|"I will prove myself!"|
| Mechanical engineer|
||Gothenburg, Sweden (formerly)|
| Torbjörn Lindholm (father)|
Ingrid Lindholm (mother)
Reinhardt Wilhelm (godfather)
Unnamed siblings, nieces, and nephews
| Matilda Smedius (English)
Ingrid Donnadieu (French)
- 1 Overview
- 2 Abilities
- 3 Strategy
- 4 Story
- 5 Achievements
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Videos
- 9 References
Brigitte specializes in armor. She can throw Repair Packs to heal teammates, or automatically heal nearby allies when she damages foes with her Flail. Her Flail is capable of a wide swing to strike multiple targets (a maximum of 3), or a Whip Shot that hits an enemy at range (does not stun). When entering the fray, Barrier Shield provides personal defense while she attacks enemies with Shield Bash stunning them for a short time. Brigitte’s ultimate ability, Rally, gives her a substantial short-term boost of speed and provides long-lasting armor to all her nearby allies.
Brigitte is a versatile support hero who specializes in providing armor to allies. Unlike other supports, she is a front-line unit who provides protection similar to tanks rather than staying on the backline. The large healing aura generated by Inspire makes her most useful when her team stays together. Despite her strength in close combat, she has little to no means of harming the enemy at range. If hacked, she has almost no means of helping her team at all.
Weapons & Abilities
- Inspire (Passive): Brigitte's passive ability. Whenever she damages an enemy with Rocket Flail or Whip Shot, the healing aura will be created around her which heal allies over time. Every attack will refresh the passive.
- The ability has a short cooldown before it regenerates again.
- While the healing aura is very large, it has the weakest healing in number in general. Because the nature of the ability requires her to attack the enemy, this can sometimes be inconsistent when there is no enemy to attack.
- Keep as a group with your teammates as the healing won't go through walls and centers around Brigitte.
- Rocket Flail: Brigitte's primary weapon. Her primary fire is a melee attack with the flail. The attack is extended forward and can hit multiple enemies, although it deals low damage in contrast to fast attack speed.
- Much like Reinhardt's, the attack replaces her melee attack.
- Unlike Reinhardt's Rocket Hammer, Rocket Flail doesn't create any knockback to the enemy. It is best used in terms of an offensive tool rather than defensive tool, especially combining with Shield Bash since she can rush to the enemy and combo them with the flail.
- To keep her healing aura consistently generating, position yourself in the close-quarters to the enemy and protect yourself with barrier. Whenever you get a chance, attack them with it to create the aura. Note that you don't have to continuously damage the enemy since Inspire has its own cooldown and doesn't stack.
- Repair Pack: When activated, Brigitte will throw a repair pack toward the targeted ally. When it contacts the target, it will heal a large amount of health immediately. If the healing reaches the target maximum threshold, it will apply the armor instead. The armor gained from Repair Pack will be depleted after 5 seconds or until fully damaged.
- This has a medium cooldown, so it is best to use it on half to critical health allies, as if used wrong it could cause important allies to be eliminated.
- Since the armor will disappear after 5 seconds, avoid using it to randomly give armor on allies like Torbjorn's Armor Pack.
- Using this ability when Inspire isn't active is recommended due to its large maximum range.
- Whip Shot: When activated, Brigitte will throw her flail a long distance, dealing a decent amount of damage and knocking an enemy away. Her movement speed will be heavily decreased during the cast time.
- While it is a bit hard, this ability is useful to do an environmental kill when the enemy is standing around a cliff.
- Whip Shot creates a strong knockback compared to Shield Bash. You can increase the knockback from Shield Bash by activating Whip Shot immediately and sending them off of a cliff or the objective.
- This ability also activates Inspire. This is useful as a kite tool to heal her teammate as it has long range and short cooldown to compensate it.
- Try not to use it on open area, as her reduced movement speed will make herself easy to be headshot by the enemy.
- Her Rocket Flail has a very long second half animation, you can easily cancel this into a Whip Shot to increase your DPS.
