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Ashe Guide For Overwatch 2 - Abilities, Tips & Counters

Ashe, a rival of Cole Cassidy, is one to fear in Overwatch 2. Here are all her abilities and counters within the game.
Ashe Guide For Overwatch 2 - Abilities, Tips & Counters

Ashe is a mid to long-range damage hero in Overwatch 2. Since her release in November 2018, Ashe has undergone a few changes, but her playstyle has largely remained the same. 

Ashe has not received many changes in Overwatch 2, meaning she is still a potent mid to long-range damage hero and is still competitive with most of the hero roster.

We want to thank the Overwatch wiki for the source of this guide and the upcoming tips for Ashe. Now let us see what she does, her playstyle, and how to get the most value out of her in Overwatch 2.

Ashe's Abilities in Overwatch 2

Ashe’s primary weapon: The Viper. (Picture: Blizzard)

Primary Fire: The Viper 

Ashe's semi-automatic rifle fires quick shots 

  • Damage: 12-40 based on the range 

  • Falloff range: 20 to 40 meters 

  • Rate of fire:=4 shots per second 

  • Ammo: 12

  • Reload time: 0.5 seconds (initial animation)

    • +0.25 seconds per bullet

    • 3.5 seconds (Full reload animation)

  • Can headshot; shots are hitscan 

Ashe fires her gun from the hip, dealing reduced damage but firing faster. This ability guarantees kills on lower health point targets and can be used at close range.

Secondary Fire: The Viper 

Ashe can use her aim-down sights for a more damaging, precise shot. 

  • Damage: 22.5 - 75

  • Falloff range: 30 to 50 meters

  • Move. speed: -25% penalty

  • Rate of fire: approximately 1.5 shots per second

  • Ammo:12

  • Reload time: 0.5 seconds (initial animation)

    • +0.25 seconds per bullet

    • 3.5 seconds (Full reload animation)

  • Can headshot; shots are hitscan

Ashe aims down sights for higher damage but a lower rate of fire. Ashe will mainly ADS unless targets are low or up close to her.

Ability 1: Coach Gun 

Ashe blasts enemies in front of her, knocking them away and propelling herself backward for added mobility.

  • Damage: 6 per pellet; 90 per shot

  • Max. range: 9.4 meters (self-knock back)

  • Num. of pellets:15

  • Cooldown:10 seconds 

This is Ashe's only movement cooldown. It can be used to reach high grounds faster. It can also increase or decrease the distance between you and your enemies.

Ability 2 - 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.

  • Damage: Explosion: 20 - 50

  • Burn on enemies: 100

  • Damage to self: 50

  • Area of effect: 5-meter radius; 2 seconds for explode after landing

  • Duration: 5 seconds (burn)

  • Cooldown:12 seconds 

This is Ashe's main source of ult charge. It is strongest when enemies are clumped up for more ult charge and burn. In addition, it can be thrown over shields to deal damage to Reinhardt and Sigma. 

Ultimate: 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.

  • Health:1000

  • Damage on charge: 120

  • Arm cannon: 112 per second, 14 per bullet, 1092 overall

  • Rate of fire: 8 bullets per second

  • Duration: 10 seconds (after bob collision on enemies or objects)

  • Ultimate cost: 2240 points 

B.O.B. has various uses based on your situation. It is rare for using B.O.B. to be a bad idea.

Ashe's Playstyle in Overwatch 2

Ashe Launcher
Ashe’s Coach Gun allows her to move around the map. (Picture: Blizzard)

Ashe functions as a mid to long-range damage dealer in Overwatch 2. Only a few heroes can challenge Ashe at her ideal range. Widowmaker and Hanzo are two heroes that generally out-range Ashe and can win the 1v1 with ease.

Some heroes like Mei, Kiriko, Ana, and Zen can out-range her because of the lack of damage falloff. They are at a disadvantage in the 1v1 because of their consistent damage and need to fulfill other duties. 

Playing on high ground is crucial for any Ashe player; otherwise, their value diminishes significantly.

Best Tips and Tricks for Ashe in Overwatch 2

Ashe alongside her companion B.O.B. (Picture: Blizzard)

Tip 1: Scoped Shots

The most important mechanic to get used to while playing as Ashe is landing a scoped shot and then quickly scoping out for a hip-fired shot. If you combine these two, both as headshots within Ashe's effective range, you can kill any 200 HP target.

Practicing this technique is recommended to get used to its rhythm. Then, once you feel more comfortable, take it onto the battlefield and dominate your foes.

Tip 2: Spam Dynamite

The next tip for Ashe is spamming your dynamite whenever you get it. Dynamite is a major source of your damage and ult charge. The more people you can hit, the better, but do not hold it for a five-person dynamite.

A trick to shooting her dynamite is to keep your crosshair central from when you threw it and wait for it to land in your crosshair. It will always cross the middle of your reticle.

Tip 3: Use Coach Gun Carefully

Third, Coach Gun is your only form of mobility and must be used carefully if the enemy has heroes like Winston or Genji on the enemy team. Moreover, it is your only way of avoiding them, especially without support. If you are safe from harm, use it to take different angles.

Tip 4: Use B.O.B Situationally

And then, finally, you should use B.O.B. situationally. Sometimes you need it to engage in the fight, others to prevent the enemy team from engaging. Or perhaps you are using it to contest the point.

How you use it is up to you, and there is usually no wrong answer unless the fight is already won or lost. However, keep an eye on if B.O.B. hits someone skyward; it makes for an easy headshot and is guaranteed to kill as long as they are not a tank.

And that is all you need to know for Ashe in Overwatch 2.

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Featured image courtesy of Activision Blizzard