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An ultimate ability is an ability which is different from a hero's normal set of abilities. While normal abilities are typically available whenever a hero needs them, or are otherwise on a short cooldown, ultimate abilities are powerful capabilities that take a long time to become available after use.

The use of these abilities requires filling an ultimate meter with "charge". This charge builds over time, or if certain actions are performed (hitting enemies with your standard attack or blocking with your shield) this ultimate meter charges faster than normal. Once expended, the ultimate meter requires a long period of time to refill. Heroes have different charge rates than others.

Ultimate abilitiesEdit

Offense Edit

Genji icon
Ultimate Ability: Dragonblade
Melee ultimate type
1 swing per sec
120 damage per hit
5 m range
8 m/s travelling speed
6 sec duration

Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
McCree icon
Ultimate Ability: Deadeye
Charged rapid fire hitscan ultimate type
250 damage per sec
2 m/s travelling speed
6 sec duration

Focus. Mark. Draw. McCree takes a few precious moments to aim; when he's ready to fire, he shoots every enemy in his line of sight. The weaker his targets are, the faster he'll line up a killshot.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"It's high noon."
Pharah icon
Ultimate Ability: Barrage
Automatic rapid fire projectile ultimate type
30 rounds per sec
40 damage per rocket, max 3600 damage
28.5 m/s projectile speed
0 m/s travelling speed
3 sec duration

Pharah directs a continuous salvo of mini-rockets to destroy groups of enemies.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Justice rains from above!"
Reaper icon
Ultimate Ability: Death Blossom
Area of effect damaging ultimate type
170 damage per sec (510 total damage for each enemy)
8 m radius
3 m/s travelling speed
3 sec duration

In a blur of motion, Reaper empties both hellfire shotguns at breakneck speed, dealing massive damage to all nearby enemies.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Die, die, die!"
Soldier76 icon
Ultimate Ability: Tactical Visor
Self-buff ultimate type
6 sec duration
0.75 sec reload

Soldier: 76’s pinpoint targeting visor “locks” his aim on the threat closest to his crosshairs. If an enemy leaves his line of sight, Soldier: 76 can quickly switch to another target.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"I've got you in my sights."
Sombra icon
Ultimate Ability: EMP
Area debuff ultimate type
15 m radius
0.5 sec cast
6 sec duration

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!"
Tracer icon
Ultimate Ability: Pulse Bomb
Timed bomb ultimate type
Max 400 damage
3 m radius
1 sec duration

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: (Q, Y)
"Time's up!"

Defense Edit

Bastion icon
Icon configtank
Ultimate Ability: Configuration: Tank
Transformation, linear projectile ultimate type
1 round per sec
205 per round
44 m/s projectile speed
4 m splash damage radius
5.5 m/s travelling speed
8 sec duration

In Tank mode, Bastion extends wheeled treads and a powerful long-range cannon. The cannon’s explosive shells demolish targets in a wide blast radius, but Bastion can only remain in this mode for a limited time.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
Hanzo icon
Ultimate Ability: Dragonstrike
Linear projectile ultimate type
200 damage per sec
m range
4 m radius
1.5 sec cast

Hanzo summons a Spirit Dragon which travels through the air in a line. It passes through walls in its way, devouring any enemies it encounters.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
Junkrat icon
Rip Tire
Ultimate Ability: RIP-Tire
Controlled bomb ultimate type
60 - 600 splash damage, 30 - 300 splash self damage
10 m splash damage radius
10 m/s travelling speed
1.5 - 2 sec cast
10 sec duration

Junkrat revs up a motorized tire bomb and sends it rolling across the battlefield, climbing over walls and obstacles. He can remotely detonate the RIP-Tire to deal serious damage to enemies caught within the blast, or just wait for it to explode on its own.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Fire in the hole!"
Mei icon
Ultimate Ability: Blizzard
Arcing splash projectile ultimate type
20 damage per sec (100 total damage)
10 m radius
1.5 sec cast
5 sec duration

Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
Torbjörn icon
Ultimate Ability: Molten Core
Self-buff ultimate type
12 sec duration

After overheating his personal forge, Torbjörn gains a significant amount of armor. He also attacks (and builds and repairs turrets) far faster than normal.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Molten Core!"
Widowmaker icon
Ultimate Ability: Infra-Sight
Team buff ultimate type
0.5 sec cast
15.5 sec duration

Widowmaker’s recon visor allows her to see the heat signatures of her targets through walls and objects for a moderate amount of time. This enhanced vision is shared with her allies.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"No one can hide from my sight."

