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EQUIP an owl drone. FIRE to deploy and take control of movement of the drone. While in control of the drone, FIRE to shoot a marking dart. This dart will Reveal the location of any player struck by the dart. Enemies can destroy the Owl Drone.
— In-game description

Owl Drone is a basic ability for Sova.


Owl Drone is an Intel ability that Sova must equip before casting. Upon casting he deploys an owl drone that he takes control of. Sova's body will remain still in a channeling position whilst using the drone, leaving him vulnerable to enemy gunfire and utility. The drone can fly through the air, is controlled using movement keys, and will self destruct once it expires. If Sova's body takes damage whilst he is in control of Owl Drone, the ability will be ended early.

Whilst using Owl Drone, Sova can aim at enemy agents and fire to shoot marking darts at them. If a dart hits an enemy it will periodically reveal their location with real-time silhouettes over several seconds.

Enemies can deal damage to the drone and destroy it.


Stat Value Confirmed
CustomReload Equip time 0.9 seconds Check MarkGame files
Windup Deploy time 0.25 seconds Cross*
Duration Duration 7 seconds Check Markv4.08
Recon Bolt Reveal stats 0.6-second reveal per ping Cross*
Total 2 pings
1st ping 1.6 seconds after dart impact
2nd ping 1.2 seconds after 1st ping ends
Check Markv4.08
Cooldown Dart cooldown 5 seconds Check MarkGame files
CustomReload Unequip time 0.7 seconds Check MarkGame files

* Values that are not marked as confirmed (i.e. values not provided explicitly in game or from patch notes) are only estimates. Whilst they may not be the true value, they have been tested so that they should be very accurate.

Update History[]

v9.0 (Console)
  • Buff HP is now 100, up from 60.


  • Bugfix Buff Fixed an issue causing kills with Shock Bolt Shock Bolt to not be awarded while using Owl Drone


  • Buff Now immune to all allied damage


  • Nerf Duration reduced 10s >>> 7s
  • Nerf Health reduced 125 >>> 100
  • Nerf Number of reveal pings reduced 3 >>> 2
  • Nerf Initial delay before first ping reveals increased 1.2s >>> 1.6s
    • Delay between the first and second ping remains 1.2s
  • Buff Changed crosshair color to green to better stand out against the white HUD
  • Buff Removed delay on [Target Hit] confirmation text
  • Buff [Target Hit] confirmation text now remains on the player HUD when transitioning out of Owl Drone
  • Adjustment Duration that [Target Hit] confirmation text remains on screen increased 1s >>> 2s
  • Adjustment Adjusted audio on drone dart hits for both Sova and the player hit to make confirmations more noticeable
  • Bugfix Buff Fixed a bug where the Dart Cooldown UI element would not properly update after tagging an opponent


  • Nerf Cost increased 300 >>> 400


  • Bugfix Buff Fixed a rare bug that could leave players unable to move or process inputs until they died when entering or returning from Owl Drone
    • "We previously addressed some causes of this bug last patch, this fix should address the remaining known causes"


  • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Sova could sometimes get the voice over for Hunter's Fury Hunter's Fury to play, even though it isn’t used, by trying to equip Owl Drone at the same time
  • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Owl Drone could clip through specific map geo and view the other side
  • Bugfix Buff Fixed a couple input bugs around possessing and unpossessing Owl Drone in the same frame which lead to locking all inputs or locking view direction


  • Bugfix Nerf Fixed issue where Sova’s hitbox was incorrect while using Owl Drone


  • Bugfix Buff Fixed issue causing Owl Drone to rotate slower


  • Bugfix Fixed jittering when reaching the max flight height


  • Adjustment Now includes a layer of sound for engine rotors.
    • Audio should better reflect thematics, while maintaining how noticeable the previous version of Owl Drone audio was for allies and enemies, as heard in 3rd-person
  • Bugfix Nerf Sova will no longer float in the air if the Sage Barrier Orb Barrier Orb wall he is standing on is destroyed while using Owl Drone
  • Bugfix Nerf No longer rapid-fires darts if the prior one hits an enemy