Zarya


Trivia

Zarya as she appears in Heroes of the Storm

Synergies

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


Trivia

  • 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.

Summary

Aleksandra "Zarya" Zaryanova is a Russian, pink-haired soldier who loves to play around with particles and gravity. Her primary weapon of choice is a particle cannon which can shoot beams and balls of energy, and create shields for herself and her allies. A powerful Tank Each hero fills a different role in Overwatch. Roles in Overwatch are loosely defined, and heroes can fulfill a role not designated for them. Roles, as they exist, are designed to help players identify which overwatch , Zarya can turn the damage she absorbs into energy to fuel her weapons, dishing out damage as she defends her team.

Videos

  
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  • Grand Master Overwatch CARRY w/ Zarya (78-3) SR4292 (Stay Connected To Me All The T)

Story

Icon-zarya.png
"Together we are strong."

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. As a soldier in the Russian Defense Forces Russian Defense Forces Affiliation Russia Type Armed forces Standing Active The Russian Defense Forces are the armed forces of Russia. Background edit | edit source] The RDF fought against the omnics during the Omnic Crisis. overwatch , she is proud to use her strength to protect the ones she loves.

Zarya is distrustful of omnics, even those who seek co-existence with humanity. One of her personal heroes is Vasily Alekseyev. She enjoys eating cabbage pierogis.

Abilities

Energy Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description

Damage
+1% per point of energy
Ammo
100 points of energy
Ammo usage
-2 points of energy per second
Reload time
+1 point of energy per 5 points of damage absorbed


Damage blocked increases Particle Cannon damage.

Details

  • Energy increases the damage of both firing modes, but does not increase the damage of Graviton Surge.


Particle Cannon Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Weapon (Primary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-zarya1.png

Type
Beam
Damage
95 per second
5-6 per round
Maximum range
16 meters
Rate of fire
20 rounds per second
Ammo
100
Reload time
1.5 seconds
Headshot


Zarya’s mighty Particle Cannon unleashes a short-range beam of destructive energy.


Particle Cannon Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Weapon (Secondary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-zarya1.png

Type
Arcing Splash Projectile
Damage
45 per shot
Projectile speed
23.5 meters per second
Area of effect
2 meters
Rate of fire
1 shot per second
Ammo
100
Ammo usage
25 rounds per shot
Reload time
1.5
Headshot


Alternatively, Zarya can lob an explosive charge to strike multiple opponents.

Details

  • Energy level increases explosion radius.

Video


Particle Barrier Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-zarya2.png

Health
200 barrier
Duration
2 seconds
Cooldown
10 seconds


The Particle Cannon can emit a personal barrier that shields Zarya against incoming attacks, redirecting their energy to enhance her weapon’s damage and the width of its beam.

Details

  • Particle Barrier behaves differently compared to normal barriers, acting more like additional Health than Reinhardt`s Barrier Field. Damage and effects from attacks that normally pass through a barrier, such as Winston`s Tesla Cannon, will still be absorbed by Particle Barrier.
  • As long as Particle Barrier has at least 1 Health worth of absorption left, it will prevent all incoming negative effects, no matter their damage.
  • The ability will not protect Zarya from knockback.

Video


Projected Barrier Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-zarya3.png

Health
200 barrier
Maximum range
30 meters
Duration
2 seconds
Cooldown
8 seconds


Zarya surrounds one of her teammates with an energy barrier that simultaneously absorbs fire and boosts the power of her Particle Cannon.

Details

  • Projected Barrier behaves identically to Particle Barrier. For more ability details, see Particle Barrier.

Video


Graviton Surge Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-zarya4.png

Type
Arcing projectile
(initial cast)
Area-of-effect (ability start)
Damage
5.5 per second
Projectile speed
23.5 meters per second
Area of effect
9 meters
Duration
4 seconds
Charge required
1875 points


Zarya launches a gravity bomb that draws in enemy combatants and deals damage while they’re trapped.

