Overwatch Wiki

A sample of Overwatch's Main Menu on PC.

The Main Menu is the primary menu through which all of Overwatch's functions can be accessed. It is opened whenever a player starts the game.

Main functions


Accesses the primary multiplayer play modes. All modes will be locked if the player is in a group and is not the group leader.

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Accesses training play modes. All modes will be locked if the player is in a group and is not the group leader.

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Hero Gallery

Main article: Hero Gallery

Allows hero cosmetics to be customized.

Loot Boxes

Main article: Loot Box

Allows Loot Boxes to be opened. If the player has multiple types of loot boxes, they may open one of their choice. This menu also allows the player to purchase loot boxes.


Main article: Highlights

Shows all recent highlights, including "Today's Top 5", recently captured highlights and saved highlights.


Main article: Social

The Social menu has three tabs:

  • Friends: Shows all friends and whether they are offline, in Battle.net, or playing Overwatch.
  • Groups: If in game, shows everyone in the three voice chat channels: Group, Team, and Match.
  • Recent Players: Shows a list of players recently played with.

Career Profile

Main article: Career Profile

The Career Profile has four tabs:

  • Overview: Shows current statistics, including level, rank, and time on each hero.
  • Statistics: Shows more statistics, divided by play mode and hero.
  • Achievements: Shows a list of achievements and which ones the player has earned.
  • Player Icon: Shows the player's icons and allows them to equip a new one.


Main article: Options

The Options menu has five tabs:

  • Video: Affects the appearance of the game.
  • Sound: Affects the audio of the game.
  • Controls: Affects the game's controls.
  • Gameplay: Affects various game functions.
  • Social: Affects interactions with other players.

Exit Game (PC Only)

Closes Overwatch.


Every time it loads, the main menu will display a random hero wearing the skin that the player has equipped standing in one of the following maps:

Image Map
Blizzard World
Château Guillard
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Ecopoint: Antarctica
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Mainmenu hanamura.png
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Horizon Lunar Colony
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King's Row
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Mainmenu templeofanubis.png
Temple of Anubis
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Volskaya Industries
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Watchpoint: Gibraltar

Whenever a new map is released, that map becomes the background permanently for a week, then gets put into the rotation. Same with the case when a new hero is released, that hero also stand in the background permanently for a week.

New hero backgrounds

Starting with Doomfist, every new hero would have their own map background, available only in the first week of the hero's release. The maps these backgrounds used are slightly modified, or in a different area than normal.

Image Hero Map Date
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Doomfist Numbani 27 July - 2 August, 2017
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Moira Oasis 16 - 22 November, 2017
Brigitte Eichenwalde 20 - 26 March, 2018
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Wrecking Ball Horizon Lunar Colony 24 - 28 July, 2018

Seasonal event backgrounds

Each seasonal event has unique combinations of heroes and maps that are displayed.

Image Event Hero(es) Map
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Summer Games Tracer, Lúcio, and Zarya Estádio das Rãs
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Sydney Harbour Arena
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Busan Stadium
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Widowmaker, McCree, and Soldier: 76 Unknown
Halloween Terror Menu Junkrat Roadhog.png
Halloween Terror Junkrat and Roadhog Adlersbrunn
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Halloween Terror Menu Mercy.png
Halloween Terror 2017 Menu Mercy.png
Halloween Terror 2017 Menu Reaper McCree.png
McCree and Reaper
Halloween Terror 2017 Menu Zenyatta.png
Winter Wonderland Menu Torbjorn Mei Tracer Lucio McCree.png
Winter Wonderland Torbjörn, Mei, Lúcio, Tracer, and McCree King's Row (Winter)


Ana, Hanzo, Sombra, Roadhog, and Soldier: 76 (Note: Camera pans between scenes instead of being separate static images) Black Forest (Winter)



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Lunar New Year Mei Lijiang Tower (Lunar New Year)
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Genji, Zarya, Pharah, Mercy
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D.Va Busan
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Uprising Menu Tracer.png
Archives Tracer King's Row (Uprising)
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Uprising Menu Reinhardt.png
Uprising Menu Mercy.png
Retribution Menu Reaper.png
Reaper Rialto (Retribution)
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Retribution Menu McCree.png
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Anniversary All Heroes until Orisa N/A
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All Heroes until Brigitte

Special backgrounds

Image Occasion Date
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Overwatch World Cup 2017 3 - 5 November, 2017
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Overwatch League Inaugural Season 3 - 10, January 2018
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BCRF Charity Event 8 - 21 May, 2018
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Overwatch League Inaugural Season Champions 28-31 July, 2018


  • Some maps in the background are slightly different than they are in-game.
    • Hanamura has a small pavilion in the middle of the cherry blossom yard. On the menu, this is replaced by a slightly elevated stone platform.
    • Volskaya Industries has a catwalk in-game that is absent in the menu.
    • King's Row's attackers spawn room has two doors on either side of the front wall. On the menu, it is just one big door.

Patch Changes

  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 21, 2017 Patch: Fixed a bug causing Reaper's shotguns and D.Va's mech to appear unusually large on the main menu.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 20, 2016 Patch: Mouse 4 no longer controls backwards menu navigation, preventing conflicts with other functions that might be bound to that. Fixed a bug preventing audio from mixing correctly on the main menu screen button.