D.Va is one of the heroes in Overwatch. She is a former professional gamer and a mech pilot who is participating in her country's special force to combat a colossal omnic's devastating invasion.
D.Va’s mech is nimble and powerful—its twin Fusion Cannons blast away with autofire at short range, and she can use its Boosters to barrel over enemies and obstacles, or deflect attacks with her projectile-dismantling Defense Matrix.
D.Va is a former professional gamer who now uses her skills to pilot a state-of-the-art mech in defense of her homeland.
Twenty years ago, South Korea was attacked by a colossal omnic monstrosity that rose from the depths of the East China Sea. The massive, lumbering construct caused catastrophic damage to coastal cities before it was driven back beneath the waves. In response, the South Korean government developed a mechanized armored drone unit, called MEKA, to protect urban environments in future engagements with the omnic threat.
The government's fears proved to be well-founded, as a disturbing pattern of attacks emerged. Every few years, the monstrosity would rise from the sea to assault South Korea and its neighbors. The omnic learned from these encounters, often reconfiguring itself in a different form and appearing with new weapons and capabilities. Each incident ended in a stalemate, with the monstrosity defeated but not destroyed.
As the omnic continued to adapt, it eventually disrupted MEKA's drone-control networks, forcing the military to place pilots in the mechs. Scrambling to find suitable candidates, the government turned to the country's professional gamers, who possessed the necessary reflexes and instincts to operate the mechs' advanced weapons systems. Top stars were drafted, including reigning world champion Hana Song, also known as "D.Va." Famous for her elite skills, D.Va was a fierce competitor who played to win at all costs, and she had a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents.
Seeing her new mission as a game, D.Va fearlessly charges into battle alongside the rest of her MEKA unit, ready to spring to her nation's defense at a moment's notice. Recently, she has begun to stream combat operations to her adoring fans, and her growing following has turned her into a global icon.
Fusion Cannons Rapid fire shotgun hitscan type ∞ rounds per clip 0.6 - 2 damage per pellet 11 pellets per shot Max 22 bodyshot damage 10 - 20m falloff range 6.67 shots per sec 2.75 m/s movement speed ✔ Subject to falloff damage ✔ Can headshot D.Va's mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active. Default Key: (, , )
Defense Matrix Mobile defense type 10 seconds recharge time 15 m range 5.5 m/s movement speed Lasts 4 seconds or until turned off 1-second cooldown D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air. Default Key: (, , )
Boosters Damaging movement type 25 damage 25 m range 12.5 m/s movement speed Lasts 2 seconds or until cancelled 5-second cooldown D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back. Default Key: (, , )
Eject Passive transformation type Lasts 1 second D.Va ejects out of her mech when it is destroyed. Default Key: (Passive)
D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.
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Light Gun Linear projectile type 20 rounds per clip 1.5-second reload 14 damage 7 rounds per sec 40 m/s projectile speed ✔ Can headshot While outside of her mech, D.Va can continue the fight with a mid-range automatic blaster. Default Key: (, , )
If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray.
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Beside these abilities, a D.Va-piloted mech is able to jump, and perform Quick Melee. The mech cannot crouch and cannot reload either. D.Va without her mech is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when her ammo is not full), and perform Quick Melee.
All seasonal event items, which are marked with special event icons ( • • • • • ), are only available to be unlocked either through their respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration. During the event, newly-introduced event items cost three times as much as non-event items of the same rarity, while returning seasonal items are unlocked at the regular price.
The Officer skin was originally obtained by completing the second week quest of the Nexus Challenge 2.0, which was to play 10 Heroes of the Storm games with a friend between May 2, 2017 and May 23, 2017. It was made available to all on June 20, 2017.
Hana Song (Song Hana, 송하나), under the username "D.Va", represented South Korea in multiple international StarCraft tournaments. At the age of 16, she became the top StarCraft player in the world and went undefeated for the next three years of her life. At the age of 19, Hana was drafted into MEKA's army of mech pilots with the task of defending the coast around the East China Sea from a colossal adapting omnic.
D.Va began to stream her combat operations online, and she gained fans around the world. Her fame led to her starring in the Goldshire Pictures movie Hero Of My Storm, as well as an advertisement for Nano Cola.
D.Va is a very competent combatant despite her young age, not taking failure as an option and showing no mercy to her adversaries. She possesses an egotistical side, often smack talking opponents during battle. Regardless of her fierce characteristics, D.Va takes pleasure in making her fanbase happy, as shown by cheerfully taking autograph requests from Reinhardt and Lúcio and being quick to thank her audience whenever she defeats an enemy.
Being a pro gamer, D.Va loves video games and enjoys making references to them. While on the battlefield, she will use many gaming terms, such as "nerf," "pocket healer," "GG," "AFK," and more. Despite the fact that she is mostly into games produced by Blizzard (for obvious reasons), she is familiar with old arcade ones as well. An example is her calling Winston "a giant gorilla from those old video games," which is a reference to the Donkey Kong arcade game.
