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D.Va is one of the heroes in Overwatch. She is a former professional gamer and a mech pilot who is participating in her country's special force to combat a colossal Omnic's devastating invasion.

D.Va’s mech is nimble and powerful—its twin Fusion Cannons blast away with autofire at short range, and she can use its Boosters to barrel over enemies and obstacles, or deflect attacks with her projectile-dismantling Defense Matrix or blast her enemies with her Micro Missiles.


D.Va is a former professional gamer who now uses her skills to pilot a state-of-the-art mech in defense of her homeland.

Twenty years ago, South Korea was attacked by a colossal omnic monstrosity that rose from the depths of the East China Sea. The massive, lumbering construct caused catastrophic damage to coastal cities before it was driven back beneath the waves. In response, the South Korean government developed a mechanized armored drone unit, called MEKA, to protect urban environments in future engagements with the omnic threat.

The government's fears proved to be well-founded, as a disturbing pattern of attacks emerged. Every few years, the monstrosity would rise from the sea to assault South Korea and its neighbors. The omnic learned from these encounters, often reconfiguring itself in a different form and appearing with new weapons and capabilities. Each incident ended in a stalemate, with the monstrosity defeated but not destroyed.

As the omnic continued to adapt, it eventually disrupted MEKA's drone-control networks, forcing the military to place pilots in the mechs. Scrambling to find suitable candidates, the government turned to the country's professional gamers, who possessed the necessary reflexes and instincts to operate the mechs' advanced weapons systems. Top stars were drafted, including reigning world champion Hana Song, also known as "D.Va." Famous for her elite skills, D.Va was a fierce competitor who played to win at all costs, and she had a well-earned reputation for showing no mercy to her opponents.

Seeing her new mission as a game, D.Va fearlessly charges into battle alongside the rest of her MEKA unit, ready to spring to her nation's defense at a moment's notice. Recently, she has begun to stream combat operations to her adoring fans, and her growing following has turned her into a global icon.


With Mech

Fusion Cannons
Rapid fire shotgun hitscan type
∞ rounds per clip
0.6 - 2 damage per pellet
  11 pellets per shot
  Max 22 bodyshot damage
10 - 20 m falloff range
6.67 shots per sec
2.75 m/s movement speed
✔ Subject to falloff damage
✔ Can headshot
D.Va's mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active.
Default Key: (PC LMB.png, PS R2.png, XB RT.png)
Defense Matrix
Mobile defense type
8 seconds recharge time
10 m range
5.5 m/s movement speed
Lasts 2 seconds or until turned off
1.5-second cooldown
D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air.
Default Key: (PC RMB.png, PS L2.png, XB LT.png)
Damaging movement type
10 damage
23.98 m range
11.99 m/s movement speed
Lasts 2 seconds or until cancelled
4-second cooldown
D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back.
Default Key: (PC LShift.png, PS L1.png, XB LB.png)
Micro Missiles
Rapid fire linear splash projectile type
2-7 damage per rocket
  Max 126 damage per use
2-4 splash damage
  4 splash self damage
11 missiles per second
40 m/s projectile speed
1.5 m radius
~0.5-second cast time
Lasts ~1.6 seconds
8-second cooldown
✘ Cannot headshot
✔ Can inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback
D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion.
Default Key: (PC E.png, PS R1.png, XB RB.png)
Dva eject.png
Passive transformation type
Lasts 1 second
D.Va ejects out of her mech when it is destroyed.
Default Key: (Passive)
Ultimate Ability: Self-Destruct
Cast-time ultimate type
Timed bomb ability type
100-1000 damage
20 m radius
Lasts 3 seconds
✘ Cannot inflict self damage
✘ Cannot inflict self knockback

D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

Default Key: (PC Q.png, PS Tri.png, XB Y.png)
"Nerf this!"
Without Mech

Light Gun
Linear projectile type
20 rounds per clip
1.5-second reload
14 damage
7 rounds per sec
50 m/s projectile speed
✔ Can headshot
While outside of her mech, D.Va can continue the fight with a mid-range automatic blaster.
Default Key: (PC LMB.png, PS R2.png, XB RT.png)
Ultimate Ability: Call Mech
Cast-time ultimate type
Form restoration ability type
50 damage
Lasts 2 seconds

If her armored battle suit is destroyed, D.Va can call down a fresh mech and return to the fray.

