Overwatch 2 Battle Pass: Price, rewards, Mythic skins, and what you need to know

The Cyber Demon Genji Mythic skin in Overwatch 2.
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Overwatch 2 has arrived on console and PC, and as part of its new free-to-play seasonal content model, it has introduced a Battle Pass-based progression system. Each of Overwatch 2's seasons will bring a new Battle Pass to the game, providing players with a linear series of unlocks to earn as they play.

Here's an in-depth overview of everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass, including how it works, how to rank it up, the types of rewards that are available, and more.

Overwatch 2 Battle Pass: What you need to know

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Overwatch 2 has become the latest game to embrace a Battle Pass progression system. Battle Passes have quickly become a mainstay in the industry since they work well with the popular seasonal content release model, and since Blizzard has nine-week seasons planned for Overwatch 2 moving forward, it's no surprise that the studio has adopted the Battle Pass approach. 

Like the Battle Passes found in shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Halo Infinite, the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass will offer fans a large variety of cosmetic rewards across 80 separate unlock tiers. Players will be able to progress through these tiers by earning XP, which is done by playing the game normally and by completing daily, weekly, seasonal, and lifetime gameplay challenges. This progression can be sped up with the 20% XP boost you get from grouping up and playing with friends.

The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass features both a Free and Premium reward track that players can earn rewards from. The Free Battle Pass track is available to all players, but offers fewer and simpler cosmetic items. The Premium Battle Pass track requires a purchase to opt into, but allows players to earn all 80 rewards from the Battle Pass and also provides a 20% XP boost that stays on for the remainder of the current season (it stacks with the group XP boost). Premium Battle Pass owners also get access to Priority Queue, a feature that helps them find matches faster while searching for games.

Note that unlocking new heroes in Overwatch 2 will be tied to the Battle Pass system. Both Free and Premium Battle Pass owners get access to new heroes, with free-to-play users unlocking them at Tier 55 of the Battle Pass and Premium owners getting access to them instantly.

Similar to the way Battle Passes expire in other games, Overwatch 2's Battle Passes will go away at the end of each season as well. It's currently unclear if cosmetic rewards from past Battle Passes will return in the in-game Shop in the future, though we do know that heroes from past seasons will be unlockable through the completion of special gameplay challenges. Alternatively, players will also be able to purchase them from the Shop.

Overwatch 2 Battle Pass price

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Like most Battle Passes found in other games, Overwatch 2's Premium Battle Pass costs $10 (1,000 Overwatch Coins) to purchase. This makes Blizzard's version of the popular system reasonably priced, giving players the opportunity to earn a variety of high-quality cosmetics while also offering them instant access to new heroes that free-to-play users have to unlock through gameplay.

The Premium Battle Pass is available through the in-game Shop where players can spend Overwatch Coins on various items and unlocks. Overwatch Coins are primarily acquired through direct purchases at a rate of 100 coins per dollar spent, but they can also be earned from completing the same weekly gameplay challenges that players will be doing to accrue XP quickly. Notably, this means that it's possible to get the Premium Battle Pass by using Overwatch Coins earned through gameplay, with Blizzard confirming that players will be able to earn enough Overwatch Coins to purchase Premium access every two seasons.

Another alternative is the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack, which gives players instant access to the Overwatch 2 Season 1 Premium Battle Pass as well as 2,000 Overwatch Coins and a variety of skins for some of the game's characters.

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Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack

The $40 Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack offers fans a variety of benefits that will allow them to get guaranteed access to Season 1's Premium Battle Pass track, unlock some unique rewards, and provide some in-game currency for the Shop.

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Overwatch 2 Battle Pass rewards list: Skins, heroes, and more

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While Overwatch's cosmetic and customization suite has traditionally featured character skins, sprays, emotes, victory poses, profile icons, and voice lines, Overwatch 2 is adding some additional item types in its Battle Passes. One of the new reward types players can earn are weapon charms, which are small decorations that can be attached to a hero's main weapon. The charm will then visibly dangle from the weapon during gameplay. 

Another new cosmetic type is souvenirs, which are 3D models that players can display while in-game using an emote. The new support hero Kiriko is also available from the Season 1 Battle Pass as a Tier 55 reward, marking the start of Blizzard's new approach to releasing new characters.

Most interestingly, Overwatch 2 is introducing Mythic skins, which are a new tier of hero skin above the Legendary rarity. Unlike all other skin types in Overwatch, Mythic skins are unique in that their color, design, and shape can be customized by players. The first of these skins — the Cyber Demon Genji skin that features a demonic cyberpunk ninja theme — is the final reward available from the Season 1 Battle Pass and is exclusively available to Premium reward track owners. 

A full list of the Overwatch 2 Season 1 Battle Pass rewards can be found below, including the tier you need to reach in order to unlock and use them.

