Overwatch 2 Junker Queen guide: Abilities, how to play & unlock
Junker Queen’s devastatingly powerful tank kit can be extremely difficult to deal with in Overwatch 2, but there are a few tips & tricks you need to know to get the most of her abilities.
Making her debut on the roster at Overwatch 2’s launch, Junker Queen is a formidable tank who thrives as a brawler, dipping in and out of skirmishes and taking down any target that is out of position.
Equipped with an axe, a knife, and a shotgun, it’s safe to say Junker Queen has plenty of weapons at her disposal, making her a menace for any team to deal with.
Of course, to maximize the damage and the overall potential of her kit, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with her abilities and learn the essential tips necessary to master Junker Queen.
Well, that’s where we come in, as our guide is designed to provide a full rundown of everything there is to be known about Overwatch 2’s brand new tank, Junker Queen.
- Junker Queen Lore
- Junker Queen’s Weapons
- Junker Queen Abilities
- How to play Junker Queen: Tips & tricks
- Junker Queen Skins
- How to unlock Junker Queen in Overwatch 2
Junker Queen Lore
Leader of the cutthroat Junker faction and commonly referred to as the ‘Queen of Junkertown’, Junker Queen is a fierce, brash, and tough hero who is never afraid of launching herself into battle head-on.
Ruler and leader of Junkertown, a city in the Australian outback, Junker Queen rules over her inhabitants with an iron fist. Very few of her residents dare to step out of line, or they run the risk of being punished severely by either the Queen or her enforcers.
Only two characters have dared to stand against her, with Junkrat and Roadhog stealing from her gold vault. Both of them were exiled from Junkertown by Junker Queen and still have a vendetta against her to this day.
Junker Queen’s Weapons
Junker Queen’s primary weapon of choice is her Scattergun shotgun that’s most effective against opponents at close to medium range.
With six rounds available in the magazine before having to reload, it can operate as a poking tool ahead of an engagement, or a devastating finisher against opponents if you can close the gap.
When it comes to her secondary fire, Junker Queen has access to a knife that can be thrown at opponents to deal 80 damage and inflict wounds. It can also be recast to pull any enemies hit by the knife towards her.
Scattergun Primary Fire
- Damage: 80 damage per shot with every pellet to the body
- Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 0.8 seconds
- Ammo: 6
- Reload Time: 1.5 seconds
- Headshot: Yes
Jagged Blade Secondary Fire
- Damage: 80 initial damage and 15 wound tick damage
- Healing: 15 total
- Cooldown: 6 seconds
- Headshot: No
Junker Queen Abilities
When it comes to abilities, Junker Queen’s Passive allows her to heal all damage dealt by wounds. As every single one of her abilities inflicts wounds, her kit rewards her for playing aggressively and landing consistent damage on her opponents.
Commanding Shout is a buff-based ability that grants her 200 over health and 50 to any of her allies in a 15-meter radius. Not only that, but it also increases her movement speed by 30%.
Carnage equips Junker Queen with an axe that she swings in front of her, hitting all enemies in the radius and inflicting heavy wound damage. This can also trigger a massive heal thanks to her Passive if enough opponents are hit.
Finally, her Ultimate is Rampage, a charge that propels Junker Queen forwards at speed, wounding any enemies caught in her path. This is a deadly engagement tool and can cause massive disruption to DPS characters on the backline.
Adrenaline Rush (Passive)
- Passive: Heal from all damage dealt over time by wounds
- Healing: 200 for herself, 50 for nearby allies
- Movement Speed: +30% buff
- Max Range: 15 meters
- Duration: 3 seconds
- Cooldown: 15 seconds
- Damage: 80 initial damage and 40 wound tick damage
- Healing: 40 total
- Max Range: 5 Meters
- Cooldown: 8 seconds
- Damage: 100 total
- Healing: 100 total
- Area of effect: 5 meters
- Duration: 5 seconds
- Ultimate Cost: 2520 points
How to play Junker Queen: Tips & tricks
Junker Queen’s primary strength as a tank doesn’t necessarily come with soaking up a huge amount of damage for her team. Instead, her kit is best used as a scrapper who dips in and out of skirmishes while disrupting her opponents.
While her pull combo that includes her knife will never be as powerful as Roadhog’s hook, it’s still important to know how to one-shot squishy targets. So, a strong ability combo for Junker Queen, is her Jagged Blade pull, straight into a full 80 damage Scattergun shot, followed up by a melee. While healing may save a target facing this combo, this will one-shot most low-health characters every single time.
Another tip is to pick off isolated targets who find themselves out of position. Alongside your Jagged Blade and accurate shotgun, it’s relatively easy to stick onto fleeing enemies and chase them down. Just keep in mind that although your Commanding Shout provides a 30% movement speed bonus, it’s not always a good idea to waste it pursuing a pick. The 200 health boost can be a game-changer in a skirmish, especially when applied to all allies who are in the radius, so using it too early can be a costly mistake.
Finally, Junker Queen’s damage and healing are maximized at melee range with her axe, shotgun, and blade all thriving at close-quarters. However, with very few defensive tools, it’s easy to get blown up and one-shot in an instant. So, timing your Ultimate correctly and jumping into fights at the correct time is always going to be the most significant skill on Junker Queen.
Junker Queen Skins
There are currently eight Junker Queen skins available for players to collect in Overwatch 2. You can check them all out below:
- Circuit Breaker (Legendary)
- Wastelander (Legendary)
- Punker Queen (Epic)
- Beast Hunter (Epic)
- Actinium (Rare)
- Plutonium (Rare)
- Radium (Rare)
- Uranium (Rare)
How to unlock Junker Queen in Overwatch 2
In Season One, everyone who logs in to play Overwatch 2 will unlock Junker Queen for free and automatically.
This means you can begin causing chaos and learning Junker Queen immediately without having to grind out the battle pass.
We will be updating this article when new information on skins or the character, in general, becomes available.
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