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Ultimate ability

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Ultimate abilities are powerful abilities that must be charged before using. Progress is shown on the Ultimate Meter.

Ultimate charge[edit | edit source]

Ultimate charge is the currency used to pay for an ultimate ability. The amount of charge an ultimate requires is called the ultimate cost, which is different for each ultimate.

Ultimate charge is gained in the following ways:

  • Heroes gain 5 charge every second.
  • Heroes gain charge equal to the amount of damage they do to enemy players, including by environmental kills. (Self-damage and damage done to non-heroes do not count.)
    • Exception(s): Damage to shields created by Wrecking Ball's Adaptive Shield does not give any charge.
    • Damage from ultimate abilities do not give any charge. (Genji does not gain any charge from ultimates he deflected.)
  • Heroes gain charge equal to the amount of healing they do to themselves or their teammates.
    • Exception(s): Reaper does not gain any charge from The Reaping. Mercy does not gain any charge from Regeneration. Sombra does not gain any charge from hacked Health Packs.
    • Healing HP lost by self-damage does not give any charge.
    • Healing HP lost by the environment (e.g. the passing cars in Oasis) does not give any charge. (Note that environmental damage is usually fatal. The only way to survive is with Immortality Field.)
  • Mercy gains charge equal 30% of the damage done by her damage boost target to enemy players, including by environmental kills. (Self-damage and damage done to non-heroes do not count.)

Although most heroes cannot gain charge while their ultimates are active, Ashe, D.Va, Hanzo, Torbjörn, Tracer, and Wrecking Ball can. Also, in the case of D.Va, she gains Call Mech immediately after Self-Destruct finishes, regardless of her charge.

Ultimate abilities[edit | edit source]

Hero Ultimate ability Description Cost Audio cue
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Ana
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Nano Boost
After Ana hits one of her allies with a combat boost, they deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies’ attacks. 2100 "You're powered up! Get in there!" (self and target)
"Nano boost administered!" (friendly)

"Warīhum quwitak!" (male) (hostile)

Arabic: !وريهم قوتَك
English: "Show them your strength!"

"Warīhum quwitik!" (female) (hostile)

Arabic: !وريهم قوتِك
English: Show them your strength!

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Ashe
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B.O.B.
Ashe summons her trusted omnic sidekick, B.O.B., who charges forward and knocks enemies into the air, then lays down suppressing fire with his arm cannons. 2240 "B.O.B.! Do something!" (self and hostile)

"Get in there B.O.B." (friendly)

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Baptiste
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Amplification Matrix
Baptiste creates a matrix that doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that pass through it. 1960 "Light them up!" (self and friendly)

"Vide bal sou yo!" (hostile)

English: "Rain bullets on them!"

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Bastion
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Configuration: Tank
In Tank mode, Bastion extends wheeled treads and a powerful long-range cannon. The cannon’s explosive shells demolish targets in a wide blast radius, but Bastion can only remain in this mode for a limited time. 2310 Charge Fanfare (self and hostile only)
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Brigitte
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Rally
Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage. 2800 "Rally to me!" (self and friendly)

"Alla till mig!" (hostile)

English: "Everyone to me!"

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Doomfist
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Meteor strike
Doomfist leaps into the sky, then crashes to the ground, dealing significant damage to nearby opponents. 1680 "Meteor Strike!" (self and hostile)

"Incoming!" (friendly)

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D.Va
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Self-Destruct
D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents. 1540 "Nerf this!" (self and hostile)
"Activating self-destruct sequence." (friendly)
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Call Mech
If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray. 320 "MEKA activated."
"Suiting up."

"All systems checked out."
"All systems buzzing!" (B.Va/Junebug skin)

"Firing up!" (Cruiser skin)

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Genji
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Dragonblade
Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach. 1680

"Ryūjin no ken o kurae!" (self and hostile)

Kanji: 竜神の剣を喰らえ!
English: Taste the dragon's blade!

"The dragon becomes me!" (friendly)

"Oni no ken o kurae!" (self and hostile with Oni skin)

"The demon becomes me!" (friendly with Oni skin)

"Byakko no ken o kurae!" (self and hostile with Baihu skin)

"The White Tiger becomes me!" (friendly with Baihu skin)

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Hanzo
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Dragonstrike
Hanzo summons a Spirit Dragon which travels through the air in a line. It passes through walls in its way, devouring any enemies it encounters. 1680

"Ryū ga waga teki wo kurau!" (self and hostile)

Kanji: 竜が我が敵を喰らう!
English: The dragon consumes my enemies!