- She is most vulnerable while using Whip Shot as it cannot be cancelled with her shield. The animation duration varies depending on the distance at which the Whip Shot makes contact (if at all).
- Barrier Shield: When activated, Brigitte will deploy a frontal energy barrier to absorb any incoming damage. The barrier is only a size of herself and can receive a limited amount of damage. Her movement speed will be slightly decreased when holding a shield. When not in use, the shield will begin regenerate its health until it is redeployed. When broken, the shield can't be used for a short duration.
- Due to its small size, it is best to be used as a personal barrier or use it to protect a key teammate such as Mercy beginning Resurrect.
- Switch between primary fire and barrier mode more frequently when you are closing the gap with an enemy as you can lure them to unleash a strong attack which the barrier can absorb.
- Much like Reinhardt's barrier, her Barrier Shield is extremely useful when playing mind games with strong enemy ultimates such as Reinhardt's Earth Shatter or McCree's Deadeye.
- Shield Bash: Only available while holding the barrier. When activated while holding the barrier, Brigitte will dash forward and stun an enemy away from herself. She will receive a short burst of movement increased during the cast time and has a slight delay after it contacts the target before it undeploys the shield.
- Much like other stun effects, this is extremely useful to stop ultimates like Reaper's Death Blossom and to some extent Reinhardt's Earth Shatter. Because of how quick it is, it is a good ability to stop a cast-time ultimate.
- Since this ability is available when the barrier is deployed, avoid wasting this ability.
- It is one of the safest abilities in the game, given how the barrier is still deployed while moving forward to stun the enemy.
- In conjunction with Rocket Flail and Whip Shot, you can deal a large amount of damage before knocking the enemy away. Note that contacting an enemy with Shield Bash will have a slight delay before you can undeploy.
- Rally (Ultimate): Brigitte's ultimate ability. When activated, she will generate an aura which slowly gives herself and teammates around her armor. The armor will be increased over time until reaching its cap or until destroyed. Unlike Repair Pack, the armor gained from the ultimate won't be depleted by time until it is damaged by the enemy. Only Brigitte moves faster while the ultimate is active.
- Her ultimate gives 300 armor over its duration, but is capped at 150 total over their health. This means if you use it out of combat to just generate armor for your team, you’re effectively only getting half of its potential compared to having it running during combat.
- The speed boost Brigitte gains is very useful for her to get important melee hits in and to stun key targets.
- Unlike Zenyatta's Transcendence and Lucio's Sound Barrier, her ultimate is more proactive, as it's often better to use it a little bit ahead of a big fight so it has some time to stack up a little bit.
- Brigitte is a great addition to a team, but should not be a solo healer or even paired with Lucio. Brigitte is a great substitute for Zenyatta.
- Inspire is her main source of healing, so go after low health enemies or enemies with low damage output such as Moira.
- Her Rocket Flail is a great weapon to attack many enemies. Whip Shot is useful for knocking enemies off a cliff, or keeping them off a choke point.
- Whip Shot is quick, but still requires Brigitte to lead her shot carefully.
- Be careful when using Whip Shot, as the time it takes to detract can leave her vulnerable. The speed decrease can make her an easy target for snipers.
- Her Barrier Shield is a good defense for protecting herself of low health enemies, and can block some Ultimates entirely.
- Shield Bash can be a great stun on enemy Ultimates, and combined with a melee and whip shot can do massive damage quickly before knocking them away.
- With a quick reaction time, Shield Bash can save teammates who are hooked, flashbanged, and frozen by enemies.
- Brigitte should always help friendly healers, especially when they are being harassed by flankers. In addition, use your shield to cover Mercy while she is resurrecting a teammate.
- Rally can be a push tool or a protection tool. Her Repair Pack is a great way to heal allies, but be wary of its cooldown.
- Brigitte can be a decent counter to Genji, her shield bash being one of the few ways to interrupt his deflect.
- Try to avoid Sombra, as Brigitte's abilities are almost entirely her source of usefulness.
