Overwatch 2 Season 6 Details Reveal Changes to Two Characters

Mercy and Kiriko get nerfed.

Blizzard has recently announced that Overwatch 2 Season 6 patch revealed new details of the balance changes to two characters in the game.

Overwatch 2 Season 6 will introduce new PvE content, a new support hero, and a new core mode as the next patch is the biggest one the game has ever seen. It also comes with a lot of balance changes for the heroes and according to Game Director Aaron Keller, there are going to be changes to Mercy and Kiriko as they will be getting their power decreased.

Overwatch 2 Season 6 Mercy Nerf

Keller revealed that while plenty of supports will be getting tweaks, he wants to highlight Kiriko and Mercy in particular. For Mercy, her angel’s damage boost ability will get nerfed a bit. Instead of buffing an ally’s damage by 30 percent, it will now be lowered to 25 percent. Still not enough nerfing, but it is getting there.

“At this value, we feel that the ability will still feel effective while giving us room to rein in certain damage spikes,” Keller said. “We’re aware this is a contentious topic and are doing our best to be receptive to the various community opinions.”

Kiriko Changes

It was also revealed that Kiriko’s Protection Suzu, a powerful ability that can cleanse status effects, is getting some tweaks.

“It will now heal slightly less, but when it cleanses a negative effect, it will do an additional burst of healing,” Keller revealed. “The slight knockback on Suzu is also being removed. We’d like this ability to feel more pointed, we don’t want players to feel like they have to hold it, and would like to reward them more for using it situationally.”

While it is not much for some players, these changes can have some effect in big tournaments. Small changes can give either an advantage or disadvantage depending on the change. Players might have to adjust to these tweaks and nerfs.

Overwatch 2 Season 6 launches on August 10, 2023. It is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.