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Health alltypes

The Health bar's UI showing common types of health, from left to right:
• Regular health (8 white increments, 200 HP)
• Innate armor (12 yellow increments, 300 HP)
• Added armor (3 orange increments, 75 HP)
• Shield (3 light blue increment, 75 HP)

In Overwatch, health (or hit point, HP) is an important factor in gameplay. Heroes spawn with a limited amount of health, which can be changed under the effect of some weapons and abilities. Some of them can inflict damage, and lower the health. On the other hand, some abilities can be used to replenish the lost health; the act of it is called healing.

Every time a hero's health falls below 75, they will let out a sound of anguish. Furthermore, while their health is under 75, a blood-smearing red outline appears around the game screen, certain sounds become distorted, and the hero periodically lets out a pained breath. When the hero's health is fully depleted, they are eliminated and will be put out of the game until the next respawn.

In the HUD, health is shown in the lower-left corner, next to the hero's portrait, on a health bar. The health bar is divided into 25-health increments. In addition to regular health, heroes may have other type of health, such as armor and shield.

Order of priority for damage inflicting Edit

When taking damage, the order of damage priority will follow the rule:

  • Health type which is on the right most of the health bar will receive damage first.
  • After one type of health is depleted, the left one will be the next to receive damage.
  • The left most of the health bar will receive damage last.

Thus in detail, the order of damage priority is:

Lúcio's temporary shield will be the first one to be damaged, and when all protection is gone, the last one to get damaged is regular health.

Health types Edit

Regular health Edit

Represented on the health bar by white increments, the regular health is the last to be damaged. It does not has any special characteristic. Health cannot be generated by itself, and it can only be refilled by healing.

All heroes have regular health. Only Winston can increase his maximum regular health by 500 HP temporarily by activate his Primal Rage.

Armor Edit

Represented on the health bar by yellow (if it is innate armor) or orange (if it is temporary added armor) increments, armor will block a certain amount of HP for every shot it takes. Armor will block 5 HP damage from every individual hit that deals 10 HP damage or more. Hits that deal less than 10 HP damage will be halved their damage instead.  

This means that armor is especially effective against rapid fire weapons and shotguns, both of which deal damage by firing many low-damage hits in succession or multiple low-damage pellets in one shot. In like manner, armor is ineffective against weapons that inflict a huge amount of damage in one shot, for example: sniper shots, rocket launcher, etc.  

There are 2 types of armor: innate armor and temporary added armor. Its function is the same, except only innate armor can be healed. Temporary armor cannot be healed but can be replenished through the same mean of gaining it in the first place.  

Armor normally maintains a heavy metallic aesthetic throughout the game. Shots which hit armor will generate sparks instead of blood splatter.  

Bastion, D.Va (in mech), Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa have innate armor. Torbjörn's Molten Core also gives himself temporary innate Armor. In addition, Torbjörn's Armor Pack can be used to grant any hero 75 temporary armor.

Shield Edit

For other abilities and terms which are called Shield, see Shield.

Represented by light blue increments, shield has the same characteristic as regular health. However, shield will regenerate at a rate of 20 per second after 3 seconds of taking no damage. Shield can be healed, and it can also generate itself while being healed.

Shield maintain a light blue "force field" aesthetic (as commonly portrayed in science fiction); it is presumed that energy is required to create and maintain this form of shield. A structure composing of light blue transparent hexagon will cover the heroes who receive additional shield. Shots which hit armor will also generate sparks instead of blood splatter. When shield is depleted, a breaking effect along with a cracking sound will be generated.

Symmetra, Zarya, and Zenyatta have innate Shield. Symmetra's ultimate, Shield Generator, can provide 75 additional shields to any friendly hero within a 50-metre radius.

Temporary shield Edit

Health Lucio overheal

Health bar's UI of Torbjörn under the effect of Lúcio's Sound Barrier, showing the decaying health.

