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This article is about playable characters. For the animated short, see Hero.

The hero roster, as of Overwatch's fourth anniversary

There are 32 playable heroes in Overwatch. Each hero offers a unique style of play, and is classified under one of three roles: Tank, Damage, or Support. Each team can only have 2 of each hero, although some Arcade game modes allow multiple. Players can switch heroes in the spawn room.

Heroes come from a variety of national/ethnic backgrounds, and occasionally speak in their native languages during matches.[1]

Hero roster[]

Heroes in Overwatch
Icon-Junker Queen.png
Junker Queen
Icon-Wrecking Ball.png
Wrecking Ball
Icon-Soldier 76.png
Soldier: 76


Heroes are controlled using a controller. Every hero has a unique weapon. Some heroes have multiple weapons, which can be switched using 1 and 2. Abilities are normally keyed to Shift, E, and Q (the ultimate ability). Heroes have 150 to 600 HP and move at a base speed of 5.5 m/s (except Genji and Tracer, whose base speed is 6 m/s). Walking backwards reduces this speed by 10%. Crouching makes their speed 3 m/s (in every direction). Also, all heroes can jump at a height of 0.98 m.

Heroes exchange specific dialogue with each other based on their character history during matches and background.[1]

Heroes will be added over time post-launch as free updates.[2] Jeff Kaplan has not ruled out removing heroes from the roster in the future.[3]

The idea of classes for heroes was to make it easier for new players to get into the game, and to easily understand how each character would play.[4] When the Looking for Group feature was added, it became possible to enforce these roles.

List of Heroes by release date[]

There were originally 21 heroes at the launch of the game. Since then, 11 additional heroes have been added. New heroes are released roughly every 4 months, typically in March, July, and November. The November reveal happens during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon.

However, with the announcement of Overwatch 2, this tradition breaks. Multiple heroes are expected to released at once with the release of Overwatch 2 and "at least" 1 new hero was expected to release before then.[5] With the addition of Echo, the promise of "at least" 1 new hero has been fulfilled. It was later confirmed in an interview that Echo would be the final hero before the release of Overwatch 2.[6]

No. Hero Role Reveal Date Release Date
01 [7] Icon-Tracer.png Tracer New Damage Icon.png Damage1 2014-11-07 7 November 2014
(Overwatch announced)
2016-05-24 24 May 2016
(Overwatch released)
02 [7] Icon-Reaper.png Reaper New Damage Icon.png Damage1
03 [7] Icon-Widowmaker.png Widowmaker New Damage Icon.png Damage2
04 [7] Icon-Pharah.png Pharah New Damage Icon.png Damage1
05 [7] Icon-Reinhardt.png Reinhardt New Tank Icon.png Tank
06 [7] Icon-Mercy.png Mercy New Support Icon.png Support
07 [7] Icon-Torbjörn.png Torbjörn New Damage Icon.png Damage2
08 [7] Icon-Hanzo.png Hanzo New Damage Icon.png Damage2
09 [7] Icon-Winston.png Winston New Tank Icon.png Tank
10 [7] Icon-Zenyatta.png Zenyatta New Support Icon.png Support
11 [7] Icon-Bastion.png Bastion New Damage Icon.png Damage2
12 [7] Icon-Symmetra.png Symmetra New Damage Icon.png Damage3
13 Icon-Zarya.png Zarya New Tank Icon.png Tank 2015-03-06 6 March 2015
14 Icon-cassidy.png Cassidy New Damage Icon.png Damage1
15 Icon-Soldier 76.png Soldier: 76 New Damage Icon.png Damage1 2015-07-07 7 July 2015
16 Icon-Lúcio.png Lúcio New Support Icon.png Support 2015-08-05 5 August 2015
17 Icon-Roadhog.png Roadhog New Tank Icon.png Tank 2015-09-22 22 September 2015
18 Icon-Junkrat.png Junkrat New Damage Icon.png Damage2
19 Icon-D.Va.png D.Va New Tank Icon.png Tank 2015-11-06 6 November 2015
20 Icon-Mei.png Mei New Damage Icon.png Damage2
21 Icon-Genji.png Genji New Damage Icon.png Damage1
22 Icon-Ana.png Ana New Support Icon.png Support 2016-07-12 12 July 2016 2016-07-19 19 July 2016
23 Icon-Sombra.png Sombra New Damage Icon.png Damage1 2016-11-04 4 November 2016 2016-11-15 15 November 2016
24 Icon-Orisa.png Orisa New Tank Icon.png Tank 2017-03-02 2 March 2017 2017-03-21 21 March 2017
25 Icon-Doomfist.png Doomfist New Tank Icon.png Tank1 2017-07-06 6 July 2017 2017-07-27 27 July 2017
26 Icon-Moira.png Moira New Support Icon.png Support 2017-11-03 3 November 2017 2017-11-16 16 November 2017
27 Icon-Brigitte.png Brigitte New Support Icon.png Support 2018-02-28 28 February 2018 2018-03-20 20 March 2018
28 Icon-Wrecking Ball.png Wrecking Ball New Tank Icon.png Tank 2018-06-28 28 June 2018 2018-07-24 24 July 2018
29 Icon-ashe.png Ashe New Damage Icon.png Damage 2018-11-02 2 November 2018 2018-11-13 13 November 2018
30 Icon-Baptiste.png Baptiste New Support Icon.png Support 2019-02-25 25 February 2019 2019-03-19 19 March 2019
31 Icon-Sigma.png Sigma New Tank Icon.png Tank 2019-07-22 22 July 2019 2019-08-13 13 August 2019
32 Icon-Echo.png Echo New Damage Icon.png Damage 2020-03-18 18 March 2020 2020-04-14 14 April 2020
33 Icon-Sojourn.png Sojourn New Damage Icon.png Damage 2019-11-01 1 November 2019
(Overwatch 2 announced)
26 April 2022
(Overwatch 2 PvP Beta #1)
34 Junker Queen New Tank Icon.png Tank 12 June 2022 28 June 2022

