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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. Each hero's ultimate meter has a different base charge rate.

Ultimate ability typesEdit

There are three types of ultimate abilities: Transformation, Channeled, and Cast-time.

  • Transformation ultimates give the hero passive upgrades while allowing them to use their regular abilities without restriction, after forcing the hero to go through a brief transformation animation. An exception is Configuration: Tank, which disables Reconfigure due to the nature of the ability.
  • Channeled ultimates force the hero to enter a new state where their ability is channeled for the duration, restricting their other abilities. Channeled ultimates can be interrupted through most forms of crowd control, with the exception of Transcendence due to its invulnerability.
  • Cast-time ultimates require a small widow of time to pass before their effect is activated. During this window, if the user is interrupted through crowd control or other means, the ultimate will not take effect and is expended.

Ultimate abilitiesEdit

Offense Edit

Doomfist icon
Doomfist ability meteorstrike
Ultimate Ability: Meteor Strike
Channeled ultimate type
Kinetic bombardment ability type
300 - 10 damage
7.5 m radius
1 sec cast
Lasts 4 seconds

Doomfist leaps into the sky, then crashes to the ground, dealing significant damage.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Meteor strike!"
Genji icon
IconDragonblade
Ultimate Ability: Dragonblade
Transformation ultimate type
Melee ability type
1.17 swings per second
120 damage per hit
5 m range
8 m/s movement speed
Lasts 6 seconds

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"龍神の剣を喰らえ!"
McCree icon
DeadeyeIcon
Ultimate Ability: Deadeye
Channeled ultimate type
Charged rapid fire hitscan ability type
100 or 250 damage per sec
2 m/s movement speed
0.2 sec cast
Lasts 6 seconds
✘ Cannot headshot

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"It's high noon."
Pharah icon
IconBarrage
Ultimate Ability: Barrage
Channeled ultimate type
Automatic rapid fire projectile ability type
30 rockets per second
40 damage per rocket
  Max 3600 damage per use
28.5 m/s projectile speed
Caster is immobilized
Lasts 3 seconds
✘ Cannot headshot
✔ Can inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Justice rains from above!"
Reaper icon
IconDeathBlossom
Ultimate Ability: Death Blossom
Channeled ultimate type
Area of effect damaging ability type
170 damage per sec
  Max 510 damage per enemy
8 m radius
3 m/s movement speed
Lasts 3 seconds
✘ Cannot headshot

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"DIE, DIE, DIE!"
Soldier76 icon
IconTacticalVisor
Ultimate Ability: Tactical Visor
Transformation ultimate type
Self-buff ability type
Lasts 6 seconds
0.75 sec reload
✘ Cannot headshot

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"I've got you in my sights."
Sombra icon
IconEMP
Ultimate Ability: EMP
Cast-time ultimate type
Area debuff ability type
15 m radius
0.5 sec cast
Lasts 6 seconds

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"¡Apagando las luces!"
Tracer icon
IconPulseBomb
Ultimate Ability: Pulse Bomb
Cast-time ultimate type
Timed bomb ability type
400 damage
3 m radius
Lasts 1 second
✔ 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!"

Defense Edit

Bastion icon
Icon configtank
Ultimate Ability: Configuration: Tank
Transformation ultimate type
Linear splash projectile ability type
1 shell per second
205 direct hit damage
70 - 145 splash damage
  28 splash self damage
  4 m splash damage radius
44 m/s projectile speed
1.5 sec cast
Lasts 8 seconds
✘ Cannot headshot
✔ Can inflict self damage
✔ Can inflict self knockback

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
Hanzo icon
IconDragonstrike
Ultimate Ability: Dragonstrike
Cast-time ultimate type
Linear projectile ability type
125 damage (arrow)
 200 damage per second (dragons)

m range
4 m radius
1.5 sec cast
※ The inital arrow can headshot, but the dragons cannot.

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"龍が我が敵を喰らう!"
Junkrat icon
Rip Tire
Ultimate Ability: RIP-Tire
Cast-time ultimate type
Controlled bomb ability type
60 - 600 splash damage
  10 m splash damage radius
13 m/s projectile speed
Caster is immobilized
1.5 - 2 sec cast
Lasts 10 seconds
✘ Cannot inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Fire in the hole!"
Mei icon
IconBlizzard
Ultimate Ability: Blizzard
Cast-time ultimate type
Arcing splash projectile ability type
20 damage per second
  Max 100 damage per enemy
10 m radius
1.5 sec cast
Lasts 5 seconds

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.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"冻住,不许走!"
Torbjörn icon
IconMoltenCore
Ultimate Ability: Molten Core
Transformation ultimate type
Self-buff ability type
Supercharges turret
+50% attack speed
+300 armor
Lasts 12 seconds

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Molten Core!"
Widowmaker icon
IconInfraSight
Ultimate Ability: Infra-Sight
Transformation ultimate type
Team-wide buff ability type
0.5 sec cast
Lasts 15.5 seconds

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"No one can hide from my sight."

