All Hero buffs & nerfs in Overwatch 2 Season 9: Balance changes explained

Nathan Warby
Ramattra in Overwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment

The Overwatch 2 Season 9 update patch notes are finally here, and Blizzard confirmed a major change in Heroes combined HP, Projectile changes, and more. Here are all the Hero changes coming in Overwatch 2 Season 9.

Overwatch 2‘s roster of characters is bigger than ever going into Season 9, following the arrival of new Tank Mauga in the previous update. As you’d expect with a Hero lineup so large, players often find themselves calling for changes to certain abilities or a full rework of a character’s kit.

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Now, the Overwatch 2 Season 9 patch notes confirmed a major overhaul that affects every aspect of the roster. Besides Pharah’s full rework, players will face Season 9: Champions with huge balance changes that have altered every character’s kit.

Here are all the Hero buffs and nerfs in Overwatch 2 Season 9.

Roadhog in OW2Blizzard Entertainment
Season 9 is bringing a huge lineup of Hero changes.

Overwatch 2 Season 9: All Heroes buffs & nerfs

Season 9: Champions introduced some major changes to Heroes, and besides a balance overhaul, Overwatch 2 will feature new projectile sizes and an increase of Hero combined HP. Here’s everything that Blizzard described in Season 9 patch notes:

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HERO UPDATES

GENERAL

Developer Comments: Season 9 features changes to the fundamentals of Overwatch 2 gameplay that affect every hero. We’ve heard the community feedback around some gameplay pain points, and these changes are in response to many of those.

Most damage-dealing projectile sizes have been increased by a new global modifier added to their base size.

  • +0.05 meters for hitscan projectiles with a high rate of fire or spread (e.g., Tracer’s Pulse Pistols or Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns).
  • +0.08 meters for hitscan projectiles that are more precise (e.g., Cassidy’s Peacekeeper or Soldier:76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle).
  • +0.05 meters for travel time projectiles that are shotguns or have a very high rate of fire (e.g., Roadhog’s Scrap Gun or Ramattra’s Void Accelerator).
  • +0.10 meters for travel time projectile with a speed greater than 50 meters per second (e.g., Zenyatta’s Destruction Orb).
  • +0.15 meters for travel time projectile with a speed less than or equal to 50 meters per second (e.g., Pharah’s Rocket Launcher).
  • Very large projectiles with a base size greater than 0.5 meters have been excluded from these increases (e.g., Orisa’s Energy Javelin or Reinhardt’s Fire Strike).

Hero combined HP (base health/armor/shields) increased by 15-25%.

  • 150-175 HP heroes increased by 25 HP.
  • 200-300 HP heroes increased by 50 HP.
  • 300+ HP (Tanks) increased by 75-100 HP.
  • Each hero’s precise health increases are listed in their patch notes below.

Ultimate Charge

  • All Ultimate ability costs increased by 10%.

Regenerative Passive for All Heroes

  • All heroes now regenerate 20 health per second after 5 seconds of not taking damage.

Support Role Passive

  • Now reduces the delay before regeneration begins by half (2.5 seconds).

Damage Role Passive

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  • Reload speed bonus on elimination has been removed.
  • New role passive: Dealing damage reduces enemy healing received by 20% for 2 seconds.

Quick Melee

  • Damage increased from 30 to 40.
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Overwatch 2 Season 9 increased all Hero combined HP.

All Tank Heroes Season 9 updates

D.Va

  • Pilot health increased from 150 to 175.
  • Mech armor increased from 300 to 375.

Self Destruct

  • Explosion maximum damage increased from 900 to 1000.
  • Inner explosion radius (range for maximum damage before falloff begins) increased from 4 to 6 meters.

Doomfist

  • Health increased from 300 to 375.

Rocket Punch

  • Max impact damage increased from 50 to 75.
  • Max wall slam damage increased from 30 to 40.

Junker Queen

  • Health increased from 300 to 375.

Rampage

  • Wound damage over time increased from 60 to 90.

Mauga

  • Health increased from 300 to 400.

Orisa

  • Armor increased from 275 to 350.

Ramattra

  • Health increased from 200 to 275.

Reinhardt

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.
  • Armor increased from 250 to 275.

Rocket Hammer

  • Damage increased from 85 to 100.

Charge

  • Wall impact damage increased from 225 to 275.

Roadhog

  • Health increased from 550 to 650.

Sigma

  • Shields increased from 200 to 275.

Winston

  • Health increased from 200 to 225.
  • Armor increased from 200 to 250.

Tesla Cannon

  • Damage increased from 60 to 75 damage per second.

Primal Rage

  • Punch damage increased from 40 to 50.

Wrecking Ball

  • Armor increased from 100 to 175.

Zarya

  • Health increased from 100 to 175.

Particle Cannon

  • Primary fire beam width increased from 0.15 to 0.2 meters.
Pharah in Overwatch 2Blizzard Entertainment
Season 9: Champions finally introduced Pharah’s rework.

All Damage Heroes Season 9 updates

Ashe

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

B.O.B.

  • B.O.B.’s weapon damage increased from 14 to 17.

Bastion

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Cassidy

  • Health increased from 225 to 275.

Deadeye

  • Initial damage rate increased from 130 to 150.
  • Damage rate increased from 260 to 300.

Echo

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Focusing Beam

  • Width increased from 0.2 to 0.25 meters.

Duplicate

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  • Maximum combined health value increased from 300 to 350.

