Ever since the massively popular team-based multiplayer FPS game, Overwatch, was released to the public by Blizzard Entertainment in 2016, gamers just couldn’t seem to get enough of its action. This epic “hero shooter” experience assigns players into dual teams of six, where each of them can select their heroes from a vibrant roster of characters, each possessing unique abilities.
One of the greatest allures about Overwatch’s characters is their vast diversity. Be it gender, age, race, ethnicity, orientation, and so on, all of them are just so different from one another and express completely unique personalities. There is no doubt that this is one of the game’s greatest strengths. What’s even more admirable is its varied selection of female characters, who just aren’t the stereotypical examples of women in any aspect. Representing a wide array of femininity and traits, they can steal your hearts in more ways than one!
The BEST Females of Overwatch
Let’s go over the awesome women of Overwatch, one by one, to take a look at what makes each of them so great. There are a total of 27 heroes in the game, out of which 13 are women. Even among these 13, 7 happen to be diverse women of color too. But before we start, we might as well mention that when it comes to Overwatch Boosting, so many of these badass ladies take center stage, especially Ana if your goal is to boost your support role!
There is no better character than Ana to get you through the grueling battles of Overwatch. She is the most powerful and versatile character to help boost your Rank for the role of Support in-game. As a former army sniper who had only recently come out of hiding, Ana is 60 years of age and had chosen to rejoin trying battles with the hope of protecting her loved ones.
Why do we love Ana Amari? Based in Cairo, Egypt, this Support’s versatile arsenal lets her affect the entire battlefield, with the aid of her Biotic Rifle and Biotic Grenade. Capable of both healing her allies and damaging her enemies, her most noteworthy ability is her sidearm which is capable of tranquilizing key targets. Her game-changer ultimate, Nano Boost, can give one of her allies a burst of healing, alongside a considerable increase in power and resiliency alike.
Her overall kit is just excellent to learn, play and have fun with. You can have one hell of a time sniping both friend and foe from a medium-range, using sneaky off angles to boot. Given enough space, “control of the game” is her middle name. But don’t get too cocky; because her lack of mobility makes it easy for her to be singled out, which is her biggest weakness.
Pharah is Ana’s daughter, a security captain who also yearns to nobly protect world peace. As she soars through the air in her unique combat armor, with a launcher that excels in laying down high-explosive rockets, this lady means business!
Based in Giza, Egypt, this Damage based heroin’s primary weapon is capable of launching rockets that deal significant damage within a wide blast radius. She can also let loose a wrist rocket that can knock foes back upon contact, get propelled by her suit’s thrusters, soar in the air and direct a continuous salvo of mini-rockets to destroy hordes of enemies as her ultimate. This gal is just too fun AND is fairly easy to master!
The hacker who had hidden within the shadows in order to seek out a global conspiracy, Sombra is all about stealth and debilitating attacks. She is a powerful infiltrator based around damage and takes some effort to master. From Castillo, Mexico, Olivia Colomar is able to disrupt her enemies, making them easier to take out, as long as she is not taking damage. Her EMP excels at providing the upper hand against numerous enemies at once, while her Translocate and camouflage make her quite the elusive target to properly pin down.
She is the perfect choice for you if you enjoy sneaking around and setting up awesome combos. Get into the backlines and hack enemy healers, leaving them fully open to attacks! She can get about the maps undetected with ease and set up her ultimate in unison with those of her allies to deliver devastating results. 6-man-wipeout? EZ!
Tracer is like the poster character of Overwatch and yes, she is female. Lena Oxton is a time-jumping adventurer, someone who is constantly willing to fight for the virtuous even with her life-threatening chronal disassociation condition. Wielding twin pulse pistols, energy-based time bombs, and rapid-fire banter, she can “blink” across space and rewind her own timeline as she fights to set things right. What’s more, she is part of the game’s LGBTQ+ representation!
The ultimate glass cannon, Tracer is an incredibly powerful damage dealer with a moderate learning curve. Her infamous ‘one-clip’ of foes is a real game-changer, as long as she gets up close. She can pretty much delete low health targets and enemy healers, but beware of her incredibly low health pool as well!
Aleksandra Zaryanova was a former weightlifter and star athlete. But she made the choice to sacrifice her fame and fortune for the sake of serving her country and helping her people when they needed her the most. Capable of deploying potent personal barriers that have the unique ability to convert incoming damage into energy for her massive Particle Cannon, this lady-boss becomes an invaluable player on the front lines of any fight.
Zarya is a Tanker with a steep learning curve but can fulfill the role of an off-tank and a damage dealer. As her barriers charge up her huge particle cannon, you would start to hear a humming like that of an angry bumble bee and that would likely be the end for unsuspecting foes. There is literally nothing to lose by mastering Zarya!
How could we ever include Mei-Ling Zhou? This climatologist had embarked on her own journey in order to preserve the environment and ecosystems, following her awakening from a decade of cryostasis sleep.
Her weather-altering gear serves to slow enemies down and hold down specific locations. Her signature Endothermic Blaster deploys icicles that really hurt, in addition to frost streams. There are no glass cannons here because she can Cryo-Freeze herself to fend off counterattacks, self-heal and even obstruct enemies with her Ice Wall. Mei is without a doubt one of the most annoying opponents to go up against; because she will just freeze you in place, innocently wave at you and then proceed to deal tons of damage. There is no better girl for creating space and stalling objective points in Overwatch!
You can’t have a list like this without the Angel of Overwatch and thus we saved her for last. Mercy is a nano-biologist and a field medic who isn’t afraid to stand her ground at the frontlines of battles across the world. Her aim is simple: to heal the wounded and imperiled!
Angela Ziegler is a Support who is pretty easy to learn and use. As the saying goes, “No one hates a Mercy main”. All the way from Zürich, Switzerland, she is equipped with a Valkyrie Suit that lets her stay close to allies like a guardian angel. Healing, resurrecting, and strengthening her comrades is bread and butter, all thanks to the godly beams emanating from her Caduceus Staff. If you aren’t a big fan of shooting itself, Mercy is your gal! Her aim is all about supporting her teammates and she will soar through the skies while doing it.
A final word…
There is no way one article can include all the incredible females of Overwatch. Thus, we had no choice but to narrow it down to seven whom we deemed the most noteworthy. Widowmaker, D.Va, Orisa, Brigitte, Moira, and Symmetra would have their time to shine another time because they are just as pivotal and badass as the above entries.
We hope you found what you were looking for and were reminded of just how well Overwatch handles its female characters today. Thanks for reading!