Overwatch - How to Play Junkrat

Overwatch - How to Play Junkrat

Lob grenades into enemy ranks and cause mayhem with Junkrat!

Junkrat is all about explosions: the bigger, the better. He lobs grenades and leaves traps for opponents around the map. He's one of the highest damage dealers in Overwatch, especially when you take into account his Ultimate.

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Junkrat Move List

Primary: Frag Launcher

Junkrat's Frag Launcher lobs grenades that bounce off walls and other objects until they hit a player. You can lob grenades around corners, dealing damage while staying out of the fire. Grenades will explode naturally after the third bounce, but until then, they're in play. This makes it a great tool for attacking Bastion's Sentry mode. Unfortunately, it's not a pinpoint weapon. Clip Size: 5

Concussion Mine

Junkrat drops a mine that can be used as an offensive weapon, or a mobility tool. You drop it with one button press and detonate it with a second. Against enemies, it does great damage and pushes them away. The mines do no damage to Junkrat though and you can use them to propel yourself higher by jumping and detonating the mine.

Steel Trap

Steel Trap can be dropped on the map like Concussion Mine, but it's meant to be fire and forget. Place these at choke points or hide them around corners to stop a speedy Tracer or Genji from getting the drop on your team. One great combo is dropping a Steel Trap and Concussion Mine near one another. You'll get an indicator that your Steel Trap activated, which is your cue to detonate the Mine.

Total Mayhem

This is another passive ability. When Junkrat dies, he drops grenades around his corpse. They explode, killing anyone near your body. Great for close-range attackers.

Junkrat's Ultimate: Rip-Tire

Junkrat's Rip-Tire is mobile bomb that can be driven around the battlefield, even up walls if you hold down jump. The idea is to steer the Rip-Tire into enemy territory and blown everyone up. You can detonate the Rip-Tire at anytime by pressing primary fire or wait for it to explode on its own after 10 seconds.

How to Play Junkrat

Junkrat is great for holding enemies back on choke points. The Steel Trap and Concussion Mine can keep the opposing team from moving forward, while Junkrat himself lobs grenades over walls and other obstacles. You want to stay away from enemies, using a Concussion Mine between yourself and your foe to increase the distance between you.

Who Junkrat Plays Great Against

Bastion/Torbjorn: Both of these heroes deal damage from stationary points. Junkrat can lob grenades at them from safe places, meaning there's little they can do to counter you.

Roadhog: Junkrat can thrown a lot of damage Roadhog's way and with the Concussion Mine, he also has the ability to get away from Roadhog gets too close. Rip-Tire will kill the HP-heavy Roadhog outright.

Who can Counter Junkrat

Pharah: An airborne Pharah is really hard to hit with Junkrat's primary weapon and the rest of his arsenal is also ground-based. This is simply a fight Junkrat can rarely win.

We've given you all the information you could ever need on Overwatch's most maniacal character, now all you need to do is take the strategies highlighted here and apply them to your game.

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