Patch Notes

July 15, 2024

Overwatch 2: Quick Play Hacked – July 15, 2024

Pickable Passives

Sombra has taken over the Quick Play game modes again and will be giving you an extra boost of your choice with Pickable Passives. For the next two days, you can pick an additional passive to benefit the role you are playing in.

Developer Comments: Pickable Passives looks at whether providing an additional upgrade changes how you approach forming compositions or responding to the enemy team during a match. We’re also curious to see how much it puts a dent into overall game clarity. We’re excited to see what y’all think!

  • Pickable Passives will take over the Quick Play ruleset from July 15 to July 16.
  • All players will be able to choose one of three selectable passives for their role to get an extra benefit for their hero.
  • Choose and change your passive anytime in the start of the game, in the spawn room, or while in the respawn phase of after being eliminated.
  • Standard Role Passives also remain in effect.
Pickable Tank Passives
  • Unyielding - Debuff duration reduced by 40%.
  • Armored - Convert 100 health into Armor.
  • Last Stand - 50% cooldown reduction when below 50% HP.
Pickable Damage Passives
  • Slayer - See critical health enemies through walls.
  • Trigger Happy - Increase ammo capacity by 20%.
  • Frenzy - Eliminations grant a brief 30% speed boost.
Pickable Support Passives
  • Resourceful – Reduce cooldowns by 20%.
  • Swift Save – Increase Healing by 50% for targets below 35% HP.
  • Close Call – Gain a brief 20% speed boost when below 50% HP.
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July 12, 2024

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes – July 12, 2024

Hotfix Balance Update

  • This is a hero balance hotfix. Replay codes from the July 9, 2024 patch are still available.

Hero Updates


Nemesis Form
  • Cooldown increased from 7 to 8 seconds.
  • Base armor reduced from 100 to 75.
  • Base health reduced from 275 to 250.
Particle Barrier
  • Shared cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds.
  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2.25 seconds.
Projected Barrier
  • Shared cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds.
  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2.25 seconds.


  • Base health reduced from 250 to 225


Healing Pylon
  • Cooldown increased from 12 to 14 seconds
Captive Sun
  • Ultimate cost increased 12%
Sonic Amplifier
  • Knockback reduced by 10%
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July 5, 2024

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes – July 9, 2024


Join the epic battle between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS with Optimus Prime as Reinhardt, Megatron as Ramattra, Bumblebee as Bastion, and Arcee as Illari. Pick up these limited-time skins in the in-game Premium Shop today. You can also play now through July 22 to collect new Player Icons, Name Cards, and Titles in a series of limited-time challenges to show your allegiance to the AUTOBOTS or the DECEPTICONS.

TRANSFORMERS and its associated characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2024 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.


The Summer Games are back! Jump into the arcade and play your favorite Summer Games in the arcade, including Lúcioball and Winston's Beach Volleyball. Play to earn new sprays, player icons, and more through a series of event challenges available now through July 29. Then once the games are done, be sure to pick up new Lifeguard skins for Roadhog, Lifeweaver, and Kiriko from the in-game Premium Shop starting on July 30.


New Mythic Weapons are elevated weapon skins for some of your favorite heroes and will be available in the Mythic Shop that you can redeem with your Mythic Prisms. The Mythic Bound Demon Weapon Skin for Reinhardt changes based on your gameplay, showing epic, dynamic effects that respond to your achievements and cool moments. Whether charging into battle or holding the line, the Mythic Bound Demon Reinhardt Weapon Skin reacts to your every move. Add the Mythic Bound Demon Weapon Skin to your arsenal on July 23.


Introducing Player Surveys

After a match is done, you may occasionally be invited to participate in a web-based survey that you can complete on PC or using your mobile device by scanning the on-screen QR code. This is your chance to let us know how you have been enjoying Overwatch 2 and help identify areas where the game can be improved.

Audio Updates

Adjusted the volume levels of health pool impacts. When shooting enemies with Base Health, Sheilds, Armor, or Overhealth, made the sound cues clearer as to what health type you are damaging.


  • Armor flat damage reduction increased from 5 to 10 per projectile.
  • Enemy health bars now display when they are at their Low Health threshold.

Developer Comments: The armor changes have had a positive impact on which heroes and damage types are slowed down by armor health. We're increasing the damage reduction on it to further widen the pool of heroes that are significantly affected by armor's defense.


