Who is Mauga in Overwatch?

The Talon operative is a prime candidate for a new tank hero in Overwatch 2.
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With Overwatch 2’s October release still fresh in players’ minds, fans have been speculating about what new heroes could be added, especially when the developers told players that new heroes will be added regularly during the game’s life.

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One of these characters is Mauga. Introduced in a 2019 short story about Baptiste, many fans have their eyes set on the Talon operative as an upcoming hero. But just who is Mauga, anyways?

Mauga made his first appearance in “What You Left Behind,” a short story in which Baptiste’s dark past catches up with him while on a trip to his home country of Haiti. After stopping for a drink at his favorite bar in town, Baptiste runs into two men from Talon who have come to collect him: Mauga, a large and tropically dressed man covered in tattoos, and Nguyen, a well-dressed Vietnamese man.

The story gives its readers a quick glance into Baptiste’s past as a Talon operative. During his time with the shady organization, the combat medic completed missions alongside his former partners, Nguyen and Mauga, who had taken Baptiste under their wing after he joined Talon.

Despite his attempts to flee Talon’s grasp, Baptiste’s former partners coerce the combat medic into helping them with a mission in the Caribbean country. While out in the field, Mauga dons a set of heavy armor with a coolant strapped to his back and carries a pair of machine guns. He activates an energy shield to protect the trio as they make their way through the target’s mansion, often using brute force to overcome enemies blocking his path.

If Mauga does join the Overwatch cast of heroes, there’s a strong possibility that he’ll join the game as a tank character. Based on his description, Mauga is a large-bodied figure—a shared trait across the tankier, frontline heroes. It’s common for tanks in Overwatch to carry machine guns (think Orisa and Wrecking Ball), and Mauga’s energy shield makes him a prime candidate for the role.

Unfortunately, Mauga will not be coming to Overwatch 2 in season two, as many players speculated. That spot is being filled by Ramattra, another tank and the leader of the omnic organization Null Sector. The development team plans to release one new hero every other season, so it’s possible Mauga could pop up in season four, but nothing is confirmed. Blizzard has yet to reveal any additional information about Mauga or whether he will be a playable character at all. Until then, players will have to wait patiently.

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