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Overwatch: Ashe guide - Tips, tricks and strategy advice

Everything we know so far about new hero, Ashe.

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Our Overwatch Ashe guide contains everything you need to know about Ashe, including details of all her abilities, a list of skins, and tips, tricks and strategy advice.

Overwatch’s latest hero has been revealed, and she’s one of McCree’s former gang mates. Ashe totes a deadly bolt-action rifle capable of devastating enemies from range, and whips out a sawed off shotgun to blast away threats in close quarters.

Word of warning - Ashe is a difficult hero to play. She's exceptionally skill-based, with a powerful rifle and an array of abilities which require some serious precision to get right. We'd recommend hopping into the training range for a while and warming up your aim, as even veterans of Widowmaker or McCree may struggle with the accuracy required here.

This isn't to say that she's impenetrable. Spend time honing your skills with Ashe and we can see her being one of the strongest heroes in the game who can land crucial picks, deal devastating amounts of damage in teamfights and cause a whole lot of disruption with B.O.B too.

Information isn't in abundance currently, so all we've got to work with is info on her abilities. We've provided a complete overview of them below, as well as few tips too. Once more info's released, we'll update this guide further - stay tuned!

Ashe abilities

Here's a quick overview of all Ashe's abilities, followed up with a few tips to help you get the most out of each one.

  • The Viper - "Ashe's semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots, or she can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot."
  • Dynamite - "Ashe throws an explosive that detonates after a short delay or immediately when shot. The explosion from Dynamite also lights enemies on fire, dealing damage over time."
  • Coach Gun - "Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backward for added mobility."
  • B.O.B. - "Ashe summons her trusted omnic sidekick, B.O.B., who charges forward and knocks enemies into the air, then lays down suppressing fire with his arm cannons."

Tips and Tricks

  • Remember that The Viper deals more damage when aiming down sights, so in most scenarios it's best to line up an accurate shot.
  • Her Coach Gun is all about mobility, repositioning and blasting enemies out of damage dealing range.
  • Fire your Coach Gun at the floor and you'll blast yourself into the air. While you're floating through the air, use the hang time to line up a shot.
  • There's no need to aim down sights if an enemy is right up in your face. Use The Viper's burst fire mode to land a quick succession of shots when you need it most.
  • If you've got an unwanted enemy getting a little too close for comfort, use the Coach Gun to blast them away.
  • Dynamite deals a tonne of damage, but has a long fuse time. You can shoot it for an early detonation. It's great for blocking choke points for a couple of second as much as it's fantastic for chunking enemies in a big teamfight.
  • B.O.B's not only a great crowd control device, but a fully-fledged AI ally too. He can capture points, and synyergises with team abilities. For example, he can be Nano Boosted and be granted extra armour. However, he can be affected by negative effects like Sleep Dart too, so bear this in mind!
  • B.O.B isn't just a great initiation tool, but provides great follow up. Imagine Reinhardt's landed a huge Earthshatter, or Zarya's trapped everyone in her Graviton. Now picture all of these enemies getting blasted into the air by B.O.B the moment these ulimate effects have subsided - beautiful.
  • If you're in a pinch, you can always think of B.O.B as a flanking device. Chuck him behind a team and even if you don't land the knock up, he'll still deal serious damage if he's not dealt with. What's more, he'll act as a distraction and disrupt healers on the backline which could prove crucial to winning the teamfight altogether.
  • Positioning is crucial when playing Ashe. When a teamfight's breaking out, you don't want to be caught up right in the middle of all the action as you're quite vulnerable. Instead, keep your distance and focus on rattling off shots from mid to long range. This way you'll force enemies to come and deal with you, even if it places them at a disadvantage to do so.

More detail will be provided at the Overwatch What’s Next schedule to take place later on today. We’ll update this guide with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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