Overwatch’s New Hero Is Ana – Pharah’s Mum

Apparently the fan art is correct: everyone in Overwatch [official site] is mummies and daddies and babies. Blizzard today announced the next hero (summoner? champion? wizard? oh god) added to their FPS will be Ana – who is Pharah’s mum. Ana is a support sniper (as some speculated Sombra might be) with a bolt-action rifle that heals allies and harms enemies, tranquiliser darts, and grenades which heal or harm too. She’s not properly out yet but you can try her in the latest test version.

So, abilities! Ana has a scoped Biotic Rifle firing darts which heal allies and drain enemies. Her Biotic Grenade heals allies and gives them a buff that boosts all healing for a few moments, while enemies it hits are damaged and can’t be healed for a few seconds. She has a wee gun firing sleep darts to knock enemies out. Lastly, her ultimate is Nano Boost, which buffs a teamie with increased damage and faster movement while reducing the damage they receive.

If that sounds like your sort of bag, hey, you can hop on the Public Test Region and try her today. Those test notes also call out impending buffs for D.Va and Zenyatta.

What’s Pharah’s mum doing on the battlefield? Other than embarrassing her in front of all her friends GOD MUM LEAVE ME ALONE! This here story trailer explains:

Which is typical Blizzard loreguff far too serious for a game about silly people and apes and robots doing zap-zaps and larking about while yelling catchphrases. Here’s what Ana is actually like:


  1. LogicalDash says:

    “heals enemies and harms allies” should probs be the other way around

  2. Don Reba says:

    Cape, baggy pants, med kit loincloth — it’s almost as if she is hiding something…

  3. Aitrus says:

    Sleep darts? I guess I’ll try to reserve my judgement till we play with her, but geez, how long do they last?

    • Niko says:

      Until you wake up?

    • gwathdring says:

      Mcree’s flashbang does the same thing. We have yet to see if they’re comparable in duration, though.

      • Aitrus says:

        Exactly! We don’t need more of what we already have. Crowd control is in abundance in this game.

      • Jreengus says:

        The main difference is that the sleep darts wear off if you take damage, so it seems like its less of an in combat stun and more a way to take a player out of the fight for a few seconds while you focus elsewhere.

  4. Kodaemon says:

    “Which is typical Blizzard loreguff far too serious for a game about silly people and apes and robots doing zap-zaps and larking about while yelling catchphrases.” This is what I find realy weird about this game. It seemingly has no tonal consistency at all. I mean, I’m not even playing it, but I’ve been to a release event where they showed all the cinematics so far and some dev talk. It’s like they’re actually making things up on the fly with no real vision – the visuals are Pixar-like family stuff, but then you have news reports of people dying by the thousands, assassinantions and so on. My reaction to how they introduced the Omnics was basically “oh, that’s a way of showing killing in cinematics without showing human deaths.” And sure enough, two beings actually shown to be killed so far are Mondatta and a nameless omnic bodyguard. All this while Blizzard are spouting things about a bright vision of the future that’s worth fighting for.

    • Wormerine says:

      I mean it is a Blizzard game. I always felt they were pretty absurd and inconsistant. And after horrible scrip of Legacy of the Void we got a game which has none of that nonsence in the game. All you get is a Pixar-looking team based shooter with imaginative characters. There is no consistency, but that fits the game focusing on unique and recognisable heroes.

    • gwathdring says:

      It’s especially funny since they’re clearly taking aim at TF2 and TF2 does the absolutely bonkers lore to match the zany gameplay rather well.

      • Kodaemon says:

        Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about! TF2 is basically Loony Tunes, Overwatch doesn’t seem to know wtf it is.

        • Jaunty says:

          I’m of the opposite mind: to me it feels like they know exactly what it is. It’s an American anime. Stylised visuals have never prevented any medium from creating weird worlds or dealing with dark themes. I’m far more surprised by the article’s implication that it’s something inexplicable and worthy of derision, and equally surprised to see how quick to agree everyone in the comments have been

    • Ashabel says:

      All I’m getting from both your and Alice’s complaints is that neither of you have tuned into a cartoon channel for over thirty years, and have yet to see DuckTales, Batman TAS, Gargoyles, Young Justice or either Avatar series. Which is pretty sad, if not outright heartbreaking.

      • notcoffeetable says:

        I agree with you. The whole game doesn’t have to be omg srs for the lore to have weight. I think adventure time is my favorite example of fun light hearted stuff mixed with weighty backstory mixed in.

      • LionsPhil says:

        Blizzard wish they could get anywhere near within sight of the same level as Batman TAS. Or, hell, even Batman TB&TB.

        Their writing is godawful hackneyed crap, and its attempts to make most of the cast AWESOME instead come across as cringeworthy.

