Junkrat, Reaper and Symmetra all received changes in the latest Overwatch Public Test Region updaten that went live Monday.

Junkrat's changes increase the projectile speed on his Frag Launcher while reducing how much the individual grenades bounce. Blizzard explains this change should make direct hits more achievable and reduce his ability to spam with rolling grenades without changing how it feels to aim with the Frag Launcher.

Reaper's Shadow Step gained flexibility in the patch. It can now be activated from the air, takes half as long to exit, and makes Reaper invisible while exiting. It can also be used to teleport onto surfaces that typically break, such as railings.

Symmetra's changes are the smallest, simply allowing her Teleporter to be placed on railings and other breakable objects that previously blocked it.

Check out the numbers for these changes and the rest of the full ​Overwatch PTR patch notes below.

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes: Hero Changes


Frag Launcher

- Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25

- Grenades now bounce less and explode sooner


Shadow Step

- Can now be used in air

- Time to exit Shadow Step reduced from 1.0 second to 0.5 seconds

- Reaper now invisible while exiting Shadow Step

- Can now teleport onto surfaces that would usually break, such as railings



- Railings and other breakable objects no longer block teleporter placement and teleporting

UI Updates

- Players can now set Victory Pose choice to random

- Players can set their profile to be viewed only by their current group

Bug Fixes


- Fixed a bug that caused your view to become jittery if you were standing on certain objects

- Fixed an issue where the camera would be offset slightly when changing rapidly into third person view

- Fixed an issue where players were able to shoot through unintended small gaps on the Ilios, Nepal, and Temple of Anubis maps



- Fixed an issue with the steam not rising correctly from Ana’s cup in the Tea Time emote

- Fixed a bug where Ana didn’t receive audio or visual cues when a hero she boosted lands a shot


- Fixed a bug where the Orb of Discord sound effect would play when B.O.B. was affected by Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord


- Fixed a bug where Immortality Field wasn’t immediately destroyed when it is hit by the payload


- Fixed a bug where enemies would not collide with walls while being knocked back by Rocket Punch

- Fixed a bug where Seismic Slam wouldn’t break objects that should break


- Fixed a bug where Mei could not be healed by other heroes while using Cryo-Freeze


- Fixed a bug where Mercy didn’t receive audio or visual cues when a hero she boosted lands a shot

-  a bug where Mercy didn’t receive defensive assist credit from healing beams when using Valkyrie


- Fixed a bug where Reinhardt was unable to raise his shield properly while looking upwards if he had opened his shield while looking downwards

Soldier: 76

- Fixed a bug where his Heroic victory pose didn’t loop properly


- Fixed a bug where Widowmaker’s rifle goes into her head and shoulders while walking and aiming her scope when wearing the Biathalon skin

- Fixed a bug where dying did not cancel Infra-Sight


Black Forest

- Fixed a bug where flying heroes could get stuck on trees and wall climbing heroes could get stuck on birds’ nests


- Fixed a bug where flying heroes could get stuck on trees

- Fixed a bug on the Sanctuary map where heroes would bounce when standing on the edge of the first capture point


- Fixed a bug where Reaper could Shadow Step to unintended places


- Fixed a bug where the spectator camera started at the incorrect position

Horizon Lunar Colony

- Fixed a bug where players could get stuck on top of a worktable

King’s Row

- Fixed a bug where Junkrat’s RIP-Tire could get stuck in the grates on the ground in King’s Row


- Fixed a bug on the University map where a hero that touches the enemy team’s spawn room doors will take significant damage


- Fixed a bug where D.Va would get stuck behind a desk when using Call Mech

- Fixed a bug where ivy on walls was preventing certain abilities from impacting enemies, like Winston’s Tesla Cannon and Doomfist’s Meteor Strike


- Fixed a bug where players killed on a specific bridge would fall through the bridge

- Fixed an issue where players could become stuck between a dolly, the wall, and a counter

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

- Fixed a bug where Wrecking Ball would get stuck on ventilation ducts

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