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Everything can be hacked… and everyone.

Sombra is one of the heroes in Overwatch.

BioEdit

One of the world's most notorious hackers, Sombra uses information to manipulate those in power.

Long before she took up the alias "Sombra," ░░░░░░ was among the thousands of children who were left orphaned in the aftermath of the Omnic Crisis. With much of her country's infrastructure destroyed, she survived by utilizing her natural gifts with hacking and computers.

After ░░░░░░ was taken in by Mexico's Los Muertos gang, she aided it in its self-styled revolution against the government. Los Muertos believed that the rebuilding of Mexico had primarily benefited the rich and the influential, leaving behind those who were most in need of assistance.

Following her many conquests, ░░░░░░ was supremely confident in her skills, but she was caught unprepared when she stumbled into the web of a global conspiracy—one that had also noticed her. With her security irreparably compromised, ░░░░░░ was forced to delete all traces of her identity and went into hiding.

She later reemerged as Sombra, upgraded and determined to find out the truth behind the conspiracy she had uncovered. Sombra launched an even more audacious string of hacks, and her exploits earned her no shortage of admirers, including Talon. She joined the organization's ranks and is believed to have contributed to its massive cyberattacks against corporations with strong ties to their governments. These efforts incited a popular revolution in Mexico against LumériCo and breached the security of Volskaya Industries, the manufacturing arm of Russia's anti-omnic defense.

AbilitiesEdit

IconMachinePistol
Machine Pistol
Rapid fire hitscan type
60 ammunition
1 round(s) per shot 
20 rounds per sec
2.5 - 8 damage
15 - 35 m falloff range

Sombra’s fully-automatic machine pistol fires in a short-range spread.

✔ Can headshot
✔ Subject to falloff damage
Default Key: (Left Mouse, Right Trigger)
IconHack
Hack
Enemy-targeting debuff hitscan type
15 m range
12 sec cd

Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to spawn faster and make them useless to her opponents. Taking damage interrupts the hack attempt.

Default Key: (Right Mouse, Left Trigger)
IconThermopticCamo
Thermoptic Camo
Non-damaging and self-buff movement type
6 sec cd

Sombra becomes invisible for a short period of time, during which her speed is boosted considerably. Attacking, using offensive abilities, or taking damage disables her camouflage.

Default Key: (Left Shift, Left Button)
IconTranslocator
Translocator
Projectile type
1 ammunition
15 sec duration
6 sec cd

Sombra tosses out a translocator beacon. She can instantly return to the beacon’s location while it is active (including when it’s in mid-flight).

Default Key: (E, Right Button)
Sombraopportunist
Opportunist

Sombra detects critically injured enemies through walls. This effect becomes active on an enemy if they fall below half health.

Default Key: (Passive)
IconEMP
Ultimate Ability: EMP
Area debuff ultimate type

Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"¡Apagando las luces!"

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

Unlockables Edit

All seasonal event items, which are marked with special event icons (Summer Games Item IconHalloween Terror Item Icon), are only available to be unlocked by Credits within the event's duration.

Skins Edit

For all of Sombra's skins and weapons, see Sombra/Skins and Weapons.
Sombra classic
Classic
(default)
Sombra cidro Sombra incendio Sombra mar Sombra noche
Cidro
(Credits75)
Incendio
(Credits75)
Mar
(Credits75)
Noche
(Credits75)
Sombra glitch Sombra virus
Glitch
(Credits250)
Virus
(Credits250)
Sombra azúcar Sombra losmuertos Sombra augmented Sombra cyberspace
Azúcar
(Credits1000)
Los Muertos
(Credits1000)
Augmented
(Credits1000)
Cyberspace
(Credits1000)

Emotes Edit

Sombra emote heroic
Heroic
(default)
Sombra amused Sombra holdon Sombra masterpiece
Amused
(Credits250)
Hold On
(Credits250)
Masterpiece
(Credits250)

Victory Poses Edit

Sombra classic
Heroic
(default)
Sombra hacked Sombra kneeling Sombra rising
Hacked
(Credits75)
Kneeling
(Credits75)
Rising
(Credits75)

Voice Lines Edit

Voice Lines cost Credits 25 each, excluding event items.
  • Cool ("De pelos.")
  • Did You Mean To Do That?
  • Glitch In The System ("You're just a glitch in the system.")
  • Good One ("Pfft. Good one.")
  • Hack The Planet
  • In Over Your Head ("I think you're in over your head.")
  • Just Squishing A Bug
  • Mess With The Best... ("Mess with the best and die like the rest.")
  • Playing Fair (default, "Where's the fun in playing fair?")
  • Show Me What You Got ("Asústame Panteón.")
  • Taking This Very Seriously ("You're taking this very seriously.")

