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Junkrat

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"It's a perfect day for some mayhem."

Real Name
Jamison Fawkes
Age
25
Nationality
Australia Australian
Occupation
Anarchist, Thief, Demolitionist, Mercenary, Scavenger
Base
Junkertown, Australia (formerly)
Affiliation
Junkers (formerly)
Voice
Chris Parson (English)

Stéphane Ronchewski (French)
Manuel Straube (German)
Matteo Zanotti (Italian)
Hiroki Goto (Japanese)
Jin Jeong-il (Korean)
Cristiano Torreão (Brazilian Portuguese)
Danil Scheblanov (Russian)
Alfonso Obregon (American Spanish)
César Díaz Capilla (European Spanish)

Cosmetics
Cosmetic page
Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Damage
Health
200
Character Video

Junkrat is a Damage hero in Overwatch.

Overview

Junkrat’s area-denying armaments include a Frag Launcher that lobs bouncing grenades, Concussion Mines that send enemies flying, and Steel Traps that stop foes dead in their tracks.

Abilities

Total Mayhem

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Ability-dva7.png Projectiles
Damage
50 per grenade
Num. of pellets
6 grenades
Headshot

Junkrat's deranged sense of humor persists past his death. If killed, he drops several live grenades.

Details

  • Also causes Junkrat to not take damage from his own explosions.

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Frag Launcher

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Abilities-sigma4.png Arcing projectile
Damage
Direct hit: 130
Splash: 10-80
Spread angle
Pinpoint
Projectile speed
25 meters per second
Area of effect
0.2 meters (projectile size)
2 meters (splash radius)
Rate of fire
1 shot per 0.65 seconds
Ammo
5
Reload time
1.55 seconds
Headshot

Junkrat's Frag Launcher lobs grenades a significant distance. They bounce to reach their destination, and blow up when they strike an enemy.

Details

  • The grenades explode after two bounces or when they hit an enemy unit.

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Concussion Mine

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Abilities-sigma4.png Arcing projectile
Health
25
Damage
30-120
Projectile speed
20 meters per second
Area of effect
3 meters radius
Ammo
2 charges
Duration
Until detonated
Cooldown
8 seconds for one charge
16 seconds for both charges
Headshot

After placing one of his homemade Concussion Mines, Junkrat can trigger it to damage enemies and send them flying... or propel himself through the air.

Details

  • The mine does not deal self-damage, but still applies the knockback, making it usable as a mobility tool.

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Steel Trap

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Abilities-sigma4.png Arcing projectile
Health
100
Damage
80
Projectile speed
10 meters per second
Area of effect
1 meter radius
Duration
1 second stun
3 seconds root
Cooldown
10 seconds
Headshot

Junkrat tosses out a giant, metal-toothed trap. Should an enemy wander too close to the trap, it clamps on, injuring and immobilizing them.

Details

  • Junkrat can see the trap's location through walls.
  • The player receives an audio cue when an enemy triggers the trap.

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RIP-Tire

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Ability-parah3.png Area of effect
Health
100
Damage
50 - 600
Move. speed
Junkrat: Immobilized
Tire: 12 meters per second
Area of effect
10 meter radius
Casting time
1 seconds
Duration
Up to 10 seconds
Headshot
Ultimate cost
1925

Junkrat revs up a motorized tire bomb and sends it rolling across the battlefield, climbing over walls and obstacles. He can remotely detonate the RIP-Tire to deal serious damage to enemies caught in the blast, or just wait for it to explode on its own.

Details

  • Junkrat passively generates 1% Ult Charge every 3.85 seconds.
  • Ammunition is restored after completion.

