Junker Queen revealed as new Overwatch 2 tank hero: Abilities, lore, more

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Junker Queen is joining the Overwatch 2 roster in time for the game’s big launch. Players have yearned for her release for years, and the tank hero is one of many Blizzard have teed up for the hero shooter’s sequel: here’s what we know so far.

The Junker Queen is one of the Overwatch universe’s most beloved characters, even if she didn’t technically have a role in-game outside of being ever-present on the Junkertown map.

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That’s changing in Overwatch 2 though as the Ruler of Junkertown joins the hero roster as the newest tank character in the game. Having been revealed as one of the many new heroes coming as part of the hero shooter’s sequel, players are already hyping up how she’ll play.

Here’s what we know about Junker Queen so far in Overwatch 2, including how her abilities work and when she’ll release.

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Long have Overwatch fans been waiting for Junker Queen, and she doesn’t disappoint.

Who is Junker Queen in Overwatch 2?

Junker Queen is the leader of the (semi) lawless Junkertown, once home to both Junkrat and Roadhog. However, the Junker Queen did everything she could to keep the two heroes out after they had discovered some ‘treasure’ in the outback ruins.

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As the undisputed champion of the Scrapyard within Junkertown, she’s got the fighting prowess to back up her big talk. However, as for the rest of her story, that’ll be fleshed out once she goes live in-game.

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Junker Queen abilities in Overwatch 2

Players got their first snippet of Junker Queen gameplay in the Overwatch 2 release date reveal on June 12, 2022, but specifics were unclear at first. Thankfully, Blizzard soon cleared it all up with a full look at her kit on June 20.

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From her lethal Carnage powers to a nifty Adrenaline Rush passive that allows for heals over time, there’s much more depth to Junker Queen than first meets the eye.

Below is a full rundown on all of her abilities and how they function:

  • Scattergun: Pump-action Shotgun
  • Jagged Blade:
    • Passive: Quick Melee wounds enemies, dealing damage over time.
    • Active: Throw your blade. Can re-activate to return it.
  • Commanding Shout: Increase health by 200 and nearby allies health by 100. Increase movement speed by 30%.
  • Carnage: Swing your axe to wound all enemies in front of you, dealing damage over time.
  • Rampage (Ultimate): Charge forward. Wound enemies, dealing damage over time and preventing them from being healed.
  • Adrenaline Rush (Passive) Heal from all damage over time dealt by wounds.
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A full look at Junker Queen’s kit in Overwatch 2.

Does Junker Queen have a release date in Overwatch 2?

While it was initially unclear, we now know for certain that Junker Queen will first be playable in the second Overwatch 2 Beta kicking off on June 28.

If you happen to miss out on this window, worry not. Junker Queen will make her official debut when Overwatch 2 launches in early access on October 4. There, she’ll be joined by Sojourn along with one new Support hero.

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