Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery explained: Training mode release date, characters, more

Nathan Warby
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Overwatch 2 players can look forward to a brand-new training mode called Hero Mastery during Season 6, where players can put their skills as each Hero to the test. Here’s everything you need to know about Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery in the Invasion update, including when it will arrive.

Overwatch 2 Season 6 is the biggest update to hit Blizzard’s hero shooter to date, bringing the new Support Hero Illari, alongside new PvE missions focused on a Null Sector uprising led by popular Tank Ramattra.

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It also comes with the usual array of buffs and nerfs to the game’s many Heroes, shaking up the meta once again. But one previously promised feature missing from the Invasion update is Hero Mastery, a new training mode that could help players drastically improve their skills with different characters.

Here’s everything you need to know about Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery mode, including when it will arrive in-game.

Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery release date

Overwatch 2 Invasion's team line upBlizzard
Hero Mastery is set to arrive during Overwatch 2 Season 6.

Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery mode will be released on Thursday, September 7, alongside the midseason update. It was originally due to be part of the Invasion update but was pushed to September 5, before a post from the game’s Community Manager on the Overwatch forum revealed another slight delay.

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They said: “We’re getting ready for our next game update, which will include hero balance changes along with the new Hero Mastery mode. Things are taking a bit longer than expected as we make sure the new update is ready to go, so we will be releasing the midseason update on Thursday, September 7.”

Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery explained

Overwatch 2’s Hero Mastery mode is a series of training courses designed for each character, which lets players practice using their abilities away from the stress of a real match. Unlike the Practice Range, each Hero Mastery will be tailor-made to the Hero, helping you learn the nuances of their play style.

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For example, in the Invasion launch trailer, we saw Reinhardt using his shield to block incoming fire while walking along a narrow platform, to teach players to make use of his defensive ability.

Hero Mastery will also come with a global leaderboard that tracks those who complete a Hero’s training course in the fastest and most effective way.

Reinhardt blocking shots in Overwatch 2 Hero MasteryBlizzard
Hero Mastery puts your skills with each character to the test.

Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery characters

Only five Overwatch 2 Hero Masteries have been confirmed so far, as these are the characters that appeared in past trailers. Blizzard have said previously that the mode’s launch will bring “first courses for a selection of heroes, with more to come in future seasons.”

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Here are all of the characters confirmed to have Hero Mastery courses in Overwatch 2 Season 6:

  • Reinhardt
  • Mercy
  • Tracer
  • Sojourn
  • Winston

That was everything we know about Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery so far. We’ll be sure to update this page closer to the release date when more details are available.

In the meantime, check out our other Overwatch 2 guides:

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Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].