Gaming is not the only thing D.Va is interested in; she seems to be a fan of Lúcio's music. She also reads Mei's Adventures and seems to be a fan of Mei as well.
For more detailed tips as well as hero matchups, see D.Va/Strategy.
While in her mech, D.Va requires being up close to her enemies to be effective as her Fusion Cannons have very limited range due to their damage drop off over a short distance.
D.Va's "Game On" emote allows her to crouch behind obstacles, which she normally cannot do, although she cannot fire while doing so.
While in her mech, D.Va's only critical hit point is the cockpit windshield.
D.Va can knock enemies off of edges by using her Boosters. To prevent going down as well, she can also cancel the thrust in mid-air.
Use Boosters to reposition quickly, then attack with short-range Fusion Cannons.
Her Fusion Cannons cover a shotgun-like range, but lack damage. Be careful when firing, as it slows her down temporarily.
A good tactic for safely approaching the enemy is to activate the Defense Matrix to protect her whilst moving forward with boosters. This will let her get into positions that optimize her Fusion Cannons' damage output.
D.Va's Defense Matrix will instantly destroy Symmetra's charged shots, even if a player only briefly "taps" the Defense Matrix
If she aims her Defense Matrix at Pharah for the duration of Pharah's Ultimate, the enemy will be unable to do any damage and will waste her charge. Boosting into Pharah during her Ultimate will cause her to die from her missiles' splash damage.
Keeping Defense Matrix pointed at an enemy Soldier: 76, McCree, or Roadhog during their Ultimates will leave them with roughly two seconds with their ability (assuming Defense Matrix was at full charge before use and was activated as soon as possible), wasting most of their charge and allowing teammates to kill them before they do any damage.
You can use Defense Matrix while flying with boosters.
Using Defense Matrix and Boosters is also a good tactic for flinging her mech into a large group of enemies for her Self-Destruct so that it does not get destroyed before getting close enough to activate.
This tactic is particularly useful against a well-positioned Bastion.
One effective way to use Self-Destruct for scoring kills is to boost upwards into the air, then activate Self-Destruct mid-air. If timed correctly, the mech explodes shortly before it lands, which can catch enemies off-guard.
Self-Destruct can be activated when the mech is destroyed by enemy damage by hitting the button while the Korean warning notice is showing.
D.Va is immune to her own Self-Destruct explosion. This enables D.Va to contest a point alone using Self-Destruct.
Self-Destruct is the most damaging attack in the game, dealing massive base damage. This will kill most heroes; however, contrary to popular thought it doesn't cause AOE damage, but instead works through a hit scan system straight to the enemy's heads. Therefore Reinhardt's shield, Mei's Ice Wall, and Zarya's barriers will nullify it if they have even one hitpoint left (giving massive charge to the Zarya in the process).
After ejecting, fight using the Light Gun while calling another mech.
D.Va was announced on November 6, 2015, alongside Mei and Genji, and was added to the closed beta three days later on November 9. She was originally teased through her in-universe StarCraft II profile.
D.Va is currently the youngest human hero, at the age of 19 years old.
When her mech is destroyed, the interface displays "비상탈출," which translates to "Emergency escape."
Defense Matrix has D.Va shoot down incoming projectiles by herself, which, according to her, raises her APM (actions per minute). The highest amount of incoming projectiles that can be achieved in-game is from 10 Whole Hogs, which D.Va is still able to shoot down. This means that, in the best-case scenario, D.Va's highest APM is approximately 87500. In comparison, the highest APM achieved in real life is 818.
D.Va's Mech can still be healed even if in the process of Emergency Exit; however, the mech will not rebuild itself.
D.Va can call a mech anywhere, regardless of whether she is indoors or not.
Ironically, in the Korean version of the game, D.Va is the only hero to not have her name written in the Korean alphabet. This is likely because D.Va's name is stylized similar to Korean idols, who often have their stage names Romanized.
The name of Hero of my Storm, the movie D.Va starred in, is a reference to Heroes of the Storm, another game by Blizzard.
In the Summer Games, D.Va's signature sport is cycling. This sport theme may come from her posture when controlling a mech.
D.Va learned how to shoot by playing in the arcade "16-bit Hero", according to an interaction with McCree.
D.Va and Symmetra are the only heroes in the game that have two Ultimates. However, D.Va is forced to choose one ultimate depending on her current form.
On April 27, 2017, D.Va was temporarily rendered unplayable after the latest patch made her buggy and caused the game to crash if she was selected. She returned to playable status three hours later.
If you convert the view count at the bottom of the holographic screen during D.Va's "Game On" emote to letters, it spells out "Kappa123" in reference to a commonly spammed phrase on twitch.tv.
D.Va has the most abilities in Overwatch, with a total of 6 counting both her in-mech abilities and out-of-mech abilities.
D.Va's profession as an elite StarCraft player from South Korea is likely a nod to the number of StarCraft players from that country in real life.