Represented by dark blue increments, Lúcio's Sound Barrier grants heroes 500 more health than their maximum, and the health decays rapidly (at a rate of 80 per second, causing the temporary shield to last 6 seconds max). It is called "personal shield" in the ability's official description.

Barrier Edit

For more information, see Barrier.

Barrier is not included in the hero's health bar and cannot be healed by any external source.

Winston, Reinhardt, Orisa and Symmetra can provide physical blue barriers that soak up certain amounts of damage before being destroyed. Zarya can momentarily provide both herself and her teammates with a different type of barrier that, when attacked, soak up damage and increase the Energy level of her cannon.

Healing abilities Edit

For other abilities, see Ability.

Some heroes' abilities can heal other teammates or themselves, consisting of:

  • Mercy's Caduceus Staff can be used to heal other teammates at the rate of 60 HP/sec.
    • Mercy also regains 20 HP/sec after 1 second of taking no damage.
  • Ana's Biotic Rifle can be used to heal other teammates at the rate of 75 HP per hit. Her Biotic Grenade can be used to heal multiple teammates (including herself) within its range by 100 HP and increase all affected allies' healing from any source by 50% for 4 seconds.
  • Lúcio's Crossfade: Heal can be used to heal other teammates and himself at the rate of 12.5 HP/sec, or at the rate of 36 HP/sec when boosted by Amp It Up.
  • Zenyatta's Orb of Harmony can be used to heal other teammates at the rate of 30 HP/sec.
    • Zenyatta's Transcendence can be used to instantly regain his own Health, give him temporary invulnerability, and heal other teammates at the rate of 300 HP/sec.
  • Soldier: 76's Biotic Field can be used to heal other teammates and himself within its range at the rate of 40 HP/sec.
  • Sombra can hack a Health Pack, decreasing its cooldown and denying enemy usage; if she and her teammates use a hacked Health Pack, it will be registered as if Sombra heals herself and her teammates.
  • Bastion's Self-Repair can be used to heal itself at the rate of 70 HP/sec at a maximum of 300 HP in a continuous use.
  • Mei's Cryo-Freeze can be used to heal herself at the rate of 37.5 HP/sec at a maximum of 150 HP per use.
  • Roadhog's Take A Breather can be used to heal himself at the rate of 300 HP/sec at a maximum of 300 HP per use.
  • Reaper's The Reaping can be used to heal himself by 50 HP every time he collects a soul from a recently killed enemy.
  • Tracer's Recall can be used to regain all Health lost in the last 3 seconds.
  • Torbjörn's Molten Core can be used to give himself temporary Armor, and heal his turret to full health.
  • Winston's Primal Rage can be used to regain all Health lost before the ablity's activation, and increase his regular health by 500 HP.

Environmental HealingEdit

In addition to a hero's abilities, health may be restored through features on the map, including:

  • Small Health Packs (75 HP, has a 10-second respawn time by default)
    • Its respawn time will be reduced to 25% of its original time (2.5 seconds by default) when hacked by Sombra.
  • Large Health Packs (250 HP, has a 15-second respawn time by default)
    • Its respawn time will be reduced to 25% of its original time (3.75 seconds by default) when hacked by Sombra.
  • Payloads (10 HP/sec)
  • Spawn Rooms (100 HP/sec)
    • Heroes cannot take damage from any source (including themselves) in a spawn room.

Trivia Edit

  • The health bars of enemies will be visible after the player inflicted damage to them, and will be invisible again after 5 seconds have passed.

Patch Changes Edit

  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause visual healing effects to appear on the wrong hero whenever multiple players attempted to pick up a Health Pack.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 25, 2016 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue where allied health bars would appear as red. Fixed an issue where health bars would not show after damage to an enemy was dealt.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: Players with full health, but less than full shields will now appear to have “taken damage” to healers (when looking at their hero outlines).
  • Overwatchemblem black March 8, 2016 (beta) Patch: Health pack placement has been adjusted across all maps.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 9, 2016 (beta) Patch: All healing effects now work on shields

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