Enemy-targeting debuff hitscan type
15 m range
0.8 seconds cast time
Lasts 6, 20, 10, or 60 seconds
8-second cooldown
Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to spawn faster and make them useless to her opponents. Taking damage interrupts the hacking.
Default Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)

Notes Edit

Sombra is able to "hack" enemies, Torbjörn's turrets, Orisa's Supercharger and health packs, if the target is within 15 meters and in her line of sight. The casting of Hack will be interrupted if Sombra and the target move out of range, or if Sombra takes any damage from any source; however, it will not trigger the cooldown. Killing Sombra will not remove the hacked status on heroes, health packs or turrets. Sombra cannot cast Hack before the attacking team's spawn room opens.

A successfully hacked hero/object will have a floating holographic skull symbol above their head, with helix lines surrounding their body. The color of them is purple for allied Sombra, and reddish orange for enemy Sombra. The symbol is revealed to all of Sombra's allies. Furthermore, hacked status does not stack to each other; another successful hack from Sombra (or from other allied Sombra in the team) will only reset the timer.

Hacked enemy heroes will be blocked from using some of their active abilities for 6 seconds. Hacked enemies are still able to change weapons, use their passive ability, jump, reload, crouch, perform Quick Melee, and gain ultimate charge. Their health and ultimate status (only if their ultimate is ready) will be revealed for 20 seconds. Some abilities are interrupted upon a successful Hack, and will be nullified completely; for more information, check the table below.

A hacked health pack will last for 60 seconds. It will respawn much faster than normal (2.5 seconds for the small health pack, and 3.75 seconds for the large health pack), and it will be seen through the wall by all Sombra's team. In addition, hacked health packs will become unusable by the enemy team. It also gains ultimate charge for Sombra every time the health pack is used; hacked health packs used by either Sombra or her allies contribute as healing done by Sombra. The skull symbol also serves as an indicator for the timer. Sombra cannot use Hack to "flip" a hack done by an enemy Sombra.

Hacked turrets will be inactive for 10 seconds. Making a new turret will not transfer the hacked status from the former turret to the new one.

In the Game Options, Sombra has an option that affects her Hack:

  • Hack Sensitivity: Adjust the sensitivity of hack's targeting. The less value it is, the closer the distance between crosshair and the target has to be for locking her "hacking thread".

Ability Interactions Edit

The quick rule for hack is:

For more information, please use the table below.

