I don't have a recording of this to prove it, but I have been told that a Mei can escape Ana's tranquilizer dart by immediately putting herself in Cryostasis.

Is this true? And regardless of whether it is or not, is there any other way for a player to escape or cancel out of Ana's tranq dart?

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There are three ways to remove the effects of the dart or escape.

  1. You get stunned by the Dart, but then you get damaged. This is the normal effect of the dart.

  2. You dodge the dart in any way possible.

  3. The dart's effect wears off in 5.5 seconds.

Most likely your example is of a person being shot by a dart, seeing the animation/hearing the sound and quickly going into Cryostasis before the dart actually hits you. As Overwatch is a prediction game, the game predicts that the dart will hit you, and if you manage to react in the 20ms before the prediction comes true, then you're safe and healing and the dart never hits you.

Once you're hit by the dart, there is absolutely nothing you could do. You can't use your skills, you cant move, you can't jump, you can't ult - Nothing. Only damage will save you, or if the time of the dart runs out.

I personally like to go against an Ana, try to predict when would be a good time for her to shoot me, and do an unexpected move (like fly up in the sky with Phara). Most of the time Ana misses after firing and I can carry on fighting.

  • I guess if you're quick enough, any mitigating move (Zenyatta's ult, Genji's deflect, Reaper's Wraith Form et cetera) would also work. Since I didn't see the situation myself, I'll have to accept this as the most plausible answer, and will do so if no other answers can offer a different explanation.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 13:14
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    @Zibbobz Yeah, even ducking should work if her shot is fairly high enough. The point is you can't escape it, once it hits you. Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 13:16
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    @ИвоНедев Of course you can avoid being hit by the dart, by not being hit by the dart, but the main question was about canceling the effect once you are hit.
    – Zack T.
    Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 18:42
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    @ZackT. Yeah, this answer uses a lot of words to not really say a lot. Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 19:05
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    @ZackT. Which is addressed in the first four lines. The rest of it is about a potential explanation for what the asker was told.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 20:14

The sleep from a Tranq Dart only ends after 5.5 seconds or after taking damage from the enemy. The sleeping hero can't act at all, and his teammates can't do anything to wake them up.

  • Almost downvoted this for not adding any new information, then realized it was submitted about two minutes before Иво Недев's answer. So I guess I'll upvote?
    – DCShannon
    Commented Sep 22, 2016 at 20:17

You can dodge it or block it with Reinhardt's shield. If you get hit, then the only ways to get out of the stun effect are to get hit by the enemy or wait the 5.5 seconds until it wears off.

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