In this guide we will be discussing Bastion's abilities and going over some tips and tricks to help you fall deeper into the character.
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So you want to learn about Bastion, huh? He isn’t easy, but he isn’t that tough, either. Don’t worry. We will help guide you through the process of getting a handle on Overwatch 2 Bastion.
Overwatch 2 is the sequel to Overwatch, although some might call it a remix of the original Overwatch. We, however, think that all this sarcasm and snide remarks are uncalled for.
The game itself is looking quite good while trying to fix the problems of the original that had become too engrained into the core identity of the piece. This new approach allows for a breath of fresh air into the IP while not letting go of what made it famous initially.
Some new members have joined us for this new ride while also having a fantastic returning cast, including fan favorites such as Tracer, Mercy, Reinhart, etc. Some players will want to jump right back into their old mains (this is us, honestly), while others will try to seek out broader horizons and possibly define the meta like GOATS did back in the day.
NOTE: As of the writing of this article Bastion is currently not available to be played in Overwatch 2 due to some major bugs with his character and ultimate ability.
Overwatch 2 is the sequel to Overwatch, which was released in 2016 and took the gaming world by storm.
It includes 35 characters, with many old and some new characters, including one of the returning cast we will be discussing today.
Bastion is an interesting hero to play as his playstyle is quite “unique” to his character.
Bastion is a robot created by the Omnic Crisis, a global event that will happen in the future. The Bastion units were built to help fight against the humans who were fighting against them. Bastion’s original programming was to destroy the human forces, but he is now one of the heroes in Overwatch. Which naturally led to Overwatch 2 Bastion being in the sequel.
In the “The Last Bastion” short, we see that a group of omnics is shutting down the last Bastion unit. The Overwatch team is called in to investigate and find out what is happening.
The short is set in the near future, at a time when the Omnic Crisis has been over for years. The video starts with a security camera feed of two people. One person is seen in the back of a truck while an unknown individual wearing an Overwatch uniform interrogates them about Bastion units and their whereabouts.
It then cuts to a parking garage where two agents are talking about how they will be able to get back home after this mission is done. The two agents enter an elevator but are attacked by two unknown individuals wearing Overwatch uniforms as soon as they step out onto the ground floor.
Bastion wouldn’t be Overwatch 2 Bastion without his signature abilities to boot. Bastion is primarily a damage hero, as portrayed by his lore and other media sources.
He isn’t one of the Best Damage Heros in the game by a long shot, but he is unique enough to warrant a few mains.
Bastion, being a machine and all, is quite durable, and we can double down on that when he is in his Assault configuration. This makes him tankier than some other damage heroes but not by so much that you could call him a tank and damage hybrid.
Configuration: Assault (Primary)
Assault configuration has a primary fire of LMB (Left Mouse Button) and is a mini-gun that can move around at a relatively slow pace. This is great when you need to dish out severe damage but don’t need to move too much from your location.
A significant damage dealing primary but not entirely practical as you have to trade off mobility, and in Overwatch 2, mobility is the name of the entire game. If you sit still, then you die.
Configuration: Recon (Primary)
Recon configuration is more well suited to most normal battles as it allows Bastion to move around more freely and still be able to deal damage using his highly accurate weapon through the LMB (Left Mouse Button).
This is the configuration you will stay in most of the time since it facilitates mobility. As mentioned before, the main weakness of the Assault configuration is nullified, but in exchange, Overwatch 2 Bastion loses quite a significant bit of damage.
A-36 Tactical Grenade (Secondary)
This secondary, used by pressing the RMB (Right Mouse Button), is a tactical grenade that bounces off of surfaces twice and then almost immediately loses all inertia and plops onto the ground.
Quite valuable for cases where you would like some delayed damage to be dealt with, but it is pretty difficult to use correctly. If used in team skirmishes, it will surely hit one, if not a few targets, but to use it precisely is the main difficulty.
Nothing much to say here since this simply transforms Overwatch 2 Bastion from his Recon to Assault form and vice-versa. This is done using your keyboard’s LSHIFT (Left Shift) key.
Configuration: Artillery (Ultimate)
Ok, so this is the ultimate ability for Bastion. Most heroes can be a make or break based solely on their ultimate, so does Bastion hold up? Kind of. The ultimate transforms Bastion into a giant artillery gun.
This artillery form allows Bastion to rain down hellfire from the sky upon his enemies. However, there is a catch to this insane power. Bastion has to remain stationary while he is in this Artillery form.
Now we have discussed before how detrimental being stationery is to heroes in a fast-paced game like Overwatch 2. This ultimately does him no favors in that department.
Tips & Tricks
So this section mainly exists so that you can get a few tips about effectively using Bastion’s abilities and maybe combo them with other heroes in unique ways to help you out.
It’s a couple of fun facts you should consider if you plan to play Bastion for an extended period since they might help you get accustomed to his unique play style.
Your secondary is challenging, so why not take the whole aiming element out of the equation? On many maps, there are different pathways you have to block off. Some of these are very good choke points to lob a grenade down and make the enemy easier to kill.
Your main priority should be shredding enemy shields so that you or other damage heroes can take out the enemy front line. Pair up with your tank and start ripping and tearing.
You can also coordinate your ultimate with a tank like Reinhardt since he can make enemies stay in place for you to get your artillery damage off and not face the consequences of standing still.