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Winston
Winston-portrait.png
"Imagination is the essence of discovery."

Real Name
Winston
Age
29
Occupation
Scientist
Adventurer
Base
Horizon Lunar Colony (formerly)
Watchpoint: Gibraltar
Affiliation
Overwatch (formerly)
Voice
Crispin Freeman[1] (English)

Frantz Confiac (French)
Fabian Körner (German)
Dario Oppido (Italian)
Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese)
Jorge Vasconcelos (Brazilian Portuguese)
Arturo Casanova (American Spanish)
Francisco Javier Martínez (European Spanish)
Sergey Chikachev (Russian)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Tank
Health
400
Armor
100
Character Video
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Winston is a Tank hero in Overwatch.

Summary

Winston wields impressive inventions—a jump pack, electricity-blasting Tesla Cannon, portable shield projector and more—with literal gorilla strength.[2]

Official tips

  • Winston is a highly mobile tank that leaps around, creating chaos.
  • Barrier Projector creates a protective sphere that blocks enemy fire.
  • Primal Rage heals Winston and transforms him into a bestial juggernaut.

Abilities

Tesla Cannon

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-winston1.png

Type
Multitarget Beam
Damage
60 per second
3 per round
Maximum range
8 meters
Area of effect
6 meter width
Ammo
100
Ammo usage
20 rounds per second
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Headshot


Winston’s weapon fires a short-range electric barrage for as long as he holds down the trigger.

The Tesla Cannon is one of the weakest primary weapons in Overwatch and has a very short range. However because it can automatically lock onto its target, it can deal consistent damage against lightweight and agile enemies. Tanks can easily survive the weapon but there are few ways to block or avoid it if Winston is in range.

Details

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Jump Pack

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-winston2.png

Damage
1 upon activating
50 upon landing
Movement speed
20 meters per second
Maximum range
18 - 22 meters
Area of effect
5 meter radius
(landing damage)
Cooldown
6 seconds
2 seconds during Primal Rage
Headshot


Assisted by his energy pack, Winston lunges through the air, dealing significant damage and staggering nearby enemies when he lands.

Winston's Jump Pack allows Winston to be a hit-an-run Tank; chase down fleeing enemies or escaping from dangerous encounters.

Details

Video


Barrier Projector

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-winston3.png

Health
600
Area of effect
5 meter radius
Duration
5 seconds
Cooldown
13 seconds


Winston’s barrier projector extends a bubble-shaped field that absorbs damage until it's destroyed. Allies protected by the barrier can return fire from within it.

Winston's barrier can allow Winston to protect both himself and his allies. This can allow Winston to charge at the enemy while keeping himself protected or to ensure a solid defense against approaching foes.

Details

Video


Primal Rage

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-winston4.png

Type
Melee
Health
+500 health and max health
Damage
40 per swing
Movement speed
7.1 meters per second
Maximum range
4 meter swings
Rate of fire
~1.6 swings per second
Duration
10 seconds
Headshot
Charge required
1375 points


Winston embraces his animal nature, significantly boosting his health and making him very difficult to kill, strengthening his melee attack, and allowing him to use his Jump Pack ability more frequently. While raging, Winston can only make melee and Jump Pack attacks.

This Ultimate is noticeably low in its damage output but is able to toss enemies around; pushing them away from key locations or throwing them off a cliff. Winston's high health doesn't make him indestructible but still allows him to survive enemy assaults easily. The health boost can also be used to temporarily heal Winston if he's heavily damaged.

Details

  • Also lowers the cooldown on Jump Pack to 2 seconds.
  • Resets Jump Pack cooldown on activation.

