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* There is a story behind Moira's decrepit right hand, hinted to be the result of coming into contact with an anomalous genetic experiment.<ref name="Blizzcon 2017"/>
* There is a story behind Moira's decrepit right hand, hinted to be the result of coming into contact with an anomalous genetic experiment.<ref name="Blizzcon 2017"/>
* Moira's interactions with Widowmaker within the game indicate that she had a hand in her transformation to becoming a Talon assassin.
* Moira's interactions with Widowmaker within the game indicate that she had a hand in her transformation to becoming a Talon assassin.
* Moira is ambidextrous, which means that she can use her both hands at once and she can perform the "Quick Melee" attack with both her hands.
* Moira is the second hero after [[D.Va]] who can perform the "Quick Melee" attack with both her hands, chosen randomly.
* Moira has heterochromia on her eyes, the left being orange, while right being blue, however, it's not known if she born with it or she acquired it with one of her experiments.

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"Science will reveal the truth."

Real Name
Moira O'Deorain
Minister of Genetics
Dublin, Ireland; Oasis, Iraq
Blackwatch (formerly)
Talon (council member)
Genevieve O'Reilly [1] (English)
Cosmetic page
Quotation page
Character Video

Moira is a Support hero in Overwatch.


Moira's biotic abilities enable her to contribute healing or damage in any crisis. While Biotic Grasp gives Moira short-range options, her Biotic Orbs contribute longer-range, hands-off damage and healing; she can also Fade to escape groups or remain close to allies in need of support. Once she's charged Coalescence, Moira can save multiple allies from elimination at once or finish off weakened enemies.


Biotic Grasp
Key mouse 1.png
Ability Moira Biotic Grasp.png
Weapon (Primary Fire)
Aim Type
Using her left hand, Moira expends biotic energy to heal allies in front of her.
80 health per second
Projectile speed:
30 meters per second
Max. range:
15 meters
Up to 9 seconds
Reload time:
45 seconds recharging
9 seconds when dealing damage
Casting time:
0.3 second
  • After she stops healing there is a heal over time for a short duration; it will heal 50 health over the course of three seconds (16.66 health / s for three seconds).
  • The healing can heal multiple allies.

Biotic Grasp
Key mouse 2.png
Ability Moira Biotic Grasp.png
Weapon (Secondary Fire)
Aim Type
Target Locked Beam
Her right hand fires a long-range beam weapon that saps enemies’ health, healing Moira and replenishing her biotic energy.
50 per second
Heals Moira for flat 33 health per second
Max. range:
21 meters
  • Despite the looks of it, Biotic Grasp does not use lifesteal mechanic. Healing from it is unaffected by damage boosts for Moira and damage reduction on her enemies.

  • Biotic Orb
    Ability Moira Biotic Orb.png
    10 seconds
    Moira launches a rebounding biotic sphere; she can choose between a regeneration effect that heals the allies it passes through, or a decay effect that deals damage to enemies.
    50 per second
    (200 maximum)
    75 per second
    (300 maximum)
    Projectile speed:
    20 meters per second
    5.5 meters per second (Caught the target)
    Max. range:
    5 meters (Tethering)
    10 seconds, or until depleted
    10 seconds

    Ability Moira Fade.png
    6 seconds
    Moira quickly teleports a short distance while invulnerable to damage.
    Move. speed:
    18.75 meters per second
    0.8 second
    6 seconds
    • Moira cannot be healed or take damage while in this form.

    Ability Moira Coalescence.png
    2125 points
    Ultimate Ability
    Aim Type
    Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies.
    70 per second
    140 health per second
    50 health per second (Self-regeneration)
    Move. speed:
    9 meters per second
    Max. range:
    30 meters
    8 seconds
    Ultimate cost:
    2125 points


    Moira is a support hero that can flank the enemy back line with her immense mobility. Though Biotic Grasp's healing isn't a lock-on or instantly reach the target, she can heal multiple allies at the same time which giving her higher average healing when compare to other supports. To refill her healing resource and her health, she can easily track the enemy with lock-on beam that can reach to mid-range target. Fade provides her an immense mobility and invulnerable that makes her very hard to kill. Biotic Orb is very useful in both healing and dealing damage, especially when using in a tight space. Coalescence can both heal allies and dealing damage to the enemy, making it useful as the open attack since it bypasses barriers. While she is very mobile and strong fighter in 1v1 situation against so many heroes thanks to her lifesteal, she can easily be killed by tanks and any burst damage that can go through her health. Her healing has a resource that requires her to always deal damage, and her damage is very low even if it can lock-on the target. She doesn't have a real utility ability like other supports, in which her multiple healing is made up to fulfill the lackluster.

