Overwatch 2 Season 4 has arrived, and with it, a new support hero: Lifeweaver. Lifeweaver has a vast kit of abilities, which makes him complicated to use. In this article, we will provide tips on how to make the most out of Lifeweaver in Overwatch 2.
For primary weapons, Lifeweaver has his Healing Blossom, which can heal 65 HP when charged. Lifeweaver also has a Thorn Volley, which is a close-range submachine that requires swapping from Healing Blossom to use. Swapping takes about a second for the animation to complete.
- Healing Blossom: Hold to charge healing burst. Release to heal a targeted ally.
- Thorn Volley: Rapidly fire a spread of projectiles.
- Petal Platform: Throw a platform that springs upwards when stepped on.
- Rejuvenating Dash: Dash towards your traveling direction and lightly heal yourself.
- Life Grip: Push an ally to your location, protecting them as they travel.
- Tree of Life: Place a tree that instantly heals allies upon sprouting and continues healing periodically as it lives.
- Parting Gift (passive): On death, drop a gift that heals the first enemy or ally to pick it up.
Lifeweaver is equipped with three active abilities – Rejuvenating Dash, Petal Platform, and Life Grip. Rejuvenating Dash is a short-range dash that provides a small amount of self-healing. Petal Platform is a large lotus flower that is placed on the ground and rises into the air when stepped on. The Petal Platform has a health bar and can be destroyed. Life Grip grabs a teammate and pulls them towards you, making them invulnerable while they travel. Lifeweaver’s ultimate ability, Tree of Life, places a massive tree down, healing all teammates in range and continuously providing healing for its duration. The tree also has a health bar and can be destroyed.
Lifeweaver’s Passive ability, Parting Gift, drops a healing item upon death, which can be picked up by either team.
All kinds of support
Lifeweaver can provide different types of support, beyond just healing his teammates. He isn’t as much of a healing powerhouse as some of the higher-ceiling supports like Kiriko and Ana. However, he isn’t as capable of a damage dealer as Moira or Lucio. Instead, Lifeweaver thrives in providing the kind of support that doesn’t appear on the scoreboard. Using Life Grip, Lifeweaver can save teammates from situations, and using Petal Platform, he can assist teammates or disrupt enemies.
Using Life Grip is a relatively simple process – just look at the teammate you want to pull and use it. It’s important to communicate with the squad to make sure you aren’t disrupting your teammate’s strategy or possible ultimate usage. Life Grip doesn’t cancel your teammate’s ultimate, but moving them might cause them to miss it. Petal Platform lifts into the air when the first person steps on it, so you can put an ally into the air for something like Widowmaker headshots or a Cassidy ultimate ability. You can also drop it in front of the enemies, potentially tossing them into the air when they are pushing on you. This can be great for dealing with an aggressive tank, like a charging Reinhardt, who will have a much harder time hitting someone while 20 feet off the ground.
Planting the tree
While Lifeweaver’s primary healing isn’t amazing, the Tree of Life ultimate ability is quite powerful. The massive tree has a long range and provides a ton of healing as soon as it’s used, and continuously provides healing in the area. It’s great for a heavily contested objective that your team needs an extra push on or for countering an enemy ultimate ability. The only drawbacks are that it doesn’t provide an unlimited amount of healing like Zenyatta’s ultimate, so your team can still die while it’s up, and it can be destroyed if damaged enough by the enemy team.
The upside is that, unlike Zenyatta’s ultimate, you are free to move around and use your other attacks and abilities as Lifeweaver while it’s up.
Lifeweaver’s Healing Blossom does operate like most guns and will need to be reloaded, something important to keep in mind. The exact amount of healing given by the Healing Blossom is displayed on screen while charging it. Life Grip makes your teammate invulnerable while they are traveling. So the further away from you they are, the longer they can’t be killed.
Overall, Lifeweaver is a support hero that requires a strong understanding of his kit to use optimally. But, if utilized correctly, he can be a game-changer on the battlefield, providing support in ways many other heroes can’t.