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I'm a one-man apocalypse.

Roadhog is one of the heroes in Overwatch.

Bio

Roadhog is a ruthless killer with a well-earned reputation for cruelty and wanton destruction.

After the Omnic Crisis, government officials gifted the Australian omnium and the surrounding area to the omnics that had nearly destroyed their country, hoping to establish a long-term peace accord. This arrangement permanently displaced Mako Rutledge and a large number of the Outback's residents, a scattered collection of survivalists, solar farmers, and people who just wanted to be left alone.

Furious over the loss of their homes, Mako and the others turned to violent rebellion. They formed the Australian Liberation Front and struck against the omnium and its robot population to take back the lands that had been stolen. Events continued to escalate until the rebels sabotaged the omnium's fusion core, resulting in an explosion that destroyed the facility, irradiated the region, and littered the Outback with twisted metal and wreckage for kilometers around.

Mako watched as his home became an apocalyptic wasteland, and he was forever changed.

Adapting to his environment, he donned a mask and took to the broken highways of the Outback on his ramshackle chopper. Little by little, his humanity was forgotten. The last vestiges of Mako faded away and the ruthless killer Roadhog was born.

Abilities

Scrap Gun
Scrap Gun
Shotgun hitscan type
4 ammunition
1.5 rounds per sec (1.5 rounds per sec)
2 - 9 damage for each pellet, max 225 damage for a body shot (50)

Roadhog's Scrap Gun fires short-range blasts of shrapnel with a wide spread. Alternatively, it can launch a shrapnel ball that detonates farther away, scattering metal fragments from the point of impact.

✔ Primary fire can headshot, ✔ secondary fire can headshot
Default Key: (Left Mouse, Right Trigger)
Secondary Fire Key: (Right Mouse, Left Trigger)
Take A Breather
Take A Breather
300 HP per sec heal
1 sec duration
8 sec cd

Roadhog restores a chunk of his health over a brief period of time.

Default Key: (E, Left Button)
Chain Hook
Chain Hook
30 damage
21 m range
6 sec cd

Roadhog hurls his chain at a target; if it catches, he yanks them into close range.

Default Key: (Left Shift, Right Button)
Whole Hog
Ultimate Ability: Whole Hog
Max 4928 damage
6 sec duration

After cramming a top-loader onto his Scrap Gun, Roadhog pours in ammo. For a short time, he can crank out a stream of shrapnel that knocks back enemies.

Default Key: (Q, Y)

Beside these abilities, Roadhog 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 Roadhog's skins and weapons, see Roadhog/Skins and Weapons.
Roadhog classic
Classic
(default)
Roadhog kiwi Roadhog mud Roadhog sand Roadhog thistle
Kiwi
(Credits75)
Mud
(Credits75)
Sand
(Credits75)
Thistle
(Credits75)
Roadhog pigpen Roadhog stitched Roadhog rudolph
Pigpen
(Credits250)
Stitched
(Credits250)
Rudolph
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)
Roadhog islander Roadhog toa Roadhog mako Roadhog sharkbait
Islander
(Credits1000)
Toa
(Credits1000)
Mako
(Credits1000)
Sharkbait
(Credits1000)
Roadhog junkensteinsmonster Roadhog bajie
Junkenstein's
Monster
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits3000)
Bajie
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits3000)

Emotes

Roadhog emote heroic
Heroic
(default)
Roadhog bellylaugh Roadhog boo Roadhog cancrusher
Belly Laugh
(Credits250)
Boo!
(Credits250)
Can Crusher
(Credits250)
Roadhog headbanging Roadhog tuckeredout
Headbanging
(Credits250)
Tuckered Outa
(Credits250)
Note:
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses

Roadhog classic
Heroic
(default)
Roadhog pointingtothesky Roadhog thumbsup Roadhog tuckeredout
Pointing To The Sky
(Credits75)
Thumbs Up
(Credits75)
Tuckered Out
(Credits75)
Roadhog medal Roadhog rip Roadhog whatsmineismine
Medal
(Summer Games Item Icon)
R.I.P.
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)
What's Mine Is Mine
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice Lines