Details

  • Certain movement abilities, such as Tracer`s Blink, allow heroes to escape from the pull of Graviton Surge.

Video


Info

Zarya
Zarya-portrait.png
"Together we are strong."

Real Name
Aleksandra Zaryanova
Age
28
Nationality
RussiaRussian
Occupation
Soldier
Base
Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia
Affiliation
Russian Defense Forces Russian Defense Forces Affiliation Russia Type Armed forces Standing Active The Russian Defense Forces are the armed forces of Russia. Background edit | edit source] The RDF fought against the omnics during the Omnic Crisis. overwatch
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Voice
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Alexia Lunel (French)
Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)
Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)
Fernanda Mammana (Brazilian Portuguese)
Laura Torres (American Spanish)
Marℂ₭a Jesℂ⅟s Varona (European Spanish)

Cosmetics
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Quotes
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Role
Tank Each hero fills a different role in Overwatch. Roles in Overwatch are loosely defined, and heroes can fulfill a role not designated for them. Roles, as they exist, are designed to help players identify which overwatch
Health
200
Shield
200
Character Video

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Strategy

Zarya is a challenging Tank to play, though one of the most rewarding when played well. She gains Energy by absorbing damage with her barrier abilities, increasing her own damage substantially. At maximum Energy, she is a monstrous threat to the enemy team, tearing them apart in seconds with her Particle Cannon. Her Ultimate Ultimate abilities (Commonly referred to by players as Ults ) are powerful abilities only available to a hero once their Ultimate Meter has filled. Progress towards an Ultimate persists through death. The Ultimate Meter fills by overwatch has some of the highest playmaking potential in the game, with the ability to trap entire teams in a single spot for her allies to fire upon. All of this comes with a severe weakness: she is the softest of the Tanks, with the lowest base Health out of them and only an infrequent, short-duration barrier to protect her and her team.

Official tips

Weapons & Abilities

General Strategies

  • A good way to consistently gain Energy is to engage your opponents before activating Particle Barrier. Your enemies will have less time to react and stop hitting your barrier if they`re already firing at you. Approaching your enemies and activating Particle Barrier immediately will likely cause them to simply retreat until the barrier is down before returning to firing at you.
  • Exploit the secondary fire of Particle Cannon by firing it at oncoming enemies and then ducking back in behind cover to avoid return fire. Despite being a Tank, Zarya can generally absorb less damage than the other Tanks, making cautious play important. You should ideally try to minimize the amount of time you`re exposed to enemy fire while still threatening enemies who get too close with your presence.
  • A substantial portion of Zarya`s Health is composed of shields. When you see yourself getting below 50% Health, duck into cover to give your shields time to regenerate. This will allow you to keep fighting far longer than staying out in the open constantly will.

Background

A magazine article on Zarya

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 omnics 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. The magazine ␑␾␳␰⑂⑋⑀␸ reported on her departure. Now a member of the Russian Defense Forces Russian Defense Forces Affiliation Russia Type Armed forces Standing Active The Russian Defense Forces are the armed forces of Russia. Background edit | edit source] The RDF fought against the omnics during the Omnic Crisis. overwatch , Zarya was deployed to the Krasnoyarsk front in Siberia. Serving as a soldier, Zarya became a symbol to some, a stalwart fellow soldier to others. But for Zarya, it was a chance to use her great strength to protect the ones she loves.

As the Siberian omnium continued its attacks, Atlas News interviewed Zarya.

A New Assignment

⃢₀ₜ Do you know why you are here?
I believe I do.
⃢₀₞
~ Katya Volskaya to Zarya
Zarya is brought before Katya Volskaya

After a trio of Talon agents tried to assassinate Katya Volskaya of Volskaya Industries This article is a stub. You can help Overwatch Wiki by expanding it. Volskaya Industries Type Assault Location Russia Terrain Machine construction zone Volskaya Industries is an Assault map in Overwatch. Contents 1 Official Description 2 overwatch , Zarya was summoned to her office. After being asked whether she knew why she was here, Zarya responded that she believed she did.

