Roadhog – also known as Mako Rutledge – has a similar back story to his companion Junkrat. After the Omnic Crisis, the Australian government created an omnium but Roadhog joined the Australian Liberal Front to stop it. The result ended in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that inhabited the ruthless and less than humane survivors. Roadhog donned a mask to survive, along with his hook chain and chopper. On his travels, he met Jamison Fawkes who was looking for a bodyguard. The two of them teamed up, causing mayhem and death wherever they went.
Roadhog is a Tank Hero with a one star difficulty.
Tip #1 – Aggressive or Passive?
As previously stated, Roadhog is a Tank hero, meaning he can take a lot of damage and deal a large amount too. Tanks in Overwatch have some sort of shield ability to make them more stable (and somewhat fair, depends on your point of view), such as D.Va’s Shield Matrix and Winston’s Barrier Projector. Roadhog is the only Tank hero who does not have a physical shield he can use (he has another ability that works similarly, but we’ll get onto that later).
This means this can aid the enemy team in getting their Ultimate abilities charged faster as physical hits build up the Ultimate charge while shield hits do not. Therefore, Roadhog should not really be used as a meat shield but played much more aggressively compared to other Tank heroes. He is less team focused, which works in the player’s favour.
Tip #2 – Hook, Link and Sinker
Roadhog’s secondary weapon is his Chain Hook, which is pretty self-explanatory – he can throw out a chain from his hand that has a hook on the end of it, allowing him to bring enemies close to him. Naturally, it is a good combo to hook an enemy then shoot them with Roadhog’s primary weapon – his Scrap Gun. Tracking will work in your favour too.
The Chain Hook can used to pull enemies off bottomless pits, such as the Well in Ilois, as well drag them when Roadhog himself has fallen off the map (unless it is a character with a movement ability, such as D.Va, Lucio, Genji, Hanzo, Mercy, Pharah and Tracer), resulting in certain death. It is also worth noting that Roadhog’s Chain Hook can interrupt enemies’ Ultimates, such as Pharah’s Barrage, well as save other teammates, e.g. he can hook Junkrat’s RIP-Tire or D.Va’s Self-Destruct, although it may result in the player sacrificing themselves (there is a great video I saw where a Roadhog player hooked not 1, but 2 of D.Va’s Self-Destructs in King’s Row).
Tip #3 – Shrapnel, Naprapnel
As mentioned, Roadhog’s primary weapon is his Scrap Gun – a fire with 5 shots of shrapnel that be fired in either a spread or as a short-range attack (Shrapnel Blast and Shrapnel Ball). Now, it sounds like Roadhog doesn’t have much ammo, but he reloads quickly (1.5 seconds) and can deal heavy damage (a maximum of 150 damage as a bodyshot with both fires). Both fire modes can headshot and are subject to falloff damage.
To maximize damage, it is recommended to use the primary fire first, hook the enemy, then shoot again (either primary or secondary is fine, but I personally recommend secondary as I am not an expert Roadhog player). The Chain Hook can deal 30 damage, meaning that if every shot is perfect, you could deal 330 damage, which is good against lower-health enemies, especially Supports.
Tip #4 – Take a Breather
Another one of Roadhog’s abilities is Take a Breather – a container that Roadhog breathes in to regain health (this is what I meant earlier about Roadhog not having a physical shield but a way of protecting himself/self-healing).
Roadhog can regain 300 health and it gives his a 50% damage resistance within a second, however it does have a long cool down (8 seconds). Because of this, use it sparingly and also watch out for enemies as it can be interrupted by other player’s abilities, such as Ana‘s Sleep Dart or McCree‘s Flashbang, so it is a good idea to flee a situation if you have low health and get into cover.
Tip #5 – Hog Wild
Roadhog’s Ultimate is Whole Hog – using the Scrap Fire, he rapidly fires in one direction. This Ultimate is fatal – just one shot could cause up to 110 damage, which is a maximum of 4928 damage of bodyshots. It only lasts 6 seconds but can headshot, making it useful to use to blocked off areas or tight rooms, such as in Hollywood. Much like the Chain Hoook, it can interrupt other Ultimates, such as Reinhardt‘s Earthshatter and can also knock players off cliffs and the such. However, Roadhog’s movement speed is reduced, making him a easy target for snipers.
- Here is a overview of Roadhog’s abilities.
- Here is a video introducing Roadhog and Junkrat.
- Here is the short animation, The Plan: Junkertown.
- You can read the comic “Going Legit” here.
- Here is another animated short called A Moment in Crime Special Report: The Junkers.
Thanks for writing, hope you enjoyed! Please let me know if I missed any other top tricks. Until next time, take care!
My set up for Roadhog