D.Va

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D.Va
DVa-portrait.png
“I play to win.”

Real Name
Hana Song
Age
19
Nationality
South KoreaKorean
Occupation
Competitive StarCraft player (formerly)
Mech Pilot
Actress
Base
Busan, South Korea
Affiliation
Mobile Exo-Force
Voice
Charlet Chung[1] (English)

Genevieve Doang (French)
Julia Meynen (German)
Martina Felli (Italian)
Risa Taneda (Japanese)
Juliana Vasconcelos (Brazilian Portuguese)
Melissa Gedeón (American Spanish)
Tania Ugía (European Spanish)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Tank
Health
150 (Pilot)
200 (Mech)
Armor
400 (Mech)
Character Video
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D.Va is a Tank hero in Overwatch.

Summary

D.Va’s mech is nimble and powerful — its twin Fusion Cannons blast away with autofire at short range, and she can use its Boosters to barrel over enemies and obstacles, or deflect attacks with her projectile-dismantling Defense Matrix.

Abilities

For differences on the Public Test Region, see D.Va/PTR.


Fusion Cannons

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva1.png

Type
Rapid Fire Shotgun
Damage
0.9–3
Falloff range
10 to 20 meters
Movement speed
2.75 meters per second
Num. of pellets
8 per shot
Rate of fire
6.67 rounds per second
Ammo
Headshot


D.Va's mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active.

Details

Video


Defense Matrix

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva3.png

Maximum range
15 meters
Duration
Up to 4 seconds
(when fully charged)
Cooldown
1 second
10 seconds recharging


D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air.

D.Va cannot attack while the ability is active. There is an area near D.Va Defense Matrix doesn't cover that can still be shot into by projectiles and damage her.

Details

  • Recharging starts 1 second after ability is cancelled.

Video


Boosters

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva2.png

Damage
25 plus knockback
Movement speed
12.5 meters per second
Maximum range
Up to 25 meters
Duration
Up to 2 seconds
Cooldown
5 seconds
Headshot


D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back.

Details

Video


Self-Destruct

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva4.png

Type
Delayed splash projectile
Damage
1000
Area of effect
20 meter radius
Casting time
3 seconds fuse
Headshot
Charge required
1375 points


D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

Details

  • The explosion does not deal damage to the casting D.Va.
  • If D.Va's mech is destroyed by an enemy, she will continue to passively gain charge for Self Destruct while she is out of her mech, but damage she inflicts will only gain her charge for Call Mech.
  • The detonating mech will preserve the momentum from Boosters.

Video


Light Gun

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva5.png

Type
Linear Projectile
Damage
14
Projectile speed
40 meters per second
Rate of fire
7 rounds per second
Ammo
20
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Headshot


While outside of her mech, D.Va can continue the fight with a mid-range automatic blaster.

Details

  • It is automatically reloaded when D.Va enters her mech.

Video


Call Mech

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-dva6.png

Health
200 health
400 armor
Damage
50
Casting time
2 seconds
Headshot
Charge required
300 points


If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray.

Details

  • Call Mech can be used instantly after the mech detonates from Self Destruct.
  • D.Va and the mech can be damaged when using Call Mech.

Video


Strategy

While D.Va is considered a Tank, a lot of successful D.Va players use her like a Reaper. Ganking and harassing are some of D.Va's strong suits. Her high damage output at close range coupled with her Boosters movement ability makes it easy for her to get "shotgun-like" damage in and escape with ease.

Solo-tanking with D.Va is extremely difficult, but more possible with her improved Defense Matrix, as of patch 1.1.0.2C. An effective D.Va needs to know how to shift between two roles: backup DPS and a defensive tank. She can't solo an entire enemy team by herself like McCree or Genji, and she can't provide extended cover like Reinhardt, but she can do one right after another in short, well-timed bursts. In particular, her new Defense Matrix gives her the ability to counter explosive attacks like Junkrat or Pharah's primary fire, and can counter some Ultimates, such as McCree's Deadeye or Pharah's Missile Barrage, saving an entire team in a split second. She also needs to prioritize protecting the team from flankers and snipers, potentially by rushing them down at close range.