- While she is labeled as a support hero, Brigitte is somewhat of a Tank/Support hybrid. She has the highest amount of total health points among Support heroes (50 armor/200 HP), and her Barrier Shield can be a useful damage blocker.
- There are three main threats to Brigitte: Turrets such as Symmetra's Sentry Turrets, snipers (as she has a larger hit-box than other supports), and Tanks. Be wary of these when playing, as they can easily take her out.
- Along with Reinhardt, Brigitte can do damage from her Rocket Flail to enemies around her. PC and *Console players can quickly move around while her attack animation is playing ("*" = Sensitivity value above 85% is required).
- Between her standard Rocket Flail attacks, Shield Bash and Whip Shot, Brigitte is capable of devastating burst damage that can take her opponent off guard and kill them before they react. Low health heroes such as Tracer, Moira and Genji are her best potential targets. A Shield Bash, followed by a standard attack and a quick Whip Shot, will instantly kill a full-health Tracer (assuming she has no Shields or Armor); however, if you miss a single hit of the combo, she can Recall and your efforts will be for naught. When fighting a higher health character like Moira or Genji, it's wiser to damage them with standard attacks first to ensure the combo will finish them off.
- Thanks to her self-healing and high health, Brigitte can handle herself rather well against Roadhog. However, Roadhog's Take a Breather can make a prolonged fight difficult; this can be counteracted by waiting to perform Shield Bash until Roadhog begins to heal himself, as this will not only stop his healing, but also cut off his defensive buff, making it easier to finish him off.
- While it's tempting to use Whip Shot as the final move of a combo, it's important to be aware of whether or not your opponent will survive the attack. If they do, they'll be sent flying away from you and your team, making it easy for them to escape and recover. In this situation, it's best to position yourself so Whip Shot will knock your opponent into a desirable location (such as towards your team or off a cliff), or if necessary, refrain from using Whip Shot altogether and try to finish them off with standard attacks.
Brigitte is the youngest daughter of Torbjörn and Ingrid Lindholm, and is a traveling companion of Reinhardt Wilhelm. No longer sitting on the sidelines, Brigitte Lindholm has taken up arms to defend those in need of protection. She is very stubborn, a trait inherited from her father.
|“||He has been bothering me insufferably at my bedside. Half in jest, I suggested that if it would shut him up, I would allow him to name our daughter, as he has been badgering me about it these past months. He, of course, took me at my word. Truth be told, I had been considering making him her godfather, and I hope you'll forgive me for making this decision without your consultation. We can only hope she doesn't take after him too much.||„|
|~ Torbjörn in a letter to Ingrid|
Brigitte was conceived many months before the events of Operation White Dome, where her father lost his arm in battle. He would have lost his life as well, if not for Reinhardt's actions. As he recovered in hospital, Reinhardt wouldn't leave his side. Torbjörn became so frustrated that he told Reinhardt that if he left him alone, he could name his daughter. Torbjörn also decided to make him the godfather. Hence, Brigitte received her name, and her godfather.
Brigitte was the first of Torbjörn's children to show an interest in mechanical engineering. Brigitte spent much of her spare time in her father's workshop, learning the trade and honing her skills. Her aptitude for engineering mirrored that of her father's, but Brigitte's primary interest was in armor fabrication and defensive systems, unlike Torbjörn, who was world renowned (and perhaps infamous) for the weapons he created. As a child, she made a suit of armor for her pet cat (much to its disgruntlement).
Everyone expected that Brigitte would continue her apprenticeship and follow in her father's footsteps. But her plans changed due to influence of another prominent figure in her life, her father's close friend and fellow Overwatch agent, Reinhardt Wilhelm. A close friend of the family and Brigitte's godfather, Reinhardt told Brigitte tales of heroes and chivalry as she grew up. After his retirement and Overwatch's fall, Reinhardt declared that he would become a knight-errant on a quest to bring justice. Before he left on his adventures, Brigitte surprised him by asking to join him as his squire. Interested in adventure, Brigitte wanted to travel around, do good, and getting a chance to make the world a better place. Reinhardt accepted her request. She considered traveling alongside him to be a great honor.
