Overwatch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One is live!

Extensive time in the beta has given us an idea of how all of Overwatch’s 21 characters play. Though the characters all fit into a few categories – offense, defense, tank, and support – every character plays differently and fits into certain situations. We have a solid picture of their strengths and weaknesses. This guide is intended to help you with a few tips and tricks for your favorite characters and a few options for dealing with your most annoying adversaries.

The guide will include a general breakdown of hero roles, a few choices for starting heroes, and links to pages for each character. Ready to undertake the journey of becoming better at Blizzard’s newest title? This is the place to start!

Before you dig into the characters, you may want to take a look at our Beginner’s Guide, giving you tips that every new Overwatch player should know.

Which Character Should I Play?

Each link below will take you to guides for each specific character, giving you their basic moveset, intended role in a match, and how best to utilize their unique abilities. The characters are separated by role and ordered by play difficulty; the farther down you get in a section, the more complex that character will be to learn.

For a quick breakdown of the roles:

  • Offense: These heroes are all about dealing damage. These are your frontline fighters, charging into battle to kill folks and take objectives.
  • Defense: These heroes are about managing the battlefield. They hold points, slow down the enemy, and strengthen defenses.
  • Tank: Tank heroes move with the offensive line, protecting their teammates by soaking up damage.
  • Support: These heroes are all about healing and shielding their team. Many also provide boosts to their team’s speed or damage output.

Which character should you pick? That’s a loaded question, because every character plays differently and you need to find the character that’s right for your personal playstyle. Your best bet is to decide what role you want to play and then try out each character within that role. What I can give you is a short list of characters that are easier for beginners to pick up.

On Offense, Soldier 76 is probably the easiest pick. He plays the closest to modern shooters with his Heavy Pulse Rifle, with ironsights on his alt fire mode. If you play Call of Duty or Destiny, Soldier 76 is probably your starting point. Reaper is also a solid starting point on Offense.

On Defense, Bastion is your bot. Bastion’s Sentry mode locks you in place and has a high-rate of fire. Your aim doesn’t have to be all that great. Just park yourself in a good spot, point, and kill. Bastion can also repair himself in a pinch.

As a Tank, Reinhardt is the most straightforward in the class. He’s got a huge shield that pretty easy to use. That shield will help your team and when you need to attack, Reinhardt does great damage in melee range.

Finally, for Support, I’d say that Mercy is probably the hero to start down your journey as a healer. Her Caduceus Staff mechanic means you just aim at who you want to heal and hold down the button. Combined with Guardian Angel, which allows Mercy to fly towards her current friendly target, and you have a highly mobile, straightforward healer.

Outside of those starting points, Overwatch has 21 heroes for you to learn and master. Here’s all of them.

Offense

Defense

Tank

Support

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