Overwatch 2: Best Tank Heroes [Top 10 In 2024]

After playing Overwatch 2 for more than 70+ hours, here's my in-depth look at Overwatch 2 Tank Heroes!

In Overwatch 2, some heroes received significant overhauls, while others had minor kit changes. While all these tank heroes are still viable choices, some may be more practical than others. Here’s a comparison of all ten tank heroes to help players determine the best tank heroes for their playstyle.

Key Takeaways

  • Tanks are one of the most important types of heroes in the game, built to withstand damage and also dish it out.
  • One new tank hero “Junker Queen” is introduced in the game, along with previous tank heroes.
  • Due to a transition from 6v6 to 5v5, teams can only have one tank in their team.
About The Author

With 70+ hours invested in Overwatch 2 (His Battlenet Tag is Panther #31676), Reeshail Qureshi is well-versed in the game, and you can trust the information he provides about it.

Best Tank Heroes And Comparison

No.NameAwarded ForReal NameStatusAgeNationalityBaseOccupation

1DoomfistMost Balanced Tank Hero.Akande OgundimuAlive45NigerianOyo,NigeriaMartial artist(formerly)
Talon council member
Akinjide Ngaujah(English)Sagr Ngaujah (English)300(open queue)
450 (Role queue)
2Wrecking BallBest Mobile Tank Hero.HammondActive14-Horizon Lunar Colony (formerly)
Test subject (formerly)
Mech pilot, mechanic
-Dee Bradley Baker & Jonathan Lipow(English)300(open queue)
450 (queue)
3SigmaBest Floating Tank Hero.Siebren KuiperActive62DutchThe hague ,Netherlands(formery)
International Space Station(formerly)
Talon living weapon
Boris Hiestand (English)200(open queue)
350(open queue)
4D.VABest Offensive Tank Hero.Hana Song (송하나)-19KoreanMEKA Base,Busan,South Korea(formerly)Professional gamer(formerly)
Mech pilot
-Charlet Chung (English)300(open queue)
450(Role queue)
5ReinhardtBest Melee Tank Hero.Reinhardt Wilhelm-61GermanStuttgart,GermanyCrusader(formerly)
Overwatch agent(formerly)
Balderich von Alder(mentor)
Brigitte Lindholm (goddaughter)
Darin De Paul (English)200(Open queue)
350(Role queue)
150(Pilot Form)
6Junker QueenBest Brawler Tank Hero.Odessa”Dez”StoneActiveApprox.35-40AustralianJunkertown ,AustraliaGladiator champion (formerly)Stone(father),Unnamed mother
5 siblings
Leah De Niese
Siho Ellsmore(Junkertown announcer,2017-2022)
Davida McKenzie(trailer)(English)
300(Open Queue)
450(Role queue)
7OrisaBest Defensive Tank Hero.-Active1 MonthNumbanianNumbaniGuardian RobotEfi Oldedele (creator)Cherelle Skeete (English)125(Open queue)
275(Role queue)
8WinstonBest Anti-Sniper Tank Hero.Winston-29-Horizon Lunar Colony(formerly)
Test subject (formerly)
--200(Open queue)
350(Role queue)
9ZaryaBest Short-Range Tank Hero.Aleksandra Zaryanova(Александра Зарянова)-28RussianNovanskoye,Russia(formerly)
Krasnoyarsk Front,Russia(formerly)
Novanskoye Forward Base, Russia (formerly)
SoldierUnnamed FatherIra Zaryanova,Marisha Zaryanova(sisters)
Extended family,Including two other siblings or cousins
Dolya Gavanski(English)100(Open queue)
\250(Role Queue)

Comparison Table. 