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Power Overwhelming
Keep Zarya`s Particle Cannon Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch above 70 power for 60 seconds in Quick or Competitive play.
Pixel
The Power Of Attraction
Capture 5 enemies in a single use of Zarya`s Graviton Surge Zarya "Together we are strong." Real Name Aleksandra Zaryanova Age 28 Nationality Russian Occupation Soldier Base Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia Affiliation Russian Defense ForcesVolskaya Industries Voice Dolya Gavanski (English) Alexia Lunel (French)Maddalena Vadacca (Italian)Mitsuki Saiga (Japanese)Fernanda overwatch in Quick or Competitive play.
Cute

Official

Curse

Dec. 13th, 2016

Hero Balance Change
  • Particle Barrier/Projected Barrier
    • Attacks like Reinhardt`s Fire Strike or Hanzo`s Dragonstrike that deal damage to both the barrier and the hero within the barrier, no longer deal damage to the barrier twice
Developer Comments
This is a bug fix, but we think it`s significant enough to warrant a separate note. We`ve had a long-standing bug that caused "piercing" damage to hit Zarya`s barrier twice. Sometimes this benefited Zarya (for instance, jumping in front of Reinhardt`s Fire Strike was a good way to generate a large amount of energy quickly), and sometimes it really hurt her (Genji’s Dragonblade, for instance, would cut through her shield in one swing, instead of two). This change isn’t intended to buff or a nerf to Zarya. We`re simply trying get her abilities working as they should, and we’ll keep an eye on how it affects her balance.

Nov. 15th, 2016

Hero Balance Change
  • Ultimate costs have been increased by 25% for all heroes
Developer Comment
Game-changing ultimate abilities were coming up a bit too frequently. This change helps keep them in check while still allowing them to be powerful.
  • Particle Barrier
    • Power gained from barriers decreased by 20%
  • Projected Barrier
    • Power gained from barriers decreased by 20%
Developer Comment
Considering her potential damage output, Zarya was starting to feel like a mandatory pick in most situations. Rather than reduce her damage output, this change makes achieving her maximum power and damage output slightly more difficult.
Bug Fixes
Heroes
  • Fixed a bug preventing Zarya from gripping her gun’s handle in the “Deadlift” highlight Intro
  • Fixed a bug causing Zarya’s Graviton Surge to eject Reinhardt at high velocity

Jul. 19,2016

Bug Fixes
Heroes
  • PC Only Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Zarya⃢₀ₙs alternate fire to scale incorrectly with her damage boost modifier

Jun. 21, 2016

Bug Fixes
General
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause projectiles to hit Reinhardt instead of his Barrier Field in "High Bandwidth" Custom Games
  • Reduced the chance for larger projectiles (i.e. Hanzo`s arrows, Zenyatta`s orbs) to hit targets around corners

Abilities

Particle Cannon
Ability: Weapon
Affects: Enemies
Zarya’s mighty Particle Cannon unleashes a short-range beam of destructive energy. Alternatively, Zarya can lob an explosive charge to strike multiple opponents.
Range (Primary):
Damage (Primary):
₠15 yards
₠???
Particle Barrier
Ability: Cooldown
Affects: Self
The Particle Cannon can emit a personal barrier that shields Zarya against incoming attacks, redirecting their energy to enhance her weapon’s damage and the width of its beam.
SHIFT
10 seconds
Duration:
₠2 seconds
Projected Barrier
Ability: Cooldown
Affects: Allies
Zarya surrounds one of her teammates with an energy barrier that simultaneously absorbs fire and boosts the power of her Particle Cannon.
E
8 seconds
Duration:
₠2 seconds
Graviton Surge
Ability: Ultimate
Affects: Enemies
Zarya launches a gravity bomb that draws in enemy combatants and deals damage while they’re trapped.
Q
Duration:
₠4 seconds

Basic Combat

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.

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