Ultimate Ability: Self-Destruct
Cast-time ultimate type
Timed bomb ability type
1000 damage
20 m radius
Lasts 3 seconds
✘ Cannot inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Nerf this!"


D.Va ejects from her mech, which explodes after 3 seconds. The explosion is subject to damage falloff. It also does slight knockback to survivors. Enemies not in its line of sight are not affected. The D.Va that uses this ability cannot take damage from her own mech.

A mech about to self-destruct projects green and white light, and puts a flashing caution sign onto enemy players' UI. It can also be moved through abilities like Reinhardt's Charge and Roadhog's Chain Hook.

If D.Va's Boosters are active when activating this ability, the mech will continue to use the boosters as normal, allowing the mech to be thrown before exploding.

D.Va may activate Self-Destruct during the one-second delay between her mech being destroyed and being forced to Eject. There is another slight delay between initiating Self-Destruct and when D.Va ejects, during which she can be caught by Reinhardt or Roadhog, and briefly trapped inside.

Regardless of whether or not the explosion did any damage, D.Va's out-of-mech ultimate will be instantly refilled when the mech explodes, allowing her to call a new mech. If D.Va's mech in self-destruct mode goes out-of-bounds, it is considered "not successfully exploded" and D.Va will not be given a filled ultimate meter for a new mech.

When an enemy D.Va activates Self-Destruct or you activate Self-Destruct, she will shout "Nerf this!". An allied D.Va will say "Activating Self-Destruct sequence!"




  • The word "nerf" is a video game term, which means an action from developer to lower the effectiveness of something in a video game after updating.
  • The ult used to also inflict damage on the D.Va who used it, but this was later changed along with decreasing the fuse for the explosion.
  • In D.Va's animated short, it's shown that Self Destruct is something Hana improvised when her mech was crippled while fighting Omnics.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black October 11, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to reach unintended locations on several maps when using Self-Destruct.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Ultimate cost decreased by 15%; Explosion delay reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds; Explosion no longer damages D.Va (the player who activates it).
  • Overwatchemblem black March 25, 2016 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue that prevented D.Va from being able to launch her mech while activating Self-Destruct.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 18, 2016 (beta) Patch: Ultimate charge now generates passively even when D.Va is dead or her mech is destroyed.

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