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"Everything can be hacked... and everyone."

Real Name
Olivia Colomar[1]
Dorado, Mexico
Los Muertos (formerly)
Talon (currently)
Carolina Ravassa (English)
Emmanuelle Rivière (French)
Lara Trautmann (German)
Chiwa Saitō (Japanese)
Carol Crespo (Brazilian Portuguese)
Lourdes Arruti (American Spanish)
Cosmetic page
Quotation page
Character Video

Sombra is an Offense hero in Overwatch.


Stealth and debilitating attacks make Sombra a powerful infiltrator. Her hacking can disrupt her enemies, ensuring they're easier to take out, while her EMP provides the upper hand against multiple foes at once. Sombra’s ability to Translocate and camouflage herself makes her a hard target to pin down.[3]



Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra Opportunist.png

Sombra detects critically injured enemies through walls.


  • Opportunist detects enemies below 50% health.
  • The effect is only visible to Sombra. Her team does not share this vision, so it is up to the Sombra player to communicate this information.
  • The silhouette has a glowing effect to it, different from other wall vision effects.

Machine Pistol

Weapon (Primary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra Machine Pistol.png

Rapid Fire Hitscan
Falloff range
15 to 25 meters
Rate of fire
20 rounds per second
Reload time
1.5 seconds

Sombra’s fully-automatic machine pistol fires in a short-range spread.





Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra Hack.png

Maximum range
15 meters
Casting time
0.8 second
Abilities: 6 seconds
Health Bar/Ultimate Status reveal: 20 seconds
Health Pack: 60 seconds
Turrets: 10 seconds
8 seconds

Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.


