Kiriko: Unleash the Ninja Support in Overwatch 2
Overwatch 2 introduces three new heroes to join the beloved roster of original characters. Each hero falls into one of the three familiar categories: Damage, Support, or Tank. Kiriko, the newest Support hero, is a ninja-inspired character with a charming design and a unique set of abilities. Learning how to master Kiriko can be a challenge, but fear not! This guide will help you harness the full potential of this shinobi’s prowess. Let’s dive into the world of Kiriko in Overwatch 2.
Kiriko Overview: The Agile Support Hero
Kiriko shares a similar playstyle to heroes like Genji and Hanzo, as she possesses high mobility and agility. She can climb walls to secure advantageous positions and gradually regain health when out of combat. Armed with her Kunai and Healing Ofhuda, Kiriko is ready to support her team.
The Kunai serves as Kiriko’s offensive option, although it doesn’t pack a strong punch. However, precise headshots allow for critical damage, making it more rewarding. Keep in mind that Kiriko excels in providing support rather than winning one-on-one duels, as she boasts only 200 HP.
On the healing front, Kiriko utilizes the Healing Ofhuda, tracking talismans that she throws at her teammates to restore their health. The tracking feature ensures that accuracy is not of utmost importance. However, the talismans have a moderate travel speed, so it’s crucial to promptly throw them when you notice a teammate taking damage. Remember, you can throw up to five talismans before needing to restock.
Kiriko Abilities: Master the Way of the Shinobi
In addition to Kiriko’s innate abilities to climb walls and passively regenerate health, let’s explore her other skills:
Swift Step: This teleportation skill allows Kiriko to instantly move to an ally’s location. The teleportation works regardless of any obstacles between Kiriko and her target, making it a versatile ability for both supporting your team and escaping dangerous situations.
Protection Suzu: With this support skill, Kiriko tosses out a charm that grants temporary invulnerability to one ally while removing any debuffs they may have. Unlike Kiriko’s Healing Ofhuda, the Protection Suzu doesn’t track and functions more like an arcing projectile or grenade. Keep in mind that it won’t offer any protection if it hits a wall or enemy. However, you can use it on yourself by aiming straight down, allowing you to become invincible if necessary.
Kitsune Rush (Ultimate Ability): Kiriko’s ultimate ability summons a majestic blue fox spirit that runs forward, leaving behind a ghostly path. Any teammates on this path benefit from increased movement speed, attack speed, and reduced cooldowns. Utilize this ultimate ability to break through choke points or push through contested areas with your team.
Best Ways to Unleash Kiriko’s Potential
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To unleash Kiriko’s full potential, position yourself at the rear of your team. This allows you to chip away at the enemy’s health with your Kunai, while mainly focusing on healing your Tank and Damage classes. Avoid staying too far back, as you’ll want to remain within range to quickly throw out the Protection Suzu when needed.
Leverage your mobility to access high ground and flank the enemy discreetly. Balancing aggression and caution, poking out to divert the enemy’s attention can greatly benefit your team’s upcoming push. If you find yourself targeted, Swift Step can swiftly bring you back to the safety of your teammates.
Kiriko thrives when countering heroes like Ana and Junker Queen, whose debuff abilities can be nullified with her charm. Utilize the charm in synergy with your team and make it an integral part of your gameplay, alongside your ultimate ability.
In the right hands, Kiriko can take on the primary healing role for your squad, making her an invaluable asset. Her presence greatly enhances the team’s effectiveness, except for lone-wolf types like Widowmaker and Reaper, who may not fully benefit from her support.
Countering Kiriko: Watch Out for These Heroes
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Just as every hero has their strengths, they also have their weaknesses. When facing Kiriko, be mindful of heroes like Widowmaker, Sojourn, Soldier 76, Tracer, and Genji. These heroes excel at long-range attacks, boast smaller hit-boxes, and can quickly close the gap to eliminate Kiriko before she has a chance to retreat or activate her charm.
As you embark on your Overwatch 2 journey with the enigmatic Kiriko, remember to adapt your playstyle to best support your team. Master her teleportation, invincibility charm, and unleash the power of the Kitsune Rush. Stay aware of the heroes that pose a threat and use your agility to your advantage.
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