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
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
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.
Overwatch 2 Battle Pass rewards list: Skins, heroes, and more
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.
|EDM D.Va Legendary Skin, Cybermari Weapon Charm
|Cybermari Player Icon
|Sky Centurion Name Card
|Moira "You Can Be Improved" Voice Line
|Reaper Cookies Emote
|Mei Fist Bump Victory Pose
|Winston Salute Spray
|Mechanical Brain Souvenir
|Lucio "Stand Up" Voice Line
|Tactical Winston Epic Skin
|Holo Sakura Player Icon
|Sakura Name Card
|Soldier: 76 Locked and Loaded Highlight Intro
|Cassidy Only You Spray
|Origami Crane Weapon Charm
|Sojourn Evaluate Victory Pose
|D.Va DJ Spray
|Great Waves Name Card
|Zenyatta "Exist" Voice Line
|Hinotori Kiriko Legendary Skin
|EDM Player Icon
|Pineapple Pizza Souvenir
|Sombra Translocator Victory Pose
|Kiriko "On My Bike" Voice Line
|Baptiste Raboday Emote
|Junker Queen Lion Slayer Spray
|Mitzi and Friends Name Card
|Hanzo "A Long Way Down" Voice Line
|Commando Sojourn Legendary Skin
|Commando Player Icon
|Pharah Sky Centurion Spray
|Tracer Nailed It Highlight Intro
|Cassidy "Neck of the Woods" Voice Line
|Tokki Keyring Weapon Charm
|Brigitte Noble Victory Pose
|Kiriko Cyber Phoenix Spray
|Omnicode Name Card
|Sojourn "It's All Connected" Voice Line
|Beast Junker Queen Epic Skin
|Kumihimo Player Icon
|Puzzle Cube Souvenir
|Cassidy Rise N' Shine Spray
|Moira Ponder Victory Pose
|Ana "High Tech, Low Tech..." Voice Line
|Junkrat Sipping Emote
|Mercy Crows Spray
|Hinotori Player Icon
|Sigma "Parts and Whole" Voice Line
|Miko Mercy Legendary Skin
|EDM Tokki Player Icon
|D.Va Incoming! Highlight Intro
|Sojourn "Upgrades" Voice Line
|Kiriko Hero, Kitsune Weapon Charm
|Genji Just Breathe Spray
|Cyber Demon Name Card
|Genji "The Dragon and I are One" Voice Line
|Roadhog Hologram Victory Pose
|Sky Centurion Pharah Legendary Skin
|Brain Player Icon
|Kiriko "Run with Blades" Voice Line
|Rainbow Pool Name Card
|Itadakimasu Hanzo Emote
|Sojourn Commando Spray
|Echo Poised Victory Pose
|Junker Queen "I Do Love Neon" Voice Line
|Folded Crane Souvenir
|Kitsune Player Icon
|Forest Ranger Cassidy Epic Skin
|Junkrat Crime Boss Spray
|Forest Ranger Player Icon
|Orisa "I Do Not Cower" Voice Line
|Cyber Demon Mask Weapon Charm
|Sojourn Old Soldiers Spray
|Junker Queen Crowned Victory Pose
|Ashe Do Something Highlight Intro
|Synthwave Name Card
|Cyber Demon Genji Mythic Skin, Genji Demonic Deflection Spray, Cyber Demon Player Icon
Is the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass worth it?
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?
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.
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