Overwatch 2: BEST DPS Heroes [Top 7]

Know who the best DPS heroes are before choosing your next main.

Overwatch 2 is a free-to-play game, unlike its predecessor, that adopts the same roots as its predecessor, as it is a team-based action game set in the future. The builds of different characters in the sequel are categorized into three distinct categories; Tank, Support, and Damage/DPS. In this guide, we will be covering all the best DPS heroes in Overwatch 2.


Key Highlights

  • There are three character categories in Overwatch 2: Tank, Support, and Damage/DPS.
  • The Tracer is a DPS character with abilities such as Pulse Pistols, Blink, Recall, and Pulse Bomb.
  • Soldier: 76 is a DPS character with abilities including a Heavy Pulse Rifle, Sprint, Biotic Field, Helix Rockets, and Tactical Visor.
  • Genji is a DPS character with abilities including Shuriken, Deflect, Swift Strike, and Dragonblade.
  • Sojourn is a DPS character with abilities including Railgun, Power Slide, Disruptor, and Shot Overclock.
  • Sombra is a DPS character with abilities including Railgun, Power Slide, Disruptor, and Shot Overclock.
  • Echo is a DPS character with abilities including Tri-Shot, Sticky Bombs, FlightFocusing, Beam, Duplicate, and Glide.
  • Hanzo is a DPS character with abilities including Storm Arrows, Scatter Arrow, Dragonstrike, and Lunge.
  • Each character has unique abilities that can be used in battle
  • It is important to choose a DPS character that aligns with your playstyle to be effective in the game.

Related Article: Best Support Heroes

Now, without further delay, let us start our guide on the best DPS characters in the game.

1. Tracer

Tracer [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Tracer is arguably one of the best, if not the best, DPS in Overwatch 2. She is also one of the most picked DPS characters ever since the beta went live. Tracer is a time-jumping adventurer that allows her to get out of tricky situations with ease. She is easy to use, and her abilities are. 

  • Pulse Pistol
  • Blink
  • Recall
  • Pulse Bomb

Pulse Pistols are rapid-fire short-range automatic weapons that do not have a secondary fire mod. Their rate of fire is about 20 shots per second, and they can hold 40 ammo. Pulse Pistol damage is 12, and its reload speed is 1.15 seconds.

Tracer Hero [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Blink ability allows you to teleport in the direction you are moving, which is extremely useful if you ever find yourself in a tricky corner. Tracer can store up to 3 charges of Blick. As you use one, it will replenish in a few seconds, and its range is approximately 7-8 meters.

The Recall ability allows you to travel back in time to your previous location, health, and ammo. This ability will only rewind you to the position where you were 3 seconds ago, and its cooldown is 12 seconds so use it wisely.

As the name suggests, the Pulse Bomb ability will enable the Tracer to throw a sticky bomb. If luck was on your side and you were able to make the bomb stick on an enemy, then that would be the end of them. It can do massive damage up to 350; however, you can lose health if you get caught in the blast radius.

2. Soldier: 76

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We would also consider Soldier: 76 to be one of the DPS characters in the game due to the fact that his playstyle is not complicated and can be learned easily by both newcomers and veterans. Soldier: 76 is equipped with advanced weaponry that allows him to fight aggressively and well as heal when needed. 

Unlike the Tracer, Soldier: 76 has five different abilities.

Soldier 76 [Image Captured by eXputer]
  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
  • Sprint
  • Biotic Field
  • Helix Rockets
  • Tactical Visor

The Heavy Pulse Rifle is an automatic assault rifle that has a damage of 18. Its rate of fire is ten rounds per second, and it can load 30 ammo at a time. And finally, its reload speed is 1.5 seconds.

The Sprint skill allows the Soldier: 76 to run faster while moving forward. Its duration is unlimited with no noticeable cooldown.

The Biotic Field skill will deploy a field, and it will heal you and your allies as long as you are in the field. The field will heal 35 health per second, and the field will remain active for 5 seconds. You can regain 175 health if you stay in the field from start to finish. Its cooldown period is 15 seconds.

The Helix Rockets’ ability will launch a volley of explosive rockets toward the enemy. It can do up to 120 damage and has an area of effect of 3 meters. These rockets will move at 50 meters per second and have a 6-second cooldown.

The Tactical Visor is the most overpowered ability that Soldier: 76 has. With this ability, the hero will automatically aim his gun at the opponents in view, and you just have to press the shoot button. It has a casting time of 1.2 seconds, and its duration is 6 seconds.