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Strategy

Junkrat is a hero that excels at defending an area through the use of traps and indirect fire; he is valued for his damage output and area denial capabilities. He has strong mobility thanks to Concussion Mine and deals high (if inaccurate) damage with his Frag Launcher. He also can push objectives as well, and he can still change the battle thanks to Total Mayhem. The explosive and hard-to-aim nature of his weapon, however, makes it challenging for him to fight at close range with most heroes.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Total Mayhem (Passive): Upon death, Junkrat will drop a number of grenades that explode after a short delay. While each individual grenade deals little damage, an enemy can easily be killed if they take damage from all of the grenades. Junkrat is immune to his explosion damage with this passive. As well as this, Junkrat will not take self damage from his own grenades.
    • If you're about to die and confronting an enemy at close range, do your best to stay near to them, as Total Mayhem can net you a kill even after death.
      • If you see a friendly Zarya use Graviton Surge, run into the Surge only as a last resort. you might just get a few people.
    • The grenades will be dropped at wherever Junkrat was killed, and do not inherit his momentum. Being killed while flying through the air will drop the grenades straight down to the ground.
    • Do not worry about getting too close to your own bombs, as they cannot hurt you.
    • When Junkrat dies, his bombs can still be deflected by Genji and or destroyed by D.Va's Defense Matrix.
  • Frag Launcher: Junkrat's primary weapon. The Frag Launcher fires arcing grenades that bounce off of solid surfaces and explode when they hit an enemy, or after bouncing for 3-times.
    • While these grenades deal high damage, they are hard to aim properly, especially at small targets or targets that are above Junkrat. They are best used to provide indirect fire, flooding an area with grenades in order to make traveling through it as dangerous as possible for Junkrat's opponents.
    • The explosion from these grenades won't damage Junkrat due to Total Mayhem's passive.
    • The fact that the grenades arc make it difficult to attack characters such as Pharah, as she can easily dispatch him before he gets a chance to kill her.
  • Concussion Mine: When activated, Junkrat will toss a mine a short distance that sticks to the first surface (vertical or horizontal) it hits. Junkrat can then use his secondary fire button to explode the mine, dealing damage in a small area and knocking back both Junkrat and any enemies caught in the explosion. Junkrat is not damaged by this explosion.
    • Since Junkrat takes no damage from his own Concussion Mine, he can use its explosion to blow himself into the air to travel faster or reach higher ground.
    • Try to lead the mine and predict the enemy movement as the mine has damage-falloff when the target isn't near the center of the explosion.
    • The knockback effect can also be used to knock enemies into pits, or to knock them away from Junkrat in order to give him some distance.
    • The mine can be destroyed by enemy players, causing no explosion.
  • Steel Trap: When activated, Junkrat throws a large bear trap onto the ground. If an enemy steps on the trap, they are immobilized for a few seconds, preventing them from turning or moving. If an enemy steps on the trap or destroys it, Junkrat will be alerted.
    • Try to plant this trap in shadowed areas or around corners where enemies will be less likely to spot them before stepping on them. In a pinch, you can toss this trap on the ground at close range in the hopes of an enemy accidentally stepping on it.
    • The trap is extremely noticeable thanks to the red lights on it.
    • As of this writing, two heroes can escape/move over the Steel Trap: Orisa when using Fortify, and Mei if she ice walls directly beneath whoever is trapped. This will instantly break the trap and free the hero (be it herself, a teammate, or an enemy caught in a friendly trap.
  • RIP-Tire: (Ultimate): Junkrat's Ultimate ability. When activated, Junkrat temporarily gains control of a fast-moving, explosive tire. His view switches to the RIP-Tire, which can be steered with your normal movement controls, and can climb walls by holding the jump button while next to them (much like Genji or Hanzo's passives). Pressing either your primary or secondary fire will cause the tire to detonate, dealing heavy damage in a decent area, or exploding automatically once the tire's duration runs out. The RIP-Tire has a Health pool that, if depleted, will cause the tire to disappear with no explosion.
    • If Junkrat is killed while steering the RIP-Tire, he will still retain control of it until the tire either explodes or is destroyed.
    • The tire can be "swallowed" by D.Va's Defense Matrix, and is susceptible to Zarya's Graviton Surge.

