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Overwatch: how to level up and get loot

Sprays, skins, credits and every other unlock. How to get 'em and how to use 'em.


Overwatch: how to level up and get loot

Some games can feel like a struggle to level up but Overwatch throws XP at you just for playing the game. You don't have to be the best player to see progress at the end of each match, and once you pass a level barrier - pop, boom fizz - you get a nice little loot crate for your efforts.

Loot in Overwatch has no effect on any performance in the game. It's purely cosmetic, for bragging rights, for dressing up and making heroes your own. Everyone loves a little present no matter how small, and Overwatch places them at your feet like it's your birthday.

There's also deliberately no scoreboard after each match as Blizzard wants you to play as a team, not obsess over your own scores or KDR. But there are medals handed out, Play of the Game videos and other rewards that you can wear with pride.

How do I level up in Overwatch?

For every second you play Overwatch you're given 4.01 XP, and then you're also awarded XP for finishing a match and more for winning it.

Base level rewards

Per second played: 4.01 XP
Match Finished: 250 XP
First win of the day: 1500 XP
Match Win: 500 XP
Playing in a Group: +20% XP
Consecutive match bonus: 200 XP

You'll need to earn the following amount of XP to reach each level. It grows incrementally, but once you get to level 23 the amount of XP required to continue to reach each new level remains at 22,000.

  • Level 01 - 1500
  • Level 02 - 3000
  • Level 03 - 4500
  • Level 04 - 6000
  • Level 05 - 7500
  • Level 06 - 8500
  • Level 07 - 9500
  • Level 08 - 10500
  • Level 09 - 11500
  • Level 10 - 12500
  • Level 11 - 13500
  • Level 12 - 14500
  • Level 13 - 15500
  • Level 14 - 16500
  • Level 15 - 17500
  • Level 16 - 18500
  • Level 17 - 19000
  • Level 18 - 19500
  • Level 19 - 20000
  • Level 20 - 20500
  • Level 21 - 21000
  • Level 22 - 21500
  • Level 23+ - 22000


How do earn a medal?

Medals are awarded for eliminations, final blow, objecitve kills, objective time, damage done, healing done and other achievements. The XP for these medals doesn't stack, so if you receive multiple medals in a match you'll only get the XP for the highest medal earned, and only once per match.

Bronze Medal: 50 XP
Silver Medal: 100 XP
Gold Medal: 150 XP


How do I get loot?

Loot is awarded every time you reach a new level in Overwatch. Loot is split into four categories: Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary. You are guaranteed at least one item of Rare loot or higher per loot box. You won't receive duplicate items. Instead, you'll be given credits which can be saved up to buy loot items. This means you'll never get the same item twice and can always get some value from your unlocks.

Loot items include: hero skins, new emotes, victory poses, voice lines, sprays, highlight intros and avatars.


How do I customise heroes in Overwatch?

To customise a character in Overwatch go to the Hero Gallery and select the hero you're interested in. From here you can see all your options and how many you've unlocked. Heroes have 10 different skins so you've got your work cut out for you. And then there's the poses, the sprays, the voiceovers... you'd better carry on playing if you want to eventually unlock the lot.

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