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Overwatch Character Bios Guide: When and How To Use Each Character

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Real Name SST Laboratories Siege Automaton E54, “Bastion”
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Age 30
Occupation Battle Automaton
Base of Operations ,Unknocn
Affiliation None
Difficulty Easy



Configuration Recon: The full automatic rifle is highly effective at close range.

Configuration Sentry: The Sentry mode makes Bastion immobile but highly damaging at both close and long range.

Reconfigure: Allows Bastion to change between Recon and Sentry.

Self-Repair: Bastion can repair himself.

Configuration Tank: Bastion turns into a power, fast tank, with a highly damaging rocket launcher.



  • Bastion is highly useful on defense, as his sentry mode can lock down an area and cover the perimeter.
  • Both his self-repair and reconfigure skills leave him vulnerable, so be sure to do both behind cover and without an enemy nearby.
  • Try to set up as a sentry against a wall, with no room for enemies to flank from either side. Each map generally has a central corridor along with one or two flanking wings, so choose a spot that allows you to cover all entrance points.




Real Name Hanzo Shimada
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Age 38
Occupation Mercenary, Assassin
Base of Operations Hanamura, Japan (Formerly)
Affiliation Shimada Clan
Difficulty Hard



Storm Bow (Passive Ability): Fires an arrow for a basic attack.

Sonic Arrow: Hanzo shoots a sonar tracking arrow.

Scatter Arrow: Hanzo fires a special arrow that ricochets off walls and terrain objects.

Dragonstrike (Ultimate Ability): Launches a spirit dragon in a straight line that damages enemies it comes into contact with.



  • Hanzo is a difficult yet highly efficient character. Ideal for players who like to keep a distance, and is particularly useful in high vantage points to cover the objective.
  • Save the Dragonstrike ultimate ability for when/if the enemy is flanking the objective.



Real Name Jamison Fawkes
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Age 25
Occupation Anarchist, Thief, Demolitionist, Mercenary, Scavenger
Base of Operations Junkertown, Australia (Formerly)
Affiliation Junkers (Formerly)
Difficulty Medium



Frag Launcher (Basic Attack): Fire bouncing grenades that explode upon contact.

Concussion Mine: Junkrat can place a mine at a specific location and detonate it at a later time to deal massive damage to enemies.

Steel Trap: Junkrats trap immobilises enemies that get caught in it.

Total Mayhem: Drops grenades on the ground after Junkrat has been killed, exploding after a short period.

Rip-Tire (Ultimate Ability): Junkrat morphs into an explosive tire, which rides around the map taking out enemies.



  • Junkrat is ideal for a zone-defense.
  • Set up the mines and trap around the objective, or alternative near the central corridor where the enemy may enter from.
  • The Rip-Tire ultimate ability is a surefire way to take out multiple enemies on the last line of defense.


Real Name Torbjörn Lindholm
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Age 57
Occupation Weapon Designer
Base of Operations Gothenburg, Sweden
Affiliation Overwatch (formerly)
Difficulty Medium



Rivet Gun (Basic Attack): A long-range rivet, or eject molten metal for close-range damage.

Forge Hammer: A hammer to repair or upgrade turrets.

Build Turret: An auto-cannon that can be upgraded by collecting scraps from dead enemies and allies. These upgrades include increased health, doubling trouble with a second cannon, or attaching a rocket launcher.

Armor Pack: Throws down an armor upgrade that either himself or allies can grab to absorb more damage.

Molten Core (Ultimate Ability): He overheats to temporarily gain a significant amount of armor and scrap.



  • Torbjorn is the perfect character to play with alongside Junkrat. He provides highly efficient zone defense, particularly because of his turret-repair abilities.


Real Name Amelie LaCroix
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Age 33
Occupation Aassassin
Base of Operations Annecy, France
Affiliation Talon
Difficulty Medium



Widow’s Kiss (Basic Attack): Can use the scope on her sniper rifle to pick off distant targets. Can also be used as an automatic rifle at close range.

Grapling Hook: Fires a long-range hookshot, which connects with a scalable surface and pulls her up.

Venom Mine: Places an adhesive poison mine on a wall, which triggers an explosion when an enemy is nearby.

Infra-Sight (Ultimate Ability): Uses her recon visor to reveal all enemies for a moderate amount of time for herself and teammates.



  • She should be used exclusively at long-range.
  • Her Infra-Sight should be used at ideal moments on the last line of defense when all enemies are spawning and making their final attack.
  • The grappling hook is useful to avoid a firefight, or reach high vantage points.


Real Name Mei-Ling Zhou
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Age 31
Occupation Climatologist, Adventurer
Base of Operations ambXi’an, China (formerly)
Affiliation Overwatch (formerly)
Difficulty Hard



Endothermic Blaster: Unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place.

Cyro-Freeze: Surrounds Mei with a block of thick ice.

Ice Wall: Generates an ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.

Blizzard: Deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the storm will lose health.



  • Mei is great for slowing opponents, and as such at useful at any real moment during a match.
  • Her Ice Wall can be useful to stop the payload from progressing further.
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