General Strategies

  • While Junkrat can deal tremendous damage with his Frag Launcher, it takes a considerable amount of skill and practice to accurately land grenades. In general, it's best to launch your grenades at an area, rather than at a specific target, as Junkrat's biggest strength comes from his ability to make any area hazardous to travel through. If you're forced to fight an opponent head on, try to lead your Frag Launcher shots so that your enemy will run into them.
  • Placing your Steel Trap and Concussion Mine well are key when playing Junkrat. Your Steel Trap should be placed in spots without much room to maneuver in order to force enemies to either destroy the trap or step on it. This can be used to protect your flank by telling you when an enemy is coming through the area where you dropped your trap. Place your Concussion Mine above a doorway or next to a wall that you know your opponents will be traveling by. The explosion can be used to both damage and separate the enemy team, allowing your team to pick off whoever gets blown towards you.
  • RIP-Tire's loud engines can be heard clearly by your opponents, giving them a general idea of where it is. Avoid driving it straight at your enemies, as they'll most likely be able to destroy it before it gets to them, wasting your ultimate. Instead, use side routes to get the tire behind your enemies, either by driving the tire through these routes, or taking the routes yourself and then unleashing the tire once you're behind them. Keep in mind that Junkrat is completely helpless while controlling the tire and easily killed, so try to activate RIP-Tire from a safe position.
  • Junkrat's Concussion Mine will stick to any surface, and can be used to surprise the enemy.
  • A combination of the Steel Trap and Concussion Mine can instantly kill 200 HP characters. This strategy works best when placing it over a health pack or at a choke point.
  • Junkrat excels at destroying stationary targets from a distance.
  • Professionals use RIP-Tire to take out Supports, this is a very undermined tactic, as a team without any healing will be greatly disadvantaged.
  • Junkrat's sit emote can be used to hide in a bush or cart, staying hidden while contesting the payload.

Match-Ups and Team Synergy

Tank

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy
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D.Va
D.Va's massive health and armor supply can make it difficult for your Frag Launcher to chew through, and Defense Matrix can negate fired grenades or even Total Mayhem's bombs. Her mobility with Boosters can also make her hard to hit. However, D.Va's Mech is a large target that is easy to land direct hits on in both close to mid range skirmishes. If you take advantage of Defense Matrix's limited use and reload while it's active, you may be able to catch her in its down period and spam grenades on her in that brief window of opportunity. Overall, though, the matchup can be very difficult, and unless you catch D.Va on cooldown and/or with low health, you should try to stick with your teammates and gang up on her instead of letting her fight you one on one, as is preferred for her. Once D.Va is out of her Mech, catching her with Steel Trap can lead to a quick finishing blow. (To be added)
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Orisa
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Reinhardt
While Reinhardt's Barrier Field is capable of withstand several grenades, its large area of coverage makes it a prime target for you to lob grenades at, and it's only a matter of time until you destroy it. Reinhardt can do little against your grenade spam other than block it; once his barrier is destroyed, with his slow speed and short attack range, his only options are to run or get hit by a volley of direct hits. Be careful about getting too close, though, as an accurate Charge will result in your death. If you're focusing on a Reinhardt at close range, a quick toss of a Steel Trap can snag him up, making him even easier to finish off. A quick Steel Trap can even stop Charge, so be ready to toss it should he come your way. While Concussion Mine can get behind his barrier for some solid damage, the knockback against Reinhardt will be minimal, but any teammates he's protecting will be knocked away. Reinhardt is one of your top priorities to kill with RIP-Tire, so try to get as close to him as possible with it without being blocked by his barrier. Be careful of his Fire Strike, as it can destroy RIP-Tire in one hit. (To be added)
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Roadhog
Roadhog's large hitbox allows and lack of barrier makes him an easy target to lob grenades at. As long as you stay behind cover or a barrier, you can keep yourself safe from Roadhog's Chain Hook. {Your traps aren't as effective on Roadhog, since Take a Breather can help Roadhog reduce oncoming damage even when under fire. (To be added)
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Sigma
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Wrecking Ball
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Winston
While Winston's damage output his minimal, the consistent fire of his Tesla Cannon can inadvertently destroy your traps. If Winston decides you are his prime target, his Jump Pack can help him advance on you, so be ready to launch a Concussion Mine to widen the distance between the two of you. His Barrier Projector will only be able to block a few grenades before it's destroyed, but it may be enough for him to deal substantial damage to you before you manage to kill him. If his barrier is down and you have some distance between you, feel free to spam away, as his large hitboxes will make him an easy target to quickly kill. When Winston activates Primal Rage, a smart Steel Trap can freeze him in place, forcing him to waste a good amount of his Ultimate's duration while also rendering him an easy target. (To be added)
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Zarya
Don't spam grenades willy nilly when Zarya is around, as she can easily gain a large amount of Energy from absorbing your grenades. She can just walk into oncoming fire with her active barrier or let her teammates be hit by grenades while under her Projected Barrier's protection. Zarya's secondary attack can hit you while you are on higher ground, and at high enough energy she can deal significant damage this way. As long as you keep your distance from her, you should be able to stay out of range of her primary fire. If you do end up in a close-quarters situation, try to trip her up with Steel Trap and Concussion Mine. If these fail and you're forced into a close range fight, you're most likely going to end up run down. If you stop her movement with Steel Trap, be wary before spamming grenades; if she puts her barrier up, stop attacking, back off, reload, and be ready to attack again once the barrier goes down. If you catch her at very low health, though, it is sometimes worth it to brute force your way through her barrier; it may temporarily empower her, but if you can kill her before she can kill you, that won't mean anything. (To be added)

