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Baptiste

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"No dying on my watch."

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

Jean-Baptiste Anoumon (French)
Sascha Rotermund (German)
Maurizio Merluzzo (Italian)
Ma Yang (Mandarin (China))
Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese)
Pierre Bittencourt (Brazilian Portuguese)
Alfredo Gabriel Basurto (American Spanish)
Juan Antonio García Sainz de la Maza (European Spanish)

Cosmetics
Cosmetic page
Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Support
Health
200

Baptiste is a Support hero in Overwatch.

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
LCONTROL
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Type
Passive Ability
By first crouching, Baptiste can jump higher.
Max. range:
9.1 meters (full charge)
Hold crouch to jump higher.
Details:
  • Takes 0.7 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
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Type
Weapon (Primary Fire)
Aim Type
Hitscan Hitscan
Baptiste’s three-round-burst Biotic Launcher rewards accuracy and recoil control with significant damage output.
Damage:
Three-round-burst
12.5 - 25 per round
Falloff range:
25 to 45 meters
Rate of fire:
1 burst per 0.65 seconds
Ammo:
45
Reload time:
1.5 seconds
Headshot:
Three-round burst gun.
Details:
  • Baptiste's crosshair moves up as he fires.
  • Reloading Biotic Launcher replenishes the ammo for both the primary and alternate fires.


Biotic Launcher
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Type
Weapon (Secondary Fire)
Aim Type
Arcing projectile Arcing projectile
Biotic Launcher also doubles as a healing device, lobbing projectiles that heal allies near the point of impact.
Healing:
50
Projectile speed:
60 meters per second
Area of effect:
3 meter radius
Rate of fire:
1 shot per 0.8 seconds
Ammo:
12
Reload time:
1.5 seconds
0.95 seconds while continuously firing
Lob a healing projectile that heals all allies near the impact.
Details:
  • Does not heal self.
  • Goes through full-health allies.
  • Baptiste can alternate between the two modes of fire.


Regenerative Burst
LSHIFT
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13 seconds
Type
Ability
Aim Type
Area of effect Area of effect
Baptiste activates an intense regenerative burst that heals himself and nearby allies over time.
Healing:
30 per second
150 overall
Area of effect:
10 meter radius
Casting time:
0.3 seconds
Duration:
5 seconds
Cooldown:
13 seconds
Activate to heal yourself and nearby allies over time.
Details:
  • The heal-over-time effect is applied once upon activation. Allies can go out of range and continue to get healed.
  • Although it has a 0.3 second casting time and animation before the cooldown starts, the effect is applied the instant the button is pressed.


Immortality Field
E
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25 seconds
Type
Ability
Aim Type
Arcing projectile Arcing projectile
Area of effect Area of effect (field)
Baptiste uses a device to create a field that prevents allies from dying. The generator can be destroyed.
Health:
200
Healing:
Any deficit from 20% HP
Projectile speed:
60 meters per second
Area of effect:
6.5 meter radius
Casting time:
0.8 second cast animation
Duration:
5 seconds (generator)
5.5 seconds (field)
Cooldown:
25 seconds
Toss a device that prevents allies from dying. The device 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.
  • Heroes with HP below 20% will instantly be healed to 20% when entering the field. Biotic Grenade can amplify or block this; if the healing is blocked, Immortality Field will still prevent all incoming damage.
  • The generator can be thrown and bounced off walls. The arc is identical to that of Biotic Launcher's alternate fire, except Immortality Field collides with the skybox.
  • Unaffected by Defense Matrix, Deflect, and Kinetic Grasp.
  • The field requires line of sight, but both the thrown generator and the field ignore barriers.
  • Once deployed, the generator can be hacked and disabled for the rest of its duration. (Technically the hack lasts 10 seconds, but the generator does not last that long.)
  • If the generator expires, the field will linger for 0.5 seconds. If the generator is destroyed, the field will still linger, but not as long.
  • Although the ability has a casting animation, the generator is spawned the instant the button is pressed and therefore cannot be cancelled mid-cast by a stun or hack.