Tank Edit

DVa icon
IconSelfDestruct
Ultimate Ability: Self-Destruct
Cast-time ultimate type
Timed bomb ability type
1000 damage
20 m radius
Lasts 3 seconds
✘ Cannot inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Nerf this!"
DVa icon
IconCallMech
Ultimate Ability: Call Mech
Cast-time ultimate type
Form restoration ability type
50 damage
Lasts 2 seconds

If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Meka-activated!"
Orisa icon
Orisa supercharger
Ultimate Ability: Supercharger
Cast-time ultimate type
Object-deploying ability type
+50% damage dealt
25 m radius
1 sec cast
Lasts 16 seconds

Orisa deploys a device to increase damage by 50% inflicted by allies within its line of sight.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Cease your resistance!"
Reinhardt icon
IconEarthShatter
Ultimate Ability: Earthshatter
Cast-time ultimate type
Area stunning ability type
50 damage per enemy
2 m, 20 m range
Lasts 2.5 seconds

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Hammer down!"
Roadhog icon
Whole Hog
Ultimate Ability: Whole Hog
Channeled ultimate type
Rapid-fire shotgun ability type
109.5 damage per shot
  Max 4928 bodyshot damage per use
0.5 sec cast
Lasts 6 seconds
✔ Can headshot

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
Winston icon
IconPrimalRage
Ultimate Ability: Primal Rage
Transformation ultimate type
Self-buff, melee ability type
+500 maximum health, health and armor fully replenished
1.55 swings per second
40 damage per swing
4 m range
7.15 m/s movement speed
Lasts 10 seconds

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
Zarya icon
GravitonSurgeIcon
Ultimate Ability: Graviton Surge
Cast-time ultimate type
Arcing projectile, displacement ability type
5.5 damage per sec
  Max 22 damage per enemy
8 m radius
Lasts 4 seconds
✘ Cannot headshot

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Огонь по готовности!"

Support Edit

Ana icon
Ana nanoboost
Ultimate Ability: Nano Boost
Cast-time ultimate type
Ally-targeting hitscan ability type
50% damage boost, 50% damage resistance
40 m range
0.15 sec cast
Lasts 8 seconds

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"You're powered up, get in there!"
Lucio icon
IconSoundBarrier
Ultimate Ability: Sound Barrier
Cast-time ultimate type
Area-of-effect buff ability type
30 m radius
+500 temporary shield
Lasts 6.25 seconds

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Oh, let's break it down!"
Mercy icon
Iconvalkyrie
Ultimate Ability: Valkyrie
Transformation ultimate type
Self-buff ability type
9 m/s movement speed
Lasts 20 seconds

Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy's Valkyrie Suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"I will watch over you!"
Symmetra icon
IconTeleporter
Ultimate Ability: Teleporter
Cast-time ultimate type
Object-deploying ability type
6 charges
2 sec cast
Lasts until destroyed or depleted of charges

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Teleporter online, I have opened the path."
Symmetra icon
Shieldgenerator
Ultimate Ability: Shield Generator
Cast-time ultimate type
Object-deploying ability type
50 m radius
+75 shields
2 sec cast
Lasts until destroyed, 5 sec

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

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Shield Generator online, you are protected."
Zenyatta icon
IconTranscendence
Ultimate Ability: Transcendence
Channeled ultimate type
Area healing ability type
10 m radius
300 healing per second
11 m/s movement speed
Lasts 6 seconds

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: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB 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
Offense
Doomfist Meteor Strike 25% 10% N/A 5 seconds
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% 6 seconds
Tracer Pulse Bomb 33.3% 13.3% N/A 2 seconds
Defense
Bastion Configuration: Tank 18.2% 7.3% 0% 8 seconds
Hanzo Dragonstrike 25% 10% 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
Tank
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
Orisa Supercharger 18% 7.2% N/A 16 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
Support
Ana Nano Boost 15.8% 6.3% 6.3% 8 seconds
Lúcio Sound Barrier 14.2% 5.7% 5.7% 6 seconds
Mercy Valkyrie  ???  ???  ??? 20 seconds
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.

Patch changesEdit

  • Overwatchemblem black October 10, 2017 Patch: Ultimate charge is now immediately expended when a hero's ultimate ability is activated, instead of depleting over a short period of time.
  • Overwatchemblem black June 20, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug that prevented players from hearing the voice line that typically accompanies their ultimate if they executed the ultimate after being stunned.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed healers to gain Ultimate charge more quickly than intended. 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.