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Justice will be done.

Reinhardt is one of the heroes in Overwatch. He is a wandering knight who continues to fight for justice and defend the innocence undeterred by the toll of his age.

Clad in powered armor and swinging his hammer, Reinhardt leads a rocket-propelled charge across the battleground and defends his squadmates with a massive energy barrier.


Reinhardt Wilhelm styles himself as a champion of a bygone age, who lives by the knightly codes of valor, justice, and courage.

Over thirty years ago, Overwatch was founded to counter the threat of the robot uprisings around the world. Reinhardt, a highly decorated German soldier, was inducted as part of the original Overwatch strike team that put an end to the Omnic Crisis. After the conflict's resolution, Overwatch grew into a global institution, keeping the peace in a war-torn world. Reinhardt proved himself to be one of its most stalwart champions.

Reinhardt's unique ethics and larger-than-life persona earned the admiration of his peers and superiors alike. Never afraid to speak his mind, he was Overwatch's most vocal supporter and, when necessary, its harshest critic, providing a constant reminder that Overwatch was meant to be a force for good.

Having served into his late fifties, Reinhardt was faced with mandatory retirement from combat operations. Despondent about being removed from active duty, Reinhardt feared that his days of purpose and glory had ended. As times grew darker and Overwatch came under suspicion of corruption and sedition, Reinhardt could only watch as the cause he had dedicated his life to defending surrendered in disgrace.

Though Overwatch was eventually disbanded, Reinhardt was not content to sit idly by while the world fell to disorder. Once again donning his Crusader armor, he has vowed to fight for justice across Europe like a knight of old, defending the innocent and winning hearts and minds with the promise of better days to come.


Self-buff type
+50% knockback resistance
Resistant to knock back effects.
Default Key: (Passive)

Icon rockethammer.png
Rocket Hammer
Frontal area of effect melee type
∞ rounds per clip
85 damage
1.15 swings per sec
5 m range
Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer is an exemplary melee weapon, able to deal punishing damage in a wide arc with every swing.
Default Key: (PC LMB.png, PS R2.png, XB RT.png)
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Barrier Field
Mobile barrier type
1600 barrier HP
200 barrier HP per sec
3.85 m/s movement speed
0 or 5-second cooldown
Reinhardt projects a broad, forward-facing energy barrier, which can absorb substantial damage before it is destroyed. Although Reinhardt can protect himself and his companions behind the barrier, he cannot attack while sustaining it.
Default Key: (PC RMB.png, PS L2.png, XB LT.png)
Damaging/stunning movement type
0, 50 or 300 damage
55 m range
16.66 m/s movement speed
10-second cooldown
Reinhardt charges forth in a straight line, pinning the first enemy in his path and knocking others aside. If he collides with a wall, the foe he’s carrying suffers extreme damage.
Default Key: (PC LShift.png, PS L1.png, XB LB.png)
Fire Strike
Linear piercing projectile type
100 damage
26.66 m/s projectile speed
0.6, 1.2 sec cast
6-second cooldown
✘ Cannot headshot
By whipping his Rocket Hammer forward, Reinhardt slings a flaming projectile which pierces and damages any enemies it touches.
Default Key: (PC E.png, PS R1.png, XB RB.png)
Ultimate Ability: Earthshatter
Cast-time ultimate type
Area stunning ability type
50 damage per enemy
2 m, 20 m range
Lasts 2.5 seconds

Reinhardt forcefully slams his rocket hammer into the ground, knocking down and damaging all enemies in front of him.

Default Key: (PC Q.png, PS Tri.png, XB Y.png)
"Hammer down!"

Besides these abilities, Reinhardt is able to jump and crouch. Reinhardt cannot reload or perform Quick Melee under any circumstance, for his only weapon is a melee weapon.


