Lúcio

Role: / HP: 200 / Difficulty:

OVERVIEW

Lucio is a support hero who specializes in high mobility and utility while healing, allowing him to enable his team with versatile support and dynamic tactics. With evasive movements, Wall Riding adventures, and high impact disruptions, Lucio showcases one of the most fluid playstyles in the game. With time, mastering Lucio helps your team win fights with superior shotcalling, determining teamfight engagement and disengagement timings, and identifying strong positions for the team while assisting with focus fire target calls. A good Lucio is almost always a difficult target to deal with as his movements can be very shifty, which provides him with the capability to enter close quarters team fights where traditional support heroes would not dare to go. Lucio has remained a top tier pick (almost MUST PICK), in professional play due to the SPEED portion of his Amp It Up ability since the competitive community places significant value on movement speed.

OVERVIEW

Lucio is a support hero who specializes in high mobility and utility while healing, allowing him to enable his team with versatile support and dynamic tactics. With evasive movements, Wall Riding adventures, and high impact disruptions, Lucio showcases one of the most fluid playstyles in the game. With time, mastering Lucio helps your team win fights with superior shotcalling, determining teamfight engagement and disengagement timings, and identifying strong positions for the team while assisting with focus fire target calls. A good Lucio is almost always a difficult target to deal with as his movements can be very shifty, which provides him with the capability to enter close quarters team fights where traditional support heroes would not dare to go. Lucio has remained a top tier pick (almost MUST PICK), in professional play due to the SPEED portion of his Amp It Up ability since the competitive community places significant value on movement speed.

ABILITIES

Lúcio is able to ride along walls without falling off by holding down jump.

Damage: 20/projectile

Cooldown: 1 burst/s

Rate: 0.5/s

Lucio fires a 4-round burst of projectiles. This burst can be interrupted by Lucio’s RMB or a melee attack, and if he has even a single projectile ammo left, he can still complete the 4-round burst.

Damage: 25

Range: 8m

Cooldown: 4s

An area of effect attack that affects an arc in front of Lúcio, dealing minor damage and knocking enemies back. Use this ability to disrupt enemies and to force them to reposition from advantageous positions. For instance, you may save your teammate who has been hooked by Roadhog with a well-timed “boop” as Roadhog reels in your teammate. You may also knock defending enemies off from a high ground perch, forcing them to engage early or in a disorganized manner.

Effect: +70% move speed OR 46.8 ally healing/s and 35.1 self healing/s

Range: 10m

Duration: 3s

Cooldown: 12s

Increases the effectiveness of Lúcio’s songs for a short duration.

Effect: +30% move speed OR 16.25 ally healing/s and 12.1875 self healing/s

Range: 10m

Cooldown: 0.8s

Lúcio’s ability to heal allies or boost their speed. Activating the ability changes the song played.

Effect: 500 HP Barrier

Range: 30m line of sight

Duration: Decays over 6s

Provides a large barrier that blocks damage for allies and rapidly decays over a short duration.

ABILITIES

Lúcio is able to ride along walls without falling off by holding down jump.

Damage: 20/projectile

Cooldown: 1 burst/s

Rate: 0.5/s

Lucio fires a 4-round burst of projectiles. This burst can be interrupted by Lucio’s RMB or a melee attack, and if he has even a single projectile ammo left, he can still complete the 4-round burst.

Damage: 25

Range: 8m

Cooldown: 4s

An area of effect attack that affects an arc in front of Lúcio, dealing minor damage and knocking enemies back. Use this ability to disrupt enemies and to force them to reposition from advantageous positions. For instance, you may save your teammate who has been hooked by Roadhog with a well-timed “boop” as Roadhog reels in your teammate. You may also knock defending enemies off from a high ground perch, forcing them to engage early or in a disorganized manner.

Effect: +70% move speed OR 46.8 ally healing/s and 35.1 self healing/s

Range: 10m

Duration: 3s

Cooldown: 12s

Increases the effectiveness of Lúcio’s songs for a short duration.

Effect: +30% move speed OR 16.25 ally healing/s and 12.1875 self healing/s

Range: 10m

Cooldown: 0.8s

Lúcio’s ability to heal allies or boost their speed. Activating the ability changes the song played.

Effect: 500 HP Barrier

Range: 30m line of sight

Duration: Decays over 6s

Provides a large barrier that blocks damage for allies and rapidly decays over a short duration.

