Ice Wall
Obstacle building type
400 HP per pillar
2000 HP total (5 pillars)

35 m range
Lasts 4.5 seconds or until broken
12-second cooldown
Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.
Default Key: (PC E.png, PS R1.png, XB RB.png)


Mei creates a wall made of 5 pillars of ice in a line. Each pillar acts as any regular wall would. Each pillar may be destroyed prematurely if they take 400 damage, or if the Payload moves through it. The entire wall may also be destroyed by pressing the button again.

If there is not enough room for all five pillars, only the amount of pillars that can fit in the space will be created. For example, if a corridor is only wide enough to fit three pillars, only three will be created.

Attacking the Ice Wall (with the exception of melee attacks) will count as a missed shot, but will count as damage dealt. This is unknown if this intentionally is part of the ability or not.

Before casting, an area will be marked along the ground displaying where it will appear. The wall is perpendicular to Mei's line of sight by default, but pressing the button again will rotate it to be parallel. The wall can hang off of ledges as long as the center is on solid ground.

When it spawns, the wall rises from the ground, and will raise players and other objects with it.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black.png October 29, 2020 Patch: Cooldown decreased from 13 to 12 seconds
  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 12, 2020 Patch: Cooldown increased from 10 to 13 seconds; Player collision now allows large heroes to fit through 1 pillar gaps
  • Overwatchemblem black.png February 26, 2019 Patch: Health reduced from 500 to 400
  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 21, 2017 Patch: McCree no longer receives credit toward his on-fire meter when his Flashbang is used against Mei’s Ice Wall.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png September 1, 2016 Patch: Fixed an issue causing Mei's Ice Wall to push herself to the side when cast at her feet. Fixed a bug preventing Mei's Ice Wall from being destroyed by a moving payload. Fixed a bug that prevented Mei's Ice Wall from appearing at the target location when cast.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png July 19, 2016 Patch: Fixed several bugs where Mei’s Ice Wall would persist in the game world even after the player switched heroes or left the game.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Can now be destroyed early by activating the ability again.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: Mei’s Cryostasis and Ice Wall should now always display the appropriate team colors.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 2, 2015 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue where Mei's Ice Wall was able to destroy Torbjörn's turrets. Also fixed an issue that allowed Tracer to escape team spawn rooms by recalling to the top of a destroyed Ice Wall before the match had begun
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Abilities Endothermic BlasterIce WallCryo-FreezeBlizzard
Lore Organizations Overwatch
Character relationships WinstonSnowball
Locations Ecopoint: Antarctica
Media Articles Mei's Adventures
Animated shorts Rise and Shine
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