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Tracer is one of the heroes in Overwatch. She is a time-jumping adventurer who always willing to fight for the virtuous in the face of her life-threatening chronal disassociation condition.

Toting twin pulse pistols, energy-based time bombs, and rapid-fire banter, Tracer is able to "blink" through space and rewind her personal timeline as she battles to right wrongs the world over.

Bio

The former Overwatch agent known as Tracer is a time-jumping adventurer and an irrepressible force for good.

Lena Oxton (call sign: "Tracer") was the youngest person ever inducted into Overwatch's experimental flight program. Known for her fearless piloting skills, she was handpicked to test the prototype of a teleporting fighter, the Slipstream. But during its first flight, the aircraft's teleportation matrix malfunctioned, and it disappeared. Lena was presumed dead.

She reappeared months later, but her ordeal had greatly changed her: her molecules had been desynchronized from the flow of time. Suffering from "chronal disassociation," she was a living ghost, disappearing for hours and days at a time. Even for the brief moments she was present, she was unable to maintain a physical form.

Overwatch's doctors and scientists were stumped, and Tracer's case seemed hopeless until a scientist named Winston designed the chronal accelerator, a device capable of keeping Tracer anchored in the present. In addition, it gave Tracer the ability to control her own time, allowing her to speed it up and slow it down at will. With her newfound skills, she became one of Overwatch's most effective agents.

Since Overwatch's dissolution, Tracer has continued to right wrongs and fight the good fight wherever the opportunity presents itself.

Abilities

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Pulse Pistols
Rapid fire hitscan type
40 rounds per clip
1-second reload
1.5 - 6 damage per bullet
  2 bullets per shot
  Max 12 bodyshot damage
11 - 30 m falloff range
20 shots (40 rounds) per second
2 rounds per shot
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot
Tracer rapid-fires both of her pistols.
Default Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
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Blink
Non-damaging movement type
3 charges
7.8 m range
3-second cooldown
Tracer zips horizontally through space in the direction she’s moving, and reappears several yards away. She stores up to three charges of the blink ability and generates more every few seconds.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
Alternate Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
IconRecall
Recall
Non-damaging and healing movement type
Lasts 1.25 seconds
12-second cooldown
Tracer bounds backward in time, returning her health, ammo and position on the map to precisely where they were a few seconds before.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)
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Ultimate Ability: Pulse Bomb
Timed bomb ultimate type
400 damage
3 m radius
Lasts 1 sec
✔ Can inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

Tracer lobs a large bomb that adheres to any surface or unfortunate opponent it lands on. After a brief delay, the bomb explodes, dealing high damage to all enemies within its blast radius.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Time's up!"

Beside these abilities, Tracer is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when her 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 IconUprising Item IconAnniversary Item Icon), are only available to be unlocked either through their respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration. During the event, newly-introduced event items cost three times as much as non-event items of the same rarity, while returning seasonal items are unlocked at the regular price. Items which are obtained from an external source are marked with Blizzard icons (Blizzard Item Icon) and their requirements are noted below.

Skins

For all of Tracer's skins and weapons, see Tracer/Skins and Weapons.
Common
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Note:
Blizzard Item Icon The Slipstream skin is obtained by purchasing (or upgrading to) the Overwatch's Game of the Year Edition and/or the Collector's Edition.[1][2]