Video


Strategy

Winston is one of the game's most mobile Tanks, capable of crossing vast distances in a single leap to bring the fight to his enemies. His Tesla Cannon, combined with the agility provided by his Jump Pack, makes him a persistent menace that can easily disrupt any enemy team through constant harassment and the power of his Primal Rage. Much like Reinhardt, however, he is only capable of fighting at short range, and he is not nearly as consistently durable as the other Tanks.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Tesla Cannon: Winston's primary weapon. The Tesla Cannon causes continual damage in a cone in front of Winston as long as the primary fire button is held down.
    • The Tesla Cannon automatically targets any enemies who are within the cone. Even evasive targets like Tracer cannot avoid being damaged by Winston so long as they are within range of the Cannon.
    • The Tesla Cannon has fairly low damage compared to the weapons of other Tanks. It's best not to go head-to-head with other Tanks unless they're already low on Health.
    • Tesla Cannon is not blocked by barriers or Genji's Deflect.
  • Jump Pack: When activated, Winston performs a massive leap forwards. When he lands, he deals damage to all enemies in a small area and knocks them back.
    • With Jump Pack, Winston can easily reach distant enemies in a single bound. If your team is being harassed by Widowmaker or Hanzo, don't be afraid to leap onto them and take them out.
    • Jump Pack will immediately end if Winston collides with a solid object like a box or short wall when first activating Jump Pack. Make sure you have ample distance to vault over obstacles before using Jump Pack.
    • Once in the air, Winston has a small amount of air control, allowing him to curve around in the air. Use this to both evade enemy fire and to land on certain platforms.
  • Barrier Projector: When activated, Winston drops a small projector that creates a bubble-shaped barrier, absorbing a certain amount of damage from the enemy team before being destroyed. The bubble is hollow: an enemy inside the bubble can still hit Winston or his allies if they are also inside the bubble. The barrier will disappear automatically after a few seconds.
    • Barrier Projector does not inherit Winston's momentum. If he drops it while mid air with Jump Pack, it will fall straight downwards.
    • Winston can "dance" between the edge of the bubble in order to keep himself safe for its duration. When an enemy enters into the bubble, move outside of it so that the enemy has to exit the bubble to attack you. Once they do, move back into the bubble. This lets you deal constant damage while the barrier absorbs most of your enemy's damage.
  • Primal Rage (Ultimate): Winston's Ultimate ability. When activated, Winston transforms into a berserk ape, gaining a massive amount of maximum Health, greatly shortening the cooldown on Jump Pack, and changing his primary weapon into fast-hitting hand swipes that deal damage and knock enemies back a great distance. Winston cannot use Barrier Projector while Primal Rage is active. Winston returns to base maximum Health after Primal Rage ends.
    • Primal Rage causes Winston's Health to be immediately refilled to the new, higher value. Use Primal Rage when you're in danger of dying.
    • The hand swipes from Primal Rage are incredibly disruptive. Use your frequent Jump Packs to leap at enemies and knock them off an objective or into an open pit.
    • Jump Pack will immediately come off cooldown both when activating Primal Rage and when Primal Rage ends. This guarantees a safe entrance and exit to a skirmish.

General Strategies

  • Winston is a great Tank for new players. His Tesla Cannon automatically hits any enemies in front of him, minimizing the amount of aiming you need to do, and his Barrier Projector gives both him and his team extra survivability.
  • Winston is a fantastic counter to mobile enemies like Tracer or Genji. The autohit nature of Tesla Cannon prevents them from dodging the constant stream of damage from Winston, and Barrier Projector gives Winston more than enough Health to deal with them. When up against a good player using Tracer or Genji, consider switching to Winston.
  • Winston excels at bypassing chokepoints and attacking control points. He can force a defending team to fall back and defend the objective, allowing your team to pass through the chokepoint. Use Winston when you need to be able to get into an enemy's backline and break them up.
  • Barrier Projector is weaker than Reinhardt's Barrier Field, though still capable of absorbing a good amount of damage. When it comes to guarding a chokepoint or an objective, Reinhardt is the better pick.
  • Don't stay in one place as Winston, as he's squishier than he seems. Use Jump Pack to constantly engage and disengage, retreating when you get low on Health. Memorize the location of large Health Packs, as this will help you get back to fighting more quickly.
  • Primal Rage is best used in cases where you need to force an enemy team away from a position. If they've heavily entrenched themselves in an area, use Primal Rage to knock them back so that your team has an opportunity to move in. Remember that you gain a massive heal when Primal Rage is used, so try to delay using it until you are low on Health to maximize the amount of time you spend in the fight.
  • Although Winston may seem as an easy class to play, he is quite difficult to master. Winston can be eliminated rather quickly if he jumps into a new area headfirst without teammates. Consider sticking with teammates and launching at solo targets like Widowmaker, Genji, Tracer etc.

Good Counters to Winston

Icon-reaper.pngReaper can tear through Winston's health pool with his Hellfire Shotguns, and any nearby Soul Globes will negate the low damage caused by the Tesla Cannon. He also has a fairly reliable escape with Wraith Form.

Icon-bastion.pngBastion will have no trouble gunning down Winston due to his large hitbox, and the Barrier Projector's low health will do little to stop the bullet rain. Even if Winston can get behind Bastion, the Tesla Cannon cannot headshot, giving Bastion plenty of time to react.

Icon-reinhardt.pngReinhardt's armor will reduce the already low damage of the Tesla Cannon, and his Rocket Hammer will knock Winston about with ease. Fire Strike can also pierce the Projected Barrier.

Icon-zenyatta.pngZenyatta is one of the best tank killers in the game. His Orb of Discord will tear through Winston's high health, especially when landing headshots. While he doesn't have the means to escape Winston's Tesla Cannon should he fall into its range, he will win fights most often while staying back.

Story

Icon-winston.png
"Imagination Is The Essence Of Discovery."

A super-intelligent, genetically engineered gorilla, Winston is a brilliant scientist and a champion for humanity's potential.[2] When he loses his temper, Winston becomes a raging ape. In his off-time, he enjoys peanut butter and bananas.[3]

Pre-Overwatch

Winston as an infant

The Horizon Lunar Colony was established as a first step for humanity's renewed exploration of space. Among its residents was a group of genetically enhanced gorillas that were intended to test the effects of prolonged habitation in space.

One gorilla displayed such rapid brain development from the gene therapy that he was taken under the wing of Dr. Harold Winston, who taught him science and inspired him with tales of human ingenuity. The young gorilla passed his days assisting with the scientists' experiments, watching the distant blue world outside his habitat window, dreaming of the endless possibilities that awaited him there.

