Overwatch 2 Widowmaker: Definitive Hero Guide

Overwatch is back and Widowmaker is just as good of a hero as ever. Our guide will entail everything you need to know about her to play effectively.

Overwatch 2 has been released, and it is free to play. There is no better time to call up your friends and finally get a taste of the iconic team-based first-person shooter. The game also offers a massive roster comprised of fan favorites and new characters. Today, I am going to take a look at Overwatch 2 Widowmaker.

Key Takeaways
  • Widowmaker is a Damage-type hero in Overwatch 2.
  • Widowmaker’s primary weapon is called Widow’s Kiss, which can function as both a sniper rifle and a submachine gun.
  • Widowmaker’s abilities include the Grappling Hook, which allows for mobility and escaping danger, Venom Mine, which slows enemies and reveals their location and Infra-Sight, which allows the user and their team to see enemies through walls.
  • Widowmaker’s Ultimate ability is called Widow’s Strike, which allows her to become invisible and automatically aim at enemies for a short period.

Widowmaker’s Role In Overwatch 2

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

As briefly mentioned earlier, Widowmaker is a Damage-type hero. Her primary purpose is to stand back, find a great spot, and shoot people with her lethal weapon. Her abilities are all designed around this. I will discuss everything you need to know to fulfill Widowmaker’s role.

Here’s all you need to know about Widowmaker’s role: 

Stand-back Damage Dealer Widow’s kiss (Dual capability: SMG and Sniper Rifle) – Grappling Hook
– Venom Mine
– InfraSight (Ultimate)
Spinning well-defended gameplay and sniper action – HP now 200

The Weapon Widow’s Kiss 

Overwatch 2 Widowmaker’s Gun Zoomed in(left) & Zoomed out(right) (Image credit: eXputer)
Type Weapon (Hip Fire)
Effect Type Hitscan
Damage 3.9 dmg – 13 dmg
Falloff Range 20 – 40 meters
Spread Angle 3.00 Degrees Max
Rate Of Fire (ROF) 10 Rounds/Sec
Ammo 35
Reload Time 1.5 secs

Widowmaker uses a weapon called Widow’s Kiss. In Overwatch, every hero has a single weapon, so it needs to stand out and be cool. Thankfully Widowmaker has always had one of the coolest signature weapons out of all the heroes. 

Furthermore, what makes Overwatch 2 Widowmaker’s weapon great is that it can be used as both a sniper rifle and a submachine gun, as you can see in the image above. It is excellent and is always helpful no matter what situation you find yourself in.

Type Weapon (ADS)
Effect Type Hitscan
  • At 0% Power: 6 – 12 dmg
  • At 100% Power: 60 – 120 dmg
Falloff Range 40 – 60 meters
Spread Angle Pinpoint
Move. Speed -65%
Rate Of Fire (ROF)
  • 1 second to charge
  • 0.5 secs recovery
Ammo  35
Ammo Usage 5 per shot
Reload Time 1.5 secs
Casting Time
  • Charging: 0.9 secs
  • Zoom In/Zoom Out: 0.32 secs

In most games, when the sniper is rushed, they can’t do much to defend themselves, and using a sniper at close range is very challenging and tricky. With Widowmaker, you can take out anybody who tries to rush you with relative ease. 

When you aim with the sniper rifle, if you wait for a while, it charges up to 100 percent power. When it does, it deals significantly more damage. While the automatic fire mode is excellent and very helpful, using the weapon as a sniper rifle is essential as that is where you deal the maximum damage. 

Widowmaker’s Abilities

What makes Overwatch special is that everything is designed around the hero. There is nothing that feels out of place here. All the abilities are designed to assist the sniper and damage dealer playstyle of Overwatch 2 Widowmaker. I will discuss what each of these does and how you can utilize them to their maximum potential.

Grappling Hook

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The Grappling Hook is used in-game (Image credit: eXputer)
Type Ability
Effect Type
  • Projectile 
  • Movement
Move. Speed Pulling Speed: 20 m/s
Max Range 20 meters
Cooldown 12 secs

Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook in Overwatch 2 is a crucial and versatile ability. Primarily, it serves as a lifeline, allowing Widowmaker to escape threats from high-health enemies like tanks. The Grappling Hook provides swift and effective mobility, adhering to various surfaces.

  • Its key utility lies in reaching optimal sniping positions quickly.
  • Whether accessing windows or elevated spots, the Grappling Hook enhances Widowmaker’s positioning as a sniper.
  • It’s recommended to use the ability judiciously due to its cooldown.
  • While the cooldown is short, avoid spamming the move to ensure it’s available when needed and to avoid potential threats in unexplored corners.

Venom Mine

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The Venom Mine planted on the ground (Image credit: eXputer)
Type Ability
Effect Type Arcing Projectile
HP 1
  • 15 Dmg/sec
  • Total Dmg: 75
Projectile Speed 20 m/s
Area Of Effect 3 meters
Casting Time
  • Throw: 0.19 secs
  • Recovery: 0.78 secs
  • Mine: Until Replaced Or Destroyed
  • Poison: 5 secs
Cooldown 15 secs

Widowmaker’s Venom Mine in Overwatch 2 functions as a strategic trap, similar to a claymore but without instant lethality. Dealing damage over time, it has a maximum damage output of 75, proving valuable in tough situations for both the player and teammates.

  • This approach, avoiding instant kills, contributes to a more positive gameplay experience.
  • Planting the mine is straightforward—simply aim, and it adheres to the targeted spot.
  • The Venom Mine serves a dual purpose, notifying players when to use the Grappling Hook for a quick escape.

The Ultimate Ability InfraSight

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Using Widowmaker’s Infra-Sight Ability (Image credit: eXputer)
Type Ultimate Ability
Area Of Effect Map Wide
Casting Time 0.64 secs
Duration  15 secs
Ultimate Cost 1,540 points

Widowmaker’s ultimate ability in Overwatch 2, Infra-Sight, grants her real-time tracking of enemy players, essentially providing a team-wide wall-hack. This ability turns her into a damage-dealing support hero, making it one of the game’s best ultimates. Strategic use is vital, as wasting it leads to a significant cooldown. It’s advised to activate Infra-Sight during critical moments when swift enemy elimination is needed.

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Although you need good aim to hit consistent shots, however, the most important thing is positioning. It is something that players cannot learn until they have experienced every single map playing as Widowmaker. I also recommend players to play Widowmaker only on maps where she provides the most advantage. Maps like Junkertown and King’s Row are an example where Widowmaker can unleash her true strength.


And that covers everything you need to know about Widowmaker. She remains one of the most skill-requiring characters in Overwatch, and once you master her, you will turn into an unstoppable force who deals massive damage and reveals the locations of your foes to your allies. 

Overwatch 2 has received criticism for being mostly the same game the original Overwatch was. I think it adds the very best that the original game had to offer and makes the necessary changes. It is the Overwatch that you love, just free-to-play and very well-balanced.

What do you think about the game? Who do you mean? Which character do you think has the best story? Is Overwatch 2 a good sequel? Let me know all about it in the comments section below. 

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Naqib is a Guides Writer at eXputer. He is a passionate gamer and a die-hard anime fan since a very young age. Now, after gaining 15+ years of gaming experience and spending more than 5,000 hours on Valorant, Naqib creates content based on his firsthand knowledge of the most recent video games! You can further follow his gaming activities on his Steam profile.

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