Following the revelations of Junker Queen and Sojourn is far from an easy task. However, Kiriko has already managed to become Overwatch 2 lover. Designed as an elusive healing medium, Kiriko embodies the spirit of old and new, tradition and revolution, as well as damage and healing, as she carries the power of the fox spirit with her. at the very heart of the battlefield.
Trained alongside Hanzo and Genji Shimada, Kiriko has become a dedicated protector of the Kanezaka community who will stop at nothing to save the community from an evil Hashimoto clan. Although Kiriko is the first support of Overwatch 2, its role will not be limited solely to healing and utility. She will be a solid choice that will also help with damage output. Other than that, Kiriko will be hard to catch and punish as she can latch onto an ally and heal them by watching her walk away.
Here are Kiriko’s abilities that will be available as soon as Monitor 2 hits live servers on October 4th.
Main Fire: Healing Ofuda
Kiriko’s primary healing spell will be Healing Ofuda which targets allied heroes by casting ofudas at them – power-imbued healing talismans. As soon as ofuda reaches an ally, it will be healed. Although a powerful ability moves in a series of five projectiles, it has a slow movement speed, which means planning and expecting damage is required to use Kiriko to its full potential.
Secondary Fire: Kunai
Since Kiriko is a fiery being who doesn’t shy away from a fight, she can throw her kunai with her secondary fire to deal damage. Unlike ofuda, kunai have a fast movement speed and deal even more damage if they critically hit an enemy. Since this ability will generously reward aggressive players accustomed to aiming projectiles, practicing your aiming skills beforehand will surely come in handy for your team.
Since Kiriko embodies the fox spirit, including a vulpine-like movement ability was necessary for her hero fantasy. Swift Step, similar to Mercy’s Guardian Angel ability, allows Kiriko to target an allied hero and teleport to them instantly. Although strong enough on its own, Swift Step can even be used through walls. This powerful spell will come in handy if you’re trying to catch up with your team or looking to save an ally from guaranteed death. Additionally, Swift Step opens up Kiriko as a hero to so many strategic games that will only reveal themselves as we understand more and more of her gameplay.
Cleverly crafted, Protection Suzu is an ability that, when cast, drops a bell-shaped object onto the ground or onto allies that blesses allies with immortality for a short time and clears all current debuffs. While clearing debuffs normally have reasonable restrictions, Protection Suzu will clear all debuffs, including Ultimate-based debuffs and the effects of Reinhardt’s Earthshatter and Sombra’s EMP.
Since this already signature ability will be beyond breaking in any meta, it will apparently have a long cooldown, so wise use of this ability can easily turn the tide in a teamfight. lost will be absolutely necessary.
Ultimate: Kitsune Rush
Kiriko’s ultimate, Kitsune Rush, takes her hero fantasy to the next level by casting a path of buffs for her teammates. In the dev update, Blizzard revealed that his ultimate spell will increase allies’ movement speed, attack speed, and even reload speed. On top of that, Kiriko’s teammates will also get cooldown reduction, making it nearly impossible to lose a teamfight.
Since this ability goes hand-in-hand with strong engagements, it solidifies Kiriko’s identity as an offensive and aggressive support hero who can effortlessly set up game-changing plays.
Kirko’s passive allows him to climb walls, just like Genji and Hanzo can.
Overall, Kiriko will be an incredibly powerful support hero who could easily slip into any meta with her healing, damage, mobility, and utility. Since Kirko will be such a strong and contested choice, it will be important to find a good way to counter her elusiveness and healing ability to prevent her from completely taking over the map. Still, Kiriko seems like a fun hero to play that deepens Monitor 2 and gives players a new challenge.