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Overwatch hero guide: Ana

A sniper rifle that heals? The newest hero to Overwatch is a tactical player's dream.


An amalgamation of Widowmaker and Mercy, Ana’s biotic rifle offers long range support for her teammates while hindering her opponents from afar. Her sidearm will also render her opponents unconscious, while her ultimate, the Nano Boost, can provide a significant boost to speed, damage dealing and health retention to an ally of her choosing.

Latest updates for Ana

The just-released support sniper has already received two updates to her abilities, the first of which applies to her Biotic Rifle, where her ammo capacity has increased from 6 to 8. Her ultimate cost is the second change, with an increase in cost from 1150 to 1250, a change of just under 9%.

Strong Against: Bastion, Lucio, Roadhog, Zenyatta

Weak Against: Tracer, Reinhardt, Genji, Reaper

Ana's abilities

Biotic Rifle

A dart passed sniper rifle that deals heavy damage to opponents while providing a significant health boost to her teammates. There is no fall off for damage distance, nor is there a differentiation between scoped, and non-scoped damage. There are no bonuses to headshots, so focus on body shots to make the most of her long range health manipulation.

Sleep Dart

Ana’s sidearm provides a powerful sedative, rendering her opponents unconscious. Their dream-state will last until they sustain damage, and it can even be used to interrupt Ultimates.

Biotic Bomb

Another health manipulation ability, this time in a slightly more explosive medium. The bomb both heals teammates and harms enemies, and also provides an additional effect. Allies all receive a boost to health replenishment, while enemies cannot heal for a short period.

Nano Boost

A significant boost to a teammate, that can turn any player into a devastating death dealer. This Ultimate buffs a friendly’s health, damage output, and movement speed. Best of all, it can be stacked with other Ultimates.


Ana Strategy Tips

  • Always combine Nano Boost with a teammate's ultimate for the full effect. Reaper, Roadhog, and Bastion are all incredibly effective if you can buff them during this time. Pharah can also be protected during her Ultimate.
  • Like Soldier 76’s Biotic field, Ana’s Biotic Bomb can also heal her if her health is dwindling. If you find yourself overrun, this is a great tool to help make your escape.
  • Save Sleep Darts as a counter to Ultimates, as they can completely interrupt Ultimates by all Heroes save for Zenyatta, though his teammates receiving his bonus are still eligible.
  • Scoped shots from the Biotic Rifle have no bullet distance, it’s immediate, making landing shots significantly easier.

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