Zarya's ultimate ability pulls enemies close to one another in a tight cluster, making them more vulnerable to a lot of other ultimates that depend on the enemy team being close together. This would include Pharah's rocket barrage ultimate. However, another ultimate ability isn't always needed. Zarya can put out decent damage with her grenade launcher alone, and other heroes like Junkrat can take advantage of the Graviton surge.
As for regular combat, Zarya's damage barrier works well to give teammates an opportunity to zone out enemies. The damage barrier can be placed on a pharah, so that the allied pharah could survive a widowmaker shooting at her for an extra second. That extra second is often all the time a player needs to zone out an enemy. Zarya, along with roadhog, is one of the highest DPS tanks that puts out a lot of zoning damage.
Zarya can therefore take advantage of a lot of combat scenarios where teammates would otherwise be shutdown. It can be used to create aggressive plays, or shutdown aggressive plays. Which leads into the next section
You can use the damage barriers you have to put out large amounts of damage, as well as peek corners and chokepoints quite often. Because Zarya has 200 health in shields, she can retreat before she takes too much damage, and then reengage shortly. Her grenade launcher allows for strong spam, and her lightning gun is good as well. You want to predict when the enemy is going to shoot at you and take advantage of the extra health and damage. The idea is that the enemy will underestimate the amount of damage they did, and then take a lot of damage themselves from you. The allied damage barrier is trickier to use, it doesn't last very long, which creates a heavy need for teamwork. The enemy team might try to punish one of your overaggressive allies, or get a pick on a HVT, so you must be watchful of what how your teammates are faring. Often times, a teammate can get hooked by roadhog when they're trying to peak a chokepoint. Put a damage barrier on them, this will either negate the hook, or save the life of your ally if they do get hooked (if only for a couple seconds).
Thus you punish the enemy for incorrectly attacking your allies and yourself. Zarya is one of the more difficult heroes to play (Her difficulty is three stars) as she requires large amounts of gamesense and teamwork to be effective. However, this gives Zarya quite a high skill ceiling, but a very low skill floor. A reinhardt can hold up a shield and be extremely effective, Zarya enjoys no such luxury.
Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world's strongest women, a celebrated athlete who sacrificed personal glory to protect her family, friends, and country in a time of war.
Aleksandra was born in a remote Siberian village that was on the front lines of the Omnic Crisis, which began some thirty years ago. Although Russian forces defeated the robots and shut down their omnium, the region was devastated by the conflict. Only a child at the time, Aleksandra was surrounded by the post-war destruction, and as she grew older, she swore that she would gain the strength to help her people recover.
Focusing on weightlifting and bodybuilding, Aleksandra was identified by the national athletics program as a potential star. She trained extensively, moving up the ranks while representing her country, and was expected to shatter longstanding records in the upcoming world championships.
But on the eve of the tournament, an attack came from the long-dormant Siberian omnium, and her village was thrust into war once again. Aleksandra immediately withdrew from the competition and rushed home to enlist in the local defense forces, sacrificing the life of fame and fortune she might have had.
Now she serves—a symbol to some, a stalwart fellow soldier to others. But for Aleksandra, it is a chance to use her great strength to protect the ones she loves.
- Voiced by Dolya Gavanski
- Became the second Overwatch character to be included in Heroes of the Storm in 2016, following Tracer being included earlier that same year.
|Balance Patch History|
|Patch Version||Balance Changes|
|March 17, 2016 Patch[note 1]|
|March 1, 2016 Patch[note 2]|