Damage

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy
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Ashe
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Bastion
If Bastion is stationary and set up in Sentry Configuration, he makes for an easy target to lob grenades at while peeking in and out of a corner. Even if he's protected by a friendly barrier, a few shots from it should be capable of running it down. If you choose to go this route, be careful about taking cover between shots, as it only takes a second for Bastion to run through you. Don't attempt to fight Bastion from greater distances, as your grenades will be incapable of reaching him while his bullets will have no problem reaching you. (To be added)
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Doomfist
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Genji
Genji is capable of heckling you at a distance with his Shuriken. If you're at a higher elevation and he wishes to close the gap, he can easily reach you thanks to his Cyber-Agility and Swift Strike. If you do encounter him at a close distance, be careful about your grenade fire; if the Genji uses Deflect, it will only take a couple of reflected shots to kill you. In general, Genji overall has the upper hand in almost all encounters. Your best tool to counter him is your traps; as he's likely to be running around the map, a well-placed Steel Trap can pin him down just long enough to lob a lethal grenade or two his way, or detonate a Concussion Mine placed underneath his feet. This is especially true if you happen to catch him during his Dragonblade, which at worst will cause him to waste half of his Ultimate's duration and at best will result in his death. (To be added)
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Hanzo
There is no way for you to attack Hanzo from far away. Hanzo will tend to stay far enough in the back line that you won't be able to reach him, and because you move slowly, a Hanzo with good prediction can easily land headshots on you. Sonic Arrow will show your location through walls to Hanzo's team, making it easier for flankers to approach you. To kill Hanzo, you must avoid exposing yourself in open areas, and instead try to lure him into close-quarters combat where you're more comfortable. Concussion Mine can disrupt Hanzo's position, enough to send him to the ground if he was at an elevated position. RIP-Tire can be shot down by Hanzo's fully charged arrow, so try not to send your tire into an area he's watching but instead use a side route to get close to him or his team. (To be added)
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Junkrat
Junkrat has an advantage when he is on high ground, due to his grenades' arcing making it difficult to land shots on a Junkrat at a higher elevation. If you are both at long range, you will likely not be able to hit each other; rather, whichever of you has the high ground will most likely end up flooding grenades on the path where the other Junkrat and his team are going. If you both end up in a close range fight, Concussion Mine can not only help you get back to high ground or disrupt the enemy Junkrat, it can destroy RIP-Tire in one blast, saving yourself along with your teammates. (To be added)
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McCree
McCree can deal effective damage to you at mid to long range, whereas you have little means to attack back with your Frag Launcher. However, with his low mobility, McCree can be an easy target if you're able to avoid his shots and hit him with yours. Your greatest concern at close range is McCree's Flashbang; if you can avoid that, though, your grenades will easily outdamage his Peacekeeper. (To be added)
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Mei
While Mei's Endothermic Blaster can freeze you at close range, she needs time before you'll fully freeze. Your grenades outdamage her at both close and mid-range. Her Cyro-Freeze can help her survive being finished off by your grenades, but you can plant a Steel Trap right next to her, forcing her to move away from it and into your predicted line of fire. Concussion Mine deals decent damage to her and is able to send her out of position. Mei has an upper hand at long ranges with her Icicle, but if you remain behind a wall or a barrier, you should be safe. Ice Wall can block your grenades, but you can just flood them in another direction and angle. Mei's Ice Wall will remove anyone who is trapped by Steel Trap if she places it under them, so be ready to attack if a trapped enemy is suddenly freed. (To be added)
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Pharah
