Overwatch 2: How to unlock heroes

Overwatch 2 is finally here, marking the beginning of a new era for Blizzard’s award-winning hero shooter. It shifts Overwatch to a 5v5 PvP format and overhauls the game with an all-new free-to-play model featuring Battle Passes, an overhauled Competitive Play system, and more.

One of the biggest changes Overwatch 2 brings to the table is the addition of the First-Time User Experience, a tutorial-like system that slowly introduces new players to the game by limiting which heroes they can play. Most of the game’s cast can be unlocked as players gain some experience, but how exactly can you do that? And how do you unlock new Overwatch 2 heroes like new support character Kiriko? In this guide, we’re going to go over everything you need to know about unlocking heroes in Overwatch 2.

How to Unlock All Overwatch 2 Heroes

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As a new player, you only get access to 13 heroes right away. This is to help you get started with the Overwatch experience and avoid being overwhelmed with choices. These characters are listed below:

  • Tank: Reinhardt, Winston, Orisa, Zarya
  • Damage: Soldier: 76, Reaper, Pharah, Torbjorn, Tracer, Widowmaker
  • Support: Mercy, Lucio, Moira

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