Overwatch 2 Ashe: Changes, Abilities, Playstyle

Today we will discuss everything you need to know about Ashe. She is back and she is as fun as ever.

Overwatch 2 is a brand-new free-to-play team-based FPS. It has many awesome characters that are all fun to play. Fan favorites like Cassidy, Widowmaker, Tracer, Winston, Genji, Lucio, Reinhardt, and Doomfist return. Today we will be focusing on Overwatch 2 Ashe, who is another fan-favorite. 

Now let us get right into the guide. We will be providing tips and basic information that you must know for everything that Ashe has in her possession. If you’re still having trouble, consider reading our Overwatch 2 Tips & Tricks guide. With crossplay and cross-progression, it is also easier than ever to invite your friends to form an incredible team comprised of the best DPS heroes, the best supports, or the best tanks; the possibilities are in your hand. 


  • Ashe is a damage-type hero. 
  • Her main playstyle is staying back and providing cover for her teammates. 
  • She is the leader of the Deadlock Gang.
  • All three of her abilities focus on dealing damage, and one even provides the player with a new ally.

Ashe’s Role In Overwatch 2

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Ashe as she appears in Overwatch 2 (Image credit: eXputer)

As briefly mentioned earlier, Ashe is a damage dealer. The game has three classes, and the other two are called support and tank. Ashe is one of the coolest damage dealers in the game. Her entire design complements her gameplay really well. 

Moreover, she is an outlaw and a specialist when it comes to dealing damage to her foes. Think of her as the female Cassidy. Both of them have similar aesthetics and fulfill the same role on a team. Fans wanted more western-themed characters, and Blizzard answered. 

Just like every other hero Ashe has three abilities. All of these are designed masterfully to complement her design and backstory. Her abilities are where she becomes a bit tricky. You will need to play a lot to learn how to use them effectively on your own, but that is where our guide comes in. 

Ashe has always been a fan favorite due to her design, backstory, and playstyle. So below are some interesting tidbits for people who loved reading the Overwatch lore.

  • She is 39 years of age and is from America.
  • Ashe is the leader of a well-established outlaw group called Deadlock Gang.
  • Her overall health is 200.
  • Ashe’s design is a mixture of western and victorian era aesthetics. 
  • Jennifer Hale voices her.

The Viper Ashe’s Weapon Of Choice

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The Viper normal rate of fire(right) and ADS rate of fire(left) (Image credit: eXputer)

In our opinion, The Viper is a beautiful cowboy repeater, one of the best in gaming. Blizzard really outdid themselves with this one. The animations are all stellar, and the gun feels very satisfying to shoot. Even the reload animation is badass and smooth. 

Moreover, the gun has two fire modes. One is the regular hip-fire one which you will be using when at close or moderate range. The other is aim-down sights, and in Overwatch 2, it literally changes almost all the stats for the gun. With ADS, The Viper deals extra damage. Below are the stats for both of the fire modes.

Regular Shooting Stats

When you simply make use of the left mouse button by tapping it repeatedly, the gun will have the following stats. It is an effective beast of a damage dealer, no matter how you use it. 

  • The damage ranges from 12 to 40.
  • The rate of fire is very fast. You can fire 4 shots in a single second.
  • It has a range of 20 to 40 meters. Memorize this as the shots do drop with range.
  • To reload the entire magazine, you will only need 3.5 seconds. 
  • When you shoot, remember that the gun is semi-automatic, and its speed depends on how fast you can press the left mouse button. 

Aim Down Sights Shooting Stats

The gun significantly increases in damage when you use the right mouse button to aim down the sights. It does give it some disadvantages. All of the pros and cons of Viper’s ADS are listed below. 

  • Now the damage ranges from 22 to 75 depending on where your shot lands.
  • The range is now 30 to 40 meters.
  • You will receive a -25 percent damage penalty if you move while shooting. 
  • The rate of fire is now far slower, and the recoil also increases by a bit.

