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Justice ain't gonna dispense itself.

McCree is one of the heroes in Overwatch. He is an outlaw gunslinger and former gang member who fights for the principle of righteousness.

Using his Peacekeeper, McCree takes out targets with deadeye precision and dives out of danger with eagle-like speed.

Bio

Armed with his Peacekeeper revolver, the outlaw Jesse McCree doles out justice on his own terms.

McCree had already made a name for himself as a member of the notorious Deadlock Gang, which trafficked in illicit weapons and military hardware throughout the American Southwest, when he and his associates were busted in an Overwatch sting operation. With his expert marksmanship and resourcefulness, he was given the choice between rotting in a maximum-security lockup and joining Blackwatch, Overwatch's covert ops division. He chose the latter.

Although he was initially cynical, he came to believe that he could make amends for his past sins by righting the injustices of the world. McCree appreciated the flexibility afforded to the clandestine Blackwatch, unhindered by bureaucracy and red tape. But as Overwatch's influence waned, rogue elements within Blackwatch sought to bring down the organization and turn it to their own ends. Wanting no part of the infighting, McCree set off alone and went underground.

He resurfaced several years later as a gunslinger for hire. But while McCree's talents are sought after by parties great and small, he fights only for causes he believes are just.

Abilities

Icon peacekeeper
Peacekeeper
6 round(s) ammunition
1.5 second reload
Primary fire: Single Shot
Single shot hitscan type
20 - 70 damage
20 - 45 m falloff range
2 shots per second
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot
Secondary fire: Fan the Hammer
Burst fire hitscan type
22 - 45 damage per bullet
  1 - 6 bullets per shot
  Max 270 damage
18 - 30 m falloff range
1 bullet in 0.11 second to 6 bullets in 0.67 second
All remaining round(s) per burst
0.3 second buffer
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✘ Cannot headshot

McCree fires off a round from his trusty six-shooter. He can fan the Peacekeeper’s hammer to swiftly unload the entire cylinder.
Primary Fire Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
Secondary Fire Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
CombatRollIcon
Combat Roll
Non-damaging movement type
12 m/s movement speed
6 m range
Lasts 0.5 seconds
8 second(s) cooldown
McCree dives in the direction he's moving, effortlessly reloading his Peacekeeper in the process.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
FlashbangIcon
Flashbang
Stunning arcing splash projectile type
25 damage
  2 m splash radius
5 m range
0.35 seconds buffer
Lasts 0.7 seconds
10 second(s) cooldown
✘ Cannot headshot
McCree heaves a blinding grenade that explodes shortly after it leaves his hand. The blast staggers enemies in a small radius.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)
DeadeyeIcon
Ultimate Ability: Deadeye
Charged rapid fire hitscan ultimate type
250 damage per sec
2 m/s movement speed
Lasts 6 sec
✘ Cannot headshot

Focus. Mark. Draw. McCree takes a few precious moments to aim; when he's ready to fire, he shoots every enemy in his line of sight. The weaker his targets are, the faster he'll line up a killshot.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"It's high noon."

Beside these abilities, McCree is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when his ammo is not full), and perform Quick Melee.

Unlocks

All seasonal event items, which are marked with special event icons (Summer Games Item IconHalloween Terror Item IconWinter Wonderland Item IconYear of the Rooster Item IconUprising Item Icon), are only available to be unlocked either through the respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration.

Skins

For all of McCree's skins and weapons, see McCree/Skins and Weapons.
Common
McCree classic
Classic
(default)
Rare
McCree ebony McCree lake McCree sage McCree wheat
Ebony
(Credits75)
Lake
(Credits75)
Sage
(Credits75)
Wheat
(Credits75)
Epic
McCree ontherange McCree whitehat McCree american McCree scrooge
On The Range
(Credits250)
White Hat
(Credits250)
American
(Summer Games Item Icon)
Scrooge
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)
Legendary
McCree gambler McCree riverboat McCree mysteryman McCree vigilante
Gambler
(Credits1000)
Riverboat
(Credits1000)
Mystery Man
(Credits1000)
Vigilante
(Credits1000)
McCree blackwatch
Blackwatch
(Uprising Item Icon, Credits3000)