Travels with Reinhardt
|“|| Reinhardt. I don't approve of you dragging that poor girl around on your adventures.
Brigitte has made her choice. I would have her at my side.
|~ Mercy and Reinhardt|
As a squire, Brigitte had many responsibilities, the most important of which was the upkeep of Reinhardt's Crusader armor (a design she was familiar with as the current version was designed by her father). On occasion, they would get into scraps. More and more, she found her main job was taking care of Reinhardt himself, trying to protect him from his over-enthusiasm even as his body was breaking down from years of combat. Eventually, she realized that serving only as a mechanic wasn't enough, and that the best way she could aid Reinhardt was to become a warrior in her own right. While Reinhardt trained her in combat, Brigitte began to build her own suit of armor in secret. Her initial suit was a prototype, made from whatever materials she could find.
|“|| We need new parts. Your armor can't handle another battle in this condition.
When has that ever stopped us before?
|~ Brigitte and Reinhardt|
Low on fuel and money, Reinhardt and Brigitte stopped off in a town to obtain some of the former. They discovered it to be akin to a ghost town, and it was revealed to be due to the Dragons, a group of armed scavengers. They encountered the Dragons soon afterwards, and Brigitte was held back as the thugs assaulted her friend, leaving only after Reinhardt had been soundly beaten. Brigitte rushed over to help him as the Dragons headed off to loot another town. Returning to their transport, Reinhardt remained set on helping the people, despite Brigitte's warnings that his armor couldn't handle another battle. Nonetheless, they got to work on its repair, and Brigitte located the Dragons in a factory outside town. Reinhardt engaged the criminals in combat, returning with the declaration that they would not bother the town any longer. Using scrap retrieved from the factory, Brigitte gave Hanna's stuffed toy lion an 'upgrade.'
Their job done, the pair returned to their original goal of picking up fuel.
That same year, Brigitte and Reinhardt spent Christmas at her parents' home, with the latter reading stories to the Lindholm grandchildren.
Honor and Glory
|“||I thought we talked about this. You don't have to do this anymore. Winston's message wasn't meant for you. This isn't your fight. Papa told me, after so many years of service. You gave Overwatch everything, and then they pushed you out. Why would you go back to them? What are they still fighting for?||„|
Brigitte and Reinhardt were in Eichenwalde when they discussed the issue of Reinhardt returning to Overwatch, per a recall order from Winston. Brigitte was against the idea, telling Reinhardt that Winston's message wasn't meant for him. She also expressed a dim view on Overwatch, given how Reinhardt had been forced to retire from the organization in his fifties. Despite her pleading, Reinhardt resolved to heed the recall order. Realizing that Reinhardt believed that he had no choice, she resolved to support her mentor as best she could.
Taking Up Arms
|“||In stories, the heroes get the honor and glory. But their gleaming armor, their mighty weapons, the people who built them were heroes in their own right. And I thought I was going to follow in their footsteps. But a hammer and tools can't fix every problem. There are some things that can never be repaired. It's not enough to wait until the battle is over to fix their armor and bandage their wounds. If you can fight at their side, you can try to keep the blows from falling, and maybe even protect them from themselves. I am Brigitte Lindholm. And I will be their shield.||„|
Brigitte finished work on her armor, though continued to refine it. At some point her father added to the design. She now fought at Reinhardt's side to protect him, and any others in need as knight and squire journey to make the world a better place, one battle at a time.
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|Kill an airborne enemy with Brigitte’s Whip Shot in Quick or Competitive play.||100x100px|
- Like her father, Brigitte has an Ironclad Guild tattoo on her shoulder. Hers is on her outer left shoulder, while Torbjörn's is on his outer right shoulder.
- Michael Chu has commented that Brigitte "probably looks at a lot of holo-cat gifs. He has further confirmed that in an arm-wrestling match between Brigitte and Zarya, Zarya would win.