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 Reinhardt's skins and weapons, see Reinhardt/Skins and Weapons.


a This emote, after activating, will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses


Voice Lines

▪ Are You Afraid? (Credits.png 25)
"Are you afraid to fight me?"
Are You Afraid? (Darin De Paul 25)
"Are you afraid to fight me?"
▪ Bring Me Another (Credits.png 25)
"Bring me another!"
Bring Me Another (Darin De Paul 25)
"Bring me another!"
▪ Catch Phrase! (Credits.png 25)
"Catch phrase!"
Catch Phrase! (Darin De Paul 25)
"Catch phrase!"
▪ Crusader Online (Credits.png 25)
"Crusader online!"
Crusader Online (Darin De Paul 25)
"Crusader online!"
▪ Crushing Machine (Credits.png 25)
"Hahahahaha, I'm the ultimate crushing machine."
Crushing Machine (Darin De Paul 25)
"Hahahahaha, I'm the ultimate crushing machine."
▪ German Engineering (Credits.png 25)
"Precision German engineering."
German Engineering (Darin De Paul 25)
"Precision German engineering."
▪ Honor And Glory (Credits.png 25)
"Honor, and glory!"
Honor And Glory (Darin De Paul 25)
"Honor, and glory!"
▪ I Salute You (default)
"I salute you."
I Salute You (default)
"I salute you."
▪ Respect Your Elders (Credits.png 25)
"Respect your elders!"
Respect Your Elders (Darin De Paul 25)
"Respect your elders!"
▪ Show You How It's Done (Credits.png 25)
"Let me show you how it's done."
Show You How It's Done (Darin De Paul 25)
"Let me show you how it's done."
▪ This Old Dog (Credits.png 25)
"This old dog still knows a few tricks."
This Old Dog (Darin De Paul 25)
"This old dog still knows a few tricks."
100% German Power (Summer Games Item Icon.png)
"One-hundred percent German power!"
100% German Power (Darin De Paul)
"One-hundred percent German power!"
Glittering Prizes! (Summer Games Item Icon.png)
"Oooh! Glittering prizes!"
Glittering Prizes! (Darin De Paul)
"Oooh! Glittering prizes!"
▪ Smashing (Halloween Terror Item Icon.png)
Smashing (Darin De Paul)
▪ What Do We Have Here? (Halloween Terror Item Icon.png)
"What do we have here?"
What Do We Have Here? (Darin De Paul)
"What do we have here?"
▪ You're On My Naughty List (Winter Wonderland Item Icon.png)
"You're on my naughty list."
You're On My Naughty List (Darin De Paul)
"You're on my naughty list."
▪ Are You Chicken? (Year of the Rooster Item Icon.png)
"Are you chicken?"
Are You Chicken? (Darin De Paul)
"Are you chicken?"
▪ Easy Does It (Uprising Item Icon.png)
"Easy does it..."
Easy Does It (Darin De Paul)
"Easy does it..."
▪ Unstoppable (Uprising Item Icon.png)
Unstoppable (Darin De Paul)
▪ Beer! (Anniversary Item Icon.png)
Beer! (Darin De Paul)
▪ Honor! Justice! Reinhardt! (Anniversary Item Icon.png)
"Hrg. Honor! Justice! Reinhardt, Reinhardt, REINHARDT!! Hahaah!"
Honor! Justice! Reinhardt! (Darin De Paul)
"Hrg. Honor! Justice! Reinhardt, Reinhardt, REINHARDT!! Hahaah!"


For Reinhardt-specific sprays, see Reinhardt/Sprays.

Highlight Intros



One purchase of an alternate weapon skin will apply to the Rocket Hammer of all unlocked skins when equipping it.



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I Am Your Shield

Block 8000 damage with Reinhardt's Barrier Field without dying in quick or competitive play
Reward: Pixel Spray

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Storm, Earth and Fire

Land Reinhardt's Fire Strike and Charge after an Earthshatter Stun in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray


Reinhardt in Dragon Slayer.