    Weapons & Abilities

    • Biotic Grasp: Moira's primary weapon. (This article is stub and need more detail)
      • Primary Fire (healing)
        • Fires a short range stream, that heals Moira’s allies for 80 HP per second in the cylinder in front of her. Unlike in case of other healers, Biotic Grasp's Primary Fire works on the resource system similar to that of the D.Va’s Defence Matrix. Moira has enough resource to perform up to 9 seconds of continuous healing.
        • When Biotic Grasp’s Primary Fire is not active, healing resource will regenerate, albeit very slowly (it takes around 45 seconds for it to come back up from zero). This process can be significantly sped up (around 5 times), by using Biotic Grasp’s Secondary Fire on the enemy hero.
        • When Moira’s healing stream disconnects from the ally, it will leave a heal over time effect, that will restore 50 HP over 3 seconds. Try to use this passive to preserve a little bit of healing resource, by stopping your Primary Fire when ally is less than 50 HP from being completely healed.
        • Biotic Grasp will heal all allies in its area of effect, which is more or less a shape of a cylinder with 1 meter radius and 15 meters length. To optimize your healing per second and resource expenditure you should position yourself, so that as many allies as possible are in the area of effect.
        • Moira’s healing is extremely potent in chokes, where your allies are near to each other. Picture Numbani’s first point upper left route – your team will be in a small corridor, in which you will be able to catch them all in Biotic Grasp’s AoE providing them all with 80 hps. In such scenarios, Moira outpaces any other healer’s healing throughput, excluding Zenyatta during Transcendence.
        • Using all of your healing resource in the spawn room before game starts may backfire spectacularly.
      • Secondary Fire (damage)
        • Emits a medium-range beam, that locks on the on the enemy target closest to the crosshair. It deals 50 damage per second, heals Moira for 33 health per second (if the target is enemy hero) and replenishes Moira’s healing resource. There is no ammo or other limit to how long Biotic Grasp’s Secondary Fire can be channelled.
        • Biotic Grasp’s Secondary Fire has a lock-on effect, similar to Symmetra’s but with much less forgiving leeway. Aiming with it requires significantly more precision than in case of Photon Projector, thus using Biotic Grasp’s Secondary Fire is widely compared to aiming with Zarya’s Primary Fire.
        • Use this mode of fire to replenish your healing resource as often as you can, but prioritize healing over dealing damage. As Moira you are unlikely to kill your targets (unless they are out of position), but your healing can be game changing.
        • Healing from Secondary Fire is Moira’s main source of self-sustain.
        • Moira’s Secondary Fire has a surprisingly long range (unless you are in wide open space, you will be able to attack pretty much any target you can see). Use it to your advantage – Moira can easily poke enemies through chokes and can be a serious threat to Pharmercy due to the lock-on effects on her Biotic Grasp and Biotic Orb’s damage dealing modes.
    • Biotic Orb: [E] Moira shoots an orb in the direction she is facing, that will either heal all allies or damage all enemies in area of effect.
      • Mechanics:
        • Orbs will tether themselves to all viable targets in the 5 meters radius around them, either healing or damaging them, depending on the type. There is no limit to the amount of targets affected at the same time, but orbs have a set pool of healing/damage they can output (300 healing and 200 damage). Bear in mind that full HP allies are not a viable target for healing orbs.
        • Biotic Orb has a really high projectile speed, but slows down drastically when it enters the area with viable targets (roughly to walking speed, slightly higher).
        • Biotic Orb will rebound from solid surfaces. There is no limit to the number of bounces it can perform.
        • Pressing key, to which Biotic Orb is bound will activate an orb choosing mode. When in it, player can decide between the type of orb Moira will shoot, by pressing keys responsible for Primary or Secondary Fire, that will respectively shoot either healing or damaging orb. Reactivating Biotic Orb before choosing a type will exit the choosing mode, without firing an orb or consuming cooldown.
        • Biotic Orb’s hitbox, that governs bouncing from surfaces, is smaller than the visual cue. If you fire Biotic Orb very close to the corner, its outer edge will phase through it.
        • Damage from Biotic Orb does not restore healing resource.
      • General tips:
        • Use your orbs close to clusters of viable targets, so that as much of their healing/damage is used. Try to fire Biotic Orb at the most simple angles you can find, like in direction of the closest vertical wall or directly at your targets. Realistically, there is no way to reliably predict orbs trajectory beyond the second bounce. Using the geometry of the map to your advantage may seem tempting, but firing Orbs at tricky angles will, in most cases, make them fly away from the place you will need them, and in effect waste your cooldown.
        • Sending Biotic Orbs into small rooms or between two walls facing each other will make their movement limited and will likely result in them using their entire pool of healing/damage.
        • If you are not sure which orb to use the answer is: the healing one. 300 hundred AoE healing outvalues 200 hundred AoE damage in pretty much any scenario.
      • Using healing orb:
        • Use healing orb when your allies are close to each other and you determine that your primary healing may not be enough. Your combined healing will then reach a tremendous 150 hps for every target affected by both Orb and your Primary Fire.
        • You can send Biotic Orb to heal allies that are outside of your range or too far for you to safely reach them. Notably, you can send it after the diving Winston or ulting Genji, and it will provide them with healing without putting Moira in danger.
        • Bear in mind, that between activing Biotic Orb, choosing a type of it, preforming a shooting animation and wind up animation of Primary Fire around a second of time is lost. You cannot heal during this time, so try not to use this skill at the cost of somebody else’s life.
      • Using damage orb:
        • You can poke at range with Biotic Orb to farm up your ultimate. Avoid doing that, if you predict that enemy will engage in less than 10 seconds, though.
        • When group of enemies is under the crowd control effect like Earth Shatter or Graviton Surge, it will usually be a good idea to send your Biotic Orb in, to increase your team’s damage per seconds output.
        • Use damage orb in duels with enemies that do not pose an immediate threat to you, like enemy Mercy or Moira - it will help you quickly finish them off. When you are in danger of losing life, you should resort to healing orb instead.
    • Fade [Second Ability]: Upon activation, Moira will become untargetable and invisible and her movement speed will be increased greatly. Moira cannot perform any action other than moving during Fade.
      • Mechanics:
        • Moira cannot be damaged while in Fade, but she also cannot be healed by her allies. She can, however, pick up a healthpack.
        • Fade’s momentum can be preserved. At the end of the effect, player can perform jump to move slightly further than normally. Moira can also use small obstacles as ramps – dashing into them and jumping just before contact will give Moira some vertical momentum. It’s unclear whether it’s a bug or feature.
        • You can move freely during Fade. This includes turning around, changing direction of movement, jumping and standing in place.
        • Fade does not grant vertical movement. However, it can be used to change direction in the air – when you are knocked back of the platform, you can activate Fade and fly back to safety.
      • Uses of Fade:
        • Avoid lethal damage – invincibility granted by Fade allows Moira to survive situation, that would otherwise be deadly. Properly timed, it will allow you to dodge D.Va’s Self-destruct or Junkrat’ mines and get out of range of dangerous ultimates such as Tactical Visor or Blizzard. As Fade gives Moira untargetability it can be used to get out of the Graviton Surge.
        • Disengage from enemies – as healer, your survival is crucial for winning fights. Moira is better suited for duels than most of other healers, but when she finds herself in life-threatening situation she should Fade away. As you have freedom of movement and invisibility during this ability, make your best to break line of sight with attackers – it’s almost guaranteed to confuse them.
        • Reposition – During fights, Moira can use Fade to reach positon, that allows her to use her Primary Fire more efficiently. This use naturally combine with previous one, as the most optimal position for Moira is behind her team. During duels, you should use Fade to move behind your enemy to disorientate them and gain some free damage off your Secondary Fire.
        • Engage on singled out or weakened enemies – you damage dealing capabilities as Moira will usually be enough to execute damaged enemy squishies. However, using Fade this way you may find yourself out of position and without escape cooldown.
    • Coalescence (Ultimate): Moira's Ultimate ability.
      • Laserbeam
      • Damages Enemies
      • Heals Allies