  • The button must be held down for the full casting time to complete the hack. Taking damage or releasing the button before the hack completes will cancel the hack attempt, not triggering the cooldown.
  • Hack's effects do not stack from multiple allied Sombras (or during low cooldown brawls), but all durations will be refreshed.
  • Hacked enemies have their health bar revealed to all Sombra's allies and an icon will appear if their ultimate ability is ready.
  • Hacked health packs respawn much faster (small health packs in 2.5 seconds, large health packs in 3.75 seconds).
  • Hacked health packs have Sombra's icon floating above them, with a color draining animation displaying the duration remaining on the hack. This is visible to both teams: purple for allies and red for enemies.
  • Health packs cannot be hacked by defending teams before the game starts.
  • Multiple health packs can be hacked at the same time, cooldown permitting.
  • Sombra cannot interact with health packs already hacked by an enemy Sombra.
  • While within 30 meters of a hacked health pack, Sombra and her team can see it through walls as a faint greenish-blue glow.
  • The rule for Sombra's Hack in its simplest form is: any ability that is displayed in the bottom-right on the hero's HUD cannot be activated while hacked (i.e. Sprint is disabled but Hover isn't). This is with the notable exception of Ice Wall's reactivation, which can be done while hacked.
    • That is to say, any ability not shown on the HUD is considered a "Passive" ability (even if it requires activation).
    • Secondary fire options listed on the HUD will be disabled even if they use ammunition, e.g. Soundwave.
  • Comprehensive list of hero interactions:
    • Ana Ana: Prevents Sleep Dart, Biotic Grenade and Nano Boost. Does not interrupt Nano Boost once active.
    • Bastion Bastion: Prevents Reconfigure, Self-Repair and Configuration: Tank. Interrupts Configuration: Sentry and Self-Repair. Does not interrupt Configuration: Tank once active.
    • D.Va D.Va: Prevents Defense Matrix, Boosters, Micro Missiles, Self-Destruct and Call Mech. Interrupts Defense Matrix, Micro Missiles, Boosters and Call Mech. Does not interrupt Self-Destruct once active.
    • Doomfist Doomfist: Prevents Seismic Slam, Rising Uppercut, Rocket Punch and Meteor Strike.
    • Genji Genji: Prevents Swift Strike, Deflect and Dragonblade. Interrupts Swift Strike and Deflect. Does not affect Cyber-Agility. Does not interrupt Dragonblade once active.
    • Hanzo Hanzo: Prevents Dragonstrike and locking in a Sonic Arrow or Scatter Arrow, but not firing one that has already been locked in. Interrupts Dragonstrike during casting, refunding the charge. Does not affect Wall Climb.
    • Junkrat Junkrat: Prevents Concussion Mine (placement and activation), Steel Trap and RIP-Tire. Interrupts RIP-Tire during casting, without refunding the charge. The Mine, Trap, and Tire cannot be targeted.
    • Lúcio Lúcio: Prevents Soundwave, Crossfade (whatever song Lúcio was previously playing will continue, but he will not be able to switch), Amp It Up and Sound Barrier. Interrupts Sound Barrier before he hits the ground. Does not affect Wall Ride.
    • Mei Mei: Prevents Cryo-Freeze, Ice Wall (placement only) and Blizzard. Interestingly, Mei can still melt an Ice Wall while Hacked. Does not interrupt Cryo-Freeze, during which she cannot be targeted by Hack.
    • Mercy Mercy: Prevents Guardian Angel, Resurrect and Valkyrie. Interrupts Guardian Angel and Resurrect. Does not affect Angelic Descent, health regeneration, Caduceus Staff (including switching beam types) or Valkyrie (Flying).
    • McCree McCree: Prevents Combat Roll, Flashbang and Deadeye. Interrupts Combat Roll and Deadeye.
    • Orisa Orisa: Prevents Halt!, Fortify, Protective Barrier and Supercharger. The Supercharger device can be hacked once placed. Does not interrupt Fortify once active.
    • Pharah Pharah: Prevents Jump Jet, Concussive Blast and Barrage. Interrupts Jump Jet and Barrage. Does not affect Hover.
    • Reinhardt Reinhardt: Prevents Barrier Field, Charge, Fire Strike and Earthshatter. Interrupts Barrier Field, Charge, and Earthshatter.
    • Reaper Reaper: Prevents Wraith Form, Shadow Step and Death Blossom. Interrupts Shadow Step and Death Blossom. Does not interrupt Wraith Form, during which he cannot be targeted by Hack. Does not affect The Reaping.
    • Roadhog Roadhog: Prevents Take a Breather, Chain Hook and Whole Hog. Interrupts Chain Hook, Take a Breather, and Whole Hog.
    • Soldier: 76 Soldier: 76: Prevents Helix Rockets, Sprint, Biotic Field and Tactical Visor. Interrupts Sprint. Does not interrupt Tactical Visor once active.
    • Sombra Sombra: Prevents Hack, Thermoptic Camo, Translocator (placement and activation) and EMP.
    • Symmetra Symmetra: Prevents Sentry Turret, Photon Barrier, Shield Generator and Teleporter from being activated. Interrupts Energy Ball, but does not prevent it. The Turrets, Generator, and Teleporter cannot be targeted by Hack.
    • Torbjörn Torbjörn: Prevents Build Turret, Armor Pack and Molten Core. Turrets can also be Hacked once placed. Does not destroy existing Armor Packs. Does not interrupt Molten Core once active.
    • Tracer Tracer: Prevents Blink, Recall and Pulse Bomb. Interrupts Blink.
    • Widowmaker Widowmaker: Prevents Grappling Hook, Venom Mine and Infra-Sight. Interrupts Grappling Hook. Does not interrupt Infra-Sight once active.
    • Winston Winston: Prevents Jump Pack, Barrier Projector and Primal Rage. Interrupts Jump Pack. Does not interrupt Primal Rage once active.
    • Zarya Zarya: Prevents Particle Barrier, Projected Barrier and Graviton Surge. Does not interrupt Particle Barrier or Projected Barrier, during which the enemy cannot be targeted by Hack. Does not interrupt Graviton Surge once active.
    • Zenyatta Zenyatta: Prevents Orb of Harmony, Orb of Discord and Transcendence. Interrupts Orb Volley, but does not prevent it. Does not remove active Orbs. Does not interrupt Transcendence, during which he cannot be targeted by Hack.




Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra Thermoptic Camo.png

Movement speed
10 meters per second
Casting time
0.7 seconds stealthing/unstealthing
Up to 5 seconds
6 seconds

Sombra becomes invisible for a short period of time, during which her speed is boosted considerably. Attacking, using offensive abilities, or taking damage disables her camouflage.


  • The cooldown triggers after the ability is deactivated.
  • Sonic Arrow and Infra-Sight will grant vision of Sombra and render her targetable by auto-aimed effects (e.g. McCree's Deadeye), but she will retain the bonus movement speed until stealth is broken and will become invisible once more duration-permitting.
  • Sound effect and voice over distance is 15 meters.




Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra Translocator.png

Arcing Projectile
15 seconds
4 seconds

Sombra tosses out a translocator beacon. She can instantly return to the beacon’s location while it is active (including when it’s in mid-flight).


  • The Translocator is visible to enemies but cannot be moved or destroyed.
  • Contrary to some old footage of the ability, Translocator does not heal Sombra.
  • The translocator will bounce off walls but not slopes.



Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability Sombra EMP.png

Area of effect
15 meters
6 seconds
Charge required
1250 points

Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast.


  • Sombra passively generates 1% Ult Charge every 2.50 seconds.
  • Also destroys the Shield health on Symmetra's Teleporter and Shield Generator.
  • Barriers and shields will not protect players behind them from being Hacked.
  • Zarya will generate Energy when her Barrier is destroyed by EMP as if it was damaged to 0.
  • Zenyatta's invulnerability while under Transcendence will protect him from both the Hack and the shield removal.
  • Unlike other ultimate abilities Sombra alerts her entire team regardless of distance from her that she had used her EMP. This is done by Sombra's image appearing in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to all allies accompanied by a radio transmission sounding "EMP activated."



Stealth and debilitating attacks makes Sombra a powerful infiltrator. Her hacking can disrupt her enemies, ensuring that they're easier to take out, while her EMP provides the upper hand against multiple foes at once. Sombra’s ability to Translocate and camouflage herself makes her a hard target to pin down. Even though she can deal high damage by her own, her weapon's weakness is the large spreading which will force her to fight rather close range. She lacks any alternative way to damage enemies or to improve in-combat mobility, allowing a hacked enemy to still fight back like normal, albeit without relying on abilities.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Opportunist: Sombra's passive ability. Sombra will learn the position of any enemy whose health is less than 50%. The glowing effect of this ability is different from other abilities that can see through walls. Only Sombra alone can gain this enhanced vision, as allies do not.
    • Communication is vital to utilize this ability to its fullest; Opportunist specifically highlights targets who are low on health, which is vital information Sombra can share with her teammates.
  • Machine Pistol: Sombra's primary weapon. Her Machine Pistol shoots in a very fast fire-rate and has a large magazine. It has a large spreading and deals little damage per shot. The gun works best on short-range combat as it has damage falloff around mid-range.
    • While the Machine Pistol is lacking in accuracy, it makes up for that in magazine size and fire rate. Sombra can unload onto close-range targets and dispatch them with ease, especially when aiming for headshots.
    • The Machine Pistol's reload is finished slightly after Sombra inserts the magazine into the gun, not after the animation completes.
  • Hack: Sombra's key ability. The Hack can be performed by pressing secondary attack towards a target for 0.8 second. After she finished the Hack, the enemy will have their abilities disabled for 6 seconds. She can also hack any health packs to make it respawn even faster while preventing the enemy from using it. Sustaining any amount of damage during the activation of Hack will interrupt the ability.
    • Hack will disable most active abilities. Some secondary attacks that is showed in the ability interface (such as Soldier: 76's Helix Rockets) will also be disabled. Passive abilities will work like normal.
    • Hacked health packs will give Sombra an ultimate charge when her teammates collect a pack, as it counts as healing done. It last long for 60 seconds until Sombra must re-hack the health pack to refresh the duration.
    • Torbjörn's Turret can be hacked, and it will be deactivated for 10 seconds instead of 6 seconds.
    • Sombra can't hack a health pack during it's preparation state, nor any health packs already hacked by an enemy Sombra.
    • Hack cannot target enemies protected by a barrier, with immunity or any hero-summoned entities (with the exception of Torbjörn's turrets).
    • Hacking an enemy will show their health bar and ultimate status when it is ready.
  • Thermoptic Camo: This is the main method for Sombra to infiltrate the enemy team. She will cloak herself and enter into invisible status. She gains increased movement speed during the 6 seconds of stealth. Taking some other actions or taking any amount of damage will break the invisibility.
    • The cooldown triggers after the stealth is broken or expired.
    • Sombra can perform a couple of actions while cloaked, such as throwing/activating her Translocator and reloading her Machine Pistol.
    • Some abilities can detect Sombra under stealth effect; such as Hanzo's Sonic Arrow or Widowmaker's Infra-Sight.
    • Sometimes, using the speed boost from the Camo is more important than the invisibility itself; you can use the camo to run towards objectives and rely on your Translocator to get you out of danger instead.
  • Translocator: Sombra will throw a beacon in an arc, bouncing off any vertical surface until it hits solid-ground. The beacon lasts for up to 15 seconds or until she activates the ability again to teleport herself onto the marked location instantly.
    • The beacon will have a light effect which is bright enough for enemies to notice the device.
    • The beacon can't be destroyed by enemies.
    • Cooldown triggers after Sombra teleports to it or when the beacon expires.
    • The time it takes to teleport to the Translocator is not instant. It is delayed by a slight fraction of a second. Keep this in mind when jumping across pits and escaping from enemies when the device isn't planted on ground.
  • EMP (Ultimate): Sombra's ultimate ability. Sombra discharges her energy and create a blast in a large radius around herself. All enemies within the blast will be Hacked and unable to use any abilities for 6 seconds. Any active Barriers from enemies will be destroyed. It also destroys shield or barrier-health on all targets including Symmetra's Teleporter/Shield Generator.
    • EMP is able to pierce through barriers to hack multiple targets, and hack all health packs in the area of effect.
    • EMP's blast doesn't go through walls.
    • EMP is an excellent "initializer" ability; that is to say it is the first ultimate to be used during a team fight. For example, an allied Soldier: 76 could have his Tactical Visor ready to go, but the enemy team has a Reinhardt and D.Va already blocking his attacks. Sombra can use her EMP to knock out both of their abilities, leaving them and the rest of their team wide open to 76's ultimate.

