Overwatch 2 Kiriko: Abilities, Tips & Guide

We will help guide you on how to use Kiriko effectively in your games so that you can start winning and even carrying.

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You want to venture out and find new heroes to play, and you stumbled across Kirikio. Don’t worry; we can help you use Overwatch 2 Kiriko effectively and start winning some games.

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.

Key Takeaways

  • 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 the one we will be discussing today.
  • Kiriko is very strong and definitely worth your attention.

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Who Is Kirikio

Kiriko Kamori is a caretaker of the Kanezaka shrine and a skilled ninja and healer. After the downfall of the Shimada, she vowed to protect her hometown from the deadly Hashimoto clan.

Overwatch 2 Kiriko began her time as a child with two sides. Her grandmother was spiritually intuned, while her mother chose the blade’s path.

Kiriko grew up with both of these conflicting sides as either wanted her to follow one path, but Kiriko could not bring herself to do so. To her, both of the paths were a part of her and defined her. We see this story play out in the origin story cinematic titled Kiriko: Origin Story, where, in the end, she chooses to forge her path separately from her family’s tradition.

In another cinematic released by Blizzard, we can see that Kiriko is a genuinely good person who cares about those close to her. A fun fact that we learn is she is fluent in sign language as she communicates with the deaf daughter of a worker in her apartment complex. If you are intrigued by this and would like to see this cinematic, then you can find it titled “Kiriko” on YouTube.

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Kiriko – Image Captured By VeryAliGaming

Kirikio Abilities

No agent would be complete without their unique toolkit of passives, abilities, and coveted ultimate. Kiriko is an interesting case as she is a Support hero with quite valuable abilities, which quickly rank her as one of the top-tier characters to play if you want to be of use to your team.

Wall Climb (Passive)

TypePassive Ability
Effect TypeMovement
Casting TimeNone
Max. Range10.3 meters (vertical)
Move Speed8.25m/s

Most heroes can either normally jump once, fly up slightly, and continue gliding. Kiriko is built differently by getting the best of both worlds. You can’t glide but can traverse terrain with great ease. This ability is passive, so you don’t have to use this through a button press actively.

Healing Ofuda (Primary)

TypeWeapon (primary fire)
Effect TypeProjectile
Healing13 per talisman, 26 per burst
Projectile Speed20 meters per second (homing)
14 meters per second (homing)
Max. Range35 meters (lock on)
Move Speed-
Rate of fire~0.2 seconds per burst
1-second ammo recovery
Full clip every ~1.8 seconds
Ammo Usage2 per burst

This is the LMB (Left Mouse Button) and primary ability of Overwatch 2 Kiriko, which makes her part of the support class. In layman’s terms, these are healing tags that can seek out teammates automatically, resembling homing missiles that heal.

Kunai (Secondary)

TypeWeapon (secondary fire)
Effect TypeProjectile
Damage40-120 (body/head-shot)
Spread AnglePinpoint
Projectile Speed90 meters per second
Rate of fireOne shot per .55 seconds
Reload Time1 second
Head-Shot✓ (3x multiplier)

The RMB (Right Mouse Button) and secondary fire of Kiriko. These kunai throw damage enemies, but it’s not a primary damage-dealing ability. This is more like a use-if-cornered ability that can keep you alive for long enough to where your teammates can arrive to help you out.

Swift Step (Ability)

Effect TypeTargeted (ally)
Max Range35 meters
Duration0.25 second invulnerability
Cooldown7 seconds

This is the LSHIFT (Left Shift) ability known as Swift Step. Have you ever played different support and thought that you could have saved your teammate if you were closer to them so that your heal could reach? Well, that is the exact problem Swift Step was designed to deal with.

It allows Kiriko to install travel to an ally and teleport behind their actual location. You could say this is similar to Reaper’s teleportation ability, but this one can not be controlled and is limited to allies only.

Protection Suzu (Ability)

Effect TypeArcing Projectile
Area of effect
Projectile Speed35 meteors per secondd
Area of effect5 meters
Duration0.85 second invulnerability
Cooldown14 seconds

So we come to the essential part of Kiriko’s kit, which separates her from most other support heroes. This is her E which, to put it simply, is broken to all hell. She can instantly remove all debuffs for an ally and make them briefly immune to damage. An insane ability that comes in handy more often than not.

This is what you should be using every time it’s off cooldown, and never be stingy with this in particular since even a single moment of being debuffed can be a game changer.

Kitsune Rush (Ultimate)

TypeUltimate Ability
Effect TypeArea of effect
Move Speed+30%
Max. Range25m
Rate of fire+50%
Reload Time+50% reload speed
Ultimate cost2300 points
Duration10.5 seconds
Cooldown2x cooldown reduction

Now we reach the piece de resistance of Overwatch 2 Kiriko’s kit. She channels her inner spiritual warrior and summons the fox spirit to guide her and her allies toward the objective point.

The fox spirit speeds up your allies and decreases all cooldowns for their abilities. This is great if you want to rally your team for one hefty storm charge against the enemy on the objective point.

Tips & Tricks

So this section mainly exists so that you can get a few tips about how to effectively use Kiriko’s abilities and maybe chain them together in unique ways to help you out.

Kiriko and Kitsune Spirit

It’s basically like a fun facts thing that you can ignore but will get handy later on as you play the hero and get accustomed to their play style.

Tip 1

To use your Healing Ofuda effectively, you can use the Swift Step indicator to ensure that they track towards your allies and get that heal safely on them. The Healing Ofuda also has the same range as your Swift Step so that you can heal your allies from approximately the same distance.

Tip 2

Your Kunai have no fall-off, so you should use this to your advantage and spam them when you have nothing more to offer your team regarding abilities.

These can be used to snipe out enemies if you can guess where they will be strafing, as hitting the kunai in the head is incredibly tough, but it does net you that 3x damage bonus.

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