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Tier 1 — Tier 20
TierReward
Tier 1EDM D.Va Legendary Skin, Cybermari Weapon Charm
Tier 2Cybermari Player Icon
Tier 3Sky Centurion Name Card
Tier 4Moira "You Can Be Improved" Voice Line
Tier 5Reaper Cookies Emote
Tier 6Mei Fist Bump Victory Pose
Tier 7Winston Salute Spray
Tier 8Mechanical Brain Souvenir
Tier 9Lucio "Stand Up" Voice Line
Tier 10Tactical Winston Epic Skin
Tier 11Holo Sakura Player Icon
Tier 12Sakura Name Card
Tier 13Soldier: 76 Locked and Loaded Highlight Intro
Tier 14Cassidy Only You Spray
Tier 15Origami Crane Weapon Charm
Tier 16Sojourn Evaluate Victory Pose
Tier 17D.Va DJ Spray
Tier 18Great Waves Name Card
Tier 19Zenyatta "Exist" Voice Line
Tier 20Hinotori Kiriko Legendary Skin
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Tier 21 — Tier 40
TierReward
Tier 21EDM Player Icon
Tier 22Dogtags Spray
Tier 23Pineapple Pizza Souvenir
Tier 24Sombra Translocator Victory Pose
Tier 25Kiriko "On My Bike" Voice Line
Tier 26Baptiste Raboday Emote
Tier 27Junker Queen Lion Slayer Spray
Tier 28Mitzi and Friends Name Card
Tier 29Hanzo "A Long Way Down" Voice Line
Tier 30Commando Sojourn Legendary Skin
Tier 31Commando Player Icon
Tier 32Pharah Sky Centurion Spray
Tier 33Tracer Nailed It Highlight Intro
Tier 34Cassidy "Neck of the Woods" Voice Line
Tier 35Tokki Keyring Weapon Charm
Tier 36Brigitte Noble Victory Pose
Tier 37Kiriko Cyber Phoenix Spray
Tier 38Omnicode Name Card
Tier 39Sojourn "It's All Connected" Voice Line
Tier 40Beast Junker Queen Epic Skin
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Tier 41 — 60
TierReward
Tier 41Kumihimo Player Icon
Tier 42Puzzle Cube Souvenir
Tier 43Cassidy Rise N' Shine Spray
Tier 44Moira Ponder Victory Pose
Tier 45Ana "High Tech, Low Tech..." Voice Line
Tier 46Junkrat Sipping Emote
Tier 47Mercy Crows Spray
Tier 48Hinotori Player Icon
Tier 49Sigma "Parts and Whole" Voice Line
Tier 50Miko Mercy Legendary Skin
Tier 51Arcade Spray
Tier 52EDM Tokki Player Icon
Tier 53D.Va Incoming! Highlight Intro
Tier 54Sojourn "Upgrades" Voice Line
Tier 55Kiriko Hero, Kitsune Weapon Charm
Tier 56Genji Just Breathe Spray
Tier 57Cyber Demon Name Card
Tier 58Genji "The Dragon and I are One" Voice Line
Tier 59Roadhog Hologram Victory Pose
Tier 60Sky Centurion Pharah Legendary Skin
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Tier 61 — 80
TierReward
Tier 61Brain Player Icon
Tier 62Kiriko "Run with Blades" Voice Line
Tier 63Rainbow Pool Name Card
Tier 64Itadakimasu Hanzo Emote
Tier 65Sojourn Commando Spray
Tier 66Echo Poised Victory Pose
Tier 67Junker Queen "I Do Love Neon" Voice Line
Tier 68Folded Crane Souvenir
Tier 69Kitsune Player Icon
Tier 70Forest Ranger Cassidy Epic Skin
Tier 71Junkrat Crime Boss Spray
Tier 72Forest Ranger Player Icon
Tier 73Orisa "I Do Not Cower" Voice Line
Tier 74Robothumb Souvenir
Tier 75Cyber Demon Mask Weapon Charm
Tier 76Sojourn Old Soldiers Spray
Tier 77Junker Queen Crowned Victory Pose
Tier 78Ashe Do Something Highlight Intro
Tier 79Synthwave Name Card
Tier 80Cyber Demon Genji Mythic Skin, Genji Demonic Deflection Spray, Cyber Demon Player Icon

Is the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass worth it?

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Whether or not the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass is worth it or not depends entirely on whether or not you care about unlocking new cosmetics. If you don't care about customization items and just want to have a fun time playing the game, you may want to save your money. However, fans that love customizing their heroes will likely find the Premium Battle Pass' rewards quite enticing.

The Premium Battle Pass is also worth buying if you care about getting access to new heroes as soon as possible, as free-to-play users will have to grind up to Tier 55 before they can use them. Something to keep in mind, though, is that new heroes are being locked out of Overwatch 2's Competitive mode for several weeks after they launch so that the developers can fine-tune their balancing, giving players a significant amount of time to unlock them. Therefore, you shouldn't feel pressured to buy the Premium Battle Pass to unlock new heroes so that you can use them in Competitive play.

Did Overwatch 2 get rid of loot boxes?

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With Overwatch 2's shift to a free-to-play seasonal model with Battle Passes, the aging loot box system from the original Overwatch has been completely phased out. This means that players will no longer earn loot boxes from leveling up, and will instead rank up a tier on their Battle Pass. 

Overwatch 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, PC, 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.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.