Emotes

Common
McCree emote heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
McCree gunspinning McCree hattip McCree joker
Gunspinning
(Credits250)
Hat Tip
(Credits250)
Joker
(Credits250)
McCree spit McCree takealoadoff McCree hattrick
Spit
(Credits250)
Take A Load Offa
(Credits250)
Hat Trick
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)
Note:
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses

Common
McCree classic
Heroic
(default)
Rare
McCree contemplative McCree overtheshoulder McCree takeiteasy
Contemplative
(Credits75)
Over The Shoulder
(Credits75)
Take It Easy
(Credits75)
McCree rip McCree showdown
R.I.P.
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)
Showdown
(Uprising Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice Lines

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Ain't I Killed You Before ("You seem familiar. Ain't I killed you before?")
  • Happens To The Best Of Us
  • I'm The Quick... ("I'm the quick, you're the dead.")
  • I'm Your Huckleberry
  • I've Got A Bullet... ("I've got a bullet with your name on it.")
  • I Tried Being Reasonable ("I tried being reasonable. Didn't take to it.")
  • Reach For The Sky
  • Sure As Hell Ain't Ugly ("I'm not good, not bad, but I sure as hell ain't ugly.")
  • Wanted: Dead Or Alive
  • Watch And Learn (default; "Hahaha, watch and learn.")
  • You Done?
  • I Don't Much Like Losing (Summer Games Item Icon)
  • It's Your Funeral (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75, "Heh... It's your funeral!")
  • Had To Break The Ice (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75, "Someone had to break the ice.")
  • Calls For A Celebration (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75, "This calls for a celebration.")
  • A Man's Gotta Have Rules (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75)
  • The Old Fashioned Way (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75, "Guess we'll do this the old fashioned way.")

Sprays

For McCree-specific sprays, see McCree/Sprays.

Highlight Intros

Common
McCree highlight heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
McCree rollingintoaction McCree theduel McCree thenamesmccree
Rolling Into Action
(Credits250)
The Duel
(Credits250)
The Name's McCree
(Credits250)

Weapons

McCree classic golden peacekeeper
Golden
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

Achievements

Woahthere
Mccree pixel
Whoa There!

Interrupt an enemy ultimate ability with McCree's Flashbang in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Itshighnoon
Mccree cute
It's High Noon

Get 4 killing blows with a single use of McCree's Deadeye in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story

Mccccrreeeee

McCree in Train Hopper.

Jesse McCree was originally a member of the Deadlock Gang. In an Overwatch sting operation at Route 66, McCree was captured alongside several other gang members. Overwatch was impressed with his skills and gave him the option of becoming a member of Blackwatch rather than going to prison. He accepted, and began to serve under the supervision of Gabriel Reyes.

When Overwatch began to decline and Blackwatch's rebellion was beginning, McCree opted to leave Overwatch and cut off all contact with its members. He resurfaced after its collapse as a mercenary. At some point, McCree stopped a robbery at the Rikimaru in Hanamura.[1]

McCree later is back to United States, secretly boarded a hypertrain to Houston. When Talon agents attempted to hijack the train, McCree dispatched them, leaving behind the object they were looking for. The news reports blamed McCree for the raid, but he was not caught.[2]

At the time of the Overwatch recall, McCree was in the American Midwest, near Indiana or Kentucky.

Around the time of Christmas, McCree came to Dorado. He was seemingly passed out in Calaveras. Sombra could be seen across the bar although McCree did not seem aware of her presence.[3]

Personality

McCree is a calm man, rarely showing intense emotions with an element of carefreeness. Although he was once an outlaw, he is always looking to do the right thing, trying to atone for his past. He often acts polite and respectful towards both his team and strangers but can be cocky at times. He is also appreciative of weapons and prefers for them to be treated with care, as verified by his dialogue with Reaper. Additionally, McCree seems to be pretty charming, evidenced by his brief conversation with Ana before a match starts.

Fancying himself as a justice bringing cowboy and having an appearance to match, McCree usually makes multiple references to Western films and culture, as shown by his voice lines and quotes during battle. He also seems to joke about himself being wanted dead by multiple groups, according to his reaction to seeing his picture on a dartboard in Route 66.

