Baptiste

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Baptiste
Baptiste-portrait.png
"No dying on my watch."

Real Name
Jean-Baptiste Augustin
Status
Active
Age
36
Nationality
HaitiHaitian
Occupation
Combat medic
Base
Tortuga, Haiti (formerly)
Affiliation
Caribbean Coalition (formerly), Talon (formerly)
Relations
Several cousins[1]
Voice
Benz Antoine (English)

Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (American Spanish)
Maurizio Merluzzo (Italian)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Support
Health
200

Baptiste is a Support hero in Overwatch. He will be available for Competitive Play on April 2nd, 2019.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Baptiste wields an assortment of experimental devices and weaponry to keep allies alive and eliminate threats under fierce conditions. A battle-hardened combat medic, he is just as capable of saving lives as he is taking out the enemy.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Exo Boots

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability5.png

By first crouching, Baptiste can jump higher.

Details

  • It takes 1 second for the boots to fully charge.
  • If crouch is released, the boots will remain charged for 1 second. However, if Crouch is pressed again during this time, it will reset.



Biotic Launcher

Weapon (Primary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability1.png

Type
Three burst hitscan
Damage
12.5 - 25 per bullet
37.5 - 75 per shot
Falloff range
20 to 40 meters
Rate of fire
3 rounds in 0.3 seconds
0.35 second recovery
Ammo
45
Ammo usage
3 per shot
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Headshot

Baptiste’s three-round-burst Biotic Launcher rewards accuracy and recoil control with significant damage output.

Details

  • Baptiste's crosshair moves up as he fires.
  • Reloading Biotic Launcher replenishes the ammo for both the primary and alternate fires.



Biotic Launcher

Weapon (Secondary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability1.png

Type
Arcing explosive projectile
Healing
60
Area of effect
3 meter radius
Rate of fire
1 shot per 0.8 seconds
Ammo
10
Reload time
1.5 seconds
0.95 seconds while continuously firing

Biotic Launcher also doubles as a healing device, lobbing projectiles that heal allies near the point of impact.

Details

  • Does not heal self.
  • Goes through full-health allies.
  • Reloading Biotic Launcher replenishes the ammo for both the primary and alternate fires.



Regenerative Burst

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability2.png

Healing
30 per second
150 overall
Area of effect
10 meter radius
Casting time
0.3 seconds
Duration
5 seconds
Cooldown
15 seconds

Baptiste activates an intense regenerative burst that heals himself and nearby allies over time.

Details

  • The heal-over-time effect is applied upon activation. If allies go out of range, they will still receive the healing for the rest of the duration. Conversely, if an ally enters the range after the burst has already been applied, they will not be healed.



Immortality Field

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability3.png

Health
250
Healing
Any deficit from 20% HP
Area of effect
6 meter radius
Casting time
0.8 second cast animation
Duration
8 seconds (generator)
8.5 seconds (field)
Cooldown
20 seconds

Baptiste uses a device to create a field that prevents allies from dying. The generator can be destroyed.

Details

  • Prevents the HP of Baptiste and his allies from going below 20%. It even prevents environmental death, but healing the HP lost this way will not give ultimate charge.
  • If a hero's HP is below 20%, the hero will be healed to 20% HP instantly when entering the field.
  • The generator can be thrown and bounced off walls. The arc is identical to that of Biotic Launcher's alternate fire. It cannot be negated by Defense Matrix or deflected by Deflect.
  • The field requires line of sight, but both the thrown generator and the field ignore barriers.
  • The generator can be targeted by Hack and will be disabled for the rest of the duration. (Technically the hack lasts 10 seconds, but the generator does not last that long.)
  • If the generator is destroyed, the field will remain active for an additional 0.5 seconds.



Amplification Matrix

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Baptiste-ability4.png

Damage
+100% damage amplified
Healing
+100% healing amplified
Max. range
35 meters
Area of effect
5 meter width
4 meter height
Duration
8 seconds
Charge required
1750 points

Baptiste creates a matrix that doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that pass through it.

Details

  • Baptiste passively generates 1% Ult Charge every 3.50 seconds.
  • Before being deployed, the orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate key again.
  • Amplifies hitscan and projectile attacks alike, coming from any direction. This includes abilities such as Blizzard, Dynamite, and Biotic Orb. (Note that it does not change the total damage/healing for Biotic Orb, just the rate of damage/healing.)
  • Does not amplify the damage of melee-based projectiles such as Chain Hook or Whip Shot.
  • Despite its official description, the matrix does not double the damage of the projectiles that go through. Rather, it amplifies the damage by 100%. When combined with other amplification abilities, they are added together. For example, Amplification Matrix and Mercy's Damage Boost will result in 230% damage.
  • Can be destroyed by EMP.


Strategy[edit | edit source]

The secondary fire can be shot perfectly upwards so they land on the same spot later.

The trajectory of the Immortality Field generator is the same as the secondary fire, so that you can shoot a healing grenade first to make sure you throw the immortality field where you want.

