Last updated: May 10, 2023. 12.30PM BST

Blizzard Entertainment are keeping their player base on their toes with a plethora of fresh content and events in Overwatch 2 Season 4. They have already released the exciting community-made Talantis Map and the special B.O.B and Weave event.

Seemingly inspired by the iconic Star Wars franchise, Overwatch 2's upcoming Starwatch event is a unique game mode with PvE elements. It features a twist on a forgotten 2CP map and some exclusive free rewards and cosmetics for some fan-favorite heroes. Here's everything you need to know!

Overwatch 2 Galactic Rescue: Start Date and End Date

Overwatch 2 Starwatch Galactic Rescue

The limited-time Starwatch event will start on May 9 and run until May 22, giving players plenty of time to see what Galactic Rescue has to offer.

Upcoming events after Galactic Rescue include the Battle for Olympus and the Symmetra Challenge.

Overwatch 2 Galactic Rescue: How It Works

The Overwatch 2 Season 4's Starwatch Galactic Rescue event sees players exploring a reworked Horizon Lunar Colony map. As a 4v4 playlist in the arcade modes, two teams are split into Watchers and the Infinite Empire, as they must battle their way through new objectives.

The Watchers involves capturing four objectives, while the Infinite Empire must defend.

There are some slight PvE elements, as the Infinite Empire has turrets and NPC mobs fighting for their side. We'll include a full walkthrough/tips when the game mode has been released.

There is a twist - like previous limited events like Loverwatch, players can only select certain heroes, as listed below.


  • Bonebreaker Doomfist
  • Extraterrestrial Winston
  • Intergalactic Smuggler Ashe
  • Space Prince Lucio

Infinite Empire

  • Galactic Emperor Sigma
  • Infinite Ace D.Va
  • Infinite Annihilator Bastion
  • Seer Mercy

Most of these skins, like Extraterrestrial Winston and Bonebreaker Doomfist, are available on the premium battle pass, purchasable with in-game currency.

Overwatch 2 Galactic Rescue: Exclusive Rewards

Fighting for the future of the galaxy in Overwatch 2:? Starwatch Galactic Rescue allows players to earna host of free rewards, including an epic Wrecking Ball skin, a weapon charm, sprays, and tons more! Here are all the challenges players will need to complete in Overwatch 2's Starwatch Galactic Rescue event.

Players will also get plenty of Battle Pass XP, as each challenges gives 2,500 XP, so they can earn the Galactic Emperor Sigma for themselves!

  • Complete Orbit - Complete 5 Starwatch Event Challenges to earn the "Epic" Asteroid Wrecking Ball skin.
  • Starwatch Veteran - Complete 5 games of Starwatch to earn the silver comet weapon charm.
  • Big Bang - Destroy three gravity cannisters in Starwatch to earn an event-themed spray.
  • Zero Gravity - Stay airborne in low gravity for four seconds to earn a event-themed spray.
  • Protostar - Complete 4 games. Wins grant double progress.
  • Shoot for the Stars - Complete 8 games. Wins grant double progress.
  • Rebel of the Galaxy - Complete 12 games to earn a Doomfist voiceline.
  • Hero of the Galaxy - Complete 16 games. Wins grant double the progress. This rewards players with the "Hammond's Wish" namecard.
  • Quantum Life - Resurrect a teammate to earn a Sigma voiceline.

Final Thoughts

That's everything we currently know about the Overwatch 2 Starwatch event. Want more Overwatch 2 content? We've got a guide on unlocking all heroes, the best Overwatch 2 crosshairs, hero tier lists, and more!