Overwatch 2 Patch Buffs HP Recovery, Damage Reduction for Roadhog’s Take a Breather

The ability’s “initial landing spot” was “slightly conservative”, but it should now offer faster healing and increased survival.

Overwatch 2 recently received a rework to one of its original Tank heroes, Roadhog, adding a new ability and changing how Scrap Gun and Take a Breather work. However, the development team decided that further adjustments were needed and announced a buff to Take a Breather. It’s now available and buffs damage reduction from 30 to 40 percent while the ability is active.

It also restores 500 HP, up from 450. While lasting for 2.5 seconds instead of three seconds, its recharge time is reduced from 12 to 10 seconds, which means more uptime. How these will affect his viability in Quick Play and Competitive modes, especially since he’s become more popular following the rework, remains to be seen.

Overwatch 2 is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch. It’s currently in the middle of Season 7: Rise of Darkness, with Season 8 set to launch on December 5th and add Mauga as a new Tank hero.

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes – November 16, 2023




Developer Comments: We’re adjusting a few things with the new Take a Breather, as our initial landing spot was slightly conservative. These tweaks should offer Roadhog more healing throughput and damage resistance from moment to moment. While we are shortening the maximum duration, this gives Roadhog faster healing and should alleviate some of the feelings players had around being locked into using Take a Breather for a large chunk of their gameplay.

Take a Breather

  • Total healing increased from 450 to 500
  • Damage reduction increased from 30 to 40%
  • Maximum duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds
  • Recharge time reduced from 12 to 10 seconds