How to get legendary skins for your heroes in Overwatch

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How to get legendary skins for your heroes in Overwatch
Overwatch’s Eichenwalde Balderich has an intimidating legendary skin (Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch provides players with a wide range of options for customizing their characters, including player icons, emotes, voice lines and skins.

There are over 300 skins currently in the game, offering Overwatch fans plenty of variety when it comes to personalising their favourite heroes.

The amount a skin affects a heroes’ appearance can vary, from changing parts of their outfit or giving them a new colour scheme, to giving them a new outfit altogether.

Legendary items are the hardest to obtain, which makes the legendary skins difficult to unlock.

A legendary skin for Lúcio in Overwatch
A legendary skin for Lúcio in Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

How can I unlock legendary skins in Overwatch?

Unfortunately, legendary skins are very difficult to get your hands on as a lot of it comes down to luck.

The main way for players to unlock legendary skins for their heroes is to get them in a loot box.

Loot boxes contain a variety of items that let you personalise your characters and there are various ways for you to get more loot boxes to open.

The most straightforward way is by receiving one every time you level up in the game, and they can also be gained during special and seasonal events.


You can also buy more loot boxes via microtransactions, but this could prove to be an expensive route as legendary items are so rare.

Pricing ranges from £1.99 for two boxes, up to £34.99 for fifty of them.

Alternatively, you could save up credits within the game, which you gain when you unlock items that you already have, however this could be a long process.

Purchasing a legendary skin in Overwatch costs between 1000 and 3000 credits.

Blizzard did offer a special promotional loot box to players between 20 June and 10 August 2017 which was guaranteed to contain a legendary skin.

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