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[e][h] Widowmaker
"One shot, one kill."
Hero Information
Real Name:
Amélie Lacroix
Base of Operations:
France Annecy, France
Release Date:
Base Stats

Amélie "Widowmaker" Lacroix is a Damage class hero in Overwatch.


Widow's Kiss (Assault)
Ability: Weapon
Affects: Enemies
Widowmaker’s versatile sniper rifle is ideal for scope-aimed shots at distant targets. Should targets close to medium range, the rifle can also be fired in fully-automatic mode.
Reload Time:
Fire Rate:
 1.5 Seconds
 10 Rounds per Second
Widow's Kiss (Sniper)
Ability: Weapon
Affects: Enemies
Widowmaker’s versatile sniper rifle is ideal for scope-aimed shots at distant targets. Should targets close to medium range, the rifle can also be fired in fully-automatic mode.
Headshot Multiplier:
Full Charge Time:
Reload Time:
Fire Rate:
Falloff Damage:
 0.9 Seconds
 35 (5 used per shot)
 1.5 Seconds
 1 Round per Second
 Up to 50% damage falloff from 60-85 meters
Grappling Hook
Ability: Cooldown
Affects: Self
Widowmaker launches a grappling hook towards the location she’s aiming at – when the hook connects with a scalable surface, she’s quickly drawn towards it, allowing her to expand her view of the battlefield and evade or flank targets.
12 seconds
Cancel Range:
 Bounces off a surface if the distance between you and the hook is under 2 meters, canceling the hook and not costing any cooldown.
Venom Mine
Ability: Cooldown
Affects: Enemies
Widowmaker adheres a swiftly-arming venom mine to nearly any surface. When a target wanders within range of the mine’s motion trigger, it explodes, delivering poison gas to any enemies in the vicinity.
15 seconds
 5 seconds
Ability: Ultimate
Affects: Self
Widowmaker’s recon visor allows her to see the heat signatures and health bars of her targets through walls and objects for a moderate amount of time. This enhanced vision is shared with her allies, however the effect stops if Widowmaker dies during her ultimate.
 15 seconds


General Tips[edit]

  • Widowmaker is a deadly sniper hero that focuses on scoping in and eliminating key targets from a long distance.
  • Widowmaker has many abilities to help her get that perfect spot for aiming.
  • Make sure you change your position often, or you will be found out and easily eliminated.
  • Practice aiming with Widowmaker's sniper rifle so you can learn to get your shots.
  • Try to keep your crosshair ahead of where your target might be going, so you can more easily snipe them.

Weapon Tips[edit]

Widow's Kiss (Assault)[edit]

  • This mode of her weapon makes a decent alternative for when enemies try to get close to her.
  • It is hard to kill tanks with this mode, as it could require multiple mags to take down.

Widow's Kiss (Sniper)[edit]

  • There are three arrows just below the crosshair. Reaching one arrow can kill 150 health heroes, such as Zenyatta and Tracer. Reaching two can kill 200-250 health heroes. Finally, reaching three deals 450 damage, which can take down most heroes in one shot.

Nerf: Three arrows deals only 125 bodyshot so it means reaching one arrow wont kill 150hp targets anymore with headshot and same with 250 HP targets where you need a headshot that deals 300 damage per headshot, so you need at least two headshots not to take down tanks.

  • If your target is low on health, it might be better to kill them with a bodyshot.
  • Shooting with this weapon leaves tracer shots behind, revealing your position, so don't spam with this mode.
  • This ability does no damage so don't waste it by randomly shooting it at enemies.

Grappling Hook[edit]

  • This ability is great for quickly reaching sniper spots and normally inaccessible areas to snipe from.
  • The ability doesn't go on cooldown until you hook onto something.
  • You can use this as an ability to get away from trouble and to a safe spot to run.

Venom Mine[edit]

  • Put your mine in places where flankers might you get from, so you can have a small safety precaution on whether you've been found.
  • Don't use this ability by shooting it in the fray. It deals lackluster damage overall and can be easily seen and destroyed.
  • You will have a marker where your venom mine is and will alert you when it's been triggered or destroyed

Ultimate: Infra-Sight[edit]

  • Use this ultimate almost whenever you can. Having knowledge of enemy positions is crucial for your team.
  • If you notice the enemy team might be preparing for a push, use this to find where they could be pushing from.
  • Your team can see enemy players during this ultimate, making it useful for anyone.



Widowmaker is the perfect assassin: a patient, ruthlessly efficient killer who shows neither emotion nor remorse.

It is believed that in her former life, Widowmaker was married to Gérard Lacroix, an Overwatch agent spearheading operations against the Talon terrorist organization. After several unsuccessful attempts to eliminate Gérard, Talon decided to change its focus to his wife, Amélie. Talon operatives kidnapped her and subjected her to an intense program of neural reconditioning. They broke her will, suppressed her personality, and reprogrammed her as a sleeper agent. She was eventually found by Overwatch agents, apparently none the worse for wear, and returned to her normal life.

Two weeks later she killed Gérard in his sleep.

Her mission complete, Amélie returned to Talon, and they completed the process of turning her into a living weapon. She was given extensive training in the covert arts, and then her physiology was altered, drastically slowing her heart, which turned her skin cold and blue and numbed her ability to experience human emotion. Amélie was gone.

Now, Widowmaker is Talon's most effective assassin, feeling little save the satisfaction of a job well done.


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