Overwatch’s rare Golden Guns have been a point of some contention in the community, but now we know which are most popular.
In Overwatch, Competitive Play has a monetary system called “Ranked Currency”. You get 10RC for a victory, and 3RC for a tie. The only thing RC can be spent on is a Golden Gun, specific to each character. It’s a fitting and flashy reward for winning enough Competitive Play matches.
The downside is the amount of currency necessary for a single Golden Gun: 3000RC. That’s 300 wins (in matches that take 20-45 minutes), or (for example) 299 wins and 4 ties. Overwatch has made clear that most players will never unlock all of its customization items, and its likely that the average player will only get one or two Golden Guns in their entire playtime, if that.
As Golden Guns are so rare, it makes sense that players would reserve bestowing a Golden Gun onto their favorite characters to play, or the ones with the best Golden Guns. Whatever the case, the actual facts are somewhat surprising. As game director Jeff Kaplan explains in a forum, “Our stats are a little weird on this so there might be an inaccuracy. But it looks like the top 3 [heroes] equipped with Golden Guns are:
The bottom 3 are:
A golden sword and golden revolver both make sense for the characters, although it’s a little surprising to see the scrap-happy Roadhog getting a golden gun. Meanwhile, the bottom of the list has a sniper and builders– maybe players are afraid that, as these heroes don’t get into the middle of the fray, their Golden Guns will go unnoticed.