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Dorado is an Escort map in Overwatch and Overwatch 2. One of the 12 maps included in the game's release on 24 May 2016.

Official Description[ | ]

It is Festival de la Luz in Dorado, an annual celebration of the end of the Omnic Crisis and the period of darkness – both figurative and literal – that engulfed Mexico when the omnics destroyed much of the country’s power grid and infrastructure. But there is a new dawn, as LumériCo and its CEO, war hero and former president Guillermo Portero, are unveiling a string of fusion plants that promise to deliver clean, free energy to the Mexican people.

The attacking team begins in Missión Dorado, a historic location famous for the sound of the ornamental bells that hang amidst its arches.[2]

Background[ | ]


Dorado's location

Dorado is a city in Mexico[3] set high above a sweeping bay. The city is powered by gigantic ziggurats, which can be seen glowing around the bay. These were constructed by LumériCo, and as the final one was constructed, CEO Guillermo Portero gave a speech to mark the occasion.[4] The city holds a festival that celebrates the end of the Omnic Crisis, though it possesses an underground criminal element.[5]

The city was identified as a hotspot by Overwatch in the decades following the Omnic Crisis.[3]

Gameplay[ | ]

The objective of this map is to transport a truck through the city streets and into one of the ziggurats[6] in order to restore power to the region[7]. The attacking team starts very close to the payload truck at the lowest point on the map. The defending team spawns at several locations, two of which are located within the ziggurat powering Dorado.

Known Locations[ | ]

Strategy[ | ]

The winding streets and courtyards of Dorado provide many opportunities for snipers on this map. A vantage point is set up directly opposite of the truck's starting location, making it an ideal position for a hero such as Widowmaker to set up. The narrow passages can make abilities like Dragonstrike effective. Torbjörn excels on Defense as his turret can cover a lot of the wide open areas.

The small ledge up and to the right of the large gate just after the first checkpoint can be a very useful and amazing spot for Torbjörn's turret, Cassidy's Deadeye, or Hanzo's Dragonstrike because of the long, straight road that the ledge overlooks. Torbjörn's turret has a good and clear shot at all of the enemies due to the road shape. Cassidy's Deadeye also has a very similar advantage as the turret in it being a good place for a clear lock-on to enemies. And Hanzo's Dragonstrike is also similar in the fact of the road being long and straight, being a clear path for the Dragon. Also combined with its height advantage, enemies wouldn't expect it coming from above them. The ledge also gives access to another (very) small edge used for foliage on the building next to it. You can get up there, just try not to fall off. Doing so can allow Hanzo to shoot directly down at the payload, killing enemies very quickly and unexpectedly due to the spot being just about 15-20 feet over the payload. The fact of the dragon coming from the sky and how quick it hits the payload can kill enemies before they have much time to move. It can be very useful if the team is very "cocky" and most of them are grouped on the payload (Most likely behind an Orisa shield.)

Gallery[ | ]

Trivia[ | ]

  • The map's name means "Golden" in Spanish. It also might be named after the Dorado constellation.
    • The namesake could also be a reference to El Dorado, a mythical Aztec city that was entirely made of gold. The nearby LumériCo building is even based off an Aztec pyramid.
  • During development, the Overwatch team had difficulty finding the right visual references for Dorado, leading them to eventually look for "colorful mexican towns" on google images. In doing so, they managed to find a photograph that helped solidify Dorado's aesthetic, though the developers later discovered that their visual reference was actually of a town in Italy called Manarola.[8]
  • The attacking team's starting area contains a range of large metal bells, which can be shot at to produce different musical notes. Creative players can produce simple melodies in this way.
    • It is possible to play the Overwatch main theme on these bells.
      • When done successfully with Wrecking Ball, he will squeak the tune.
    • It is also possible to produce the main theme of the show "Futurama".
  • The streets of Dorado are festooned with numerous decorations, including destructible piñatas and guitars. Some of these piñatas depict the heads of characters from other Blizzard games, such as the eponymous Diablo. The map itself depicts the city's Omnic Crisis celebration.
  • The Hero short takes place on a modified version of Dorado.
  • Around the start of the map, near the first point, there is a statue featuring four plaques. The plaques read:
    • 'En honor a los caídos durante la oscuridad' (Rough Translation: 'In honour of the fallen during the darkness')
    • 'Hasta la noche más oscura cede ante el amanecer' (Rough Translation: 'Even the darkest night gives way before dawn')
    • 'Que renazcan en la luz' (Rough Translation: 'May they be reborn in the light')
    • 'Y que jamás sean olvidados' (Rough Translation: 'And never be forgotten')
  • During Season 11's mid-season patch, a crashed Lucheng Interstellar space shuttle was added to Dorado's first attacker spawn.

360° Panorama[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Thinking Globally: Building the Optimistic Future of 'Overwatch', accessed on 2024-05-21
  2. Overwatch Visual Source Book
  3. 3.0 3.1 2015-07-07, Soldier: 76 Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2015-08-03
  4. 2016-05-18, LUMÉRICO VISION FOR MEXICO UNVEILED, BUT THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY REMAIN. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-05-19
  5. 2015-11-07, THE WORLD OF OVERWATCH. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-11-17
  6. 2015-10-16, Overwatch Pre-Beta Livestream Recap. Overpwn, accessed on 2015-10-17
  7. 2016-07-08, "In Dorado you're bringing the power core to the Lumerico power station to restore power to the region.". Battle.net Forums, accessed on 2016-08-18
  8. 2017-02-22, D.I.C.E Summit 2017 - IGN Live. Twitch, accessed on 2017-02-22