Overwatch 2 BEST Tank Characters [Top 5] 

This Overwatch 2 Best Tank guide will uncover Winston, Zarya, D.Va, Sigma, and Reinhardt's kits as ultimate tank units!

Overwatch 2 is finally out, and with a new version of Overwatch comes renewed and rearranged roles, including upgraded and polished roles like DPS, supports, and Tanks. Tanks will typically be used to take excessive amounts of damage, all the while being able to prevent your allies from dying.

Key Takeaways
  • Tanks are absolutely overpowered units that take in excessive damage that is incoming from the enemy’s end.
  • The main benefit of having the Overwatch 2 best tank is that it will increase players’ survivability rate and allow them to stay on the battlefield for longer.
  • The best way to get a tank is simply by researching different builds and prioritizing the best abilities to invest in.
  • The disadvantage of not having the Overwatch 2 best tank in a team will make the HP drain all the more quickly simply because there will be no one to tank the damage for the main DPS.
  • Tanks can also dive into the enemy backlines, resulting in their formation disruption.

Overwatch 2 Best Tank And Comparison

Here’s a brief look at the comparison table, which includes our picks for the Best Tanks in Overwatch 2:

CharacterRoleHealthPrimary weaponAbilitiesUltimate ability
WinstonTank350 (role queue, 200 (other modes), 200 armorTesla CannonBarrier projector, Jump packPrimal Rage
ZaryaTank250 (role queue), 100 (other modes), 225 shieldsParticle cannonParticle barrier, projected barrier, energy (passive ability)Gravitation Surge
D.VaTank150 (pilot), 350 (mech, role queue), 200 (mech, other modes, 300 (mech) armorFusion cannons, light gunDefense matrix (mech), Boosters (mech), Micro Missiles (mech), Eject (passive ability)Self destruct (mech), Call Mech (pilot)
SigmaTank350 (role queue), 200 (other modes), 200 shieldsRivet Gun (weapon 1), Forge hammer (weapon 2)Hyperspheres, Experimental barrier, Kinetic grasp, AccretionGraphics Flux
ReinhardtTank325 (role queue), 200 (other modes), 250 armorRocket hammerBarrier field, charge, fire strikeEarthshatter

Winston 

Best Diver
Winston (Image Captured by eXputer)
Role  Health  Primary weapon  Abilities  Ultimate ability 
Tank 350 (role queue, 200 (other modes), 200 armor Tesla Cannon Barrier projector, Jump pack Primal Rage

For the first Overwatch 2 Best Tank, I have Winston, who will be ranked as an S-tier tank and will be one of the tankiest units in the game. He will have a collection of useful abilities that will help overpower him all the more. He will be equipped with items like jump packs and Tesla Cannons, as well as a shield that can be taken everywhere for easy access. 

  • High Mobility
  • Dive on enemy backlines
  • Disrupt enemy formation
  • Low damage output
  • Vulnerable to crown control
  • Relies on team to follow up

Abilities 

Winston Abilities (Image Captured by eXputer)

As for the abilities, Winston will be able to take advantage of a total of four main abilities:

Tesla Cannon 

  • Type: Weapon-based ability with a beam-type aim.
  • Targets: Can be aimed at multiple opponents in front of you.
  • Damage: Deals 60 damage per second.
  • Range: Maximum range of 8 meters.
  • Area of Effect (AoE): Covers a 6-meter radius.

Barrier Projector 

  • Type: Provides a temporary shield or barrier to protect Winston from enemy damage.
  • Health: The barrier has 700 health points and doesn’t last very long.
  • Area of Effect (AoE): Covers a 5-meter radius.
  • Casting Time: 0.12 seconds.
  • Duration: Lasts for 8 seconds.

Primal Rage 

  • Type: Melee ultimate ability.
  • Buffs: Grants Winston 850 health and 150 armor points. Increases his movement speed by 30%.
  • Damage: Each melee swing deals 40 damage.
  • Cast Time: Features a 0.5-second animation before activation.

Zarya 

Best Damage Absorber
Zarya (Image Captured by eXputer)
Role  Health  Primary weapon  Abilities  Ultimate ability 
Tank 250 (role queue), 100 (other modes), 225 shields Particle cannon Particle barrier, projected barrier, energy (passive ability) Gravitation Surge

Another tank that will be incredibly useful is Zarya, which will be ranked as an A-tier unit. Whenever she is in the field, she can launch out barriers that are incredibly powerful against any kind of enemy and absorb any damage that is being launched against her into Energy that will charge up her Particle Cannon. 

  • High sustainability
  • High damage
  • Can charge energy and deal more damage
  • Protects herself and allies from enemy abilities
  • Low Mobility
  • Low range
  • Requires good timing and awareness
  • Long ultimate charge time

Abilities 

Zarya Abilities (Image Captured by eXputer)

Zarya will be blessed with 6 abilities, with a passive for herself and having primary and secondary weapons too:

Energy 

  • Description: Zarya’s passive ability. Blocking damage consistently increases the damage output of her Particle Cannon.
  • Energy Decay: Energy decays at a rate of 2.2% per second.

