Overwatch Hero: Sombra’s Skills Revealed In Animation

The newest hero of Overwatch [official site], a Mexican hacker called Sombra, has finally been revealed at Blizzcon 2016 after a long-winded ARG and lots of speculation. Her skills are frighteningly disruptive, including the ability to go invisible, temporarily stop enemies from using their own abilities and destroy enemies barriers and shields. Come and look at all the skills in detail, as well as a new animated short to celebrate her entrance into Overwatch’s camp world of lovely misfits.

Here’s the animated short, in which the hacker helps Widowmaker and Reaper infiltrate a familiar facility.

Now let’s take a look at her skills, which are listed here on Overwatch’s hero summary page.

Machine pistol

Sombra’s fully-automatic machine pistol fires in a short-range spread.


Sombra hacks enemies to temporarily stop them from using their abilities, or hacks first aid kits to make them useless to her opponents.

Thermoptic Camo

Sombra becomes invisible for a short period of time, during which her speed is boosted considerably. Attacking, using offensive abilities, or taking damage disables her camouflage.


Sombra tosses out a translocator beacon. She can instantly return to the beacon’s location while it is active (including when it’s in mid-flight).

EMP (ultimate)

Sombra discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, destroying enemy barriers and shields and hacking all opponents caught in the blast.

Yikes. The ability to temporarily cut off enemy abilities alone makes her very scary to me, everything else is geared to make her a highly offensive irritant, mixing up roles traditionally filled by others. Her camo suggests the stealthy infiltration of Reaper, while the personal transporter device brings to mind the guerilla attitude of Tracer. Her ultimate seems to be far more specific than many others – going for shields and barriers – but considering it also hacks everyone’s abilities at the same time, it still looks likely to cause a lot of upset.

What do we all think? She’s not actually in the game quite yet – still no word on that. But I think she’s going to be a huge troll of a character.


  1. Kolbex says:

    Stealth? Fucking uuuuggghhh.

    • Tyshalle says:

      Stealth, but it looks like it’s going to be extremely situational. You’ll have 5 seconds to get to your desired position, and using any abilities or shooting your gun will decloak you, as will taking even the smallest amount of damage. On most of the payload maps I can think of, this ability will either be near impossible to use as the corridors are so tight you’re bound to get hit by a stray bullet, or utterly unnecessary as you can always use an alternate route that the enemy is highly unlikely to ever be in anyway.

      And with only 5 seconds to get into position, that gives you almost zero time to hide should someone come in your direction.

      Then once you do get into position, what can you really do? Disrupt the enemy’s abilities? There’s a lot of harm you can do there if used right, but it’s not going to be anything like the Spy from TF2, where you’re just one-hitting dudes.

    • ChrisT1981 says:

      Yep. She somewhat sounds like Skye in Paladins. And that ios one of the most hated characters there because of the stealthiness and her ult being a freaking timebomb that insta kills anyone caught in the Explosion and slows People inside the radius.

  2. Hunchback says:

    We are prolly getting this for xmas, me and the wife.
    Hope it’s not too late to start seriously playing…

    • Pich says:

      Don’t worry. If anything, Quickplay as somehow regressed in skills since the launch of the game.

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        keithzg says:

        Yeah, I went full over I to Competitive once that came out, and I think a lot of other people did the same thing.

        It was . . . jarring to go back briefly to Quickplay during the gap between Competitive seasons, I have to say.

    • Beefenstein says:

      OW is a game that steadily gets new players and you’ll be able to have good games at your skill level (and then improve past that as you get used to the maps and characters).

  3. uh20 says:

    as an overwatch gamer and actual guerrilla fighter: the character’s initally frightening loadout actually seems very underwhelming. especially compared to the post-buff monster that is tf2’s spy.

    • mrbright01 says:

      I suspect that’s the point. Her abilities are situational and I suspect will be hard to use effectively. I foresee a ton of bad Sombra in Quick play’s future, followed by her eventual decline into current Bastion-level use, unusual enough to comment on (for me, the non-competitive player)

  4. Blutsuechtiger says:

    She can not hack Bastion?
    meh… :D