Symmetra’s new abilities are live on all platforms

The Symmetra rework patch is live in Overwatch.

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A new Overwatch patch has changed Symmetra forever. The Symmetra rework went live on Overwatch’s test server in early June. PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players all have access to the rework now.

It’s not the first rework for Symmetra, but it’s definitely the most extensive. In the live game, Symmetra’s remained a niche pick—in the game’s professional league, she’s never been played. Symmetra’s new kit makes her a lot more powerful, moving her from the support category to a broader damage class.

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Here are the details, straight from Blizzard.


Photon Projector

  • No longer locks onto targets
  • Range increased to 10 meters
  • Damage ramping now takes two seconds per damage level instead of one second
  • Damage ramp increased from 30/60/120 to 60/120/180
  • Now generates ammo instead of spending it when hitting a barrier
  • Ammo reduced from 100 to 70

Alternate Fire

  • No longer pierces targets
  • No longer locks onto targets
  • Now explodes on contact
  • Projectile speed increased
  • Charge up speed increased
  • Damage changed to 60 impact / 60 explosive

Sentry Turret

  • Turret is now placed like a projectile instead of being set in place
  • Can hold a max of three, down from six
  • Can now deploy a max three, down from six
  • Damage increased
  • Amount of slowing effect increased


  • Can now place the exit up to 25 meters away from Symmetra
  • Entrance will automatically be built in front of Symmetra, rather than at her team’s spawn point
  • Lasts 10 seconds
  • Health lowered to 300
  • More things can teleport through it (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)
  • Entrance can be destroyed, but If either the entrance or exit is destroyed, the other is removed

New Ultimate: Photon Barrier

  • Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map
  • Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again
  • Has 5000 health

Symmetra is much more flexible in action. She can dole out heavy damage, but still set up interesting traps to protect her team from flanking enemies. Likewise, her abilities still support a role that allows Symmetra to change the tide of battle, whether it be with her massive Photon Barrier or teleporters.

Despite being added to the Overwatch live server, she won’t be playable in the Overwatch League playoffs. That won’t change too much for many Overwatch League players, however—she’s never been touched in-game.