Overwatch 2 Mei Guide: Abilities, Tips, How To Unlock

Overwatch 2 Mei Guide: Abilities, Tips, How To Unlock
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Written by 

Daniel Hollis


13th Oct 2022 13:14

The key to success is to jump into the frontlines and deal damage in Overwatch 2. While others prefer to play more tactically with tank and support classes, the power of a damage character can not be understated. If you have a decent team to back you up, you can easily rip through the battlefield in Overwatch 2 and emerge victorious. One of the best characters to achieve this with is Mei, an ice-based damage character with the power to take out hordes of enemy players. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking and using Mei in Overwatch 2.

  • If you’re looking to support instead, check out our guide on unlocking and using Moira in Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 Mei Abilities

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Mei is absolutely fantastic at dealing damage in Overwatch 2, and her ice abilities not only perform a ton of DPS, but they also slow enemies in their tracks. If you’re eager to rack up your kills in a match, Mei has a diverse set of abilities to do so.

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Type - Primary Fire
    • Effect - Can be used to damage enemies with an ice spray, which also slows them in their tracks.
  • Cryo-Freeze
    • Type - Ability
    • Effect - Enter an ice block and retrieve your health. You are invulnerable during this time, but enemies can wait for your ice block to break and attack you after.
  • Ice Wall
    • Type - Ability
    • Effect - Place an ice wall up in front of you which can be used to block enemies and gunfire.
  • Blizzard
    • Type - Blizzard
    • Effect - Create an area of effect attack which will freeze any enemies within its range.

As you can see, Mei’s abilities are fantastic if you want to quickly take out enemies, whilst also protecting yourself. If you want to learn the best methods for using them, then read ahead.

Overwatch 2 Mei Early Tips

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While Mei does not possess a ton of health, her height and moveability ensure she can be a hard target to hit. It’s best to use this to your advantage and run circles around your foes. Thankfully, the Endothermic Blaster can damage enemies rapidly, and since it slows them down too, you can use their panic to grab the upper hand. 


However, if you do run into trouble, your other abilities are perfect backups. If you find an entire team closing in on your position, be sure to put up your Ice Wall and use that opportunity to flee. Alternatively, you can use it to block incoming fire, or if you’re attempting to hold off a position, block your enemy from entering a passageway. If you’re feeling particularly cheeky, then you can also use it to block enemies in their spawn.

Mei also has the opportunity to heal in Overwatch 2. With her Cryo-Freeze ability, Mei can basically cocoon herself to heal. Unfortunately, this does leave you open once completed. While inside the cocoon you can’t be damaged, but afterwards, you become an easy target, meaning enemies can simply wait next to you to come out. It can be a great tool to use to avoid huge attacks such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct.

If you manage to communicate with your team, a brilliant combination is having a support character such as Mercy backup Mei. From our experience, having Mercy assist you by boosting your health and damage is a deadly combination. If you can sync up, the pair of you can easily become a force to be reckoned with.

  • For those looking to be a tank class, here's our rundown of how to unlock and use D.Va in Overwatch 2.

How To Unlock Mei In Overwatch 2

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In order to unlock Mei, you can grab her from the get-go if you played the original version of Overwatch. If this is your first rodeo, then purchasing the Watchpoint Pack for £34.99 / $39.99 in Overwatch 2 is a quick way of unlocking her, along with 34 other characters and a variety of skins and coins, along with the Season 1 Battle Pass. 

If you don’t want to dish out any extra cash, you can unlock Mei as part of the onboarding process but may take upwards of 100 games before she is finally unlocked.

Daniel is a former Guides Writer for GGRecon. Having originally focused on film journalism, he eventually made the jump to writing about games in 2020, writing for sites such as NME. Eurogamer, GamesRadar, Tech Radar, and more. After a short stint in PR, he is back in the world of games media writing about his favourite games, including Bioshock, Fable, or everything Fortnite and Xbox Game Pass related.

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