PLAY STYLES, & COMPOSITION

Lucio has multiple playstyles, as his kit allows him to be both passive and aggressive. With all seriousness, an exceptional Lucio brings a unique playstyle and even charisma to his teammates (yes you, the player!). Lucio plays a vital role in enabling every member throughout the ranks of the team, whether it is babysitting and saving Ana with his Soundwave (BOOP!) from the enemy dive team or going in deep with his allied tanks!

Playing as an enabler usually revolves around very vocal and consistent communication between the front and back lines of Lucio’s team. In a 321 tank composition on King’s Row matched together with Reinhardt, D.Va and Roadhog, Lucio plays towards being a quarterback, an important role in knowing when it is the right time to activate his Amp It Up. The timing of this ability plays a crucial role when teams need to either engage, disengage or simply be provided the area of effect sustain healing to extend the team’s durability during a battle. On the other hand, Lucio can also provide a very defensive bodyguard or babysitting role for his support counterpart.

Lucio also brings a high intensity speed and utility to dive compositions since he is more than capable of vocally commanding the dive unit to perform timed engagements with his speed. Dive compositions with Tracer and Winston benefit tremendously from a highly skilled Lucio who knows how to prioritize which enemy targets to focus fire for a quick elimination, or simply understands that displacing an enemy Ana around the environment to create a break in her line of sight could mean a failed attempt at landing a Sleeping Dart on one of Lucio’s dive partners.

Let’s not forget that Lucio’s kit and the high end mobility also provide him the opportunity to kite enemy heroes that decide to focus him down during team fights. Understanding when enemy heroes are turned towards him to focus him down, a Lucio with exceptional wall riding mechanics can speed off, climbing walls away from enemy threats, and in doing so can provide his team an unevenly numbered matchup against their enemies.

Lucio is a staple in any composition being played in Overwatch. You can almost never go wrong with picking Lucio since his Crossfade and Amp it Up abilities provide the only source of speed boosting available. The idea behind placing movement speed as one of the top attributes in the game is specifically related to team engagement coordination. It further provides a team’s ability to progress to locations that have a more advantageous position before the enemy. Teams with superior positioning can dictate engagements since they are preemptively ready for full on team brawl.

Quick Composition Terminology:
213 DPS = 2 Tanks, 1 Support, 3 Damage Dealers

One composition where Lucio may prove weaker and a bit harder to play in, is during a solo healing setup. The exception while playing lucio as a solo healer, is during a 213 DPS setup which typically includes a Sombra, who is outfitted with a strong “Hack” ability. Her Hack ability allows her to lock down Health Packs to be only used by her allied teammates for 60 seconds. In addition to the exclusively useable Health Packs, the Hack ability reduces Small Health Packs down to 2.5seconds, and Large Health Packs on a reset timer of 3.75 seconds. This composition is commonly seen on maps and game modes that consist of a static capture point as an objective with multiple Health Packs located near by. With this in mind, compositions place Lucio at the main healing source require much more coordination and vocal communication.

LUCIO QUICK TIPS

Lucio is a great hero to use in order to practice your In Game Leader qualities (Shotcalling).

Positioning, Positioning, Positioning! While playing Lucio, practicing how to identify strong positional advantages with Lucio’s mobility and access to all areas of the map will greatly increase your personal game knowledge for all heroes when setting up for that next team fight.

Communication+Speed is key, and also Lucio’s best weapon. The strongest and most valued attribute is increased movement SPEED! Take advantage of calling fight engagements and disengagements while speeding your team into mispositioned enemy teams, or out of danger from the enemy.

Practicing Wall Riding and learning how to take advantage of Lucio’s mobility+ Soundwave (BOOP!), can help save lives… or end them!

PROS & CONS

Pros

  • 1. Wallride and Speed Boost give outstanding mobility, providing Lucio with several play styles
  • 2. Small character and shifty model movements makes him an elusive target
  • 3. Area of effect Healing and Speed Boost provides an excellent way to mitigate or avoid incoming cleave damage
  • 4. Sound Barrier allows Lucio to negate the burst damage from an enemy hero’s ultimate

Cons

  • 1. Wall riding is a skill by itself where it requires training, it is not something that is easily picked up and learned without practice
  • 2. Easily countered by heros with stun, or slow abilities with high burst damage
  • 3. Specific hero where non-vocal support players may not find as much value compared to vocal players
  • 4. No increased acceleration without his speed boost while on the ground and not wall riding

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