    General strategies

    • (This article is stub and need more detail)


    "Science will reveal the truth."

    Equal parts brilliant and controversial, scientist Moira O'Deorain is on the cutting edge of genetic engineering, searching for a way to rewrite the fundamental building blocks of life. Though O'Deorain will go to any lengths to make scientific breakthroughs, her work is still unknown to most of the world. But now that she has been freed from all constraints, it is only a matter of time before everything changes.[2]

    O'Deorain has a negative view on Overwatch, claiming that it was responsible for stifling scientific advancement for decades.[3] She has no interest in world conquest, but is rather simply interested in humanity.[4]


    We are bedevilled by the mysteries of creation. Science can reveal the truths that lie behind these many questions. What we learn can unlock the true potential of humanity.
    ~ Moira O'Deorain
    O'Deorain conducts her research

    Over a decade ago, O'Deorain made waves when she published a controversial paper detailing a methodology for creating custom genetic programs that could alter DNA at a cellular level. It seemed like a promising step toward overcoming diseases and disorders and maximizing human potential. Dissent among her peers soon followed. Many considered her work to be dangerous because of its perceived ethical shortfalls, and O'Deorain was even accused of having the same unchecked desire for scientific advancement that some believed had caused the Omnic Crisis. In addition, other geneticists were unable to reproduce the results of Moira's research, which further called her discoveries into question. Instead of kickstarting her career, her paper seriously damaged her reputation.[2] Overwatch was among those who condemned her research, and in O'Deorain's own words, tried to silence her.[3]

    O'Deorain experiments on Reyes

    She received a lifeline in an offer from an unlikely source: Overwatch's covert ops division, Blackwatch. She continued her work in the shadows while developing new weapons and technologies for the organization.[2] Freed from her shackles, her genetic research greatly accelerated. Among her experiments was one done on Blackwatch commander Gabriel Reyes.[3] Her experiments on Reyes gave him super-human abilities, causing his cells to regenerate and decay at a hyper-accelerated rate.[5] Her employment was a closely kept secret, until it was uncovered during inquiries following the Venice incident. Many high-ranking Overwatch officials disavowed all knowledge of her affiliation with them.

