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Overwatch: Uprising guide (2018)

Our essential guide to this year's Uprising seasonal event.

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In our Overwatch Uprising guide, you'll find all the tips and strategy advice you need to master the new event in-game.

Overwatch's Uprising event is expected to make a return around the middle of April this year, and when it does you'll not only be able to get another chance at unlock last year's cosmetics, you'll also be able to get stuck into the Uprising PVE event once again. There'll no doubt be another collection of cosmetics to unlock too, albeit at a higher credit cost.

In the first edition of our guide to Uprising in 2018 we've pulled together all of last year's collectibles so you can get a look at what's coming back to the game. You'll also find our guide to completing the special Brawl, and if there are any changes to the formula in this year's version we'll get them edited in quickly at launch.

Overwatch: Uprising Cosmetics

Last year's edition of Uprising added an extra 114 items to the game, in the form of 10 Skins, 3 Emotes, 6 Victory Poses, 48 Voice Lines, 31 Sprays, 3 Highlight Intros and 13 Player Icons. You can expect all of them to return, along with a fresh set of items designed especially for 2018.

You'll be able to earn these items by either purchasing the special event loot boxes or grinding gameplay for them. Alternatively, you'll be able to pick them up for credits. If tradition continues, you can expect last year's items to be available at a reduced cost, while the 2018 content will cost considerably more.

Here's a gallery of all of last year's skins, and we'll drop 2018's in as soon as the update hits the Overwatch servers:

If you'd like a look at all of the animated cosmetic items (Highlight Intros, Emotes and so on), you can find them all in the video we've embedded for you right here:

Overwatch: Uprising 2018 Start Date and End Date

Last year's event began on April 11th 2017 and ended on May 2nd. Note, however, that an extra day was added onto the event due to a maintenance bug.

If we look at the likely dates for Uprising in 2018, the nearest equivalent Tuesdsay to last year's event is the 10th April 2018. We'd expect it to end three weeks later on Monday 30th April 2018.

When we have confirmed information from Blizzard about the start and end dates of Uprising 2018, we'll update this section of our event guide.

Uprising Brawl

The Uprising Brawl is a four player co-op event, set on the King's Row map. You can only choose from Reinhardt, Mercy, Tracer and Torbjorn in the standard version, although there's another version that lets you mix and match heroes to your heart's content - and stack them too! If you complete all of the mission objectives, then on the first full clear you will receive a special seasonal Loot Box as a reward.

The first part of the challenge is split into several stages, and is both longer and more intense than Junkestein's Revenge. The first three sections all involve disabling defense cannons that have been put into position by the Omnics.

Your job is to disable them one by one, and this happens in a fashion not unlike the capture process on maps like Hamanura - it just takes a lot longer to cap each one. In terms of locating each one, just follow the icon on your HUD and you'll have no trouble. You'll face a wave of mech enemies during each of these sections, but they're relatively easy to fend off.

When you've finished disabling these cannons, you'll move as a team to the payload position where you'll have to withstand a four minute barrage of attacks from more waves of mechs (including a Bastion or two!). There are three key enemies to watch out for here. Slicers drop fast but do a lot of damage to the payload once they're in position. Bastions are as annoying as you'd imagine and can tear through your team. Detonators are big bloated creatures that will explode if they're not shot down very quickly.

With the payload repaired, you next have to escort it to the final checkpoint on the map, fighting all of the enemies you've already encountered, along with some new Orisa units which pack some meaty defensive systems. Even on Normal setting you'll rattle through plenty of ammo just picking these units off. Once you're through the doors and into this section, you've only got 10 minutes to finish the job off.

A note on team wipes. If a member of the team dies, you can head to them and revive them but you've only a limited amount of time to actually do this. If all team members die, the attempt ends and the Omnics win!

Uprising Heroes

The new PVE content for the game features Mercy, Reinhardt, Torbjorn and Tracer. If you don't typically play these characters, you'll benefit a great deal from studying our guides for each one of these heroes:

Here are some Uprising specific tips you should find helpful when playing with these heroes:

Mercy

Focus on keeping your teammates alive as Mercy, and only switch over to your damage buff against the more intimidating enemies you face. Be very ready to go back into healing mode though, as things can quickly get out of hand. Save your Ultimate for when it really matters, and try to manually revive characters if only one is down and a wipe doesn't feel imminent as a result.

Reinhardt

Reinhardt's Fire Strike ability is excellent at scything through some of the weaker enemies you'll encounter such as Slicers. Your job really in the early stages is to go toe to toe with the larger shielded units such as Eridactors. Charge 'em, then clatter 'em - hopefully with some firefire support from your other teammates. You must of course also shield your team from Bastion fire, and coordinate with them to take these enemies down extremely quickly.

Torbjorn

Unsurprisingly, it's Torbjorn's turret that proves crucial here, and is a capable of dealing with a lot of minor enemies on his own. On Normal, it's extremely easy to pick up Gold medals in all categories with this hero. Make sure your turrets can see all entry and exit points when setting it up during the hacking phase, as enemies will approach from all angles. It's also a good idea to pop your turret on top of the payload during the repair phase. Keep the armour flying too!

Tracer

As Tracer, you need to stay extremely nimble and pick off targets cleanly. Always have one eye on where your next Torbjorn armour pack is coming from as your health is incredible lightweight. If you take on this role, you excel at dealing with the deadliest enemies such as those Bastions. Blink in behind them, take them out, but don't stay under fire for any real period of time at all. Your Ultimate ability should be used to target the most threatening targets only.

There are four difficulty settings for this mode:

  • Normal - Stop the King's Row Uprising
  • Hard - Null Sector's forces have been upgraded
  • Expert - Null Sector takes no prisoners
  • Legendary - Face the overwheming might of Null Sector

Legendary is indeed an extremely tough fight to tackle, but we've got a Legendary tips and strategy guide page that will help you pick the right team and beat the challenge.

Uprising strategy and tips

- Reinhardt can use his Charge to push the Detonators well away from the payload. Deal with Bastion first, then push these explosive creatures away from the payload.

- An alternative method for dealing with these annoying enemies is to simnply have Reinhardt shield up. Positioned correctly, this should absorb the entirety of the blast damage, and leave Reinhardt in position to continue assisting his team!

- When Tracer blinks behind the enemies with shields, she should aim for the glowing orange spot on their backs, as this disables the shield and allows the rest of the team to help out.

- Try and Draw the first Orisa out of the final section of the map and deal with her individually, before moving in to deal with the other one to the left. Once they're down, you can focus on the remaining two.

- If it looks like you're going to die, try and start moving away from the insanity, as this will make a lot easier for a teammate to come and revive you.

- While repairing the payload, if you're close to the finish but three of your friends are dead hide. If you can't take on the attacking forces solo, you might as well try to prevent a wipe.

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