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The true enemy of humanity is disorder.

Symmetra is one of the heroes in Overwatch. She is a light-bending architech who weaves her construction in order and perfection to create a better world.

Symmetra utilizes her light-bending Photon Projector to dispatch adversaries, shield her associates, construct teleportation pads and deploy particle-blasting Sentry Turrets.


Symmetra literally bends reality. By manipulating hard-light constructs, she crafts the world as she wishes it to be, in hopes of engineering a perfect society.

Following the Omnic Crisis, the Vishkar Corporation of southern India began the laborious process of creating new, self-sustaining cities to house the nation's displaced population. One such city, Utopaea, was created using radical hard-light technology that enabled its architechs to shape the city's streets, utilities, and living spaces in the blink of an eye.

After she was identified as one of the few capable of becoming a light-bending architech, young Satya Vaswani was plucked from extreme poverty and placed in the care of Vishkar's architech academy, never to return home. Isolated and lonely in her new life, Satya immersed herself in her education and training. She quickly grasped the applications of the technology and was one of the top students in her class. Satya approached hard-light manipulation differently than her peers, with their more procedural, mechanical constructions, instead weaving her constructs in the motions of the traditional dance of her homeland.

Though she was one of Utopaea's top architechs, the Vishkar Corporation saw far greater potential in Satya's abilities. Giving her the moniker "Symmetra," Vishkar sent her on clandestine missions around the world to uphold its corporate interests and expand its influence into other countries.

Symmetra believes her actions serve the greater good in society. But there are times when she wonders whether the control and order she desires are truly best for humanity.


Icon photonprojector
Photon Projector
100 round(s) ammunition
1.8 second reload
Primary fire: Photon Beam
Enemy-targeting beam type
7.5/15/30 damage per hit, 30/60/120 damage per second
4 hits per second
7 round(s) per second
7 or 9.5 m range
✘ Cannot headshot
Secondary fire: Energy Ball
Charged linear piercing projectile type
25 - 125 damage
0.44 - 1.54 shots per second
4 - 20 round(s) per shot
10 m/s projectile speed
0.4 - 2 and up to 3 seconds charging, 0.25 seconds buffer
✘ Cannot headshot

Symmetra’s weapon emits a short-range beam that homes in on a nearby enemy, dealing continuous damage that increases the longer it is connected. The projector can also release a charged energy ball that deals high damage.
Default Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
Secondary Fire Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
Sentry Turret
Independent object constructing type
6 turrets stored
  Max 6 turrets on the field
1.5 seconds cast time
10 second(s) cooldown
Enemy-tracking turret data
Attack and debuff type type
Enemy-autotargeting beam attack type
1 HP
30 or 25.5 damage per second
-20% movement speed
10 m range
Lasts until destroyed or replaced
✘ Cannot headshot

Symmetra sets up a small turret that automatically fires speed-reducing blasts at the nearest enemy within range. Several turrets can be built on the battlefield at once.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
Photon Barrier
Projectile barrier type
1000 barrier HP
5.5 m/s projectile speed
Lasts until destroyed
10 second(s) cooldown
Symmetra projects a moving barrier that absorbs damage as it travels forward.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)
Ultimate Ability: Teleporter
Point to point movement independent object ultimate type
6 charges
2 sec cast
sec duration

Symmetra places a teleporter exit pad at her current location, and connects it to a teleporter entry pad at her team’s starting point. Allies can travel through the entry pad to the exit pad instantly, enabling them to return to the fight swiftly after being defeated.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Teleporter online, I have opened the path."
Ultimate Ability: Shield Generator
Area buffing independent object ultimate type
+75 shields
50 m radius
2 sec cast
, 5 sec duration

Symmetra deploys a wide-radius generator that provides increased shielding to her entire team.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Shield Generator online, you are protected."

Beside these abilities, Symmetra 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 Icon), are only available to be unlocked either through the respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration.


For all of Symmetra's skins and weapons, see Symmetra/Skins and Weapons.
Symmetra classic
Symmetra cardamom Symmetra hyacinth Symmetra saffron Symmetra technomancer
Symmetra regal Symmetra utopaea Symmetra vampire Symmetra qipao
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits750)
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits750)
Symmetra architech Symmetra vishkar Symmetra devi Symmetra goddess


Symmetra emote heroic
Symmetra clap Symmetra flow Symmetra insignificant
Symmetra ribbon Symmetra haveaseat Symmetra snicker
(Summer Games Item Icon)
Have A Seata
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory PosesEdit

Symmetra classic
Symmetra balance Symmetra creation Symmetra dance
Symmetra rip Symmetra lightreading
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)
Light Reading
(Uprising Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice Lines Edit

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Everything By Design
  • Exquisite
  • How Unsightly
  • I Don't Think So
  • Impressive
  • Perfect Harmony
  • Precisely
  • Put You In Your Place ("I will put you in your place.")
  • Such A Lack Of Imagination (default)
  • Welcome To My Reality
  • Why Do You Struggle?
  • Hard Work And Dedication (Summer Games Item Icon, "Hard work and dedication pays off.")
  • A Frightening Thought (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75, "What a frightening thought.")
  • I Made You Something (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75)
  • Good Fortune (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75, "Huhuhuh, good fortune.")
  • Kindly Adjust (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75)
  • Taken Under Advisement (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75, "I've taken your opinion under advisement.")


