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Overwatch Basics Guide
By: - Last Updated November 18, 2016

How Headshots Work In Overwatch
( FP's Overwatch Strategy Guide )

This guide will cover how headshots work in Overwatch along with a chart showing you which hero abilities do headshots or not.

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Headshots

Overwatch has headshots.  Headshots do twice the damage as a normal shot.  While playing you can tell if you did a headshot if your crosshair has red flairs coming from it, as shown below:

Normal shots Headshots

Normal shots Vs Headshots in Overwatch

Headshots will also make a slightly different sound feedback than a regular shot, it will have a slight "ting" to it as well.

The following lists all the heroes and their abilities and whether or not they headshot:

Offensive Hero Ability Headshots

Attack Heroes Ability Headshots? Notes
Genji
Genji

Shuriken

YES
Fan of Blades YES
Swift Strike no
Deflect YES Projectiles deflected can headshot.
Dragonblade (Ult)
no
McCree
McCree

Peacekeeper

YES
Peacekeeper (Fan-fire) no
Flashbang no
Deadeye
no
Pharah
Pharah

Rocket Launcher

no
Concussive Blast no
Barrage
no
Reaper
Reaper

Hellfire Shotguns

YES
Death Blossom
no
Soldier 76
Soldier 76

Heavy Pulse Rifle

YES
Helix Rockets no
Tactical Visor
no
Sombra
Sombra

Machine Pistol

YES
Tracer
Tracer

Pulse Pistols

YES
Pulse Bomb
no
When Tracer sticks a Pulse Bomb on an enemy it will do an immediate 5 damage (before the explosion).  This initial "stick" can do critical damage of 10 instead of 5 if stuck to the head area.  The actual explosion cannot crit.


Defensive Hero Ability Headshots

Defense Heroes Ability Headshots? Notes
Bastion
Bastion

Recon

YES
Sentry YES
Tank (Ult)
no
Hanzo
Hanzo

Storm Bow

YES
Sonic Arrow YES
Scatter Arrow no Initial arrow can headshot, but the Scatter Arrows won't.
Dragonstrike
no
Initial arrow can headshot, but the Dragon won't.
Junkrat
Junkrat

Frag Launcher

no
Concussion Mine no
Steel Trap no
Rip-Tire
no
Mei
Mei

Endothermic Blaster

no
Icicle YES
Blizzard
no
Torbjorn
Torbjorn

Rivet Gun

YES
Rivet Gun (Alt-Fire) YES
Forge Hammer no
Turret
no
Widowmaker
Widowmaker

Widow's Kiss: Assault

YES
Widow's Kiss: Sniper YES Sniper shots do x2.5 damage to headshots.
Venom Mine
no

Tank Hero Ability Headshots

Tank Heroes Ability Headshots?
D.Va
D.va

Mech: Fusion Cannons

YES
Mech: Self-Destruct no
Pilot: Light Gun
YES
Reinhardt
Reinhardt

Rocket Hammer

no
Charge no
Fire Strike no
Earth Shatter
no
Roadhog
Roadhog

Scrap Gun

YES
Scrap Gun (Alt-fire) YES
Chain Hook no
Whole Hog
YES
Winston
Winston

Tesla Cannon

no
Primal Rage
no
Zarya
Zarya

Partical Cannon

no
Partical Cannon (Alt-Fire) no
Graviton Surge
no

Support Hero Ability Headshots

Support Heroes Ability Headshots?
Ana
Lucio
Biotic Rifle no
Sleep Dart no
Biotic Grenade no
Lucio
Lucio

Sonic Amplifier

YES
Soundwave
no
Mercy
Mercy

Caduseaus Blaster

YES
Symmetra
Symmetra

Proton Projector

no
Proton Projector (Orbs) no
Sentry Turret
no
Zenyatta
Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

YES
Orb of Destruction (Alt-Fire)
YES

Headshot Areas

Most of the headshot areas in the game are very obvious, the only ones a bit less obvious are D.va and a Bastion Sentry.

D.va's Headshot Area:
D.va's headshot area

Bastion Sentry's Headshot Area:
Bastion Sentry Head Shot Area

Please note that Bastion's Tank Form (ultimate) does not have a headshot area.

 

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In This Guide:
Hero Introductions
Game Mechanics
Headshots Guide
Game Modes
Hitpoint Basics
Terms & Definitions

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