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

By   /   May 25, 2016
Overwatch Zenyatta Guide

Zenyatta is a robot that belongs to the omnic monks, the same omnics D.Va is trying to fight off in order to save her homeland. Overwatch Zenyatta is a support character that uses Harmony Orbs to provide its allies HP regeneration.

What’s interesting about his healing ability is targeted healing. Zenyatta can use a single Harmony Orb to heal a specific teammate.

He also uses a different orb to amplify the damage done to an opponent by your allies.

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 Zenyatta Guide

Zenyatta disagreed with omnic Monks and parted ways. His base of operations is Shambali Monastery, Nepal. However, now Zenyatta is known as a Wandering Guru.

Following the Omnic Crisis, a group of outcast omnic robots experienced what they described as a spiritual awakening. They said goodbye to their pre-programmed lives to establish a communal monastery  in the Himalayas.

After many years of meditation they realized that, like humans, they possessed the essence of a soul. In Overwatch, Zenyatta uses Energy Orbs as the primary weapon of attack. The energy orbs travel in a straight line and have no fall off damage, giving them decent range.

With a handful of Orb abilities, Zenyatta is an affective support character for Overwatch. Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord marks the enemy and amplifies the damage done to that character by your allies.

Zenyatta Strengths and Weaknesses

Orb of Discord is an extremely powerful debuff that increases damage taken. Zenyatta is probably the best healer in Overwatch thanks to its Ultimate that can heal an entire team from massive damage.

Zenyatta is a character you can use for attack and defense strategies as a team.

However, lack of  survival and escape mechanisms leaves Zenyatta vulnerable to attacks and being pinned down. He is no Tracer or Soldier 76 for sure.

His large character model makes it an easy to spot and hit target which is a major issue for players as Zenyatta already has a low HP count.

Zenyatta Abilities and Ability Tips

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

Orb of Destruction
Zenyatta projects his destructive energy orbs either individually, or in a rapid-fire volley after a few seconds spent gathering power.

Orb of Harmony
Zenyatta casts an orb over the shoulder of a targeted ally. So long as Zenyatta remains alive, the orb slowly restores health to his ally. Only one ally can receive the orb’s benefit at a time.

Orb of Discord
Attaching the orb of discord to an opponent amplifies the amount of damage they receive for as long as Zenyatta lives. Only one opponent can suffer the orb’s effects at a time.

Transcendence
Zenyatta enters a state of heightened existence for a short period of time. While transcendent, Zenyatta cannot use abilities or weapons, but is immune to damage and automatically restores his health and that of nearby allies.

Orb of Destruction is the primary attack on Zenyatta. They travel in a straight line and have good range but their travel time a little slow. The orbs to a decent amount of damage and 20 orbs can be fired before going into cooldown/reload.

It is best to use them in bursts and focus on aiming instead firing the entire clip all at once. Combine Orb of Discord with energy orbs and you can do some serious damage. Your Orb of Harmony can heal anyone ally no matter where he/she is on the make as long as you have a clear line of sight.

This comes in very handy in protected the ones who are dominating the other team. Orb of Vollay can do up to 175 damage if you manage to nail all five. Use them as soon as your energy orbs are on cooldown.

Zenyatta Counters and Match-Ups

There is a very strong character and her Orb of Discord can do some serious damage, possibly cripple the opposing team. Zenyatta is strong against almost every character in the game so if someone is playing well of Zenyatta, you will require teamwork to take Zenyatta down.

The good news is that Tracer can take on Zenyatta relatively easy. That is because she has exceptional mobility and is able get close to Zenyatta before he can react with an Orb of Discord. Countering Orb of Discord is best done by Mei’s Cyro Freeze ability.

Apart from Tracer, Widowmaker can do well against Zenyatta as she can take advantage of his low mobility.

How to Play Zenyatta: Tips and Strategies

Zenyatta specialises in targeted healing but can also provide massive AoE heals to teammates with his Ultimate ability.

For targeted healing, you need to make a decision about which character can best benefit from Orb of Harmony. Choose character that usually go out on their on and flank enemies. For example, we have Tracer, Genji, Solider 76, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Zarya, McCree.

These character benefit the most from Orb of Harmony. Keep in mind that both Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony don’t need pro level aims. Through them with your best shot at an ally or an enemy and they will seek the target.

The Orb of Discord work best against front line enemies, players and characters who rush and always in the middle of a battle. Lucio is an example.

Countering Widowmaker should always be on your mind is she’s on the map. Do not expose yourself in the open if Windowmaker is nearby. Use walls, corner to move around and avoid a direct one of one encounter with Widowmaker.

Use your Transcendence ability to block Widowmaker’s line of sight and protect your teammates.

This is all we have on Overwatch Zenyatta 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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