Reinhardt Wilhelm was a highly decorated German soldier when the Omnic Crisis began. He joined the German armed force at a young age, seeking for glory.[1] Around that time, he was under the tutelage of Balderich von Adler, the leader of the Crusaders. Reinhardt served with the Crusaders until after the Battle of Eichenwalde. Balderich, originally called to join the newly formed Overwatch strike team, was mortally wounded during the battle and chose Reinhardt to be sent as his successor.[2]

As a member of Overwatch, Reinhardt served alongside Jack Morrison, Gabriel Reyes, Torbjörn Lindholm, Ana Amari, and Liao. Wearing his J08 Crusader Armor, he was one of the team's strongest soldiers and most passionate supporters.

Reinhardt had been put in the frontline force of Overwatch, even after the organization had expanded itself into a global institution. During his time at Overwatch he participated in Operation White Dome, during which he saved Torbjörn Lindholm's life and as such he had given him permission by him to name his as of yet unborn child (who would later grow up to become Brigitte) and become their godfather. Around six years before the current events of Overwatch, he was forced to retire with his place of commanding Tracer's strike team being filled by Sojourn, as he was in his late fifties and his Crusader Armor had fallen into disuse. Regardless, he kept the armor and began traveling Europe with Brigitte.

Reinhardt and Brigitte stopped in a small town that had been taken over by The Dragons. Brigitte helped to repair the Crusader Armor, and Reinhardt used it to drive the gang out of the village.[3]

Around Christmas time, Reinhardt and Brigitte visited and spent the holidays with Torbjörn and his family.[4]

At the time of the Overwatch recall, Reinhardt was in Nuuk, Greenland.[5] When Reinhardt received Overwatch's agent recall broadcast, Brigitte tried talking him out of rejoining, reminding that Overwatch was responsible for putting him out to pasture. Reinhardt kept his silence as he traveled to the ruins of Eichenwalde to pay respects to Balderich, before departing to once again serve in Overwatch as the world's shield.[2]

Reinhardt and Brigitte rejoin Overwatch in Paris, France, aiding Winston's team against Null Sector. Subsequently, they combine their barriers to shield their comrades from a titan's laser. After Null Sector's defeat, Tracer introduces Mei to everyone, prompting Reinhardt to greet her with an ice pun, to Brigitte's annoyance.[6]


Reinhardt is a giant, muscular man with light skin and neck-length white hair and a beard. His left eye is scarred. He wears a gray Crusaders knight armor and helmet, with a built-in rocket booster on his back. Reinhardt also carries a giant rocket hammer. A crest in the shape of a lion is located on his left arm, which can open into a giant shield.

In Overwatch 2, Reinhardt’s hair and beard has grown longer due to age. He now wears a cleaner suit of armor with yellow accents. The lion crest remains on his left arm, but is also now located on his chest. Reinhardt also lacks a helmet.


Possessing a jolly and outgoing disposition, Reinhardt is a rather imaginative juggernaut, always wanting to bring hope and ambition towards the people. He lives by a code of valor and justice, much like the crusaders of medieval history. Although he is at an old age, he never wants to admit it and vows to fight until his last breath, according to his interactions with Mercy. He also really cares about his comrades of Overwatch and will, quite literally, take a bullet (or several) for his friends if he must. His care can be shown by his anger when watching Torbjörn die in a match as well as what he had to say at his former commander Jack Morrison's funeral: "He devoted everything he was to Overwatch. He was our moral compass. Our inspiration. Our friend."

While outside of battle, Reinhardt has multiple different hobbies that he enjoys doing. He seems to show concerns about his appearance such as his tan and hairstyle, as shown by his voice lines when in Watchpoint: Gibraltar and interacting with Pharah. His favorite food is currywurst, and he loves listening to "classic" music, such as the works of David Hasselhoff.

Reinhardt is also assumed to be a fan of D.Va, as specified when he asks her for an autograph.