But his life was thrown into chaos when the other gorillas led an uprising, killed the mission scientists, and claimed the colony for their own. Taking on the name of his beloved human caretaker, Winston built a makeshift rocket and escaped to Earth. There he found a new home with Overwatch, an organization that represented everything he had come to admire about humanity. Winston was finally able to live up to the heroic ideal that had been instilled in him.[2]

Overwatch

Winston designs the chronal accelerator

While with Overwatch, Winston fought and defeated Doomfist.[4] He was also responsible for designing the chronal accelerator, providing a solution to Tracer's chronal disassociation.[5]

Post-Overwatch

Now with the fall of Overwatch, Winston again went into seclusion, once again cut off from the world he believed in, but longing for the days of heroism to return.[2]

Recall

While in his lab at Watchpoint: Gibraltar, pondering once again whether he should give Overwatch agents a recall order, the base came under attack by Talon operatives led by Reaper. With Winston distracted by Talon, Reaper infected his computer with a virus and attempted to download the Overwatch agent database, which would give the current location of any agent. Winston managed to best the operatives and Reaper, stop the download and quarantine the virus at the last moment. After the close call and restoring the system, he made his decision and initiated the recall. When Tracer received the signal she immediately called Winston, delighted to hear from him.[6]

Are You With Us?

With the intent of reforming Overwatch, Winston prepared a speech to try and get its former agents to come back to the organization. After spending most of his day trying and failing to deliver it, Winston delivered the frank truth that while the world had turned against them, the state of the world showed the need for Overwatch to return.[7]

Day at the Museum

"Alright, playtime's over. Get to cover."
Winston back in action

Sometime later, Winston got back in action when Reaper and Widowmaker attempted to retrieve Doomfist's gauntlet. Teaming up with Tracer however, he was able to stop the heist, and engaged in pursuit of the villains.[4]

Return to Gibraltar

As part of his intent to reform Overwatch, Winston returned to Watchpoint: Gibraltar, an old Overwatch outpost that had once stood guard over the Mediterranean. He intended to launch a satellite drone in an effort to restore Overwatch's communications network.[8]

The drone was successfully launched, and he looked on with pride.[9]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Mine Sweeper
Ability-winston1.png Destroy 10 turrets or traps using Winston's Tesla Cannon without dying in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Winston Pixel.png
Pixel
Anger Management
Ability-winston4.png Damage 6 enemies during a single use of Winston's Primal Rage in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Winston Cute.png
Cute

Cosmetics

See Winston/Cosmetics

Trivia

The Winston statue
  • Having written out his speech, on it Winston admits that he tends to overthink things, is a bit of a perfectionist and tends to ramble.[10]
  • Winston was one of the hardest characters to animate due to the numerous armor pieces he wears. His rage mode also presented problems due to the changes in movement animation.[11] His design was "top-down" (where developers start with story/art/flavor elements and develop abilities around those ideas afterwards).[12]
  • A statue of Winston was present at GamesCom 2015.[13]
  • A Funko Pop Winston figurine was released in June, 2016.[16]
  • A statue of a baby Winston holding the hand of Chris Metzen was presented to the latter as a gift to commemorate his retirement from Blizzard.[17]
  • If Winston goes into Primal Rage, gets a shield from Symmetra, gets armor from Torbjörn, and gets boosted by Lúcio's Sound Barrier, then his total HP reaches 1600 (the highest possible in the game).
  • Winston's Tesla Cannon gets it's name from the Tesla Coil, an electrical resonant transformer circuit designed by inventor Nikola Tesla in 1891.

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. 2014-11-07, "So honored to be playing the voice of Winston the Ape in the new #Overwatch game from #Blizzard!". Twitter. Accessed on 2016-05-18
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Winston, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-12-09
  3. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-08
  4. 4.0 4.1 2014-11-07, Overwatch Cinematic Trailer. YouTube, accessed on 2014-11-30
  5. Tracer, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-12-17
  6. Recall
  7. 2016-05-02, Overwatch Cinematic Teaser | "Are You With Us?". YouTube, accessed on 2016-05-03
  8. 2015-03-06, PAX East 2015 Blizzard Panel | Blizzplanet (1/2). YouTUbe, accessed on 2015-03-19
  9. 2015-19-12, Overwatch Theatrical Teaser | "We Are Overwatch". YouTube, accessed on 2015-12-19
  10. 2016-05-02, Overwatch Cinematic Teaser | "Are You With Us?". YouTube, accessed on 2016-05-03
  11. 2015-05-27, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Origins Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-05-31
  12. 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-08
  13. 2015-08-06, GamesCom 2015 – Overwatch Life-Size Statues by FX Deco Studio. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-08-20
  14. Overwatch, Game.co.uk. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  15. 2015-11-06, Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-07
  16. 2016-02-26, Pre-Order FUNKO Overwatch POP Vinyl Figures. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-03-11
  17. 2016-09-18, Chris Metzen’s going away present is this amazing statue. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2016-09-16

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