Tank Edit

DVa icon
Ultimate Ability: Self-Destruct
Transformation, timed bomb ultimate type
Max 1000 damage
20 m radius
3 sec duration

D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Nerf this!"
Reinhardt icon
Ultimate Ability: Earthshatter
Area stunning ultimate type
50 damage for each enemy
20 m range
2.5 sec duration

Reinhardt forcefully slams his rocket hammer into the ground, knocking down and damaging all enemies in front of him.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Hammer down!"
Roadhog icon
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)
Winston icon
Ultimate Ability: Primal Rage
Self-buff ultimate type
40 damage for each enemy
10 sec duration

Winston embraces his animal nature, significantly boosting his health and making him very difficult to kill, strengthening his melee attack, and allowing him to use his Jump Pack ability more frequently. While raging, Winston can only make melee and Jump Pack attacks.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
Zarya icon
Ultimate Ability: Graviton Surge
22 damage for each enemy
8 m radius
4 sec duration

Zarya launches a gravity bomb that draws in enemy combatants and deals damage while they’re trapped.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Огонь по готовности!"

Support Edit

Ana icon
Ana nanoboost
Ultimate Ability: Nano Boost
Ally-targeting buff hitscan ultimate type
50% damage boost, 50% damage resistance
40 m range
0.15 sec cast
8 sec duration

After Ana hits one of her allies with a combat boost, they deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies’ attacks.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"You're powered up, get in there!"
Lucio icon
Ultimate Ability: Sound Barrier
Area of effect buff ultimate type
30 m radius
6 sec duration

Protective waves radiate out from Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier, briefly providing him and nearby allies with personal shields.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Oh, let's break it down!"
Mercy icon
Ultimate Ability: Resurrect
Area resurrection ultimate type
15 m range
1 sec cast
2.25 sec duration

Mercy radiates restorative power, bringing nearby dead allies back into the fight with full health.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Heroes never die!"
Symmetra icon
Ultimate Ability: Teleporter
Point to point movement ultimate type
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."
Symmetra icon
Ultimate Ability: Shield Generator
Area buffing ultimate type
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."
Zenyatta icon
Ultimate Ability: Transcendence
Area healing ultimate type
300 HP per sec heal
10 m radius
11 m/s travelling speed
6 sec duration

Zenyatta enters a state of heightened existence for a short period of time. While transcendent, Zenyatta cannot use abilities or weapons, but is immune to damage, moves twice as fast, and automatically restores his health and that of nearby allies.

Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Experience tranquility."

Build rate Edit

Ultimate abilities have a base build rate in seconds, and can also be built by dealing damage. Some heroes can also build ultimate through their healing abilities.

Hero Ultimate Charge per Duration
60 seconds 120 damage 120 healing
Genji Dragonblade 25% 10% N/A 6 seconds
McCree Deadeye 25% 10% N/A 6 seconds
Pharah Barrage 20% 8% N/A 3 seconds
Reaper Death Blossom 20% 8% 8% 3 seconds
Soldier: 76 Tactical Visor 20% 8% 0% 6 seconds
Sombra EMP 25% 10% 9% N/A
Tracer Pulse Bomb 33.3% 13.3% N/A 2 seconds
Bastion Configuration: Tank 18.2% 7.3% 0% 8 seconds
Hanzo Dragonstrike 25% 10% N/A N/A
Junkrat RIP-Tire 24% 9.6% N/A 10 seconds
Mei Blizzard 30% 12% 0% 5 seconds
Torbjörn Molten Core 23.1% 9.2% N/A 12 seconds
Widowmaker Infra-Sight 27.3% 10.9% N/A 15 seconds
D.Va (Mech) Self-Destruct 27.3% 10.9%[UltTable 1] N/A 4 seconds
D.Va (Pilot) Call Mech 93.8% 37.5% N/A 2 seconds
Reinhardt Earthshatter 27.3% 10.9% N/A 3 seconds
Roadhog Whole Hog 27.3% 10.9% 0% 6 seconds
Winston Primal Rage 27.3% 10.9% N/A 10 seconds
Zarya Graviton Surge 20% 8% N/A 4 seconds
Ana Nano Boost 15.8% 6.3% 6.3% 8 seconds
Lúcio Sound Barrier 14.2% 5.7% 5.7% 6 seconds
Mercy Resurrect 30% 12%[UltTable 2] 12% N/A
Symmetra Teleporter 37.5% 15% N/A 2 seconds
Shield Generator 37.5% 15% N/A 2 seconds
Zenyatta Transcendence 18.2% 7.3% 7.3% 6 seconds
  1. As long as her mech explodes, D.Va will enter Pilot Form with full ultimate.
  2. Mercy also gains ultimate for boosted damage, 3% per 120 (4000 damage total).

Patch changesEdit

  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed healers to gain Ultimate charge more quickly than intended.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Dealing damage to things other than players (like Torbjörn's turret or Symmetra's teleporter) no longer charges ultimate abilities. Ultimate costs have been increased by 25% for all heroes.
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: Ultimates that consume the ultimate meter when activated will now drain the meter more quickly. Ultimate abilities will now interrupt quick melee attacks.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Self-healing abilities now charge ultimate abilities.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: Ultimate charge should no longer reset whenever a player selects a different hero and then cancels while dead.

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