During his years as a Crusader, Reinhardt was more brash and foolhardy. He thought of only glory for the Crusaders and laughed at Overwatch as some "secret organization" where there is no glory to be won. He would recklessly charge into battle and leave his allies exposed. These actions cost him dearly during the Battle of Eichenwalde, where his thoughtless actions cost both the use of his left eye and the life of his mentor/commander/friend: Balderich Von Alder. It was this loss that developed the unwavering sense of duty and loyalty to Overwatch within Reinhardt, as he serves to honor his fallen friend.



  • Reinhardt is a purebred tank character, whose game style benefits on team play and communication, meaning, he is rarely a bad choice. His Rocket Hammer deals decent damage and can hit multiple targets, making him useful at dismantling enemy formations or sweeping after an Earthshatter.
  • For both his character based achievements, its all about shield management and cool down management. His shield can block 1600 damage so having it destroyed and fully charged 4 times should net that achievement. The other achievement is just timing your cooldowns. Just make sure to have all your abilities hit the same target.
  • When using fire strike after putting down your shield make sure you are aiming up. Some people will tilt the shield down and end up wasting fire strike.
  • Earthshatter isn't too helpful on its own, but when paired with another ability like Dragonblade, Self Destruct, Configuration: Tank, Death Blossom, or Rocket Barrage, it can be extremely helpful.
Barrier Field
  • Positioning is key for Reinhardt. Knowing where the best spots and choke points are can make the difference between winning and losing.
  • His barrier field covers a large width and soaks up massive damage (1600)HP, making it invaluable for an entire team to stay behind. Reinhardt can also move with it active, albeit at a decreased speed, or aim the barrier upwards to defend from aerial raids, or even downwards if it's on a higher spot.
  • Even when his barrier has very low health remaining, it will still absorb all damage from any single hit, even if that hit deals more damage than the barrier's remaining health. For example, Reinhardt can use his barrier to protect himself and his teammates from D.Va's Self-Destruct, even if the barrier only has 1 health remaining.
  • Be sure not to jump while the barrier is up, as any attacks can go under it, including an opposing Reinhardt's Earthshatter. The same can happen if you aim the barrier high or low.
  • Reinhardt's shield regenerates health when it is put away, even if the player is under attack. Be sure to put away the shield when possible to regenerate it - the shield has a separate health pool that cannot be restored by healing or health packs. Besides, it's wise to tell your teammates before putting the barrier away, since you will expose your team.
  • Reinhardt's Barrier Field can turn games, as slowly advancing forward with his team standing behind it can make for a team push that allows for slow and constant pressure against the enemy. Reinhardt and his team can move to advantageous positions.
  • Staying in one spot with his Barrier Field is not a good idea. Enemies can flank him, teammates will not have his shield when they need it, and he will practically be useless. Move with your team to be most valuable.
  • A Reinhardt by himself is quite useless. Having teammates to back him up is vital, and if all teammates are dead, it is best to just retreat and wait for your team. After all, heroes like Reinhardt, Lucio, and Bastion are key players in many team compositions, and losing any of them is devastating.
  • Pressing the primary fire while the barrier is up (ultimately ending with both primary and secondary fire buttons held at the same time) allows the player to spin the camera while Reinhardt is locked in the same direction, allowing a complete 360° view while keeping the barrier pointed to the same direction.