For Symmetra-specific sprays, see Symmetra/Sprays.

Highlight IntrosEdit

Symmetra highlight heroic
Symmetra askew Symmetra dance Symmetra myreality
My Reality
Symmetra snowflake
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)


Symmetra classic golden photonprojector
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

Achievements Edit

Symmetra pixel
The Car Wash

Hit an enemy with 6 beams simultaneously as Symmetra in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Symmetra cute
Huge Success

Teleport 20 players in a single quick or competitive play game as Symmetra.
Reward: Cute Spray



Symmetra in A Better World.

Satya Vaswani was born to a very poor family in Hyderabad. She was identified as a potential future light-bending architech for the Vishkar Corporation, and was put into the company's architech academy in Utopaea. Though she could never return home, she became one of the top students in her class, using dance techniques for light-bending instead of more procedural motions.

Vishkar gave Satya a position as a clandestine agent under the name 'Symmetra'. She was sent on covert missions around the world to uphold the company's interests by sabotaging competitors and negotiating with contractors.

Satya Vaswani then was sent to Rio de Janeiro to negotiate a contract with its mayor. When she instead chose Calado's proposal, Symmetra infiltrated his tower, but was unable to find anything questionable. Sanjay Korpal opted to destroy the building instead, and Symmetra had to save people from its flaming wreckage. Vishkar's city center was completed months later.[1] Vishkar Corporation put a strict control in order to exploit the workforce for their own benefit. Later, the news of the liberation of Rio de Janeiro by Lúcio Correia dos Santos's effort arrived to Symmetra.

Personality Edit

Symmetra is obsessed with order, believing that it's the key for a perfect society. She also has an obsession for reality, claiming it to be her playground. She strives to make the world a better place, having a soft side for the innocent and hoping that Vishkar will succeed in improving things for the people. However, she sometimes doubts if her company actually does the right thing.

Symmetra prefers to work as a lone agent rather than in a group, possibly since she has spent most of her childhood alone. She also criticizes freedom, thinking of it as an illusion that harms more than helps, as shown by her conversations with Lúcio.

Symmetra is on the autism spectrum[2][3]. It was implied in her words, which she stated it used to "bother her" when people would ask where she "fit on the spectrum".[4] Furthermore she appears to have what could be described as obsessive-compulsive disorder, namely her preoccupation with "perfection", such as when she can't resist fixing a crooked picture or how she notices the perfection of a child's face.


Tips Edit

  • Symmetra is arguably one of the mostly offensive supporters, sharing this trait with Torbjörn, but it has many differences in usage from the former - starting with the lower general bulk, the concept of defending a point and a bit more close-range offensive prowess. Besides, you will need a better knowledge of the maps and sweet spots for installing your Sentries, Teleporter and Generator.
  • Your main task is preparing the traps and all on your team's place and eliminating the pests with some caution - and help supporting the team with the Photon Barrier if it's the case.
  • Her primary weapon can annoy offensive heroes which are trying to adventure in your domains, if they're alone. Don't be shy in using it in a pinch, but don't forget to move randomly to avoid enemy retaliation.
  • Both her teleporter and her shield generator are refunded if the spawn room changes (e.g. from the attacking team capturing a point or reaching a payload objective).
Photon Projector
  • Her Photon Projector's damage does not immediately reset upon enemy death. Take advantage of this if there are additional enemies nearby for easy kill chains.
  • Regardless of charge, Symmetra's Photon Projector second fire will pass through barriers such as Reinhardt's shield.
Sentry Turret
  • Her turrets slow the enemy down as well as damage them, meaning it is a good idea to place several on a choke point like Hollywood's Objective A's defense.
  • Her turrets exist even after she dies, meaning players have to take time to destroy them.
  • Try putting Sentry Turrets hidden around the main paths and entries (a.e. Lijiang Tower's gates and passages), hiding them on vegetation, furniture or blind spots.
  • The turrets have a decent reach, so you can put them in different places or far from each other, making them harder to destroy.
  • If the Turrets are shooting, you'll see a "!" sign in your screen according to their position, so you can use it to know where the enemies are. This is very useful in the Capture the Flag mode. The same happens when a Teleporter or a Shield Generator is being shooted, so you can use this information to know when it's time to retreat and remake the defenses.
Photon Barrier
  • Photon Barrier is useful for pushing towards an objective as a team. However, since it travels in a fast pace and cannot be stopped, it requires some attention while behind it - the barrier can pass through the enemy team, or destroy itself when hits an object from the map. If you are on a situation where advancing is not an option (for example, while defending a point), consider using Reinhardt or Orisa.
  • Photon Barrier can be used to close in on an enemy while avoiding damage, then attacking with Photon Projector.
  • You can use it to defend against enemy Ultimate abilities, such as D.Va's or Tracer's. Take note, however, the barrier is not immobile, so it'd be better to calculate the distance and the time needed for the proper defending.
  • Her teleporter lasts for six charges or until it's destroyed, while her shield generator lasts until it's destroyed.
  • Be sure to pay attention to the direction of the teleporter exit point -- it faces Symmetra as she places it, or in other words it's the opposite of her orientation when placing it.
  • The "Huge Success" achievement can be earned by teleporting 20 times.
Shield Generator
  • If defending, the teleporter's overall effectiveness is reduced as the offense takes additional checkpoints, therefore, it is recommended to use Shield Generator instead after the attacking team reaches a certain point.
  • Try installing the Generator behind walls, for avoid being spotted easily.

