Barrier

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Barriers are semi-transparent, semi-permeable structures that block incoming damage and most projectiles. Barriers can also block line of sight for certain abilities. They do not prevent heroes from crossing, nor block any melee attacks. Some attacks can pierce barriers. Barriers only affect the opposing team.

Barriers have shields for their HP,[1][2] and are damaged by EMP. Unlike the shields on heroes, barriers' shields only regenerate while the barrier is inactivate, and with a 2 second delay instead of 3. Since most barriers are always active once deployed, the only barriers that can regenerate are the ones that can be recalled back.

List of barriers[edit | edit source]

Hero Barrier HP Duration Cooldown Shield regeneration rate Notes
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Brigitte
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Barrier Shield
200 Any 3 seconds,
if shattered
100 shields per second,
after recalled for 2 seconds
  • A flat personal barrier
  • Reduces Brigitte's movement speed by 30%
  • Allows Brigitte to use Shield Bash
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Orisa
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Protective Barrier
900 20 seconds 10 seconds
  • A net-shaped barrier that curves at the edges
  • Deploys at the landing site of an arcing projectile
  • If a new barrier is deployed, the old one disappears
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Reinhardt
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Barrier Field
2000 Any 5 seconds,
if shattered
200 shields per second,
after recalled for 2 seconds
  • A large rectangular barrier that can protect allies
  • Reduces Reinhardt's movement speed by 50%
  • Allows Reinhardt to view 360°
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Sigma
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Experimental Barrier
1500 Any 1 second,
if recalled
5 seconds,
if shattered
150 shields per second,
after recalled for 2 seconds
  • A large curved barrier that floats in the air
  • Can be deployed and launched at any angle
  • Can be recalled at any time
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Symmetra
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Photon Barrier
4000 12 seconds N/A
  • An enormous flat barrier, infinite in size
  • Symmetra's ultimate ability; requires 1680 charge
  • Can be deployed up to 25 meters away
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Winston
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Barrier Projector
700 9 seconds 13 seconds
  • A large dome-shaped barrier, 5 meters in radius
  • Winston drops the device that generates it
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Zarya
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Particle Barrier
200 2 seconds 10 seconds,
after disappearing
  • A bubble-shaped barrier that surrounds Zarya
  • Zarya is invincible while inside
  • Zarya is cleansed of most status effects
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Projected Barrier
200 2 seconds 8 seconds,
after disappearing
  • A bubble-shaped barrier that surrounds a target
  • That target is invincible while inside
  • That target is cleansed of most status effects

Abilities whose lines of sight are blocked by barriers[edit | edit source]

Baptiste

Brigitte

Lúcio

Moira

Orisa

Soldier: 76

Sombra

Wrecking Ball

Zenyatta

Projectiles that bounce off barriers[edit | edit source]

Ashe

Junkrat

Torbjörn

Widowmaker

Abilities that travel through barriers[edit | edit source]

Heroes

  • Hero movement abilities, such as Blink

Ashe

  • B.O.B.: B.O.B. can charge through barriers, but barriers block his arm cannons

Baptiste

Junkrat

  • RIP-Tire: The tire can travel through barriers, but barriers block the explosion

Mei

Moira

  • Biotic Orb: The orb can travel through barriers, but barriers block line of sight for the damage/healing

Orisa

  • Halt!: The orb can travel through barriers, but barriers block line of sight for the pull
  • Protective Barrier: The projectile launched to deploy the barrier can travel through barriers

Sombra

Symmetra

  • Sentry Turret: The turrets can travel through barriers, but barriers block the beams they emit

Attacks and abilities that pierce barriers[edit | edit source]

Heroes

Ashe

Baptiste

Brigitte

Doomfist

D.Va

Genji

Hanzo

Mei

Mercy

Moira

Reinhardt

Sigma

Sombra

Torbjörn

Winston

Wrecking Ball

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Unlike most barriers, Zarya's barriers are pink and smooth on the surface.
    • Originally, they were blue with hexagonal patterns like all the other barriers.[3]
  • Bastion used to generate a curved barrier in front of him while in Sentry mode.
  • Barriers are often informally called "shields."

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Overwatch Beta Patch Notes – March 1, 2016 — The health on Winston's barrier is specifically called "Shield health"
  2. OVERWATCH PTR PATCH NOTES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 — The health on Brigitte's barrier is specifically called "Shield health"
  3. Zarya Ability Overview | Overwatch