Overwatch 2 Tier List – All characters ranked

by Ana Lopez

Overwatch 2 has arrived! Following a brief glimpse of what the game would look like with the beta, which ran from June 28 to July 18, the official release of the game is now available to download and play on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and Nintendo Switch. As with all good sequels, many of the trappings and themes have been carried over from the first game, including the competitive attitude that kept us all on the edge of our seats. With season one in full swing and season two fast approaching on December 6, we thought we had a Overwatch 2 tier list of all current characters at launch to give you a head start.

Overwatch 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to its predecessor, Overwatch, developed by Blizzard Entertainment and Iron Galaxy and released in 2016. The game itself is based on the iconic five vs five competitive layout, a staple for competitive games made famous in shooters and MOBAs like Counter Strike and League of Legends. What set Overwatch apart from shooters like Counter Strike (and what inspired games like Valorant) was that you played as characters, giving the game charisma and charm. Consequently, each character has specific skills and weapons that are unique, making it important that you know what each character does and which ones are best for you to use.

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Overwatch 2 characters in battle.
Overwatch 2 poster.

Overwatch 2 Tier List

However, before we get to the list of levels, we thought we’d quickly explain what our levels mean:

Levels explained

  • S level: These are the best characters currently available in the game, and you should definitely add them to your party. They should also be the first choice to level up and access equipment.
  • a level: These characters are perfect for filling gaps in a party, especially if you haven’t unlocked enough S tiers, or if there aren’t enough S tiers to fill a party in the first place. You should research these characters and see which one will counter your party’s weakness.
  • B level: Characters in this level can really help during the early stages of the game when you don’t have many characters unlocked, but they fade later on. Be sure to use them if you’re missing S and A signs, but interchange them whenever possible.
  • C level: The only real difference between C- and D-tier is that C-tier characters can occasionally have niche uses. They can be great in a particular game mode, or exceptionally powerful to begin with. However, a late game party shouldn’t have one.
  • D level: We do not recommend using these characters under any circumstances unless absolutely necessary because you have nothing else. They underperform in all stages of the game and in all game modes.

S level

  • Kiriko
  • tracer
  • Zarya
  • Grace
  • Junk rat

Overwatch 2 Tier List – One Tier

  • Genji
  • Soldier 76
  • Sigma
  • Residence
  • Farah
  • Moira
  • DVA
  • Orisa
  • May

B level

  • Ramatra
  • Doomfist
  • Symmetry
  • Torbjorn
  • Reinhardt
  • Mower
  • widower
  • Hanso
  • Zenyatta
  • Sombra
  • Lucio
  • Ana
  • Bridget

Overwatch 2 Tier List – C Tier

  • Ashe
  • Cassidy
  • Echo
  • Baptiste
  • Winston
  • Bastion
  • roadhog

D level

  • Junker Queen
  • Wrecking ball

Overwatch 2 characters

  • Ana
  • Ashe
  • Baptiste
  • Bastion
  • Bridgette
  • Doomfist
  • DVA
  • Cassidy
  • Echo
  • Genji
  • Hanso
  • Junker Queen
  • Junk rat
  • Kiriko
  • Lucio
  • Grace
  • Moira
  • Orisa
  • Farah
  • Ramatra
  • Mower
  • Reinhardt
  • roadhog
  • Sigma
  • Residence
  • Soldier 76
  • Sombra
  • Symmetry
  • tracer
  • Torbjorn
  • widower
  • Winston
  • Wrecking ball
  • Zarya
  • Zenyatta

Frequently Asked Questions about the Overwatch 2 Tier List

Now we’ll answer some questions you may have about Overwatch 2 or level lists in general.

What is a level list?

A level list is a list of characters you can unlock in a game, ranked from best to worst. We rank from level S to level D, where S is the best and D is the worst.

The purpose of a list of levels is to help you, the player, identify the best characters to unlock, saving you time and money. Once you know who the best characters are, you can group them up and ignore the others.

How did we choose our Overwatch 2 Tier List?

We used a combination of the following factors when determining our BraveNine Story level list:

  • Personal experience
  • Community feedback
  • General consensus from other row lists

However, it’s worth noting that level lists are subjective by nature. This is based on our experience with the game, but yours may vary. So we suggest you take this with a grain of salt and play Overwatch 2 yourself.

How often do we update our Overwatch 2 Tier list?

We regularly update this list of levels to ensure it always follows the latest meta. Usually you can expect an update around the following events:

  • A new character appears
  • Balance changes

There may be a slight delay between the two events above, as we return to the game to check out the new character for himself, or see how the balance patches have affected things.

Grab Overwatch 2 from the links at the top of this page and check out this space for more walkthroughs, tips and guides, and all the latest news about the game.

More information about the game can be found on the official Overwatch 2 site.

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