    O'Deorain, now a member of Talon

    After Overwatch was disbanded, O'Deorain was forced to turn to unconventional sources of funding.[2] This time, she was invited to join the scientific collective that had founded the city of Oasis, and was selected to be their Minister of Genetics.[6] Yet some whispered that the shadowy Talon organization had already been supporting her for years, aiding her experiments in exchange for utilizing the results for their own purposes.[2] By the time of Doomfist's return to Talon (or after his return), Moira apparently had a seat on Talon's inner council.[3]



    • Moira was announced as the 26th playable hero for Overwatch at Blizzcon 2017.
    • Moira is an Anglicisation of the Irish name Máire, ultimately derived from the biblical Mary, as well as a Greek name meaning "fate." O'Deorain is an Irish name meaning "descendant of the exile."
    • Moira was first shown to players as a member of the Talon Inner Council in the comic Doomfist: Masquerade, but was not given a name or speaking role.
    • The day before her reveal, a research paper labeled "Draft: Repairing Degenerative Genetic Structures" was added to the Oasis map, hinting at Moira's occupation and involvement with Reaper.
    • There is a story behind Moira's decrepit right hand, hinted to be the result of coming into contact with an anomalous genetic experiment.[6]
    • Moira's interactions with Widowmaker within the game indicate that she had a hand in her transformation to becoming a Talon assassin.
    • Moira is the second hero after D.Va who can perform the "Quick Melee" attack with both her hands, chosen randomly.
    • Moira has heterochromia on her eyes, the left being orange, while right being blue, however, it's not known if she born with it or she acquired it with one of her experiments.


    Early concept art of Moira.

    Moira's early ideation began with a combination of both gameplay and story ideas, stemming from strong player demand for a new support healer. Their initial goal was to introduce a shady, morally ambiguous healer to contrast with the existing "benevolent healer" archetypes already in the game. Initial concepts gravitated towards a set of designs with a mysterious androgynous appeal, with the first iteration being outfitted with a set of four mechanical tentacles. Feeling that the tentacles would be difficult to incorporate into gameplay, they progressed to a more conventional, toned-down design with a two-handed spray cannon and began incorporating scientific apparatuses such as tubes and cannisters into her look, but felt that her silhouette became too similar to Zarya's.

    Thumbnails exploring different looks and weapons for Moira, including one inspired by the Omniblade (far right).

    At this point they produced a number of thumbnails to experiment with different weapons and costumes while retaining her gaunt, androgynous appearance, with several that wielded a various clawed gloves and gauntlets, as well as a concept inspired by Sombra's original Omniblade design, incorporating baggy sleeves and throwable syringes. The latter design also introduced the idea of a duality between her left and right hands, with one used to deal damage and the other to heal. Elements from these thumbnails were pulled together to create her final design, incorporating the earlier scientific details with a color-changing liquid to differentiate her healing and damage dealing abilities.

    Moira's initial gameplay design involved her having a large health pool, which she would spend as a resource to heal allies while draining health from enemies, but it proved to be too difficult to balance. In her final design she instead uses seperate Regeneration and Decay versions of her abilities, with her Biotic Grasp: Decay ability leeching health from enemies and enhancing the effectiveness of her Regeneration abilities. Because she is one of the few characters in the game to have both hands visible on screen at all times, great care was taken with her animations to convey how these different abilities worked and reflected her design and personality. Her Fade ability was also designed to be similar to Reaper's Wraith Form, showing that the two characters are connected. The original version of her ultimate ability was a transformation that involved biotic energy swirling around her and gave her a beam that could both heal and damage, but as the beam was the most interesting aspect of the ability they decided to make it her ultimate's sole focus.[6]




    Patch notes history

    For more information, see Patch Notes


    1. Michael Chu on Twitter""
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Moira, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2017-04-11
    3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2017-11-03, Moira Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-04-11
    4. 2017-11-03, BLIZZCON 2017: NEW DETAILS ON OVERWATCH HERO MOIRA AND BLIZZARD WORLD MAP. IGN, accessed on 2017-11-04
    5. Reaper, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2014-12-15
    6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 2017-11-3, Blizzcon 2017 Overwatch: What's New Panel

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