Our world is worth fighting for.

Mei is one of the heroes in Overwatch. She is a climatologist who is on her own adventure to preserve the environment and ecosystem after waking up from a decade-long cryostasis sleep.

Mei’s weather-altering devices slow opponents and protect locations. Her Endothermic Blaster unleashes damaging icicles and frost streams, and she can Cryo-Freeze herself to guard against counterattacks, or obstruct the opposing team's movements with an Ice Wall.

Bio Edit

Mei is a scientist who has taken the fight to preserve the environment into her own hands.

Though many blamed the planet's escalating, unexplained climate phenomena on the advent of new technologies, the rapidly growing omnic population, and drastically increased consumption of resources, the true cause remained unknown. To find a solution, Overwatch established a series of eco-Watchpoints at remote, critical locations worldwide.

Mei-Ling Zhou was a member of this multiyear initiative. A peerless climatologist, she had introduced cutting-edge innovations in the field of climate manipulation that protected at-risk areas in Asia and beyond. She was assigned to the program's monitoring station at Watchpoint: Antarctica when disaster struck: a sudden, catastrophic polar storm battered the installation and cut it off from the outside world, leaving the facility damaged and the scientists stranded. As their supplies dwindled, they entered cryostasis in a last-ditch effort to survive until a rescue attempt could be made.

But that rescue never came. It was years later when the team's cryogenics chamber was finally discovered. Mei, still in hibernation, was the only survivor. The world Mei awoke to had gone through considerable changes: Overwatch was no more, the serious climate issues had worsened, and none of the eco-Watchpoints were in operation. Any clues that they had uncovered were lost.

Mei has decided to continue her work on her own. Equipped with a portable version of her climate-manipulation technology, she travels around the world, hoping to re-establish the eco-network and track down the causes of the threats to the planet's ecosystem.

Abilities Edit

Endothermic Blaster
200 rounds per clip
1.5-second reload
Primary fire: Frost Stream
Debuff rapid fire linear projectile type
2.25 damage per round
  45 damage per second
20 rounds per second
20 m/s projectile speed
10 m range
1.5 seconds to freeze an enemy
Lasts 1.5 seconds (frozen), 0.5 - 1 second (slowness)
✘ Cannot headshot
Secondary fire: Icicle Shot
Linear projectile type
22 - 75 damage
36 - 55 m falloff range
~1.17 shots per second
25 rounds per shot
88.88 m/s projectile speed
~0.38 seconds charging
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot

Mei's blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place. Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range.
Default Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
Secondary Fire Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
Self healing type
37.5 HP per second on self
Caster is immobilized
Lasts 4 seconds or until cancelled
12-second cooldown
Mei instantly surrounds herself with a block of thick ice. She heals and ignores damage while encased, but cannot move or use abilities.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
Ice Wall
Obstacle building type
35 m range
Lasts 4.5 seconds or until broken
10-second cooldown
Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)
Ultimate Ability: Blizzard
Arcing splash projectile ultimate type
20 damage per sec
  Max 100 damage per enemy
10 m radius
1.5 sec cast
Lasts 5 sec

Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)

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

Unlocks Edit

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 IconAnniversary Item Icon), 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.

Skins Edit

For all of Mei's skins and weapons, see Mei/Skins and Weapons.
Mei classic
Mei chrysanthemum Mei heliotrope Mei jade Mei persimmon
(Credits 75)
(Credits 75)
(Credits 75)
(Credits 75)
Mei earthen Mei snowplum
(Credits 250)
Snow Plum
(Credits 250)
Mei firefighter Mei rescuemei Mei abominable Mei yetihunter
(Credits 1000)
Rescue Mei
(Credits 1000)
(Credits 1000)
Yeti Hunter
(Credits 1000)
Mei meirry Mei change Mei luna Mei beekeeper
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon)
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon)
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon)
(Anniversary Item Icon)

Emotes Edit

Mei emote heroic
Mei companion Mei giggle Mei kneel
(Credits 250)
(Credits 250)
(Credits 250)
Mei spray Mei yaaaaaaaaay Mei snowman
(Credits 250)
(Credits 250)
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon)
Mei soexcited Mei sunnydance
So Excited
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon)
Sunny Dancea
(Anniversary Item Icon)
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses Edit

Mei classic
Mei casual Mei handsonhips Mei kneeling
(Credits 75)
Hands On Hips
(Credits 75)
(Credits 75)
Mei medal Mei rip Mei lucky
(Summer Games Item Icon)
(Halloween Terror Item Icon)
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon)