  • The Charge is used mainly to disrupt enemy's formation, but it can also be used to taking out enemy supports (mainly healers, since it can kill them easily) or tanks (exposing the enemy team to yours).
  • A popular tactic is to use Reinardt's Earthshatter and then pick up an enemy to smash into a wall.
  • As far as charging goes, try charging in the general direction of an enemy, and do it at close range. Most times, the enemy will be moving, and you can pin them if they do come towards you.
  • Be careful where you charge, as Reinhardt cannot stop his charge. Losing a Reinhardt due to some accident like charging off a cliff can be very detrimental.
    • Despite that, you can still use Charge to throw an opponent off the scene, at cost of yourself. It's a useful tactic during the payload's arrival at Watchpoint: Gibraltar, or during Overtime.
    • Don't pin certain characters such as D.Va or Genji off the map, as they have abilities that can let them back onto the field.
  • Another good use of Charge is interrupting enemies during their Ultimates, including taking out D.Va's Self-Destruct mech from your team's sight, although this can sometimes be done with Barrier Field, minus the self-sacrifice.


  • Tracer can pass through Reinhardt's barrier using Blink or Recall, and attack him from the backside.
  • Symmetra's Photon projector have enough range to stay away from Reinhardt's hammer and the beam will not only recover ammo when hitting his barrier, but keep increasing its damage.
  • Sombra, if positioned well (or if she uses EMP), can Hack Reinhardt so that he both drops his shield and cannot reuse it for the duration of the debuff, making him and his team much more vulnerable.
  • Junkrat's RIP-Tire can pass through the barrier, and his bombs can be launched over it.
  • Bastion in Sentry form is able to destroy Reinhardt's barrier very quickly.
  • Genji's Deflect can deflect Reinhardt's Fire Strike and Rocket Hammer swing, though he does not hit Reinhardt back with the hammer.
  • Junkrat's Steel Trap can stop Reinhardt's movement, even if he is using Charge.
  • An enemy Reinhardt can Charge against the barrier. The enemy Reinhardt's ultimate, however, cannot go through the barrier.
  • Other attacks that can pass through Reinhardt's barrier:
  • Reinhardt lacks range, making him a target for snipers (when his shield is down) and aerial attacks like Pharah or a positioned character.
  • Reinhardt's Barrier Field has a large health pool but lacks area. That means enemies can simply attack from different directions, and Reinhardt will only be able to stop a few of them.
  • As Reinhardt generally has to stay with the majority of his team, if heroes like Roadhog hooks a healer away, that means the Reinhardt will be forced to lower his shield and attack the Roadhog, or he will choose to sacrifice the healer, which will leave the team at a major disadvantage.


  • The large red hero in the middle of the "Overwatch is born" image is an early design of Reinhardt. This concept remains a canon ex-Overwatch agent, who was seen in the Cinematic Trailer and Recall alongside Reinhardt.
  • Reinhardt's Agent ID is 3945_47.[5]
  • "Reinhardt" comes from Old German, with a few possible interpretations: "Regin-hard" (made strong/hard by the gods), "Rain-hard" (strong despite a rain of enemy fire), or "Regin-harti" (strong/wise counsel). His name can also be read as a compound of old Germanic words "rain" (modern German "rein, wahr" - "pure, true") and "hart" ("Herz, hart" - "heart, hard"). The literal translation is "Pureheart", meaning honest and loyal.
  • His Crusader Armor is powered by a biofeedback system that allows the user to exhibit superhuman strength.[7]
  • Reinhardt is currently the tallest character in the game, very closely followed by Roadhog.
  • With all the known ages of the Overwatch cast, Reinhardt is the second oldest.
  • Reinhardt's "Balderich" and "Greifhardt" skin is based on his mentor's Crusader armor.
    • The word "Greif" means "Griffin" in German, which is the theme for Balderich's armor.
  • In the Summer Games, Reinhardt's signature sport is wrestling.
  • The announcer in the Halloween Brawl Junkenstein's Revenge is Reinhardt's voice.
    • Reinhardt is also seen telling the story of Junkenstein's Monster in the Halloween comic.
  • On April 1, 2017 (April Fool's day), anyone who had Reinhardt as their selected hero had a filter applied to their chat messages while playing him. The filter put their messages in all caps, added exclamation marks at the end, and added either "PRECISION GERMAN ENGINEERING!!!!!", "FOR HONOR!!!!!", "FOR GLORY!!!!!", "I AM THE ULTIMATE CRUSHING MACHINE!!!", "BRING ME ANOTHER!!!!!", or "CATCHPHRASE!!!" after that.
  • In a pre-game conversation with Pharah, they both mention a poster, in the Uprising event one of Reinhardt's sprays is the poster
  • Reinhardt's Bloodhardt and Blackhardt skins replace his rocket hammer with an axe.
    • Although this is purely aesthetic, it gives the player a slight advantage as the axe takes up less space on the screen than the rocket hammer.