Most Balanced Tank Hero.
Doomfist | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Hand Canon
  • Ability one: Seismic Slam
  • Ability two: Power Block
  • Ability three: Rocket Punch
  • Ultimate: Meteor Strike
Doomfist’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameAkande Ogundimu
AliasesThe Successor
OccupationMartial artist (formerly)
Talon council member
BaseOyo, Nigeria
RelationsAkinjide Adeyemi (mentor)
VoiceSahr Ngaujah (English)
Health300 (Open queue)
450 (Role queue)

Doomfist Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Doomfist?

Doomfist is one of the most powerful tank heroes in the game, and has a wonderful balance of both attack and defense, making him an ideal choice.

Doomfist is one of the best tank heroes in Overwatch 2. He has a hand cannon for close-range damage, and despite a slower rate of fire, he can use Seismic Slam for strong assaults and Power Block for defense.

His Meteor Strike targets areas for powerful attacks. As a tank, he has 450 HP, up from 250, making him a formidable solo fighter. Power Block lets him block 80% of frontal damage, enhancing his tank capabilities.

Doomfist excels at disrupting enemies, but he’s not as strong a choice with the 5v5 structure and the need for greater tanking abilities.

  • Has exceptional attacking and defense capabilities.
  • Can block up to 80% of frontal damage with Power Block.
  • Perfect for close-range combat.
  • Not an ideal choice for 5v5 combat.

Wrecking Ball

Best Mobile Tank Hero.
Wrecking Ball | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Quad Canons
  • Ability one: Roll
  • Ability two: Piledriver
  • Ability three: Grappling Hook
  • Ultimate: Minefield
Wrecking Ball’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameHammond
OccupationTest subject (formerly)
Mech pilot, mechanic
BaseHorizon Lunar Colony (formerly)
AffiliationLucheng Interstellar (formerly)
VoiceDee Bradley Baker & Jonathan Lipow (English)
Health300 (Open queue)
450 (Role queue)

Wrecking Ball Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Wrecking Ball?

 Wrecking Ball is popular for its mobility and quick movement, which enables players to attack enemies more effectively.

Wrecking Ball is a mobile tank hero with a rapid-fire rate. His Roll ability allows quick movement, while the Grappling Claw helps take down enemies.

His Adaptative Shield gathers health when enemies are nearby, and Piledriver can knock down multiple foes. The Minefield move deploys proximity mines to disrupt the enemy team.

In a single-tank setup, you must balance disrupting enemies and protecting your team, and if enemies target your healers, it can be challenging.

  • Has quick movement capabilities.
  • Adaptive Shield gathers health from nearby enemies.
  • Piledriver move can take down multiple enemies at the same time.
  • Not suitable when it is the only tank hero.


Best Floating Tank Hero.
Sigma | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Hyperspheres
  • Ability one: Experimental Barrier
  • Ability two: Kinetic Grasp
  • Ability three: Accretion
  • Ultimate: Gravitic Flux
Sigma’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameSiebren de Kuiper
Nationality Dutch
OccupationScientist (formerly)
Talon living weapon
BaseThe Hague, Netherlands (formerly)
International Space Station (formerly)
RelationsDoomfist (boss)
Reaper (boss)
Moira (boss)
Sombra (co-operative)
Widowmaker (co-operative)
Baptiste (former co-operative)
VoiceBoris Hiestand (English)
Health200 (Open queue)
350 (Role queue)

Sigma Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Sigma?

Sigma is one of the only tank heroes that can float, and his Experimental Barrier allows for exceptional defense capabilities.

His Experimental Barrier lets him create shields for himself and his teammates, and they can be recast after five seconds. He can convert incoming missiles into shields using a Kinetic Grasp.

Sigma’s skill set, including his ultimate, which can move both friends and enemies, makes him a valuable tank choice. His weapon, Hyperspheres, is effective on smaller maps with lots of passageways, and recent buffs have made him more lethal in combat.

  • Can float on water.
  • Can build defense with its Experimental Barrier move.
  • Has become more lethal with recent buffs.
  • More suitable for smaller maps instead of larger ones.


