Overwatch is a game with a focus on exhilarating team-based combat and a cast of memorable characters. But one element that keeps players coming back for more is the vast amount of customization for each individual character. Being able to tailor the aspects of your favorite hero, from designs to emotes, offers an enticing reason to keep playing outside of the gameplay. The thing is, the only way to earn these items or the currency to buy them is through the infamous “loot boxes.” While loot boxes drop four customizable goodies at random, they can be earned consistently upon each level up of a player’s account. As veterans know, and new players will learn, leveling up is the best way to earn rewards fast in Overwatch.
Fortunately, from the release in 2016, Blizzard implemented a myriad of different strategies for speeding up how players gain experience. Though, it is a handful of these methods which work for gamers playing consistently. Seasonal event cosmetics tend to be the most desirable content, so time is of the essence for players lacking currency. In addition, “competitive” mode is locked until an account reaches level 25, so even if you have no interest in the customization side of the game, there is a reason to level up quickly. Players can expect some variable with these strategies, but by following the top 5 methods listed below, leveling up fast in Overwatch will be a breeze.
5. Win Games
Getting a victory is number 5 because it is the least controllable method for earning experience. However, players can gain 500 XP per won game and 1500 XP for the first win of the day. Therefore, this is a strategy to keep in mind while playing, assuming you are not already playing to win. Since this is a team-based game and e-sport, winning can be tough even if an individual player is performing well. Remember, any round can turn around in the final moments of overtime, so make sure not to quit out before the match ends, or else you will not get any XP. That said, in my experience, playing certain game modes over others can be a worthwhile endeavor if looking for wins.
Personally speaking, my favorite mode available is the original Quick Play Classic. But because QPC allows for players to pick characters from any role, team composition will be poor about 9 times out of 10 (numbers courtesy of Salty Stats Inc.) So, for this guide, I would suggest sticking with “Quick Play” or “Competitive” modes, which follow the role-queue system. While wins are not guaranteed here, the queue system provides some semblance of balance between teams in that there will always be two of each role: Tanks, Damage and Support. So matches will come down to skill, rather than variable, resulting in more wins and faster leveling in Overwatch.
4. Get Gold Medals
Like winning, getting gold medals in a match can be somewhat dependent on your team. Earning them is still much more within the control of the player because it is based on an individual’s performance rather than a 50/50 win or loss chance. There are a handful of categories for getting golds, ranging from eliminations to healing done, each providing 150 XP. Damage characters will be more likely to get gold eliminations and Support characters healing, so fill missing roles. Of course, this is tied to how well you play compared to your teammates, which harkens back to there being some variable. But this is a skill-based game, so practicing and learning the ins-and-outs of the heroes is key to getting gold medals. Golds can also be earned in any game mode, so players have more freedom to earn experience with this method and level up fast.
3. Play Consecutive Matches
I put consecutive matches at 3 because it is easy to perform but potentially frustrating to stick with. To be clear, this method involves the player remaining in the same game mode queue the matchmaker selects. This is perfect for those planning on playing for an extended period and nets 300 XP per match. Just join a mode, sit back, and rake in the bonus XP. Unfortunately, taking breaks for any reason will put the player back at square one. To make matters worse, sticking in the same queue could mean competing against the same opposing individuals. When teams get stomped in a previous match, it is unlikely they will want to stick around for another defeat. This is not accounting for toxic players who remain in matches to cause problems. Despite the downsides, playing consecutive matches is a straightforward, easy way to level faster for dedicated players.
2. Give Endorsements
Giving out endorsements is one of the best ways to earn experience consistently. Not only can it be done every single match, for up to 150 XP, but you will also make someone’s day by helping to boost their endorsement rating. Added in 2018, the system encouraged players to be more proactive as teammates by offering loot boxes as rewards depending on their endorsement tier. Level 2 provides 1 box, level 3 gives 2 boxes and so on until level 5. You can endorse three times per match and to an individual player every 12 hours, so there are some limits. If you are a player aiming to get boxes, the endorsement system is the perfect way due to it giving experience and rewards.
So how exactly does it work? There are three separate endorsements that you can gift other players: Shot Caller, Good Teammate and Sportsmanship. The image above gives a breakdown of how endorsements should be given out, but I think it is a bit more flexible. For instance, I will occasionally give out Shot Caller to teammates who are consistently leading the team into action or making last-second plays that turn the tides of the match. Good Teammate for players who I think crushed the enemy team or switched to needed roles. And Sportsmanship to friendly teammates or ones who pick less desirable roles (Support) and stay with it despite toxic allies. At 50 XP each, giving out all three endorsements every game is key to leveling up fast in Overwatch.
1. Group Up
Coming in at number 1 is the ultimate way to gain experience, grouping up. Any player knows that playing in a group is what the game is made for and balanced around. And the icing is that competing in a group nets a whopping 20 percent experience boost every match. Whether you are grouping with one other player or 5, this bonus can be earned. It works for every mode too, so there are no limits to what your group must play. But if you are the type of person who says, “what the heck are friends?” or do not know anyone who plays this colorful FPS, no need to fret. Blizzard introduced the feature “look for group” to alleviate this issue. Use this option to find other players to join up with, especially if you hope to play a specific role. By playing with a communicative group, chances for winning go up significantly, which is a secondary benefit when XP hunting. So when looking to level fast in Overwatch, just group up, give endorsements, play to win, and you will be soaking up experience in no time.