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Welcome to Overwatch

In Overwatch, you control one of several heroes in competitive 6-person team shooting matches. Battle over objectives, take down the other team, and achieve victory.

Choosing Your Heroes

Before you begin a game of Overwatch, you’ll need to choose a hero to play.

Maybe controlling a cannon-toting, genetically-engineered ape from the moon appeals to you. Or, you might prefer zipping around as a teleporting, time-traveling freedom fighter. Who do you want to be?

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Playing Your Role

Tank

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

Damage

Damage heroes are responsible for seeking out, engaging, and defeating the enemy using their varied tools, abilities and play styles.

Support

Support heroes empower their allies, healing and shielding them, boosting their damage, and providing vital utility. As support, you’re the backbone of your team’s survival.

Maps

In Overwatch, heroes do battle in diverse locations around the world. From the technological marvel of Numbani to the manufacturing powerhouse of Volskaya, each map has a unique layout and specific win conditions that your team must meet in order to secure victory.

Assault

Attackers fight to capture a series of objectives; defenders hold them off until time runs out.

Assault/Escort

Attackers first capture a payload, then escort it to its destination; defenders attempt to hold them back.

Capture the Flag

Two teams of six players compete to capture the enemy team’s flag while defending their own.

Control

Two teams fight to hold a single objective at a time; the first team to win two rounds wins the match.

Escort

Attackers escort a payload to a delivery point, while defenders strive to keep the payload from reaching its destination before time elapses.

Elimination

Each team strives to eliminate all opponents in 1v1, 3v3, and 6v6 scenarios.

Deathmatch

Players race to score more kills than their opponents in an 8-player free-for-all match.

Team Deathmatch

Two teams race to score more kills than their opponents in a 4v4 match.

Back

Assault

Assault/Escort

Capture the Flag

Control

Escort

Elimination

Deathmatch

Team Deathmatch

Temple of Anubis

Assault

Hanamura

Assault

Volskaya Industries

Assault

Horizon Lunar Colony

Assault

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

Escort

Dorado

Escort
Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Route 66

Escort

Lijiang Tower

Control
Capture the Flag

Ilios

Control
Capture the Flag

Nepal

Control
Capture the Flag

Oasis

Control
Capture the Flag

King's Row

Assault/Escort
Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Numbani

Assault/Escort

Hollywood

Assault/Escort
Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Eichenwalde

Assault/Escort
Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Black Forest

Elimination
Team Deathmatch

Ecopoint: Antarctica

Elimination
Team Deathmatch

Necropolis

Elimination
Team Deathmatch

Castillo

Elimination
Team Deathmatch

Château Guillard

Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Blizzard World

Assault/Escort

Junkertown

Escort

Ayutthaya

Capture the Flag

Rialto

Escort

Petra

Deathmatch
Team Deathmatch

Busan

Control

Paris

Assault

Havana

Escort

Playing Overwatch: The Basics

Before you jump onto the battlefield, we recommend that you play the short tutorial. It’s a quick, fun introduction to the basics of Overwatch.

Abilities

Abilities are the unique powers and gear Overwatch’s heroes use to defeat their opponents, protect their teammates and move around maps—they’re the key to winning a match.

You’ll fire your primary weapon (PC: left-click.png; PS4: R 2; XB1: R T) most commonly. Whether your weapon is short-range, long-range, enemy-freezing or projectile-firing, you don’t need to find ammo for it—just reload (PC: R; PS4: Square; XB1: X) and keep blasting away! Some weapons have secondary fire modes (PC: Right Click; PS4: L 2; XB1: L T), variations on their primary weapon’s attack.

Different heroes also have diverse movement and support abilities, among them hard-light sentry turrets, sonic speed boosts, and short-range teleportation (just to name a few). Some abilities are limited by cooldowns—a short period of time before the ability can be used again.

Quick Melee

Every hero can perform a melee attack (PC: V; PS4/XB1: Right stick), a quick, close-range strike that doesn’t use any ammo. Use it to finish off weak opponents or when you need to reload.

Ultimate Abilities

Ultimates (PC: Q; PS4: Triangle; XB1: Y) are game-changers, powerful abilities that can turn the tide of battle. You automatically charge them over time, but you can gain charge faster when you deal damage. As long as you don't switch heroes, your ultimate's charge level will stick around even if you die.

Playing A Match

Selecting Heroes:

Before a match begins, you’ll need to pick a hero. Consider the map, talk with your teammates, and keep an eye on your team composition when choosing your hero. If your team is on defense and your first goal is to hold an objective, you may want more defense heroes like Junkrat and Bastion.

As the tactical situation changes during a match, you may find that you’d like to change the hero you’re playing. It’s easy; in your team’s starting area, press (PC: H; PS4: Hold Square; XB1: Hold X) and select your new hero. Just remember that your ultimate ability's charge level will be reset!

Health and Death

The amount of damage a hero can take before dying is represented by their Health . Health can be recovered by collecting health packs, found in fixed locations throughout each map, or by certain heroes’ abilities (especially Support heroes). When a hero’s Health is reduced to zero, they die, but they’ll return (“respawn”) shortly. While you wait for a dead teammate to respawn, your team is at a disadvantage. Try your best to keep them (and yourself) alive!

In addition to Health, heroes can receive boosts to their survivability in the form of shields and armor, which absorb damage before Health.

Ending a Match

When one team fulfills a map’s victory conditions, the match is over, and that team’s won. All players will be able to see everyone’s contributions, vote on the most valuable players, give feedback on the match, and watch the Play of the Game. You can customize your Play of the Game pose with items from Loot Boxes.

Chokepoints

Teams of heroes frequently pass through narrow areas to reach objectives—the places where big, multi-hero battles break out. If you’re protecting a chokepoint, take a position out of the enemy team’s line of fire and deploy heavy defenses (Junkrat’s Steel Trap; Bastion’s Configuration: Sentry; or Torbjörn’s turret).

If you’re attempting to move through a chokepoint, choose heroes with high-mobility abilities (Tracer’s Blink; Winston’s Jump Pack; Hanzo or Genji’s Wall Climb), those who can punish tightly packed or groups of enemies with area damage (Pharah’s Rocket Launcher), or provide support for multiple teammates at once (Lúcio’s Sound Barrier).

Working as a Team

Don’t go into combat alone if you can avoid it! When you stick with your teammates, you’ll ensure that your support heroes can easily protect allies, and coordinate your attacks on opponents.

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 or Blizzard 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).

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.

Custom Game

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

Arcade

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

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Competitive Play

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

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.