Grappling Hook
Linear projectile/Non-damaging movement type
40 m/s projectile speed
20 m range
16 m/s movement speed
10-second cooldown
Widowmaker launches a grappling hook towards the location she’s aiming at – when the hook connects with a scalable surface, she’s quickly drawn towards it, allowing her to expand her view of the battlefield and evade or flank targets.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS L1, XB LB,)


Widowmaker fires a grappling hook that attaches to solid surfaces and pulls her toward it. She will be pulled slightly above the point where the hook landed, and she will retain a bit of momentum; this will allow her to grapple to higher ledges by grappling the ledge itself. Also, if she locks onto a ledge or wall, and presses jump upon arriving, she uses the momentum to propel herself a great distance.

In the Game Options, Widowmaker has one option that affects her Grappling Hook:

  • Grappling Hook Sensitivity: Adjust the sensitivity of Grappling Hook's targeting. The less value it is, the closer the distance between crosshair and the edge has to be for Widowmaker to connect the hook.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black September 11, 2018 Patch: Now retains momentum when used on environments or structures without a ledge (e.g. walls)
  • Overwatchemblem black August 9, 2018 Patch: Cooldown increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds.
  • Overwatchemblem black August 29, 2017 Patch: Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 8.
  • Overwatchemblem black June 20, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug with how Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook interacts with the flying drones on Oasis.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 28, 2017 Patch: New Hero Options: Grappling Hook Sensitivity.
  • Overwatchemblem black December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug causing Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook to begin its cooldown after going through Symmetra’s Teleporter.
  • Overwatchemblem black October 11, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to use her Grappling Hook on basketballs.
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