gem of this map lies in the southeast corner. The southeast corner is the map's only airbase, and naturally is highly contested amongst all players on the map. The team that captures the airfield will have mapwide strike capability, especially if the Ohka or TBM unlock was selected. However, it can be relatively easy to take back if it isn't supported properly.

Unlock Data: The TBM and the Ohka are usually selected as unlocks, but unless the player is certain they're going to get the airfield in the southeast, it should be avoided. A battleship unlock might prove more useful on this map, since a battleship unlock doesn't require the key airbase in order to be useful. More daring players should select the TBM or the Ohka, and then attack from all directions, whilst a more conservative player will go for battleships.

Balancing Notes: The map is balanced within acceptable parameters. Neither side has a major advantage or disadvantage on this map.

Click on a Headquarters to see what it can spawn.

HQ 6HQ 7HQ 8HQ 5HQ 2BSP MediumJaws.PNG
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HQ 2 (Allies)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • South Dakota-class BB
  • LST Mark 2
  • Narwhal-class SS
  • Troop Transport AP
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
  • Iowa-class BB
  • Montana-class BB
  • Gato-class SS
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Fusō-class BB
  • SB Boat LST
  • Type B SS
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
  • Yamato-class BB
  • Super Yamato-class BB
  • Kaiten Carrier SS
  • I-400-class SS
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 5[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • LST Mark 2
  • Troop Transport AP
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • SB Boat LST
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 6 (Japanese)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • South Dakota-class BB
  • LST Mark 2
  • Narwhal-class SS
  • Troop Transport AP
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
  • Iowa-class BB
  • Montana-class BB
  • Gato-class SS
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Fusō-class BB
  • SB Boat LST
  • Type B SS
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
  • Yamato-class BB
  • Super Yamato-class BB
  • Kaiten Carrier SS
  • I-400-class SS
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 7[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • LST Mark 2
  • Troop Transport AP
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • SB Boat LST
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 8[edit]

Allied ships

None

Japanese ships

None

Allied planes
  • P-38 Lightning
  • SBD Dauntless
  • TBF Avenger
  • B-17 Flying Fortress
  • PBY Catalina
  • C-47 Skytrain
  • P-80 Shooting Star
  • P-51 Mustang
  • TBM Avenger
  • B-29 Superfortress
Japanese planes
  • J1N Gekko
  • D3A Val
  • B5N Kate
  • G4M Betty
  • H6K Mavis
  • L2D Tabby
  • J7W Shinden
  • J9Y Kikka
  • G5N Liz
  • H8K Emily
  • Ohka Carrier (MXY-7 Ohka)

Island Capture - Large[edit]

Map Description: Jaws Medium shows quite well why the map is named Jaws - the Headquarters islands are arranged in a large mouth-like position, with the supply base islands being "eaten" by the HQs. Overall, the map is generally balanced. Players will start at the "lips" of the map and must work their way into the "fulcrum" of the map in the southeast. The southeast map spawns the larger bombers, and will no doubt greatly favour the side that captures it. Since it doesn't spawn boats, however, it can be taken - with difficulty - by ships from the headquarters next to it.

Unlock Data: The Allies can deploy TBM Avengers from any of the airfields. The Japanese Ohka and the H8K Emily requires the southwest airbase in order to be deployed. Cruiser upgrades work well, along with the J9Y Kikka if you have it. The Kikka won't be quite as powerful as an Ohka, but it's the best air-to-ground attacker the Japanese can have on this map that isn't the Ohka or the Emily.

Balancing Notes: The aforementioned Avengers and Ohka tend to make the map rather Allies-centric. However, the stronger Japanese cruisers - and possibly the Akizuki-class AA destroyer - can at least attempt to nullify the Allies' airpower advantage. This map is therefore reasonably balanced, with no major balancing flaws short of glitches.

Be aware that this map has several known glitches that are occasionally reproducible and potentially game-altering. When playing this map with the Mustang Unit Pack enabled and no unlock selected, it is sometimes possible for Japanese players to spawn P-51 Mustangs. Additionally, one of the supply bases - supply base 3 - does not seem to have a naval supply attached to it, even if they are enabled.

Click on a Headquarters to see what units it can spawn.

HQ 5 (Japanese)HQ 9HQ 10HQ 11HQ 12HQ 1HQ 2HQ 4HQ 8Jaws - Large
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HQ 1 (Allied)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 2[edit]

Allied ships

None

Japanese ships

None

Allied planes
  • P-38 Lightning
  • SBD Dauntless
  • TBF Avenger
  • P-51 Mustang
  • P-80 Shooting Star
  • TBM Avenger
Japanese planes
  • J1N Gekko
  • D3A Val
  • B5N Kate
  • J7W Shinden
  • J9Y Kikka

HQ 4[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Narwhal-class SS
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Gato-class SS
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Type B SS
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • I-400-class SS
  • Kaiten Carrier SS
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 5 (Japanese)[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 8[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 9[edit]

Allied ships

None

Japanese ships

None

Allied planes
  • P-38 Lightning
  • SBD Dauntless
  • TBF Avenger
  • P-51 Mustang
  • P-80 Shooting Star
  • TBM Avenger
Japanese planes
  • J1N Gekko
  • D3A Val
  • B5N Kate
  • J7W Shinden
  • J9Y Kikka

HQ 10[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Narwhal-class SS
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Gato-class SS
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Troop Transport AP
  • Type B SS
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • I-400-class SS
  • Kaiten Carrier SS
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 11[edit]

Allied ships
  • Elco PT boat
  • Fletcher-class DD
  • LST Mark 2
  • Cleveland-class CL
  • Northampton-class CA
  • ASW Fletcher-class DD
  • Allen M. Sumner-class DD
  • Atlanta-class CL
  • Alaska-class CA
Japanese ships
  • Gyoraitei PT boat
  • Fubuki-class DD
  • SB Boat LST
  • Agano-class CL
  • Mogami-class CA
  • Akizuki-class DD
  • Shimakaze-class DD
  • Kuma-class CL Torpedo Variant
  • Tone-class CA
Allied planes

None

Japanese planes

None

HQ 12[edit]

Allied ships

None

Japanese ships

None

Allied planes
  • P-38 Lightning
  • SBD Dauntless
  • TBF Avenger
  • B-17 Flying Fortress
  • PBY Catalina
  • C-47 Skytrain
  • P-51 Mustang
  • P-80 Shooting Star
  • TBM Avenger
  • B-29 Superfortress
Japanese planes
  • J1N Gekko
  • D3A Val
  • B5N Kate
  • H6K Mavis
  • G4M Betty
  • L2D Tabby
  • J7W Shinden
  • J9Y Kikka
  • H8K Emily
  • G5N Liz
  • Ohka Carrier (MXY-7 Ohka)