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Roadhog is one of the heroes in Overwatch. He is a bodyguard and an international criminal who is infamous for being an unforgiving cutthroat with a destructive and cruel nature.

Roadhog uses his signature Chain Hook to pull his enemies close before shredding them with blasts from his Scrap Gun. He’s hardy enough to withstand tremendous damage, and can recover his health with a short breather.


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.


Scrap Gun
Scrap Gun
4 round(s) ammunition
1.5 second reload
Primary fire: Shrapnel Blast
Shotgun projectile type
2 - 9 damage per fragment
  25 fragments per shot
  Max 225 bodyshot damage
11 - 20 m falloff range
1 shot per second
57 m/s projectile speed
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot
Secondary fire: Shrapnel Ball
Linear projectile/Shotgun projectile type
50 damage, 2 - 9 damage
  25 fragments per shot
  Max 225 bodyshot damage
20 - 29 m falloff range
1 shot per second
57 m/s projectile speed
9 m range
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot

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 Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
Secondary Fire Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
Take A Breather
Take A Breather
300 HP per second on self
~0.5 seconds cast time
Lasts 1 second
8 second(s) cooldown
Roadhog restores a chunk of his health over a brief period of time.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)
Chain Hook
Chain Hook
Stun & displacing linear projectile type
30 damage
40 m/s projectile speed
20 m range
8 second(s) cooldown
✘ Cannot headshot
Roadhog hurls his chain at a target; if it catches, he yanks them into close range.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
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.


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.


For all of Roadhog's skins and weapons, see Roadhog/Skins and Weapons.
Roadhog classic
Roadhog kiwi Roadhog mud Roadhog sand Roadhog thistle
Roadhog pigpen Roadhog stitched Roadhog rudolph
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)
Roadhog islander Roadhog toa Roadhog mako Roadhog sharkbait
Roadhog junkensteinsmonster Roadhog bajie
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits3000)
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits3000)


Roadhog emote heroic
Roadhog bellylaugh Roadhog boo Roadhog cancrusher
Belly Laugh
Can Crusher
Roadhog headbanging Roadhog tuckeredout
Tuckered Outa
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory PosesEdit

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

Voice LinesEdit

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)
  • Killed For Less Than That (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75, "I've killed someone for less than that!")
  • She'll Be Right (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75)


For Roadhog-specific sprays, see Roadhog/Sprays.

Highlight IntrosEdit

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


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


Roadhog pixel
Giving You The Hook

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

Roadhog cute
Hog Wild

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



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 rebels 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. 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.

Later, 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.[1]

Around Christmas time, Roadhog was seen escaping from another escapade with Junkrat in Luna Park, Australia.[2]


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 is quite observative, and possess a quite logical mind. He also seems to care about his partner Junkrat, and often tries to either protect him from trouble or prevent him from causing too much trouble. 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. However, he usually agrees and follows Junkrat with his plan and antics, without many complaints.

Roadhog also 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.



  • 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.
  • While Roadhog taking damage and healing may protect his 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.

