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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 & Fan the Hammer
Single shot hitscan type (Rapid fire hitscan type)
6 ammunition
1 round(s) per shot  (all round(s) per shot)
2 rounds per sec (6 rounds over 0.67 seconds)
20 - 70 damage (22 - 45 damage, max 270 damage for 6 rounds)
20 - 45 m falloff range (18 - 30 m falloff range)
1.5 sec reload

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 can headshot, ✘ secondary fire cannot headshot
✔ Subject to falloff damage
Primary Fire Key: (Left Mouse, Right Trigger)
Secondary Fire Key: (Right Mouse, Left Trigger)
CombatRollIcon
Combat Roll
Non-damaging movement type
6 m range
12 m/s movement speed
0.5 sec duration
8 sec cooldown

McCree dives in the direction he's moving, effortlessly reloading his Peacekeeper in the process.

Default Key: (Left Shift, Left Button)
FlashbangIcon
Flashbang
Stunning arcing splash projectile type
25 damage
5 m range
2 m splash damage radius
0.7 sec duration
10 sec cooldown

McCree heaves a blinding grenade that explodes shortly after it leaves his hand. The blast staggers enemies in a small radius.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (E, Right Button)
DeadeyeIcon
Ultimate Ability: Deadeye
Charged rapid fire hitscan ultimate type
250 damage per sec
2 m/s travelling speed
6 sec duration

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.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, 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 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)

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
R.I.P.
(Halloween Terror 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.")

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.
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.
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.
  • 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.

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.

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.
  • 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
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Lore Organizations Deadlock GangOverwatchBlackwatch
Character relationships Gabriel Reyes
Locations Route 66
Media Comic Shorts Train Hopper
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