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Candy From A Baby ("Like taking candy from a baby.")
  • Got Something To Say?
  • Hahaha! ("Bwahahahahahaa!")
  • Hook, Line, And Sinker
  • Life Is Pain, So Is Death ("Life is pain, so... is death, heeheeheeeheee...")
  • Piece Of Cake
  • Push Off
  • Say "Bacon"... ("Say "bacon" one more time...")
  • The Apocalypse (default, "Welcome to the apocalypse.")
  • Violence Is The Answer ("Violence is usually the answer.")
  • We're All Animals
  • What's Mine Is Mine (Summer Games Item Icon)
  • Want Some Candy? (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75)
  • Ho Ho Ho (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75, "Ho ho ho ho ho.")
  • You Chicken? (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75)

Sprays

For Roadhog-specific sprays, see Roadhog/Sprays.

Highlight Intros

Roadhog highlight heroic
Heroic
(default)
Roadhog littlepiggy Roadhog saycheese Roadhog wholehog
Little Piggy
(Credits250)
Say "Cheese"
(Credits250)
Whole Hog
(Credits250)
Roadhog feast
Feast
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits750)

Weapons

Roadhog golden scrapgun Roadhog golden chainhook
Golden (Scrap Gun) Golden (Chain Hook)
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

Achievements

Givingyouthehook
Roadhog Spray - Pixel
Giving You The Hook

Interrupt an enemy Ultimate ability with Roadhog's Chain Hook in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Hogwild
CuteSprayAvatars-Roadhog
Hog Wild

Knock 2 enemies to their deaths with one use of Roadhog's Whole Hog in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story

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Roadhog in Going Legit

Mako Rutledge was one of the residents of the Outback when its omnium and the surrounding area was gifted to the omnics. He and other Outback residents were displaced, and formed the Australian Liberation Front to take back the land. The ALF fought the omnics until they sparked an explosion that irradiated the outback.

Mako adapted to the new environment by donning a mask and riding the broken highways on his chopper. He became an enforcer, and was eventually hired by Junkrat as a personal bodyguard in exchange for half of Junkrat's profits. Together, the two went on a crime spree around the world.

In Going Legit, Junkrat and Roadhog made a deal with the CEO of Hyde Global in Sydney to rescue its workers from omnic terrorists. They found out that the 'terrorists' were actually Hyde Global drones, and that the CEO had set them up, so they hung him from the top story of his skyscraper before blowing it up.

Junkrat and Roadhog have stolen royal artifacts from King's Row, destroyed shops and trucks in Paris, robbed the arcade in Hanamura, and stolen most of the Bank of Dorado's gold in their crime spree.

Personality

Roadhog remains silent at most if not all the time, possibly due to his mask muffling his voice and the fact that he prefers not to speak and instead get things done. As his biography states, he is callous and sociopathic, showing no remorse to his victims and often laughing while on the battlefield.

In spite of his ruthless demeanor, Roadhog possesses traits that contradicts to his behavior. He seems to like stuffed animals and ice cream as conveyed in the A Moment in Crime Special Report where he steals pachimaris from an arcade and sabotages an ice cream truck. He also seems to care about his partner Junkrat, and is willing to protect him from causing too much trouble, though this may mostly be due to splitting the spoils of their crime spree, as most of Roadhog's dialogue towards Junkrat is some variation of telling him to shut up.