- Brigitte also sports her father's old wrench from his Overwatch days, on her Engineer/Mechanic Skins, which is located hanging under her pack. Her Mechanic skin has the original color scheme.
Brigitte was originally designed by Nesskain. When Reinhardt was being developed, the developers "wanted a character who would play Sancho Panza to Reinhardt's Don Quixote." As a result, the concept for Brigitte as a character (if not a hero) existed more or less from the outset.
Because she already existed in lore before work began on her as a hero, the designers already had a good idea as to how to approach her character design. A rough sketch of her as an engineer was submitted. Another design for her was as an actual paladin (nicknamed "the pally") with armor motifs more akin to the fantasy archtype. In this version, a sun crest was on her shield rather than a lion. The lion crest was chosen to look like Reinhardt's, inspired by the idea that a squire bears the arms of the knight they serve. The shield and flail combination was previously conceived as a weapon kit for Wildebeest, Reinhardt's prototype design. The canceled hero concept known as Troy also shared similar abilities. Swords and a more traditional mace were considered for Brigitte, but the developers went with the rocket flail because of its connection to her hammer-wielding inspirations.
In her final design, elements of the paladin remained, but Ben Zhang made the aesthetics a bit more akin to her mechanic design. He reasoned that as Torbjörn's daughter and Reinhardt's squire, her design should take elements from both. Likewise, her role as a tech-based healer also influenced the final design.
Brigitte was announced and added to the PTR on February 28, 2018. When her official page on the website was made public, her age was listed as 28. Lead writer Michael Chu notified fans on Twitter that that version of the bio was outdated and had some incorrect details, including her age. The age was later changed to the current 23 on March 1, 2018. This makes her the second hero in the cast to have a publicly known age adjustment, the first being Mercy.
- 2018-02-24, Story Update: A Letter to Torbjörn to his Wife PlayOverwatch. Accessed on 2018-02-24.
- 2017-11-08, Michael Chu: "If you're referring to their appearance in Reflections, the younger ones are his grandchildren.". Twitter, accessed on 2018-02-28
- 2018-02-28, PlayOverwatch: "A very good question. Those are Torbjörn's grandkids!". Twitter, accessed on 2018-02-28
- 2018-02-28, Andrea Toyias on Twitter: "My inbox is blowing up. Wanted to get back to you u on our new amazing hero, Brigitte. She's stolen all our hearts! Happy to let you know we found an INCREDIBLE actress in Sweden to bring our powerful new hero to life. Everyone meet Matilda Sandborgh! Please say hello! @MSmedius" Twitter. Accessed on 2018-02-28.
- Brigitte, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2018-03-01
- Michael Chu on Twitter
- 2018-03-21, STORY UPDATE: BRIGITTE Q&A. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2018-03-24
- 2018-28-02, NEW HERO – COMING SOON Brigitte Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2018-03-01
- Overwatch, Brigitte Quotes
- Overwatch: Reinhardt: Dragon Slayer
- Tracer: Reflections
- Honor and Glory
- 2017-11-03, Nesskain: "Im so glad that I design Brigitte, of course OW team improved her and make her buffier, that’s awesome" Twitter. Accessed on 2017-11-27.
- 2017-03-15, Inside Overwatch | Brigitte Concept Art. YouTube, accessed on 2018-03-18
- The Art of Overwatch, page 81
- 2018-02-28, New Hero First Look: Brigitte PlayOverwatch. Accessed on 2018-02-28.
- 2018-02-28, Michael Chu (1): "(BTW, some of the details on her hero story page are incorrect, it's an old version.)" Michael Chu (2): "Her age, the other changes are pretty minor." Twitter. Accessed on 2018-03-01
- 2018-03-01, Hammeh on Twitter: "Lore fans - Brigitte's age is now corrected - 23 (from what was an incorrect/old bit of copy that needed fixing apparently yesterday) :)" Twitter. Accessed on 2018-03-01
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