Merchandise

Tips

Peacekeeper
  • McCree's Peacekeeper doesn't just deal high damage on headshots. It takes three bullets to kill a fully healed 200 HP character assuming they're all bodyshots (at the very least). If players constantly go for headshots, they may find themselves missing more often than not.
  • McCree's gun has one of the best trade-offs of accuracy-to-fire-rate and damage in the game. He can cause severe damage by aiming at critical regions. This makes him especially effective against D.Va because of her enlarged critical hit area.
  • McCree rewards players for precise aiming, dealing highly lethal damage upon critical hits.
  • McCree is not too good at close ranges, since his slow fire rate and reload time makes him vulnerable. Use his accurate Peacekeeper to pick off heroes from mid to long distances.

Combat Roll

  • Combat Roll reloads McCree's Peacekeeper instantly, allowing for a continuous combo of attacks. This can prove a useful addition to the Flash-Fan combo, as it can take down bulkier targets like Bastion.
  • Combat Roll can also be used to evade projectiles, though it does not negate damage. Unlike Reaper's Shadow Step and Tracer's Recall, McCree's Combat Roll cannot be timed to avoid ultimate attacks, such as Tracer's Pulse Bomb or D.Va's Self Destruct. (A well-timed Shadow Step or Recall can evade ultimates like the examples above.)
Fan the Hammer
  • Although McCree's alt-fire is less accurate and each bullet is weaker than normal, the high potential burst damage means it is better than his main fire in several situations, especially against low-health targets like Genji or Tracer. It can also do significant damage to unaware high-health targets, but it won't necessarily eliminate them alone.
  • The best time to use Fan the Hammer is during the popular Flashbang/Alt Fire combo. It is best performed with a full clip, as it makes up for any missed shots and still deals plenty of damage. You should not waste Fan the Hammer on tanks, as the reload is very long compared to most other heroes. This is especially true for tanks like Dva or Roadhog, who maximize their damage up close. McCree's Alt Fire is best used on stunned "squishy" heroes, or all who have 200 HP or less.
Flashbang
  • While a Flash Fan combo (Flashbang followed by alt-fire) can be devastating, don't depend entirely on it. For example, do not bother Flash Fanning Torbjörn's turrets, since they cannot move and a few regular shots will kill them without spending Flashbang.
  • Pairing it with Deadeye is a critical double-edged sword; while enemies will not be able to escape line of sight, they still have a small margin of time before Deadeye locks in, allowing them to use abilities to escape, or worse, finish you off before you can execute Deadeye.
Deadeye
  • Deadeye targets all enemies in front of him for one-shot kills. Because it takes a while to charge and has an obvious activation, it can be difficult to use against players beyond novices.
    • Use Deadeye while enemies are under pressure to move the payload or cap the point (usually while in overtime), as they are forced to stay on it while McCree readies his instakill shots.
    • Deadeye's range is not dictated by the field of view on the monitor, so it may hit targets who are just out of sight.
    • Synchronize use of Deadeye with team members moving in to flush enemies out of cover.
    • If no enemy player is within the field of view when using Deadeye (this includes enemies taking cover), don't forget it can be canceled. This can help players get out of the vulnerable state but takes away 100% of the Ultimate bar as compensation.
    • Zarya's Graviton Surge combined with Deadeye is a highly effective combo, as it groups up enemies and lines them up for kills.
  • McCree's Deadeye actually ramps up damage depending on how long the player waits, even after the red skulls appear. This is useful to know if a Reinhardt shield is blocking targets.
    • This interaction with Ana's nano boost and Mercy's damage boost or even Zenyatta's discord orb is rather peculiar. While Ana's nano boost speeds up the time needed for the red skull appear, the latter two actually helps McCree get kills out of enemies when the red skull is only almost locking in.
  • Although Deadeye shots can be powerful, especially when fully charged, they are not considered head shots. This means that if players are in a "headshots only" custom mode, Deadeye is useless.
  • Timing and Positioning are KEY with Deadeye. A Deadeye out in the open leaves you prone to damage, therefore wasting your ultimate. Waiting too long before shooting will also waste the ultimate. Deadeye drastically slows down your speed, so time your shots properly. Watch your health while keeping track of the locked targets.
  • If playing McCree in Junkenstein's Revenge, Deadeye is useful for incapacitating a boss while eliminating other Zomnics, as Deadeye can eliminate more than six enemies.
  • If using Deadeye, do not wait for an entire team come to you. Either two things will happen: enemies run away, or they try to kill you. Walking away with 3 kills is still beneficial, and is better than getting killed and wasting Deadeye.