Default Key: (PC Q.png, PS Tri.png, XB Y.png)

Besides these abilities, a D.Va-piloted mech is able to jump and perform Quick Melee. The mech cannot crouch and cannot reload either. D.Va without her mech is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when her ammo is not full), and perform Quick Melee.


All seasonal event items, which are marked with special event icons (Summer Games Item Icon.pngHalloween Terror Item Icon.pngWinter Wonderland Item Icon.pngYear of the Rooster Item Icon.pngUprising Item Icon.pngAnniversary Item Icon.png), are only available to be unlocked either through their respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration. During the event, newly-introduced event items cost three times as much as non-event items of the same rarity, while returning seasonal items are unlocked at the regular price.


For all of D.Va's skins and weapons, see D.Va/Skins and Weapons.

The Officer skin was originally obtained by completing the second-week quest of the Nexus Challenge 2.0, which was to play 10 Heroes of the Storm games with a friend between May 2, 2017, and May 23, 2017. It was made available to all on June 20, 2017.


a This emote is the default and only emote D.Va is able to perform without her mech. The name is not official.
b This emote, after activating, will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses


Voice Lines

▪ ;) (Credits.png 25)
"Winky face!"
▪ A New Challenger! (Credits.png 25)
"Here comes a new challenger!"
▪ AFK (Credits.png 25)
"*Sigh*... AFK."
▪ Aw, Yeah! (Credits.png 25)
"Aw, yeah!"
▪ -1, Bad Guys- 0 (Credits.png 25)
"D.Va: 1, bad guys: 0!"
▪ GG! (Credits.png 25)
"Aheeheeh, GG!"
▪ I Play to Win (Credits.png 25)
"게임을 하면 이겨야지"
▪ Is This Easy Mode? (Credits.png 25)
"Is this easy mode?"
▪ LOL (Credits.png 25)
"LOL, heehee."
▪ Love, D.Va (default)
"Love, D.Va."
▪ Nice Try (Credits.png 25)
"Nice Try."
▪ No Hacks Required (Credits.png 25)
"No hacks required."
I'm #1 (Summer Games Item Icon.png)
"I'm number one!"
Scoreboard (Summer Games Item Icon.png)
▪ Happy Halloween! (Halloween Terror Item Icon.png)
"해피 할로윈!"
▪ I'm Not Scared (Halloween Terror Item Icon.png)
"I'm not scared."
▪ Aw, You Shouldn't Have (Winter Wonderland Item Icon.png)
"Aw, you shouldn't have!"
▪ The Best Things In Life (Year of the Rooster Item Icon.png)
"The best things in life come in small packages."
▪ Not Taking Me Seriously (Uprising Item Icon.png)
"I get the feeling you're not taking me seriously."
▪ Try And Keep Up (Uprising Item Icon.png)
"Try and keep up!"
▪ No Problem! (Anniversary Item Icon.png)
"No Problem!"
▪ Level Up! (Anniversary Item Icon.png)
"Level up!"
▪ No Way! (Anniversary Item Icon.png)
"Urgh! No way!"


For D.Va-specific sprays, see D.Va/Sprays.

Highlight Intros



One purchase of an alternate weapon skin will apply to the Fusion Cannons, Joysticks and Light Gun of all unlocked skins when equipping it.



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Shot Down

Prevent 1500 damage with a single use of D.Va's Defense Matrix in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

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Game Over

Kill 4 enemies with a single use of D.Va's Self-Destruct in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray


A poster for Hero Of My Storm

Hana Song (Song Hana, 송하나), under the username "D.Va", represented South Korea in multiple international StarCraft tournaments. At the age of 16, she became the top StarCraft player in the world and went undefeated for the next three years of her life. At the age of 19, Hana was drafted into MEKA's army of mech pilots with the task of defending the coast around the East China Sea from a colossal adapting omnic, from the group/clan of onmics known as the Kuishin.

In at least one of those conflicts, D.Va's team nearly lost the fight with D.Va herself having to finish the fight solo after her squadmates were disabled and injured. While her squadmates were taking time off to recuperate, D.Va instead went to the garage to repair and try to improve MEKA. While there, an omnic attack was detected and D.Va had to fight them off 5 on 1 because reinforcements were unable to arrive quickly enough. While she was able to take out the first 4 easily enough, her mech sustained too much damage to beat the last one and she was forced to improvise. This lead to the idea of self-destructing her crippled mech above the waters of the South China Sea.

D.Va began to stream her combat operations online, and she gained fans around the world. Her fame led to her starring in the Goldshire Pictures movie Hero Of My Storm, as well as an advertisement for Nano Cola.


D.Va is a young slender woman wearing headgear that looks like headphones, a blue and white jumpsuit covered in logos, and white gloves and shoes. She has long brown hair and eyes, and some pink face-paint that kind of looks like whiskers.


D.Va is a very competent combatant despite her young age, not taking failure as an option and showing no mercy to her adversaries. This is in part because she knows that it isn't a game and losing in combat means people will die. She possesses an egotistical side, often smack-talking opponents during battle. Regardless of her fierce characteristics, D.Va takes pleasure in making her fanbase happy, as shown by cheerfully taking autograph requests from Reinhardt and Lúcio and being quick to thank her audience whenever she defeats an enemy.

Being a pro gamer, D.Va loves video games and enjoys making references to them. While on the battlefield, she will use many gaming terms, such as "nerf," "pocket healer," "GG," "AFK," and more. Despite the fact that she is mostly into games produced by Blizzard (for obvious reasons), she is familiar with old arcade ones as well. An example is her calling Winston "a giant gorilla from those old video games," which is a reference to the Donkey Kong arcade game.

Gaming is not the only thing D.Va is interested in; she seems to be a fan of Lúcio's music. She also reads Mei's Adventures and seems to be a fan of Mei as well.



For more detailed tips as well as hero matchups, see D.Va/Strategy.
  • While in her mech, D.Va requires being up close to her enemies to be effective as her Fusion Cannons have very limited range due to their damage drop off over a short distance.[1]
  • D.Va's "Game On" emote allows her to crouch behind obstacles, which she normally cannot do, although she cannot fire while doing so.
  • While in her mech, D.Va's only critical hit point is the cockpit windshield.
  • D.Va can knock enemies off of edges by using her Boosters. To prevent going down as well, she can also cancel the thrust in mid-air.
  • D.Va's Ultamite can easily be blocked or avoided in certain maps, so make sure you have a secondary Defense Hero.
Fusion Cannons
  • Use Boosters to reposition quickly, then attack with short-range Fusion Cannons.
  • Her Fusion Cannons cover a shotgun-like range but lack damage. Be careful when firing, as it slows her down temporarily.
Defense Matrix
  • A good tactic for safely approaching the enemy is to activate the Defense Matrix to protect her whilst moving forward with boosters. This will let her get into positions that optimize her Fusion Cannons' damage output.
  • Even with the reduced duration, D.Va can still prevent a lot of damage from Reaper's and Pharah's Ultimate if the reaction time and positioning are good. The charge should be conserved as much as possible to allow the prevention of damage when it counts.
  • Boosting into Pharah during her Ultimate will cause her to die from her missiles' splash damage.
  • Defense Matrix can be paired with Micro Missiles but her Fusion Cannons will not work.
  • You can use Defense Matrix while flying with boosters.
  • The Defense Matrix can absorb every attack that is counted as a projectile in the game, including those fired during Ultimates. The only exceptions are non-projectile type attacks such as Symmetra's, Zarya's, Winston's, Mei's primary fire, and Moira's secondary fire. Their secondary fire, if existent, can be absorbed.
  • Regarding Abilities, Reinhardt's Firestrike, Ana's sleep dart and grenade, McCree's Flashbang, Orisa's Halt!, Junkrat's Remote Mine, Pharah's Concussive Blast, D.Va's Micro Missiles, Moira's Biotic Orb, as well as Mei's, Zarya's, Tracer's and Hanzo's Ultimates, can all be instantly deleted
  • Boosters allow D.Va to reach the point quickly, and due to its short cooldown, can be used repeatedly.
  • Remember that D.Va can use all her abilities and firing modes while boosting
  • D.Va can damage enemies underneath her while using her boosters.
Micro Missiles
  • Micro Missiles deal more DPS than Fusion Cannons, which means they can be used to burst a hero’s health down to a small amount, then use Fusion Cannons to finish them off.
  • Micro Missiles can be hard to aim with at a distance. However, the missiles fire over a few moments, meaning you can move your crosshairs left and right if you are trying to hit a mobile hero.
  • Using Defense Matrix and Boosters is also a good tactic for flinging her mech into a large group of enemies for her Self-Destruct so that it does not get destroyed before getting close enough to activate.
    • This tactic is particularly useful against a well-positioned Bastion.
    • One effective way to use Self-Destruct for scoring kills is to boost upwards into the air, then activate Self-Destruct mid-air. If timed correctly, the mech explodes shortly before it lands, which can catch enemies off-guard.
  • Self-Destruct can be activated when the mech is destroyed by enemy damage by hitting the button while the Korean warning notice is showing.
  • D.Va is immune to her own Self-Destruct explosion. This enables D.Va to contest a point alone using Self-Destruct.
  • Self-Destruct is the most damaging attack in the game, dealing massive base damage. This will kill most heroes; however, contrary to popular though it doesn't cause AOE damage, but instead works through a hit scan system straight to the enemy's heads. Therefore Reinhardt's shield, Mei's Ice Wall, and Zarya's barriers will nullify it if they have even one hitpoint left (giving massive charge to the Zarya in the process).
Light Gun
  • After ejecting, fight using the Light Gun while calling another mech.
  • This weapon fires a continuous stream of bullets that deal a fair amount of damage. When aiming for the head and have a healer near you, baby D.Va can be a decent threat if not taken care of.
  • When the mech is destroyed, holding the jump button as D.Va ejects will launch her higher in the air.

Call Mech

  • When out of her Mech, D.Va gains a new Ultimate ability that replaces her Self Destruct.  It also charges a lot faster.
  • While calling your mech D.Va has a short window of time where D.Va can still be killed before slipping into the machine.
  • Once her mech is called if there is an enemy directly in front of you the mech will land on them and likely kill them in one blow.