Many of her quotes refer to competitive gaming jargon, particularly those common to StarCraft and StarCraft II. "GG" means "good game," which is generally said at the end of a match or sometimes used as a taunt after, or even before, an attack which is expected to end the match. "APM" means "actions per minute," which is a measure of the speed with which orders are given, generally taken to measure a player's skill at micromanagement and the efficiency of their game economy. D.Va mentions "APM" when she uses her Defense Matrix, because she repeatedly presses the mech controls' buttons very fast.
D.Va seems to be inspired by the anime mecha genre, often featuring teenagers in tight outfits piloting mechs. Her background is very similar to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, which also revolved around mechs being used by the agency NERV to defeat constantly reforming and adapting monsters known as Angels. Her suit also seems to be modeled on the plugsuits worn by the Eva pilots, which are form-fitting battles suits that are used in tandem with interface headsets that help pilots sync with their Evas. D.Va's headset seems to be a mix between a gaming headset and the interface headsets of the Eva pilots.
Additionally, D.Va's "Taegeukgi" skin, both MEKA and battle suit, resembles Evangelion's Unit-00 and plugsuit respectively, as seen below.
D.Va's bunny symbol that decorates her outfit and can be seen in her sprays could be a reference to the movie Sucker Punch. A mech featured in the movie is painted with a bunny symbol that closely resembles the one found in the game. Additionally, the main protagonist in the movie uses a handgun with a bunny charm similar to D.Va's.
D.Va's Defense Matrix seems to function similar to the "Absolute Defense Field" wielded by the Mech "Shinkiro" in the popular Anime "Code Geass" requiring manual input from the pilot to block all incoming attacks
D.Va's gameplay mechanics is similar to Titanfall's, in which summoning and then losing a mech were critical gameplay mechanics. Mechs in Titanfall have similar properties to that of D.Va, particularly self-destruct, where a mech can explode when critically damaged, dealing massive damage to nearby enemy units.
Her ultimate mechanic also bears resemblance to another game's ultimate ability mechanic, namely Samus's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros Brawl. When Samus activates her Final Smash, she will release one of the most powerful shot in game, and lose the armor and have a new skill set; if she activates the ultimate after that, she will reassemble the armor again.
An easter egg on the PlayOverwatch website related to D.Va is triggered by typing the Konami Code on the main page.
Her weapon being a "Light Gun" may be a reference to the Light Gun controllers used on early game consoles, which used light sensors to detect shots on target.
D.Va's Epic White Rabbit skin may be a reference to the PlayStation game Jumping Flash!, in which the player controls a white mech called Robbit with the ability to jump great heights. This is further supported by the '-03 (Rabbit Symbol)' on her jumpsuit, in the first game Robbit had a R-01 on the mech and in the second game a R-02.
D.Va's voice line "A New Challenger" ("Here comes a new challenger!") is likely a reference to fighting games which often use similar lines when a second player joins an existing game. The Street Fighter 2 series explicitly says "Here comes a new challenger!".
D.Va's "Game On" emote is the first emote that is placed in Legendary rarity. It shows her eating and drinking snacks which appear to be modeled after Mountain Dew and Doritos, a reference to the "Doritosgate" scandal in which a gaming video features heavy product placement. This resulted in a meme associating these items with competitive gaming, especially Major League Gaming. D.Va has also been featured in one of those memes, named "Gremlin D.Va"; it shows D.Va in a "chibi" cutesy figure, along with bags of Doritos and cans/bottles of Mountain Dew.
Rotating the camera during the emote shows that the bag D.Va is eating from is actually labelled "D.Vas."
The screen features text saying "over 9000 donations," a reference to the famous quote "It's over 9,000!" from the anime series Dragon Ball Z.
The Top-down shooter D.Va is playing appears to be "The Lost Vikings", a game playable on the Arcade machine in the cantina of the Hyperion in the campaign of "Starcraft II Wings of Liberty" that is in turn a reference to the old Blizzard game of the same name.
The Halloween Victory Pose also contains a reference to Doritos; if you rotate the pose to the backside in the hero gallery, you can see Doritos along the tombstone backing.
June 20, 2017Patch:Officer D.Va has been added to classic loot boxes.
January 24, 2017Patch:Health increased from 200 to 400; Armor decreased from 400 to 200.
December 13, 2016Patch:Fixed a bug causing the “You” indicator (which typically only appears during killcam footage) to appear when D.Va looks directly at the ground. D.Va’s video tutorial now includes changes made to her Defense Matrix resource mechanics.
November 15, 2016Patch:Mech health increased to 200 (formerly 100). Armor remains at 400.
October 19, 2016Patch:Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving credit towards the Healing Done commendation when healing D.Va's mech.
August 2, 2016Patch:D.Va no longer communicates her ultimate status for Self-Destruct while charging her Call Mech ultimate. D.Va’s ultimate charge status is no longer reset to 0% if she falls to her death while piloting a mech.
August 2, 2016Patch:Fixed a bug where “The Path Is Closed” Achievement could not be obtained by D.Va while in her mech.