Emotes

Common
Epic
Note:
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses

Common
Rare

Voice Lines

Normal
▪ Aw, Rubbish (Credits 25)
"Aw, rubbish!"
▪ Be Right Back! (Credits 25)
"Be right back!"
▪ Check Me Out (Credits 25)
"Check me out!"
▪ Cheers, Love! (Credits 25)
"Cheers, love! The cavalry's here!"
▪ Déjà Vu (Credits 25)
"Ever get that feeling of déjà vu?"
▪ Keep Calm (Credits 25)
"Keep calm and Tracer on."
▪ She Shoots, She Scores (Credits 25)
"She shoots, she scores, haha!"
▪ The World Needs Heroes (Credits 25)
"The world could always use more heroes."
▪ Under Control (Credits 25)
"I have this under control."
▪ You Got It (default)
"You got it!"
▪ You Need A Time Out (Credits 25)
"Looks like you need a time out."
▪ Eat My Dust (Summer Games Item Icon)
"Eat my dust!"
▪ Ooh, Scary! (Halloween Terror Item Icon)
"Ooh, scary!"
▪ It's In The Bag (Winter Wonderland Item Icon)
"It's in the bag."
▪ Ready For Some Fireworks? (Year of the Rooster Item Icon)
"Who's ready for some fireworks?"
▪ Don't Be Daft (Uprising Item Icon)
"Don't be daft."
▪ Sorry I'm Late (Uprising Item Icon)
"Sorry I'm late!"
▪ Did I Miss Something? (Anniversary Item Icon)
"Did I miss something?"
▪ Too Slow! (Anniversary Item Icon)
"Too slow!"

Sprays

For Tracer-specific sprays, see Tracer/Sprays.

Highlight Intros

Common
Epic

Weapons

One purchase of an alternate weapon skin will apply to the Pulse Pistols of all unlocked skins when equipping it.

Default
Alternate

Achievements

Totalrecall
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Total Recall

Recover 400 health using Tracer's Recall without dying in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

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Special Delivery

Stick 4 of Tracer's Pulse Bombs onto enemies in a single quick or competitive play game.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story

Origin

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Lena before the Slipstream's malfunction

At a young age, Lena Oxton was accepted into Overwatch as a pilot under the call sign Tracer. Her skills made her an ideal candidate for the first pilot of the Slipstream, a fighter jet capable of teleportation. However, the Slipstream malfunctioned, giving Lena the world's first case of chronal disassociation. For several months, she would vanish and reappear at random and was completely intangible.

After months of research, Winston was able to design a chronal accelerator for Lena. The device not only cured the problems presented by her condition, but also allowed her to speed up, slow down, or even rewind her own time manually. Using these abilities, Tracer became a standard soldier for Overwatch.

Uprising

Her first deployment as a member of Overwatch was during the Null Sector takeover of King's Row. After convincing Jack Morrison to send a strike force despite Overwatch not being allowed to operate in England, she joined Reinhardt, Mercy and Torbjörn in defeating the Null Sector's forces.

After Overwatch was disbanded

At the time of the Overwatch recall, Tracer was in London. She was the first to contact Winston when he sent out the signal.

Tracer later attended Tekhartha Mondatta's speech in King's Row. She tried to stop Widowmaker from assassinating him, but failed. Widowmaker incapacitated her, and she was left with a damaged chronal accelerator.[3] Tracer then met and worked with Winston to stop Widowmaker and Reaper from stealing Doomfist's gauntlet. Though the gauntlet was damaged, there were no casualties.[4] Their action was reported on the news, and due to the Petras Act, would be deemed illegal and punishable by law.

During the holidays, she attended a very small Christmas gathering at Watchpoint: Gibraltar with Winston and her girlfriend, Emily, after running around London to buy for Emily a present and helping people on the way.[5]

Incident Report

The following incident report of the accident with the Slipstream was taken from the Overwatch Visual Source Book.[6]
Incident Entry #1

At 630 hours, test pilot Lena Oxton completed her in-flight check and activated the OWX-01 Slipstream's teleportation matrix.

Incident Entry #2

After hours without radar or visual contact, the Slipstream was presumed destroyed, and Oxton was listed as MISSING IN ACTION.

Development Entry #3

After weeks of failed attempts, Overwatch operative Winston engineered an entirely new solution.

Final Entry #4

Oxton is again firmly anchored in present time. Recommending that she be transferred from flight operations to field combat training.

Personality

Tracer is a very energetic and cheeky girl, loving a good joke and giggling during battle. She's often quick witted and displays great affection and even insight towards her friends, such as Winston and Mei. She is extremely fearless and determined, not being afraid to take chances and being enthusiastic about discovering new things and places, according to her reaction to meeting all the different characters and seeing all the sights of the Nexus in her trailer for Heroes of the Storm.

