Overwatch 2 screenshot of the fox-themed support hero Kiriko using her Kitsune Rush from up close

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As a part of the recent spree of announcements Blizzard has detailed Overwatch 2's Battle Pass, the hero unlock system, as well as their plans for future updates. The most exciting part of all of this was the new hero reveal which, as some of you may have guessed from ancient teasers, ended up being the fox-themed support Kiriko.

After leaving us for a full week to speculate on just what her abilities are all about, Blizzard has now finally decided to spill the beans. So if you're curious about what Kiriko and her fox companion are capable of, allow me to share with you the full rundown of her abilities:

Kiriko’s primary fire, Healing Ofuda, are talismans that heal her teammates. She fires up to ten healing projectiles depending on how long the primary fire key is held. Healing Ofuda is a single target heal, with blue talismans that home in on allies and turn yellow when they heal; the charms are breezy and slow, so the further you are from your teammates, the longer it will take to heal them.

Kiriko’s secondary fire, Kunai, are small, leaf-shaped knives that she throws one at a time. The knives have low overall damage but do additional critical damage.

Overwatch 2 fox themed support Kiriko and her kunai attack screenshot

Kiriko’s passive ability, Wall Climb, allows her to scale up walls. "We decided on Wall Climb because Kiriko went through the same training as Hanzo and Genji, so it makes sense they would share some of the same background,” hero designer Josh Noh explains, “And, like each of the Shimadas, Kiriko also has special mobility skill that’s specific to her.”

Swift Step allows Kiriko to teleport directly to an ally within a certain distance—even through walls. When you activate the ability, you need to have a target before you can confirm the movement. Confirming an ally will let you go directly to them.

Overwatch 2 support hero Kiriko screenshot of her Swift Step ability in action

Protection Suzu is a small, bell-shaped projectile that makes allies briefly invulnerable and cleanses negative status effects when it impacts the ground or an ally directly. The ability affects all allies within a small area of effect (AOE), including Kiriko if she throws it at her feet.

Kitsune Rush is Kiriko’s ultimate ability. She opens her ultimate by saying, “Let the Kitsune guide you,” and she summons a fox that rushes forward, creating a glowing path for her team in its wake. This path gives Kiriko and her allies a buff that increases the speed of all allies’ actions, including movement speed, rate of fire, and cooldowns. Kitsune’s path is marked by gateways, and allies need to be within the gateways to get the buff. Stepping out of the path will remove the ultimate’s buffs.

Overwatch 2 fox themed support Kiriko screenshot of her ultimate ability Kitsune Rush being used on Genji and Hanzo

If you're a bit overwhelmed, don't worry as it'll all make sense once you see all of Kiriko's abilities in action. Have a gander:

Blizzard has also taken this opportunity to showcase some of Kiriko's backstory, as well as what motivates her to fight in the more modern times. It's fairly straightforward stuff, much like the other heroes, but you certainly won't catch me complaining about another adorable animated short. Anyway, here it is:

You can learn a few more tidbits about Kiriko, as well as keep track of any developer updates, over at the official website. Enjoy, and I'll make sure to let you know once Blizzard unleashes the next big announcement.

Overwatch 2 support hero Kiriko screenshot of her hugging her adorable pet