General strategies

  • A common mistake is to rush in to the objective as you would with Winston or Genji. Remember: you do not have the mobility or the health to spare when it comes to confrontations. Instead, use Opportunist and your team's overall health to determine the right time to strike. The only time it's safe to rush onto a point is if you've placed your Translocator over a health pack in a safe and friendly location; in this case, if you feel like you're losing the fight and are about to die, you can quickly Translocate to escape the fight and heal up.
  • While nobody likes having their abilities disabled, some heroes are more affected than others. Priortizing who to hack is a core part of mastering the ability. Try to think of who would be the most affected by a Hack, and keep in mind it's not always a Support hero such as Mercy or Ana - perhaps there is a Genji harrassing your backline that your team is having trouble pinning down, or you've spotted a Reaper hiding who may have his Ultimate ready
  • Choose your hack targets wisely. At a cooldown of 8 seconds, wasting it on a health pack closer to your respawn that your team won't end up using may mean you won't be ready to hack an enemy or health pack closer to the objective or at a choke point.
  • Don't underestimate the power of hacking Health packs; not only do they respawn faster and are unusable by the enemy, but allies who collect your hacked health packs will generate considerable amounts of Ultimate charge for you, especially from large Health packs. With how frequently your hack is off cooldown, you can claim several packs for your own in a rapid space of time, and they stay hacked for an extremely long time; one minute in total.
  • If Sombra takes any damage of any kind, the Camo is instantly broken. As such, try to avoid running through fights while invisible; you may get caught in the crossfire and become exposed as a result.
  • The Translocator can be used at any distance; don't be afraid to throw it down in a safe location just before going to the objective. If you hack a health pack and throw your beacon on it, you can quickly Translocate back to it in a heated fight for instant health, behaving in a similar way of Tracer's Recall.
  • The Translocator is a visible object to enemies on the map. A cautious player may note your Translocator and camp near it, waiting for you to appear. To avoid this from happening, try to place it in areas that aren't visited often - away from hot spots such as health packs and objectives - and avoid leaving it around for its full lifetime. It may get to exist for fifteen seconds but keep in mind the longer you let it exist the more likely someone is going to find it.
  • Have your Translocator ready when moving to use EMP; its AoE nature requires Sombra to try and stand within the centre of the enemy team, which is extremely dangerous and will require you to teleport out almost immediately.