SpraysEdit

For Sombra-specific sprays, see Sombra/Sprays.

Highlight Intros Edit

Sombra highlight heroic
Heroic (default)
Sombra hacking Sombra pulse Sombra undetected
Hacking
(Credits250)
Pulse
(Credits250)
Undetected
(Credits250)

WeaponsEdit

Sombra classic golden machinepistol
Golden
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

AchievementsEdit

Hacktheplanet
Hack The Planet

Hack 15 enemies without dying as Sombra in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Poweroutage
Power Outage

Hack 6 enemies at once as Sombra in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story Edit

Sombra notice

Sombra being discovered by the "conspiracy."

As a young girl, Sombra had learned to hack after losing everything she had during the Omnic Crisis. Even though she was a child at the time, she started to manipulate and even blackmail people, noticing how they could be manipulated just as easily as computers could. Sooner or later, she was taken in by the Los Muertos gang, helping them in rebuilding her country.

While growing up, her hacking skills continued to improve. Eventually she stumbled on to what she concluded was a "global conspiracy" that united several organizations around the planet, including Overwatch; that is, until it noticed her. Panicked, she hastily wiped all trace of her digital existence and was forced into seclusion.

Sombra came back some time after, augmented by hardware that integrated her talents into grafted cybernetics. She continued to pursue her passion and her mission, and her exploits earned the admiration of many, including terrorist organization Talon; even after joining them, she still hasn't abandoned her pursuit, and she continues to search for clues as to her new prey, regardless of who she works for.

In Infiltration, Sombra teamed up with Reaper and Widowmaker to assassinate Katya Volskaya, using her technical prowess to open doors and disable turrets. After both Talon agents were cut off from their target, Sombra left it to herself to use her combat skills to knock out and evade the guards. After finally cornering Katya, Sombra reveals that she never planned to kill her, and instead showed her information about her making deals with the omnics. Realizing that she had no choice, Katya agreed to become Sombra's "amiga". Delighted by this, Sombra stated that she'll be in touch with Katya, booped her on the nose, and teleported away. Sombra then prepared to go back to the ship, after informing Reaper that the mission had been a failure.

Personality Edit

Sombra is very deceptive and clever, using her expertise to her advantage at all times. She is unafraid to manipulate people to get what she wants, as shown in Infiltration where she lies to her allies about failing the mission and even blackmails Katya to her will.

In battle, she comes off as cool-headed and unafraid, sometimes smug and cheeky. But even in the middle of a serious mission she still shows herself as a rather playful and whimsical character.

MerchandiseEdit

NotesEdit

  • When hacking health packs, try hacking the packs most used by your enemies and teammates.
    • Hacking a health pack drastically decreases the cooldown time for the pack to respawn, and it also blocks access for the enemy team as long as you are alive. In addition, health packs you hack that anyone on your team, including yourself, picks up contributes to your ultimate charge.
  • Sombra's Translocator can be used both as an escape route and a way to sneak past enemy defenses. This is useful if strong enemies like Bastion are blocking access to a point.
    • Using it as an escape route can also backfire in case of enemies camping the location of the planted translocator, especially a camping Junkrat who may put down traps right next to the translocator.
    • The Translocator is useful as a "Plan B" when running straight into enemy fire, and so Sombra can scout ahead and warn the team of any danger (Characters will automatically announce events like turrets, snipers, and teleporters).
  • If you EMP in the air, you double-jump. This is useful on payload maps such as Dorado as you can hack the whole team and jump to cover.
  • If Sombra is in an enemy's view when hacking, then three very obvious lines are drawn from her to the enemy. However, if she is outside of an enemy's view, there is no indication to the enemy that they are being hacked until the hack is completed. Hack enemies when they are unaware of you, or when they are fighting your teammates.
    • There are a small number of enemies that can be successfully "face hacked", most especially Reaper if you can remain out of reach of his shotguns, forcing him to either disengage immediately or fight to the death without Wraith Form.
  • Bear in mind the different effectiveness of hacking against different enemies in different situations. As rough guidelines:
  • While invisible, Sombra can still throw her Translocator Beacon, allowing for her to get to an objective faster. She also can reload her weapon.
    • This can also be helpful when Sombra is at low health, or in a mid to long range fight. When possible, try to go invisible, throw a beacon far away from where you are, and teleport. If done right, the enemy should not know where you are, allowing for some pretty nasty attacks on said player. This is also helpful to get to a health pack, an enemy, a teammate faster, or to get on a point faster.
      • Sombra can also throw a beacon, go invisible, and teleport, without the invisibility deactivating.
  • Sombra's EMP disables not only abilities and ultimates but also removes shields from an enemy's health.