Amplification Matrix
Q
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2352 points
Type
Ultimate Ability
Baptiste creates a matrix that doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that pass through it.
Damage:
Healing:
+100% healing amplified
Max. range:
35 meters
Area of effect:
5x5 meter square, with 1 meter beneath the ground
Duration:
10 seconds
Ultimate cost:
2352 points
Project a matrix that doubles the damage and healing of allied projectiles.
Details:
  • 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.
  • Amplification Matrix does not actually double damage. When combined with other amplification abilities, they are added together. For example, Amplification Matrix (+100%) and Mercy's Damage Boost (+30%) will result in +130% damage (230% damage overall).
  • Can be destroyed by EMP.


Strategy[edit | edit source]

You can fire his primary fire and his secondary fire at the same time.

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. However, Immortality Field interacts with the sky hitbox, meaning it may hit that and fail to reach its intended location if thrown too high.

You can use the Immortality Field to body block a door or a spawn room door. Place the drone in a corner where it can't be destroyed and use Baptiste's body to prevent the enemy/enemies from getting through. This is helpful in preventing an overtime contest or to buy some time to stall for your team to finish off the last players on the point or payload. Only do this if you know or you're confident that you can prevent a contest.

As Immortality Field is unable to be hacked before it hits the ground, it is possible to throw it out as an enemy Sombra is using EMP, and have it land after the ultimate's cast is over. Doing so will leave Immortality Field unaffected, so it will still function.

Along with his amplification matrix, you can easily penetrate Zenyatta's Transcendence, which heals 300 health per second, to an enemy if you manage to deal perfect headshots.

Match-Ups and Team Synergy[edit | edit source]

Tank[edit | edit source]

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy
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D.Va
Immortality field is a great counter to bomb. For best effect, tell you team field is off cooldown, and place the lamp as late as possible to reduce the chance of it being destroyed during self-destructs activation time. D.va's large critical hitbox makes her a great target for your primary fire to farm you ultimate. Beware that if you play a more isolated/backline position, D.va will likely hunt you down to force immortality field out. Have an escape route, or use exo-boots to help dodge some of the damage Baptiste doesn't synergise as well with dive comps due to his lack of horizontal mobility and the slow projectile speed of his healing.
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Orisa
Orisa tends to play fixed positions, and her shield can be burnt down quickly with amp matrix. Paring Baptiste up with Orisa gives the entire team good survivability, safe spots to fire from, and cover to fall back and receive healing. Pairing Orisa's Supercharger up with Baptiste's Amplification Matrix also gives the entire team a window of opportunity to deal an immense amount of damage to the enemy.
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Reinhardt
Reinhardt's charge can drag people out of immortality field. If you see a charge connect, throw field at the destination to save the pinned teammate. If you think Reinhardt has Earthshatter, then consider either playing on the high ground, or having exo-boots charged to allow you to dodge the effect. In general it is a good idea to take high ground against Rein/Zarya comps that have little vertical mobility or long range damage Baptiste works well in deathball/brawl comps, where AoE healing quickly charges amp matrix. Reinhardt is able to 1 shot all 200 health heroes with firestrike as long as it passes through the matrix. Consider combining with a CC ultimate/ability to pull this combo off.
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Roadhog
Roadhog can pull you and your allies out of immortality field. If predicted, you can dodge hook with exo boots and call it out to your team. Finally, if predicted, toss immortality field at the enemy Roadhog so if he hooks you, you cannot die. Matrix plus Whole Hog make a high damage combo. Baptiste synergises well with bunker style comps
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Sigma
Sigma's kinetic grasp will give double the shields if he absorbs attacks that have been amplified by your ultimate. Try and keep out of the range of his hyperspheres. When he triggers Gravitic Flux, use regenerative burst to heal the initial damage and poke, then place immortality field as late as possible to save your team from the fall damage. Friendly Sigmas can deal a whopping 220 damage if his attack is amplified by your ultimate, but requires field to be placed relatively near the enemy due to his short range. Baptiste synergises well with bunker style comps
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Wrecking Ball
Hammond's crowd control can be used to move people out of immortality field, and his tendency to distrupt team positions makes your job harder as a healer. However his large hitbox makes him an easier target for your primary fire, especially if someone CC's him. Use immortality field to save people from piledriver/minefield combo. Hammond's speed makes him difficult to land healing on. Aggressively follow up on characters left out of position by his displacement effect.
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Winston
His shield blocks your healing, so activate your regenerative burst before he lands and places it to help survive a dive, and to build ult from his cleave damage. His ultimate doesn't cause that much damage, but causes a lot of disruption making immortality field a poor counter to it. Baptiste doesn't synergise as well with dive comps due to his lack of horizontal mobility and the slow projectile speed of his healing. Proactively using immortality can allow your team to stay on a dive target for longer.
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Zarya
Play far from your team to avoid graviton surge, use your ultimate to amplify your healing to make a makeshift transcendence. Placing your ultimate in front of your graviton surge is a surefire way to melt anyone caught in it.

