TORBJORN IN OVERWATCH
Torbjorn is a defensive hero in every sense of the word, and he’s most useful fighting from a distance and stopping enemies. Torbjorn sports a Rivet Gun as his main weapon that fires a single far-reaching shot of molten metal, or in a short close-range burst of fire. He’s a very slow moving character, but his biggest asset is the turret he’s able to deploy anywhere on the battleground.
Torbjorn’s main ability is setting down an automatic turret, and then improving that turret’s firepower. The turret automatically tracks enemies and fires on them, so you need to be mindful of where you set it. You’ll want to do your best to put the turret in defensible positions or chokepoints where it’s going to be able to take out enemies. Doorways are one option as they have a little bit of cover, and will stop enemies from proceeding through them without destroying the turret. It might be a good idea to put the turret on elevated areas as well, so strong tank units like Reinhardt can’t just rush in and destroy it easily. You’ll want to try and have the support of your team at all times though, as Torbjorn and his turret will have a hard time putting up a fight against multiple enemy heroes on their own.
The Rivet Gun can be switched out for a Forge Hammer that Torbjorn uses to fix and upgrade his turret, or deal light damage to enemies at close range. By whacking the turret with the hammer you can repair it from damage, and if it’s at full health hitting it five times will upgrade it to level two. The basic turret can be used in a pinch, but you’ll want to upgrade it as soon as possible as it receives a boost in firepower at level two. Both the Rivet Gun and the Forge Hammer don’t do a ton of damage, so the primary focus of getting kills will be with turret placement.
When Torbjorn or his turret kills an enemy they drop scrap, which is essential for him to use his other ability. Every kill drops 25 scrap that you can pick up, and Torbjorn can hold up to 200 scrap. The ability Armor Pack costs 50 scrap and makes Torbjorn drop an armor upgrade that he or his allies can pick up, granting them a bit of damage absorption. Multiple packs can be dropped on the ground at once, although each hero can only pick up one at a time.
Lastly, Torbjorn’s Ultimate called Molten Core can provide him a quick boost to bolster defenses. The Ultimate provides him with a significant amount of both armor and scrap, as well as boosting his movement, attack, and repair speed. At this point, the turret will also upgrade to level 3 providing it’s at level two already and at full health. At level three the turret gains a rocket launcher and its firing speed increases slightly. Once Molten Core ends, the turret will revert back to level two. Torbjorn’s Ultimate can be useful if a base is under fire and suddenly gets overwhelmed, or if you want to surprise an enemy team as they come around the corner escorting a payload.