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What Does the Lightning Bolt Mean in Overwatch?

Every video game, be it multiplayer, or single-player have something in common; icons. Some of these icons remain on screen throughout the duration of the game, while some pop up as notifications, usually blinking, flashing, or featured in a way to capture the immediate attention of the player. Whatever action players choose to take upon seeing the icon is left to them, except if the icon is a notification for an incoming segment or feature players have no control over.

What Does the Lightning Bolt Mean in Overwatch?
What Does the Lightning Bolt Mean in Overwatch?

Overwatch being a video game is no exception to this unwritten rule as there are several icons in the game. One such icon is the lightning bolt icon which has been seen by many players. The questions remain; what does the lightning bolt mean in Overwatch? Also, is there just one lightning icon in the game? If no, what are the other lightning bolts and what do they mean? We will answer them all in the course of the article.

What Does the Lightning Bolt Mean in Overwatch?

Many players have come across a lightning bolt mid-game or preparing to start a game in the matching lobby. From the questions asked, it has become obvious that there are many lightning bolt icons in the game and they all mean different things. There is the yellow lightning bolt with a circular forward loop which is usually accompanied by yellow squares right below it. There is also the lightning bolt that pierces through a red square. Let’s differentiate them based on what they mean.

Lightning Bolt with Red Square Background

The lightning bolt that pierces through a red square is more common. It is a sort of notification for the player to know an internet disconnection may probably occur as a result of the client not getting feedback from the game server or your lobby. This usually shows up if your data connection is slow and you might experience brief sluggish gameplay if it is displayed for an extended period. From observation, this notification icon doesn’t last long. If it lasts longer than a few seconds, we recommend you check your internet connection.

Yellow Lightning Bolt with Circular Forward Loop

The yellow lightning bolt with a circular loop is somewhat similar to the lightning bolt with a red square background. The difference is that the yellow lightning usually pops on the screen as the server is extrapolating and also as a result of packet loss. In the instance of packet loss, yellow squares will also be displayed.

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