Damage[edit | edit source]

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy
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Ashe
You can deny the dynamite+body shot kill combo with regeneration burst. Nullify B.O.B with your ultimate so he will die in seconds. Place your ultimate in front of B.O.B to make him an absoloute killing machine. Ashe’s dynamite will deal a minimum of 260 damage if amplified by your ultimate. Amplification matrix will not increase coach gun's knockback.
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Bastion
Bastion's high damage can melt your team if you're unprepraed, it's best to fight Bastion with your immortality field outside of Bastion's view, but still in range for your teammates. Bastions damage with Amplification Matric will kill tanks in seconds, it's best to place it in front of Bastion when you know where the enemy team is going, otherwise you could place it incorrectly.
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Doomfist
Doomfist's ultimate can be nullified with your Immortality Field, make sure to place it as Doomfist is coming down to reduce the possibility of it being destroyed. (To be added)
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Genji
(To be added) (To be added)
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Hanzo
(To be added) (To be added)
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Junkrat
(To be added) (To be added)
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McCree
(To be added) McCree,s deadeye can be affected by amplification matrix, however the ultimate doesn't lock on faster, McCree can shoot while locked on half the way and still 1-shot.
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Mei
(To be added) (To be added)
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Pharah
Use your hitscan gun to take her out of the sky. A very tricky method to kill pharah is if she uses her ultimate, you may be able to make her kill herself with barrage hitting immortality field right in her face. If your pharah uses barrage close to the ground, toss her an immortality field to protect her.
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Reaper
(To be added) (To be added)
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Soldier: 76
Avoid soldier 76 if possible but if you must fight, place immortality field once you go to 150 health due to the threat of helix rockets. Place your ultimate in front of your soldier 76, it is likely to secure a kill.
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Sombra
If you press you ultimate button without placing the matrix, you can place it while hacked, use this for an incoming EMP. (To be added)
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Symmetra
(To be added) (To be added)
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Torbjörn
(To be added) Place your ultimate in front of his turret for a potential 100 dps turret.
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Tracer
(To be added) (To be added)
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Widowmaker
(To be added) Fully charged rifle added to the matrix can kill every pool of life with headshot.