Genji

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Dragonblade

  • Swing recovery decreased from 0.9 to 0.7 seconds.

Hanzo

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Storm Arrows

  • Damage increased from 65 to 75.
  • Cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds.

Junkrat

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Frag Launcher

  • Base projectile size reduced from 0.25 to 0.2 meters.

Mei

  • Health increased from 250 to 300.

Pharah

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Rocket Launcher

  • Recovery reduced from 0.85 to 0.80 seconds.
  • Projectile speed increased from 35 to 40 meters per second.
  • Explosion self-damage reduced from 50% to 25%.

Jet Dash

  • New Secondary Fire Ability.
  • Provides a quick horizontal boost in the direction Pharah is moving.
  • 8-second cooldown.
  • Added a setting to activate Jet Dash on Double Jump instead.

Jump Jet

  • Now restores 50% of Hover Jets fuel and can briefly overfill the maximum fuel amount.
  • Vertical boost height reduced by 20%.
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 14 seconds.

Concussive Blast

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  • Cooldown decreased from 9 to 7 seconds.
  • Explosion now deals 30 damage to enemy targets.
  • Explosion radius reduced from 8 to 6 meters.
  • Knockback reduced by 10%.

Barrage

  • Now instantly refills Hover Jets fuel.

Hover Jets

  • Speed boost increased from 20% to 40%.
  • Now requires landing to recharge fuel.
  • Can now be activated without fuel to slow your descent.

Developer Comments: Pharah has a significant update that empowers more individual plays and shifting her movement capabilities from high up in the air to more horizontal movement that can cover distance quickly.

Reaper

  • Health increased from 250 to 300.

Sojourn

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Railgun

  • Secondary Fire base projectile size reduced from 0.1 to 0.07 meters.

Soldier: 76

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Sombra

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Symmetra

  • Shields increased from 100 to 150.

Photon Projector

  • Primary fire beam width increased from 0.2 to 0.25 meters.

Torbjörn

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Tracer

  • Health increased from 150 to 175.

Widowmaker

  • Health increased from 175 to 200.
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All Supports’ Health was significantly increased in Overwatch 2 Season 9.

All Support Heroes Season 9 updates

Ana

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Baptiste

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Brigitte

  • Health increased from 150 to 200.

Rocket Flail

  • Damage increased from 35 to 45.

Illari

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Kiriko

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Kunai

  • Base projectile size reduced from 0.18 to 0.15 meters.

Lifeweaver

  • Health increased from 175 to 225.

Lúcio

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Soundwave

  • Damage increased from 25 to 35.
  • Knockback increased 12%.
  • Movement lockout duration increased from 0.3 to 0.45 seconds.

Mercy

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Guardian Angel

  • Active duration on jump/crouch cancel reduced from 1.5 to 1 second.

Sympathetic Recovery passive

  • Health recovered increased from 25% to 40% of healing dealt.

Moira

  • Health increased from 200 to 250.

Biotic Grasp

  • Secondary fire damage increased from 50 to 65 damage per second.
  • Secondary fire target acquisition radius increased from 0.6 to 0.7 meters.

Zenyatta

  • Health increased from 75 to 100.
  • Shields increased from 150 to 175.
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Blizzard also introduced a major overhaul to the Overwatch 2 competitive mode.

Overwatch 2 Season 9: All Heroes bug fixes

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug with Meteor Strike that could result in Doomfist getting inside the environment.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Seismic Slam’s damage from going through turrets.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent Doomfist from acquiring Overhealth in some cases.
  • Fixed a bug where Rocket Punch left a small window of time open to use abilities.

Echo

  • Fixed an interaction when Duplicating Bastion that prevented the Duplicated Configuration: Artillery’s shots from landing if Duplicate ended before they landed.

Lifeweaver

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Tree of Life from healing Reaper when in Wraith form.

Lúcio

  • Amp it Up now goes on cooldown if interrupted by stun during its cast time or when dying while it’s active.

Mauga

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  • Fixed a bug with the burning applied by Mauga not being removed when picking up a health pack.

Orisa

  • Terra Surge now correctly pulls in and damages enemies that are on uneven slopes/collision, as long as Orisa has a direct line of sight, they will get pulled/damaged.

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug with Roadhog’s model becoming distorted with some skins during the Heroic Highlight intro.
  • Fixed a bug with Pig Pen displaying a Junkrat icon when pinged.

Sombra

  • Fixed an interaction that prevented Hack from being interrupted by Rocket Punch or Shield Bash.
  • Fixed a bug where Sombra would enter Stealth while escorting the robot in some situations.

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug with disabling the Interact Cancel Deploy Turret setting causing you to only destroy a deployed turret and not toss out a new one when the ability is used.

Winston

  • Fixed a bug with Primal Rage that interrupted the ability to attack if the Ultimate was initiated while Jumping and using Melee at the same time.

Zenyatta

  • Health increased from 75 to 100.
  • Shields increased from 150 to 175.

And that’s everything on all the Heroes balance changes for Overwatch 2 Season 9. If you want to know more about Blizzard’s FPS, you can check our guides below:

Best Overwatch 2 PC settings | How to get Golden Guns in Overwatch 2 | Best Overwatch 2 Heroes | Who is the most popular Overwatch 2 Hero | Is Overwatch 2 split-screen? | How to spectate matches in Overwatch 2 | Best Overwatch 2 controller settings: Controller layout, sensitivity, Aim Assist, Gyro, more | Overwatch 2 ranks: SR, skill tiers, rewards

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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].