One of the world's most notorious hackers, Sombra uses information to manipulate those in power.[3]

Sombra's skills include computer hacking and cryptography;[4] these are activities she greatly enjoys, to the point where the desire to get past locks and solving mysteries is ingrained in her personality.[5] She is a known associate of Reaper, specializing in espionage and intelligence assessment.[6][7] She is equipped with devices that allow hacking of technology just through touch. This includes a cybernetic graft implanted along her spine.[8] which basically makes her a living computer.[5] She is a loner emotionally, finding it difficult to make friends[9] (outside coercion).[10] Her personal calling card is a sugar skull.[1]


Long before she took up the alias "Sombra," Olivia Colomar was among the thousands of children who were left orphaned in the aftermath of the Omnic Crisis. With much of Mexico's infrastructure destroyed, she survived by utilizing her natural gifts with hacking and computers.[3] She likewise proved adept at manipulating individuals to suit her own ends.[8]

Olivia gets noticed

After Colomar was taken in by Mexico's Los Muertos gang, she aided it in its self-styled revolution against the government,[3] performing hacks against said government on their behalf.[11] Los Muertos believed that the rebuilding of Mexico had primarily benefited the rich and the influential, leaving behind those who were most in need of assistance.[3] Commissioner Rivera was one such example, when she brought him a basket of bread straight to his desk, which gave her the opportunity to access his computer. She came to realize that knowledge was power, and so, she kept hacking—politicians, corporations, governments,[8] famous people;[5] all were in her domain of inquiry. The retrieval of information became an addiction,[8] and her hacks became more audacious over time.[5] Following her many conquests, Colomar was supremely confident in her skills, but she was caught unprepared when she stumbled into the web of a global conspiracy—one that had also noticed her. With her security irreparably compromised, Colomar was forced to delete all traces of her identity and went into hiding.[3]

Sombra examining the conspiracy

Colomar received a cybernetic graft and re-emerged as "Sombra." In her words, "the girl was gone."[8] Determined to find out the truth behind the conspiracy she had uncovered[3] to "find out who really runs the world,"[8] Sombra launched an even more audacious string of hacks,[3] initiating a world-wide hacking spree,[12] striking against governments, organizations,[1] and corporations such as LumériCo and Volskaya Industries.[5] Her exploits earned her no shortage of admirers, including Talon. She joined the organization's ranks and is believed to have contributed to its massive cyber-attacks against corporations with strong ties to their governments.[3]

Dethroning the King Viper

Now with Talon,[3] Sombra worked with Los Muertos again, and was able to hack the website of LumériCo, posting claims that its CEO, Guillermo Portero, was plundering the riches of Mexico to fill his own purse, that he had corrupted the government, and wouldn't stop until the entire country was under his control.[13] Sombra was able to infiltrate Portero's personal email, and use it without Portero knowing about the intrusion. She sent out an email via Portero's own webmail, promising to unveil his "dirty laundry" to the public.[14] Sombra successfully released a number of internal documents to the public, catching the attention of both Mexican law enforcement and Atlas News. The documents indicated that Portero used the company's funds as his own piggy bank, that he was personally involved in bribing public officials and creating a system of kickbacks and payoffs beneficial to LumériCo, and finally, that he proposed a plan to seize privately held land via government expropriation to expand LumériCo's facilities throughout Mexico. The emails also showed that LumériCo was in conversations with the Vishkar Corporation, in regards to exporting its energy systems; a cause of concern given the company's actions in Rio de Janeiro.

Law enforcement categorized the break-ins as a criminal action, and Atlas News reported on the "Sombra collective," mistaking Colomar's identity as a group, not an individual. Sombra claimed that she was "only acting the public interest."[15] Her efforts incited a popular revolution in Mexico against LumériCo,[3] and pro-Sombra grafitti was reported across the world. Less than a week after the leak, Portero stepped down as CEO. By this point, Sombra was already hacking the network of her next target—Volskaya Industries.[16]

Attack on Volskaya

Sombra in Volskaya Industries

Sombra, with Widowmaker and Reaper, infiltrated Volskaya Industries to assassinate it's CEO, Katya Volskaya. Sombra deactivated the security alerts and turrets within the facility to allow Reaper and Widowmaker access. The mission appeared to go without a hitch, Widowmaker was unable to get a clear line of sight before the operation was interrupted by an alarm—one that Sombra had set off herself. Widowmaker held the perimeter while Reaper cleared the ground floor, he was unable to get to Katya in the elevator and was forced to confront a mech as she fled to safety. Sombra gave chase, killing and incapacitating Volskaya guards, until she made it into Katya's lock-downed office. While ostensibly there to kill the CEO, Sombra played a different game, revealing her intentions to be Katya's "friend." A friend with benefits, for if Katya helped her out from time to time, she wouldn't leak evidence that Katya had been receiving technology from omnics in order to help her country in the Second Omnic Crisis. Sombra also noted how exposure would affect "the future of Russia" while handing Katya the photo of her daughter from her desk, hinting at how the fallout of a scandal would impact her.[10] Sombra's motives for gaining Katya as an informant was to help her uncover the greater global conspiracy she had discovered.[1] As her security was nearly through with getting the door open, Katya agreed to the terms, and Sombra teleported out of the office, reporting to her comrades that the operation had failed. The Talon operatives returned to the ship, with only Sombra in good cheer.[10]


