Overwatch's Loot Drop Rate Explained

Loot Boxes in Overwatch are can be frustrating, especially when you're not getting the loot drops you want. Here's how they work.

If you play a lot of Overwatch, as more than seven million people do, chances are you've opened your share of loot boxes.  Due to random chance, a loot box can have awesome rare skins and animations, or just some voice lines and sprays.  While there's nothing you can do to improve your chances of getting more gear, (other than keep playing or buy more boxes,) one redditor by who goes by the username ourobouros has figured out the drop rates.

Using a massive sample size of over one thousand loot crates, which he got from watching streamers and YouTubers play the game, here's what he found:

It looks like the odds of getting that sick Roadhog skin aren't in your favor, as Legendary skins are incredibly hard to come by, with a drop rate of less than 10%.  Despite that, you're always guaranteed at least one uncommon item, be it a Rare, Epic, or Legendary one.  And as always, the best way to get more loot is just to keep playing the game, but it looks like you'll have to spend a lot of time (or money) to get everything the game has to offer.

What do you think about Overwatch's drop rates, especially in relation to it's microtransactions?  Let us know in the comments!

[Title Image Courtesy of Polygon]


Published Jun. 8th 2016
  • Sleepy Bison
    Featured Contributor
    That /u/ourobouros person sounds familiar. Is it a throwaway or not?

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