Take A Breather
Take A Breather
300 healing per second on self
+50% damage resistance
0.6 seconds cast time, 0.4 seconds recovery
Lasts 1 second (healing), 2 seconds (total)
8-second cooldown
Roadhog restores a chunk of his health over a brief period of time.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)


Roadhog pulls out a small gas container full of "Hogdrogen" and inhales the gas in it for a short period, restoring a portion of his health. For the entire duration of the ability, Roadhog gains 50% damage resistance and is able to move and look around normally, but cannot use his Scrap Gun or Chain Hook. After pressing the ability button, the healing begins after 0.6 seconds and lasts 1 second, restoring up to 300 HP in one use. After the healing is done, 0.4 seconds will pass before Roadhog is able to use abilities again. Whole Hog can be used to cancel this ability at any point.


Below are a few tips on using Take A Breather:

  • If possible, use this ability around corners to maximize the healing. If not, face away from the enemies to avoid being shot in the head.
  • Using the defense buff Roadhog can survive instances of high damage, most notably a self-destructing D.Va, if timed right.
  • Using this ability allows Roadhog to contest a point longer than usual.


  • Printed on the container is a biohazard symbol, a chemical hazard symbol, a flammable symbol, Roadhog's pig symbol with crossed out eyes, and a warning label:

Please consult instructions before using.
Improper handling of device and[sic] cause
serious injury, death, or mass destruction.
UN 3498885

  • The pressurized chemical mixture helps to counteract the effects of radiation exposure.[1]

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black August 29, 2017 Patch: Can now be used while moving; Damage taken while healing has been reduced by 50%.
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Self-healing abilities now charge ultimate abilities.


  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.70
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