Overwatch Genji Guide: Counters, Ability Tips, Strategy, Strengths and Weaknesses

By   /   May 24, 2016
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Thanks to his high mobility, Genji is able to run around the map while eliminating targets one after the other. However, due to his steep learning curve, achieving such a feat is not as simple as it sounds.

Since this hero is extremely squishy, you are better off sticking near your team and eliminating weakened targets rather wandering on your own.

For more help on Overwatch, read out our Hero Counters and Match-Ups Guide, Lucio In-Depth Hero Guide, Widowmaker In-Depth Hero Guide, and Mercy In-Depth Hero Guide.

Overwatch Genji Guide

He has a total of 200 hit points and Cyber-Agility passive which allow him to climb walls and perform a double-jump while he is in mid-air. The maps in Overwatch has specific points where Genji is able to perform such feats.

Not many Genji players know this, but he can also perform a triple-jump. To do this, you need to double-jump, do some wall climbing, and perform another jump into the air. This is something that can be used as an effective escape tool and must be mastered by learning Genji players.

Our Genji guide details all his abilities, how to use them effectively, what are some of the heroes that Genji is good/bad against in a match-up, what are his strengths and weaknesses, along with some general tips and strategies.

Genji Strengths and Weaknesses

When we talk about his strengths, Genji is one of the better flankers – among Tracer and Reaper – in the game.

Due to his high mobility in the game, he can easily get behind enemy lines and deal with the likes of Widowmaker and Hanzo up close. In addition to this, his ultimate ability called Dragonblade is capable of wiping out the entire enemy team without breaking a sweat.

On the negative side, unlike Soldier: 76, Genji is not a hero that anyone can pick and instantly start doing good. This is one of the heroes in Overwatch that demands a high skill level and a lot of patience. In addition to this, he is pretty squishy and once gets caught out of position; dies instantly.

Genji Abilities and Ability Tips

This section of the guide provides an overview of all the abilities and ultimate ability at Genji’s disposal and how to effectively use these abilities in order to have more successful games.

Shuriken
Genji loses three deadly throwing stars in quick succession. Alternatively, he can throw three shuriken in a wider spread.

Deflect
With lightning-quick swipes of his sword, Genji reflects an oncoming projectile and sends it rebounding towards his opponent.

Swift Strike
Genji darts forward, slicing the air with his katana and passing through foes in his path. After the initial strike, his targets begin to bleed and take additional damage over time. If Genji eliminates a target with this ability, he can instantly use it again.

Dragonblade
Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Knowing how to use Shuriken can create the difference between winning and losing a fight. Genji is not only able to throw Shurikens vertically – that cover a large distance – but also horizontally that are more apt for close-ranged engagements.

As mentioned earlier, Genji requires a lot of practice and patience to be mastered. One of the reasons for this is his Deflect which not only protects him from projectiles, but reflects them back at the attackers – provided that you get the timing right.

Swift Strike is not only useful for getting on a large killing spree, but also to escape an unwanted fight or to close in gap on a target. You can also use it to get on the other side of a large shield. Do note that the ability’s cooldown timer resets whenever you eliminate an opponent hero using it.

Target selection is of paramount importance when it comes to using your Ultimate Ability. Dragonblade can eliminate multiple enemies at the same time without needing some sort of set-up. You are also able to use all your other abilities while it is active – with the sole exception of Shurikens.

Genji Counters and Match-Ups

Since you need to head in close to Widowmaker to deal any significant damage, Genji can easily get to her faster than anyone else in Overwatch and insta-kill her using reflect in some scenarios.

Similarly, Deflect can easily nullify Quick-Fire and Flashbang from McCree, giving him the opportunity to easily 1-on-1 McCree and win the duel.

Coming to heroes that can 1-vs-1 him, Mei has a slow which cannot be reflected. Moreover, her Ice Wall can prevent Genji from killing her and also blocks his ult. Roadhog, on the other hand, has a massive HP pool which Genji has a tough time depleting on his own.

Finally, coming to Pharah, although she cannot directly win a 1-vs-1 with Genji, but if she uses her altitude, she can definitely give him a tough time.

How to Play Genji: Tips and Strategies

As mentioned earlier, Genji is one squishy hero and must be played with caution. However, it does not mean that you should restrict yourself to the backline where you are good for nothing. You basically need to flank opponent team and eliminate key targets such as supports and snipers like Widowmaker and Hanzo.

Genji’s Deflect ability is highly underrated and over-powered! Provided that you time it perfectly, you can even reflect Deadeye and Graviton Surge. His ultimate ability – although exceedingly good – works even well with Swift Strike cooldown reset.

Sure, you will not be able to use your normal projectiles, but the ability to pick off one target after the other is immensely huge. Lastly, do not forget to share your own Overwatch Genji tips and strategies with us!

This is all we have on Overwatch Genji character guide. If there is something else you would like to know, do make sure to let us know in the comments section below!

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