One thing that isn't mentioned in this question about Ultimate Meters is how environmental kills affect the Ultimate Meter. Specifically, does the HP of the hero being killed affect how much charge is gained? Is it better to boop a Roadhog off the map than a Tracer (as far as your ult meter is concerned)?

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    How does the question marked as duplicate answer the OP? The duplicate question doesn't mention environmental kills, nor does the spreadsheet linked. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 4:27
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    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 4:38
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    @YUNOWORK They may, or they may not. If a question sounds similiar enough, chances are good it's going to get closed. But, just as easily, it can get reopened. That's the system working as intended. Stripping close votes from users because they don't play the game means it'd be insanely easy to just pick an almost unused tag for your question, and then it'd never get closed.
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It would appear as though the amount of ultimate charge is granted based on the current health of the target when the kill is registered by the death-zone at the bottom of the pit.

Test case 1: Winston (500HP) Environmental

Test case 2: Winston (~240HP) Damage+Environmental

Test case 3: Winston (500HP) Full Damage

Test case 4: Winston Primal Rage (1000HP) Environmental

Test case 5: Tracer (150HP) Environmental

Test case 6: Tracer (120HP) Punch+Suicide

We can see from these clips that, negating the over time ultimate gain, the amount of charge gained is consistent with the total damage dealt, not including any measure of overkill.

For reference: For every 15 points of damage dealt by or as a result of Pharah's actions, 1% ultimate charge is granted. This means 33.3% charge for Winston, 10% for Tracer (consistent with what we see above).

  • That would seem right since ultimates charge based on damage/healing done and an environmental kill counts as full damage done, at least when it comes to "on fire" points.
    – DGarvanski
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 15:52
  • It would seem as though I was backwards- it's the current HP of the hero killed, not their max HP pool.
    – KizTrap
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 17:17
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    @KizTrap This is a phenomenal answer. Thanks for putting in the time and doing the SCIENCE!
    – Brysonic
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 18:08
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    Thanks :) Lurked on SE for so long, figured it was time to contribute
    – KizTrap
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 18:42
  • I was playing as Lucio the other day and an opposing Roadhog hooked me into a pit. I managed to wall ride for a bit but ultimately died. I think my death counted as a suicide since the killcam followed me instead of the Roadhog, so does that mean he didn't get any ult? Would this also work for Genji/Hanzo, etc.? Commented Jun 27, 2016 at 18:02

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