3. Genji

Genji Damage Character [Image Captured by eXputer]
Genji is a fan-favorite character and one of the most popular picks in pro play. We mean, who doesn’t like a cyborg ninja who, aside from being deadly, is also an advocate for humanity? Genji has five distinct abilities.

  • Shuriken
  • Deflect
  • Swift Strike
  • Dragonblade
  • Cyber-Agility
Genji All Abilities [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Shuriken has two separate weapon modes, and the primary mode allows you to throw three shurikens in quick succession. The secondary mode allows you to throw three shooting stars in an arc, which is useful in dealing with multiple enemies standing together. The Shurikens offer 29 damage and have a projectile speed of 60 meters per second.

The Deflect ability can be considered one of the best abilities in the game if you succeed in mastering it. This ability can deflect incoming projectiles in the direction that you are facing. It can also block melee attacks; however, its cooldown is 8 seconds.

Upon using the Swift Strike ability, Genjo will dash toward the enemy and inflict damage on the enemy. If you succeed in killing the enemy, then it will eliminate the cooldown, and you will be able to use this ability again instantly. The Swift Strike does 50 damage and has an 8-second cooldown.

After using the Dragonblade ability, Genji will equip his katana, and you will be able to perform deadly melee attacks until Genji has sheath the katana. It does 110 damage and has a max range of 5 meters. Its duration is 6 seconds.

The Cyber-Agility ability is for parkour enthusiasts as it will allow the players to double jump and climb on walls. Its duration is up to one second.

4. Sojourn

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She is a brand new hero in Overwatch 2 whose playstyle is a bit similar to Soldier: 76. She is a brilliant soldier and a tactician with speed, precision, and firepower thanks to her railgun and cybernetic augmentations. However, unlike Soldier: 76, she only has 4 abilities.

  • Railgun
  • Power Slide
  • Disruptor Shot 
  • Overclock
Sojourn [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Railgun has two different separate modes. The primary mode will rapidly shoot projectiles that will also generate energy upon hit. The secondary mode will shoot a high-impact shot that will consume the stored energy. The railgun does 9 damage per shot, and its reload time is 1.2 seconds.

As the name suggests, the Power Slide ability allows you to slide, but the twist here is that you can cancel your slide into a high jump. Its cooldown is 6 seconds.

Upon using the Disruptor Shot, it will launch an enemy burst that will damage enemies within the burst. It can do 210 damage in total, so be sure to use it properly. Its max range is 30 meters, but its area of effect is only 5 meters. The Disruptor Shot ability will last for 4 seconds, and its cooldown is 15 seconds.

The Overclock is Sojourn’s ultimate ability, as with this ability, the railgun will start auto-charging for a short duration, and the charge shots will pierce enemies. Its duration is only 9 seconds so utilize that time properly and not waste a single second.

5. Sombra

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She is a hacker who uses the hacked information to manipulate those in power. She specializes in stealth, which makes her a powerful infiltrator. Sombra may not appeal to the average player, but once you have mastered her playstyle, she can very easily be considered one of the best DPS characters in Overwatch 2. Unlike most heroes on the list, Sombra has six distinct abilities.

  • Machine Pistol
  • Hack 
  • Stealth
  • Translocator
  • EMP
  • Opportunist
Sombra [Image Captured by eXputer]
Sombra’s Machine Pistol is a short-range automatic weapon that does eight damage. Its rate of fire is 20 rounds per second, and its reload time is 1.4 seconds. The machine pistol doesn’t have a secondary weapon type.

The Hack is an extremely useful ability as hacked players will not be able to use their abilities, and you will be able to see them through walls. You also have the ability to hack first aid kits, which will make them useless for the enemy team. The max range of the Hack skill is 15 meters, and its cooldown is 4 seconds.

The Stealth ability allows Sombra to go invisible and move quickly. This ability is extremely useful for getting out of a tricky situation. The move speed is increased by +50% when you go invisible, and its cooldown is 6 seconds.

Upon using the Translocator ability, Sombra will throw a beacon, and you will be able to teleport to the location of the beacon until it is activated. The cooldown for this ability is 6 seconds.

The EMP ability will deal damage equal to 40% to all nearby enemies, and it will also hack them and destroy the barriers around you. It is an extremely useful ability, and its area of effect is 15 meters.

