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Overwatch 2 ultimate charge reduced from 25% to 15%

Doomfist, Ramattra, Winston, Sombra, Soldier: 76, Tracer, Brigitte, and Baptiste will also receive balance updates.

Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller posted a new blog about what to expect in the new Overwatch 2 season. He mentioned that the amount of ultimate charge retained when swapping heroes will be reduced from 25% to 15%. Keller also shared an Overwatch 2 balance preview. Read on for details.

Overwatch 2 ultimate charge location (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 ultimate charge location (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 ultimate charge becomes 15%

What is the ultimate charge change in Overwatch 2? When you opt to switch heroes in the middle of a game, you typically get 25% ultimate charge after doing the swap. However, this is being changed to 15%. According to Keller, this mechanic removes friction when switching heroes and reducing it from 25% to 15% should still accomplish that.

"However, there is a perception that it's almost always an advantage to counter-swap upon dying, and we're lowering this value to see if it has an effect on swap rates," Keller explained in the blog.

Doomfist in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Doomfist in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 8 balance preview

The director's blog also noted some balance previews. These pertain to tank heroes Doomfist, Ramattra, and Winston. Damage heroes such as Sombra, Soldier: 76, and Tracer are also getting updated. Additionally, Brigitte and Baptiste are getting balance changes as support heroes. Below is the summary of these balance previews.

  • Doomfist: Starting in Overwatch 2 Season 8, Doomfist will regenerate 75 health per second while in the air. Additionally, his Meteor Strike ultimate will slightly increase in terms of cost.
  • Ramattra: Overwatch 2 will shift 100 of Ramattra's health to armor. The size and damage of his projectiles will also slightly increase.
  • Winston: Tesla Canon will ignore armor's damage reduction.
  • Sombra: Ability lockout time of EMP will be raised by 1.5 to 3 seconds. The amount of damage it does will be reduced from 30% to 25% of maximum health.
  • Soldier: 76: Biotic Field's cooldown will increase from 15 to 18 seconds.
  • Tracer: Pulse Pistols will return to 6 damage per shot.
  • Brigitte: Whip Shot's damage will be reverted from 80 to 70.
  • Baptiste: His primary fire ammo will be lowered from 45 to 36.
Brigitte in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Brigitte in Overwatch 2 (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

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