Sombra and McCree at Calaveras

Sombra spent Christmas drinking at the bar in Calaveras.[17]


Uh, yes, me.
~ Zarya confronts Sombra
Sombra 'greets' Zarya

Katya, not keen on being Sombra's 'friend', dispatched Russian soldier Aleksandra "Zarya" Zaryanova to track her down. Alongside the omnic Lynx Seventeen, Zarya caught up with Sombra in Dorado. The two exchanged words and bullets, but Zarya was able to incapacitate Sombra through a graviton surge. Sombra warned Zarya that if anything happened to her, Katya's secrets would be revealed to the world, including her dealings with omnics. Zarya in turn revealed that she knew Sombra's real name, which briefly fazed the hacker. However, Sombra maintained that she wanted Katya to remain in power, as she wanted her as a source for information. However, the conversation reached its end as Lynx collapsed (as Sombra had hacked him in Numbani when he'd tried to trace her), and revealed that the warehouse they were in would be destroyed in an explosion in one minute. Zarya rescued Lynx and let Sombra live.[1]

In-Universe References

"¿Quién es 'Sombra'?"

Sombra's existence has been hinted at since early pre-beta builds of the game.

  • The name Sombra first appeared during Ellohime's pre-beta stream of Overwatch. While exploring Dorado, Ellohime discovered a table in the LumériCo power plant's control room with three classified manila file folders labeled "SOMBRA [CLASIFICADO]," "SOLDADO: 76 [CLASIFICADO]," and "JACK MORRISON [CLASIFICADO]," along with photographs of Morrison before and after becoming Soldier: 76. These folders can still be seen in-game.[18][19]
  • Some newspapers on the ground in Dorado have an article featuring a silhouette in a hooded cloak, with the headline "¿Quién es 'Sombra'?" ("Who is 'Sombra'?"). This is actually an early version of Sombra's design.[20]
  • Many terminals can been seen in the LumériCo power plant on Dorado. Some of the terminals that display "Niveles de Sincronización del Núcleo" ("Core Synchronization Levels") have blinking error messages which read, "ACCESSO NO AUTORIZADO: Protocolo Sombra" ("UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS: Sombra Protocol").[21]
  • Reaper sometimes says, "Where's Sombra when you need her?" when he spawns on Dorado.[6][22]
  • In the comic Ana: Old Soldiers, while attempting to infiltrate Hakim's compound in Egypt, Soldier: 76 overhears radio chatter between Reaper and Hakim coming from the earpiece of a fallen guard. The two briefly discuss intel regarding an incident involving Helix Security International. Reaper threatens that Sombra better be able to make use of it.[7]
  • On August 30th, 2016, some newspapers in the Overwatch PTR were changed, replacing a headline about Roadhog with one about a "Global Hacking Spree." The newspapers were added to the live game on September 1st.[12]
  • After the September 1st patch, the Numbani news ticker was updated with the headline "LumériCo reports massive breach at Dorado power plant, latest attack in global hacking spree."
  • With the September 22nd PTR patch, several in-game references were changed or added.
    • The terminals in the power plant were changed to display "ACCESSO NO AUTORIZADO: Protocolo Sombra V2.3"[23]. In addition, the terminal screen was added to a room in Volskaya Industries.
    • Two of the Dorado newspapers, including the one with the Sombra article, had the headline "Ola Mundial de Hackeos" ("Global Hacking Spree") added.
    • The newspaper from King's Row was added to other maps, including Temple of Anubis, Hollywood, and in the MV-261 Orca on the Control maps.


Name Icon Description Reward
Hack The Planet
Achievement Hack The Planet.png Hack 15 enemies without dying as Sombra in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Sombra Pixel.png
Power Outage
Achievement Power Outage.png Hack 6 enemies at once as Sombra in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Sombra Cute.png

Alternate Reality Game

Main article: Sombra/ARG

Following the announcement of Ana as the 22nd Overwatch hero, a series of cryptographic puzzles about Sombra were slowly released, dubbed the Sombra ARG by the community.

