Here are Overwatch 2's 'very serious' April Fools' Day patch notes

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What you need to know

  • For April Fools' Day, Overwatch 2 developer Blizzard typically updates the game so that every hero has animated googly eyes on their face.
  • This year, the studio has gone above and beyond by also updating Arcade Mode with a huge number of silly balance changes that significantly alter what each character in the game is capable of.
  • Each hero also has brand new Ultimate voice lines that reflect the comical nature of the patch.
  • To try out this "very serious" update, you simply need to queue into Arcade Mode matchmaking. It's unclear how long these changes will be active, but it's a safe bet that they're sticking around until the end of April Fools' Day weekend.

April Fools' Day is quite an amusing time to be an Overwatch player, as over the last few years, the folks at Blizzard Entertainment have taken it upon themselves to add animated googly eyes to every hero's face each time the holiday rolls around on April 1. This year, though, the developers have truly gone above and beyond in the name of wackiness.

In addition to the aforementioned googly eyes, Blizzard has also updated Overwatch 2 with a patch that significantly alters the kit of every hero in the game in some very silly ways. This includes a complete rework of the tank, damage, and support role passives, as well as hilarious changes to one or more of each hero's abilities. For example, Reinhardt can now fly while using his Charge by holding the Jump input, Cassidy is out here playing Dark Souls with his new stamina-based Combat Roll, and Lucio can reflect projectiles like the Team Fortress 2 Pyro with his Soundwave boops. Because why not?

Every hero has a comical new Ultimate voice line, too, and you'll likely get to hear them pretty often since all players will save up to 50% of their Ultimate charge when swapping heroes. Note that these changes are exclusive to Overwatch 2's Arcade Mode, so you don't need to worry about the April Fools' Day fun ruining the gameplay integrity of Quick Play or Competitive matchmaking.

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"These changes are only being applied to Arcade Mode for the moment, because [Overwatch 2 Game Director] Aaron Keller claims he can convene with Pachimari, and they told him to make this patch," reads a notice on the update's patch notes page. "He only plays the new arcade modes, so he shouldn’t notice otherwise."

We've included all of the update's "very serious" patch notes in the section below to give you an idea of what to expect from these temporary Overwatch 2 hero changes and reworks, as well as Blizzard's developer comments. Note that while it's not clear exactly how long the changes made in this patch will stick around, it's safe to assume that they'll last until the end of the April Fools' Day weekend.

Overwatch 2 April Fools' Day update: Patch notes

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Here are the full patch notes for Overwatch 2's 2023 April Fools' Day update. Remember, these "balance changes" only apply in Arcade Mode, so stick to Quick Play or Competitive if you want to avoid playing in games where they're active.

Hero Updates


  • All heroes have new Ultimate Voice Lines
  • Keep 50% of Ultimate Charge when swapping heroes

Developer Comment: Veteran players have an advantage over newer ones when it comes to voice line recognition. In order to level the playing field, we've written and recorded new Ultimate voice lines for every hero.

To help players learn these new callouts, we've also increased the amount of Ultimate charge retained when swapping heroes.


  • Gain Ultimate charge 10% faster
  • The hero that gets the final blow on a tank gains a significant amount of ultimate charge

Developer Comment: Tank heroes are the raid bosses of teams. You should be fairly rewarded for defeating them, right?


  • Heal 50 health on elimination

Developer Comment: It’s frustrating when you dive the backline by yourself and get no healing, especially when your team’s support heroes are busy respawning. This change should help keep you alive, at least.


  • Gain 30% increased movement speed for 4 seconds when reaching low health

Dev Comment: It’s tough to stay alive when flankers are about. This change should even out the odds a bit when you get ambushed. Please don’t use this offensively.



Developer Comment: The empowered Fist can also level a skyscraper or open a glass jar in a single attempt.

  • Seismic Slam
    • Can be empowered by Power Block
    • Damage increased from 50 to 75 when empowered
    • Enemies hit by the shockwave are launched into the air


Developer Comment: It turns out the beams used to destroy projectiles also really hurt when used on people.

