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Do not anger the hamster.

Wrecking Ball is one of the heroes of Overwatch. He is a resourceful tinkerer with remarkable mechanic skills, who is rolling around the world seeking out his next challenge to overcome.

BioEdit

In one of the many experiments carried out at Horizon Lunar Colony, animals were given genetic therapy to assess their adaptation to extended periods of habitation on the moon. As an unexpected side effect, several of them exhibited exceptional growth in physical size and brain function. While most of the test subjects were gorillas or other primates, there were some exceptions, including a hamster named Hammond.

Like the others, Hammond's intelligence grew, and he became more curious about the world around him. Much to the puzzlement and amusement of the scientists, Hammond would frequently escape into different parts of the moon base. Though they'd always find him and return him to his cell, they never figured out the true purpose behind his nightly escapades. What they didn't know was that Hammond was busy teaching himself the skills of a mechanic, which would soon come in handy.

The colony was eventually thrown into chaos when some of the gorillas rose up against the human scientists and took control. Not all of the animals participated, however, and one of the gorillas, Winston, was making a plan to escape to earth. Hammond sensed his opportunity. He built a makeshift capsule and secretly hitched it to Winston's craft as the gorilla blasted off. As the two entered earth's atmosphere, Hammond broke off and landed in a different location: the wasteland of the Australian Outback.

Hammond modified his escape pod to enter the lucrative mech battle arena of the Scrapyard. Working his way up the ranks, "Wrecking Ball" went from contender to champion, though the pilot's identity remained a mystery to all. Gathering his winnings, Hammond was able to upgrade his mech enough to survive the dangerous trek out of the Junker-controlled Outback.

Now free to travel and do as he pleases, Hammond is exploring the world and finding new adventures along the way.

AbilitiesEdit

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Quad Cannons
Rapid-fire hitscan type
80 rounds per clip
2-second reload
2.5 - 5 damage
15 - 25 m falloff range
25 shots per second
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot
Wrecking Ball’s automatic assault cannons tear apart threats at medium range.
Default Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
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Grappling Claw
Damaging/buff movement type
50 damage (max speed)
20 m range
6 m radius
Max 20 m/s movement speed
Lasts until cancelled
5-second cooldown
Wrecking Ball launches a grappling claw, enabling him to anchor to an area and swing from it. If he strikes an enemy with a powered-up swing, they’re damaged and knocked back.
Default Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
Icon roll
Roll
Transformation type
10 m/s movement speed
Lasts until cancelled
0-second cooldown
Wrecking Ball transforms into a ball, increasing his maximum movement speed.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB)
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Adaptive Shield
+100 temporary shields on self
Additional +100 temporary shields per nearby enemy
7 m radius
Lasts 7 seconds
15-second cooldown
Wrecking Ball’s temporary personal shields absorb damage, providing stronger defenses if more opponents are nearby.
Default Key: (PC E,PS R1, XB RB)
Icon piledriver
Piledriver
20-100 splash damage
10 m range
8 m radius
10-second cooldown
Wrecking Ball slams onto the ground below, damaging enemies and launching them upward.
Default Key: (PC LCtrl, PS O, XB B)
Icon minefield
Ultimate Ability: Minefield
Cast-time ultimate type
Object-deploying ability type
130 damage per mine
  15 mines per use
  Max 1650 damage
6 m radius
50 HP per mine
Lasts 20 seconds

Wrecking Ball deploys a field of long-lasting proximity mines which explode on contact with enemies.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Area denied!"

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 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.

Skins Edit

For all of Wrecking Ball's skins and weapons, see Wrecking Ball/Skins and Weapons.
Common
Rare
Epic
Legendary

AchievementsEdit

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Pixel Wrecking Ball
Adaption

Absorb 1500 damage with Wrecking Ball's Adaptive Shield in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Icon roll
Cute Wrecking Ball
Strike

Roll through 4 players within 2 seconds as Wrecking ball in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

StoryEdit

HLC Prescreen 2

Hammond's room

Hammond is a sentient Hamster that was on the Horizon Lunar Colony. His official designation was Specimen 8. Before the base's fall, Hammond escaped from his cage/room and into the ventilation system thus building a smaller escape pod. Dr. Zhang noted his absence for a week, but few within the base gave it much heed. He went missing just before the apes rose an uprising against the scientists, attached his pod with Winston's and traveled to Earth, junker town Is Wrecking ball new home

PersonalityEdit

Hammond is shown to be highly intelligent. Of course, he cannot communicate verbally, though understands English and many other languages and communicates via his bot. Through in-game interactions, he is shown to be a sarcastic, laid back, curious, and resourceful character, as well as a very knowledgeable mechanic and tinker. 

TipsEdit

Requiring informations

TriviaEdit

  • Unlike Winston's room, Hammond has a glass-like enclosure around his bed.
  • Wrecking Ball is the second playable hero that doesn't speak itself, after Bastion. However, he is able to communicate thanks to his mecha.
  • Wrecking Ball is the only hero with two distinct voice actors.
  • Wrecking Ball can achieve the highest amount of HP in the game while 6 enemies are within range of his Adaptive Shield. He requires teammates of Brigitte and Lúcio, and can achieve 2225 HP for less than a second (due to the rapid decay of Sound Barrier).
  • Hammond was one of the original character concepts, mostly the mech itself years back when they were first pitching the game of Overwatch, however, instead of a hamster it was going to be a Junker Omnic with magnet powers. The developers said that they are probably going to bring back the magnet powers for a new character at some point in the future.
  • Hammond is the 2nd Youngest Hero in the game at  fourteen years old after Orisa. He is also the youngest non-Omnic in the game.   
  • In the Summer Games, Hammond’s signature sport is bowling, an obvious reference to his mech.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Blizzard artists said Hammond's character design was influenced by hamsters in other media. They listed Hamtaro, Bolt, and Zootopia as examples of such media.
    • Although G-Force was not mentioned, Wrecking Ball was added to the live game on July 24, the same day as the premier of the movie.
  • Hammond's name may be in reference to the TV show Top Gear/The Grand Tour. One of the hosts, Richard Hammond, was nicknamed "The Hamster" due to his height, as he was the smallest of the three hosts.
    • Coincidently, Richard Hammond's fellow host, Jeremy Clarkson, is nicknamed "The Orangutan". Both the orangutan and the gorilla are types of apes, and the hero Winston happens to be the latter.
    • The third host, James May, is nicknamed "Captain Slow" or "Mr. Slowly", the hero Mei happens to have the ability to freeze enemies and slow them down.
  • Wrecking Ball's sprays:
    • The "Hamster Ball" spray shows him spinning in a ball like Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • The "Hoard" spray is very likely a reference to Hamtaro.
    • The "Pilot" spray is likely a reference to Dragon Ball Z. It resembles Vegeta's pose from his arrival on Earth, including the escape pod.
  • The voice line "The hamster sends his regards," is a reference to the show Game of Thrones.

Patch changesEdit

For changes made to Wrecking Ball's abilities, see Quad Cannons, Grappling Claw, Roll, Adaptive Shield, Piledriver, and Minefield.
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