Tank Role Passive

  • Ultimate generation reduction increased from 30 to 40%.
  • Knockback resistance reduced from 50 to 40%.

Developer Comments: Dealing damage to Tank heroes will be slightly less rewarding with the increased reduction to ultimate generation and will help to balance out the increased healing they may receive with the change to the Damage role passive in this patch. While the knockback resistance was generally useful for tank heroes and their emphasis on positioning, it was also reaching the point where it was difficult for players to tell if knockback abilities were having any effect on them.


Developer Comment: The maximum duration of Defense Matrix is increased by half a second by reducing the rate at which the resource meter drains when in use, so it won't take longer to regenerate. The increased damage on Micro Missiles will help the ability feel relatively more impactful against larger health pools.

Defense Matrix
  • Maximum duration increased from 3 to 3.5 seconds.
Micro Missiles
  • Explosion damage increased from 4 to 5.5 damage (from 126 to 153 max damage with direct impacts).

Developer Comments: Most of Doomfist's survivability is through his excellent mobility, but this boost to his passive Overhealth generation will enable him to stay in the fight longer before disengaging, especially when hitting multiple targets with his abilities.

The Best Defense…
  • Overhealth gained per target increased from 35 to 40 HP.
  • Delay before Overhealth begins to drain increased from 1 to 3 seconds.
Junker Queen

Developer Comments: Junker Queen is relatively small and fast for a Tank hero, so Commanding Shout doesn't need a ton of bonus health to be effective. The increased wound healing better rewards her for managing her abilities well.

Commanding Shout
  • Overhealth increased from 150 to 175 HP
Adrenaline Rush
  • Wound damage self-healing multiplier increased from 2 to 2.5x

Developer Comments: Cardiac Overdrive is Mauga's primary tanking ability that keeps him in the fight, but the previous duration was difficult to counter. It is now a more potent effect with a shorter duration to increase the importance of choosing both the right moment to use it as Mauga and when to try mitigating against it as an enemy.

  • Knockback damage increased from 25 to 30
  • Stomp damage increased from 60 to 75
Cardiac Overdrive
  • Duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds.
  • Lifesteal increased from 60 to 100%.
  • Damage reduction increased from 30 to 40%.
  • Allies now receive only half of the lifesteal and damage reduction effect value.

Developer Comments: The Fortify and Javelin Spin abilities were weakened further than necessary when Orisa was overly dominant. She has not been performing well since then but in this patch where we're broadly adjusting how impactful the role is. So, there is room again to return some of Fortify's effectiveness.

  • Duration increased from 3.5 to 4 seconds

Developer Comments: The Pummel damage adjustment is notable as it reduces the number of punches required to knockout a 250 health hero.

Nemesis Form
  • Bonus armor increased from 225 to 300.
  • Pummel damage increased from 60 to 65.

Developer Comments: One of the core design goals for Reinhardt is to be the hero that shields his team. In the past we've reduced the barrier health significantly in order to improve other offensive aspects of his kit to better fit the fast-paced gameplay of Overwatch 2, but perhaps it was too much. We still want to avoid barriers feeling mandatory due to how useful they can be and keep tank diversity at a healthy level. However, with this patch looking at the tank role in particular, we're increasing Reinhardt's barrier health again and will evaluate further.

Barrier Field
  • Maximum health increased from 1400 to 1600.
  • Barrier regeneration rate increased from 140 to 160 health per second.
  • Wall impact damage increased from 275 to 300.

Developer Comments: The Pig Pen ability wasn't very useful outside of being used in the Chain Hook combo so we're increasing its potential threat if an enemy stays within its area.

Pig Pen
  • Area damage after activating increased from 30 to 45 damage per second.
  • Recovery time reduced from 0.55 to 0.4 seconds.
  • Cooldown now begins immediately when used instead of after a short delay.

Developer Comments: Sigma is a tank that does not currently have an issue with survivability when cycling between managing his barrier, Kinetic Grasp, and weapon range. We are however increasing the damage of Accretion to bring back more of the threat it used to pose and increase the satisfaction in landing it, as it also did not benefit from the global increase to projectile sizes.

  • Impact damage increased from 40 to 80 (120 damage total).

Developer Comments: Winston is one of the top performing tanks at the moment, though when considering how satisfying the individual abilities within his kit are, the Tesla Cannon secondary fire felt underwhelming for how long it took to charge, so it'll now be a bit more fluid. We also still want Primal Rage mode Winston to be killable, but adding some health to it will help avoid some of the extreme situations where it could happen too quickly.

