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Overwatch Extraction and Datamining Guide, using OWET.

Basic introduction:

What is OWET?

OWET stands for OverWatch Extract Toolkit. It is a program which consists of a set of tools which makes it easier to extract data and files from Overwatch. One of its functions is providing a simple GUI (graphical user interface) for DataTool. Normally, DataTool is a command prompt program. This means that it requires you to type in very specific commands in order to use it. This can be time-consuming and inconvenient, especially for less experienced users. Due to this, OWET provides a simple set of buttons and text boxes which can be used to operate all of DataTool more quickly and easily.

Why do we need it?

Overwatch files are encrypted. This means that they are locked away and require special “keys” to unlock. Luckily, there are some clever people who know how to find these keys and unlock the files. They then share these keys and the tools required to use them in a package called DataTool. DataTool uses these keys to unlock and copy the files from inside the game and place the decrypted (unlocked) files somewhere else on your computer. Because it creates a copy of these files, there is no way of actually changing what is in the game. You can only copy what’s already there.

Where can I get it?

The latest version of OWET can be downloaded here:

Guide sections:

This guide will outline the basics of OWET and explain how to set it up and use it to extract things like models, voice lines, sounds, maps, skins, textures, strings, and more from Overwatch.

This guide is not yet complete so more sections will be added.

1) Basics:

a) Terminology

b) Program Overview

c) FAQ

2) Setting up:


3) Extraction:


4) Conversion:


5) Other tools: