Overwatch 2 Season 6 Patch Notes: ‘Invasion’ Update, Release Date And Time, New Support Hero Illari And Abilities, Mythic Skin And Everything You Need To Know

Overwatch 2 Season 5 has come to an end in August and Season 6 has begun.

This next season is a big one, with new support hero ‘Illari’ arriving and the new Flashpoint mode with two maps called ‘Survasa’ and ‘New Junk City’.

The recent mid-season update adjusted a few heroes, of which we can expect more of the same in the new season.

So what’s new in Season 6 of Overwatch 2?

Release Date

The next season of Overwatch 2, Season 6, arrives on August 10th 2023.

The new season will start at 12PM PT, which is 8PM BST


Update Size

The update is available for pre-download on Battle.net and is roughly 6GB in size.

Patch Notes

While we are still waiting for the patch notes, here’s what we can expect in the new update:

  • Story Missions
  • New Support Hero
  • New game mode ‘Flashpoint’
  • New Flashpoint Map ‘Suravasa’
  • New Flashpoint Map ‘New Junk City’
  • New Battle Pass
  • Hero adjustments
  • Bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements
  • Hero Mastery
  • Firing Range
  • Player progression system
  • Overwatch Anniversary


Flashpoint is the new game mode coming to Season 6 of Overwatch 2.

Similar to Assault from the original game, only this time teams will compete to capture different points around the map one after another.

Once a Flashpoint has been captured, a new one will appear elsewhere. The first team to secure three will win the match.

With this new mode, two new maps will arrive.

New Flashpoint Maps


New Junk City

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Battle Pass

Hero Changes

As detailed in the latest Director’s Take, here are the Hero changes coming to Overwatch 2:

  • Cassidy
    • General:
      • Base health increased from 200 to 225.
    • Peacekeeper:
      • Peacekeeper damage falloff range rescaled from 25-45 meters to 25-35 meters.
    • Magnetic Grenade:
      • Projectile now has a maximum travel time of 1.5 seconds.
      • Slow amount reduced from 30 to 25%.
  •  Torbjorn
    • General:
      • Weapon swap time reduced from 0.5 to 0.4 seconds.
    • Rivet Gun:
      • Primary fire recovery time reduced from 0.55 to 0.48 seconds.
    • Forge Hammer:
      • Swing recovery time reduced from 0.75 to 0.6 seconds
  • Soldier 76
    • Helix Rocket:
      • Explosion damage reduced from 90 to 80.
    • Tactical Visor:
      • Ultimate cost increased 10%.
  • Orisa
    • Fusion Driver:
      • Damage falloff range increased from 15 to 20 meters.
    • Fortify:
      • Fortify health bonus increased from 75 to 125.
  • Mercy
    • Caduceus Staff:
      • Secondary fire damage boost reduced from 30 to 25%.
  • Lifeweaver
    • General:
      • Base health reduced from 200 to 175.
      • Base shield health increased from 0 to 50.
    • Thorn Valley:
      • Reduced spread for one of the two Thorn Volley projectiles fired per shot by 25%.
    • Rejuvenating Dash:
      • Healing increased from 25 to 50.
    • Life Grip:
      • Mobility lockout duration increased from 0.45 to 0.75 seconds.
    • Tree of Life:
      • 50% of Tree of Life’s overhealing is now converted into Overhealth, up to 100 maximum Overhealth.
  • Kiriko
    • Protection Suzu:
      • Knockback removed.
      • Healing reduced from 50 to 40.
      • Now heals for an additional 30 health when cleansing a negative effect.
    • Kunai:
      • Damage increased from 40 to 45.
      • Recovery time reduced from 0.55 to 0.5 seconds.
      • Critical damage multiplier reduced from 3 to 2.5x.
  • D.Va
    • Boosters:
      • Cooldown reduced from 4 to 3.5 seconds
    • Eject Mech:
      • Pilot is now damage immune for 0.4 seconds while ejecting.
  • Doomfist
    • Seismic Slam:
      • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds.
    • Power Block:
      • Now reduces damage from stuck projectiles.
  • Ramattra
    • Block:
      • Now reduces damage from stuck projectiles.
    • Annihilation:
      • Ultimate cost increased 12%.
  • Sigma
    • General:
      • Base movement ground deceleration increased to match standard heroes movement.
  • Winston
    • Tesla Cannon:
      • Secondary fire charge time reduced from 1.2 to 1 second.
      • Secondary fire recovery time increased from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds.
  • Bastion
    • A-36 Tactical Grenade:
      • Maximum explosion damage falloff reduced from 70% to 50%.
      • Detonation time reduced from 0.5 to 0.35 seconds.
      • Recoil adjusted to recover more quickly.
      • Projectile size increased from 0.2 to 0.25.
      • Impact damage increased from 15 to 30.
    • Configuration Recon:
      • Reload time reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 seconds.
    • Configuration Assault:
      • Transforming into Configuration Assault now repairs 50 armor health.
    • Configuration Artillery:
      • Targeting state movement speed increased from 20 to 25 meters per second.
  • Hanzo
    • Storm Bow:
      • Arrow draw progress is no longer preserved while wall climbing.
  • Sombra
    • EMP:
    • Ultimate cost increased 15%.
    • No longer destroys Lifeweaver’s Tree of Life.
  • Ana
    • Biotic Rifle:
      • Damage and healing per projectile reduced from 75 to 70.
      • Unscoped projectile size increased from 0 to 0.1.
  • Brigitte
    • Barrier Shield:
      • Barrier Shield health reduced from 300 to 250.
    • Rally:
      • Ultimate cost increased 6%.
  • Lucio
    • Crossfade:
      • Self-healing penalty is now reduced from 60 to 0% for the duration of Amp It Up.

Sombra’s rework will not be coming until Season 7 where she will get a new ability.

New Support Hero

The new Support hero is called ‘Illari’.

Her abilities are as follows:

Weapon Solar Rifle


  • Long range auto-charging rifle


  • Medium range healing beam that consumes solar energy


  • Launches you in the direction you are moving, knocking back enemies. Hold jump to go higher.

Healing Pylon

  • Deploy a pylon that heals allies

Ultimate – Captive Sun

  • Fire an explosive ball of solar energy. Enemies hit are slowed and explode after taking significant damage.

Read More: Illari Hero Guide: Abilities, Kit Tips And Tricks, Gameplay, Counters, Best Teammates And Everything You Need To Know

Story Missions

Story Missions will arrive in Season 6.

Players will be aiming to prevent a global invasion by the Null Sector.

Team up and take on “three action-packed missions that take place in Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, and Gothenburg—massive maps with complex objectives, and an in-depth storyline that will guide you along the way.”

There will also be a bonus mission on King’s Row which sees players “guide a well-armed TS-1 push bot on a mission to save Iggy and the rest of the Omnic Underworld from Null Sector.”

To access these Story Missions, you will need to buy the Overwatch 2: Invasion bundle for $5.

Hero Mastery

While details are scarce, these will act as “training courses” specifically designed for each hero.

It will feature a leaderboard that tracks the best players with each character from around the world.

This feature will unfortunately not arrive at launch but will come in September’s mid-season update.


The Overwatch 2 development team has revealed that Season 6 will increase cosmetics for Twitch Drops, and rewards will return to support Overwatch content creators.

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