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Welcome to Overwatch

Overwatch is a colorful team-based shooter game starring a diverse cast of powerful heroes. Travel the world, build a team, and contest objectives in exhilarating 6v6 combat.

Choosing Your Heroes

When you enter a game of Overwatch, you'll need to choose a hero to play.

Maybe a cannon-toting ape from the moon appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer a time-traveling freedom fighter. Or is a beat-dropping battlefield DJ more your style? Whoever you want to be, there's an Overwatch hero for you.

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Playing Your Role

  • Tank

    Tank heroes soak damage and shatter fortified positions, like closely grouped enemies and narrow chokepoints. If you’re a tank, you lead the charge.

  • Damage

    Damage heroes seek out, engage, and obliterate the enemy with wide-ranging tools, abilities and play styles. Fearsome but fragile, these heroes require backup to survive.

  • Support

    Support heroes empower their allies by healing, shielding, boosting damage, and disabling foes. As a support, you’re the backbone of your team’s survival.

Game Modes

There are many ways to play Overwatch. We recommend starting with the tutorial to learn the fundamentals of play; once you’ve completed it, head to the Main Menu to try out:

Practice Range

Visit a training area and experiment with your abilities against practice bots. Use this mode to hone your skills or learn a new hero.

Play/Practice vs A.I.

Play against AI-controlled opponents on any map you choose. Use these modes to try out different maps and learn how multiple heroes work.

Quick Play

Square off against other players at your skill level.

Arcade

Experimental matches with unique and seasonal rules, plus weekly rewards! Read more

Competitive Play

Compete against other players and work your way up the ranks.

Custom Game

Change the rules of the game with custom modifiers (like disallowing heroes, increasing Ultimate ability charge rate, etc.).

Endorsements

We see amazing players in Overwatch every day; now, you can officially celebrate them! When a match ends, take a look at players on both teams and endorse the players who made positive contributions to your matches. The world needs heroes: help create them!

Shot Caller

Leader, Strategist

Earn Shot Caller endorsements by leading or executing strategies on the battlefield.

GOOD TEAMMATE

Helpful, Effective Communication

Reward highly effective team players with a Good Teammate endorsement.

SPORTSMANSHIP

Positive, Respectful

Grant Sportsmanship endorsements to players who are a positive influence in-game.

ENDORSEMENT LEVELS

All players begin at endorsement level 1 and can progress to a max level of 5; every endorsement you receive impacts your endorsement levels. You will also receive a small amount of player experience for endorsing another player. Higher endorsement levels can help you get better groups in the Looking for Group tool.

MAINTAINING YOUR ENDORSEMENT LEVEL

Your endorsement level can decrease if you do not continue to receive endorsements or leave games before they’re finished. Punishments within the reporting system may also strip players of their endorsement level and place them at level 0.

Endorsement Rewards

You can occasionally earn Loot Boxes based on your current endorsement level, with higher endorsement levels resulting in more Loot Boxes. During special events, you'll receive event Loot Boxes (for example, Summer Games Loot Boxes).

Making Progress

As you play games of Overwatch, you’ll gain levels, unlocking new customization options to make your heroes look and sound unique! Customize your characters in the Hero Gallery (accessible from the main menu).

Loot
A random selection of customization options come packaged in Loot Boxes—you’ll unlock one box every time you level up, and can purchase more in the in-game Shop. Loot Boxes have a chance to contain credits that you can use to acquire many customization options. You’ll also receive a new Portrait Frame every 10 levels (until you’ve earned them all).
Achievements and Trophies
When you accomplish a feat of persistence or talent, you’ll unlock a commemorative badge of honor. You can view a detailed breakdown of your achievements and trophies (along with your experience level and play style) and share them with your friends from the Career Overview pane of the main menu (or the top menu of this website).

Looking For Group

Play your way using the Looking for Group tool! You can control your gameplay experience by hosting a group with custom options including restricting endorsement level or selecting roles prior to queueing up for Quick Play, Play vs AI, or any competitive mode. Choose to join a team of like-minded people or assemble your own.