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Overwatch 2: Characters - how to unlock? Overwatch 2 guide, tips

This Overwatch 2 guide page tells you how all characters can be unlocked by both new and old players.

Last update: Thursday, October 20, 2022

On this page of the Overwatch 2 guide, you can learn how to unlock all the characters available in the game. We have described the options for new and veteran players. You will also learn about the starting characters.

Characters available from the beginning

In Overwatch 2 , some characters are available to both old and new players right from the start. There are 13 of them. Thanks to them, you will be able to familiarize yourself with the basic mechanics of the game. These are:

  1. Damage - Pharah, Tracer, Torbjorn, Widowmaker, Reaper, Soldier 76;
  2. Tank - Orisa, Reinhardt, Winston, Zarya;
  3. Support - Lucio, Mercy, Moira.

You will unlock the rest of the characters over time; the more matches you play, the more heroes you will be able to choose from.

Unlocking characters as new player

New players who haven't played the first Overwatch will have to play a certain number of matches to unlock a given hero - Overwatch 2: Characters - how to unlock? - FAQ - Overwatch 2 Guide

New players who haven't played the first Overwatch will have to play a certain number of matches to unlock a given hero. For some characters, it is enough to log in on a given date or achieve a specific battle pass tier.


How to unlock?


Play 1 match


Play 2 matches


Play 3 matches


Play 4 matches


Play 9 matches


Play 12 matches


Play 15 matches


Play 20 matches


Play 25 matches


Play 30 matches


Play 40 matches


Play 50 matches


Play 60 matches


Play 70 matches


Play 85 matches


Play 100 matches


Play 115 matches

Wrecking Ball

Play 130 matches


Play 150 matches


Log in during Season 1

Junker Queen

Log in during Season 1


Buy the Battle Pass or reach tier 55 of the Pass

Also, don't worry about not getting new characters like Sojourn, Junker Queen or Kiriko if you don't meet the time requirements. It has been confirmed by Blizzard that these characters will be unlockable by completing special tasks in the game. In addition, you will be able to purchase characters for coins in the near future.

Unlocking characters as veteran player

Veterans of the first Overwatch have it easier. To unlock all characters, all you need to do is link your old account. This process may take from a few minutes to several hours (depending on how big the queue is), but thanks to it, you will also get your cosmetic items and settings from the first game.

If you don't know how to link your old account to the new Overwatch, check out: Account Linking - how to do?.

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