And that covers everything you need to know about Overwatch 2 Ashe’s The Viper. Next, let us take a look at each of her abilities. We will provide you with tips and tricks on properly utilizing them. 

Ashe’s Abilities

Every hero in Overwatch has 3 abilities. Two of these abilities are regular, and the last one is the ultimate one. The ultimate ability is the best that a character has to offer. It takes a long time to recharge, but once it is available, you can cause the opposition some severe damage. 

Furthermore, Most of the heroes have extraordinary abilities. They are designed to complement the character and their backstory, and we must say that Blizzard has done a phenomenal job in that regard. All of the abilities go perfectly with every character that is present in the game as of now.

Ashe’s abilities are a little tricky. They are all good and suit her Outlaw profession, but they can be a bit hard to master during gameplay. That is where we come in. We will tell you the perfect strategies for all of Ashe’s abilities. 


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Ashe throwing dynamite (Image credit: eXputer)

First up, we have dynamite. It is the perfect backup weapon for every cowboy/outlaw. It helps you escape and can even become quite a nuisance for the enemy team. Ashe will see an appropriate line of dialogue whenever she throws one of these. 

Moreover, if the ability seems familiar, you must have played a lot of Cassidy back in the original Overwatch. Ashe’s dynamite skill is a literally less useful but more cowboy-appropriate version of Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade. You can see Ashe’s throw animation in the screenshot that we have provided.

Cassidy’s nade deals instant high damage, while Ashe’s deals damage over time and doesn’t deal that much damage. However, it isn’t useless; read the following tips to know how to utilize it properly. 

  • The projectile is fast, so be patient and throw it with precision. It goes 25 meters per second.
  • The dynamite’s area of effect is 5 meters. That is very lackluster so use it in tight spaces or when the enemies start ganging up.
  • It deals damage over time with the burn effect, so it can get you a kill even if you are dead.
  • The overall explosion damage for it ranges from 20 to 50. 
  • It has 100 percent burn damage, and 50 percent of that can be inflicted on the player. 

Coach Gun 

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Showcasing what the Coach Gun does (Image credit: eXputer)

The Coach Gun might seem like a useless ability at first, but it can come clutch a lot. It is one of the hard-to-learn and even harder-to-master abilities. We will tell you everything that you need to know about it and even give you an idea as to where to use the ability. 

Furthermore, think of it as your get-out-of-jail-free card. As shown in the image above, it can be used to push other heroes away from you, and it also deals a fair amount of damage depending on how close you are. Below are all the stats and tips for the Coach Gun ability. 

  • The ability deals 6 damage per pellet. We advise you always use it when you are close to the enemy.
  • Its activation timer is instant. You press the weapon, and Ashe shoots and holsters it. 
  • The total number of pellets is 15. Try your hardest not to waste any of these.
  • If you mess up while using the ability, be vary that it has a cooldown of 10 seconds. 
  • When you use the ability, it pushes both you and the enemy, so use it with caution, so you don’t end up falling out of the level.

Moreover, that is all you need to memorize. In this ability’s case, practice will make you good at it. We have given you the most important things you need to look out for a while using it. Go out there and catch some poor soul off-guard and melt them with this ability that Ashe has.


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B.O.B. after he is deployed (Image credit: eXputer)

Lastly, we have B.O.B., who is the big fella you see standing beside Ashe in most of her promotional images. When you activate Ashe’s ultimate ability, she summons B.O.B., who acts like a mini-tank character that deals high damage to your enemies while also getting all their attention. 

Moreover, even his summon animation is effective in battle. When you press Q to activate the ability, B.O.B. will appear and run straight to the area Ashe was pointing at until he runs into a wall. As you can guess, when he is running, he can knock back enemies. This can be a game changer if you use it at the right moment. 

Be wary if you aim B.O.B. immaturely, he will fall out of the level and get instantly killed. If that happens, it means you have successfully wasted your ultimate ability, so try your best to avoid all that. Once B.O.B. comes to a halt, he pulls out his massive arm cannons and starts attacking everybody who is hostile to Ashe. 

