All Overwatch 2 starting heroes & how to unlock the full roster

All Overwatch 2 starting heroes & how to unlock the full roster
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Written by 

Jack Roberts


9th Aug 2023 11:13

With Season 6 of Overwatch 2 quickly approaching, you’re probably wondering which heroes you’ll be starting with if you’re just picking up the game for the first time.

If this is your first time playing Overwatch 2, you’ll quickly find that you are limited to a select few starting heroes that make up a base roster. However, there are ways to get more heroes as you progress.

Here, we’ll be breaking down the starting heroes you can expect to see when you pick up the game for the first time, as well as give you all the details you need to unlock the full roster – so read on.

What are the starting heroes in Overwatch 2?

Moira, one of the starting heroes in Overwatch 2
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The starting heroes in Overwatch 2 are divided into their respective Tank, DPS, and Support classes. 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.

Starting Tank heroes in Overwatch 2

  • Orisa
  • Winston
  • Reinhardt
  • Zarya

Starting DPS heroes in Overwatch 2

  • Pharah
  • Reaper
  • Soldier 76
  • Torbjorn
  • Tracer
  • Widowmaker

Starting Support heroes in Overwatch 2

  • Lucio
  • Mercy
  • Moira

Now that you know who you’ll be starting with in Overwatch 2, you probably want to know how you can get even more heroes to play as – so read on to find out how to unlock the rest.

  • Check out everything you need to know about Lifeweaver if you want a new Support to try in Overwatch 2

How to unlock more heroes in Overwatch 2

Echo, one of the unlockable heroes 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 the more you play, the more heroes you unlock.

Below, we’ve detailed how many games it takes to unlock each hero:


How to unlock


Complete 4 games


Complete 50 games


Complete 100 games


Complete 30 games


Complete 60 games


Complete 3 games


Complete 85 games


Complete 2 games


Complete 150 games

More heroes below…


How to unlock


Complete 1 game


Complete 9 games


Complete 12 games


Complete 70 games


Complete 15 games

More heroes below…


How to unlock


Complete 40 games


Complete 115 games


Complete 20 games

Wrecking Ball

Complete 130 games


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.

When it comes to heroes introduced following the release, they can be acquired through purchase in the store, or in the Starter Packs that allow you access to them and all future heroes.

Characters that can be purchased so far include:

  • Junker Queen
  • Kiriko
  • Lifeweaver
  • Sojourn
  • Rammattra

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. Be sure to check out our hero rankings for Overwatch 2.

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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