Best Offensive Tank Hero.
D.Va | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Fusion Cannons
  • Passive: Eject!
  • Ability one: Defense Matrix
  • Ability two: Boosters
  • Ultimate one: Self-Destruct
  • Ultimate two: Call Mech
D.Va’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameHana Song (송하나)
OccupationProfessional gamer (formerly)
Mech pilot
BaseMEKA Base, Busan, South Korea (formerly)
AffiliationMobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army (MEKA) (South Korean Army)
VoiceCharlet Chung (English)
Health300 (Open queue)
450 (Role queue)
Health200 (Open queue)
350 (Role queue)
150 (Pilot Form)

D.VA Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose D.Va?

D.Va possesses a certain versatility that makes her one of the best choices for a tank hero. She possesses both offensive and defensive capabilities, and the recent health buff has made her even more formidable.

D.Va  Micro Missiles and Fusion Cannon deal significant damage, and she can block projectiles using Defense Matrix. D.Va’s boosters allow her to disrupt fights and reposition enemies.

Her Mech has received a health buff, making it harder to eject her. After ejection, players can fight back and eventually call a new Mech. D.Va’s Ultimate, Self-Destruct, can eliminate groups of enemies, making her a formidable tank hero in the right hands.

  • Offers great mobility.
  • Her Defense Matrix cools down fairly quickly.
  • Deals a high amount of damage.
  • Weak against beam weapons.


Best Melee Tank Hero.
Reinhardt | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Rocket Hammer
  • Ability one: Charge
  • Ability two: Fire Strike
  • Ability three: Barrier Field
  • Ultimate: Earth shatter
Reinhardt’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameReinhardt Wilhelm
OccupationCrusader (formerly)
Overwatch agent (formerly)
BaseStuttgart, Germany
AffiliationGerman Armed Forces (formerly)
Crusaders (formerly)
Relations Balderich von Adler (mentor)
Brigitte Lindholm (goddaughter)
VoiceDarin De Paul (English)
Health200 (Open queue)
350 (Role queue)
Health200 (Open queue)
350 (Role queue)
150 (Pilot Form)

Reinhardt Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Reinhardt?

Reinhardt is considered one of the most consistent and formidable tank heroes, and those who have played Overwatch with the character will find him even better.

Reinhardt remains effective and consistent in Overwatch 2, despite the shift to a 5v5 system and fewer tanks with shields. Players who mastered him in the original Overwatch will find it easier to play.

His Earthshatter ultimate is a formidable threat, and facing a Reinhardt without a shield can be challenging. He excels as a melee hero with a strong shield, ranged projectile, powerful charge, and game-changing ultimate for objectives and defensive plays.

  • Has a strong shield that can absorb loads of damage.
  • Can ensure long-range strikes with Firestrike.
  • Ultimate ability can deal with an entire group of enemies at once.
  • Can be easily targeted due to his large size.

Junker Queen

Best Brawler Tank Hero.
Junker Queen | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Scattergun
  • Passive: Adrenaline Rush
  • Ability one: Jagged Blade
  • Ability two: Commanding Shout
  • Ability three: Carnage
  • Ultimate: Rampage
Junker Queen’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameOdessa "Dez" Stone
AgeApprox. 35-40
OccupationGladiator champion (formerly)
Ruler of Junkertown
BaseJunkertown, Australia
AffiliationWastelanders (temporarily)
RelationsStone (father), unnamed mother
5 siblings
VoiceLeah De Niese
Siho Ellsmore (Junkertown announcer, 2017-2022)
Davida McKenzie (trailer) (English)
Health300 (Open queue)
450 (Role queue)

Junker Queen Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Junker Queen?

Junker Queen is a highly balanced tank hero that can deal a high amount of damage while possessing decent defense capabilities. All her weapons are quite potent and effective.

Junker Queen is a true brawler and possesses a mix of both attack and defense. She deals a high amount of damage with two normal abilities, namely Jagged Blade and Commanding Shout.