Pharah is nearly impossible to hit with your Frag Launcher while she is in the air, and the splash damage from her rockets will regularly destroy both Concussion Mine and Steel Trap. She can avoid RIP-Tire easily, and even kill it before it has a chance to get to her team. Steer clear of her if you can, and try to take fights into close quarters where you're more comfortable. (To be added)
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Reaper
Reaper's Shadow Step can allow him to quickly approach you, so keep your eyes peeled. He can withstand at least 3 direct hits from your Frag Launcher, while his Hellfire Shotguns can rip through you pretty quickly. Steel Trap isn't as effective as he can use Wraith Form to escape. If possible, lure Reaper into a corridor and lob grenades at him from a far enough range that he won't be able to kill you quicker than you can kill him. (To be added)
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Soldier: 76
Soldier: 76 can shoot you from long range with ease, and his Helix Rockets at close range can finish you off or destroy your RIP-Tire. However, he's much less dangerous at close range; a combination of Frag Launcher shots and your Concussion Mine can usually kill him quickly in a burst of damage. If Soldier: 76 flees with Sprint, consider whether to chase him down with your Concussion Mine or if it's better to hang back in case his teammates are nearby. (To be added)
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Sombra
While Sombra's Hack will stop you from throwing Concussion Mine and Steel Trap, your grenades can still make quick work of her. She has no means of protection other than her Translocator. Even if she's in Stealth, she will be trapped if she steps on your Steel Trap, and she will be incapable of using Translocator. Bottleneck hallways with your Steel Trap and kill her as soon as she steps in it. If Sombra lands a hack on you as you're activating RIP-Tire you will lose your Ultimate and all of its charge; while it will be hard for her to time this, activate it when she isn't nearby just to be safe. (To be added)
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Symmetra
If Symmetra's places her Sentry Turrets close to the ground, splash damage from rogue grenades will often be sufficient to destroy them. An accurate Concussion Mine can also help wipe Sentry Turrets out, ensuring safe passage for you and your team. Her Teleporter can be easily destroyed if you spot it. While you should be able to quickly kill Symmetra in a close range fight, be careful of her laser powering up, as once it's fully charged, her damage will exceed yours. Photon Barrier will be able to shrug off all of your grenades during its duration, so try to keep a fight on one side of the barrier, or retreat to your team if necessary. (To be added)
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Torbjörn
Although your weapon suffers from a long arc when shooting anything in long range, Torbjörn's Turret is stationary, making your low-accuracy shots a non-issue. As long as you can get in a position where you can safely fire at it from behind cover, you can quickly take it out in a few shots, so long as it's not being protected by a barrier. If Torbjörn is near his Turret, you can get him caught in the splash damage of your grenades. If Torbjörn activates Molten Core, try to use Concussion Mine to make a hasty retreat so you aren't splashed with magma. (To be added)
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Tracer
Tracer's high mobility can help her easily get behind your backline. With a well-placed Steel Trap, though, this issue can be mitigated. Should you land grenades on Tracer, they will tear through her low health incredibly quickly. A Steel Trap and Concussion Mine together are usually enough to kill Tracer before she can Recall. Her inability to use Blink or Recall while hit with the Steel Trap will make this process easier. If you need to flee from a Tracer that is heckling you, use Concussion Mine to blow yourself to higher ground where she will have difficulty reaching you. (To be added)
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Widowmaker
Due to your need for close-range proximity, snipers serve as a great counter to you, making Widowmaker a deadly threat. Due to her tendency to stay in the back line, Widowmaker is unlikely to step on any of your traps, and it is also unlikely that you will run into her in close-quarters combat. Widowmaker's Infra-Sight will reveal your position, during which you will need to group up with teammates if you wish to avoid being caught by flankers. Try not to reveal yourself or let her know your location, and focus on attacking any of her teammates while letting your teammates deal with her instead. A sneaky RIP-Tire can get behind Widowmaker and kill her, as well as an allies she may be grouped up with. (To be added)