  • D.Va was announced on November 6, 2015, alongside Mei and Genji, and was added to the closed beta three days later on November 9. She was originally teased through her in-universe StarCraft II profile.
  • D.Va's mech is named 토끼 [2]
  • D.Va is currently the youngest human hero, at the age of 19 years old.
  • When her mech is destroyed, the interface displays "비상탈출," which translates to "Emergency escape."
  • Defense Matrix has D.Va shoot down incoming projectiles by herself, which, according to her, raises her APM (actions per minute). The highest amount of incoming projectiles that can be achieved in-game is from 10 Whole Hogs, which D.Va is still able to shoot down. This means that, in the best-case scenario, D.Va's highest APM is approximately 87500. In comparison, the highest APM achieved in real life is 818.
  • D.Va's Mech can still be healed even if in the process of Emergency Exit; however, the mech will not rebuild itself.
  • D.Va can call a mech anywhere, regardless of whether she is indoors or not.
  • Ironically, in the Korean version of the game, D.Va is the only hero to not have her name written in the Korean alphabet. This is likely because D.Va's name is stylized similar to Korean idols, who often have their stage names Romanized.
  • The name of Hero of my Storm, the movie D.Va starred in, is a reference to Heroes of the Storm, another game by Blizzard.
  • In the Summer Games, D.Va's signature sport is cycling. This sport theme may come from her posture when controlling a mech.
  • D.Va learned how to shoot by playing in the arcade "16-bit Hero", according to an interaction with McCree.
  • D.Va is the only hero in the game that has two Ultimates. However, D.Va is forced to choose one ultimate depending on her current form.
  • On April 27, 2017, D.Va was temporarily rendered unplayable after the latest patch made her buggy and caused the game to crash if she was selected. She returned to playable status three hours later.
  • If you convert the view count at the bottom of the holographic screen during D.Va's "Game On" emote to letters, it spells out "Kappa123" in reference to a commonly spammed phrase on twitch.tv.
  • The name "D.Va" is a word play on 'diva', a term for a female singer or, informally, a prima donna.
  • Due to her existing as a separate entity with different abilities, a common term to specify a D.Va outside of her MEKA is "baby D.Va".
  • D.va is one of only two heroes in the game (second is Lucio) that have a Legendary emote, but unlike Lucio's emote, it could be bought by game coins.

Cultural references

  • An ad for Blizzard Entertainment can be seen above her mech's right booster.
  • D.Va's profession as an elite StarCraft player from South Korea is likely a nod to the number of StarCraft players from that country in real life.
    • Many of her quotes refer to competitive gaming jargon, particularly those common to StarCraft and StarCraft II. "GG" means "good game," which is generally said at the end of a match or sometimes used as a taunt after, or even before, an attack which is expected to end the match. "APM" means "actions per minute," which is a measure of the speed with which orders are given, generally taken to measure a player's skill at micromanagement and the efficiency of their game economy. D.Va mentions "APM" when she uses her Defense Matrix, because she repeatedly presses the mech controls' buttons very fast.
  • D.Va seems to be inspired by the anime mecha genre, often featuring teenagers in tight outfits piloting mechs. Her background is very similar to the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, which also revolved around mechs being used by the agency NERV to defeat constantly reforming and adapting monsters known as Angels. Her suit also seems to be modeled on the plugsuits worn by the Eva pilots, which are form-fitting battles suits that are used in tandem with interface headsets that help pilots sync with their Evas. D.Va's headset seems to be a mix between a gaming headset and the interface headsets of the Eva pilots.
    • Additionally, D.Va's "Taegukgi" skin, both MEKA and battle suit, resembles Evangelion's Unit-00 and plugsuit respectively, as seen below.
  • D.Va's bunny symbol that decorates her outfit and can be seen in her sprays could be a reference to the movie Sucker Punch. A mech featured in the movie is painted with a bunny symbol that closely resembles the one found in the game. Additionally, the main protagonist in the movie uses a handgun with a bunny charm similar to D.Va's.
  • D.Va's Defense Matrix seems to function similar to the "Absolute Defense Field" wielded by the Mech "Shinkiro" in the popular Anime Code Geass requiring manual input from the pilot to block all incoming attacks
  • D.Va's gameplay mechanics are similar to Titanfall's, in which summoning and then losing a mech were critical gameplay mechanics. Mechs in Titanfall have similar properties to that of D.Va, particularly self-destruct, where a mech can explode when critically damaged, dealing massive damage to nearby enemy units.  The big difference, Titanfall pilots are susceptible to dying by their own explosion whereas D.Va is immune to hers.
    • Her ultimate mechanic also bears resemblance to another game's ultimate ability mechanic, namely Samus's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros Brawl. When Samus activates her Final Smash, she will release one of the most powerful shots in the game, and lose the armor and have a new skill set; if she activates the ultimate after that, she will reassemble the armor again.
      • The two Samus variants are made separate characters in the subsequent installment, thus making D.Va's connection to this trait exclusive to Brawl.
  • An easter egg on the PlayOverwatch website related to D.Va is triggered by typing the Konami Code on the main page.
  • Her weapon, being a "Light Gun", may be a reference to the Light Gun controllers used on early game consoles, which used light sensors to detect shots on target.
  • D.Va uniform is similar in appearance to the coil suit from MDK.
  • D.Va's Epic White Rabbit skin may be a reference to the PlayStation game Jumping Flash!, in which the player controls a white mech called Robbit with the ability to jump great heights. This is further supported by the '-03 (Rabbit Symbol)' on her jumpsuit. In the first game, Robbit had an R-01 on the mech and in the second game an R-02.
  • D.Va's voice line "A New Challenger" ("Here comes a new challenger!") is likely a reference to fighting games which often use similar lines when a second player joins an existing game. The Street Fighter 2 series explicitly says "Here comes a new challenger!".
  • The design for D.Va's mech bears a striking resemblance to the Jorg from Quake II.
  • D.Va's "Game On" emote is the first emote that is placed in Legendary rarity. It shows her eating and drinking snacks which appear to be modeled after Mountain Dew and Doritos, a reference to the "Doritosgate"[3] scandal in which a gaming video features heavy product placement. This resulted in a meme associating these items with competitive gaming, especially Major League Gaming. D.Va has also been featured in one of those memes, named "Gremlin D.Va"; it shows D.Va in a "chibi" cutesy figure, along with bags of Doritos and cans/bottles of Mountain Dew.[4]
    • Rotating the camera during the emote shows that the bag D.Va is eating from is actually labeled "D.Vas."
    • The screen features text saying "over 9000 donations," a reference to the famous quote "It's over 9,000!" from the anime series Dragon Ball Z.
    • The Top-down shooter D.Va is playing appears to be "The Lost Vikings", a game playable on the Arcade machine in the cantina of the Hyperion in the campaign of "Starcraft II Wings of Liberty" that is, in turn, a reference to the old Blizzard game of the same name.
    • The Halloween Victory Pose also contains a reference to Doritos; if you rotate the pose to the backside in the hero gallery, you can see Doritos along with the tombstone backing.