Support[edit | edit source]

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy

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Ana
(To be added) (To be added)
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Baptiste
Try to place immortality field after him, you should win the duel. (To be added)
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Brigitte
(To be added) (To be added)
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Lúcio
Be aware of Lucio's Soundwave, as he can knock your team outside of the field to get them killed. Communication is key, use Regenerative Burst when your Lucio is speeding mid-fight for extra healing
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Mercy
You can kill a Mercy solo when she's resurrecting someone When Mercy is resurrecting someone in a teamfight, place immortality field so she can get them up without dying.
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Moira
(To be added) (To be added)
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Zenyatta
(To be added) (To be added)

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.[2] He grew up in an orphanage outside Port-de-Paix alongside his childhood friend, Roseline Mondésir. Their childhood dream was to build a clinic for the people of their neighbourhood. As a teenager, he looked up to Overwatch.[5] However, with limited opportunities and resources, Baptiste 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. While with the Coalition, he often cobbled together useful equipment from whatever he could find.[2] He had joined the Coalition with the dream of being a hero, like the ones he saw on Overwatch recruitment posters, but the group never came to Haiti. By the time it disbanded, Baptiste had set his dreams of being a hero aside.[5]

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
Baptiste joins Talon

As a member of Talon, Baptiste retained his position of combat medic.[1] Captain Cuerva trained him personally.[3] 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] During his early days in Talon, he befriended Mauga, and the two of them often took to the field together, taking part in numerous extractions.[5] He also met a woman named Sombra, and over time, the two became good friends.[1]

Baptiste served in a strike team under the command of Captain Cuerva.[3] However, things in Talon changed. Slowly, his unit's orders escalated in brutality, expanding into assassinations and operations with civilian casualties.[2] He took part in operations in Singapore and Makati, both of which involved civilian casualties. Cuerva told him the missions were on the level, but while he wanted to believe it, he couldn't.[5] 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.[1] Baptiste considered leaving by himself, but knew that the only way anyone left Talon was in a coffin.[5]

Monte Cristi[edit | edit source]

I’m not going back there. Cuerva said there would be no civilian casualties.
And you were naïve enough to believe him? Look around, Baptiste. This is what we do. Remember Makati? Or that time in Singapore? Or did you conveniently forget how those went down, too?
Cuerva told us that those missions were on the level.
Of course he did. And of course they weren’t. But who cares? We’re in too deep, Baptiste. There are no good people. Not you, not me. All we can do is have fun while we’ve got the chance.”
~ Baptiste and Mauga before parting ways
A mirror darkly

Events came to a head at Monte Cristi. Alongside Mauga, and under the command of Cuerva, a Talon unit deployed to the town to assassinate Daniel Fernández; leader of the Playa Cartel who had been encroaching on Talon's territory. However, upon reaching Fernández's safehouse, they found the crime lord wasn't there. Cuerva ordered Talon to tear the town apart until they found him, and they'd done just that, inflicting collateral damage and civilian casualties in the process. He protested to Cuerva, but he told him to keep searching for Fernández, and that if the civilians wanted to hide him, that was on them. He came face to face with a young girl who, mirroring his own experiences in the Omnic Crisis, stared at him, seeing him as nothing more than an unknown soldier who had destroyed her home. Baptiste lowered his rifle and fled into the night, the sound of screams following him.

Baptiste tried to escape in a fishing boat, but he was confronted by Mauga. He declared that Mauga would either have to let him go or kill him. Over the radio, he heard Cuerva's voice, asking if Mauga had found Baptiste yet. After a long pause, Mauga said that he hadn't found Baptiste. He let Baptiste go, telling him to "call me when you're ready to come home." Baptiste quietly thanked his friend, and drove the boat off into the night.[5]

Dealing with the Devil[edit | edit source]

I know better than to underestimate Baptiste. I helped train him myself, and he was one of our best. I’ve never known a medic to be such a good shot, and his adaptability to new situations is a rare talent. All of us have seen our fair share of conflict, but Baptiste was built to survive. I swear he has the Devil’s own luck.
~ D. Cuerva
Baptiste turns against Talon

Disgusted with what he had done, and determined to forge a new path for himself,[2] Baptiste fled to Tortuga, Haiti.