H: Hackabiltity
I: Interruptability
Ability H I
Biotic Rifle No N/A
Sleep Dart Yes No
Biotic Grenade Yes No
Nano Boost Yes No
Configuration: Recon No N/A
Configuration: Sentrya Yes Yes
Self-Repair No No
Reconfigurea Yes Yes
Ironclad No N/A
Configuration: Tank Yes No
Fusion Cannons No N/A
Defense Matrix Yes Yes
Boosters Yes Yes
Eject No N/A
Self-Destruct Yes No
Light Gun No N/A
Call Mech Yes No
Shuriken No N/A
Swift Strike Yes No
Deflect Yes Yes
Cyber-Agility No N/A
Dragonblade Yes No
Storm Bow No N/A
Scatter Arrowb Yes No
Sonic Arrowb Yes No
Wall Climb No N/A
Dragonstrikec Yes Both
Frag Launcher No N/A
Concussion Mined Yes No
Steel Trap Yes No
Total Mayhem No N/A
RIP-Tiree Yes Both
Sonic Amplifier - Primary No N/A
Sonic Amplifier - Alternate Yes No
Crossfade Yes No
Amp It Up Yes No
Wall Ride No N/A
Sound Barrierf Yes Both
Peacekeeper No N/A
Combat Roll Yes No
Flashbang Yes No
Deadeye Yes Yes
Endothermic Blaster No N/A
Cryo-Freezeg Yes No
Ice Wallh Yes No
Blizzard Yes No
Caduceus Staff No N/A
Caduceus Blaster No N/A
Guardian Angel Yes Yes
Angelic Descent No N/A
Passive healing No N/A
Resurrect Yes No
Rocket Launcher No N/A
Jump Jet Yes No
Concussive Blast Yes No
Hover Jets No N/A
Barrage Yes Yes
Ability H I
Hellfire Shotguns No N/A
Wraith Formi Yes No
Shadow Step Yes Yes
The Reaping No N/A
Death Blossom Yes Yes
Rocket Hammer No N/A
Barrier Field Yes Yes
Charge Yes Yes
Fire Strike Yes No
Earthshatter Yes No
Scrap Gun No N/A
Chain Hook Yes No
Take A Breather Yes Yes
Whole Hog Yes Yes
Soldier: 76
Heavy Pulse Rifle No N/A
Helix Rockets Yes No
Sprint Yes Yes
Biotic Field Yes No
Tactical Visor Yes No
Machine Pistol No N/A
Hackj Yes No
Stealthk Yes No
Translocatorl Yes No
Opportunist No N/A
EMP Yes No
Photon Projector No N/A
Sentry Turretm Yes Yes
Photon Barrier Yes No
Teleportern Yes No
Shield Generatorn Yes No
Rivet Gun No N/A
Forge Hammer No N/A
Build Turreto Yes Both
Armor Pack Yes No
Scrap Collector No N/A
Molten Core Yes No
Pulse Pistols No N/A
Blink Yes No
Recallp Yes No
Pulse Bomb Yes No
Widow's Kiss No N/A
Grappling Hookq Yes Both
Venom Mine Yes No
Infra-Sight Yes No
Tesla Cannon No N/A
Jump Pack Yes No
Barrier Projector Yes No
Primal Rage Yes No
Particle Cannon No N/A
Particle Barrierr Yes No
Projected Barrierr Yes No
Energy No N/A
Graviton Surge Yes No
Orb of Destruction No N/A
Orb of Harmonys Yes No
Orb of Discords Yes No
Transcendencet Yes No
a Bastion will be forced into Recon configuration if he is in Sentry configuration after being hacked.
b Hanzo will keep the Sonic Arrow and Scatter Arrow equipped if it was already activated before being hacked. He is still able to shoot them and reequip the normal arrow.
c Dragonstrike will be interrupted if Hanzo does not shoot the arrow (the ultimate charge will remain intact after being hacked). If the arrow was already shot, the ultimate will be not interrupted.
d Concussion Mine will be unable to detonate after being hacked.
e RIP-Tire will be interrupted if it is not fully deployed (the ultimate charge will be depleted after being hacked). If the tire was already deployed, the ultimate will be not interrupted. Sombra also cannot hack the tire.
f Sound Barrier will be interrupted if Lucio is still in the air (the ultimate charge will remain intact after being hacked). If the temporary shield was already applied, the ultimate will be not interrupted.
g Mei is able to be hacked after freezing, if the hack started before Mei enters Cryo-Freeze. If she is already in the block of ice, she cannot be targeted. Mei can still cancel Cryo-Freeze after being hacked.
h Mei is still able to break the wall after being hacked.
i Reaper is able to be hacked after he turns into a shadow if the hack started before Reaper enters Wraith Form. If he is already in his shadowy state, he cannot be targeted.
j If Sombra is hacked while she is hacking, she will not be disrupted and continue hacking until it is successful or canceled by other reasons (e.g.: out of range, receiving damage, etc.)
k Sombra is able to be hacked after turning invisible if the hack started before Sombra initiates Stealth. If she is already invisible, she cannot be targeted.
l If Sombra already threw the Translocator, the action cannot be canceled by a successful hack. A hacked Sombra will not be able to initiate the transportation to her Translocator.
m Although Symmetra still holds up her turret's projection, she cannot place it after being hacked.
n Symmetra is still able to place the Teleporter and Shield Generator down after being hacked.
o If Torbjörn still holds the turret in his hand, successfully hacking will make him unable to build the turret. If he already started to place his turret down, the action cannot be interrupted.
p Tracer is able to be hacked after she disappears if the hack started before Tracer starts Recall.
q If Widowmaker's hook is not yet attached to any surface, it will be interrupted. If the hook was already attached, the action cannot be interrupted.
r Zarya and barrier-protected allies are able to be hacked after bubbled if the hack started before Zarya applies Particle Barrier and Projected Barrier. If Zarya and her allies are already in a barrier, they cannot be targeted.
s The Orb of Harmony and Orb of Discord will remain on their targets even when Zenyatta is hacked; their effects will also continue functioning normally. However, he is unable to change the target of his orbs.
t Zenyatta is able to be hacked after initiating his ultimate if the hack started before Zenyatta uses Transcendence. If he is in his Transcendent state, he cannot be targeted.

Patch changesEdit

  • Overwatchemblem black October 10, 2017 Patch: Now interrupts the following ultimate abilities: Ana's Nano Boost, Orisa's Supercharger, Mei's Blizzard, Reinhardt's Earthshatter, and D.Va's Call Mech.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 21, 2017 Patch: Sombra’s teammates can now see hacked healthpacks through walls
  • Overwatchemblem black February 28, 2017 Patch: New Hero Option: Hack Sensitivity.
  • Overwatchemblem black January 24, 2017 Patch: Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds; Time it takes to hack a target has been decreased from 1 second to 0.8 seconds.
  • Overwatchemblem black December 20, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to permanently hack a health pack.
  • Overwatchemblem black December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed players' Ultimate ability voice lines to play uninterrupted, even if they were hacked by Sombra during use. Console only: Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt from deactivating his Barrier Field after being hacked by Sombra. Console only: Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s Hack from cancelling Soldier: 76’s Sprint ability. Console only: When multiple Sombras attempt to hack a health pack, the player that initialized the hack first will now control it.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 30, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt from deactivating his Barrier Field after being hacked by Sombra. Fixed a bug preventing Sombra's Hack from cancelling Soldier: 76's Sprint ability. When multiple Sombras attempt to hack a health pack, the player that initialized the hack first will now control it.
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