Developer Comments

  • Eurogamer questioned Jeff Kaplan about whether it was strange that fans had theorized that Sombra would be featured in Hero. Jeff replied, "No, it was not strange. We have put a lot of hints, all over the game and out of the game, so I would say it's about time that people are concerned with who Sombra is. I hope they keep researching more and find more hints that are out there."[24]
  • When asked about Sombra in an interview with Kotaku, Jeff Kaplan said, "I think people have learned that she’s a fun character for them to search and to learn more about and that, like the X-Files, the truth is out there. We’ll see what players discover over time. [...] I think that’s up to Sombra, to give you a cheeky answer. Sombra will let people know when she wants more to be known about her. She’s very good at that sort of thing."[25]
  • As of June 6th, 2016, there were still undiscovered hints about Sombra, according to Jeff Kaplan.[24]
  • On August 3rd, 2016, Fairlight_Excalibur asked the developers he was interviewing about the compass from the Summer Games video, and was told by Jeff Kaplan, "That sounds like deep CIA stuff. Way above our heads."[26] Later, he asked if all of the clues regarding Sombra that had been "scattered around" had been located, if not solved. Jeff replied, "I gotta be honest with this one, this stuff is so far over my head, that I just don't understand. It's very top secret covert ops, even on the team, so most people don't even know." After Fairlight said he felt lied to and that Jeff did know, Kaplan replied, "It's a mystery."[27]


October 8, 2016 leak.
Close up of Halloween Terror candies.
  • "Sombra" is the Spanish word meaning "shadow", or "shade."
  • Prior to the reveal of Ana as the 22nd playable hero in Overwatch, a photograph of Ana wearing her Shrike mask found on Temple of Anubis was incorrectly identified as Sombra, leading to a widespread assumption that the two characters were one and the same, and that Sombra was the rumored in-development support sniper character.[28][29][30]
  • Voice lines extracted from the Public Test Region after Ana's release featured the first suggestions that Sombra would have a stealth ability.[31]
  • On October 8, 2016, a photo of a posting on Blizzard's enterprise social network was leaked online, containing the details for an internal test build featuring the Junkenstein's Revenge event and Sombra, including a screenshot and her bio.[32]
  • The Halloween Terror loot boxes have candies with the Sombra skull icon on the wrapper.
  • On November 1, 2016, the image urls for unreleased Blizzcon 2016 fine art prints of Sombra and a Diablo III necromancer, hosted on Blizzard's gear store, were leaked, seemingly corroborating the earlier October 8 leak.[33]
  • She was officially announced at BlizzCon 2016 as the 23rd hero.
  • Sombra's machine pistol features an electronic hexidecimal ammo counter, and her translocator was based on designs stolen from Winston.
  • Her origin video shows that she knows Reaper is Gabriel Reyes, Soldier: 76 is Jack Morrison and that Ana is alive.
  • In Infiltration, it appears that she has at least some training in parkour.
  • Michael Chu has indicated that Sombra considers Reaper and Widowmaker to be genuine friends of hers, but that the friendship is "complicated."[9]
  • Sombra is so far the first and only Hero whose real name is not revealed to the audience. As she had to delete her birth identity for her own safety, only she knows what it is and it is highly unlikely that she will ever reveal it.
  • Sombra is also the only Hero that can have another Hero's Highlight Intro appear in her own (her "Hacking" Highlight Intro has another Hero's highlight intro as a prelude before it).
  • The skull used in Sombra's icons refers to the art used for skulls in Mexico's Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival.
  • Unlike most of the heroes, Sombra uses her right hand for the "Quick Melee" attack, instead of the left hand used by most of the heroes.
  • Sombra's real name wasn't revealed until Zarya's comic, Searching.


Early concept art of the Omniblade (left) and Sombra (right).

Sombra originated during the game's early development as a proposed character called the Omniblade, an agile female ninja who would wield shuriken and kunai, predating Hanzo and Genji. As ideation progressed a Mexican theme was incorporated into her design and she was given the name Sombra, however the concept was shelved when they began incorporating elements of her suggested kit, including a double jump and throwing knives that could reveal enemies through walls, into the two new ninja heroes.