Merchandise

Notes

  • Roadhog is a very sturdy tank that can take heavy damage and heal himself; however, he is the only tank that has no special ability to block damage (other than acting as a meat shield). Roadhog is a powerful character, but is less team focused than the other Tanks.
  • Chain Hook interrupts the attacks of enemies.
  • Bastion will be forced into recon mode if hooked, making Roadhog a powerful counter, if used correctly. It will not, however, force Bastion into recon if in Tank mode.
  • It requires practice to fire Roadhog's Scrap Gun at the correct time after a Hook to benefit most from the range with the enemy while not allowing them to exit their stun. In particular, Tracer's Recall and McCree's Flashbang - plus any close range character such as Reaper - can ruin Roadhog's day if you fire too late.
    • Headshots deal dramatically higher damage, which is an excellent pair with his shotgun spread. Keep this in mind when firing.
    • After hooking someone, the player can shoot them with the Scrap Gun's primary fire, then use Quick Melee on targets which survive the initial shot to ensure their death. DO NOT use this tactic against tanks, as the next shot from the Scrap Gun will have a long delay, likely getting you killed.
    • If you hook someone while standing right in front of a bottomless pit (For example, the Well in Ilios), they will fall to their death, provided they don't have a movement ability to prevent that. Be careful when doing this to another Roadhog, as he can take you down with him by hooking you back (thought it's not very likely).
  • Roadhog can hook Junkrat's RIP-Tire, with obvious and unpleasant consequences, although it may occasionally be useful for Roadhog to sacrifice himself to protect a more vulnerable team member.
  • Roadhog can also hook D.Va's mech while it is self-destructing, although this is again useful only as a self-sacrificing move. Beware of hooking D.Va in her mech, as she may activate self-destruct in response to the destruction of her mech, endangering you and your team.
  • If Roadhog hooks an enemy while falling off the map, the enemy is also pulled into the fall off the map and resulting certain death - although Pharah, Tracer and D.Va can escape. It is unlikely to be useful to deliberately jump off the map to do this, but it can serve as a useful revenge attack, especially against Lucio. On certain maps, it may be possible for Roadhog to hook an enemy over a pit while remaining safe himself, which can be very effective.
  • Roadhog's ultimate can deal extreme damage (it has the highest potential damage output of any ability in the game) at point-blank range, but is also very hard to aim due to the spread. It is also greatly affected by range, dealing significantly less damage if shot from far away. It is best to use at mid-range on a group of enemies to knock them back.
    • On top of that, Roadhog's movement speed is significantly reduced, making for an easy target for snipers.
  • Roadhog's Chain Hook can be useful for stopping Ultimates, including Pharah's and other Roadhogs. It can also interrupt the process, such as interrupting Lucio's Sound Barrier by hooking him before he slams his Sonic Amplifier into the ground or a Reinhardt before he slams the ground with Earthshatter.
  • Beware that while Roadhog taking damage and healing may protect your team, the enemy can use it to feed Ultimate charge. Hits on Roadhog build Ultimate charge, but hits on shields do not. As such, Roadhog may be better played aggressively than as a protecting tank.
  • Holding down primary fire after hooking somebody will fire Roadhog's Scrap Gun the next moment possible. This can be used to stop targets from escaping, and can quickly finish off enemies.

Trivia

  • Roadhog was announced on September 22, 2015, alongside Junkrat. Before that, he was teased in two tweets from @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.[1], as well as an in-universe video: A Moment in Crime Special Report: "The Junkers"
  • Roadhog was seen on newspapers around multiple maps before he was revealed. He was also seen in concept art.
  • Roadhog's original concept was as an irradiated mutant. Early concept art gave him an actual pig's face stitched to his rather than a mask.[2]

Cultural references

  • Roadhog is likely a reference to the film series "Mad Max".
  • Roadhog may also be a reference to Maui, the Polynesian Demigod who pulled the islands of Hawaii out of the sea with a large fish hook. In Maori mythology, Maui pulled out the North Island of New Zealand with a large magical fish hook.
  • It is highly likely that Roadhog is of New Zealand Maori heritage due to his real name (Mako) and alternate skin titled "Toa", which is the Maori word for "Warrior".
  • "Mako" is also the Maori word for "the shark" or "a shark tooth" which could explain Roadhog's shark-headed alternate skins.
    • Mako is also a specific species of shark that has a very dark blue coloring, much like the "Mako" skin and has a head much like the "helmet" on the "Mako" and "Sharkbait" skins
  • Roadhog's "Eyes" spray resembles the pigs from Angry Birds series.
  • When Roadhog pulls in an enemy with Chain Hook, he will sometimes yell out, "Come here!" which can be a reference to the Mortal Kombat character, Scorpion. Scorpion is a character who possess a chain blade, and he uses it to pull an enemy from across the stage while yelling "Get over here!"

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black October 19, 2016 Patch: Increased the volume of Roadhog's "Want some candy" voice line.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Ultimate cost increased by 45%. Self-healing abilities now charge ultimate abilities.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Islander” and “Sharkbait” Roadhog Legendary skins.


References

  1. Tweet #1, Tweet #2
  2. From the Blizzard offices
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