While the casting time for her Ultimate was shortened, it's still underpowered in mid- and high-level play. Any cover, even the thinnest map props such as lightposts, will completely block off the explosion damage. Effective timing and placement of her Ultimate is necessary if one intends to kill with it; low mobility characters like Ana or Junkrat have a hard time escaping if caught in the open. Another effective tool is use Boosters before Self-Destruct to send the Ultimate out from a blind spot. It's even possible to boost upward before ejecting to drop it on enemies from the sky, although this may take practice. Her ultimate is most effective when paired with Zarya's Graviton Surge or Mei's Blizzard, and with the right timing can keep the enemy away from an objective just as time expires.

If you activate D.Va's Booster ability and move into an enemy player, you will deal damage in addition to knocking them back. If an opponent is low in health, this can be a faster way to kill them than firing her cannons, but it carries the risk of removing her only means of escaping danger. If you melee attack an enemy player while D.Va's Boosters are active, you will deal greatly increased knockback to the target allowing easy environmental kills.

D.Va's mech has the average health and greatest armor of any hero, having 200 health and 400 armor. The suit is tied with Roadhog for the highest "hit point" value in the game, with both heroes having a total value of 600. However, if this were to include D.Va herself (who has 150 health when she ejects), then she would actually have the highest value in the game with a total of 750 "hit points".

Some players may prefer to use D.Va after she ejects due to her Light Gun having significantly greater damage, range, and accuracy than her mech's Fusion Cannons. However, this makes her quite susceptible to an easy kill, as she is incredibly fragile and has no abilities to defend herself. Having only her Light Gun and the lowest health in the game (at 150), many heroes are able to kill her with few attacks, and can even kill her faster than the time it takes for her to successfully activate Call Mech. In fact, some ranged heroes are able to kill her in as little as a single trigger press. When out of her suit, D.Va's primary goal is to score as many headshots as possible, as fast as possible, to call her next MEKA. For this reason, she may want to target a distant Roadhog (making sure to stay out of reach of his chain) as he has no mobility to close the distance and no barriers to protect himself. Targeting an opposing D.Va can also work, provided that she does enough damage to destroy the MEKA before the enemy can close in and finish her off.

Even though Defense Matrix will destroy all projectiles, it will not absorb beams such as Zarya's Particle Cannon, Mei's Endothermic Blaster, Symmetra's Photon Projector and Sentry turret fire, along with Winston's Tesla Cannon. This makes these four heroes hard counters to D.Va's mech suit, as they can safely attack her while Defense Matrix is in use. Zarya, Mei, and Symmetra have low mobility, so the best option is to simply run using her Boosters. While winston can easily catch up to a fleeing D.Va, she can easily take him down at close ranges with accurate tracking.

Good Counters to D.Va

Icon-ana.pngAna's Sleep Dart is capable of hitting D.Va's sizeable hitboxes, knocking her out cold. This is especially vital when D.Va is preparing to use Self-Destruct. However, Ana must be mindful that D.Va is more than capable of hunting down snipers such as her.

Icon-genji.png Genji Much like Tracer, Genji is far too mobile for D.Va to keep up with, especially using Swift Strike to move to her blind sides or escape. Genji can easily hit D.Va with all three shots of his shuriken, even in Fan of Blades, and by the time she faces him to return fire, he can Deflect her fire to buy time for his Swift Strike to recharge. If nothing else, Genji can use hit-and-run tactics to harass D.Va and build up free charge for his Dragonblade ultimate. If wishing to target D.Va with Dragonblade, make sure her health is low first, or else she can waste almost the entire length of the Ultimate before both she and her Mech are killed.

