Questions tagged [overwatch]

A 2016 hero and objective-based first person shooter developed by Blizzard. Players take on the roles of specific heroes in order to complete or defend objectives from the opposing team.

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I'm on fire. So?

In Overwatch, there is a meter at the bottom left corner that indicates how "on fire" (as in, doing well, I'm guessing) you are. When it get over an indicated point, your portrait on the tab screen/...
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What's the difference between life, health, armour and shield?

Overwatch has many sources of health. What do all these terms mean? Health Life Armour Shield
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How did this Mercy get 104% Kill Participation?

They didn't really do anything but play the standard support role, healing and buffing players as needed. The only thing I can think of that might have caused this is Genji's reflect.
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Which heroes can clear this jump on Volskaya Industries?

On the Attackers first stage spawn there is a side route that seems to be reachable by some heroes but not all that stretches over the frozen river on the left. I've tested this with easier mobility ...
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Is there an achievement for getting the basketball in the hoop?

In the warm up area, you are able to hit around a couple of basketballs. I constantly try to get the basketballs in the hoop, but I end up having to start the game before I make any real progress. Is ...
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When should I let my teammates die?

While playing Mercy, I tend to always keep everyone healed as much as possible, and try to never let anyone die. This is mainly due to habits I have developed from playing healers in other games where ...
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What are all the friendly and enemy ultimate sounds?

When ultimates are used in Overwatch, a unique voice line sound effect is played, and it sounds different depending on which team used the ability. Does anyone have a list of what the two voice lines ...
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Do all melee attacks deal the same amount of damage?

I'm still a little unsure on this one. Are all melee attacks from all heroes (by pressing V (default)) identical, in damage, hitbox, and range? Or are some melee attacks more damaging than others, or ...
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What is the level cap in Overwatch?

Is there a max level I can hit after a certain point in Overwatch? I know some players have been saying there is no level cap, but it seems like there are certain icons that get upgraded as you level ...
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Do kills immediately after victory/defeat count towards your match total?

I've noticed that immediately after the match "Victory"/"Defeat" notification, there is a brief period before the winner screen shows up where you can still get kills on some players. You can confirm ...
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What do these two symbols (thunderbolt, stack of pages) mean?

One has a forward loop with a thunderbolt in the middle, and the other has pages stacked against each other. Sometimes one or the other flash, sometimes they both flash, and sometimes they flash ...
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Can Sombra teleport to her teleporter after respawn?

A teleporter thrown by Sombra will last for 15 seconds, a respawn generally lasts 10 seconds. Can you throw a teleporter, die, respawn and instantly teleport back in to the fight? Or does the ...
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Do the commendation votes at the end of of a match matter?

At the end of every Overwatch match, there are 4 players shown who did things like the most healing, most kills, most time on objective, and stuff like that. I can vote for one of these people. What ...
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How can I earn kills with Hanzo's Scatter Arrow?

Hanzo is an interesting character in Overwatch. He's a sniper, but he fills a different niche from the more traditional sniper. To compliment his bow-driven gameplay, one of his abilities is Scatter ...
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My HUD has completely disappeared! What happened to it?

After picking my hero in the pre-game lobby, I typically Alt-Tab out of the game to browse the web for a short time until the match starts. This time, when I Alt-Tabbed back into the game, my HUD ...
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How do you earn medals? How much XP do they give?

At the end of the game, how are medals awarded? As a secondary, what is the relation between bronze silver and gold medals, and how much experience do they reward?
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Is D.Va's ultimate affected by Mercy's damage boost? [duplicate]

I know that D.Va's ultimate negates Zenyata's discord orb but does it get buffed by Mercy's damage boost if she's using it on you before you activate your self-destruct or does the buff stay on D.Va ...
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How can I see my ping in Overwatch?

As with most online games, I like to see numbers behind lag I'm experiencing. I know the game shows notifications about extrapolation and packet loss by default, but not ping. How can I see my ping?
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Why do I sometimes experience a delay despite a very low ping?

My latency is a consistent 20ms which is more than suitable for a responsive gaming experience and yet I regularly encounter unresponsive and laggy phenomena. Some examples include: Being hooked ...
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I've been hooked. What can I do?

It's always a situation like this. I'll be strolling along having a perfectly nice day decimating waves of heroes, and this scumbag Roadhog pops around a corner out of nowhere, hooks me in, then ...
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Is Mercy's damage boost applied on fire or on hit?

Specifically with regards to non-hitscan characters, when is Mercy's damage boost applied? Does it take effect after shooting, or only after a projectile hits a target?
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How can I effectively utilize Zarya's skillset?

In Overwatch, Zarya is a 'tank' character. However, she's one of the more confusing ones to play as her health total is relatively low. She hinges heavily on her abilities - a shield for her teammates ...
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In what situation can I hold the ability key to use it asap after leaving the stun?

I recently learned that holding the wraith form or ice block button while being hooked by a enemy Roadhog allows you to use the ability the very moment the hook stun wears off. Does this apply to ...
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Does it matter which way Torbjörn's turret faces?

Seeing how there is no rotate function when placing a turret, does it matter at all which way Torbjörn's turret faces when planting it? Are there any advantages, like perhaps a faster turn speed or ...
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Does Mercy's Damage Boost apply to Ana's healing? [duplicate]

I know it's called Damage Boost, but unlike other healers Ana is using her weapon to heal allies, so maybe it would increase her healing. Does anyone know how these two abilities affect each other?
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Which character is best for killing Bastion from behind Reinhardt?