Particle Cannon 

  • Type: Beam-type weapon.
  • Damage: Uncharged – 75 damage per second; fully charged – 170 damage per second.
  • Range: Maximum range of 15 meters.
  • Beam Width: 0.15 AoE.

Particle Cannon Secondary 

  • Type: Arcing projectile aim type.
  • Effect: Hitting an enemy directly increases Zarya’s movement speed by 5 meters.
  • Area of Effect (AoE): 2.5-meter radius.
  • Rate of Fire: 1 shot per second.

Particle Barrier 

  • Type: Personal barrier that protects Zarya from incoming attacks.
  • Barrier Health: 200.
  • Area of Effect (AoE): 1.5-meter radius.
  • Duration: 2.5 seconds.
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds.

Projected Barrier 

  • Type: Barrier that protects Zarya’s allies.
  • Barrier Health: 200.
  • Max Range: 30 meters.
  • Duration: 2.5 seconds.
  • Cooldown: 10 seconds.

Graviton Surge 

  • Type: Arcing projectile ability.
  • Damage: 5 damage per second, up to a maximum of 17.5 damage.
  • Projectile Speed: Travels at a rate of 25 meters per second.
  • Duration: 3.5 seconds.

D.Va 

Most Versatile Tank
D.Va (Image Captured by eXputer)
Role  Health  Primary weapon  Abilities  Ultimate ability 
Tank 150 (pilot), 350 (mech, role queue), 200 (mech, other modes, 300 (mech) armor Fusion cannons, light gun  Defense matrix (mech), Boosters (mech), Micro Missiles (mech), Eject (passive ability) Self destruct (mech), Call Mech (pilot)

Moving on, the next tank that will be one of the Overwatch 2 Best Tank units will be D.Va, who will be able to showcase her powers on the battlefield.

  • Versatile
  • Adaptable to any situation
  • Can fly and boost around the map
  • Large hitbox
  • Short duration for Defense Matrix

Abilities 

D.VA Abilities (Image Captured by eXputer)

I have listed all of D.Va’s abilities below:

Eject 

  • Description: Allows D.Va to safely exit her mech suit without taking damage.
  • Casting Time: 1.5 seconds, during which D.Va is invulnerable.

Fusion Cannons 

  • Type: Mech-type weapon (shotgun).
  • Damage: 0.6 to 2 per pellet.
  • Falloff Range: 10 to 20 meters.
  • Spread Angle: 3.5 degrees.
  • Pellets: 11 per shot.

Light Gun 

  • Type: Projectile weapon.
  • Damage: 14 per shot.
  • Projectile Speed: 50 meters per second.
  • Rate of Fire: 7 rounds per second.
  • Ammo: 20 rounds.
  • Reload Time: 1.4 seconds.

Defense Matrix 

  • Description: Creates a matrix to shoot down and eliminate enemy projectiles.
  • Max Range: 10 meters.
  • Duration: 0.5 seconds (minimum) to 3 seconds (maximum).
  • Cooldown: 1 second.

Boosters 

  • Description: Launches D.Va into the air, providing high mobility and knockback.
  • Movement Speed: Increased by 118%, covering 17 meters per second.

Micro Missiles 

  • Type: Projectile ability.
  • Description: Fires a projectile with an area of effect (AoE).
  • Projectile Speed: 40 meters per second.
  • AoE Radius: 1.5 meters.

Self Destruct

  • Description: Ejects from the mech and causes it to self-destruct, dealing damage to enemies.
  • Damage: 100 to 1000.
  • Explosion Radius: 20 meters.
  • Casting Time: 3 seconds.

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Sigma 

Best Damage Amplifier
Sigma (Image Captured by eXputer)
Role  Health  Primary weapon  Abilities  Ultimate ability 
Tank 350 (role queue), 200 (other modes), 200 shields Rivet Gun (weapon 1), Forge hammer (weapon 2) Hyperspheres, Experimental barrier, Kinetic grasp, Accretion Graphics Flux

Moving on to the fourth tank, I have Sigma, known to be one of the strongest tanks in the game, and he is regarded as a solid A-tier rank, making him an admirable unit for your party. While he is with you, players will be able to tank any kind of hits without needing to worry too much. 

  • High damage and utility
  • Floating barrier can block enemy projectiles
  • Absorb enemy damage and convert into a shield
  • Low mobility
  • Less range
  • Requires good aim
  • Not beginner friendly

Abilities 

Sigma Abilities (Image Captured by eXputer)

As for his abilities, he will have five main abilities that make him extremely useful during battle, which are seen below:

Hyperspheres 

  • Type: Weapon-type ability with arcing projectiles.
  • Description: Fires 2 charges per burst, dealing 55 damage per charge to enemies and 9 minimum to 30 maximum splash damage. Additionally, it inflicts 2.25 to 7.5 self-damage.
  • Projectile Speed: 50 meters per second.
  • Max Range: 22 meters.
  • Area of Effect (AoE): 3 meters.

