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There are 4 hero Roles and 3 Sub-roles in Overwatch:

  • Tank
  • Offense
  • Defense
  • Support

OffenseEdit

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The main objective of the offense role is to scout the area, harass the opposing team, and press the objective. Heroes classified as offense generally have high damage weapons and abilities and lower health pools than tanks and some defense heroes. They are usually excellent duelists with high mobility and good burst or sustained damage.

The following heroes have this role:

DefenseEdit

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The main objective of the defense role is to guard locations, create choke points, and establish a front. They may have long range weapons or the ability to create turrets, and excel at area denial.

The following heroes have this role:

TankEdit

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Tanks specialize in protecting allies, disrupting enemies, and occupying the front line. They have high survivability and abilities that protect themselves and others with shields and crowd control.

The following heroes have this role:


SupportEdit

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The objective of support is to heal, buff and provide utility. Support heroes boost the overall performance of their team by increasing their survivability, speed, and damage output. They are generally the worst duelists and are best when surrounded by teammates.

The following heroes have this role:

Sub-role Edit

Sub-roles are hero roles which consist of a fewer cast of heroes and are only mentioned in the Team Tips or chat lines of the game. There are three Sub-roles in Overwatch, the Sniper, the Builder, and the Healer.

Sniper Edit

Snipers are heroes that can deal immense damage to enemies from afar, and their abilities are more or less solely for their aiming and/or modifying their shots. They used to be mentioned in Team Tips if their role was needed, but this was been removed in the August 2, 2016 patch. The "Too Many Snipers" Team Tip still exists.

The following heroes have this role:

Builder Edit

Builders are heroes whose jobs are to build stationary units that can either deal damage or provide some sort of utility to the team. They used to be mentioned in Team Tips if their role was needed, but this was removed in the August 2, 2016 patch. The "Too Many Builders" Team Tip still exists.

The following heroes have this role:

Healer Edit

Healers are heroes whose jobs are to replenish the Health of allies and themselves effectively. They will be mentioned in in Team Tips if their role is needed, and also in chat lines if their role is missing when someone presses the "Need Healing" option on the Communication Wheel.

The following heroes have this role: