Reinhardt  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Reinhardt  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network New Skins for Overwatch's Reinhardt Coming Soon Wed, 24 Aug 2016 04:32:26 -0400 Sweat___

Reinhardt is the bread and butter "Tank" hero within Overwatch. In the game's lore he is one of the original members of the Overwatch team, this has been known for some time now. Recently however, we've been given some background info into Reinhardt's story.

Blizzard announced a new map at Gamescom last week called Eichenwalde. They later explained that the small town and castle of the map were the site of a tremendous battle in Germany during the war against the Omnics. It was at this site that a small force of German forces called the Crusaders, including Reinhardt and his mentor (who made the ultimate sacrifice and can be found dead in the castle), managed to hold back and defeat the Omnic forces and start to create peace in Germany.

Along with this new map, we're getting some fresh new skins for Reinhardt as well. 


This skin features Reinhardt wearing the suit of his mentor Balderich. Balderich's suit is similar to Reinhardt's in a lot of ways, but has more of a medieval knight feel to it. The claws on the gauntlets and the horns on the helmet make Reinhardt look rather menacing.

This skin also replaces Reinhardt's hammer with a giant, spiked mace. Eichenwalde, the new map, has one team pushing a payload to the castle where Balderich's body rests to retrieve his suit. So it's pretty cool that we actually get to see Reinhardt don his former mentor's garb.


Greifhardt is basically Reinhardt's version of Bastion's skin "Overgrown". It's Balderich's suit with years of decay, moss and plant growth on top of it -- even his hammer/mace has vines growing on it. In the lore, Balderich's body remains within the castle where his final battle took place over 30 years ago. So this skin really feels old, like the suit has been sitting around awhile.

It's also sort of symbolic that life is growing on top of the armor of a dead warrior because even though Balderich's life ended it was done to save the lives of others, and protect future lives. Having Reinhardt, his protege, wear that armor just brings everything full circle.

There hasn't been a release date set yet for when these items will be dropping. However, these skins and the new map Eichenwalde are currently available to experience on the Blizzard PTR (public test realm), along with the current proposed balance changes. The new changes, items, and map from the PTR are expected to hit live servers sometime in September.

Overwatch is already available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Reinhardt's Rocket Hammer made with LEGO Tue, 07 Jun 2016 07:38:31 -0400 CalendarV

Reinhardt, a character from Blizzard Entertainment's recently developed first person shooter Overwatch, has had his famous weapon emulated with LEGO.

Famous LEGO creator ZaziNombies has revealed this emulation of Reinhardt's rocket hammer on his own YouTube channel, in a video which you can view above. According to ZaziNombies:

"Our heaviest LEGO melee weapon yet, we build Reinhardt's Rocket Hammer from Overwatch, entirely from 4,500 bricks! Complete with its three rocket thrusters, and light-up exhaust vents, here is the tank's blocky beloved basher in real life!"

Reinhardt is a Tank hero in Overwatch who uses a hammer that's almost as large as an average human. About 4,500 blocks were used to make this huge hammer. ZaziNombies did use some materials other than LEGO bricks for the perfection of rocket hammer.

The video uploaded on YouTube is about 2 minutes, and includes a peek at the process of making the hammer. It also has the part where the viewers can see how it looks like when a person holds the hammer. Check it out above!

Overwatch: Reinhardt Guide Fri, 27 May 2016 04:35:55 -0400 Taranis8

Reinhardt is your classic tank in Overwatch, He has a massive shield to protect his team and himself from enemies, as well as being able to push forward and devastate enemies in melee range. He struggles against mobile heroes who can flank him quickly or get behind him. 


Rocket Hammer - Devastating melee weapon

This is your basic attack and it deals 75 damage in a frontal cone. It has a decent range of 5m and a slight knockback to all enemies hit. While his Rocket Hammer does not have a cooldown, it does have a 1 second swing time which is relatively slow. 

It is important to note you can animation cancel your Rocket Hammer by right clicking. Doing this will only deal damage to those who have already been hit, but is a very useful tool when fighting one enemy or you miss your swing and want to reset.  Against a single opponent you should always animation cancel the hammer once it connects to increase your attack speed. Rocket Hammer is a very powerful melee attack that can 3-shot many of the squishier heroes in Overwatch. Be mindful of mobile heroes, though, that can dash in and out of your range and take you down quickly -- such as Tracer, Genji, or even McCree.

On a side note, Reinhardt is the only hero in the game without a secondary melee attack from hitting V (default button on other heroes).

Barrier Field - Hold to deploy a frontal energy barrier

This is the bread and butter of what makes Reinhardt a tank. A massive shield he can put up and absorb up to 2k damage.  Reinhardt is a hero that needs the support of his team to really be effective. If you have a team spread out all over the place and not taking advantage of your shield, then Reinhardt is not being utilized to his full potential. 

2 seconds after the shield is no longer active, it will begin regenerating 225 points per second. If the shield is destroyed, it cannot be activated again for 5 seconds and will still regen at 225 points per second. It is important to note that when Reinhardt has his shield up, the camera will change to a 3rd person point of view to help you navigate the shield to a more essential location.

While Reinhardt's shield is strong, you have to know when to use it and when not to. Keeping the shield up all the time does not help your team as much as having it ready for the moments it is needed most. When your team is not directly under fire or around you, make sure the shield is down and regenerating its hit points. 

Some great combinations for the shield other than just protecting your teammates is on a payload or in a corner with a Bastion. You move a lot slower when your shield is up and are unable to attack. Having your team behind you to lay down fire is a must.

Being on top of a moving payload allows you to be mobile -- and if you have a hero like Bastion behind you, he can lay down enough fire to keep the objective moving. At the end of the match, he may get the highlight play, but it was your protection that made it possible. You may not get the glory but you made it possible. Try to mask each other's weaknesses with other combos. Bastion is vulnerable in his turret form and you can't attack with your shield up, but together you two can take down entire teams.

It is also important to note what your shield will not block.

  • Melee attacks
  • Channeled weapons such as Winston's and Symmetra's
  • Symmetra's Photon Projector orbs and Reinhardt's Fire Strike
  • AoE effects such as Hanzo's Dragonstrike
  • Junkrat's Rip Tire

Charge - Charge forward and smash an enemy against a wall

Activate this ability and you'll surge forwards through the map, doing 50 damage to anyone you come into contact with and throwing them away while also taking the first person you get a direct hit on for the remainder of the ride. The key to this ability is that whoever you take for the ride will take an additional 300 damage if you slam them into a wall or object.

Reinhardt cannot cancel this ability and will continue to charge until he hits something, flys off a cliff or edge, or reaches 50m/3s of charge time. It is also worth noting that two Reinhardt's who charge at each other will both be knocked down and stunned. You can alter your direction slightly by using left or right movement keys.

One good use for the charge would be against an enemy Reinhardt who is shielding his team. His shield will not stop your charge, and it's a great way to break their defenses if you believe your team can win the matchup with Reinhardt's shield down. Charging into a wall will kill any non-tank hero instantly for the most part. So being able to take out an important target is a big part of Reinhardt's kit. Killing an enemy Lucio or Mercy in the beginning of an engagement can prove to be the difference-maker in a team fight.

Fire Strike - Launch a fiery projectile

Fire Strike is able to go through multiple enemies at once, dealing 100 damage to everyone it hits. It travels relatively fast and has a cast time of .25 seconds. The best use of this ability is to charge up your ultimate. In a team fight, dealing 100 points of damage to multiple targets can turn the fight -- but in those stalemates, you will want to use this to gain points into your ultimate. You want to look for target snipers or Bastion in his turret form, as well as turrets from Torbjörn. By targeting these heroes, you don't have to hit a moving target and can force them to relocate or heal themselves.

Earthshatter - Knock down all enemies in front of you

Earthshatter is your ultimate ability, and it's best used in open areas where the enemy can't hide behind something. Reinhardt smashes his hammer into the ground, damaging and knocking everyone down in front of him (up to 20m). This does 50 damage to everyone he hits and allows Reinhardt to either swing his hammer/Fire Strike and pick up some kills or follow it up with a charge. This is a great initiator if you have good communication with your teammates and they are ready to follow up the knockdown and stun with some damage. If properly executed, the enemy team will be eliminated before they are able to stand back up.

Usually, after an Earthshatter, it is more beneficial to follow up with a Fire Strike and some melee blows over a Charge. Fire Strike can hit multiple targets for 100 damage, and each swing does 75 damage so the math is pretty clear. If you combine that 100 with the 50 damage from Earthshatter you can dish out 225-300 damage to multiple targets in a matter of seconds -- while a charge will just eliminate one enemy and allow the others to stand back up.


Reinhardt is not a tough hero to master, and he plays a major role in most maps. Positioning and when you have your shield up is key to many of the fights. You'll struggle against mobile gods like Tracer, who can get behind you. While you might struggle against a McCree or Roadhog, you also can counter what they are doing to an extent. McCree's ultimate can be rendered useless if you have your shield up and your team behind you. The same can be said for Roadhog with his chain pull. Having a team protecting your vulnerable spots can lead to victory for you and your team.

If you have any other tips about Reinhardt leave them in the comments below. If there is a specific hero you would like a guide on also leave a comment below. 

Answer the call with these incredible Overwatch cosplays! Thu, 26 May 2016 04:53:35 -0400 David Fisher


Soldier 76 by Phamtaro Cosplay


Another of the higher-budget cosplays on this list, this Soldier 76 cosplay by Lee Phamtaro is hands-down one of the closest resemblances to the in-game character on this list. Everything about this cosplay looks like the character, and the jacket looks almost identical to the leather jacket Soldier 76 wears in Overwatch. The pulse rifle doesn't look like it was an easy job to put together either.


According to a Twitter post, Phamtaro is looking to make a Genji cosplay sometime in the near future. All the power to him. If it turns out as good as this it's sure to gather some serious attention!


What's your favorite cosplay in this lineup? Got a better cosplay you'd like to share? Leave your opinions in the comments section below!


Reaper by Nic Neidenbach


Another Blizzard Entertainment pick, this Reaper cosplay by Nic Neidenback is bound to appease the inner skeleton-mask wearing psychopath in any Overwatch fan. Every detail has been accounted for. We got the steel claws, the skull mask with scratches and discoloration, the oversized shotgun shells, and even a pair of metallic colored greaves for effect.


But did Nic Neidenbach manage to find a place to put all those shotguns that Reaper casually throws away when he reloads? I think not.


Widowmaker by Karin Olava Effects


Karin Olava is another well known person in the cosplaying scene, so it comes to no surprise that she'd show up somewhere on this list. Karin is best known for taking on darker female characters, and her Widowmaker cosplay truly highlights the cold nature of the character.



Just look into those eyes... feel the lack of emotion. It's almost eerie.


The full-body image (right) captures the character best. For those who have played Overwatch already, you'll know that Widowmaker isn't really one for bold poses. It's all business for this ruthless killer, and this cosplay is probably one of the best we'll get for some time. I mean, how do you manage to get the bodysuit to stick on like it does in game? It just doesn't work!


You can find more of Karin's work on her Facebook fan-page.


Symmetra by MelliHoney Cosplay


MelliHoney manages to bring some cuteness to an otherwise cold character from the Overwatch universe with this Symmetra cosplay. In her Tumblr post, MelliHoney states the following about her cosplay attempt:


I’m actually quite surprised how well my Symmetra cosplay is being received! I mean considering all the grief I suffered the month of June to get it done. It really means a lot to me that you guys like it!


Have some faith in your work MelliHoney! There's very few Symmetra cosplayers out there, and you managed to pull it off. Hold your chin up high!


Winston by Aerlyn's Cosplay and Designs


When I first started researching for this slideshow I told myself that there would be no way on Earth that someone would try to do a Winston cosplay... Obviously, I was wrong.


This cosplay comes from Aerlyn's Cosplay and Designs, and was featured on Blizzard Entertainment's official BlizzCon 2015 Cosplay Feature on Facebook. Frankly, it's well deserved. Despite the impracticality of this cosplay in terms of mobility (and perceived bodily comfort) it actually manages to look realistically accurate.


Why anyone decided that cosplaying Winston was a good idea is up for debate, but they did manage to pull it off so good on them.


Pharah by Darkfire Cosplay


One of the major obstacles of cosplaying Overwatch characters is the sheer amount of props that are needed to pull off any single character. This is especially true for Pharah, a character who looks more like a Gundam than a human being.


This cosplay by Darkfire Cosplay is impressive in that the entire armor is is formed out of what appears to be plastic. The armor has a metallic sheen in all the right places, and somehow looks comfortable enough to wear.


Now if only it could fly...


Mercy by Pizoobie


Pizoobie manages to capture the grace and elegance of Overwatch's resident battle-medic, Mercy in this cosplay. While there is no shortage of Mercy cosplayers, Pizoobie's Mercy is one of the few that manages to get the shine of her armor as well as the feather-effects of her wings.


The amount of detailing is quite impressive as well, since Pizoobie has actually put in the time to ensure each part of the armor has rivets and other small details that most other cosplayers for Mercy tend to skip over.


For the manufacturing process of this Mercy cosplay you can find Pizoobie's album outlining the process here. You can also find her cosplaying fan page on Facebook.


McCree by HarpFish


One would think that McCree would get tons of fans trying to cosplay him, especially since you can actually order a costume from cosplay stores. Unfortunately, very few have attempted it. Thankfully, Reddit user HarpFish fills this void with his McCree cosplay that looks like something straight out of an old Western film... if Westerns had sci-fi technology.


For the full album, check out his imgur album here.


Lucio by Zigzugg Cosplay


This Lucio cosplay takes after the RIBBIT skin from Overwatch which is in turn inspired by dubstep artist deadmau5. The costume features a pair of rollerblades to simulate Lucio's own solid-light based skates, light-up eyes, and a full bodysuit.



Aside from the color of the glowing eyes, this cosplay is amazingly accurate to the in-game model. There's very little room for improvement outside of the headpiece, and is a great cosplay for an underrepresented Overwatch character in the cosplay scene.


Check out more of ZigZugg's cosplay works at his Facebook page.


Tracer by Tasha Cosplay


Tasha is one of the bigger names in this list when it comes to cosplay, being one of the more well-known names out there. When it comes to accurate cosplays she's one of the best in the business, and the same can be said for this Tracer cosplay. In fact, Tasha's cosplay of Tracer was so good that it showed up as one of the featured cosplays at the Heroes of the Storm Spring Championship!



While getting the details of the costume down is important, equally as important is the portrayal of the character in action, and Tasha manages to get this down too. The image on the right is similar to that of Tracer's recently revamped "Over the Shoulder" victory pose, and fully captures the playful spirit of the character.


It's always great to see cosplayers enjoying the characters they play, and it certainly looks like Tasha was able to play the part. For more of her work you can check out her Facebook page here.


Mei by AlinaSpoon


If you want dedicated cosplays, look no further than @AlinaSpoon's Mei cosplay. This costume includes everything about Mei's character including (but not limited to): a handmade fur coat, oversized stylized boots, backpack, and even an animated Snowball drone!


The drone was 3D printed using a custom CAD model, and is programed to make 4 different facial expressions using the four buttons on top of its head. Quite an amazing feat for a cosplay!


Alina won a cosplay contest using this costume at Dreamhack Austin, and it's certainly well deserved. For more of her cosplays you can find her on Facebook or Twitter.


Junkrat by DragonDildoScrub


Okay, so the name isn't exactly the most favorable in the world, but Junkrat isn't exactly a savory type either so it fits! This cosplay done by DragonDildoScrub manages to get everything right from the flames on the tips of his hair - which are hopefully edited into the picture - to the small details on the grenade launcher. Even the cosplayer's body type matches the scrawny build of Overwatch's Australian Mad Max wannabe.



Sadly, this cosplayer couldn't pull off the pegleg that Junkrat has in-game. Maybe that's for the best though. Over-dedication to Overwatch cosplay is not recommended.


Reinhardt by Pennstate67


Reddit user Pennstate67 shows off his love for Overwatch's resident knight in shining armor with this Reinhardt cosplay! The full album featuring his cosplay at PAX East can be found here, and reveals that the helmet is actually fitted with LED lights to create the full Reinhardt experience.



While at first glance it may appear as a misguided cosplay to some due to the different color scheme, Pennstate67's cosplay is actually based off of the Paragon skin for Reinhardt (above). Considering the sheer bulk of Reinhardt, this cosplay truly shows the lengths cosplayers will go to in order to dress up as their favorite heroes.


D.Va by Aza Miyuko


D.Va is by far one of the more common cosplays due to its simple (but not necessarily easy) design thanks to the bulk of the costume being the skintight bodysuit. However, it's another thing to pull off the character completely accurately from the additional props to the personality. Aza Miyuko does this, and more.

Love D.Va!

Miyuko's D.Va cosplay certainly looks like something that belongs in-game. In fact, many video game news groups have made comments that her cosplay looks like something straight out of the game, and it's not entirely farfetched if you look at images like the photoshopped one in the banner. However, Miyuko tends to take the extra step with her cosplays by trying to get in character, and this shows much better in the image on the right.


Honestly, if Blizzard wants to make a live-action film they should do one for Overwatch and hire these cosplayers. It would probably do a lot better than the Warcraft movie.


You can find more of Miyuko's cosplay on her Facebook fan page, and the unphotoshopped D.Va images here.


Bastion by Unknown (Spotted at Dragon Con 2015)


Bastion is perhaps one of the rarer cosplays when it comes to Overwatch, the main reason being that the character is difficult to recreate without making the suit immobile or crushing the cosplayer inside. Despite this, one cosplayer managed to pull off a cosplay of Overwatch's surviving Bastion unit down to the smallest details. While the endoskeleton isn't exactly accurate - and is nothing more than the cosplayer within - it's the closest we'll probably get to a proper Bastion cosplay for some time.


This Bastion unit was spotted at Dragon Con 2015 in this video by Clubjimay Designs at the 2:55 minute mark.


Overwatch doesn't have the biggest pool of heroes, but it does have quite a wide range of cosplay attempts! Today we've gathered the best-of-the best for each character that has been attempted by the brave and creative cosplayers from around the world. There's quite a few of them to go through, so let's dive in right away!