Are there specific weapons that can headshot enemies, or can all attacks headshot enemies, including melee attacks? Can all hero abilities headshot enemies, such as Genji's Slash Dash if aimed correctly?

I would also like to know, besides what can headshot enemies, which of those weapons have the biggest leniency in terms of getting headshot. For example, with hanzo, you can aim close to the head and it will still count as a headshot; is his Storm Bow the most lenient in the game in terms of how far you can stray from a player's head and still get headshots, or are there other weapons that allow for even bigger cheesing?

  • The second part of the question seems like a duplicate of the one you just asked about who has the biggest head hitbox.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:16
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    @DCShannon Projectiles have a hitbox, some projectiles I believe have bigger hitboxes than others. You're confusing the term hitbox with head hitbox, the two can factor with each other but are both separate entities (projectile hitbox and head hitbox)
    – childe
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:21
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    Ah okay, the other question is asking about the character's hitbox, here you're asking about the size of the projectile. Could be clearer, but I got ya.
    – DCShannon
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:25

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All weapons with the exception of Pharah, McCree's secondary, Junkrat, Mei's primary, Reinhardt, Winston, Zarya, Ana (on friend or foe), and Symmetra can headshot. Damage reflected by Genji can headshot as well as the initial arrows for each Hanzo's abilities (though the scattered projectiles and dragon themselves cannot). Roadhog's Whole Hog ultimate can headshot. Other abilities and all melee attacks cannot headshot.

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    Zarya's primary can't headshot? That's surprising and confusing. It's a tight beam. Why wouldn't it head shot?
    – DCShannon
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:26
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    And Junkrat's grenades are small projectiles like Hanzo's arrows but also can't headshot. I imagine it has to do with game balance. With enough energy under her belt, Zarya can easily take apart most characters. Having double-damage headshots on top of that might make her too strong.
    – Yuuki
    Jun 6, 2016 at 22:28
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    @ApproachingDarknessFish Yes, Reaper and Roadhog can headshot. In fact, this is what makes Reaper such a good tank-killer, repeated headshots with his shotguns chews them up.
    – Yuuki
    Jun 6, 2016 at 23:13
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    @ApproachingDarknessFish One-shotting squishy heroes at close range is basically the entire reason for Roadhog to exist. Jun 7, 2016 at 7:59
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    I believe McCree's right click can't headshot either.
    – Dmiters
    Jun 7, 2016 at 20:19

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