|“||The eighth ship of Kagerou-class destroyer, I'm Yukikaze. I'll be in your care!||„|
Yukikaze (雪風 Yukikaze) is a character and one of the heroes from the Kantai Collection series who was implemented into the game on the 23rd of April, 2013.
Yukikaze was a Kagerou-class destroyer in service with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. She was the only member of her class to survive the war. The attrition rate of Japanese destroyers was extremely high due to heavy, prolonged combat and the need to use them to transport supplies to scattered Japanese island garrisons.
Early in the war she took part in the invasions of the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. She participated in the battles of Midway, Santa Cruz, Leyte Gulf, and the Philippine Sea, as well as a lengthy stint on Guadalcanal troop runs and the naval battles around that island. Yukikaze also survived Operation Ten-Go, the abortive attack on the American force landing on Okinawa, during which the Yamato was sunk. Between these major engagements, Yukikaze participated in escort duty for ships in transit, particularly in the redeployment of Shinano during which the newly completed carrier was torpedoed by a USN submarine and sunk. She spent the last months of the war on security duty in Japanese harbors and survived many allied air raids.
As a result of participating and surviving some of the most dangerous battles the IJN had fought, Yukikaze is very popular in Japan, being called "the unsinkable ship" and "the miracle ship" much like Shigure prior to that ship's sinking by USS Blackfin (SS-322). But some others within the IJN regarded the ship as a bad omen because ships the destroyer was tasked to escort tended to be sunk with heavy casualties.
After the war, she was used as a transport to bring home Japanese military forces still abroad. Yukikaze and Hibiki were the only ships to survive among the 82 Japanese destroyers built before the war.
Yukikaze is depicted as a young girl with a light tan, short brown hair and brown eyes. She wears a very short white and blue button-up sailor dress with two dark blue stripes at the bottom and a yellow scarf. Under her dress, she wears white underwear. On her back is some sort of backpack-like quadruple torpedo launcher. She also wears a purse-like twin cannon. From her neck, there is a pair of binoculars hanging. Horn-like features are attached to the sides of her head as well as her mast on top. She also wears ankle-length black socks and wears grey shoes with red rudder.
She is often compared to some species of rodent due to her prominent upper teeth and two speaking tube headsets, which are likened to ears.
Yukikaze's new Dan Yang design was released on the 13th of November, 2020. She wears a white dress with buttons and two black stripes on the bottom. The collar over her dress is black with two white stripes. She wears a short, red shirt with red sleeves and a large, dark red bow to the center. She wears a bag on her back. Her dark red ribbed socks are knee-length and she wears red rudder grey shoes. She also wears an accessory on the side of her hair.
For her Kai Ni design, she has an adapted outfit. She retains her dress and carried items, although there a few new additions. Attached to her hair, there is two dark blue ribbons with a golden anchor printed on. Her collar has a golden stripe with an attached large silver scarf while her dress is shown to have several dark blue buttons. In addition, she wears a white jacket over her dress, which forms a pleated skirt with two golden stripes and dark blue on the insides. Her socks have turned white, and the length is changed to below the knees.
For her Summer design, she wears a classic Japanese school swimsuit (sukumizu), with the kanji of her name (雪風) printed on the middle. A dark blue collar is worn over her swimsuit. She has a white hoodie zipped halfway to reveal her swimsuit. It has dark blue cuffs, an logo with an anchor on the left arm and on each side, a dark blue string with the classic beach ball. She carries a yellow bag with several items inside and hanging outside. She also wears dark brown sandals with grey straps. In her Kai Summer design, she has a completely new outfit altogether. She has a straw hat with a yellow sunflower and large dark blue ribbon hanging on. She has a white dress with dark blue insides with torpedoes sticking out from the bottom and a large dark blue ribbon on the center. She has a white band on her wrist and carries a bag. She also wears white high heel sandals.
In-game, she has the highest luck of the game (50, 60 when upgraded). This stems from having survived many battles with nothing more than minor damage and having survived the post-war for many years afterwards under the ROC as the Tan Yang/Danyang. It was only in 1970 that she was scrapped. However, she gained the nickname "Shinigami" due to the fact the bigger ships she escorted rarely survived. Just ask Hiei among others.
- Although she was known for being a lucky ship, various crews aboard other ships throughout the war viewed her as a bad omen, due to the fact that she escorted Shinano (when said ship was torpedoed and sunk by USS Archerfish), and Yamato (during Operation Ten-Go, where said ship and five others were sunk)
- One of the survivors of the Second World War, along with Hibiki.
- She was transferred to the Republic of China after the Second World War, and served as the flagship of the Republic of China Navy.
- Scrapped in 1970.
- Her name when translated to English means "snowy wind".