  5. aircool says:

    I like bolt action rifles… there’s something very solid about them.

  6. TheDefenestrator says:

    Pretty rude of them to buff D.Va’s self-destruct when she clearly requested the exact opposite.

  7. Antongranis says:

    So she is now going to kill her own child? What is the point of a story if it dosent have any relation to the gameplay anyway?

    • LennyLeonardo says:

      The stories are one thing, the game is another. It’s a bit like when you made He-Man kiss Darth Vader as a kid. That’s how I choose to look at it any.

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      They’re obviously adding this character to fill out the Overwatch porn roster so we can get some super hot mommy-daughter action going on.

    • Kodaemon says:

      Don’t play Mortal Kombat X :P

      • Distec says:

        Au contraire, this is the best reason to play Mortal Kombat X. It’s like a wrestling soap opera but with more over the top violence.

    • Chewbacca says:

      Because Reaper, Widowmaker, etc. fighting togheter with Overwatch makes sense? Because several of the same character at the same time on the field makes sense?

      You have to detach the story from the actualy gameplay in these multiplayer titles. Same goes for LoL.

      • LionsPhil says:

        There’s a difference in degree. TF2 asks you to overlook the cloning of characters of the same class too, but otherwise their personality in fiction and in-game is consistent, as are their actions if played “normally”. The two mutually support each-other.

        Otherwise, indeed why have the part that isn’t the game? Just make the damn cartoon you wanted to already.

  8. Sadfist says:

    Best looking hero in game (for my taste ofc)

  9. Monggerel says:

    Prolicide or Matricide? Which one is it Lizard?

    This is just awkward

  10. Zankman says:

    Props to Blizzardo for another female character whose design is not compromised for the sake of shoehorned-in sex appeal.

    • Kodaemon says:

      That comes immediately agreed upon. Reminds me of the ladies from Fury Road.

    • DelrueOfDetroit says:

      Yet she still appears to have a thong built into her pants* like every other female character in the game.

      *non-UK pants

      • Zankman says:

        Well, with Overwatch, Blizzard seem to generally try to squeeze in what sex-appeal they can, mostly in very “PG” ways – focusing on the legs and butts in dem tight spandex-y clothes.

        So, I am not surprised as for what you bring up.

        However, it’s still a step up from the norm and is not that noticeable.

        Like, she doesn’t have heels; Good enough already.

    • Enso says:

      Actually it’s worse. They are perpetuating the belief that once a woman becomes a mother, or passes a certain age, she is instantly desexualised. Just ask any actress past 50. Thanks for the misogyny, Blizzard…. Hahahahahaha

      • BuckFlanksteak says:

        Yes, this elderly one-eyed woman should be scantily clad to show how evolved we/Blizzard are!

        I want to be inclusive as much as the next person, but characters (or rosters of characters for that matter) shouldn’t be reduced to a series of checkboxes so everybody’s feelies are satisfied.

        Not every failure to subvert your (*you*, person I am replying to) expectations is misogyny in action.

        • Enso says:

          A woman can look sexy and sophisticated.

          I was joking :) that’s why I put “hahahahaha”

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    Oakreef says:

    This is only like the third player character (not counting player-made ones) in any game I’ve seen that’s a woman who looks in excess of thirty years old (the others being the Bright Wizard from Vermintide and Susan from The Cat Lady)


  12. TheAngriestHobo says:

    I’m trying to figure out the physics in that header image and failing.

    Now I’m trying to figure out how Ana ever hopes to hit anything with her sniper rifle in that position and failing.

    Now I’m trying to figure out what Blizzard was thinking when they designed that image and… well, you get the idea.

    • caerphoto says:

      I dunno, it looks fine to me – like she’s just landed from a jump or something and is moving quickly, not that she’s trying to aim the rifle.

    • Don Reba says:

      If you have a better idea for a dynamic scene showing off her butt, I’d like to hear it.

  13. WhiteHawke says:

    Lennox from Evolve is another great one.

  14. Lim-Dul says:

    Just putting it out there:

    link to pbs.twimg.com

  15. newguy2012 says:

    Hmm, only one thing that is iffy, did this game need another sniper?

    • Zorgulon says:

      Yes, if she fulfils a more support-oriented role effectively. Variety is the spice of life.

  16. Zorgulon says:

    Mercifully not. However, just because sometimes teams play with a bad team composition doesn’t mean we can’t have new characters with overlapping roles. I imagine in most sensible cases you would roll either Ana or Widowmaker, not both at once. Generally you should only really have one sniper per team, but having a choice of which sniper increases your options.

  17. Neoviper says:

    You accidentally pluralized “Catchphrase!”