Patch changes

For changes made to D.Va's abilities, see Fusion Cannons, Defense Matrix, Boosters, Micro Missiles, Eject, Light Gun, Call Mech, and Self-Destruct.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 10, 2020 Patch: Mech Armor/Health has been redistributed from 200/400 to 300/300.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png September 19, 2017 Patch: New ability: Micro Missiles.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png June 20, 2017 Patch: Officer D.Va has been added to classic loot boxes.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png January 24, 2017 Patch: Health increased from 200 to 400; Armor decreased from 400 to 200.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug causing the “You” indicator (which typically only appears during killcam footage) to appear when D.Va looks directly at the ground. D.Va’s video tutorial now includes changes made to her Defense Matrix resource mechanics.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png November 15, 2016 Patch: Mech health increased to 200 (formerly 100). Armor remains at 400.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png October 19, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving credit towards the Healing Done commendation when healing D.Va's mech.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png August 2, 2016 Patch: D.Va no longer communicates her ultimate status for Self-Destruct while charging her Call Mech ultimate. D.Va’s ultimate charge status is no longer reset to 0% if she falls to her death while piloting a mech.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png August 2, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug where “The Path Is Closed” Achievement could not be obtained by D.Va while in her mech.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png July 19, 2016 Patch: Ultimate cost decreased by 15%.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Junebug” and “Scavenger” D.Va Legendary skins.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 22, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Junker” and "Stinger" D.Va Legendary skins.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png February 18, 2016 (beta) Patch:  Ultimate charge now generates passively even when D.Va is dead or her mech is destroyed. The ultimate cost decreased by 20% for Self-Destruct.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png November 17, 2015 (beta) Patch: Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause the Play of the Game recap to feature the wrong portion of the match when received by D.Va.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png November 9, 2015 (beta) Patch: D.Va added.


External links


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Lore Organizations MEKAGoldshire Pictures
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