Her Ultimate gives her high sustainability, and all her abilities can be used with ease. She also has a shotgun that presents an impressive attack, and her battle cry with extra shields is a bonus. She has certain weaknesses.

For instance, she is much smaller than other tanks, making it difficult for her to shield her teammates. Also, she has a small health pool of 450.

Due to these weaknesses, Junker Queen isn’t adept at protecting her team from bosses that deal high damage. Those heroes need to shield themselves from her attacks to get to her.

  • Can deal a high amount of damage.
  • Has an impressive moveset with ultimate.
  • Can shield herself with a battle cry.
  • Her smaller size renders her unable to shield the entire team.


Best Defensive Tank Hero.
Orisa | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Augmented Fusion Driver
  • Ability one: Energy Javelin
  • Ability two: Javelin Spin
  • Ability three: Fortify
  • Ultimate: Terra Surge
Orisa’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Age1 Month
OccupationGuardian Robot
RelationsEfi Oladele (creator)
VoiceCherrelle Skeete(English)
Health125 (Open queue)
275 (Role queue)

Orisa Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Orisa?

Orisa is a top choice for tank heroes, and she has a multitude of weapons that you can choose from. Her defense capabilities are quite impressive.

Orisa is one of the top tank heroes and has recently become popular. Her arsenal is full of weapons and tools, making her extremely versatile. You can stun your enemies with her Javelin Toss, rendering their abilities moot.

This action absorbs incoming projectiles, thus enhancing her defense. Her gun also deals a high amount of damage, while her ultimate ability causes damage across a larger radius. 

Orisa has a hardened ability that gives her additional armor and also makes her immune to crowd control. However, she can be ineffective against beam weapons.

  • Has a lot of weapons to choose from.
  • Javelin Toss can weaken enemies’ abilities.
  • Ultimate ability causes long-range damage.
  • Doesn’t resist beam weapons.


Best Anti-Sniper Tank Hero.
Winston| Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Tesla Canon
  • Ability one: Jump Pack
  • Ability two: Barrier Projector
  • Ultimate: Primal Rage
Winston’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameWinston
OccupationTest subject (formerly)
BaseHorizon Lunar Colony (formerly)
Watchpoint: Gibraltar
AffiliationLucheng Interstellar (formerly)
Health200 (Open queue)
350 (Role queue)

Winston Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Winston?

Winston is a suitable choice for deathmatches, and also for players who have gained sufficient experience by using him in Overwatch.

Few heroes have had the ups and downs that Winston has had. Back when duplicate heroes were permitted, two Winston tanks became overpowered. Then when this opportunity was removed, the single Winston plummeted to the bottom of the tank charts. 

The good news is that Winston is back in a stable place. Overwatch 2 only allows for one tank, meaning that a single tank needs to be mobile, which Winston certainly is. He’s also perfect for the matches that feel more like deathmatches when players know how to use him.

Winston is equipped with a Tesla Cannon that fires a close range of electricity and a secondary shot that fires at range after a charge. He also has a leap that deals damage when he lands and a protective barrier, he can drop on himself.

The cooldown on the leap is short enough that it can be used to both enter the fight and leave it in a short period of time. The bubble shield can be used to either defend teammates or enclose enemies. His ultimate Primal Rage lets Winston take a ton of extra damage while also knocking enemies around and dealing damage.

  • His leap deals damage when he lands.
  • Tesla Cannon fires a jolt of electricity at close range.
  • Can take a great deal of damage.
  • Can’t resist high-damage heroes in close-range combat.


Best Short-Range Tank Hero.
Zarya | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Particle Canon
  • Ability one: Particle Barrier
  • Ability two: Projected Barrier
  • Passive: Energy
  • Ultimate: Graviton Surge
Zarya’s Abilities | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameAleksandra Zaryanova (Александра Зарянова)
BaseNovanskoye, Russia (formerly)
Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia (formerly)
Novanskoye Forward Base, Russia (formerly)
AffiliationRussian Defense Forces
Volskaya Industries (temporarily)
RelationsUnnamed Father
Ira Zaryanova, Marisha Zaryanova (sisters)
Extended family, including two other siblings or cousins
VoiceDolya Gavanski (English)
Health100 (Open queue)
\250 (Role queue)

Zarya Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Zarya?

