I Love Overwatch! I remember being disappointed about Blizzard announcing that they’d be canning their MMO Titan as I was deeply in love with that idea, but I have to admit that they did a great job salvaging what was left from that and turning it into this fantastic team based shooter.

One of the things that were confusing to me as a new player was the fact that there was no explanation on how the leveling system works and how to level up fast in the game. So I decided to make a how-to on Overwatch’s leveling system and ways to level up much faster than average.

If you have any questions about this guide, please feel free to leave a comment below!

How Does The Leveling System Work?

Before I get in-depth on how to level fast in overwatch, you really need to understand how the leveling system works. Below is a chart that I’ve created that showcases how much experience is needed to gain a level, so give it a look.

  • Level
  • 1
  • 2
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23-100
  • EXP Needed
  • 1500
  • 3000
  • 6000
  • 7500
  • 8500
  • 9500
  • 10500
  • 11500
  • 12500
  • 13500
  • 14500
  • 15500
  • 16500
  • 17500
  • 18500
  • 19000
  • 19500
  • 20000
  • 20500
  • 21000
  • 21500
  • 22000

As you can see, the EXP needed per level caps off at 23, but I ended it at level 100. Why is that? Well, it’s because Blizzard has implemented this cool system into Overwatch’s leveling system that allows you to basically reset the EXP needed to level up. So that means at level 101, you basically reset and only need 1500 EXP to level  up again. This is definitely something to look forward to for someone who’s looking for loot boxes.

Long Matches Aren’t Bad For EXP!

Before I get into my main points I’d like to talk about this myth in the overwatch community that long matches are a waste of time. This is entirely false! You see, the way that Overwatch’s EXP system is set up is that the longer the match goes on, the more EXP, in general, you earn for that game. So you’ll get more EXP for a 20-minute game than a 10 minute one. So next time you see someone in chat mention that long matches are a waste of time, don’t pay them any mind as that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s move on to how to level up fast in overwatch!

1. Group Up With Friends!

If you don’t get anything else out of this article, please get this. Grouping up with friends offers a 20% EXP bonus on everything! This might not seem like a lot, but when you consider the fact that this stacks with all standard EXP gained, then you this really speeds up the leveling process. So if you have any friends that are also playing Overwatch definitely try to group up with them! It makes the game more enjoyable to play, and you get an EXP bonus, what else could you want?

2. Win!

One of the best ways to level up in Overwatch is to WIN! Winning a match in Overwatch awards 500 extra EXP (100 more if you’re in a group).  This is another reason why I recommend grouping up. Even if you are a good player, Overwatch isn’t a game where one player can effectively carry an entire team. I’d really recommend you group up instead as this greatly improves your chances of winning since your team will be able to communicate much better.

3. Go For Gold

Have you ever received a gold, silver, or bronze medal for playing effectively on overwatch? You might not have known this, but if you get a gold medal you get 150 EXP, if you get silver you’ll get 100 EXP, and finally if you get a bronze medal you’ll get 75 EXP.

One thing you should know is that these medals don’t stack. To give you a deeper insight of what I’m talking about, I’ll give you an example of what I mean. If you got 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze, you’d only get 150 EXP for receiving a gold medal. This is one of the things I dislike about the leveling system. So every match I’d recommend you go for one gold medal, nd that’s it.

4. Play Consecutive Matches

Blizzard wants you to keep playing Overwatch and they’ll actually reward you for playing consecutive matches. After you play at least one game and then immediately queue into another one you’ll receive a bonus 200 EXP. While this isn’t that much it’s definitely a nice little bonus for your dedication.

5. Win Once A Day

Even if you’re a rather busy person you should at least aim to win once a day! This is because you’re actually rewarded 1500 EXP just for this. This first win of the day stacked with all the other things such as getting a gold medal and group EXP can turn a 2500 EXP match into a 5000 EXP Match.

6. BackFilling Matches Is Awesome

Blizzard knows that no one really wants to join a match that is already in progress ( especially if the team you joined is likely to be losing), but in a way to reward players for sticking it out they’ll actually give you a 400 EXP bonus. Considering that the match is already halfway over by the time you join and even if you win you still receive this bonus, I’d say that backfilling is actually pretty awesome.

7. Don’t Leave Matches!

One of the biggest tips, I can give you to level up fast in Overwatch would have to be to not leave matches early. The reason for this is not only do you miss out on the match finish exp (300 exp), but more importantly you will get the leavers penalty debuff which lasts for multiple games! This debuff is particularly nasty as it a 75% decrease in EXP which lasts for hours. Leaving matches midway is also pretty insensitive when you think of your team, but if you’re trying to efficiently get lootboxes, then don’t leave a match early.

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Hopefully, this post has helped break down the way Overwatch’s leveling system actually works. Overwatch is fun by itself, but leveling up and getting Lootboxes is definitely another great experience that adds a whole new element to the game. Need a cheap gaming PC to play overwatch? I’d recommend you check out my awesome $350 PC gaming build!

If you have any questions or would like to add to the discussion about leveling in Overwatch, please feel free to leave a comment below. Otherwise, please share this article with other members of the community so everyone can maximize their leveling!

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