Overwatch Roadhog Guide: Counters, Ability Tips, Strategy, Strengths and Weaknesses

By   /   May 25, 2016
Overwatch Roadhog Guide

Roadhog is a killer tank in Overwatch and comes with the biggest HP pool then any of the other characters in Overwatch. Roadhog doesn’t use a shield like Reinhardt but acts as a shield himself for some of the characters in the game.

Character that manages to stay behind Roadhog will remain protected from enemy fire. Also, he is able to heal himself with “Take A Breather” cannister that heals up to 300 HP.

For more help on Overwatch, read out our Hero Counters and Match-Ups Guide, Overwatch Crashes and Workarounds Guide, and Soldier: 76 In-Depth Hero Guide.

Overwatch Roadhog Guide

He is a beast carrying a meat hook that pulls his enemies closer, allowing him to melee kill or use his Scrap Gun to fire pellets of shrapnel. The spread and damage is quite decent and its knockback effect confuses enemies for a brief period.

He has a massive size so his mobility is affected. He is slow to move around which makes him vulnerable to characters with high mobility. He feels overpowered to opponents who face him in one on one encounters.

Thanks to his massive health pool, he is not easy to take down especially while he’s using his hook to bring you in. The hook is a little tough to aim but once you get a hang of it, it can prove to be a decisive blow for the enemy.

Roadhog is best suited to those who have a little experience with Overwatch so it is definitely not recommended for beginners.

Roadhog Strengths and Weaknesses

The most obvious weakness is without a doubt his mobility. His size is an advantage to him but at the same time it is a disadvantage as it makes Roadhog slow.

His movement speed and character model size makes him an easy target for his enemies. You don’t need the most perfect of aims to hit Roadhog. However, his massive HP pool sort of makes up for it when combined with his ability to heal.

One weakness that needs to be pointed out is his vulnerability against long range characters. The hook won’t reach and his pistol won’t do much damage from a distance.

However, Roadhog can massacre close range characters, supports characters like Zenyatta are most vulnerable to Roadhog.

Roadhog Abilities and Ability Tips

This section of the guide provides an overview of all the abilities and ultimate ability at Roadhog’s disposal and how to effectively use these abilities in order to have more successful games.

Scrap Gun
Roadhog’s Scrap Gun fires short-range blasts of shrapnel with a wide spread. Alternatively, it can launch a shrapnel ball that detonates farther away, scattering metal fragments from the point of impact.

Take A Breather
Roadhog restores a chunk of his health over a brief period of time.

Chain Hook
Roadhog hurls his chain at a target; if it catches, he yanks them into close range.

Whole Hog
After cramming a top-loader onto his Scrap Gun, Roadhog pours in ammo. For a short time, he can crank out a stream of shrapnel that knocks back enemies.

Roadhog’s Scrap Gun fires 25 total pellets with each shot he takes. The spread and damage is significant with fall-off distance damage. The gun has 4 rounds and if each pellet connect you can do about 225 points of damage so 4 rounds are enough for a kill.

The gun is best used with the hook which has cooldown of 6 seconds and 4 seconds duration. You can pull in your enemy and can blast them with 4 rounds of Scrap Gun for an instant kill.

The disadvantage of this, however, is that Roadhog can not move until his hook reaches back to him; either with the enemy or without. This leaves him vulnerable to everything and everyone.

There is a bug or feature in the game that cancels the yank of the hook when the enemy hits something or someone on the map while being yanked.

His ultimate ability is his biggest advantage during intense battles, facing a group of enemies. Roadhog’s ultimate turns his Scrap Gun into a minigun for a short period of time, allowing him to spray rounds in a wide arc.

Similar to the hook, this one also leaves him stunned.

Roadhog Counters and Match-Ups

If you are skilled at using the hook and combining it with the Spray Gun than you can take on any Support Hero without an issue. Close range characters will suffer due Roadhog’s massive HP pool and fire power.

But once again we have to mention his mobility which leaves him open for attack. Tracer, Soldier 76, Lucio, Widowmaker, Mei are counters for Roadhog.

Escaping open areas while Widowmaker has a shot will prove to be an issue due to Roadhog’s slow movements. The hook on the other hand often misses the target if you’re not used to it and once it done, medium range to long range characters can take advantage and attack from a reasonable distance.

Roadhog is pretty strong against Reaper due to his relatively low HP and firepower. D.Va is also vulbrable to Roadhog due to her very slow movement speed while firing. Her large character model combined with slow speed lets  Roadhog hook successfully.

How to Play Roadhog: Tips and Strategies

If your enemy team has Widowmaker as a member, it’s best to avoid walking into open areas. Walk from corner to corner and wall to wall to avoid Widowmaker.

Use your ultimate ability when you are facing more than a single enemy. Roadhog isn’t suppose to stand around and support his team, he has a great one-on-one success rate. Picking off enemies is the most effective way to play.

He is slow but not enough to stop him from roaming around the map. This doesn’t mean that he can’t do well by standing next to his team. A great way to take down an enemy that’s doing well against your team is to hook and bring him/her in the middle of the battlefield where he/she is an open target to you and your team.

Keep your weakness and strengths in mind and mix up your play style.

This is all we have on Overwatch Roadhog character guide. If there is something else you would like to know, do make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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