Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework: New ability & all changes explained

Stephanie Zucarelli
Overwatch 2 Roadhog reworkBlizzard

Overwatch 2 players have felt that Roadhog has been underpowered in recent months, and the devs are taking action with a full rework of the Tank Hero. Here’s everything you need to know about the Roadhog rework in Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 players have been not-so-patiently expecting a huge rework for Roadhog’s kit, which many feel has been nerfed almost to oblivion since the release of the free-to-play version of Blizzard’s FPS. After finally getting Sombra’s rework during Season 7, players started to wonder what would happen to the once-beloved Tank Hero.

Now, the devs have provided a full breakdown of how Roadhog will be reworked, including major changes to his kit. Here’s everything you need to know about the Roadhog rework in Overwatch 2 Season 7.

Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework release date

Roadhog’s rework goes live in Overwatch 2 on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, and will be introduced in the first update after the LE SSERAFIM collaboration.

Overwatch 2 Lead Hero Designer Alec Dawson was the first to break the news when a player asked for Blizzard’s plans for Roadhog. Dawson mysteriously answered with a “The Ring” movie reference, saying “7 days,” a date later confirmed in an official blog post.

Roadhog in OW2Blizzard Entertainment
Roadhog was a launch Hero in the original Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework: All new abilities & changes

The main change in Roadhog’s rework in Overwatch 2 is the introduction of the new Pig Pen ability. This skill replaces ‘Take a Breather,’ which has been changed to a secondary fire, and throws down a trap to deal big damage and slow enemy movement.

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In the patch notes explaining the changes, the devs said that the main aim for the Roadhog rework was to “improve his frontline presence on the battlefield as a tank hero and reduce the frustration enemy players had with how consistently deadly his hook combo has been in the past.”

Check out a full breakdown of the Roadhog rework in Overwatch 2 below:

Scrap Gun

  • Previous secondary fire functionality has been removed.
  • Total damage per shot increased from 150 to 160.
  • Shotgun pellet count reduced from 25 to 16.
  • Shotgun pellet damage increased from 6 to 6.25.
  • Now fires a shrapnel volley of 4 large projectiles in the center of the shot.
  • Each shrapnel projectile deals 15 damage.
  • Critical damage multiplier reduced from 2x to 1.5x.

Take a Breather

  • Now activated by holding Secondary Fire.
  • Cooldown for each use decreased from 8 seconds to 1 second.
  • A new resource meter has been added. This meter will deplete while Take a Breather is active and then recharge when it’s not in use.
  • Take a Breather requires 12 seconds to reach full charge from empty.
  • At a full charge, Take a Breather can heal up to 450 health over 3 seconds.
  • Take a Breather will now remain active as long as its assigned hotkey is held.
  • An option to “Toggle Take a Breather” has been added under Options > Controls > Roadhog.
  • Damage reduction decreased from 50% to 30%.
  • No longer amplifies healing received upon ending.

Pig Pen

  • This is a new ability assigned to Ability 2 by default.
  • Launch a trap that slows and damages nearby enemies.
  • Deals 60 damage when triggered and 30 damage per second in an area.
  • 3-second duration once activated.
  • 40% movement speed slow.
  • Cooldown is 12 seconds.

That was everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework. If you want to know more about Blizzard’s FPS, check out our other guides:

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Stephanie is a Writer at CharlieIntel who is currently playing Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, but finds herself intrigued by any RPG or simulator she can get. After graduating as a Journalist, Steph has worked at Infobae and Página 12, two of the most important outlets in Argentina. She joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach her at [email protected].