Icon-mei.png Mei can out-fight D.Va at close range, as D.Va will almost always freeze before her Fusion Cannons can kill Mei. D.Va's Defense Matrix does nothing to stop her freezing, and being such a huge target, Mei should have no trouble landing her shots. At long range, Mei's icicles will outdamage D.Va's Fusion Cannons, leaving D.Va very few options when fighting Mei other than ganging up on her with teammates, finishing her off at low health, or fleeing. In truth, D.Va has an easier time fighting Mei outside of her Mech shooting her pistol from a distance, but even in this case, Mei can kill an unsuited D.Va with a headshot or two from her Icicle. Also, if Mei begins to lose, her Ice Wall and Cryo-Freeze abilities allow her to escape harm briefly. Those abilities can also be used to help Mei and her team survive a Self-Destruct.

Icon-pharah.pngPharah can stay far out of the short-ranged Fusion Cannons, shelling D.Va with her high-damage rockets. D.Va may try to either fly up and knock you out of the sky, but she only gets one shot at it and Pharah can easily evade her. D.Va's Defense Matrix is a good counter against Pharah's rockets and Ultimate, but she cannot attack while doing so. Harassing D.Va with rockets is a good way to turn her attention from Pharah's teammates, meaning that they can then escape or kill her themselves.

Icon-reaper.pngReaper's high-damage Hellfire Shotguns tear through D.Va's high Armor pool, and his Shadow Step allows him to navigate flank routes quickly. If D.Va uses her Defense Matrix to try and fend you off, stop firing immediately. If you expend the entire magazine, she can retaliate, but if you save your shots, there is a one-second grace period where she cannot reactivate it.

Icon-Roadhog.pngRoadhog is a significant threat to D.Va both in and out of her mech. Her Defense Matrix cannot block his Chain Hook, and he's almost guaranteed to land a close-range shot for massive damage if the hook is successful. Afterwards, the only way D.Va will survive that fight is by blocking his followup shots and/or escaping. For this reason, it's best to alert teammates when you are about to hook D.Va so that they can finish what Roadhog started.

Icon-sombra.png Sombra: With a well-timed Hack or EMP, Sombra can shutdown D.Va's ultimate and abilities, forcing D.Va to stay grounded and an easy target with a large hitbox and lack of defensive tools and mobility. Worse, Sombra can also force D.Va to stay out of her Mech with a well-timed Hack. Sombra's great mobility can also let her hunt down and kill D.Va out of her Mech.

Icon-symmetra.png Symmetra: While D.Va's mobility and high health pool can usually take out Symmetra's Sentry Turrets, Teleporter or Shield Generator, this will likely put D.Va in close range or in a corner with Symmetra whose Photon Projector can bypass Defense Matrix and auto-lock onto a surprised or panic D.Va. Furthermore, Symmetra is capable of shutting down D.Va's Ultimate by a well-time Photon Barrier or Shield Generator to help Symmetra and her team survive Self Destruct while also using her Photon Projector's increasing damage to quickly kill D.Va before she can Call Mech.

Icon-tracer.pngTracer has to attack D.Va from her blind spots. Tracer's high fire rate works against her in a head-on fight, because D.Va can block the entire magazine without expending much of her Defense Matrix, and then retaliate. However, D.Va's low mobility while firing means that she cannot chase a moving Tracer. Constantly Blink behind her and her Mech should go down in two or three bursts. If she does not Self-Destruct, throw a Pulse Bomb just before she ejects and you will kill D.Va outright.

Icon-zarya.pngZarya can build lots of charge from the fire of D.Va's Fusion Cannons, and her beam is not blocked by the Defense Matrix. She also has more than enough health to go up against D.Va's damage output, unlike other characters with beam weapons such as Symmetra and Mei.

Icon-zenyatta.png Zenyatta can shut down D.Va in a number of ways. His Discord Orb can help dissolve her massive health in no time, and she's a such a huge target that he can usually hit her with every shot of his Orb Volley for massive damage. His Transcendence can completely nullify her primary weapon damage on both himself and teammates, allowing everyone to attack her with few worries. However, most of these tactics require that D.Va does not see Zenyatta coming until it's too late, and that he has some sort of escape plan in case she attempts to use her Self-Destruct. On this note, while Transcendence cannot overcome the burst damage from Self-Destruct, the speed increase can help him get away, as well as heal any injured teammates that survived the blast.