Experimental Barrier

  • Description: Deploys a floating barrier that protects Sigma and his allies. The barrier regenerates 100 health per second.
  • Barrier Size: 5 meters wide, 4.5 meters high.
  • Casting Time: 0.08 seconds.

Kinetic Grasp 

  • Description: Absorbs enemy damage, converting 60% of the damage into shields to protect Sigma.
  • Range: 3 meters.
  • Duration: 2 seconds.
  • Recovery: 0.3 seconds.

Accretion 

Description: Launches a high-impact projectile, dealing 70 direct damage and 12 to 40 splash damage.

Gravitic Flux 

  • Description: Costs 1960 points and releases an area-of-effect (AoE) ability.
  • Lift Damage: 50 damage.
  • Slam Damage: Launches enemies with 50% of their maximum health points.
  • Max Range: 35 meters.
  • AoE Radius: 7 meters.
  • Launches enemies up to a maximum height of 10.3 meters.

Reinhardt 

Best Tank To Stun Enemies
Reinhardt (Image Capture by eXputer)
Role  Health  Primary weapon  Abilities  Ultimate ability 
Tank  325 (role queue), 200 (other modes), 250 armor Rocket hammer Barrier field, charge, fire strike Earthshatter

Lastly, the final tank that I will talk about will be Reinhardt. He will be covered from head to toe in extremely strong armor. Thus, he will be able to take care of his fellow allies by taking in all kinds of targets launched at him. 

  • High durability and protection
  • High melee damage
  • Can hit multiple enemies with Rocket Hammer
  • Stun and Knock down enemies
  • Low mobility and range
  • Requires team coordination
  • Requires good communication with the team
  • Can be easily outmaneuvered

Abilities 

Reinhardt Abilities (Image Capture by eXputer)

When it comes to his abilities, he will shine on the battlefield with 5 abilities that I have listed as under: 

Rocket Hammer 

  • Type: Melee weapon.
  • Description: Strikes with a rocket-powered hammer, dealing 85 damage to enemies within 5 meters.
  • Swing Rate: 1 swing per 0.96 seconds.
  • Casting Time for the First Swing: 0.416 seconds.
  • Duration of a Swing: 0.208 seconds.

Barrier Field 

  • Description: Projects an energy shield that can absorb up to 1200 damage. The shield regenerates 144 health per second.
  • Movement Speed Reduction: Slows Reinhardt’s movement speed while the shield is active.
  • Shield Size: 6.8 meters long and 4.25 meters tall.

Charge 

  • Description: Charges forward at high speed, pinning and damaging enemies. If an enemy is pinned against a wall, they take additional damage.
  • Charge Damage: 225 damage if the enemy collides with a wall, 50 damage if they don’t.
  • Movement Speed Buff: Grants a 200% movement speed increase during the charge.

Fire Strike 

  • Description: Launches a fiery projectile, dealing 90 damage to enemies it hits. It has a fast casting time and a 6-second cooldown.
  • Projectile Speed: 25 meters per second.
  • Casting Time: 0.5 seconds.

Earthshatter 

  • Description: Slams the ground, creating shockwaves that deal damage to nearby enemies. The damage is based on proximity, dealing 50 damage outside the 1.75-meter radius and 200 damage inside it.
  • Max Range: 20 meters.
  • Area of Effect (AoE) Height: 1.77 meters.
  • Casting Time: 0.45 seconds.
  • Ultimate Cost: 1540 points.

My Personal Overview Of The Strongest Tanks

In my 40+ hours of playtime in Overwatch 2, I consider Orisa, Ramattra, Zarya, Junker Queen, and Reinhardt to be powerful tanks. Orisa excels with high damage, space creation, and sustainability using Energy Javelin and Terra Surge. Ramattra’s versatility and disruptive abilities in Omnic and Nemesis forms make him a formidable tank, especially with the Annihilation ultimate.

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Zarya absorbs damage and deals it back, providing shields to teammates with Particle and Projected Barrier and controlling enemies with Graviton Surge. Junker Queen is sustainable, deals damage to multiple enemies with Carnage, throws damaging boomerangs with Jagged Blade, and boosts damage with Commanding Shout. Reinhardt creates space and shields teammates with Charge, Fire Strike, and Barrier Field. Overall, I consider Zarya to be my favorite, but I would recommend beginners to go for Reinhardt.

With this, my guide on Overwatch 2 Best Tank comes to an end. While you’re at it, you might want to read our Overwatch 2 Controller guide, which will go into more depth about what the best settings might be so that you can experience a smooth gameplay experience! Also, make sure to check out the Overwatch 2 review by Haris Umer.

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