Overwatch 2 Season 2: Everything new, Battle Pass, Ramattra, events, and more

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One of the biggest things that separates Overwatch 2 from the original Overwatch experience is that Blizzard has committed to supporting it with consistent seasonal updates. Every nine weeks, players can expect a fresh wave of content that includes new heroes, maps, or game modes, as well as a brand new Battle Pass to progress through and lots of cosmetic goodies for a variety of the game's heroes.

Overwatch 2 Season 2 has officially kicked off following the end of the first season, and it brings new gameplay offerings, new skins, balance changes, and a host of other additions. In this high-level overview of Season 2, we'll go over all of these details and more.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: Release date and launch time

Ramattra battles Ashe, Echo, and several other heroes while in Nemesis Form. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Overwatch 2's second season released on December 6, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. PT, which is the game's standard weekly reset time. As such, it is now available to all players globally, though you'll have to download and install a small update before you can get into the game.

The list below shows when the Season 2 went live in various regions across the world.

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TimezoneExpected release time
Pacific Time (PT)Dec. 6, 12:00 p.m.
Mountain Time (MT)Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m.
Central Time (CT)Dec. 6, 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Time (ET)Dec. 6, 3:00 p.m.
Brasilia Time (BRT)Dec. 6, 4:00 p.m.
Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.
British Summer Time (BST)Dec. 6, 8:00 p.m.
Central European Summer Time (CEST)Dec. 6, 9:00 p.m.
Moscow Time (MSK)Dec. 6, 10:00 p.m.
Gulf Standard Time (GST)Dec. 6, 11:00 p.m.
Indian Standard Time (IST)Dec. 7, 12:30 a.m.
Singapore Standard Time (SNST)Dec. 7, 3:00 a.m.
China Standard Time (CST)Dec. 7, 3:00 a.m.
Japan Standard Time (JST)Dec. 7, 4:00 a.m.
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)Dec. 7, 5:00 a.m.
New Zealand Standard Time (NZST)Dec. 7, 8:00 a.m.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: Roadmap

The Overwatch 2 Season 2 roadmap. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

The roadmap above provides a quick overview of what's coming throughout Season 2, while also highlighting when events are planned to go live. Notably, Overwatch 2 Season 2 will have three special events, including the following:

  • Winter Wonderland: Dec. 13, 2022 - Jan. 4, 2023
  • Battle for Olympus: Jan. 5, 2023 - Jan. 19, 2023
  • Year of the Rabbit: Jan. 17, 2023 - Feb. 6, 2023

Overwatch 2 Season 2: Battle Pass skins, rewards, and price

Hades Pharah, one of the Legendary skins in the Overwatch 2 Season 2 Battle Pass. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

The Season 2 Overwatch 2 Battle Pass is themed around Greek mythology, so expect plenty of voice lines, sprays, souvenirs, skins, and more that draw inspiration from iconic Ancient Greek folklore. Like the Season 1 pass, this one also has split free and Premium reward tracks, with the Premium Battle Pass costing 1,000 Overwatch Coins — the equivalent of $10.

Progressing through the Battle Pass is how players unlock Overwatch 2 Season 2's new tank hero, Ramattra. Free-to-play players will unlock Ramattra on Tier 55, while Premium Battle Pass owners will get access to him instantly.

The highlights of the Battle Pass are two of its Legendary skins, Hades Pharah and Poseidon Ramattra, as well as the new Zeus Junker Queen Mythic skin. All three of these skins can be seen in the image at the top of the article, though we'll also go into more detail about Zeus Junker Queen. Below, though, you'll find a complete overview of the entire Season 2 Battle Pass that goes over every tier, the unlocks from them, and whether they're Premium exclusive or not. 

Tier 1 — Tier 20

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1Ramattra (Premium unlock), Bug Hero Soldier: 76 Legendary Skin, Cerberus Weapon CharmPremium
2Cerberus Player IconFree
3Trident Name CardPremium
4"How High" Wrecking Ball Voice LinePremium
5Graceful Stroll Widowmaker EmotePremium
6Poised Widowmaker Victory PoseFree
7Bug Hero Soldier: 76 SprayPremium
8Unleashed Hanzo Highlight IntroPremium
9"Call me Cyclops" Ana Voice LinePremium
10Cobra Queen Symmetra Epic SkinFree
11Botanist Player IconPremium
12Bug Hero Name CardPremium
13Gotcha Junkrat Highlight IntroFree
14Tactical Kick Soldier: 76 SprayPremium
15Lyre Weapon CharmPremium
16God of the Sea Ramattra SprayPremium
17Locked and Loaded Reaper Victory PosePremium
18"Divine Fire" Moira Voice LinePremium
19Bug Hero Player IconFree
20Poseidon Ramattra Legendary SkinPremium