Zarya is a highly impressive tank hero who has become even stronger in the second installment of Overwatch. She comes with improved health and shield, as well as a greater range.

Zarya’s abilities have been altered in Overwatch 2 to make this tank hero stronger than ever. One of the most significant changes sees Zarya’s shields start their cooldown on use rather than when the bubble bursts. This has a huge impact in-game as she can protect herself and her teammates more often during pivotal moments.

In addition, Zarya now has better health and shield numbers, and her kit also has a greater range. Zarya’s bubbles have been divided into charges, which is the second significant modification to her shields.

Now that she has two charges at her disposal, she may utilize them in any way she wants. She may thus choose when to deploy them, whether you want two charges for Zarya, two for one teammate, or many comrades.

Her weapon, the particle cannon, will produce a linear beam that can injure opponents and take down hordes of enemies with its grenade launcher. Lastly, you can perform her Graviton Surge to pull enemies to the gravity well, where you can utilize the Particle Cannon to eliminate them.

  • Her shields start cooling down during use, enabling greater defense.
  • Comes with improved health and a greater range.
  • Particle Cannon takes down hordes of enemies together.
  • She isn’t quick enough to penetrate the enemies’ defenses.


Best Ruthless Tank Hero.
Roadhog | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
  • Weapon: Scrap Gun
  • Ability one: Chain Hook
  • Ability two: Take a Breather
  • Ultimate: Whole Hog
Roadhog’s Abilties | Image Captured By Us/VeryAliGaming
Real NameMako Rutledge
OccupationEnforcer (formerly)
BaseJunkertown, Australia (formerly)
AffiliationAustralian Liberation Front (formerly)
Junkers (formerly)
Wreckers (formerly)
RelationsUnnamed Father
Ira Zaryanova, Marisha Zaryanova (sisters)
Extended family, including two other siblings or cousins
VoiceJosh Petersdorf (English)
Health550 (Open queue)
700 (Role queue)

Roadhog Stats Table. 

Why Did I Choose Roadhog?

Roadhog is a ruthless and lethal character who can deal with enemy teams with his Scrap Gun, making him an ideal addition to the team.

Roadhog is a ruthless character that can dispatch squads of foes with the Scrap Gun, a weapon useful for close-quarters combat. Players may also use his Chain Hook to pull an opponent to their location and potentially finish them off in the process.

Along with these capabilities, Roadhog also has the ability to use his Ultimate, Whole Hog, to harm foes and heal himself with Take a Breather.

Roadhog is one of the Tanks that seems to have benefited from the switch to 5v5 the most. While considered an off-tank previously, a bump to his health pool has made him quite difficult to deal with.

While his mitigation stat won’t be very high, since the only time he mitigates damage is while he is healing, he can take a beating before going down. Add in the personal heal that fills up about half his health and is on a relatively short cooldown and Roadhog becomes borderline unstoppable.

As the sole tank on the team, Roadhog doesn’t have the freedom to flank and needs to constantly be on the frontlines to protect his teammates, which is one downside.

  • Can deal with hordes of enemies with Scrap Gun.
  • Take a Breather allows him to heal quickly.
  • Perfect in a 5v5 battle.
  • Doesn’t have the freedom to flank and has to maintain his post.

What Would I Recommend?

If you ask me, I’d go with Reinhardt, given its high health capacity, defensive capabilities, and impressive attack attributes. If you’re considering a change of tactics, you might want to check out my guide to the best Overwatch 2 DPS heroes, and on how to unlock heroes in Overwatch 2. I hope this guide helped, see you soon in another guide!

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