Tesla Cannon
  • Secondary fire charge time reduced from 1 second to 0.85 seconds.
Primal Rage
  • Maximum health gained increased from 500 to 700.
Wrecking Ball

Developer Comments: Wrecking Ball has excellent mobility and survivability and will now be more efficient in transferring some of that survivability to his teammates, should he choose to return to them. We're also making the automatic reload in ball form match his manual reload timing for a smoother transition between modes.

Quad Cannons
  • Automatic reload time while transformed reduced from 2 to 1.6 seconds.
Adaptive Shields
  • Allied Overhealth transfer ratio increased by 50% (Use up to 50 Overhealth per target to grant allies up to 75 HP).

Developer Comments: Increasing the health on these barriers also means the total energy Zarya can gain per barrier is increased, so this is a boost to both her offensive and defensive capabilities.

Particle Barrier
  • Health increased from 200 to 225.
  • Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds.
Projected Barrier
  • Health increased from 200 to 225.
  • Duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds.


Damage Role Passive

  • Now only half as effective against Tank heroes (10% healing reduction).

Developer Comments: With Tank heroes being the frontline, they have this healing reduction effect nearly all of the time and are generally the most reliant on incoming healing to support them as well. The damage role passive is providing an important function to game overall, but its effect on tanks survivability and pace of gameplay is more impactful relative to the other roles. As such, we are reducing its potency against Tank heroes.


Developer Comments: This Big Omnic Butler tanks a lot of incoming fire and will now be more resistant to knockbacks and critical damage.

  • B.O.B. now gains the Tank role passive ability.

Developer Comments: With his current tuning Cassidy is performing well in too many aspects between his range, burst damage, and survivability, leading to him being a dominant choice among the Damage heroes by an overwhelming amount. The gameplay goal for Cassidy is to be the sturdier, close-range hitscan who is more proficient at dealing with high mobility flankers. With this in mind, we're pulling back the effective falloff range of his weapon to help align him with those gameplay goals and to open up more hero variety from the Damage role.

  • Primary fire falloff range rescaled from 25-35 meters to 20-30 meters.

Developer Comments: This is a reversion back to Pharah's Concussive Blast from before her recent rework. Dealing even a small amount of damage with this ability increases her lethality significantly and made it too reliable in finishing off low health targets, due to its wide area and fast projectile speed, without waiting the full recovery to fire another rocket.

Concussive Blast
  • Explosion damage reduced from 30 to 0.
  • Explosion knockback radius increased from 6 to 8 meters.
  • Knockback increased by 11%.



Developer Comments: Rather small change here but we'd like to minimize the amount of time Tanks can be taken out of the fight for and they are also the easiest targets to hit with Sleep Dart.

Sleep Dart
  • Duration of effect on Tank heroes decreased from 3.5 to 3 seconds.

Developer Comments: Illari will still see this UI alert but allies generally don't need to as it could occur fairly often and be distracting.

Healing Pylon
  • Allies no longer see the "Destroyed" UI when Healing Pylon breaks.

Developer Comments: We're reducing the cost of Transcendence as Zenyatta was impacted more than most by some of the changes in this patch.

  • Ultimate cost decreased 10%.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed ranked progress bar UI not showing progress for Bronze 5.
  • Fixed voice and text chat not functioning on PC with console players.
  • Fixed in a previous update - Weekly and Daily Challenges would get reset to 0 after relog for some players.
  • Fixed in a previous update - Screen tearing on PlayStation® 5 during large fights.
  • Fixed in a previous update - Season 11 Voice Lines could be heard by anyone at any distance.


  • Fixed Deadeye tracking phased targets when revealed by Infra Sight.


  • Fixed an issue with Self Destruct hitting targets behind barriers or collision.


  • Fixed teleporting to Echo as clone ends making the "Swift Step" ability to break for the remainder of the game.


  • Fixed an exploit with Lifeweaver tree hiding Symmetra turrets in the payload.


  • Fixed Roadhog's weapon model/placement being largely higher wearing 'Kaiju' skin.
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June Patch NotesJune
Live Patch Notes

These patch notes represent general changes made to the Live version of Overwatch and the balance changes listed affect Quick Play, Competitive Play, Arcade, and Custom Games.