"Let the dragon consume you!" (friendly)

"Ōkami yo, waga teki wo kurae!" (self and hostile with Lone Wolf/Okami skin)

Kanji: 狼よ、我が敵を喰らえ!
English: Come, wolf! Devour my enemies!

"The wolf hunts its prey!" (friendly with Lone Wolf/Okami skin)

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Junkrat
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RIP-Tire
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. 1925 "Fire in the hole!" (self and hostile)
"Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!" (friendly)

"Get ready for a shock!" (self and hostile with Dr. Junkenstein skin)

"Ladies and gentlemen, my latest creation!" (friendly with Dr. Junkenstein skin)

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Lúcio
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Sound Barrier
Protective waves radiate out from Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier, briefly providing him and nearby allies with personal shields. 2940 "Oh, let's break it down!" (self and friendly)

"Vamos esculachar!" (hostile)

English: Let's do this!

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McCree
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Deadeye
Focus. Mark. Draw. McCree takes a few precious moments to aim; when he’s ready to fire, he shoots every hostile in his line of sight. The weaker his targets are, the faster he’ll line up a killshot. 1680 "It's high noon!" (self and hostile)
"Step right up." (friendly)

"It's high tide!" (self and hostile with Lifeguard skin)

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Mei
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Blizzard
Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid. 1610

"Dòng zhù! Bùxǔ zǒu!" (self and hostile)

Hanzi: 冻住!不许走!
English: Freeze! Don't move!

"Freeze! Don't move!" (friendly)

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Mercy
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Valkyrie
Gain the ability to fly. Mercy’s abilities are enhanced. 1820 "Heroes Never die!" (self and friendly)

"Helden sterben nicht!" (hostile)

English: Heroes never die!

"My servants never die!" (self and friendly with Witch skin)

"Til Valhalla!" (self and friendly with Sigrún/Valkyrie skin)

"Heroes never die... for a price!" (self and friendly with Imp/Devil skin)

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Moira
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Coalescence
Moira channels a long-range beam that both heals allies and bypasses barriers to damage her enemies. 2380 "Surrender to my will!" (self and friendly)

"Géill do mo thoil!" (hostile)

English: Surrender to my will!

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Orisa
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Supercharger
Orisa deploys a device to increase damage inflicted by allies within its line of sight. 1680 "Cease your resistance!" (self and hostile)
"Team up for special attack!" (friendly)
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Pharah
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Barrage
Pharah directs a continuous salvo of mini-rockets to destroy groups of enemies. 2100 "Justice rains from above!" (self and hostile)
"Rocket barrage incoming!" (friendly)
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Reaper
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Death Blossom
In a blur of motion, Reaper empties both hellfire shotguns at breakneck speed, dealing massive damage to all nearby enemies. 2100 "Die! Die! Die!" (self and hostile)
"Clearing the area." (friendly)
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Reinhardt
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Earthshatter
Reinhardt forcefully slams his rocket hammer into the ground, knocking down and damaging all enemies in front of him. 1540 "Hammer down!" (self and hostile only)

"Touchdown!" (self and hostile only with Gridironhardt skin)

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Roadhog
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Whole Hog
After cramming a top-loader onto his Scrap Gun, Roadhog pours in ammo. For a short time, he can crank out a stream of shrapnel that knocks back enemies. 2240 (Mad laughter and coughing)
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Sigma
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Gravitic Flux
Unleashing his full powers, Sigma takes flight, lifts enemies in a targeted area, and launches them into the sky before slamming them back down. 2170

"Het universum zingt voor mij!" (self and hostile)

English: The universe sings for me!

"What is that melody?" (friendly)

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Soldier: 76
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Tactical Visor
Soldier: 76’s pinpoint targeting visor “locks” his aim on the threat closest to his crosshairs. If a hostile leaves his line of sight, Soldier: 76 can quickly switch to another target. 2310 "I've got you in my sights!" (self and hostile)
"Tactical Visor activated." (friendly)

"Tactical Sunglasses activated!" (friendly with Grillmaster: 76 skin)

"Tactical goggles activated!" (friendly with Alpine: 76 skin

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Sombra
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EMP
Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast. 1400

"Apagando las luces!" (self and hostile)

English: Turning off the lights!

"EMP activated!" (friendly)

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Symmetra
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Photon Barrier
Symmetra deploys a massive energy barrier which prevents ranged attacks and is big enough to cut through the entire map. 1680

"Yahi param vaastavikata hai!" (self and hostile)

Hindi: यही परम वास्तविकता है!
English: This is the ultimate reality!

