As with all games, players typically need elements of both skill and luck. However, some games are known for needing more skill than others. In a 2020 survey conducted by YouGov, 45 percent of respondents in the United States stated that Battleship was a game of skill rather than luck.
Battleship requires logic and reason. You have to keep track of the shots you've taken. Trying to figure out where to shoot next sharpens probability skills. If you make a hit, you need to decide what square is your best next target.