View Full Version : What do Medals Do?

02-22-2006, 12:54 PM

Since I've played 23 patrols and since the instruction booklet that came with the game absolutely sucks, I humbly come to you guys - the masters of sh3 - to tell me what medals do.

Should I be doling the out randomly to my crew the way I have been? Or should there be a method to how I give them away? What does each one do? I heard they can modify fatigue, but is that all?

Thanks in advance-

02-22-2006, 01:16 PM
First, give them to officers/ then petty officers, and then sailors. They make them less prone to fatigue, the Iron cross gives them an experience boost, cross in Gold makes them immune to fatigue (very useful with watchman/engineer/radioman). And the Knight's cross makes them more efficient at the job. You gotta work hard for the knight's cross (50 000K), but it is well worth it

02-22-2006, 01:33 PM
Cool, thanks. I got three knight's crosses already.

How do I myself get more medals? I got the first two quickly, then the cross with diamonds and gold leaves. After that, nothing for the last 10 patrols.

02-22-2006, 03:02 PM
Your own medals and promotion is worked out on the renown you have earnt and currently hold, after any spending spree on newer or better kit for you sub!

For example if you have a fair amount of renown it allows you to transfer between flotilla's. Also your promotion works in this way too.

Unfortunatley the Community Manual is not working - but here is a copy of the page I made a while ago for my own reference.

Medals - From SilentHunterIII

Medals are earned at the end of a successful patrol (i.e. you get home in one piece). The more successful the patrol, the more medals you earn to give out to your crew. It appears that medals are tied to how much reknown is earned on that patrol, or rather stems from the same source (apparently a combination of hull integrity, tonnage sunk, and torpedo efficiency - someone who's examined the configuration files edit this line as necessary).

The net effect of the medals appears to be an increase in morale and endurance for the receiving crewmember. The greater the honor, the greater the benefit on that crewmember. Giving an Iron Cross, for example, has a noticeable impact on the sailor's performance, while the U-Boat front clasp seems to do rather little.

Obtaining Player Medals

These are the numeric requirements for player medals based on reknown earned from patrols. I'm not sure if there are other requirements, such as total tonnage or previous medals awarded. I'm also not sure if the reknown requirements are based upon current total or career total.

€ Iron Cross, 2nd Class - 3,000 Reknown
€ Iron Cross, 1st Class - 6,000 Reknown
€ Knight's Cross - 10,000 Reknown
€ Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves - 15,000 Reknown
€ Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords - 20,000 Reknown
€ Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds - 25,000 Reknown
€ All - 30,000 Reknown ?

I figure this means you will have been awarded every medal if you reach this point?

Obtaining Crew Medals

These requirements are per patrol. You may receive more than one of a certain medal based on your patrol tonnage total and the tonnage required for the medal. For example, the U-Boat Front Clasp requires at least 5,000 tons sunk at the end of a patrol. If you have 11,254 total tons sunk, you will receive 2 U-Boat Front Clasps. The only exception is the U-Boat War Badge which is based upon reknown earned for a patrol.

€ U-Boat War Badge - 500 Reknown
€ U-Boat Front Clasp - 5,000 Tons
€ Iron Cross, 2nd Class - 20,000 Tons
€ Iron Cross, 1st Class - 30,000 Tons
€ German Cross In Gold - 40,000 Tons
€ Knight's Cross - 50,000 Tons

Medals And Their Effects

€ U-Boat Front Clasp - The recipient will receive a boost to resilience. Fatigue change?
€ Iron Cross, 2nd Class - The recipient will receive an experience boost. In my case the boost was 81xp, but this may change based on rank or current experience. Fatigue change?
€ Iron Cross, 1st Class - Unknown
€ German Cross In Gold - Requires IC (2nd and 1st). Awarding a GCIG will result in the recipient becoming immune from fatigue.
€ Knight's Cross - increase crew's effect on a compartment's operating efficiency

02-23-2006, 03:01 PM
i startet my carrear in 40 and im now in the end of 41 in mid 41 had all medals myself
to patrols ago i sunk Renown and got...renown
i also got 2knightscrosses for my crew
they were given to navigator and the chief engineer
they later told me they were proud...not? well it gotta be my imagination then http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

02-23-2006, 07:54 PM
I dont think the gold cross really works, i've noticed that at times the recipient is about as usefull as a bag of beans at his station.

02-24-2006, 11:17 AM
It depens on your mods. With stock game plus patches, anytime you give a nice German Cross, you get an ubermatrossen, inmute to fatigue.

So I've handed all of them to my key officers and PO. With an skeleton crew, I can keep the sub at more than 95% eficience.