Take A Breather

  • Roadhog restores health for one second unless interrupted by a Flashbang or Sleep Dart, meaning taking damage will not stop the healing. However, this leaves you vulnerable to enemy fire, which the opponent can use to charge ultimates. If possible, it is best to use this ability when safe from fire.
  • The rate at which Roadhog gains ultimate charge from this is identical to the rate at which he restores health. While taking damage can feed the enemy's ultimate charge, sometimes it is better to self-heal than to call for a healer.
Scrap Gun
  • The Scrap Gun's secondary fire will only do 50 damage at close range, but it is recommended to use it anywhere outside of close range, as that's where it will detonate and deal as much damage as the primary fire. With enough practice, the player will know the distance that is considered to be the shrapnel ball's "sweet spot"
  • Holding down primary fire after hooking somebody will fire Roadhog's Scrap Gun the next moment possible to benefit the most from the stun. In particular, Tracer's Recall and McCree's Flashbang - plus any close range character such as Reaper - can ruin Roadhog's day if fired too late.
    • Headshots deal dramatically higher damage, which is an excellent pair with his shotgun spread. Keep this in mind when firing.
    • The best time to fire is right when the enemy is closest, for about a split second. His Hook/Scrap Gun combo deals devastating damage if timed right. Also, the aiming is important. Aim partially at the head, but also make sure you shoot the body. This way, enough pellets will hit the hid causing fatal damage, but the body, which is bigger than the head, will catch the remaining scrap bits. 90% of the time, this deals close to or over 300 damage if used on tanks correctly, and automatically eliminates any heroes with 200 or less HP.
  • Quick Melee will significantly delay the next shot from the Scrap Gun if used after firing it.
  • To maximize damage, Roadhog can use primary fire and then instantly hook a target, and then follow up with primary fire. This allows extra damage to be dealt, which can be useful against enemy tanks, as double damage can be dealt (in comparison to simply hooking and shooting).
Chain Hook
  • Chain Hook interrupts the attacks of enemies and holds them in once place for a brief moment.
  • Bastion will be forced into recon mode if hooked, making Roadhog a powerful counter. It will not, however, force Bastion into recon if in Tank mode.
  • After hooking someone, Roadhog can shoot the snared enemy with Scrap Gun's primary fire, then use Quick Melee on targets which survive the initial shot to ensure their death. This is best used against non-tanks.
  • If Roadhog hooks someone while standing right in front of a bottomless pit (i.e., the Well in Ilios), they will fall to their death, provided they don't have a movement ability to prevent that.
  • Roadhog can hook Junkrat's RIP-Tire and D.Va's mech while it is self-destructing, with obvious and unpleasant consequences, although it may occasionally be useful for Roadhog to sacrifice himself to protect a more vulnerable team member.
  • If Roadhog hooks an enemy while falling off the map, the enemy is pulled with him, resulting in certain death - although Pharah, Tracer, and D.Va can escape. It is unlikely useful to deliberately jump off the map to do this, but it can serve as a useful revenge tactic, especially against Lucio.
  • Roadhog's Chain Hook can be useful for stopping Ultimates, including that of Pharah and other Roadhogs. It can also interrupt the process of completing an Ultimate, 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.
Whole Hog
  • Roadhog's ultimate can deal extreme damage 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 an easy target for snipers.
  • Sometimes, if in the right place, Roadhog is able to knock back many enemies off a cliff, automatically killing them.
  • Whole Hog is most effective on a group of enemies, in a confined space, like one of the many rooms in Hollywood.

Counters Edit

  • Roadhog's large hitbox and short range makes him a prime target for Pharah, Hanzo, and Widowmaker.
  • Reaper will deal massive damage to Roadhog with his Hellfire Shotguns, and can use Wraith Form to get away or dodge hooks if needed.
  • Genji can Deflect Roadhog's Whole Hog projectiles. Though Deflect cannot deflect all of the projectiles, he can push Roadhog back.


  • Roadhog was announced on September 22, 2015, alongside Junkrat. Before that, he was teased in two tweets from @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.[3], 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 stitched-on pig's face rather than a mask.[4]

Cultural references Edit

  • Given the shared history with fellow Australian Junkrat, Roadhog is likely a reference to the film franchise Mad Max.
  • It is 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".
  • The quote "She'll Be Right" is a common saying in New Zealand slang and culture to mean "All is well" or "It will be okay".
  • "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 the Angry Birds franchise.
  • When Roadhog pulls in an enemy with Chain Hook, he will sometimes yell out, "Come here!" which is 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 changesEdit

  • 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.


  1. Going Legit
  2. Reflections
  3. Tweet #1, Tweet #2
  4. From the Blizzard offices
Roadhog Navigation
General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Scrap GunChain HookTake A BreatherWhole Hog
Lore Organizations Australian Liberation FrontHyde Global
Character relationships Junkrat
Locations Outback
Others Omnic CrisisOmniumJunkers
Media Comic Shorts Going Legit
Heroes in Overwatch

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