Tier 21 — Tier 40

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21Queen Cobra Player IconPremium
22Bullet Barrier Symmetra SprayPremium
23Pegasus SouvenirFree
24Casual Torbjorn Victory PosePremium
25"Smited or Smitten" Junker Queen Voice LinePremium
26Stepping Stones Sigma EmotePremium
27Extra! Tracer SprayPremium
28Dance Machine Name CardFree
29"Midas Touch" Sombra Voice LinePremium
30Botanist Ana Legendary SkinPremium
31Dance Machine Player IconFree
32Hades Pharah SprayPremium
33Knuckles Doomfist Highlight IntroPremium
34"Make Like Odysseus" Kiriko Voice LinePremium
35Salute Soldier: 76 Victory PosePremium
36Botanist Ana SprayFree
37Trident Weapon CharmPremium
38Zeus Name CardPremium
39"Scales and the Sword" Orisa Voice LineFree
40Dance Machine Echo Epic SkinPremium

Tier 41 — Tier 60

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41Street Urchin Player IconPremium
42Camellia SouvenirPremium
43Queen Cobra Symmetra SprayFree
44Quick Break Victory PosePremium
45Ramattra (Free unlock), Salt Weapon CharmFree
46"Grapes" Junkrat Voice LineFree
47Acropolis Name CardPremium
48Dance Machine Echo SprayPremium
49"Man Who Enters Hell" Sigma Voice LinePremium
50Street Urchin Tracer Legendary SkinPremium
51Goddess of Thunder Junker Queen SprayFree
52Amphora Player IconPremium
53Breaking News SouvenirPremium
54"Shape Up" Soldier: 76 Voice LinePremium
55Trident Ramattra EmoteFree
56Street Urchin Tracer SprayPremium
57Botanist Name CardPremium
58"Tracer-thon" Tracer Voice LineFree
59Victory Sign Winston Victory PosePremium
60Hades Pharah Legendary SkinPremium

Tier 61 — Tier 80

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61Poseidomari Player IconFree
62"Justice is Cruel" Ramattra Voice LinePremium
63Cerberus Name CardPremium
64Olympus SprayPremium
65Area Sweep Baptiste EmoteFree
66Groovin' Echo Victory PosePremium
67"Push a Rock" Kiriko Voice LinePremium
68Winged Helm SouvenirPremium
69Plutomari Player IconPremium
70Primordial Ramattra Epic SkinFree
71Infernal Rockets Pharah SprayPremium
72Laurel Wreath Player IconPremium
73"Real Life" Hanzo Voice LinePremium
74Medusa SouvenirFree
75Gorgon Coin Weapon CharmPremium
76Poseidon Ramattra SprayPremium
77Newspaper Tracer Victory PosePremium
78Photon Barrier Symmetra Highlight IntroPremium
79Queen Cobra Name CardFree
80Zeus Junker Queen Mythic Skin, Shockimari Player Icon, Zeus Junker Queen Spray Premium

New Mythic skin: Zeus Junker Queen

Zeus Junker Queen, Overwatch 2 Season 2's new Mythic skin. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Like the Mythic Cyber Demon Genji skin before it, Zeus Junker Queen is the final reward on the Battle Pass, available to players that purchase the Premium Battle Pass and reach Tier 80 by completing matches and finishing gameplay challenges. The default version of the skin is primarily white and yellow with some brown accents, though players can make it look black and red with pink accents, or blue with light blue accents. Various pieces of the skin's armor can be swapped around for alternative choices as well, giving fans plenty of customization options.

Other Overwatch 2 Season 2 new skins

In addition to the skins mentioned above, several other Greek mythology-inspired skins are also available from the Overwatch 2 Shop during Overwatch 2 Season 2. These include Minotaur Reinhardt, Cyclops Roadhog, Medusa Widowmaker, and Hermes Lucio. Other skins with various other themes have been made available in the Shop as well, giving players that don't like the season's Greek focus some alternative options.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: New tank hero Ramattra

Ramattra using his Annihilation Ultimate. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

One of the most exciting things about Overwatch 2 Season 2 is that it introduced Ramattra, the leader of Null Sector and the game's next tank hero. Labeled as a "tempo tank" by Blizzard developers, Ramattra's ability to swap between two different forms makes him one of the most versatile and dynamic characters on the battlefield.

We have an in-depth Ramattra hero guide that goes into every detail available about the character, so in this article, we'll summarize his kit. With his Void Accelerator in Omnic Form, Ramattra is able to harass opponents from afar with streams of projectiles and create a durable barrier for his teammates at a targeted location. Once he swaps into Nemesis Form, however, Ramattra will grow larger, gain an extra 150 Armor health, and will swap out his Void Accelerator for piercing punch attacks and a block ability that allows him to significantly reduce incoming damage while sacrificing movement speed.