  • Defense Matrix
    • After deflecting a projectile, Defense Matrix deals 30 damage to enemies within its area of effect over 1 second
    • Defense Matrix killing blows grant an additional 5% Ult Charge


Developer Comment: Junker Queen yells so loud she damages the eardrums of her foes. Don’t worry though, it’s still a “friendly shout of encouragement” for her allies.

  • Commanding Shout
    • Applies a bleed to enemies in range when activated


Developer Comment: It is believed that the threat of Orisa’s aerial body slam is the biggest crime deterrent in Numbani.

  • Javelin Spin
    • While in the air, Javelin Spin pulls Orisa forward in her facing direction
  • Fortify
    • Increases falling speed and deals damage in an area when Orisa lands on the ground


Developer Comment: Ramattra is a lot more effective when he’s in Nemesis Form, so he’ll stay like that until everyone has suffered as much as he has.

  • Omnic Form Disabled
  • Ramatta is now always in Nemesis Form
  • Bonus armor decreased from 225 to 125
  • Void Barrier
    • Moved to Ability 1
  • Block
    • Now has a 1 second cooldown when disengaged



  • Charge
    • Now grants flight. Hold Jump to float up and Crouch to go down
    • Steering increased by 33%


Developer Comment: In order to further align Roadhog as a tank who punishes bad positioning, we've increased the range of Hook to make all positioning bad positioning.

  • Chain Hook
    • Range increased by 50%


Developer Comment: Gravitic energy is quite potent. If it’s strong enough to lift a giant rock, it can lift anyone.

  • Accretion
    • Enemies hit by the impact are knocked back and experience low gravity for 4 seconds
    • Cooldown decreased from 10 to 8 seconds


Dev Comment: Winston!


  • Winston!


Developer Comment: Wrecking Ball unleashes his signature moves that made him the Champion of the Scrapyard battle arena.

  • Grappling Claw
    • Maximum speed is temporarily increased when bouncing off walls
  • Minefield
    • Mines slowly move toward nearby enemies



Dev Comment: In order to be more accurate to the fantasy, Dynamite fire now spreads between players.

  • Dynamite
    • Fire spreads to nearby enemies up to 4 times


Developer Comment: Bastion downloaded a software update, upgrading "Configuration: Assault" and allowing it to simulate his old "Configuration: Tank”

  • Configuration: Assault
    • While active, Tactical Grenade has a 0.5 second cooldown


Developer Comment: Cassidy can dodge anything using his cat-like reflexes. It's a bit rough on his spine, though.

  • Combat Roll
    • Now costs regenerating stamina instead of having a cooldown
    • Dodge all damage when Combat Roll is active
    • Ammo reloaded decreased from 6 to 2


Developer Comment: Echo now uses more of her fingers when shooting enemies.

  • Tri Shot
    • Now fires 2 additional projectiles
    • Damage per projectile decreased from 17 to 12


Developer Comment: Spamming a voice line for healing finally does something after everyone else has tuned you out!

  • Sometimes Genji heals himself when requesting healing


Developer Comment: Hanzo spent many years mastering the bow and geometry to pull off this feat. It DEFINITELY has nothing to do with magic.

  • Storm Arrow
    • Storm arrows ricochet toward the Sonic Arrow


Developer Comment: Junkrat was a bit careless when packing his grenades, so now they spill out of his pockets whenever he knocks himself back.

  • Total Mayhem
    • Drop grenades when launching yourself with Concussion Mine


Developer Comment: We noticed a decrease in Mei players helping their team “group up” in spawn with Ice Wall. This is core to Mei's gameplay, so we added additional ice pillars to help facilitate it.

  • Ice Wall
    • Spawns more pillars and has slightly different configurations


Developer Comment: Rocket Jump? Sounds dangerous. But it is a viable means of travel when you can’t afford enough fuel.

  • Rocket Launcher
    • Rockets deal no self-damage and have increased knockback
  • Barrage
    • Pharah can be knocked back while Barrage is active
    • Barrage rockets now have self-knockback
  • Hover Jets
    • Fuel decreased by 33%


Developer Comment: After getting shot one too many times, Reaper no longer poses in place before teleporting despite it looking very cool.