Support

Hero Match-Up Team Synergy

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Ana
As a sniper, Ana is perfectly capable of heckling you from a distance. However, with her lack of mobility and headshots, she won't be quite as dangerous as the likes of Widowmaker or Hanzo. If you can catch her unaware from above, some grenade spam or traps can quickly kill her before she can notice you. If you catch her at close range, you have higher firepower than her, but you still need to be wary of both her Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade. She has few means of destroying or escaping RIP-Tire, making her a prime target for it and any teammates near her. (To be added)
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Baptiste
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Brigitte
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Lúcio
As Lúcio commonly stays with his team, targeting him will usually mean targeting several heroes at the same time. He excels at slowly recovering his team from damage over time, which makes your burst damage ideal for quickly killing him. If you catch him in your Steel Trap (which, due to his constant movement, can easily happen), you can quickly blow him away. If Lúcio attempts to knock you off a cliff with Soundwave, a quick Concussion Mine may be able to save you. (To be added)
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Mercy
Mercy can't heal her teammates at a high enough rate to withstand consecutive grenades. She may keep her teammate alive long enough to fight back against you, but in a group fight her healing will mean very little. Trapping her with Steel Trap can keep her from escaping with Guardian Angel. In some situations, Mercy might stay mid-air to support her teammate, which will make her a harder target to hit with your grenades. (To be added)
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Moira
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Zenyatta
Zenyatta's Orb of Discord will allow him to keep tab or your position from behind cover while it is attached to you. This will help him and his team force you out of cover, so try to hide long enough for the Orb to be forced off of you. Zenyatta has the upper hand at long distances with his powerful orbs. However, at close to mid-range scenarios when you can ambush Zenyatta, his low mobility and health makes him easy to kill. Your trap combo will instantly kill Zenyatta. Transcendence can outheal the damage from your grenades, but not the burst damage from RIP-Tire; don't be shy about using RIP-Tire during Transcendence, as while Zenyatta will survive due to his invincibility, without his teammates to protect him he's a prime target. (To be added)

Story

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"IT'S A PERFECT DAY FOR SOME MAYHEM."

Junkrat is an explosives-obsessed freak who lives to cause chaos and destruction.[1] He is on a number of most-wanted lists.[2] He has a low opinion of omnics and those who believe they can be trusted. He likewise has a low opinion of "suits" (corporate businesspersons).[3]

Junkrat's hair carries a burning smell with it. He lost his right leg to an accident with a home-made explosive. He dislikes shrimp.[2]

Background

Well then, Junkrat's the name, and junkratting's the...wait...junk... junk...junkrat-junk...Ugh, never mind! Joke cancelled! Move along! Blah!
~ Junkrat
Junkrat's mugshot

The attack on the Australian omnium's fusion core forever altered the landscape of the Outback. After the detonation, the area was transformed into a harsh, irradiated wasteland, littered with debris and the twisted fragments of the ruined facility, and unlivable to most.

But there were some who survived. Calling themselves the Junkers, they scavenged the husk of the omnium and formed a lawless, cutthroat society in its shadow. Junkrat was one of them, eking out a living reclaiming metal and components from the ruins. Like many others, he was affected by the lingering radiation. This touch of madness made him ideal for handling dangerous explosives, a love which he turned into an obsession.[1]

Wasted Land

Gentlemen, gentlemen, this is all a misunderstanding. If I knew where a priceless treasure was buried, I'd be thrilled to tell the Queen all about it. But I don't, so...problem solved, yeah?
~ Junkrat tries to worm his way out of his predicament
Junkrat's cornered by the Queen's enforcers

He came to notoriety when he discovered an extremely valuable secret in the bones of the omnium. Though few knew the nature of what he found,[1] he ran his mouth constantly, alluding to his discovery. As a result,[4] he was pursued by bounty hunters, gangs, and opportunists wherever he went.[1] He was cornered in a Junkertown bar by enforcers from the Queen of Junkertown herself. He'd blabbed on about his 'treasure' that she'd come to suspect that he was hiding something. Junkrat, desparate to get out of his situation, loudly announced that he'd share the location of the treasure...for a 10% share! He hoped that the man drinking at the bar would take him up on his offer, but he didn't respond, causing Junkrat to raise the offer to 25%. The man, whose name was Roadhog, came to Junkrat's aid, but more as an excuse to pummel the Queen's enforcers rather than aiding Junkrat himself.[4] Roadhog grudgingly agreed to be Junkrat's personal bodyguard in exchange for a fifty-fifty share of the spoils.[1] Junkrat tried to haggle him down, even going as high as 28%, but eventually relented at a 50% cut.[4]

On the Road

Well that's a fine 'how do ya do?'. What was it you think that got us the boot? The stealing the queen's cash? Blowing up her summer shack? The beatdown at the bar?
~ Junkrat after being kicked out of Junkertown

For some reason, Junkrat and Roadhog were kicked out of Junkertown, following a string of incidents that included stealing the Queen of Junkertown's money, blowing up her summer shack, and a bar brawl (possibly the same one where they both met). Whatever the reason, Junkrat blamed Roadhog for it. Still, as Junkrat was well aware, there were two things that solved every problem—money, and explosives. That gave him an idea...[5]