At any time while he's in Omnic Form or Nemesis Form, Ramattra can shoot a Ravenous Vortex projectile at his opponents. Enemies caught in the area-of-effect of this ability will be damaged, slowed, and pulled to the ground if they're jumping or airborne, making it difficult for them to escape. Finally, there's Ramattra's Annihilation Ultimate. When activated, this ability activates Nemesis Form and creates a swarm of nanobots around Ramattra that automatically leech onto nearby opponents, damaging them and reducing their damage by 50%. This Ultimate won't wear off while the nanobots are targeting someone, so Annihilation will last until Ramattra dies or the enemies he's fighting do.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: New map Shambali Monastery

Overwatch 2 Season 2 is also adds a new map to the game: Shambali Monastery, an Escort (also known as Payload) map set in the mountains of Nepal where both Zenyatta and Ramattra originally became monks. Overall, it's a pretty open map, although there are also several small indoor areas where close-quarters fighting reigns supreme.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: New Battle for Olympus game mode

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From Jan. 5-19, a special limited-time gameplay event called Battle for Olympus is available. In this special variant of Overwatch 2's standard free-for-all deathmatch mode, health and Ultimate charge pickups are located all over each map and each playable hero (Reinhardt, Roadhog, Ramattra, Junker Queen, Widowmaker, Pharah, Lucio) is empowered with a unique "divine" version of their Ultimate. These are more effective than standard Ultimates, as they offer expanded functionality and provide some significant (albeit temporary) buffs to the rest of a hero's kit.

For example, Roadhog's Divine Whole Hog Ultimate allows him to launch large rocks at foes similar to how the Cyclops threw boulders at Odysseus' boat in The Odyssey, dishing out tons of deadly damage. Meanwhile, Junker Queen's Rampage empowers her other abilities with the ability to call down lightning strikes, and Lucio's Sound Barrier knocks people away and buffs him with a huge boost to damage and movement speed.

While the event is active, players have the opportunity to complete limited time challenges in the mode and earn some unique cosmetic items, including hero-specific player name card titles and some voice lines. On top of that, Mercy's Greek-themed Winged Victory skin from the first Overwatch is also on offer, which new Overwatch 2 players (or Overwatch veterans that missed the opportunity to get the skin originally) should definitely make sure they snag.

Below, we've listed all of the Battle for Olympus-specific challenges, as well as what you need to do to complete them and which of the available rewards you'll receive for doing so.

Overwatch 2 Battle for Olympus challenges and rewards

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Winged VictoryComplete six challenges in Battle for OlympusWinged Victory Mercy skin
Acolyte of MedusaEarn 300 final blows as Medusa WidowmakerAcolyte of Medusa player title
Herald of HermesEarn 300 final blows as Hermes LucioHerald of Hermes player title
Master of MinotaursEarn 300 final blows as Minotaur ReinhardtMaster of Minotaurs player title
Pride of PoseidonEarn 300 final blows as Poseidon RamattraPride of Poseidon player title
Scion of CyclopsEarn 300 final blows as Cyclops RoadhogScion of Cyclops player title
Sentinel of HadesEarn 300 final blows as Hades PharahSentinel of Hades player title
Zeus’s Favorite ChildEarn 300 final blows as Zeus Junker QueenZeus’s Favorite Child player title
Voice of MedusaEarn 25 final blows as Medusa Widowmaker during her UltimateYour Own Gravestone voice line, and 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of HermesEarn 25 final blows with Hermes Lúcio during his UltimateThe God of Speed voice line, 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of the MinotaurEarn 25 final blows with Minotaur Reinhardt during his UltimateMinotaur Power voice line, 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of PoseidonEarn 25 final blows with Poseidon Ramattra during his UltimateFree the Kraken voice line, 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of the CyclopsEarn 25 final blows as Cyclops Roadhog during his UltimateMy Eye voice line, 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of HadesEarn 25 final blows as Hades Pharah during her UltimateEternal Flames voice line, 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Voice of ZeusEarn 25 final blows as Zeus Junker Queen during her UltimateStruck Like Lightning voice line, and 1,000 Battle Pass XP
Olympian ChampionWin 10 games in Battle for Olympus5,000 Battle Pass XP
Blessing of HephaestusPick up 20 Overhealth power-ups500 Battle Pass XP
Nectar of the GodsPick up five Ultimate charge power-ups500 Battle Pass XP

Overwatch 2 Season 2: Balance changes

Sojourn is getting some nerfs in Overwatch 2 Season 2, as she's dominated most of Season 1's competitive scene with her long-range power. (Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

Blizzard has also implemented some balance changes in Season 2, with the most significant one being a nerf to Sojourn's railgun that reduces how far away she can be from her enemies while still landing one-shots with a fully charged critical hit. Doomfist also got some buffs that "better support his role as the team’s front line," while still maintaining the highly aggressive and mobile playstyle that's at the heart of his kit.

Some adjustments for Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra also came with the launch of Season 2. For a full overview of every tweak, don't miss our deep dive into the Overwatch 2 Season 2 patch notes as well as our roundup of all Overwatch 2 hero changes and character reworks.

The developers also confirmed that during Season 2, the Rialto and Blizzard World maps have returned to the Overwatch 2 map pool. Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar, on the other hand, have rotated out for the duration of the season. Though these maps are available to play on in Custom Games, players can't battle on them in Quick Play, Arcade modes, or ranked Competitive play.

Overwatch 2 Season 2: Trailer

The trailer below provides a close look at all of the content, cosmetics, and more that have come to Overwatch 2 in Season 2.

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. Alternatively, players can purchase the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack that provides access to a Premium Battle Pass, 2,000 Overwatch Coins, and a bundle of unique Legendary skins.


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 a Premium Battle Pass track, unlock some unique rewards, provides some in-game currency to use, and more.

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