(Overwatch 2 PvP Beta #2)

1Originally Offense

2Originally Defense

3Originally Support


Design Process[]

When a hero is pitched, a group of five developers examine the concept from the perspectives of gameplay, character concept and story to see if the idea is worth fleshing out. If that's in the affirmative and the concept is settled, the team of five becomes a team of ten to fifteen, who are tasked with "finding the fun" in the hero and bringing out its "core." This includes work on art, design, engineering, audio and quality assurance. Once this is completed, the hero gains (or will have gained) forty or more developers, which build its respective content (skins, emotes, voice lines, etc.)[8] For early heroes, it was common to theme the hero mainly around their weapon (Widowmaker and Pharah are examples of this).[9]

After the hero is fully playable, a different group is brought in to build the hero's story; by this point around eighty developers. These individuals work on material such as origin videos, comics and animated shorts. After that, the hero then needs to be publicized. By this last stage, over 150 individuals will have worked on the hero in some form.[8]

Cut Heroes[]

The following heroes have been cut during development of the game:

An early heroes pitch—some heroes are in the final version

Heroes in development[]

  • Mauga was originally supposed to be Hero 31 as a result of the developers wanting another barrier Tank and wanting to expand upon Talon lore; however, when working on the hero's kit, they found it not in line with Mauga's personality. As a result, they created the hero Sigma instead. Jeff Kaplan says the team has big plans for Mauga and is still interested in making him a playable hero someday.[11]
  • A hero seen holding a crooked staff, described to look like somewhat like a wizard, warlock, or voodoo priest.[12]
  • A female hero with a fox and four-sided weapon.[12]


The Overwatch development team added a dummy string very early on containing the name of a fake hero: Dying Breed. This was done to identify if the game's files were datamined and uploaded to the internet. They forgot to remove the string when the beta was shipped, and it created some confusion among the team members who discovered it for the first time.[13] The string has long since been removed.

See also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 2015-08-16, Reddit Q&A about Solider 76 | Overwatch. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-08-06
  2. 2015-12-07, DEV UPDATE TALKS FREE FUTURE HEROES, GAME SYSTEM AND OPTIONS UPDATES. Blizzpro, accessed on 2015-12-15
  3. Game Informer #81: Designing Overwatch: From Titan to Torbjörn
  4. 2017-05-17, Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan Answers Overwatch Questions From Twitter | Tech Support | WIRED. YouTube, accessed on 2017-05-18
  5. 2019-11-02, Overwatch 2 | Future New Heroes & Likely Release Window - Jeff Talks OW2. YouTube, accessed on 2018-11-02
  6. 2020-03-19, Echo Last Hero Character Before Overwatch 2. IGN, accessed on 2020-04-14
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Blizzcon 2017 - Making of Overwatch
  8. 8.0 8.1 2018-11-03, OVERWATCH: BUILDING A HERO. Blizzpro, accessed on 2018-11-14
  9. 2022-04-16, Overwatch 2: Sojourn | Developer Update. YouTube, accessed on 2022-04-20
  10. 2017-11-05, OVERWATCH ARCHIVES PANEL. Blizzpro, accessed on 2017-11-19
  11. Sigma gameplay reveal 10am PDT! BIRTHDAY STREAM!
  12. 12.0 12.1 2019-11-05, Details On An Unannounced Overwatch 2 Hero. Game Informer, accessed on 2021-05-25
  13. 2016-05-24, Overwatch Visual Source Book. pp. 168. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2017-11-26.