Voice Lines Edit

Voice Lines cost Credits 25 each, excluding event items.
  • A-Mei-Zing!
  • Chill Out! ("Hey! Chill out!")
  • Fight For Our World ("这个世界值得我们奋战!")
  • Hang In There (default)
  • Learned Your Lesson ("I hope you learned your lesson.")
  • Okay!
  • Ouch, Are You Okay?
  • Sorry Sorry Sorry Sorry ("Sorry! Sorry! I'm sorry... sorry!")
  • That Was Great ("Haha, that was great!")
  • Yay!
  • You Have To Let It Gob
  • Overcome All Obstacles (Summer Games Item Icon)
  • Scary! (Halloween Terror Item Icon)
  • I Got You Something! (Winter Wonderland Item Icon)
  • Wishing You Prosperity (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, "恭禧發財")
  • Science This (Uprising Item Icon, "I'm going to have to science the heck out of this!")
  • Scientific Explanation (Uprising Item Icon, "I'm sure there's a reasonable scientific explanation for this.")
  • I Was Only Trying To Help (Anniversary Item Icon)
  • So Mean! Honestly... (Anniversary Item Icon)
b When equipping the skin Mei-rry and this voice line, Mei will say "You have to let it snow" instead.


For Mei-specific sprays, see Mei/Sprays.

Highlight Intros Edit

Mei highlight heroic
Mei frosty Mei goingup Mei skatingaround
Frosty :)
(Credits 250)
Going Up!
(Credits 250)
Skating Around
(Credits 250)
Mei icescream
Ice Scream
(Halloween Terror Item Icon)


Mei classic golden endothermicblaster
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

Achievements Edit

Mei pixel
Ice Blocked

Block 1200 Damage with a single use of Mei's Ice Wall in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Mei cute
Cold Snap

Freeze 4 enemies at once with Mei in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story Edit


Mei preparing her Endothermic Blaster

Mei-Ling Zhou was an innovative member of Overwatch's ecological studies whose technology was used around Asia for climate preservation. She was assigned to work with other scientists at Watchpoint: Antarctica when a polar storm cut off their communications and left them stranded. They entered cryostasis to survive until a rescue mission was made. It had been approximately a decade by the time they were found. Mei was the only survivor, and Overwatch had been disbanded.

Mei appeared to have met Winston before or after her decade-long trip to Watchpoint: Antarctica. Winston also recommended that Mei keep a journal of her travels. After the rescue, Mei had traveled to remote regions around the world, investigating Overwatch's abandoned Eco-watchpoints.[2] On her trip, she went to Mount Logan, Canada to test her technology, took a quick stop in Los Angeles on Halloween, then went to Nepal for an unknown project.[3] At some point, Mei saved a nest of endangered arctic wildlife from a collapsing glacier.[4] She was also often accompanied by her assistant drone: Snowball.

Mei appeared on live TV in Christmas, reporting a snow storm striking the United Kingdom.[5]

Personality Edit

Mei is very kindhearted and positive, showing compassion for others and having a desire to preserve Earth's ecosystem for generations to come. As a scientist, she is willing to learn new things and is even inspired by Tracer as well as Winston. She also hates bullies, as shown by one of her quotes and an interaction with Junkrat.

At times, Mei appears to be slightly bashful. She is also very apologetic, often saying "Sorry!" when defeating enemies.