Story[edit | edit source]

An elite combat medic and ex-Talon operative, Baptiste now uses his skills to help those whose lives have been impacted by war. He possesses an innate desire to help people.[2] In correspondence obtained by Trung Le Nguyen, Cuerva noted that Baptiste is a skilled marksman despite being a medic, and boasted unusually high endurance, versatility, and even luck.[3]

Baptiste loves to eat—it's been suggested that his favorite dish is pork griot and lalo. Not many people know that he has a sweet tooth, and he loves to kick back with a tall drink with a lot of ice. He is fluent in Haitian Creole, French,[1] and English.[4] His equipment is a collection of armor and weaponry acquired over the years. Some are from the black market, and some are modified from his Caribbean Coalition and Talon gear; Baptiste has always been resourceful.[1]

Baptiste is an only child, but has several cousins.[1]

Caribbean Coalition[edit | edit source]

Choices? What do you know about choices? 30 million orphaned children. I was one of them. The Omnic War robbed us of our choices. To survive, you did what you had to do. Steal or starve; kill or be killed. You helped your friends and hurt anyone who got in your way. If you hungered to rise above your circumstances, then when someone offered you a hand up, even the Devil, you took it. It wasn't complicated. At least, that was the lie I told myself.
~ Baptiste
Baptiste during the Omnic Crisis

Jean-Baptiste Augustin was one of the 30 million children orphaned by the Omnic Crisis. With limited opportunities and resources, he enlisted in the military. The Caribbean Coalition, a pan-island force formed in response to the Crisis, became his new home. Guided by his innate desire to help people, Baptiste chose the path of a combat medic and served in an elite branch of the Caribbean Coalition's special ops.[2] While with the Coalition, he often cobbled together useful equipment from whatever he could find.

After his service was complete, Baptiste struggled to find a demand for his unique skills. He turned to one of the few opportunities open to him: joining the Talon mercenary group, one of the many organizations that were poised to profit off the chaos in the war's aftermath.[2] Baptiste joined Talon alongside many of his former squad mates, all of them unaware of Talon's true nature.[1]

Talon[edit | edit source]

The truth is, I had choices, and I made them; but when you think you're a big man, it's hard to admit that you are not a brave one. Even harder when you understand that making a living is not enough. You must make a difference.
~ Baptiste
A mirror darkly

As a member of Talon, Baptiste retained his position of combat medic.[1] For the first time ever, Baptiste had a taste of the good life. Talon's missions were easy and paid well,[2] and weren't that different from the ones he'd carried out as a member of the Coalition.[1] He put aside some of his earnings to set up a clinic in his hometown.[2] He served in a strike team under the command of Captain Cuerva.[3] While in Talon, he met a woman named Sombra. Over time, the two became good friends.[1]

However, things in Talon changed. Slowly, his unit's orders escalated in brutality, expanding into assassinations and operations with civilian casualties. Confronted by his team's actions, Baptiste realized he was perpetuating a cycle of violence like the one that had destroyed his own community.[2] Like a frog in boiling water, he realized that the descent into brutality had occurred over time, and only now could he see how far he'd fallen. He tried to convince his squad mates to join him in abandoning Talon, but they refused. Still, he decided to leave regardless.[1] Disgusted with what he had done, and determined to forge a new path for himself,[2] he fled to Tortuga, Haiti.

Baptiste turns against Talon

However, Talon refused to let him go. Baptiste knew too much, and they sent operatives after him to silence him. Agent after agent came for him, including Baptiste's former comrades. To stay under the radar, Baptiste drifted from place to place, aiding in humanitarian efforts around the globe. The few Talon members who managed to track him down were never seen again.[2] One strike team consisted of former members of Baptiste's unit, led by his former mentor, Cuerva. The strike team had orders to apprehend or eliminate him. He evaded capture, rendering the strike team MIA, and delivered their emblems to Cuerva, along with a message to seek him out.[3]

Present Day[edit | edit source]

I'm going to fight for a better world. For some, that means a bandage. For others, a bullet. Today... I give you the choice.
~ Baptiste

Baptiste worked toward creating a better world, healing where he could and fighting when he had to. He knew that he could undo his past, but that making a difference now was what mattered.[2] He kept a low profile in order to stay out of Talon's crosshairs, and began carrying out humanitarian work. This line of work made him familiar with the similar efforts of Dr. Angela Ziegler.[1]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Name Icon Description Reward
Stand By Me
Baptiste-ability3.png Prevent 4 deaths with a single use of Baptiste's Immortality Field in Quick or Competitive play. 100x100px
Pixel
Window Of Opportunity
Baptiste-ability4.png Amplify 2500 combined damage and healing without dying as Baptiste in Quick or Competitive play. 100x100px
Cute

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Baptiste is Hero 30 and the ninth new hero added to the game.
  • Baptiste is the only hero in the game who has different ammo for his weapon's two modes of fire.

Development[edit | edit source]

  • Baptiste was designed by Michael Chu. As of February 2019, it is intended that his connections with Talon be fleshed out in tie-in media.[5]
  • Haiti was a cornerstone of Baptiste's backstory. According to Chu, "I think it’s meaningful to introduce countries that are less well-known worldwide through Overwatch. Haiti was a colony and has a history of fighting for independence. That is why we paid close attention to portraying Haitian history when we chose the voice actor or during the voice recording process."[5]
  • Gameplay-wise, he was designed to be similar to Soldier: 76 albeit in a support role, including an immunity ability.[5]
  • When Baptiste was put on the PTR, his Immortality Field was able to deploy in out-of-bounds areas. This allowed Baptiste to travel out-of-bounds in Custom Games.
  • Baptiste received several changes before coming live: the visuals for Immortality Field and Amplification Matrix were changed, Immortality Field got an audio indicator, Immortality Field was added to the kill feed, the time it took Immortality Field to go away after the drone was destroyed was shortened, Baptiste's ultimate voice line for himself was switched to English, and the option to turn off Automatic Reload was added.

Videos[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 2019-03-13, Baptiste - Developer Q&A Answers. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2019-03-14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Baptiste, Play Overwatch. Accessed on 2019-03-10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 2019-02-21, SUBJECT: CUERVA STRIKE TEAM - LOG RECOVERED PlayOverwatch. Accessed on 2019-02-21
  4. Baptiste Origin Story
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 2019-02-26, Principal Overwatch Designer Ensures Baptiste Will Be a Counter for GOATS Composition. Inven Global, accessed on 2019-03-14


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