Junkrat Krampus is coming to the Overwatch Winter Wonderland

The Overwatch Winter Wonderland event comes down the chimney tomorrow, December 11, which means we've got just enough time left to squeeze in one final legendary skin tease before it happens. And for that very special, last-chance occasion, Blizzard has given us... Junkrat Krampus! 

Krampus is basically the Sith Lord of Christmas: The Darth Vader to the Obi-Wan of St. Nick. Instead of bringing gifts to good little girls and boys, he deals out punishment to the bad ones, and I'm not talking about harsh words here. Wikipedia says Krampus carries bundles of birch branches in some representations, "with which he occasionally swats children," and in other portrayals those branches are replaced by a whip. 

"Sometimes Krampus appears with a sack or a basket strapped to his back," it says. "This is to cart off evil children for drowning, eating, or transport to Hell."

I guess that's a pretty good fit for Junkrat.

Blizzard also unveiled a trio of less sinister, but equally seasonal, new skins over the weekend: Legendary Biathlon Widowmaker and Figure Skater Symmetra, and Epic Gift Wrap Bastion. They're not as catchy as Krampus Rat (Junkrampus?) but definitely appropriate for the characters.

If you haven't already seen them, don't miss out on the previously revealed Winter Wonderland skins: Snowboarder Zarya, Arctic Fox Lucio, and Sugar Plum Fairy Mercy who will dance on your grave.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.