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. Contact was lost with Cuerva and his team soon afterwards;[3] the squad had made the mistake of coming after him one by one. Baptiste later commented that he had saved Cuerva for last.[5]

A Better World[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 not 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] whom he met at an aid site in Venezuela.[5]

What You Left Behind[edit | edit source]

Four years, and you never even wrote. That hurts me, buddy, deep inside. What were you doing all this time? Breaking hearts? Traveling the world? Actually, don’t tell me. We’ll have lots of time on the way back to Talon HQ.
~ Mauga
A less than pleasant reunion

Four years after Monte Cristi, Baptiste visited Ros in her clinic, helping out with the patients. The clinic was experience a shortage of drugs, as Sainclair Pharmaceuticals had kept raising prices. Night had fallen by the time he left the clinic, and he headed for Lefort's—a place he had frequented a lot during his childhood. However, upon entering, he saw only three men present. Mr. Lefort, and a pair of Talon operatives—Trung Le Nguyen, and Mauga. Mauga was his usual jovial self, but it was clear to Baptiste that they weren't here to socialize. As it turned out, they wanted Baptiste's help on a job—visit Vernand Sainclair of Sainclair Pharmaceuticals and get him to pay the money he owed Talon. Baptiste had little love for Sainclair, given the outrageous prices he was charging for his medicines, but he knew better than to trust his former colleagues. However, he had few alternatives. Mauga had revealed that he knew about Ros's clinic, and Baptiste knew that he couldn't take both of them out in a fight. He agreed to do the job, and Nguyen gave him an envelope with the operation's details. As to what would happen after said operation, Mauga told Baptiste not to worry about it.

Baptiste in his medic armor

Baptiste met with the two the following morning, outfitted in his old combat armor (though only after burning off the Talon insignia). They arrived at Sainclair's mansion. Nguyen explained that they'd scheduled an appointment with the man, so all they had to do was walk in and see him. That part of the plan worked as far as the mansion's library, where they were confronted by the mansion's private security. Before they could open fire, Mauga activated his shield. In the ensuring firefight, Baptiste used his rifle to merely incapacitate his targets, but Nguyen was far more accurate and lethal. Mauga got the location of Sainclair from the last surviving security guard before breaking the man's neck. In the aftermath, he reflected how easy it had been to slip back into his old habits as a Talon operative.

The trio fought their way through the mansion, Baptiste and Mauga getting back into the old tandem they had utilized in their days together in Talon. They made their way to Sainclair's office, and found the man covering, holding a firearm. He was quickly disarmed, and Nguyen asked why they shouldn't just kill him right now. To bargain for his life, Sainclair revealed that days ago, he had received a recall order from Winston—he was a former Overwatch member, and he had information on Overwatch agents. He explained that he'd been a handler in Overwatch, but had fed information to Talon, so that when the organization collapsed, he'd been well paid for his services. Baptiste was disgusted at his double-dealing, but Sainclair stated that he had no right to judge him. That said, Nguyen wasn't impressed—they already had access to this information, as ex-Overwatch agents were already part of Talon. Mauga bid that Baptiste kill Nguyen as a means of proving his loyalty. Baptiste was sorely tempted to end Sainclair's life, but knew that if he executed someone in cold blood, that was a line there was no going back from. He dropped a flashbang, and used his exo-boots to propel himself and Sainclair through the office's skylight. A shot tore through his arm, but he survived. Baptiste slipped into the undergrowth with Sainclair, while Mauga called out that he was only making things worse.

Baptiste

Baptiste got himself and Sainclair to a wharf, where he bound his wound. He told Sainclair that he'd send for someone to pick him up, and that from now on, he was going to provide his products for free. And that if he didn't do that, he'd let Talon know where he was. Sainclair, deep in shock, agreed to the terms, and asked why Baptiste hadn't killed him. Baptiste declared that he wasn't worth it, and headed off to get a private vessel that he could escape in. However, Mauga found him, mimicking their confrontation of four years prior. It was a repeat of history that wasn't lost on Mauga, who declared that he couldn't let Baptiste go this time. The two engaged in a gun battle—Mauga wanted to bring in Baptiste alive, but that didn't rule out bodily harm in the process. Baptiste feigned surrender, but threw a device up into the air, and shot it, detonating it. The pier was devastated in the resulting blast, and Baptiste survived through the use of his immortality field. There was no sign of Mauga, but Baptiste believed he had survived. He sailed off in a private yacht owned by Sainclair.

