Overwatch 2 Season 4 has arrived, bringing a new battle pass, a ton of quality-of-life updates and the new support hero Lifeweaver. Lifeweaver is a support who has a massive kit, with plenty of abilities to keep track of and utilize. This also makes him a bit more complicated to use than some of the previous support heroes, requiring very strong knowledge to get the most out of him. Here’s how to best use Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2.
For primary weapons, Lifeweaver has his Healing Blossom, which can be charged to heal 65 HP. Lifeweaver can swap to his Thorn Volley, which operates like a close-range submachine, but you will have to switch frequently if you want to deal damage and keep up with your healing duties, with swapping taking about a second for the animation to complete.
Lifeweaver is equipped with three active abilities. The first is Rejuvenating Dash, which is a short-range dash that provides a small amount of self-healing to you. Next is the Petal Platform, a large lotus flower that is placed on the ground and rises into the air when someone steps on it. The Petal Platform has a health bar and can be destroyed. Last is Life Grip, which grabs a teammate and pulls them towards you, making them invulnerable while they travel.
His ultimate ability, Tree of Life, places a massive tree down, healing all teammates in range and continuously providing healing for its duration. It has a health bar and can be destroyed just like Petal Platform if attacked by enemies. Lifeweaver also has a passive ability that drops a healing item upon death, that can be picked up by either team.
Healing Blossom: Hold to charge healing burst. Release to heal a targeted ally.
Thorn Volley: Rapidly fire a spread of projectiles.
Petal Platform: Throw a platform that springs upwards when stepped on.
Rejuvenating Dash: Dash towards your traveling direction and lightly heal yourself.
Life Grip: Push an ally to your location, protecting them as they travel.
Tree of Life: Place a tree that instantly heals allies upon sprouting and continues healing periodically as it lives.
Parting Gift (passive): On death, drop a gift that heals the first enemy or ally to pick it up.
All kinds of support
Lifeweaver is not as much of a healing powerhouse as some of the higher-ceiling supports like Kiriko and Ana. On the flipside, he isn’t as capable of a damage dealer as Moira or Lucio. Instead, Lifeweaver thrives in providing the kind of support that doesn’t appear on the scoreboard: specifically, in using the Life Grip to save teammates from situations and using Petal Platform to assist teammates or disrupt enemies.
Using Life Grip is relatively simple. Just look at the teammate you want to pull and use it. The important thing here is to make sure you aren’t disrupting your teammate’s strategy or possible ultimate usage, so it’s important to communicate with your squad. Life Grip doesn’t cancel your teammates ultimate, but moving a High Nooning Cassidy or Earth Shattering Reinhardt might cause them to miss. Petal Platform lifts into the air when the first person steps on it, so you can put an ally into the air, for something like Widowmaker headshots or a Cassidy ultimate ability. It can also be dropped in front of the enemies, potentially tossing them into the air when they are pushing on you. This can be great for dealing with a charging Reinhardt, who will have a much harder time hitting someone while 20 feet off the ground, or any other aggressive tank.
Planting the tree
While Lifeweaver’s primary healing isn’t amazing, the Tree of Life ultimate ability is quite powerful. The massive tree has a large range, provides a ton of healing as soon as it’s used, and continuously provides healing in the area. It’s great for a heavily contested objective that your team needs a bit of an extra push on or for countering an enemy ultimate ability. The only drawbacks are that it doesn’t provide an unlimited amount of healing like Zenyatta’s ultimate, so your team can still die while it’s up, and it can be destroyed if damaged enough by the enemy team. The upside is that, unlike Zenyatta’s ultimate, you are free to move around and use your other attacks and abilities as Lifeweaver while it’s up.
- Lifeweaver’s Healing Blossom does operate like most guns and will need to be reloaded, something important to keep in mind.
- The exact amount of healing given by the Healing Blossom is displayed on screen while charging it.
- Life Grip makes your teammate invulnerable while they are traveling, so the further away from you they are, the longer they can’t be killed.
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