Junkrat & Roadhog

With Roadhog in tow, Junkrat left the Outback, and embarked upon an international crime spree leaving nothing but havoc and bedlam in their wake.[1] They were responsible for a string of robberies, arson,[6] murder,[7] and other crimes stretching from Sydney to King's Row.[6] They had a creed of "no job too big, no score too small."[7] It is known that they performed the heist of the Banco de Dorado[8] by digging a tunnel. In the United Kingdom, they stole the crown jewels.[9] Their spree of mayhem and chaos caused untold millions in property damage around the world.[7]

British, French, and Latin American authorities offered rewards for information on the fugitives, and theorized that they were intent on crossing the Atlantic to North America.[6] Their activities were reported on by A Moment in Crime, by which point the bounty on their heads had reached $25 million.[7]

Going Legit

Yeah yeah, 'quiet.' You called the right people, mate.
~ Junkrat to "the Suit"
The Junkers face off against the cop bots

At some point, Junkrat and Roadhog were called in for a job on behest of a "suit" from Hyde Global in Sydney. He claimed that a factory of his in downtown Sydney had been taken over by omnic terrorists, and its workers taken hostage. Wanting to keep the police out of it, he asked the pair to deal with the situation, as he knew there was no-one better for getting jobs done "quietly." Junkrat was onboard—he was happy to take out omnics, and the down payment looked enticing. Ergo, the pair set off to the factory, Junkrat even open to the idea of "going legit." This job could be a new start for them. What wasn't a new start was his approach to problems, namely to blow open a hole in the factory roof and jump straight in, any thought of the hostages barely registering. Only there were none, only a horde of cop bots. The two blasted their way through the opposition, exited the factory, and then set the whole thing crashing down in yet another explosion. Marveling at the destruction, Junkrat was reminded by Roadhog that there were meant to be hostages. Only, there were none, only the robots. And as he inspected them, Junkrat realized that they weren't omnics, but rather Hyde Global automatons.

At this point the police arrived. Despite Junkrat's assertion that they were "professionals," that didn't prevent a shootout from starting (not that Roadhog being called "fat" by one of the officers helped his disposition). In the hail of gunfire, Roadhog helped Junkrat realize that the suit had set them up. It was a realization that was accurate, for in reality, the suit had intended for the pair to destroy the factory for the insurance payout. But the next day, Junkrat and Roadhog paid him a visit, stringing him up on a crane, and leaving him to die in an explosion that consumed the entire HG Sydney office block. As they made their escape, Junkrat was reaffirmed in his dislike of "suits," and could only ask whose idea it had been to "go legit" in the first place.[3]

Return to Junkertown

First, we light the fuse. Then, we put on our inconspicuous disguises and sneak into town. After that, we get our glorious blinged-out boom trolley right into the boss's place, reveal our ingenious deception, and boom! They'll never see it coming!
~ Junkrat's initial plan
Going over the plan (again)

Their worldwide heist complete, Junkrat and Roadhog returned to Junkertown, with a hover-trolley loaded with gold and explosives. At the town gates, Junkrat laid out his plan—light the fuse, put on 'inconspicuous disguises', sneak into town, get the trolley to the queen's throne, reveal their deception, and kaboom! Roadhog had Junkrat refine the plan so that it included them escaping the detonation, and escaping with the gold at that. The plan was set in motion, only to be screwed up as Junkrat revealed their identities to the gate warden. The gates were barred shut, leaving the pair with a trolley of gold, useless disguises, and a ticking fuse.[5]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Mine Like A Steel Trap
Ability-Junkrat3.png Knock an enemy into your steel trap using Junkrat's Concussion Mine in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Junkrat Pixel.png
Pixel
Roadkill
Ability-Junkrat5.png Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Junkrat's RIP-Tire in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Junkrat Cute.png
Cute