Cultural References

  • Reinhardt's "Lionhardt" skin may be fashioned after the Alliance faction (especially the Alliance Crest) from Blizzard's Warcraft franchise.
  • The Wujing skin is a nod to Sha Wujing, a character from the Chinese novel Journey to the West.
  • The Festive skin bears similarity to Samus from the Metroid series.
  • The Bundeswehr skin alludes to the real-life unified German armed forces.
  • Reinhardt's quotes "German Engineering" and "100% German Power" remarks his proud of German technology and its participation in the science general development, given that many famous and influent scientists were born in Germany.
  • The "Storm, Earth and Fire" trophy is a reference to the Warcraft III Orcish Horde Shaman hero, whose summoning line was "Storm, Earth, and Fire: heed my call.".
  • Reinhardt's "Flex" emote is a reference to famous pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, as he performed the same flex poses during interviews and in matches.

Patch changes

For changes made to Reinhardt's abilities, see Rocket Hammer, Barrier Field, Charge, Fire Strike, and Earthshatter.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 10, 2020 Patch: Base Armor increased from 200 to 250.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png July 27, 2017 Patch: The sound effects on Reinhardt's Bloodhardt, Blackhardt, and Wujing skins have been updated to reflect the use of an axe instead of a hammer.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png December 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug causing Reinhardt’s hammer to become invisible to some players after using an emote.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png September 1, 2016 Patch: Added “Balderich” and "Greifhardt" Reinhardt Legendary skin.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Stonehardt” Reinhardt Legendary skin.
  • Overwatchemblem black.png March 8, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Lionhardt” Reinhardt Legendary skin.


  1. Bundeswehr skin's lore information
  2. 2.0 2.1 Honor and Glory (Animated Short)
  3. Dragon Slayer
  4. Reflections
  5. 5.0 5.1 Recall (Animated Short)
  6. Overwatch 2
  7. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.66
Reinhardt Navigation
General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Rocket HammerBarrier FieldFire StrikeChargeEarthshatterSteadfast (passive)
Lore Organizations OverwatchCrusadersJ08
Character relationships Balderich von AdlerBrigitte LindholmTorbjörn LindholmJack Morrison
Locations Eichenwalde
Others Omnic Crisis
Media Comic Shorts Dragon SlayerJunkensteinUprising
Animated Shorts We Are OverwatchHonor and Glory
Overwatch Navigation
Members Founders Jack MorrisonGabriel ReyesAna AmariReinhardt WilhelmTorbjörn LindholmMina Liao
Agents MercyWinstonTracerGérard Lacroix
Blackwatch McCreeGenjiMoira
Other MeiDirector PetrasMirembeKimikoSinghBaylessAl-FaroukSoundquakeFusionator
Media Shorts Cinematic TrailerRecallKing's Row Uprising Origin StoryDoomfist Origin StoryRise and ShineHonor and Glory
Comics LegacyJunkensteinUprisingRetribution
Articles Fading GloryOverwatch is Back
Lore Bases Swiss HeadquartersWatchpoint: GibraltarEcopoint: AntarcticaWatchpoint: Grand Mesa
Vehicles MV-261 OrcaOSS-7 Aurora
Enemies Omnic Rebel ArmyTalonNull SectorShimada ClanDeadlock Gang
Missions Omnic CrisisUprising
Heroes in Overwatch