Overwatch 2 New Support Hero Illari: Release Date, Expected Abilities, More
The sun warrior is here.
Just one day remains for the release of what has been hyped as the biggest update in Overwatch 2 history, Season 6 Invasion, by the developer's Blizzard Entertainment.
In the official trailer released for Overwatch 2 Season 6 Invasion yesterday on 8th August, the developers finally introduced the new support hero to the entire community, revealing her name as Illari.
Some of Illari's abilities were showcased during random gameplay segments while hints were dropped about her getting an independent launch event, comprising of hero-specific rewards for completing certain challenges in the game.
Overwatch 2 New Support Hero Illari: Everything We Know So Far
Here is everything we know about the new support hero Illari coming to Overwatch 2 along with Season 6 Invasion.
The highly anticipated Overwatch 2 support hero whose name has been revealed as Illari was teased by the developers as early as May 2023 and is finally about to arrive on 10th August with Season 6 Invasion.
10th August, Thursday
23:45 IST (Indian Standard Time)
11:15 PT (Pacific Time)
21:15 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
20:15 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
16:15 ET (Eastern Time)
13:00 CT (Central Time)
Illari will be the 38th hero added to the game and seems to possess the power of the sun due to a 'solar threading ritual' that she has apparently been involved in.
The first look of this hero was released yesterday on 8th August and she seems to wield a weapon that looks like part sword and part rail gun, fueled by the sun's energy. She herself wears armor along with a cape and overall looks very similar to Sojourn.
As per what was shown in the trailer, Illari seems to have a healing turret, a movement-based ability that allows her to propel up into the air, and an ultimate where she racks up the power of the sun in her weapon to launch an explosive ball of energy.
This is a mechanical turret that can be attached to the map geometry and works similarly to Symmetra's Sentry Turret, but instead of dealing continuous damage it provides continuous healing to a single allied hero at a time.
In a burst of movement Illari propels herself vertically upwards, this can be used as an escape or initiatiion ability, important in situations to clutch a round or save your soul.
Her ultimate ability seems to be an area of effect high-damage skill which can be used in tandem with another ultimate or simply to clear an area like a choke point or solid cover.
The new support hero will have her own set of challenges upon release as part of the launch event, rewarding players with hero-specific rewards upon completing certain pre-requisites like playing with the hero a certain number of times or winning a certain number of matches with her.
This is all the information at hand about Illari, which will be the third support hero being introduced to the game since the launch of Overwatch 2. The community is excited to try her out ever since it was revealed by Aaron Keller (Overwatch 2 Game Director) that the upcoming hero could be slightly overpowered.