Overwatch 2 talents: all the new abilities you can unlock for your hero

Overwatch 2’s PvE-focused Hero Missions introduce new abilities to customise your hero, here they are


Overwatch 2 talents are among a wave of new features coming to Blizzard’s more PvE-focused take on its team shooter. The new ability system is apart of Overwatch 2’s Hero Missions, which also features teaming up with your friends to dismantle some Omnics.

These missions are more focused on combat as opposed to Story Missions which concentrates more on, well, the lore. Each hero has a set of new abilities they can unlock over time if they level up. Tracer, for example, unlocks a talent that causes damage to enemies if she blinks through them – though you’ll have to reach level ten to unlock that skill. It should be noted, however, that these talents are limited to Hero Missions and won’t be a factor in Overwatch’s PvP-focused modes like competitive play. Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explains that the team want the competitive experience to be a level playing field rather than a case of “my Tracer is better than yours.”

The Overwatch 2 release date is still some ways away – so these talents may change. There are also a few talents that we don’t know of yet, though we’ll update this guide when we find more. Now that’s out the way, here are the Overwatch 2 talents.

The Overwatch 2 talents are:


Level One

  • Adaptive Reload – Pulse Pistols reload when you use an ability
  • Chain Reaction – Pulse Bomb causes a secondary explosion on those affected by the blast

Level Ten

  • Flash – blinking through enemies damages them
  • Hindsight – recall causes damage to recently weakened foes

Level 20

  • Vortex – enemies are drawn toward the point of recall and snared
  • Speed Kills- killing blows speeds up cooldowns


  • Sojiro’s Guidance – any arrow that hits an enemy detected by Sonic Arrow seeks and pierces all other detected foes


  • Epicenter – Earthshatter travels in every direction


  • Cold Snap – when Cryo-Freeze ends, nearby enemies are instantly frozen
  • Snowball Effect – continue to move after using Cryo-Freeze, rolling and knocking enemies in your path


  • Dragon’s Breath – while using Dragon Breath, your slashes create a large and piercing projectile


  • Flamethrower – turrets have a flamethrower instead of a minigun
  • My Babies – place three mini-turrets instead of one big one

And there you have it, all the Overwatch 2 talents we have found so far.

We’ll keep this guide updated with other talents we find, and any other information we may stumble across – such as when you can unlock each of these abilities.

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