How to use a priority pass in Overwatch

How to use a priority pass in Overwatch
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Here's how to cut down on that long DPS queue time.


Can't stand those long DPS queue times in Overwatch? This is what a Priority Pass is intended for.


If you haven't re-entered the Overwatch ranking queue in a while, you might be feeling confused about what a priority pass is. It's basically a reward for players playing in the Flex queue and allows you to reduce wait times for other roles.

How to use a priority pass in Overwatch
Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment


The Priority Pass feature was first introduced in November 2020 as a way to shorten DPS queue times, keeping in mind how popular the Damage role is on ranked playlists.


Damage queue times can sometimes be a real drag, especially when you're trying to stay warm, play as much as you can, and rack up a rank score. That's where the pass comes in.


Here's how to purchase and use a priority pass.


How to use a priority pass in Overwatch


When you unlock a priority pass in the ranked queue, you can use it to reduce the time of another queue, usually for Damage, which is almost always the longest.

How to use a priority pass in Overwatch
Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment


To use the priority pass you have unlocked, simply click the purple button below the queue button. This will put you at the head of the queue and shorten the wait time.


As you can see from the image above, the typical wait time for damage placement matches would be around seven minutes. But if you use a priority pass, that time drops to less than two minutes. It is a big difference.


Priority passes are unlocked by queuing for a flexible role. Doing this will place you in a game in any of the three available roles, and playing the game to completion will earn you a pass.

How to use a priority pass in Overwatch
Screengrab via Blizzard Entertainment


Priority passes can also be used in groups, but it works a little differently, according to Blizzard.


"If players in your party are queued for an affected role, players queued as an affected role (usually Damage) must issue passes in order for the entire group to be classified as a Priority Pass," Blizzard said. "For example: if I play with you and you choose to play as a tank or support and then I choose to play damage, all I have to do is issue the pass and that gives us a priority in the queue."


At the top right of the screen, you can see how many priorities pass you have accumulated. Overwatch allows you to save up to 40 priority passes.


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