Overwatch Sombra: What We Know

After months of virtual hints, leaks and countdowns, Blizzard finally announced their latest character, Sombra, yesterday at BlizzCon 2016. Blizzard released a slew of videos yesterday showcasing Sombra’s abilities and backstory, the first is an animated short showing her capabilities in a stylish cinematic.

The second video is a brief animation detailing her origins.


Sombra, orphaned by the Omnic Crisis, became very adept at using technology from an early age.

From the origins story video as well as details given on Overwatch’s website, we find out that she was involved with a group called “Los Muertos [who] believed that the rebuilding of Mexico had primarily benefited the rich and the influential, leaving behind those who were most in need of assistance.” Her homebase being designated at Dorado also indicates her Hispanic roots.


As her hacking prowess grew and grew, it caught the attention of a very powerful and dangerous group that forced her to go into hiding and later reemerge as Sombra.

Thanks to the short film that was also released, we learn that Sombra is working with Talon, Reaper and Widowmaker and is sent to Volskaya Industries to eliminate its CEO, Katya Volskaya. However, as a character who appears to be working with the ‘bad guys’ of Overwatch, it’s apparent that her interests are more self-serving with an apparent agenda to make connections with powerful people to help uncover a “global conspiracy”

Gameplay Overview

Sombra is an offensive character with a three star difficulty rating. She uses stealth and hacking skills to gain the advantage on opponents and can make a quick getaway when necessary.

Her moves are as follows with details taken from her Overwatch profile:

Main Weapon: Machine Pistol

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

“R-Click”: Hack

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

“L-Shift”: 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.

“E”: Translocator

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).

Ultimate: EMP

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

Passive Ability: Opportunist


Sombra is able to detect enemies with low health.

When can we play as her?

While a concrete release date has not been confirmed, Sombra will be released as a playable character next week in the public test realm after Blizzcon.


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