Counters

  • Genji can Deflect McCree's flashbang and Peacekeeper bullets, whether used normally or fanning the hammer.
  • D.Va can absorb McCree's flashbang and bullets with Defense Matrix.
  • Roadhog's Chain Hook and Scrap Gun combination is a perfect way to eliminate McCree.
  • Deadeye shots can be blocked by the bodies of enemy players. This means that heroes with larger bodies can potentially sacrifice themselves to protect their teammates. This is particularly the case for D.Va, who can quickly boost to McCree's position, and will be able to call another mech after it is destroyed.
  • When spotting a McCree with Deadeye, don't run, he can easily be taken out due to his drasticly slow movement speed.

Trivia

Recall McCree

Jesse McCree's information, as shown in the Recall animated short

  • McCree was announced on March 10, 2015, alongside Zarya. Before that, he was teased in a tweet from PlayOverwatch twitter.[1]
  • Jesse McCree is a lead game designer at Blizzard Entertainment and is the basis of McCree's appearance.
  • There is a discrepancy about McCree's age: the official site states he is 37 years old, while the "Recall" animated short shows he is 38 years old.
  • His belt reads BAMF, which stands for "bad-ass motherfucker," likely referencing his behavior and tendencies.
  • McCree's revolver is based on the Colt Python from Half Life 1.[4]
  • Purportedly, the voice actor for McCree (Matthew Mercer) likes to mess with players by saying "It's High Noon" over the voice chat. This causes people to collectively freak out because they believe a Deadeye is imminent.

Cultural References

  • The cowboy theme may be inspired by the arcade game Mad Dog McCree in which the player uses a similar (physical) light gun to shoot at the screen.
  • McCree has a striking resemblance to Silas Greaves from the game Call of Juarez: Gunslinger and John Marston, the main character from Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption.
    • One could also draw a connection to Erron Black from Mortal Kombat X, as both sport a cowboy/BAMF attitude and work as gunslingers. They also are equipped with grenades (Note, however, that both use relatively different types. McCree uses flashbang grenades, while Erron Black uses "Sand Grenades".) which are used in-game and make use of a six-shooter's fire and alt-fire modes. Their voices are also similar, though Erron Black is voiced by a different person.[5]
  • McCree has a dialogue in which Sombra questions his real name. He says that his name isn't Joel. This is referencing popular 1930's American actor, Joel McCrea, who commonly performed in Wild West films.
  • McCree's "On The Range" skin is possibly a reference to Clint Eastwood's iconic character The Man With No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy.
    • This is also supported by the reference to the Dollars trilogy in McCree's voice lines "I'm not good, not bad, but I sure as hell ain't ugly", and the Weekly Brawl rule The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.
  • McCree's "Gambler" skin is a reference to the outfit and style of Doc Holliday, portrayed by Val Kilmer in Tombstone, as is his "I'm Your Huckleberry" voice line.
  • McCree's "Mystery Man" skin is a reference to the famous pulp character The Shadow.
  • McCree's "Vigilante" skin is likely a reference to the famous comic strip character Dick Tracy.
  • McCree's spray of his wanted poster has a total of $60,000,000 which is similar to the bounty of Vash the Stampede from the anime Trigun Vash's bounty is $$60,000,000,000 and uses a revolver and is dressed in red.
  • McCree's "Scrooge" skin is a reference to Ebenezer Scrooge. With said skin equipped, his belt buckle reads GAMF, the G likely meaning Greedy or Grumpy, as Scrooge is.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black January 24, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug causing a graphics issue with McCree’s “Hat Trick” emote.
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: The alternate fire on McCree’s Peacekeeper ability now activates the controller’s rumble function for all six shots.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 8, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Mystery Man” McCree Legendary skin.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Overwatch twitter - Vigilante justice—is it vital in a post-Overwatch world
  2. Train Hopper
  3. Reflections
  4. @dannyodwyer
  5. Erron Black's Wiki Page
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