Once heir to the Shimada clan's criminal empire, Hanzo abandoned his birthright after he almost killed his younger brother. He now strives to perfect his skills as a warrior, and sees the Nexus and its endless conflict as the ideal training ground.
Hanzo is a skillful Assassin who deals tremendous damage from long range, he specializes in scouting and taking out enemies from a distance.
Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo's heart and drove him to reject his father's legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.
Now, Hanzo travels the world, perfecting his skills as a warrior, attempting to restore his honor and put the ghosts of his past to rest.
Gameplay Summary Edit
- Very long range on his abilities, having an excellent poke potential.
- Flexible talent tree that allows him to adjust to different situations.
- Great mobility thanks to .
- can be charged to greatly increase its range. Hanzo can move while channeling.
- can deal absurdly high damage in closed spaces, where the split arrows are more likely to hit the same target.
- Both Storm Bow and Scatter Arrow can be talented to pierce opponents through at level 16.
- is a very potent scouting ability akin to , but covers a larger area and can deal damage.
- Both Heroic abilities are powerful follow-ups.
- can deal obscene amount of damage if well timed, specially if the enemy team is under some sort of crowd control.
- has global range, and its damage and stun duration increases over distance, which makes it great for surprise attacks or to chase opponents.
- Can deal increased damage to shields with at level 7.
- Can instantly kill minions with at level 4.
- High learning curve.
- Requires pinpoint accuracy, positioning and environmental awareness to deal proper damage.
- Completely lack of self-sustain.
- All his abilities are skillshots.
- Unlike most Overwatch characters brought to Heroes of the Storm, he cannot use Basic Attacks while moving.
- In addition, he has very slow attack speed, almost as slow as Stukov's.
- Unlike Genji's , requires walls or structures to be used, making it more situational.
- Unlike Gazlowe's , 's damage does not increase with charge.
- requires careful positioning to hit opponents reliably in the right angle.
- travels extremely slow.
- While covers long distances, its area of effect is considerably thin, making it easy to avoid, especially without proper setups.
- only gets true value when hitting enemies from a very long distance.
Heroic Abilities Edit
Tier 1, Hero Level 1 Edit
Tier 2, Hero Level 4 Edit
Tier 3, Hero Level 7 Edit
Tier 4, Hero Level 10 Edit
Tier 5, Hero Level 13 Edit
Tier 6, Hero Level 16 Edit
Tier 7, Hero Level 20 Edit
Talent Builds Edit
- Storm Bow Build: focused on improving 's already high damage and range, plus increasing Hanzo's waveclear potential. Key talents are and , which turns Hanzo's poking tools into deadly weapons. These paired with allows him to effectively kite his opponents.
- Alternatively, at level 7, can be taken instead of if the enemy team features any Hero that can grant shields.
- This build works against team compositions that have low mobility, as hitting enemies with Storm Bow requires good accuracy and precision.
- In addition, it is not recommended if the enemy team features Abathur, as hitting him with Storm Bow in order to complete Target Practice can be tricky since Abathur will never engage in direct combat.
- Scatter Arrow Build: focused on improving 's area damage and also increasing Hanzo's waveclear potential. Key talents are and , which can deal an absurdly high amount of damage under the right circumstances.
- Basic Attack Build: focused on improving Hanzo's Basic Attack in every aspect. The key talent is , which can greatly improve Hanzo's marginally low attack speed. This build is very flexible and can be customized to allow Hanzo to deal with various types of opponents, as he has many talents that are affected by basic attacks. Also, allows Hanzo to become an even more aggressive Basic Attacker, opening engages with and proceeding to unleash a flurry of Basic Attacks enhanced by Redemption (which becomes even more powerful thanks to ). Lastly, has fantastic synergy with Redemption, allowing Hanzo to reset 's cooldown quickly due the increased attack speed.
- Remember that , unlike Genji's , can only be used on terrain. Be wary of the surroundings to make the most of it.
- Make sure to use from a safe distance to surprise opponents and prevent retaliation. Since Hanzo can move while charging, adjust his positioning accordingly to keep enemies within Storm Bow's range.
- Try to aim in the most optimal manner so the splitting arrows can hit as many enemies as possible.
- Do not use Hanzo's Heroic Abilities preemptively; they are best when used as a follow ups, since both are relatively easy to avoid.
Effective against Edit
Effective foes Edit
- Master Assassin (base)
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- Farstrider (all skins are part of a 1475 bundle)
- Like most farstriders, Hanzo feels more at home in the wilds than within the walls of Quel'Thalas. He diligently hones his skills in archery in preparation for the day he is named Ranger-General.
- This skin is related to the Warcraft themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Reference material for Hanzo was provided by the Overwatch development team. His bow and body size were increased in size for Heroes.
Patch changes Edit
- (Patch May 9, 2018) Note: Basic Attack range decreased from 7.5 to 6.5.
- (Patch March 27, 2018) Note: Will no longer play an incorrect voiceover line to allies upon casting Hearthstone.
- (Patch January 24, 2018) Note: Basic Attack Damage reduced from 176 to 173.
- (Patch December 12, 2017) Note: Added.
- Hanzo's dance derives from from Soran Bushi, a Japanese traditional fisherman's dance.
- ↑ 2017-11-23, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2017-11-26
- ↑ 2017-11-07, BlizzCon 2017 Heroes of the Storm Interview | Blizzplanet. YouTube, accessed on 2017-11-15
- Hanzo's article on the Overwatch wiki