“Let’s break it down,” Lucio cries as he unleashes his ultimate. He is one of the best healers in the game, as he can provide continuous support without worrying about a cooldown. He can also switch between heals and speed boost, which can come in handy if your team needs to quickly get back to a point or make a hasty escape.
Using his Sonic Amplifier, he can contribute damage and push enemies back using Soundwave. His passive Wall Ride ability also makes him a slippery hero, allowing him to outmaneuver opponents and escape if necessary. Let’s take a closer look at these abilities and see what sets Lucio apart from the other healers in Overwatch 2.
This is Lucio’s sonic projectile launcher weapon.
It fires in 4-round bursts, with each round doing approximately 20 damage. While it is not the most powerful weapon in the game, it comes with its advantages. Since his weapon fires large blasts that don’t require precision, it would be advantageous to use Lucio to chip away at tanks that usually come with larger hitboxes.
Sonic Amplifier’s short reload time also means Lucio can wear opponents down quickly. Also, with it being a rapid-fire weapon, this makes Lucio great for providing cover fire. Aim at distant windows or doorways to prevent snipers like Ashe or Widowmaker from peeking.
Switches between two songs: Healing Boost heals nearby allies, and Speed Boost makes nearby allies move faster.
This is Lucio’s primary support ability. It creates a permanent 12-meter area around him that can either heal allies or boost their speed. You can switch between these two modes at any time without having to worry about a cooldown. Learning when to heal and when to speed boost might be the most important part of playing Lucio, and this generally comes with practice.
Since this ability only affects an area around Lucio, it is best to try to stick with at least one ally as much as possible, whether that be your team's tank or primary DPS. Keeping them healed or providing movement buffs to help escape or relocate to a more advantageous position can be the key to your team’s success.
Amp It Up
Increase the effectiveness of your current song.
This ability is linked to your Crossfade ability. It will increase the power of whichever mode is currently active for about 3 seconds. If you’re in healing mode, Amp It Up will cause the healing to accelerate, giving your allies more heals per second.
If Crossfade is in speed mode, Amp It Up will cause the speed buff to increase, allowing you and your teammates to rush forward or retreat with ease.
Create a short-range blast wave to knock enemies away from you.
Soundwave is a versatile ability that can be used both defensively and offensively. This ability not only damages your opponents but also knocks them back. This can be great if you need to distance yourself from an aggressive opponent. Using Soundwave to knock them back and then switching the Crossfade to speed mode to make a hasty retreat will allow you to stay in the game longer.
Offensively, soundwave can be used to knock opponents off the map. For example, on maps like Ilios that have a lot of open areas, it can be easy for Lucio to catch an opponent off guard and blast them with Soundwave, sending them flying over the edge.
Create temporary extra health for nearby allies.
This is Lucio’s ultimate ability, and it is a great defense against some of the most powerful ultimates in the game. When Lucio unleashes his ultimate, it grants 750 temporary HP to him and any allies within a 30-meter radius. While that is a massive health gain, it does decay at a rate of 125 per second until deactivating completely after 6 seconds.
With such a massive health buff, Sound Barrier is an ideal counter for Reaper’s Death Blossom, Cassidy’s Deadeye, and Phara’s Barrage. Of course, this is all considering you’re able to get the timing right.
Jump onto a wall to ride along it.
This is Lucio’s passive ability that allows him to glide along walls with ease. While using Wall Ride, Lucio gains a buff to his movement speed and an increased jumping height. Wall Ride, combined with Crossfade’s speed buff, makes Lucio one of the most evasive characters in the game.
Tips and Tricks
- Sonic Amplifier is best used going after larger enemies like tanks since they have a greater hitbox. With the rapid-fire, Lucio can help wear them down easily.
- With Crossfade’s radius being around Lucio, be sure to stick close to at least one teammate as much as possible, preferably your team's tank or primary DPS.
- If you use Amp it Up while Crossfade is in speed mode, it will increase the speed buff allowing your team to rush forward or retreat with ease. This can come in handy if you need to get back to an objective quickly.
- Soundwave is a versatile ability that can be used offensively or defensively. On maps with cliffs, you can push enemies off, or you can use it to give yourself some space between you and your opponent.
- Sound Barrier comes with an amazing healing buff though it fades after 6 seconds. Timing is everything with this ultimate, especially if you want to use it to counter troubling ultimates like Reaper, Phara, or Cassidy.
- Wall Ride comes with a speed boost and increased jumping height. Used in conjunction with Crossfade’s speed buff, Lucio can easily get out of any situation.
As Lucio is a passive healer, it may be best to pair him with a primary healer like Mercy to make sure your team has good coverage of heals. Lucio is great for players who want to heal but also want to deal damage. While his Sonic Amplifier is not the most powerful weapon, it can definitely chip away at enemies. Lucio is great for players who want to move defensively as well as his kit allows you to move quickly and push opponents back if necessary.