In this blog post, I’m going to briefly talk about tank heroes in Overwatch, and what they bring to the table.

Tank heroes in Overwatch, like in many other games, are the characters that have the most health and are the meatiest. On the most shallow level, their purpose  is to soak up all the damage the enemy team puts out, but in Overwatch they do much more than that.

To start, this is the list of tank heroes in Overwatch:

  • D.Va
  • Orisa
  • Reinhardt
  • Roadhog
  • Winston
  • Zarya

The most technical of the bunch is Reinhardt, with his character having a shield that can protect his teammates, and is played in almost every team composition.

D.Va is used to bully other enemies, with her primary fire doing little damage, but also being immensely agitating to the enemy team. She can also absorb high amounts of damage.

Zarya is an all around good tank, she has a high health pool and can shield individual allies and herself. If skillful, a player can achieve high levels of damage with her.

Orisa is named as an “Anchor Tank” because she can sustain against abilities that can incapacitate other heroes.

Roadhog is the more aggressive of the tanks and is used to get a free kill before going in for a full team fight with his hook that can grab enemies.

Winston goes for the squishy backline, being able to jump in and out of battle quickly, making him an agile tank.

Another niche role of tanks in general is to protect the support heroes since they have very little health. If kept alive, they can support your team tremendously.