Furthermore, once B.O.B. has been deployed, he can be healed, buffed, and also debuffed. The enemy team can hack him, which will render him useful for 5 seconds. Use B.O.B. as a shield, and he will turn into a deadly weapon. He is basically Ashe’s mini tank. 

BOB’s Stats & Attributes

We advise that you memorize the following stats if you want to learn how to make the best of everything that B.O.B. has to offer. 

  • B.O.B. deals 100 charge damage. 
  • His overall HP is 1000; Here’s even more proof of how he is a mini tank that you can summon whenever you want.
  • He is also fairly quick for a tank-like character, as his movement speed is 15 meters per second.
  • B.O.B. can fire his arm cannons with a fire rate of 8 bullets per second.
  • It costs 2240 points to activate the ultimate ability.
  • B.O.B’s original HP was 1200. It was nerfed for Overwatch 2.

Optimal Playstyle 

Arguably the best thing about the heroes in Overwatch 2 is how diverse they are in their playability. You can literally pick up a character and play them however you want, unless it’s a tank. Still, there is always going to be an optimal way to approach every match with a hero, and that is what we will provide for you now.

In addition, for a damage hero like Ashe, the main focus is providing backup for her weaker allies. Ashe can keep her distance and shoot to reduce the HP of an enemy player who is ganging up on one of your allies. Make use of your ADS, find a spot and act like a sniper. A headshot with the ADS can deal devastating damage. 

Keep a moderate distance between you and the enemies at all times. Make use of Ashe’s dynamite ability when they try to close the distance. Shooting with the left mouse button and using the regular firing mode is the most viable way to engage enemies at this range. 

Moreover, just play her, similar to how you play Widowmaker. Keep in mind that Ashe is actually very useful in close and mid-range, so don’t stay out in the distance for too long. So, be sure to switch back and forth between both fire types depending on how far away the enemy is.

B.O.B is a priceless ally. Use him whenever the enemy team starts to rush you. He can literally save you and your team. What makes him extra special is that he can also be used to push the enemy as he is a mini tank. Be sure to take advantage of all of his capabilities. 

Changes Made To Ashe For Overwatch 2

Ashe has had some minor changes made to her. Literally, just one thing has changed. B.O.B’s health is now 1000 instead of 1200. It is a nerf, but most players saw it coming from a mile away. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it was unnecessary? Let us know.

Every Overwatch hero got changed. Thankfully, almost all of these changes were warranted, and they made the game more fun. Blizzard didn’t nerf anybody so much that they would become boring, and they haven’t made anyone broken.

Moreover, some heroes have made major changes made to every single one of their abilities alongside the playstyle and health. The developers wanted to make sure that they didn’t ship an unbalanced mess of a game. 


And that brings out Ashe’s guide to a conclusion. We hope you had fun reading through the entire thing. We did a lot of research to give you the definitive guide on Ashe, as she is one of our favorite characters. She was one of the coolest additions to the roster back in the day.

Furthermore, Overwatch 2 had a rough couple of days when it first launched. The servers were dead and constantly crashing. To top it all off, most players couldn’t even get in. We are glad that Blizzard did their absolute best to fix everything quickly, and now the game is perfectly playable. 

The game having crossplay and cross-progression just further ensure that more and more players will be jumping into the franchise for the first time. Both of these features should be present in every multiplayer game that is released these days. At the very least, crossplay should be mandatory.

What is extra cool is the fact that Overwatch 2 has excellent optimization on PC. Even if you own a mid-tier PC it can run very well without sacrificing that much visual quality. Blizzard has done a great job in making the game accessible to such a huge variety of gamers. 

Moreover, in our opinion, the new characters aren’t that interesting. They look very generic, and the playstyle is also pretty basic. We still have hope that Blizzard will deliver some iconic characters as the game continues over the years. 

What do you think about Overwatch 2? Who do you main? Is it a worthy sequel? Which new character is your favorite? Did you like the battle pass? Let us know all about it in the comments section below.

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