D.Va

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

Real Name
Hana Song (송하나)
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)
400 (Mech)
Armor
200 (Mech)
Character Video

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

Fusion Cannons

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Rapid Fire Shotgun
Damage
0.6–2
Falloff range
10 to 20 meters
Movement speed
2.75 meters per second
Num. of pellets
11 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

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Defense Matrix

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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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.

Details

  • D.Va cannot attack while the ability is active.
  • Cooldown starts 1 second after ability is cancelled.

Video


Boosters

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Damage
25
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

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Self-Destruct

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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.
  • The detonating mech will retain the momentum from Boosters.

Video


Light Gun

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description
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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

  • Light Gun damage counts toward Call Mech, but D.Va's passive ultimate charge counts toward Self Destruct.

Video


Call Mech

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-dva6.png

Health
400 health
200 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.
  • Automatically reloads the Light Gun.

Video


Strategy

D.Va is a unique tank with some mobility. With very high health and Boosters, she can close a gap to the enemy with ease. She has high damage output at close-range, making her a strong fighter in 1-on-1 match. Her Defense Matrix is useful against all incoming-projectiles, protecting her teammates from enemy fire. She is a dangerous ganker in tank class, dealing consistent damage to the enemy. Self-Destruct will wipe all opponents within the blast area. However, she doesn't have an extended barrier to properly protect her team like Reinhardt. She is also slow while firing, allowing the enemy to outrun her to disengage or move around her to distract her aiming. Fusion Cannons are ineffective at anything further than medium-range, makes her being outranged by the enemy before she even has a chance to close a gap with Boosters.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Fusion Cannons: D.Va's main weapons on the mech. Her mech can fire consistent shotgun-like bullets onto the targeted point. She can rapidly fire her bullets without needing to reload, but suffers from slow movement while firing.
    • D.Va suffers from slow movement while firing by half of her normal movement speed.
    • Fusion Cannons have 11 bullets per shot and large spreading; position yourself to the closest of the targets so that they won't be able to escape from you while firing.
  • Defense Matrix: D.Va's primary defensive ability. When activated, the targeting-array will pop up from the front of her mech. All incoming-projectiles will be shot down mid-air when it comes into range of this ability. D.Va cannot attack while using it.
    • The ability only last for 4 seconds when used continuously, and requires 1-second before beginning a recharge.
    • D.Va can use the ability again after cancel the previous usage for 1 second.
    • Defense Matrix needs 10 seconds for a full recharge.
    • It only blocks fire from the front, and cannot prevent incoming-projectiles from other directions, making it less viable when used as a barrier to protect her team or herself.
    • In case of retreating from a group of enemies, activates Defense Matrix while moving backward will greatly help her survive from a strong attack.
  • Boosters: D.Va's mech will launch into the air once activated. She will move forward with faster movement speed and be able to adjust momentum for 2 seconds. Deals damage and knockback to enemies when collided with.
    • The cooldown triggers after Boosters ends.
    • D.Va can activate Defense Matrix during the flight to protect herself from enemy fire.
    • Boosters can be stopped mid-use by pressing normal attack, melee attack or Boosters' key again.
  • Self-Destruct (Ultimate): The ultimate of D.Va's mech. D.Va herself will eject from a mech, then her mech will begin to detonate itself within 3 seconds. It deals massive damage upon explosion on a very large area around it.
    • The mech will receive any momentum from the Boosters if used prior to activating Self-Destruct.
    • If the mech doesn't explode, D.Va will not gain a Call Mech's full charge.
    • The blast creates a strong knockback on the survived opponents, sometimes launching them into a pit or off a cliff.
    • All covers will block the damage from Self-Destruct entirely, even a light post that is large enough to cover the hero size will makes them survive the blast.
  • Light Gun : D.Va uses it as a main weapon after her mech is destroyed. The Light Gun deals considerable damage with fast speed projectile bullets.
    • The weapon is very accurate in most ranges, she can use it to kite enemies from all ranges to recharge the ultimate meter to call a new mech.
  • Call Mech (Ultimate): D.Va can call a new mech after her previous one is destroyed.
    • The mech will deal some small damage around upon calling.
    • Both D.Va and mech can be damaged or killed while she is entering into a mech.

General Strategies

  • While D.Va is considered a Tank, a lot of successful D.Va players use her like 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.
  • Defense Matrix is especially strong against most damage dealers. It can even negate a dangerous bullet from McCree's Deadeye or even Pharah's Barrage.
  • You can close a gap to most heroes with Boosters, but you will receive fires while using it to hunt them. Defense Matrix can be used during Boosters, so activate it while flying onto the target.
  • You need to prioritize protecting the team from flankers and snipers, potentially by rushing them down at close range. Snipers are your first target since they are vulnerable at close-range followed by other damage dealers depend on the situation and their position.
  • It is not recommended to play D.Va as the sole tank on your team. Solo-tanking with her is extremely difficult. 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.
  • Strategize where and when to place a Self-Destructing Mech. The 3 seconds countdown of Self-Destruct is long enough for the enemies to find a cover or get behind a friendly Barrier. Another effective tool is use Boosters before Self-Destruct to send the Ultimate out from a blind spot on a place where there is less cover to provide.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • D.Va has a large critbox in front of her mech (the cockpit). You will receive critical shot easier than most heroes, so avoid turning your mech to face the enemy's fires without Defense Matrix active.
  • If you activate D.Va's Boosters ability and move onto 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.
  • When out of the suit, D.Va's primary goal is to score as many headshots as possible, as fast as possible, to call her next mech. You may want to target a distant Roadhog to regain your ultimate charge.

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.
  • Until Orisa was introduced, D.Va was the youngest hero in the game. D.Va is sometimes teased by others because of her age, such as when Widowmaker mockingly says, "This is no place for children."
    • Out of the original cast, D.Va is still the youngest, being only 19 years old.
  • 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]
  • D.Va is used as the symbol for the National D.Va Association, a progressive feminist movement composed of Overwatch fans. The group achieved international notability after a photograph of their flag—featuring D.Va's bunny-ears logo—was photographed in a news report for an international Women's March event in Seoul on January 21st, 2017. Based in South Korea, the group chose D.Va as its symbol owing to an earlier incident where professional teenage Overwatch player Geguri was accused of cheating owing to an eighty percent win rate; which some believed was "impossible" for girls to achieve. The group distributes stickers of D.Va's bunny logo, among other paraphernalia. It plans on finding new ways to use Overwatch as a tool for spreading its message.[7]

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
  7. 2017-1-26, Overwatch’s gamer girl hero inspires a feminist movement Polygon.com, accessed on 2017-1-27

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