Often, at the start of a game, the defense has a Bastion set up in sentry mode near the objective, aimed at a chokepoint. When this happens, one of the best strategies is to have a Reinhardt stand in ...
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Are Overwatch loot boxes populated when awarded, or when opened?

Are the contents of a loot box determined at the time it is awarded or when it is opened? For example, if you collect multiple loot boxes before a special event but opened them during the special ...
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In a competitive match, when a player quits, does the game look for a replacement?

During an Overwatch competitive season match, if a player quits mid-match, my team will have to finish the match with one less player, which generally leads to a defeat. I've never seen a new player ...
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How to counter a team of multiple Torbjörns?

If the enemy team picks up multiple Torbjörns, specially while defending a map, I find it extremely difficult to capture even the first point, because each turret is defending another, and hidden ...
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How do I get rid of Zenyatta's Orb of Discord?

What hero abilities can get rid of Zenyatta's Orb of Discord? Supposedly it has a tracking time of 3 seconds where it will disappear if the Zen cannot maintain LOS to the discorded player, but is ...
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How can I stay on fire?

As stated here, being on fire means you are doing well, and here we see that you can be commended as an MVP for being on fire for a large portion of the time. This answer shows that destroying non-...
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Freezing with multiple Mei's

So, I was wondering if more then one Mei are using the freeze attack on a target, does it freeze faster?
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What are the differences between offensive and defensive assists?

When I look at the statistics for various heroes under my Career Profile, I notice that "Offensive Assists" and "Defensive Assists" are listed. What are offensive and defensive assists, and what are ...
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What did Mercy do to Reaper?

While playing the game I heard a few dialogues between Reaper and Mercy Mercy: "This is not what I intended for you, Reyes." Reaper: "You knew exactly what you were doing." Mercy: "What happened to ...
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Does Mercy's revive restore ammo and ability cooldowns?

Mercy's revive restores all downed teammates within a short range to full health. This much is obvious. However, suppose you're reviving a Zarya who died with 0 ammo and full cooldown on both of her ...
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Does my height above the ground affect whether I get frozen by Mei's ult (Blizzard)?

After playing a few games I've noticed, mostly as Pharah, that height can affect whether you get frozen with Mei's ult. How high do you need to be to avoid being caught in Mei's ult? Also: Do I ...
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Which legendary skins have unique voice lines and unique visual abilities?

For some legendary skins, it appears that they give the hero both unique visuals and unique voice lines. Some legendary skins I know off the top of my head that have different voice lines: Mercy Imp ...
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What other means disable Reinhardt's shield except hack and cool down?

Since the season 3 patch happened, it happens to me that Reinhardt's shield gets on some occasions a 2~3 second cool down. I couldn't make it out when it happens exactly, but most of the time it ...
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Does Reaper shoot above and below him when using Death Blossom?

If Reaper uses Death Blossom, will it damage people who are above or below him? Most of the time I see Reaper's dropping off a roof or wall before using Death Blossom, but could I instead stay on the ...
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Who should I be damage buffing as Mercy

I just started playing Overwatch (played a few games during open beta, but wasn't able to play much). I'm enjoying Mercy, but who (in a group situation) should be getting the damage buff? Additionally,...
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Can I save my highlights?

I got a sick win a few minutes ago and can watch the highlights in the highlights section. Is there a way to save them somewhere?
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What does this new icon mean?

I'm wondering what this new icon means. The number, border and colors change size and shape between players.
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What can heroes be commended for?

In the commendation screen, after a match, you can see a few players who were picked out because of something "big" that they contributed to the team. For example, you'll see commendations like: ...
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How does Torbjörn's turret choose its target?

I feel like there is of course an obvious proximity factor, but when I (as Pharrah in my example) try to sneak a peak from behind a corner and shoot the turret one rocket at a time, it seems to often ...
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What causes Overwatch's Capture Highlight feature to be disabled in game?

Overwatch's new Capture Highlight feature allows you to press F9 to save your last 12 seconds of gameplay, or the active Play of the Game. After the game, you can go to your Highlights to replay what ...
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What determines if a character is pinned or 'bounces off' Reinhardt's charge?

I like playing Reinhardt. Charging people is fun, and on basically anyone with less than 400 health it's an instant kill (Assuming you pin them and slam them into a wall). Sometimes, I seem to ...
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Which heroes can escape Zarya's ult?

Zarya's ult pulls in enemies and bunches them together for a short period of time. As far as I can tell, there is no way to walk out of it or jump out of it with normal movement options. Are there ...
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How do you become friends with someone?

Let's say I'm playing in a public game with someone and we hit it off. I want to officially become his friend, so that we can intentionally group later on. How do I do this? I know how to find the ...
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Are the effects of Lucio's secondary fire diminished or increased for certain heroes?

Do heroes of different classes get affected by Lucio's Soundwave in different ways? Will a tank be pushed back less than a lightweight character?
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What counters Mei?

Extremely frustrating playing against Mei, whether it's in a teamfight or solo. Heck, trying McCree, a supposedly high CQC damage hero fails because most of the time the Mei can freeze me then ...

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