"Reality bends to my will!" (friendly)

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Torbjörn
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Molten Core
Torbjörn creates pools of molten slag that deal massive, sustained damage (plus bonus damage to armor), and can prevent enemies from moving through key locations. 2380 "Molten core!" (self and hostile only)
"Laying out the welcome mat!" (friendly)

"Merry molten core!" (self and hostile with Santaclad skin)

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Tracer
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Pulse Bomb
Tracer lobs a large bomb that adheres to any surface or unfortunate opponent it lands on. After a brief delay, the bomb explodes, dealing high damage to all enemies within its blast radius. 1260 (Stuck)

"Gotcha!"

"Nailed it!"

"Right on target."

"You need a timeout!"

"Locked on!"

"Gotcha something!" (with Jingle skin)

"That's some coal for your stocking." (with Jingle skin)

(Thrown onto ground)
"Wait for it..."

"Bombs away!"

"Time's up!"

"Here ya go!"

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Widowmaker
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Infra-Sight
Widowmaker’s recon visor allows her to see the heat signatures of her targets through walls and objects for a moderate amount of time. This enhanced vision is shared with her allies. 1540 "No one can hide from my sight..." (self and friendly)

"Personne n'échappe à mon regard." (hostile)

English: No one escapes my sights.

"No one can hide from the Huntress." (self and friendly with Huntress/Comtesse skin)
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Winston
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Primal Rage
Winston embraces his animal nature, significantly boosting his health and making him very difficult to kill, strengthening his melee attack, and allowing him to use his Jump Pack ability more frequently. While raging, Winston can only make melee and Jump Pack attacks. 1540 (Roars)
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Wrecking Ball
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Minefield
Wrecking Ball deploys a field of long-lasting proximity mines which explode on contact with enemies. 1540 "Area denied." (self and hostile)
"Minefield deployed." (friendly)
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Zarya
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Graviton Surge
Zarya launches a gravity bomb that draws in hostile combatants and deals damage while they’re trapped. 2100

"Ogon’ po gotovnosti!" (self and hostile)

Cyrillic: Огонь по готовности!
English: Fire when ready!

"Fire at will!" (friendly)

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Zenyatta
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Transcendence
Zenyatta enters a state of heightened existence for a short period of time. While transcendent, Zenyatta cannot use abilities or weapons, but he moves faster, is immune to damage, and automatically restores his health and that of nearby allies. 2310 "Experience tranquility." (self and friendly)
"Pass into the Iris!" (hostile)

"Experience festivity!" (self and friendly with Nutcracker skin) "Experience nothingness." (self and friendly with Cultist skin)

"Pass into oblivion." (hostile with Cultist skin)

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The global ultimate cost is 70, and it is the coefficient of all ultimate costs. Ultimate costs are thus 70𝑥 with 𝑥 being tailored for each individual hero.
    • The global ultimate cost was originally 50. Patch 1.5 increased it by 25% to 62.5, and Patch 1.39 then increased it again by 12% to 70.
    • Although 𝑥 is usually a whole number, there are two exceptions so far:
      • Call Mech's cost was originally 400 (50𝑥, 𝑥 = 8). During the beta, it was reduced by 20% to 320 (50𝑥, 𝑥 = 6.4). When the global ultimate cost was increased to 62.5, Call Mech's cost was reduced by 20% to compensate (62.5𝑥, 𝑥 = 5.12). When the global cost was increased again to 70, Call Mech's cost was once again reduced to compensate (70𝑥, 𝑥 ≈ 4.571).
      • In Patch 1.34, RIP-Tire's cost was increased by 10%, making it go from 1562.5 (62.5𝑥, 𝑥 = 25) to 1718.75 (62.5𝑥, 𝑥 = 27.5).
    • List of 𝑥 values from smallest to largest:
4.571: Call Mech
18: Pulse Bomb
20: EMP
22: Earthshatter, Infra-Sight, Minefield, Primal Rage, Self-Destruct
23: Blizzard
24: Deadeye, Dragonblade, Dragonstrike, Meteor Strike, Photon Barrier, Supercharger
26: Valkyrie
27.5: RIP-Tire
28: Amplification Matrix
30: Barrage, Death Blossom, Graviton Surge, Nano Boost
31: Gravitic Flux
32: B.O.B., Whole Hog
33: Configuration: Tank, Tactical Visor, Transcendence
34: Coalescence, Molten Core
40: Rally
42: Sound Barrier