Blizzard Entertainment launched Overwatch in May 2016 and has been consistently adding new skins since. With each Overwatch event, we get more and more skins, all of which are not equal.
Some of the extra-special event skins fall flat compared to the others, and that’s why we must rate them.
These are the 17 best Overwatch skins released by Blizzard since launch. They’re arranged in no particular order, though it goes without saying that Pink Mercy is now the best skin that has ever existed, and will ever exist. Dragon Symmetra is still a close second, however.
It feels like nearly every time Blizzard releases a new Mercy skin, it becomes the new reigning champion of skins. Overwatch just knows how to make good Mercy skins, and this one is no different. Pink Mercy is a skin that benefits charity. It costs $15, but it’s worth it; the skin is way more than just cosmetics.
Talon Widowmaker gives Overwatch players a look at Widowmaker before her skin turned purple. Any skin that gives players a peek into Overwatch’s lore is a good skin in our book. Unfortunately, we can’t unlock Talon Widowmaker anymore; she was only available in Uprising loot boxes.
It’s nice to see that Blizzard embraces the Solider: 76 dad meme. With the summer event, the Blizzard crew introduced the Grillmaster: 76 skin, and it’s beautiful. Not only is Soldier: 76 wearing socks and sandals, but he’s also got an incredible “Raise the steaks” apron.
We didn’t think it could happen, but Dragon Symmetra dethroned Witch Mercy as the best Overwatch skin of all time. Available in this year’s Halloween Terror loot boxes, the skin gives Symmetra a spooky, scale-y look that’s damn near perfect.
Pajamei is straight from Overwatch‘s digital short Rise and Shine, which documents Mei’s tragic backstory. We love the casual look, right down to the yeti slippers and Mei’s messy bed head.
Though Blizzard doesn’t explicitly state it, Pharah’s Mechaqueen skin basically turns the Egyptian soldier into a Gundam toy—a model mech kit based on the anime show. Here’s to hoping for a Bandai Namco and Blizzard team up, because we want a Pharah Gundam kit! Mechaqueen is a legendary skin for Pharah, and costs 1,000 Overwatch credits to unlock.
Rescue Mei squeaks out a win against fellow legendary skin Firefighter simply because of the pun in its name. After all, these two are basically the same skin in different colors. The little details in this skin—like her cheeks blackened by soot and the bright yellow safety helmet—set Rescue Mei apart from her others, which are essentially just warm jackets. Unlocking this skin costs 1,000 Overwatch credits.
Don’t you just want to snuggle up with Yeti Winston? As you may have guessed, this skin turns Winston from a gorilla to a yeti, and it’s perfect for the Winter Wonderland event. The details here are just fantastic: his snow-capped backpack, bulging bottom teeth, and fluffy white fur.
Baihu Genji was introduced during Overwatch’s Year of the Dog event, which was designed to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Baihu is a reference to one of the four symbols of Chinese constellations—Baihu is white tiger.
Blizzard introduced new healer Moira during BlizzCon 2017—and she’s already playable in Overwatch. A lot of folks thought she looked kind of like Bowie, so everyone was pleased when her Glam skin, which is obviously inspired by Bowie, was immediately available in-game. To nab it, you’ll need to pay 1,000 Overwatch credits.
Nuit is simply a recoloring of Widowmaker’s Classic skin. As a rare skin, it costs only 75 Overwatch credits to unlock. There’s simplicity and restraint in Widowmaker’s Nuit skin, of which many of her legendary skins do not show. Her all-black suit with purple and red accents is Widowmaker in her truest form—stealthy, dark, and deadly.
A clever riff on her original skin, Witch Mercy gets all the details right—the boots embellished with lightning bolts, a spellbook inscribed with “vitae,” her Caduceus Staff masked as a broom.
Blizzard will make the skin available again next Halloween, just as they did this year. Those lucky enough to have nabbed Witch Mercy during the Halloween event—or desperate enough to buy her—get some bonuses, too. Blizzard added a few Witch Mercy voicelines to the game: “Did someone call for a witch?” and “My servants never die,” among others.
Despite his small stature, Torbjörn would have made a great pirate. He’s crafty, which is really all a pirate needs. Thanks to Blizzard, Torbjörn also has a peg leg and a hook for a hand, which only adds to his pirate potential. Torbjörn’s Barbossa pirate skin costs 1,000 Overwatch credits. Torbjörn’s Blackbeard skin is very similar to Barbossa, except, well, for the color of his beard—and clothing.
Like Talon Widowmaker, Blackwatch Genji was only available in Uprising loot boxes. He also adds a peek into Overwatch lore, which is certainly welcome. The Blackwatch skin places him much earlier in the Overwatch timeline, before he got his new armor. We see a lot more of his regular body… and, well, fans like that.
Like with the Halloween skins, Overwatch‘s Olympic-themed event skins are no longer available. And that’s sad for those of us who weren’t able to pick up Zarya’s champion skin. This skin imagines Zarya as a Russian weightlifter—and it’s completely badass. Blizzard switched out Zarya’s signature pink hair for a blonde ponytail and opted for traditional wrestling garb.
We really like Blizzard’s take on Mei as a Chinese vampire. With the skin, Blizzard added a new emote that lets Mei hop around just like the monsters traditionally do. Sadly, if you don’t have Jiangshi Mei, you’ll just have to wait until next Halloween.
Officer D.Va can arrest us any day. What makes this skin so cool is that her mech actually lights up with red and blue lights while blaring sirens. It started as a promotion skin in conjunction with Heroes of the Storm, but it’s not available in base loot boxes.