The 3 Overpowered Snipers to Play in Overwatch 2

There are no better snipers in Overwatch 2 than Widowmaker, Ashe and Ana. Let's learn more about them!

Updated on Nov 01, 2023
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The 3 Overpowered Snipers to Play in Overwatch 2

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Widowmaker, aka Widow, is a DPS Overwatch hero that comes with a sniper rifle, called the Widow's kiss. As most Overwatch snipers, she plays mostly at long-range, with all of her abilities designed to grant her a favorable peaking position. She is, though, one of the most hated or loved teammates, depending on her skill level... Yup, usual "sniper problem" that we know from other games as well.

Widowmaker Gameplay

A good player who chooses Widow is one who hits their headshots consistently, giving their team the numerical and support advantage. Whenever Widows shoot, they should be landing a headshot, except for follow-up shots, which should only be used just after a headshot to pick an enemy player off.

What makes Widow the best sniper is her primary attack, which, if hit correctly, can eliminate an enemy with a single shot. Landing a headshot will cause a 2.5x critical damage modifier fully charged. After charging for 1.4 seconds, her shot does maximum damage: 120 damage for a body shot and 300 damage for headshots. With a damage boost ability, those numbers go up to 156 on body shots and 390 on headshots. For only a few heroes, this won't be an instant kill; though it won't kill the heroes with the most health in Overwatch, this will still deal significant damage to even tank heroes.

Widow also has two abilities that help players get instant kills by enabling an in-game wallhack. Widow's Venom Mine allows her to see enemies who trigger the mine to be seen through walls in a red glow. Additionally, her Infra-Sight ultimate shows every enemy hero's heat signatures through objects and walls for 15 seconds.


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Though less of a traditional sniper, Ashe still acts as a dependable sniper, hitting headshots at a distance while capable of supporting her team in mid-ranged fights. Just like Widow, though, her effectiveness depends on player aim, with much of the damage she can deal depending on headshots.

Ashe Gameplay Overwatch Location

One of Blizzard's newer heroes, Ashe's main weapon, The Viper, can be used to aim down sights, giving her a zoomed-in point of view with higher damage, at the sacrifice of fire rate and movement speed. Though her damage reaches a maximum of 150 damage with a headshot, which can only kill a Tracer in one hit, her fire rate is much faster than Widow's.

Though Ashe's primary fire can't one-tap most enemy heroes like Widow can, her Bob Ultimate puts pressure on the enemy team at close range, something Widow isn't able to do. Bob is a 1000-HP robot that knocks enemies into the air, then shoots them with his cannons. Then, he runs forward toward the position Ashe aims. Pretty OP, huh? This is surely one of the best ults in Overwatch, so unless Blizzard nerfs it, Ashe will always be a viable champion.

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Ana is the only other hero in the game that comes with a classic sniper rifle, though hers is more based on healing than damage. In comparison to Ashe and Widow, Ana does much less damage, as her weapons do not even allow headshots. However, she still ranks as a strong sniper-range hero, as she can save teammates while dishing out a good amount of damage.

Ana Overwatch Gameplay

Another hero who likes to take shots at a distance, Ana uses her sniper to both kill enemy heroes and defend her teammates. Her sniper rifle doesn't deal out crazy amounts of damage, her Biotic Rifle dishing 70 damage over 0.58 seconds. Landing a shot on a teammate will heal them for 70 health over the same amount of time.

Ana also has huge potential to change team fights and games in her team's favor. If her biotic grenade hits an enemy hero, they cannot be healed at all. If hitting an allied player, the biotic grenade immediately heals for 100 while increasing healing by 50% for three seconds. Thrown at a distance or in close-range situations, this grenade has the ability to save yourself and your teammates while making enemy teams vulnerable.

Not sure which one of these overpowered Overwatch snipers to pick? No worries, we've got you covered – you can use our random Overwatch hero generator, and give this choice to your fate!

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