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

By   /   May 25, 2016

Bastion is basically a defensive robot that has two modes – a walking mobile shooter mode and a stationary turret mode. Aside from this, there is a third mode which is activated using his ultimate ability that transforms him into a walking tank that deals area-of-effect damage and is highly useful!

This hero can easily guard objectives, control choke points, and establishing the frontline. However, as the name suggests, in the stationary turret mode, Bastion is unable to move around, but has the ability to move 360 degrees.

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Overwatch Bastion Guide

You need to watch out for flankers in the turret mode as they deal twice the total damage on Bastion’s rear side. All in all, he is an easy hero to play who brings a total of 300 HP – 100 being the armor – to the arena.

Our Bastion guide details all his abilities, how to use them effectively, what are some of the heroes that Bastion is good/bad against in a match-up, what are his strengths and weaknesses, along with some general tips and strategies.

Bastion Strengths and Weaknesses

Bastion has the highest damage per second and largest clip size in the game. Due to this, this hero is capable of wiping out the entire opponent team within the matter of a few seconds. However, on the negative side, the hero loses the ability to move while dealing high amount of damage – probabaly to keep things balanced.

In addition to this, Bastion has high level of sustain with Self-Repair and a powerful ultimate called Configurationg Tank that deals massive amount of damage. Since this hero can deal a whole lot of damage in minimum amount of time, he lacks escape and is an easy target for the entire enemy team.

Bastion Abilities and Ability Tips

Configurationg Recon
In Recon mode, Bastion is fully mobile, outfitted with a submachine gun that fires steady bursts of bullets at medium range.

Configurationg Sentry
In Sentry mode, Bastion is a stationary powerhouse protected by a forward-facing shield and equipped with a gatling gun capable of unleashing a hail of bullets. The gun’s aim can be “walked” across multiple targets, dealing devastating damage at short to medium range.

Bastion transforms between its two primary combat modes to adapt to battlefield conditions.

Bastion restores its health; it cannot move or fire weapons while the repair process is in effect.

Configurationg Tank
In Tank mode, Bastion extends wheeled treads and a powerful long-range cannon. The cannon’s explosive shells demolish targets in a wide blast radius, but Bastion can only remain in this mode for a limited time.

You should constantly be finding new defensive positions for your turret and make sure to heal during the process. Since you receive twice the damage from the rear side, you need to ensure that you do not get flanked.

Using the turret out in the open will always net you some eliminations, but if you are worried about flanks, do not undermine the importance of setting up inside a room with your back covered!

Since you have a large ammunition clip, do not waste your time reloading over and over again. However, do note that changing modes will automatically refill your ammo. When finding new defensive positions, try not to engage as you do true damage in sentry mode.

Lastly, do not immediately use your ultimate ability as soon as it becomes available. It is a good idea to wait until there are a few enemies with low health and then head in, but obviously it varies from circumstances at hand.

Bastion Counters and Match-Ups

When we talk about match-ups and counters, McCree lacks mobility to get around Bastion and Deadeye is incapable of penetrating shields. Lucio, on the other hand, can easily flank Bastion – using speed boost and wall jump – either to kill him or lure him out in the open for his team to finish him up.

Another hero that can deal with Bastion rather easily is Reaper. Since Bastion is weak to flanks, Reaper is probably the best hero to flank him and get the job done. Moreover, Widowmaker can focus Bastion all day long using her ranged attacks and charge to eliminate him in a couple of seconds. Since Bastion has no long range abilities, he struggles.

Finally, as for Pharah, despite great maneuverability, Bastion can easily focus Pharah and have his shield do most of the work.

How to Play Bastiong Tips and Strategies

Since you are one squishy hero in Overwatch, you need to set up your defensive positions rather carefully. As powerful as he is, smart players will not take long figuring out how to pin him down and ruin your strategy. Therefore, it is a good idea to swap him once you start feeling that you are not contributing anything.

In addition to this, you should also try and protect Bastion from getting flanked and taking direct hits from the likes of Widowmaker. For this purpose, Reinhardt’s shield does wonders. As mentioned earlier, Bastion does very limited amount of damage with his recon mode and it should only be used to find defensive spots to deploy stationary turrets.

In the tank mode, Bastion does insane amount of damage and is ideal for pushing forward with his team. However, do note that this mode does not grant Bastion with extra help and he can still die easily from the likes of Reaper and Widowmaker. Lastly, do not forget to share your own Overwatch Bastion tips and strategies with us!

This is all we have on Overwatch Bastion 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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