  • Shadow Step
    • Movement is no longer locked after confirming a teleport location


Developer Comment: Sojourn hasn't been performing quite up to our expectations after reducing her one-shot potential. To remedy this, we've added a very fair stun to her kit

  • Power Slide
    • Now impacts enemies dealing 75 damage, launching them upward, and knocking them down for 1.5 seconds


Developer Comment: Why leave it on the ground when you can keep it in your pocket instead?

  • Biotic Field
    • Now attached to Soldier: 76 when activated


Developer Comment: As a safety measure, the Translocator will forcibly separate solid objects that have been teleported into each other. Unfortunately, this process is also quite painful.

  • Translocator
    • Now deals 120 damage in an area at the teleport destination.
    • Projectile speed increased from 25 to 40
    • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds to 6 seconds


Developer Comment: It turns out there was a setting on Sentry Turrets that let's them immediately target enemies when thrown! Symmetra estimates this change increases their efficiency by 32.33%...repeating, of course!

  • Sentry Turret
    • Turrets can now target enemies while in-flight
    • Turrets have 60% damage resistance before sticking to terrain


Dev Comment: We noticed that Torbjorn relies a little too heavily on his turret to deal consistent damage, so you won’t believe this one simple balance change that fixes that and makes him 1000% overpowered!

  • Overload
    • Now also causes Rivet Gun and Forge Hammer to ignite enemies, dealing 30 additional damage over time


Developer Comment: Tracer now leaves a vacuum when she Recalls into the past. We are pretty sure this is how time travel works and will be taking no questions.

  • Recall
    • Pulls in nearby enemies when activated
  • Pulse Bomb
    • Arming time increased from 1 second to 2 seconds


Developer Comment: Poisonous bullets don’t work as quickly as normal ones do, but at least there’s more room for counterplay.

  • Widow's Kiss
    • Critical hits deal their damage over 3 seconds as poison
    • Widowmaker can see poisoned enemies through walls



Developer Comment: Turns out whatever is in those syringes hurts a lot more when applied to the forehead.

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Can now headshot enemies


Developer Comment: Rumor has it that Baptiste is the record holder for both high and long jump.

  • Exo Boots
    • Jumping with Exo Boots has more horizontal distance, scaling with the charge amount
    • Hold Jump after using Exo Boots to keep bouncing


Developer Comment: Whip Shot now whips YOU! Works better if you say, “wheeeeee” while flailing about.

  • Whip Shot
    • Brigitte is pulled towards the flail head


Dev Comment: Kanezaka is a big town and Kiriko has lots of protecting to do. This change should help her get to where she needs to go in a timely fashion, especially during rush hour.

  • Swift Step
    • Range increased from 35 to 350m
    • Cooldown now scales with distance traveled


Developer Comment: We were alerted that Soundwave was able to knock back entire heroes but couldn't do anything to projectiles. We've corrected this logical inconsistency.

  • Soundwave
    • Now deflects projectiles
    • Cooldown decreased from 4 to 3 seconds


Developer Comment: Our stats show that the “Battle Mercy” playstyle isn’t as common as we hoped. Here’s a small change that should nudge her damage potential in the right direction.

  • Caduceus Blaster
    • Ammo increased from 25 to 125
    • Projectile speed increased from 50 to 125


Developer Comment: You know that random Orb that killed you from across the map? That was 100% intentional. Biotics Orbs follow Moira’s every command, though they only understand “Stop” and “Go.”

  • Biotic Orb
    • Pressing the ability input while Biotic Orbs are active causes them to stop or start moving


Developer Comment: Zenyatta calls this technique the “Flying Kick,” but since he's always floating should it just be called “Kick”?

  • Snap Kick
    • Launches Zenyatta in his facing direction when used in the air

Overwatch 2 Season 3 is here, and the game as a whole is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. It's arguably one of the best Xbox shooters available, and since it's free-to-play, it doesn't cost anything to check it out. Alternatively, there's the Overwatch 2: Ultimate Battle Pass Bundle that includes the Premium Battle Pass, 20 Battle Pass levels, 2,000 Overwatch Coins, and the Beekeeper Sigma skin for $30.


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