Tracer seems to be interested in the teachings of Mondatta and the Shambali, as conveyed by her dialogue with Zenyatta. She also prefers to keep her pulse bombs to herself, as specified by one of her lines with Junkrat.

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Tips

  • When Tracer uses Recall, the player using her views herself moving backward or forwards, while enemies only see her disappear. This means that enemies will not be able to see where she is immediately after using Recall.
    • If fighting Tracer, try to predict where Tracer will be after her Recall.
    • Predicting where she is generally isn't overly complicated. Just remember were she came from, and about a second later, you will find her, or she will come to you.
  • Tracer can Blink to cross gaps, opening up alternate routes. For example, Tracer can Blink across the gap in the left side of Hanamura (left when facing point B from point A).
  • Tracer is best used as a flanker, as it lets her get close to her enemies much more easily, and her pistols deal very high burst damage at close range.
  • Make sure to move around and blink erratically to make yourself harder to hit, as Tracer has low health. Her unpredictable movement will also disorient and attract attention from her enemies, making it easier for her teammates to deal with them.
    • However, note that Tracer's Blink has a cooldown of a few seconds, which can be substantial in combat.
  • Using Recall will never lower Tracer's current health, even if she has made a net health gain in the last 3 seconds.
  • A good time to use recall is when Tracer is close to death and she makes a wheezing noise of some sort.
    • Recall can also save Tracer from Insta-kills by Reaper or Roadhog. However, when hooked by a Roadhog, you must time it exactly right, for a second too late will mean certain death.
  • Recall will also remove debuffs such as Orb of Discord, Biotic Grenade, or Venom Mine.
  • Tracer's Blinks are not affected by Mei's gradual slowing effect, and using a Blink will reset Tracer's freeze counter, meaning she will move at full speed afterward and needs to be frozen from scratch again. However, Tracer cannot Blink or Recall once actually frozen. Blinks will not be affected by the Blizzard area, but if she does not escape in time, she will be frozen.
  • Because of the difference in aiming mechanisms, Tracer is slightly stronger on console than on PC, being able to deal more damage.
  • Pulse Bomb is most effective when stuck to an enemy. Additionally, if the enemy is close to other enemies, that allows Pulse Bomb to kill multiple targets. Zarya's Graviton Surge works extremely well with Pulse Bomb, as enemies are clumped very close together, making it easier for Tracer to stick her Pulse Bomb.
  • Don't waste Tracer's Pulse Bomb by wildly tossing it into enemies. They will easily spot it and run away. Using it when they are not expecting it and quickly blinking away will usually garantee a kill.
  • Nano Boosting a Tracer, giving her Particle Barrier, and using Lucio's Ultimate can actually be pretty dangerous for the enemies, as they will be having a difficult time eliminating the Tracer, and she can be close enough to deal her maximum damage.
  • While Blinks are very distracting to enemies, make sure you know where you are going. Blinking off a cliff will not help.
    • You can fake your death by blinking off a cliff then recalling to surprise the enemy.

Counters

  • Winston and Symmetra can be a problem for Tracer as their weapons do not need to be aimed precisely.
  • Roadhog can survive being stuck with a Pulse Bomb, and then heal the damage. If he hooks her, she has little chance of surviving.
  • Avoid sticking a Pulse Bomb on Zarya; she can use her shield to survive the damage and absorb a large amount of energy from it.
  • McCree can stop Tracer dead in her tracks, leaving her open to attack.
  • If close enough, Genji can easily deflect all of Tracer's burst damage back at her.
  • Pharah somewhat counters Tracer, as she has the higher ground and Tracer's bullet spread is inaccurate against her.
  • Soldier: 76's Helix Rockets can be a danger to Tracer.
  • Sombra's Hack disables Blink and Recall, both of which Tracer relies heavily on in combat.
  • Reaper's up-close spread can be a threat to Tracer too, seeing as both specialize in close combat. However, as Tracer has much more mobility, she can blink around in a 1v1 to confuse the enemy Reaper or distract him.
  • Junkrat's Steel Trap stops Tracer's movement, making her vulnerable to enemy fire. The Concussion Mine alone takes out 4/5 of her health.

