Ultimate Ability: Photon Barrier
Cast-time ultimate type
Barrier ability type
4000 barrier HP
25 m range
m radius
Lasts 12 seconds or until destroyed

Symmetra deploys a massive energy barrier which prevents ranged attacks and is big enough to cut through the entire map.

Default Key: (PC Q.png, PS Tri.png, XB Y.png)
"यही परम वास्तविकता है!"


For the information about attacks which is able to pierce through Symmetra's barrier, see Barrier.

Symmetra creates a massive flat barrier, which spans across the map, anywhere in front of her. The barrier is not obstructed by parts of the environment and has an infinite size.

The barrier has 4000 HP and will block all incoming damage from enemies for as long as it is in front of them. Enemies can pass through without any effect.

Symmetra can change the barrier's orientation by pressing the ultimate key again before activating it.

Photon Barrier passively charges 1% every 3 seconds.

A player-controlled or hostile Symmetra will say "यही परम वास्तविकता है!", while an allied Symmetra will say "Reality bends to my will!"


The original icon for Photon Barrier, used when it was a regular ability.

  • Photon Barrier is the first regular ability to become an ultimate ability.
  • With 4000 HP, it is currently holds the largest amount of HP in the entire game in normal mode.
  • With its "infinite size", it is the largest asset in the game.
  • Only two Photon Barriers can be deployed at one time, this being one friendly and one enemy barrier.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black.png October 15, 2019 Patch: Reduced health from 5000 to 4000. Reduced duration from 15 seconds to 12.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png October 9, 2018 Patch: Updated visuals for all shields and barriers to increase readability.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png June 26, 2018 Patch: Now an ultimate ability; Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map; Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again; Has 5000 health.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png February 28, 2017 Patch: Environmental damage to barriers no longer counts toward the "Damage Blocked" statistic.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png January 24, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from playing its destruction sound effect when it is destroyed.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 13, 2016 Patch: Photon Barrier added, replacing existing Photon Shield ability.
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Removed Photon ShieldShield Generator
Lore Organizations Vishkar Corporation
Character relationships Sanjay Korpal
Locations UtopaeaRio de Janeiro
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