Story

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D.Va is a former professional gamer who now uses her skills to pilot a state-of-the-art mech in defense of her homeland.[2]

Background

Hana Song was once a pro-gamer.[3] She became a professional StarCraft player, who participated in the WCS Korea Code S League. At the age of 16, Song became the #1 ranked player in the world and proceeded to go undefeated for the next three years in all competitions. She became an international star, beloved by her fans at home and abroad, and toured in exhibitions around the world.[4] A fierce competitor, Song played to win at any cost, and gained a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents.

Song pilots her mech

At home, however, not all was well, as MEKA struggled to maintain its defense against the omnic that repeatedly attacked the nation. As the omnic continued to adapt, it eventually disrupted MEKA's drone-control networks, forcing the military to place pilots in the mechs. Scrambling to find suitable candidates, the government turned to the country's professional gamers, who possessed the necessary reflexes and instincts to operate the mechs' advanced weapons systems. Top stars were drafted, including Song. Seeing her new mission as a game, Song now fearlessly charges into battle alongside the rest of her MEKA unit, ready to spring to her nation's defense at a moment's notice. Recently, she has begun to stream combat operations to her adoring fans, and her growing following has turned her into a global icon.[2] At some point she also played one of the leading roles in the movie Hero of My Storm.

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Shot Down
Ability-dva3.png Prevent 1500 damage with a single use of D.Va's Defense Matrix in Quick or Competitive play. Spray D.Va Pixel.png
Pixel
Game Over
Ability-dva4.png Kill 4 enemies with a single use of D.Va's Self-Destruct in Quick or Competitive play. Spray D.Va Cute.png
Cute

Cosmetics

See D.Va/Cosmetics

Trivia

  • D.Va was first announced through the official PlayOverwatch Twitter account, which linked to a mock-up page on the official StarCraft II World Championship site.[4] She had previously been depicted in posters in the attacking team's starting area in Hanamura.
  • Her name is a play on the word "Diva", meaning a female celebrity.
  • The stylization of her name is reminiscent of Korean pop idols, who often adopt pseudonyms to stand out. In the Korean version of the game, D.Va's name is the only name not in Hangul, reflective of the romanization of these idols' names. This makes sense considering D.Va is a Korean idol through her fame playing StarCraft.
  • The way her name has a prefix "D." is reminiscent of the way eSports players have an abbreviated team tag before their names.
  • D.Va's suit has sponsors all over it, which is a reference to the same advertising style of sponsors in Korean eSports.
  • D.Va is the youngest hero, being only 19 years old. She is sometimes teased by others because of her age, such as when Widowmaker mockingly says, "This is no place for children."
  • Charlett Chung, who is D.Va's English voice actor, has commented positively on her character, commenting "in terms of representation of Asian-American characters in video games, particularly women, they might be over-sexualized - and I don't know if I'm being too candid here - I feel like D.Va is more of a real person. She happens to have some sex appeal, but that's not why she's in the game. She's not there to be an exotic lotus."[5]
  • A StarCraft II portrait and announcer for D.Va was available for those who attended BlizzCon 2016 or bought a Virtual Ticket for the event.[6]

Gallery

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. 2015-11-24, "I AM D.VA". 'Facebook. Accessed on 2016-05-18
  2. 2.0 2.1 D.Va, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-12
  3. 2015-11-07, Overwatch: What’s New | Summary. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-12
  4. 4.0 4.1 D.Va, WCS. Accessed on 2015-11-12
  5. 2016-09-17, OVERWATCH: A WORLD FANS BUILT. IGN, accessed on 2016-09-18
  6. 2016-10-17, BlizzCon In-Game Goodies: D.Va Announcer and Portrait! Battle.net, accessed on 2016-11-17

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