Yep, a hamster called Wrecking Ball is Overwatch’s new hero—and on the PTR now

Wrecking ball, also known as Hammond, is a tank hero in Overwatch.

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A new Overwatch hero is here, and it’s a mech-wielding hamster.

After teasing a weaponized hamster ball this morning, Blizzard has confirmed Wrecking Ball the hamster as Overwatch’s 28th hero. The developer’s been doling out clues for its latest tank hero for just over a week, but Wrecking Ball, who is also called Hammond, is now playable on the Overwatch test server. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players are out of luck; the Overwatch PTR is only open for PC players.

Players latched on to Hammond much like they did for Doomfist. Blizzard scattered his name across the Horizon Lunar Colony map—the promise of a second monkey that got off the moon. But as it turns out, Hammond wasn’t a monkey after all. He’s a hamster.

He crash landed in Junkertown, and is called “a resourceful tinkerer” by Blizzard. Here’s what to expect from his kit.

Ability Overview

Quad Cannons

Wrecking Ball fires machine guns

Roll

Wrecking Ball transforms into a sphere with increased speed

Grappling Claw

While in Roll mode, Wrecking Ball can launch a short grappling hook to attach to surfaces, swing around, clear gaps, and move upwards. Using this ability allows Wrecking Ball to gain momentum, dealing damage and knocking back enemies upon impact

Minefield (ultimate)

Wrecking Ball litters the ground around him with damage-dealing proximity mines

Adaptive Shield

Grants Wrecking Ball a number of temporary shields based on the number of enemies nearby

Piledriver

Wrecking Ball slams down from the air, pulling enemies towards the center of impact and dealing damage


As for how he’ll play in Overwatch, Blizzard called him an “aggressive bruiser” that’ll be perfect to bully the enemy’s backline. “He excels at disrupting enemies’ positioning with his Roll and Piledriver abilities while also posing a serious threat if he’s left alone to train his Quad Cannons on key targets,” Blizzard wrote.

Rolling into teamfights will allow him to start fights, but he can get out, too. He appears to be a high mobility hero that’s going to shake up Overwatch’s metagame seriously.


Blizzard detailed Hammond’s lore in a blog post about the 28th hero. “In one of the many experiments carried out at Horizon Lunar Colony, animals were given genetic therapy to assess their adaptation to extended periods of habitation on the moon,” Blizzard wrote. “As an unexpected side effect, several of them exhibited exceptional growth in physical size and brain function. While most of the test subjects were gorillas or other primates, there were some exceptions, including a hamster named Hammond.”

Hammond became one of the more intelligent animals on the moon, but his small size allowed him to escape often. During his escapes from his room, he tinkered away, learning the skills of a mechanic. When the moon uprising occured, Hammond hitched a hide on Winston’s escape pod. Hammond broke off and landed in Junkertown.

He modified the escape pod to create his spherical mech, where he became Wrecking Ball—and the champion of the Scrapyard. And he battled in Junkertown for a while, but no one knew he was actually a hamster. He eventually left the Australian Outback. His whereabouts now? We don’t really know.

Apparently he’s pretty good friends with Winston, but Winston isn’t aware that Hammond crash landed on Earth. Oh, and he can’t speak English, but his mech does have communication abilities.