Kiriko, Overwatch 2's new hero, is the support character for Genji fans

Kiriko, Overwatch 2's new hero, is the support character for Genji fans ...

Kiriko, a support-type who blurs the line between damage dealer and healer, will be the first character that can be earned with the free-to-play games battle pass.

Kiriko was designed with Overwatch 2's new 5v5 team compositions in mind, according to associate narrative designer Kyungseo Min in a developer update video revealing the new ninjas abilities. She is extremely quick, according to Min, and she can deal with minor conflicts much more frequently now in 5v5.

Kiriko, the game's lead concept artist, is a battle healer who gets involved in and out of combat, according to Qiu Fang. She is not a sit-back-and-heal type of hero.

Kirikos was heavily inspired by an Overwatch hero: Genji, according to Min. In fact, one of the main objectives of this character was [asking], How can we create a DPS support hero that DPS players [who] like Genji would enjoy playing?

Kiriko's primary role and function in an Overwatch 2 team is to both heal and protect her allies. She should be able to use paper talismans laced with healing abilities to her advantage, such as the Healing Ofuda, to help fast-moving heroes like Genji or flying teammates like Pharah and Mercy. Another ability called Swift Step allows Kiriko to travel quickly and through many walls to relieve the distance to those who require healing.

According to Piero Herrera, Overwatch 2's senior hero designer, she is going to be able to jump in there and help them out with a cleanse or the invulnerability frames. You can imagine bizarre combos to come up because of that interaction.

Giving her additional mobility is the ability to climb walls, just like Genji and Hanzo.

Kiriko's secondary ability is her kunai, a blade projectile that she can rapidly fire at opponents. Her kunai are fast, but they have little overall damage. However, critical hits with the kunai cause significant damage, according to Fang. It is extremely powerful when used correctly.

Kiriko may also grant herself and her allies temporary invulnerability, similar to Baptiste's other support character, by throwing her Protection Suzu, a small bell, at them or on the ground. The bell will also cleanse allies of debuffs like Anas Biotic Grenade or Junker Queens Rampage.

Protection Suzu has a long cooldown, which is currently 14 seconds, so players will need to use it wisely.

Kiriko's ultimate ability, Kitsune Rush, is a huge buff that Blizzard has been teasing for more than a month now. It's very powerful, especially for initiating an attack on an objective.

Kirikos is a recreation of a character that Blizzard originally created for Overwatch 2's PvE component. She was initially equipped with a massive, fidget spinner-like throwing star, and she was later merged with traditional miko clothing and contemporary streetwear aesthetics.

Kiriko is a young lady who hails from Kanezaka, one of Overwatch's existing maps, and was taught by a fierce ninja mother who also trained Genji and Hanzo. So Kiriko has a history with the Shimada clan, but she also describes herself as a sweet little niece.

Min said she's super funny in a very tongue-in-cheek manner. Im really excited for everyone to see how she interacts with [other heroes]. And when it comes to her abilities, shell definitely takes a dig, because, you know, she expects better [of them].

When Overwatch 2 launches on October 4 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, players will get to see Kiriko in action.