Overwatch 2 Kiriko Players Discover Exploit To Block Headshots


An image of Overwatch 2 support hero Kiriko throws her kunai at the camera.

This left arm of mine? Yeah, it is indestructible.
Screenshot: Blizzard

Overwatch 2 continues to incur difficulty after difficulty, with the newest drawback leaving the icy injury seller Mei completely unplayable attributable to a “crucial difficulty” along with her Ice Wall capability. Well, Blizzard may additionally need to examine the hero shooter’s latest assist character, Kiriko, because it seems she will block headshot injury by merely [checks notes] staring up on the sky.

Kiriko is a kunai-wielding ninja healer who leaked at first of September. Previously locked behind Overwatch 2‘s battle move, Blizzard has since opted to offer the kunoichi away totally free following some somewhat uproarious criticism of the developer’s preliminary resolution. Although she’s a fairly squishy hero, with solely 200 well being factors, she will deal some strong injury and has a equipment completely suited to buffing her teammates. In different phrases, she is not as passive a healer as, say, Baptiste or Mercy, however you in all probability don’t desire her charging the enemy frontline like Brigitte or Zenyatta both. However, which may change contemplating an exploit found by Twitch streamer Flats.

A associate of the Overwatch League’s Florida Mayhem, Flats tweeted a video on November 15 of Kiriko blocking headshot injury along with her arm by wanting up on the solar. Flats shot at an opposing Kiriko a number of instances with Widowmaker, just for the bullets to merely graze the ninja’s seemingly indestructible arm, permitting her to right away heal again up. Flats ultimately murked Kiriko with a single headshot, however solely after positioning himself at simply the precise angle, saying you “must get behind” Kiriko to “shoot the again of her head.” Who knew that staring up on the sky may prevent from dying?

What’s seems to be occurring right here is that, when she seems up, Kiriko’s arm will get in the way in which of her dome’s hitbox, impacting the injury she takes from headshots. In response to Flat’s tweet, one Twitter person famous that Mercy was capable of do the identical factor, however solely when casting her Resurrect final capability, which sees her elevate her arm within the air to revive a lifeless teammate.

Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard and Flats for remark.

Blizzard, which has a storied historical past of abuse and harassmenthas been working to get Overwatch 2 right into a extra secure and balanced state because the recreation launched on October 4. This consists of patches to nerf heroes reminiscent of Genji and benching characters to take away exploits and repair different points (as we have seen with Mei, who ought to return to the hero shooter on November 17). During the Overwatch League grand finals, which have been held earlier this month, the studio revealed the brand new tank hero Ramattra, who can be locked behind the sport’s battle move. It sucks, however I assume we would higher get used to it.


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