Meet Wrecking Ball
Overwatch’s Hero 28
Overwatch’s Hero 28 is Wrecking Ball AKA Hammond the hamster. In this piece, we’re going to explore this new hero further — including his backstory and abilities.
Horizon Lunar Colony may have been violently overthrown by angry apes, but the spirit of curiosity and scientific discovery led to an unexpected treasure: Hammond, the incredibly intelligent (and prone to escape) hamster (if any of you have hamsters out there you’ll understand that “escape artist” is featured on every hamster’s CV). As you might expect from a hamster, Hammond wasn’t too interested in the power struggles of Horizon that led to the mass murder of scientists; he just wanted to explore. So, he escaped Horizon and then upgraded his escape pod to be an incredibly deadly weapon of war, landing in the lawless land of Junkertown.
Far from the deep and mysterious past that most of the Overwatch heroes have Hammond is definitely not what we expected.
Through battling his way to the top in the mech battle arenas he’s earned the top spot in the fighting pits of Junkertown. We can expect Wrecking Ball to have interactions with Horizon and Junkertown, as well as Winston and the Junkers. Wrecking Ball is playable now on the PTR and as of now; here’s a look at his abilities.
As seen in the video, Hammond can transform into a ball and roll around to increase his movement speed.
These automatic assault weapons look devastating.
Launches a grappling hook that lets him swing around the nearby area to allow for high-speed collisions to damage and knock back enemies.
Creates temporary personal shields for Wrecking Ball that increases in effectiveness depending on the number of nearby enemies.
A ground slam that damages and launches enemies upward.
His ultimate lays out a massive field of proximity mines that detonate when enemies come near them.
Wrecking Ball fits in with a similar niche as Bastion and Mei: simple, idealistic heroes with the desire to explore and adventure. In a setting with mounting tension around Talon, geopolitical issues, and Moira running around raising questions of scientific ethics, Wrecking Ball is a breath of fresh air and the perfect palette cleanser before the narrative continues forward.