Tips Edit

For more detailed tips as well as hero matchups, see Mei/Strategy.
  • Mei slows and freezes enemies, making them vulnerable to attack.
  • Mei's ice theme is purely cosmetic: she does not give or receive greater damage from fire-related weapons.
  • The end of Mei's Cryo-Freeze is signaled by the sound of cracking ice. However, there is no special sound other than a brief crack if Mei ends the Cryo-Freeze early. Use this to Mei's advantage, as enemies may be caught off guard.
  • Mei in Cryo-Freeze can negate certain abilities such as McCree's Deadeye and D.Va's Self-Destruct, making it good as an impromptu shield for allies. However, it cannot negate abilities like Hanzo's Dragonstrike or Reinhardt's Earthshatter.
Ice Wall
  • Try placing the wall at a precise position so as to effectively block abilities that deal high amounts of damage.
  • Ice wall has many uses beyond stopping attacks and movement:[6]
    • Placing it in front of Torbjörn's Turret effectively disables it (as it obstructs its laser guidance) for as long as the ice wall stays up.
    • The ice wall can also be used for Mei and her team's movement, as it can be placed under her or others to get them to higher places they normally couldn't get to.
    • Players can toggle between perpendicular and parallel placement of ice wall by pressing the ice wall button again. Alternatively, if they place a wall unintentionally, they can click the ice wall button again (while it is up) to take it down. This starts the cooldown timer right away.
    • The ice wall can be used to stop a weak enemy from running away or falling back, or can be used by Mei as a defense mechanism for running away and blocking her opponent's path as she escapes.
    • The ice wall can have its individual columns broken if they receive too much damage, so be wary and prepared for if the enemy breaks it apart.
    • The Ice Wall can stop several ultimates. Reinhardt's Earthshatter, Pharah's Barrage (if placed properly), and in a way, D.Va's Self-Destruct. However, ultimates like Tactical Visor and Dragonblade can go around the wall. Roadhog's Whole Hog deals enough damage at a time to break through the wall, and Dragonstrike can pass through.
    • The Ice Wall cannot obstruct or delay the payload. The payload instantly destroys any deployed object it hits when moving.
    • Mei can free herself from Junkrat's Steel Trap by placing an Ice Wall directly underneath herself.
    • It can be used for crowd control. The first, to completely block an entrance. The second, to split an oncoming rush of enemies to better pick off the first few before their teammates can back them up.
  • Use the Blizzard ultimate on map objectives to freeze enemy defenders.
  • Although the drone that produces the Blizzard field is visible, shooting it has no effect.
  • Blizzard can be deflected before it hits the ground, so be careful when using it near Genji.
  • Sometimes throwing the Blizzard into the air can be effective, as normally, people expect the drone to hit the ground right away.
  • Many people have various counters to escape the Blizzard. Reinhardt's Charge, Reaper's Wraith Form, Zarya's Particle Barriers, and Sombra's Translocator, to name a few, can escape the radius quickly.

Trivia Edit

  • Mei was announced on November 6, 2015, alongside D.Va and Genji. She was added to the Closed Beta three days later on November 9. Before that, she was teased in an in-universe story, Mei's Adventures.
  • Mei started as a character called 'Frostbite' and drew inspiration from ice carving festivals in northern China.[7]
  • Mei was originally meant to be something like a bounty hunter, but a piece of concept art by Arnold Tsang steered her character towards being more of a normal person.[7]
  • It is an ongoing theme that every game by Blizzard has at least one character with an ability named Blizzard. In this case, it's Mei.
  • Mei's listed age (31) refers to her biological age. Since she was frozen for a decade, her chronological age would be about 41.[1]

Cultural References Edit

  • Her Voice Line "You have to let it go!" and random line "Do you want to build a snowman?[8] are references to the 2013 Disney film Frozen.
    • The movie Frozen and the line "Let it go" were mentioned multiple times in the Overwatch Visual Source Book as a joke between the developers.
    • Mei's Voice Line "You have to let it go" is changed to "You have to let it snow" when the Winter Wonderland-exclusive Mei-rry skin is equipped. This is a reference to the popular Holiday song, Let it Snow.
  • Mei will quote two lines from a poem A Song of White Snow in Farewell to Secretary Wu Going Home by Cen Shen, a Tang Dynasty poet, at the spawn of any snowy map such as Volskaya Industries or Nepal. The two lines are: "忽如一夜春风来,千树万树梨花开。".[9]
  • The "Science This" voice line may be an indirect reference to the theatrical release trailer for the 2015 film The Martian, as the protagonist, astronaut Mark Watney quotes "I'm going to have to science the hell out of this".
  • Some of her skills may be a reference to Blizzard's Warcraft franchise. Cryo-Freeze seems to be a reference to Ice Block, an ability the mage class can use for exactly the same purpose (only it lasts 10 seconds in that game). Additionally, Frost Bolt, one of Jaina's mage abilities in Heroes of the Storm, is remarkably similar to Ice Spike.
  • Mei's dance emote resembles the "Hare Hare Yukai" dance routine from the first outro of the popular anime "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

Patch changes Edit

For changes made to Mei's abilities, see Endothermic Blaster, Cryo-Freeze, Ice Wall, and Blizzard.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Micheal Chu forum response
  2. Abominable and Yeti Hunter skin's lore information
  3. 小美的冒险日记 (Mei's Adventures)
  4. Overwatch is Back: Uncertainty and Hope After UN Confirms Vigilante Activity
  5. Reflections
  6. BlizzCon 2015 Overwatch Panel
  7. 7.0 7.1 From the Blizzard offices
  8. Snowman line
  9. A Song of White Snow in Farewell to Secretary Wu Going Home
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