Trivia

  • Tracer was the first hero completed and implemented into the game. She was designed as a combination of a fighter pilot and a track athlete.[7]
  • Tracer's Agent ID is 3945_50.[8]
  • Tracer's hair was originally black, rather than brown. This can be seen in her concept art.
  • Tracer has the most skins in the game, with 18 (including Classic), and also has the most legendary skins in the game, with 10.
    • Tracer is also the only character to have more legendary skins than non-legendary skins.
  • In March–April 2016, there was a controversy relating to Tracer's Over The Shoulder victory pose, claiming that the pose was out of character. Blizzard followed through with the complaint and released a new update on April 5, 2016, editing said pose to be more appropriate.
  • Tracer is seen in the tutorial guiding the player, who works through as Soldier: 76.
  • In the Summer Games, Tracer's signature sport is track and field.
  • Tracer is capable of removing her chronal accelerator and still maintain her point in time. This is shown to occur at least twice in Reflections.
    • Blizzard later stated on Facebook that, as long as Tracer is in the vicinity of her chronal accelerator, she can maintain her point in time.[9]
  • Tracer is currently the only Overwatch hero whose sexuality has been directly addressed. According to Reflections, Tracer is dating and living with a woman named Emily. Blizzard later elaborated in a statement, clarifying that Tracer is a lesbian.[10]

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Cultural References

  • Tracer's skin "Mach T" is a reference to the famous Ford GT40 Racing Livery.
  • Tracer's skin "T. Racer" is a reference to the classic popular cartoon, Speed Racer.
  • Tracer's Posh and Sporty skins are likely references to the Spice Girl band members Posh Spice, Victoria Adams and Sporty Spice, Melanie Chisholm.
  • Tracer's chronal accelerator on her chest displays lights that are similar to the King's Row Big Ben's clock face.
  • Tracer's accent is intended to be London Cockney. However, the combination of this with professional-quality elocution is a jarring contradiction for many British listeners, giving her the sound of an exaggerated stereotype or an upper-class woman affecting an accent. Her use of "Wicked" to mean good, which is almost never used by adults except as a parody of teenagers' speech (and in the modern UK rarely used by teenagers at all) contributes to this.
  • The August 2nd patch introduced two new Olympic-themed skins for Tracer called "Sprinter" and "Track & Field". Instead of a chronal accelerator, these two skins have a digital stopwatch on Tracer's chest that reads 13:37, which is a leetspeak term for Leet.

Patch changes

For changes made to Tracer's abilities, see Pulse Pistols, Blink, Recall, and Pulse Bomb.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 28, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing Tracer’s ”Clock’s Tickin’’ spray from matching the thumbnail in the Hero Gallery.
  • Overwatchemblem black January 31, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer to reach unintended locations outside the standard gameplay boundaries on several maps.
  • Overwatchemblem black January 24, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug causing Tracer’s “You Got It” voice line to play an incorrect line.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing some of Tracer’s voice lines from activating with her Punk skin equipped.
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: The scarf on Tracer's Slipstream skin is no longer stiff in the Hurdle highlight intro. The names of Tracer's Sprinter and Track and Field skins now display correctly.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 2, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug where the Origins Edition skins would not count towards unlock progress of the “Decked Out” Achievement.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Origins Edition skins can now be equipped.


References

  1. Overwatch™ Ready for Action Spring 2016 — Pre-Purchase Now for Console and PC
  2. Overwatch: Origins Edition | Digital Bonuses Preview
  3. Alive
  4. Cinematic Trailer
  5. Reflections
  6. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.92
  7. From the Blizzard offices
  8. Recall
  9. Michael Chu on official forum
  10. http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2016/12/20/official-comic-confirms-tracer-is-overwatchs-first-lgbtq-character.aspx
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