Overwatch 2, the popular team-based shooter game from Blizzard Entertainment, has launched a new single-player mode called Hero Mastery. The new mode allows players to test and improve their skills with various heroes inside the title as they race through challenging courses filled with training bots, obstacles, and jump pads.
Overwatch 2 Hero Mastery Mode: How to get started?
The Hero Mastery is an all-new single-player mode, permanently available for everyone and is also free to play on all platforms. It’ll test your skills and limitations across training courses for heroes, including Mercy, Reinhardt, and Tracer, with Sojourn and Winston coming later this Season. The score will be fetched based on how fast you reach the finish line, how many enemy bots you defeat, and how many Emblems you collect throughout the course.
Apart from this, new training bots are also being added to the title. These bots now pose different threats to the player. Tank Bots are the new beefy machines with high HP and barriers. Rocket Bots shoot projectiles that will deal significant burst damage. And Sniper Bots take out their targets from long range. These training bots will be strategically placed throughout the map, so you’ll have to figure out how to deal with them as you go through each course.
The developer says that sometimes you’ll need to defeat the enemy bots in a specific section before continuing to the next. Players can also help keep friendly bots from being destroyed and can simply restart the course if they get defeated by one of the bots in the game.
One can go through two ways to achieve a high score in Hero Mastery Mode, that is, by collecting Emblems and finishing with a fast time. Picking up Emblems will grant additional bonus points to your score. Large Emblems are worth a bonus on rare occasions. However, reaching them will be more difficult than the Small Emblems.
The second way is to get through the course as fast as possible. Depending on how quickly the player reaches the finish line, they’ll be granted scaling multipliers of gold, silver, or bronze. Your time and how many Emblems you collect will determine your star rating and total score earned on the course.
Each of the heroes comes with three courses, each with difficulties that keep on increasing. Completing the Recruit course with at least a 3-star rating will grant access to the Agent course. The Expert course requires the player to have a 4-star rating or higher in the Agent course. Each hero also comes with an exclusive Player Icon, an exclusive Name Card, and a bonus Battle Pass XP, all of which are rewarded after mastering the three courses.
Lastly, there’s also a limited-time event being introduced to accompany the launch of the Hero Mastery Mode in Overwatch 2. Till September 25, one can earn new rewards, including an exclusive Weapon Charm, Souvenir, Spray, and Title, when a player finishes the limited-time event challenges. Courses are now available for Tracer, Mercy, and Reinhardt, with courses for Sojourn and Winston coming in the weeks ahead. The developer further confirms that more courses for other heroes will be arriving in future Seasons.