Venom Mine
Arcing splash projectile type
15 damage per second
  Max 75 total damage
5 HP
20 m/s projectile speed
3 m radius
Lasts until destroyed, 5 seconds
15-second cooldown
Widowmaker adheres a swiftly-arming venom mine to nearly any surface. When a target wanders within range of the mine’s motion trigger, it explodes, delivering poison gas to any enemies in the vicinity.
Default Key: (PC E, PS R1, XB RB)


  • When an enemy passes within 3 meters of the mine, it detonates and gasses enemies within the vicinity. This gas deals 15 damage per second at for 5 seconds.
  • The attack deals 5 hits per second, meaning that armor will halve the total damage of the mine.
  • Widowmaker can see the location of her venom mine through walls and is alerted when it detonates.
  • Widowmaker can see poisoned enemies through walls.
  • Enemies can destroy venom mines from a distance.
  • Only one mine can be active at a time. Launching a new mine will harmlessly remove any previous mine.
  • The poison effect is removed upon picking up a health pack.


  • The Venom Mine's hooks allow it to be attached to nearly any surface.[1]
  • Venom Mine is incorrectly named. As it releases a cloud of gas, it should be classified as a poison, and not a venom. A venom is a toxin that is specifically injected into the subject in some way, such as a bite or a sting, while poison delivers its toxins to the subject indirectly, such as through contact, digestion or inhalation.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black August 29, 2017 Patch: Affected targets are now visible through walls (to you as Widowmaker only).
  • Overwatchemblem black January 24, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing Widowmaker’s Venom Mine from attaching to walls.
  • Overwatchemblem black November 15, 2016 Patch: Explosion no longer damages the player who placed the mine.


  1. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.96
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