An hour later, Baptiste sent a text message to Ros, telling her about Sainclair, and to be careful. He knew it would be a long time before he could return, and that Talon would likely keep eyes on Ros's clinic. He scrolled through Sainclair's data on Overwatch, and discovered that a Dr. Angela Ziegler was a member. He decided that if Talon was coming for her, she had a right to know. He'd need help tracking her down however, and to that end, he contacted Sombra.[5]

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. Spray Baptiste Pixel.png
Pixel
Window Of Opportunity
Baptiste-ability4.png Amplify 2500 combined damage and healing without dying as Baptiste in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Baptiste Cute.png
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.
  • Jean-Baptiste Augustin is a French name derived from two saints, Saint John the Baptist and Saint Augustine of Hippo. He also shares his name with a French painter.
    • "Jean-Baptiste" is a relatively common French-language name, and it has equivalents in Spanish ("Juan Bautista") and Italian ("Giovanni Battista").
    • John the Baptist was the son of the Virgin Mary's cousin Elizabeth. After heralding the coming of a greater religious figure for some time, he baptized his cousin Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, hence his title. He was said to have adhered to a humble diet of locusts and wild honey, and his beheading is the origin of the idiom "head on a silver platter".
    • St. Augustine of Hippo is practically synonymous with his conversion to Christianity after a youth filled with sin, as detailed in Confessions. While the circumstances were not as extreme as St. Augustine's, Baptiste certainly did have a new and better life after Talon, making the surname "Augustin" particularly appropriate for the character.
  • Baptiste's stance on killing is explored in What You Left Behind, though appears contradictory. It is stated that he has never killed anyone in cold blood (when referring to Sainclair), but is later implied that he executed his former Talon squad mates.
  • Baptiste's medic armor bears similarities to that of medic armor in StarCraft, most specifically the Tiger's Claw variant.
  • Jean Baptiste was also the name of a french noble during the 18th century who later became the king of Sweden under the name Karl XIV Johan

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.[6]
  • 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."[6]
  • Gameplay-wise, he was designed to be similar to Soldier: 76 albeit in a support role, including an immunity ability.[6]
  • 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, Friendly Amplification Matrix's color was changed from blue to green, and the option to turn off Automatic Reload was added.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Balance Change Log[edit | edit source]

For more information, see Patch Notes

Patch
Description

Baptiste-ability5.png Exo Boots

  • Charge time reduced from 1 to 0.7 seconds

Baptiste-ability2.png Regenerative Burst

  • Cooldown lowered from 15 to 13 seconds

Baptiste-ability1.png Biotic Launcher (Primary Fire)

  • Recovery time increased from 0.35 to 0.45 seconds

Baptiste-ability1.png Biotic Launcher (Secondary Fire)

  • Heal explosion reduced from 60 to 50

Baptiste-ability3.png Immortality Field

  • Maximum duration reduced from 8 to 5 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 20 to 25 seconds

Baptiste-ability4.png Amplification Matrix

  • Ultimate cost increased by 20%

Baptiste-ability1.png Biotic Launcher

  • Recovery decreased from 0.45 to 0.36 seconds
  • Random spread removed
  • Damage falloff range now begins at 25 meters, up from 20

Baptiste-ability3.png Immortality Field

  • Health decreased from 250 to 200

Baptiste-ability1.png Biotic Launcher

  • Increased heal ammo from 10 to 12.

Baptiste-ability4.png Amplification Matrix

  • Ultimate duration increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds.

Baptiste-ability3.png Immortality Field

  • If it lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform

New Hero: Baptiste (Support)

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. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Baptiste, Play Overwatch. Accessed on 2019-03-10
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 What You Left Behind
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 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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