Trivia

  • Junkrat is 6'5" tall, and weighs 155 lbs (196 cm and 70 kg).[7] This makes Junkrat the 4th tallest character in the game, though he appears shorter due to normally being hunched over.
  • Junkrat and Roadhog's shared backstory of Australia becoming a wasteland apocalypse bears strong resemblance to the setting of the Mad Max series.
  • Jeff Kaplan confirmed in a forum comment that Junkrat keeps Milk Tea with Boba half sweetened in his canteen.[10]
  • Junkrat's surname 'Fawkes' could be a reference to Guy Fawkes. This is evidenced by a voice line that references the opening line of the Guy Fawkes Day song "The Fifth of November"[12] that has a chance to trigger when he get a triple-kill or higher with his RIP-Tire.
  • Junkrat's buckle in his Fool and Jester skins have the letters "JSTR" on it (presumably standing for "Jester"), This may be an in-game parody of McCree's "BAMF" buckle.
  • Junkrat's Fool and Jester skins as well as his Haystack and Scarecrow skins have some similarities to the DC Comics characters "The Joker" and "Scarecrow", respectively.
    • The fact all three characters are in some way psychotic, reenforces the similarities.
  • Junkrat's Rip-Tire Ultimate ability is a play on the design of the rip-cord car toys.
    • In World of Warcraft, another game produced by Blizzard Entertainment, the "Iron Horde" faction uses "iron stars", giant rolling bombs that, once primed, would roll and crush anything in their path before exploding with enough force to wipe out whole squadrons. Considering the similarity between these iron stars and the RIP-Tire, it is possible that one of them may have influenced the other.
  • Junkrat blew off his own leg. How he lost his arm is still unknown.[2][14]
  • Junkrat made his own grenade launcher.[2]

Merchandise

The Nendoroid Junkrat figure
  • A Junkrat Funko Pop figure will go on sale in 2018.[15]
  • A Nendoroid Junkrat figure will go on sale in Q1 2019.[16]
  • A Dr. Junkenstein figure is available for sale from Hot Topic and Box Lunch.[17]

Development

An early iteration of Junkrat.
  • Junkrat went through numerous designs, beginning with a set of early concepts depicting him as a bulky robot, a cyborg, a mutant, and even an alien. The team then gravitated toward designs in which he wore heavy bomb disposal armor, one of which inspired the initial prototype for Wrecking Ball, but gradually peeled away the layers of armor to showcase more of his maniacal personality, eventually settling on a silhouette similar to his final incarnation. They explored several different flavors of this design with a variety of different possible origin stories, including ones with military overtones and a version of him as a member of Los Muertos, but ultimately decided to make him one of the Junkers.[18]
  • Junkrat's original ultimate ability was a giant shoulder-mounted missile, but it was considered visually confusing during gameplay and the RIP-Tire was developed instead.[18]
  • Dr. Junkenstein Junkrat skin concept art
    Pirate Junkrat skin concept art
    Pirate Junkrat weapon concept art
    Water Rat Junkrat skin concept art
    Water Rat weapon concept art
    Junkrat was implemented in the game at some point after Torbjörn.[19]

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Junkrat, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-23-09
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Heroes of the Storm
  3. 3.0 3.1 Overwatch: Junkrat & Roadhog: Going Legit
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Junkertown: Wasted Land
  5. 5.0 5.1 2017-08-21, "Junkertown: The Plan" | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-08-25
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 2015-09-15, Teasing : Two new heroes on their way?. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-19
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 2015-09-21, A Moment in Crime Special Report: "The Junkers" | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2015-09-27
  8. 2015-09-17, Overwatch Map Teaser: Banco de Dorado Robbery. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-09-21
  9. Overwatch, Junkrat Quotes
  10. 2016-06-09, What is in Junkrat's canteen?. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2017-10-26
  11. Wrecking Ball Live-Drawing & Art Discussion
  12. 2016-01-09, Junkrat Voice Lines: (at 2:08) "Remember, remember... What the heck was I saying again?"
  13. 2017-09-15, Blizzard Virtual Press Tour: Ana, Junkrat and Volskaya Foundry Map coming to the Nexus. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-09-17
  14. 2017-05-18, Overwatch director wants more story for Symmetra and Pharah. Polygon, accessed on 2018-10-21
  15. 2018-02-19, New Overwatch toys and figurines coming to Toy Fair 2018. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2018-02-20
  16. 2018-06-29, The new Junkrat Nendoroid is adorably terrifying. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2018-07-01
  17. 2018-10-09, OVERWATCH HALLOWEEN TERROR GEAR AVAILABLE NOW. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2018-10-10
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Art of Overwatch
  19. 2016-04-22, The Story of Overwatch: Return of the 90s Shooter. YouTube, accessed on 2016-09-08

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