Overwatch 2 Season 10 will unlock all heroes for everyone

Overwatch 2 Season 10 will unlock all heroes for everyone
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Written by 

Jack Roberts

Last updated 

20th Mar 2024 11:32

It's no secret that Overwatch 2 has an ever-growing roster of characters that are added every other Season, but Blizzard is making a bit change to the way players unlock the characters with Season 10.

While you originally opened up a starting roster, you'd need to unlock additional characters by playing a required number of games. After that, you'd need to spend money or grind the battle pass, but that's changing next season.

Brand-new players will still need to complete the "first-time user experience" to unlock the starter roster (you'll unlock one every few games), but after you've unlocked all of the Overwatch 1 characters listed below, you'll instantly unlock the new Overwatch 2 ones  - including Season 10's new addition, Venture.

Who are the starting heroes?

The starting heroes in Overwatch 2 are divided into their respective Tank, DPS, and Support classes, and they're all from Overwatch 1, too.

Class Heroes
Tank

Orisa

Winston

Reinhardt

Zarya

DPS

Pharah

Reaper

Soldier: 76

Torbjorn

Tracer

Widowmaker

Support

Lucio

Mercy

Moira

With the bulk of the full roster taken up by DPS heroes, there are naturally more in that category. This is then followed by the Tank and Support groups. But, whether you're a hardy Tank or a trusty Support, the starting heroes in Overwatch 2 will give you a good variety of playstyles before you start unlocking more.

If you had a previous profile from the original Overwatch, all heroes will be available to you from the moment you sign into your account, so you can skip the "first-time user experience".

How to unlock heroes

Ana and Widowmaker in Overwatch 2
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There are several ways to unlock new heroes in Overwatch 2, you'll need to complete a set number of public games. This means they can’t be Practice Matches or against AI, but instead against real players.

Completing the games doesn't necessarily mean you have to win, so, if you're like me and quickly getting sniped from the minute you leave spawn, you can still unlock these characters as long as you make it to the end of your match.

The more you play, the more heroes you unlock and below, we’ve detailed how many games it takes to unlock each hero:

Hero

How to unlock

Ana

Complete 4 games

Ashe

Complete 50 games

Baptiste

Complete 100 games

Bastion

Complete 30 games

Brigitte

Complete 60 games

Cassidy

Complete 3 games

Doomfist

Complete 85 games

D.Va

Complete 2 games

Echo

Complete 150 games

Genji

Complete 1 game

Hanzo

Complete 9 games

Junkrat

Complete 12 games

Mei

Complete 70 games

Roadhog

Complete 15 games

Sigma

Complete 40 games

Sombra

Complete 115 games

Symmetra

Complete 20 games

Wrecking Ball

Complete 130 games

Zenyatta

Complete 25 games

While it may seem like a lot of work to complete up to 150 games for all of the characters, matches tend to go pretty quickly, so you'll be unlocking them in no time.

New heroes

Mauga in Overwatch 2
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While the base roster is made up of heroes introduced in the original Overwatch, new blood characters are no longer purchased in the store or earned through the Battle Pass.

That means, as of Season 10, if you've unlocked all of the Overwatch 1 characters, you'll instantly gain access to the following:

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That’s everything you need to know about the base heroes in Overwatch 2, and how you can start unlocking the full roster so you can find several new ways to play. If you're looking for more guides, be sure to check out our Overwatch 2 homepage where you can find player counts and hero rankings.

Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.

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