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Blizzard Temporarily Disables Mythic Skins in Overwatch 2

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  • Blizzard has temporarily disabled Mythic Skins in Overwatch 2 due to a bug affecting online play.
  • The bug causes crashes and disconnections when using Mythic skins, prompting the shutdown.
  • Players can still earn Mythic Prism awards and progress through the Battle Pass while the issue is being investigated.



Developer Blizzard has temporarily cut off access to Mythic skins, some of the most coveted cosmetics in Overwatch 2. The issue appears to be related to a bug caused by employing Overwatch 2 Mythic skins in online play.

Ever since the original Overwatch, Blizzard has supported the game by selling cosmetic skins and other personalization items. This is because selling anything with a more tangible gameplay impact could negatively affect the game’s balance. In a title predicated on maintaining an even competitive playing field for all players, any advantages that can be purchased outright would quickly raise accusations of “pay-to-win” monetization. Cosmetic upgrades also have the advantage of introducing varied and diverse aesthetics, exciting players with new visual interpretations of beloved characters. Such is the case with the Mythic Skins of Overwatch 2, which introduced a new progression goal for players to unlock and wild new variants for the characters who got them.


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Blizzard Temporarily Shuts Down Mythic Skins and Mythic Shop to Investigate Bug

Now, an unusual bug is affecting online play in Overwatch 2, and Blizzard has voluntarily shut down access to Mythic Skins as it investigates. According to a developer post on the Overwatch 2 forums, the company is investigating an issue related to the game’s latest patch that is causing crashes and disconnections when Mythic skins are used in online matches. While it investigates, players cannot equip any Mythic Skin or purchase new Mythic Skins from the Mythic Shop, the in-game storefront where players can acquire Mythic Skins. Players can still equip any Rare, Epic, or Legendary skin they own or acquire, including ones from the recent Overwatch 2 Porsche crossover event.


Though the bug has temporarily disabled the use of Mythic skins in online play, players can still move towards earning the ones they want while Blizzard works on the problem. Mythic Prism awards are not affected by the bug, so players can still collect them in the Premium Battle Pass. The recent Overwatch 2 Season 10 update overhauled the way Mythic Skins are earned, by awarding players advancing the Battle Pass with a new type of currency, Mythic Prisms, which can then be exchanged for Mythic Skins from the in-game store. Additionally, any players affected by the bug will not be affected by Leaver Penalties, since their disconnection or crash occurred due to an issue outside their control rather than “rage-quitting.”


Since Overwatch 2‘s launch, Mythic Skins have been used by players as a major goal, as it is possible to acquire the skins without any additional purchases by progressing through the game’s Premium Battle Pass. However, the new overhaul to that Mythic Skin progression has introduced some problems of its own. A recent Overwatch 2 bug caused a mundane spray to cost Mythic Prisms rather than credits, costing potentially huge amounts of real-world money.

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