The Ultimate Guide to Using Overwatch’s Roadhog

Overwatch has a variety of heroes that you can choose from, one of which is the massive Roadhog. When we say that being subtle and discreet isn’t one of Roadhog’s strengths, we mean it quite literally. However, he’s also known to be one of the strongest Overwatch heroes around. As a matter of fact, he’s so resilient that he uses his sheer body and weight to help him in battle in favor of using shields and other items that Tanks usually use.

If you’re new to Overwatch and want to get acquainted with the different heroes, or if you simply want to learn more about this mighty character, then our Roadhog guide will surely provide you with everything you need to know. For starters, let’s talk about Roadhog’s health. His health pool is truly as massive as he is, and it’s definitely not recommended that you face him one-on-one. You’d definitely need to bring a few other teammates if you want to eliminate him from battle.

As mentioned, Roadhog doesn’t use a shield. In fact, you can see that he’s not even wearing a shirt and his enormous belly is just hanging out. If you’re worried that despite his health pool, he’d still be easy to beat due to the fact he doesn’t have protection, then you can cast your fears and worries aside. Roadhog has incredible self-healing—so this, in addition to his health pool, keeps him in battle for quite a long time if you use him right. Besides, he has a hook that can reel in an enemy so that he can single them out and deal massive close combat damage.


That being said, we wouldn’t recommend new Overwatch players to main as Roadhog, even though his health pool is quite big. This is because you’ll need at least a bit of experience playing Overwatch if you want to keep landing the chain successfully. Other than that, he’s also an incredibly slow hero—makes sense, though, given his massive size. However, this does mean that you have to compensate for his speed by ensuring that you and your team have a tightknit teamwork in order for Roadhog to really shine as a hero.


What’s great about Roadhog is that he’s not that difficult to use. However, you need to remember to use his chief weapon correctly. The success rate of this weapon in question also depends on the target’s distance, so you’ll need to keep that in mind as well.

That being said, here’s a list of Roadhog’s abilities to give you an idea of what you can do as him. Other than that, you’ll find a compiled list of tips and strategies as well that could prove useful while in combat.

Scrap Gun

From the get-go, you need to know that there are two different ways you can use Roadhog’s Scrap Gun ability. If you use this ability while holding down the left mouse button, Roadhog will shoot out shrapnel in a spread. This is great if you want to do some short-range damage.

On the other hand, using the right mouse button lets Roadhog throw out a shrapnel ball which explodes. Given how low his mobility is, you’d probably make use of this alternative option more often than the first one.

Chain Hook

Each hero in Overwatch has a skill that’s considered as their specialty. In Roadhog’s case, this would most likely be his Chain Hook. If you launch this hook and it successfully lands on the target, they’ll be yanked straight towards you and your team where you can consequently pummel them.

This is a great strategy to use, particularly on Support heroes who are ensuring that the enemy team’s health is in good standing. One thing you need to keep in mind, though, is that Roadhog will be rendered completely immobile while activating Chain Hook. You’ll only be able to move again once the chain has safely returned. This is the case whether or not you successfully hit the target, so you need to be in a location where you know you’ll be safe from attacks.

Other than that, the Chain Hook isn’t capable of passing through shields or any kind of barrier. As such, you need to make sure that everything is clear before launching the hook towards the enemy.

Take A Breather

Similar to the hero known as Soldier: 76, Roadhog has an ability wherein he can regenerate his health as time passes. However, you need to keep in mind that this is a channeled ability rather than an aura one. This means that Roadhog will be able to move as much as he pleases, but he won’t be able to do any other kind of action or protect himself if he gets attacked.

Fortunately, the healing process won’t be interrupted if he does get damaged. What’s more, Take A Breather doesn’t have a cooldown, so you can make use of this ability as much and as often as you can. It’s definitely a handy ability to have to top up Roadhog’s already massive health pool.


Whole Hog

Compared to the Ultimate ability of the other Overwatch, it seems like Roadhog has fallen short. It’s not a very exciting ability to have, to be quite frank, but it can be useful nevertheless. When Roadhog activates Whole Hog, the shrapnel gun that the hero utilizes becomes a minigun for a limited period of time.

Roadhog’s movement will become a little awkward too. While this ability is in use, you won’t be able to use any other weapons or abilities (except for the minigun) at least until the ability’s effect wears off. Similar to Take a Breather, Whole Hog is also a channeled ability, and can be interrupted if Roadhog gets stunned.

Tips & Strategies

You’ll need some level of expertise if you want to master Roadhog and his abilities to the highest degree. Fortunately, we have compiled a list of useful tips and strategies to keep in mind when using Roadhog, which the Overwatch community has learned throughout the years.

  • You can see use Roadhog’s Chain Hook even if an enemy player is soaring through the sky. You just have to aim the hook a bit ahead of where the target is flying towards, since the hook will have to travel first before reaching the location. It will undoubtedly take a bit of practice, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.
  • As mentioned, you need to prioritize dragging out Support heroes or those who do the healing for the enemy team. Rest assured that doing so will greatly impact the enemy team, as no one will be there to top up their depleting health. Once the Support hero has been taken care of, you’ll find it much easier to eliminate the rest of the enemies.
  • It’s recommended if you make use of Roadhog’s Take A Breather ability, even if he didn’t receive that much damage. Although, if you think you can still finish the fight before needing to top up, you can definitely do so.

When used correctly, you can definitely make the most out of Overwatch’s Roadhog. We hope our guide taught you everything you wanted to know about this Tank hero.

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