TriviaEdit

  • Before announcement, she was the subject of a long alternate reality game and officially introduced at BlizzCon 2016. She was officially added to the Official Overwatch game (not counting the PTR for PC) as of 15 November, 2016.
  • "Sombra" is Spanish for "shadow."
    • Her "skull symbol" is known as a calavera, which indeed is Spanish for "skull".
  • Her Machine Pistol may be inspired by the Heckler & Koch MP7 Personal Defense Weapon (PDW), as seen by the slanted front of the receiver, integrated vertical front grip, and the magazine inserted into the weapon's grip. However, there are also several nods to the Ingram Mac-10/11 Machine Pistol, including the very high rate of fire (1200 rounds per minute, the same as a Mac-11), and the vertical front grip being replaced with a flexible chain on the Azucar and Los Muertos skin, similar to the cloth strap commonly seen on Mac-11s.
    • The ammo counter on the top of the machine pistol expresses the remaining ammo in hexadecimal/hex-code (base-16), a common element in computer programming. Concept art originally had the counter display the remaining ammo in binary (base-2; 60 would display "111100" from top to bottom) but it was found to be too obtrusive.
  • Eurogamer questioned Jeff Kaplan about whether or not it was strange that fans had theorized that Sombra would be featured in Hero. Jeff replied with: "No, it was not strange. We have put a lot of hints, all over the game and out of the game, so I would say it's about time that people are concerned with who Sombra is. I hope they keep researching more and find more hints that are out there."
    • When asked about Sombra in an interview with Kotaku, Jeff Kaplan stated: "I think people have learned that she’s a fun character for them to search and to learn more about and that, like the X-Files, the truth is out there. We’ll see what players discover over time....I think that’s up to Sombra, to give you a cheeky answer. Sombra will let people know when she wants more to be known about her. She’s very good at that sort of thing."
  • Sombra's "Hacking" highlight intro is very unique: while equipped, if a player is playing as Sombra and has been selected for Play of the Game, the intro actually starts with another player's highlight intro, that then gets interrupted by a black screen with the signature calavera skull along with the selected player's name and highlight intro following up afterwards.
  • Sometimes Sombra may mock Tracer by saying "Cheers, love!" when teleporting to her Translocator due to the similarities in some of their abilities.
  • Sombra's rare skins are not Spanish for the color, but rather objects that share the color. (i.e. Noches is Spanish for "night", Mar is Spanish for "sea", Citro is Spanish for "Citron" or "Citrus" and Incendio is Spanish for "fire".)
  • Sombra is ambidextrous, although her right hand is likely her preferred. She's seen throwing and shooting, instinctive movements, with her right hand but types with her left.

Patch changes Edit


Sombra Navigation
General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Machine PistolHackThermoptic CamoTranslocatorOpportunistEMP
Lore Organizations Los MuertosTalonLumériCoVolskaya Industries
Character relationships ReaperWidowmakerKatya VolskayaGuillermo Portero
Locations DoradoVolskaya Industries
Others Omnic Crisis
Media Articles LumériCo RevelationsLumériCo CEO Steps Down
Comic Shorts Old Soldiers
Animated Shorts Sombra Origin StoryInfiltration
Others Alternate Reality Game
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