The Opportunist is a passive ability, and you will detect injured enemies through walls and do 40% extra damage to hacked enemies

6. Echo

Echo [Image Captured by eXputer]
Echo is a robot programmed with artificial intelligence. It is capable of handling multiple roles in combat. Echo’s abilities make her a great DPS character, and Echo is also one of the last heroes that were added in the original Overwatch. Echo also has 6 abilities like Sombra.

  • Tri-Shot
  • Sticky Bombs
  • Flight
  • Focusing Beam
  • Duplicate
  • Glide
Echo [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Tri-Shot ability allows her to fire shots simultaneously in a triangular pattern. It does 17 damage per pellet which can equate to 51 damage if all 3 pellets hit the enemy. Its reload speed is 1.5 seconds.

Upon using the Sticky Bombs ability, Echo will throw some bombs that will explode after a delay. A total number of 6 bombs will be thrown, and they have a speed of 50 meters per second. Its cooldown is only 6 seconds.

The Flight ability allows Echo to move forward quickly and then fly freely for a while. Its move speed is 8 meters per second, and its cooldown is 6 seconds.

Upon using the Focusing Beam, Echo will channel a beam for a few seconds. It deals very high damage to enemies whose health is below 50%. The Focusing Beam does 50 damage normally but will inflict 175 damage to opponents whose health is below half. Its max range is 15 meters, and its cooldown is 8 seconds.

The Duplicate ability will allow you to become a duplicate of the targeted enemy hero. Its max range is 40 meters, and its duration is 15 seconds. You cannot swap heroes during the 15 seconds of the ability duration.

As the name suggests, the Glide ability allows Echo to glide while falling

7. Hanzo

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Both Hanzo and Genji share the same roots since Hanzo is the older brother; thus, their strengths are also similar. Hanzo is a skilled marksman and an assassin, but unlike Genji, being equipped with shurikens, Hanzo is equipped with a quiver of enhanced arrows. He is difficult to master but worthy of being considered one of the best DPS heroes. Hanzo also has 6 different abilities.

  • Storm Bow
  • Storm Arrow
  • Sonic Arrow
  • Lunge
  • Dragonstrike
  • Wall Climb
Hanzo [Image Captured by eXputer]
The Storm Bow ability allows you to charge your arrows to launch them further. It can do 27.2-125 damage, depending on the charge. You have unlimited arrows, but your movement speed is decreased by -30% while aiming.

The Storm Arrow ability allows you to shoot 5 arrows instantly at reduced damage. It does 65 damage, and its cooldown is 10 seconds. Its duration can be up to 5 seconds, and it is useful when you don’t have time to aim and need to shoot quickly.

Upon impact, the Sonic Arrows will reveal enemies for a short time. It is useful for getting the upper hand on hidden enemies. Its area of effect is 9 meters, and its duration is 6 seconds. The cooldown for the Sonic Arrow ability is 12 seconds.

The Lunge ability allows you to double jump. Its move speed is 15 meters per second, and its cooldown is 5 seconds.

The Dragonstrike is a devastating ability as it launches a deadly dragon spirit and does massive damage to enemies it passes through. The dragon can also pass through walls and damage any enemy it encounters. It can do around 150 damage per second.

The Wall Climb ability allows you to climb walls after jumping at them.

Wrap Up

That concludes our guide on the best DPS characters in Overwatch 2. In this guide, we have covered all of the best DPS heroes in this game; also, consider reading our tier list guide on the best Tank Heroes and best Support Heroes as well.

Heroes who prioritize damage are the ones who don’t like to play safe and like to engage head-first into battle, seeking out and obliterating every enemy they find. Therefore, knowing about the best DPS heroes in Overwatch is important so you can keep playing according to your playstyle without being much nuisance to the team. A DPS character also needs backup to survive since they are fragile.

Overwatch is a franchise loved by many, and if you are one of the players who are still new to the franchise, then don’t forget to read our Tips and Tricks guide. If you are still wondering whether the game is worth your time, consider reading our Overwatch 2 review as well.

But that’s all from us, and we hope our guide helped you. Overwatch 2 is available now on PS5, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Do let us know what you think about the game in the comment section below and if you think we missed a certain DPS hero worth mentioning, then let us know about it as well.

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A gamer who does not have a preference and is a fan of pretty much any game genre, whether it's RPG, Turn-Based JRPG, or souls-like. Hammad is writing articles at Exputer now to share his experiences. When he is not doing that, he can be found either playing video games with his friends or looking for Bloodborne PC rumors to rekindle a lost hope.

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