Counters Edit

  • Sombra's Hack disables Symmetra's Photon Shield but not her Photon Projector. Her EMP removes the barrier from her health, including added health from Shield Generators. This is useful primarily in the No Limits gamemode, as multiple Shield Generators can be an issue.
  • Mei is a strong counter to Symmetra, as successfully freezing her not only renders her defenseless but also resets her Photon Projector's damage ramp.
  • Winston can easily clear out Symmetra's turret nests and will usually win in a 1v1 fight if he has his barrier ready. His Tesla Cannon does not require aiming, so Symmetra cannot use any movement tactics to avoid damage.
  • Like most characters, Symmetra has limited range and not much mobility, making her a easy target for snipers.
  • Pharah can easily attack Symmetra and destroy her handyworks from the air.

Trivia Edit

  • Symmetra is the only Support hero that is not a healer.
  • Symmetra and D.Va are the only heroes in the game that have two ultimates. Unlike D.Va, however, Symmetra can choose which ultimate to use.

Cultural References Edit

  • Symmetra's "Devi" and "Goddess" skins make her resemble Kali, a Hindu goddess representing Time, Change, Power, Creation, Preservation, and Destruction.
    • "Devi" is the Sanskrit word for "goddess".
  • Symmetra's design might be a reference to the Portal game series.
    • Her weapon and armor resembles a portal gun.
    • Her sentries, if looked at closely, resemble the turrets in Portal.
    • Her ultimate is a portal which is the same in shape and color like the blue portal produced by the portal gun.
      • From the enemy perspective it looks like the orange portal, also produced by the portal gun.
    • The achievement "Huge Success" is a direct quote from the song Still Alive, sung during the first game's end credits by Ellen McLain, the voice actress for GLaDOS.
    • Her voicelines "The cake is a lie....or is it?" and "Hmph, the cake is not a lie!" are also allusions to the famous quote "The Cake Is A Lie!" from the Portal series.
  • Symmetra's theme sport in the Summer Games event was rhythmic gymnastics.
  • Symmetra is an amputee. She has a mechanical left arm.[5]
  • Symmetra's Sentry turrets look like a more modern version of the Mini-Turrets from Bioshock 2. The form is similar with a ball-shaped body that is extended outwards by a mechanism when in active firing mode
  • Symmetra's first name, Satya, is the Sanskrit word for "truth", which resonates with her desire to create a better world and her theme of "creating" her own reality as well as how she lacks awareness of what Vishkar is truly doing. Her codename, Symmetra, is derived from the word "symmetry", indicating her obsession with perfection, and the Indian name Sumitra, which means "true friend".

Patch Changes Edit

  • Overwatchemblem black December 13, 2016 Patch: Symmetra's Ultimate ability now offers a choice between Teleporter and Shield Generator.
  • Overwatchemblem black October 11, 2016 Patch: Symmetra's “Car Wash” achievement now correctly lists the number of beams required (6 instead of 7).
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: Fixed several issues with Symmetra's emotes and highlight intros.

References Edit

  1. A Better World
  2. Michael Chu on Twitter
  3. Symmetra is on the autism spectrum, as confirmed through a letter by Jeff Kaplan
  4. A Better World
  5. [1]
Symmetra Navigation
General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Photon ProjectorSentry TurretPhoton BarrierTeleporterShield Generator
Lore Organizations Vishkar Corporation
Character relationships Sanjay Korpal
Locations UtopaeaRio de Janeiro
Media Comic Shorts A Better World
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