Early concept art of Sombra as a stealth hacker

At a later point they conceived of a stealth hacker hero and decided to use the earlier Sombra concept as its foundation. Having previously attempted to build Genji as a slow-moving stealth assassin character and finding it to be unfun, they decided to instead make Sombra an agile infiltration hero focused on gathering intel and disrupting the enemy team, devising her thermoptic camo suit, hacking tendrils, and machine pistol, lending the character a cyberpunk aesthetic. Elements of her new kit seem to have been pulled from the playable Spec Ops class from from the initial pitch for the game that would become Overwatch, which had stealth and EMP abilities.[34] At this point in development Sombra had a hood and a longer coat, however her silhouette began to overlap with the also in-development Ana, so they decided to steer her in a different direction, eventually arriving at her final design.[5]

Initially, Sombra was invisible 100% of the time. This concept generated two problems however. It reduced the sense of Sombra helping her own team (per friendly players not seeing her), and inflicted stress on the enemy team, not knowing if they were safe. Additionally, what she could and couldn't hack went through numerous revisions. She started off as a Support hero, and initially, there was no cooldown for her hacking abilities.[9]





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Zarya: Searching
  2. 2016-07-19, Multiple redditors confirm that the dialect of Sombra's second secret message is from Mexico, not Spain, Reddit.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Sombra, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2016-11-09
  4. Overwatch, Reaper Quotes
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 2016-12-02, BlizzCon 2016 Overwatch: What’s New Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-01-06
  6. 6.0 6.1 2016-04-07, Voice line of Reaper saying "Where's Sombra when you need her?", originally datamined, Youtube.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ana: Old Soldiers, page 2
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 2016-11-04, NEW HERO – COMING SOON Sombra Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2016-11-09
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 2016-11-06. Overwatch's Sombra Started Out OP, Here's How the Devs Fixed Her. GameSpot, accessed on 2016-11-19
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Infiltration
  11. name = "What'sNew">2016-12-02, BlizzCon 2016 Overwatch: What’s New Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-01-06
  12. 12.0 12.1 2016-08-30, A new Sombra newspaper has appeared in different Overwatch maps! Reddit.
  13. 2016-10-26, Sombra ARG: Lumerico Website Update (Oct 25). Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-10-27
  14. 2016-10-19, Sombra ARG: Lumerico Website. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-04
  15. 2016-10-28, LUMÉRICO REVELATIONS: CEO GUILLERMO PORTERO UNDER FIRE. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-11-15
  16. 2016-11-03, LUMÉRICO CEO STEPS DOWN. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-11-15
  17. Tracer: Reflections
  18. 2015-10-15, Ellohime looking at the classified folders, Twitch. Accessed on 2016-07-10
  19. Classified folders on a table in LumériCo labeled "Sombra", "Soldado: 76", and "Jack Morrison". Dorado. Accessed on 2016-07-10
  20. Newspaper found in Dorado reading "¿Quién es 'Sombra'?" Dorado.
  21. Security terminal found in LumériCo reading "ACCESSO NO AUTORIZADO: Protocolo Sombra." Dorado.
  22. 2016-08-02, Michael Chu sort of confirms Reaper's voice line is in-game, Twitter.
  23. 2016-09-22, Protocolo Sombra V2.3 Reddit, accessed on 2016-09-22
  24. 24.0 24.1 2016-06-07, "Overwatch: Blizzard answers the big questions". Eurogamer. Accessed on 2016-07-10
  25. 2016-07-18, "Overwatch's Director On Competitive Mode, Controversies, And The Future", Kotaku.
  26. 2016-08-03, Fairlight_Excalibur asks about the compass, Twitch.
  27. 2016-08-03, Fairlight_Excalibur asks whether all of Sombra's clues have been located, Twitch.
  28. 2016-05-19, An article speculating that Sombra is Pharah's mother and would be revealed in Hero, Eurogamer.
  29. 2016-07-06, "Fans have speculated that a new sniper, who may go by the name Sombra [...], is coming to Overwatch[...]," Polygon.
  30. 2016-07-06, "Players theorize that Sombra is none other than Pharah’s mother[...]," Kotaku.
  31. 2016-07-15, "I extracted some of the audio files from the recent PTR update." Reddit.
  32. 2016-10-08, Rumor: Overwatch’s Sombra and Halloween event details leak Polygon, accessed on 2016-10-10
  33. 2016-11-1, Official Sombra Artwork Leaked Reddit.
  34. Blizzcon 2017, Overwatch: Archives

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