Now, I do not play Reinhardt that often, but he is still a great hero to play (as if my validation means anything). He is in the Tank class but only has a difficulty of one star to master.
Despite having the heart of a warrior, Reinhardt is known for his humor and courage (despite his age), which reflects well on his voice actor, Darin De Paul (he’s notorious at conventions).
Tip #1 – Be Careful How You Tread
Reinhardt is probably one of the more slower characters, especially when he uses his Barrier Field ability. But this can be an advantage – the Barrier Field soaks up a lot of damage it has 2000 HP) and covers a large area, meaning Reinhardt is a good choice when Attacking a point as he can protect all his teammates while putting the pressure on by moving.
However, this is also a disadvantage – quick characters such as Genji and Tracer can easily catch up to Reinhardt – regardless if he is Attacking or Defending – and suppress him while the enemy team takes action. He cannot attack while holding up the shield either.
Tip #2 – Rocket Hammer, Away!
Reinhardt’s primary weapon is his Rocket Hammer. He has a wide arc and deals a hefty amount of damage (75 HP from each swing). This is good for hitting a group of enemy players as he can hit multiple targets in one sweep (which only takes 1 second, meaning Reinhardt can keep on swinging for a long time – which is aided by his 500 HP). An advantage is to use Reinhardt’s ultimate ability Earthshatter or any other character’s ultimate/abilities which renders opponents on the ground and/or conscious for a certain amount of time.
Tip #3 – Hammer Down!
As mentioned, Reinhardt’s ultimate ability is his Earthshatter – he slams his hammer to the ground, knocking down and damaging any enemy players in front of him (for 50 damage). And like with most ultimates, it is most effective pairing it with another ultimate, such as:
- Dragonblade (Genji)
- Self Destruct (D.Va)
- Configuration: Tank (Bastion)
- Rocket Barrage (Pharah)
However, with a majority of these ultimates, Reinhardt should cast his first, followed by a teammates’. But you best do it quickly – his stun only lasts for around 2.5 seconds.
Tip #4 – I Will Be Your Shield
As I commented in tip #1, Reinhardt’s Barrier Field can soak up a lot of damage and shield teammates while push for the Objective. A common combination for either Attacking or Defending is to have a Bastion hidden in a corner/somewhere hard to be attacked from while being shielded by Reinhardt.
However, this is not a good idea for too long as Reinhardt should never stay in one place for too long – enemies can flank him easily in one spot and not all teammates will have the shield when they need it.
However, Reinhardt’s Barrier Field can recover when it is put away but can also be titled in different directions, which is good for aerial attacks or if Reinhardt has the higher ground. The Barrier Field can also protect teammates from ultimates and abilities, such as Self Destruct, but not all of them – Sombra’s EMP, Junkrat’s RIP-Tire, an enemy Reinhardt’s Fire Strike attack and Winston’s Tesla Cannon can still go through the shield.
Tip #5 – Ready, Set…Charge!
Another one of Reinhardt’s abilities is his Charge. This allows him to charge in a straight line (the path can be tilted, however) that pins one enemy and knocks others out of his path. This deals some good damage (up to 50), however it can deal some extra if Reinhardt successfully pins an enemy against a wall (up to 300 HP).
You do have to be careful with this ability, can Reinhardt cannot stop it – so, if you’re on a map with cliffs, be careful not to fall off.
It is most commonly used on healers (as they have the lowest amount of health, so are easy targets to kill), along with his own Eathershatter ultimate, as you can deal a large amount of damage to multiple targets.
And there we have it, thanks so much for reading! Let me know if there’s any Reinhardt tactics that you use that I may have missed.
Until next time, take care!
My set up for Reinhardt