Though Blizzard hasn’t provided fans with many details about Ramattra yet, there is some information from a recent preview event Windows Central was invited to that we can share. Here’s a look at everything we know so far about Ramattra, including a few of his gameplay abilities, his origin story, when he’ll be available in-game, how you’ll be able to unlock him, and more.
Overwatch 2 Ramattra: Release date
Blizzard has confirmed that Ramattra will be added to the game at the start of Overwatch 2 Season 2, which is currently slated to begin on December 6, 2022. At this time, it will become available to unlock and play in Quick Play and Arcade matches, although it won’t be usable in ranked Competitive Play for several weeks.
The reason why this is the case is because the developers want to give free-to-play users a significant period of time to unlock new heroes from the Battle Pass before they can be used in Competitive. This buffer period also allows Blizzard to make balance adjustments to new characters if necessary, hopefully preventing them from feeling too weak or too strong in the meta.
Overwatch 2 Ramattra: Gameplay abilities
While Blizzard hasn’t revealed Ramattra’s full ability kit yet, we do know that he’s going to be a dynamic character with the ability to switch between two different forms that have distinct strengths and weaknesses. In his default “Omnic Form,” Ramattra can create barriers to protect his teammates and poke at the enemy with ranged attacks using a staff-type weapon. In this state, he’ll be more effective from a distance.
When he enters his “Nemesis Form,” however, Ramattra becomes much larger and tankier and gains the ability to brawl up close with shield-piercing punch attacks. Using Nemesis Form will well give Ramattra players several opportunities to smash through enemy backlines and contest objectives effectively, although Blizzard noted to us that his larger size while the ability is in use will make him an easier target for high-damage tankbusting abilities and crowd control skills like Ana’s Sleep Dart. Similar to how Reinhardt players have to correctly judge when to “hold W” and when to retreat, knowing when to attack with Nemesis Form and when to play more passively with Omnic Form will be crucial.
While the developers didn’t tell us anything specific about Ramattra’s Ultimate ability, it was hinted to us that it was close-range in nature and that it would enable him to forcefully take space. We expect that this will make the fantastic ability for contesting objectives or controlling tight chokepoints, though it probably won’t be effective on enemies far away from Ramattra while active.
While information about Ramattra’s abilities is limited for now, Blizzard plans to share more about his kit in the weeks leading up to Overwatch 2 Season 2.
Overwatch 2 Ramattra: How to unlock
Much like the way the process of unlocking Kiriko worked, free-to-play players will need to reach Tier 55 on the Season 2 Overwatch 2 Battle Pass in order to unlock Ramattra. Battle Pass tiers can be unlocked by completing matches and finishing gameplay challenges to earn XP, though players can also directly purchase individual tiers with Overwatch Coins if desired.
Note that if you choose to purchase the Premium Battle Pass reward track, you’ll get instant access to Ramattra. The Premium Battle Pass costs 1,000 Overwatch Coins to purchase, which is $10 worth.
Overwatch 2 Ramattra: Cinematic and Origin Story
Below, you’ll find the official origin story for Ramattra, which gives fans a look at his background as a former Shambali monk who ultimately went on to form Null Sector in response to the numerous hate crimes committed against omnics around the world.
In-game, players can expect multiple interactions between Ramattra and Zenyatta, who Blizzard says are so close that they consider each other brothers. Where Zenyatta advocates for peaceful resolutions, however, Ramattra believes that more violent and forceful methods are required in order to secure safety for the omnics. As an extremely pragmatic leader with full confidence in his convictions, Ramattra is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect his people against humanity’s prejudices.
Interestingly, Null Sector is a faction that players will face off against in Overwatch 2’s PvE campaign missions that are coming later in 2023.
Overwatch 2 Ramattra: Voice actor
Ramattra’s voice actor is Ramon Tikaram, a British stage and screen actor who has played a wide variety of roles across theatre, film, television, and video games. Notably, he has appeared in Game of Thrones, Fable III, Dark Souls 3, Subnautica, Elden Ring, and more.
Overwatch 2 is available now on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch. It’s arguably one of the best Xbox shooters available, and since it’s free-to-play, it doesn’t cost anything to check it out. Alternatively, players can purchase the Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack that provides access to Season 1’s Premium Battle Pass, 2,000 Overwatch Coins, and a bundle of unique Legendary skins.