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

By   /   May 24, 2016

It goes without saying that Hanzo is not at all a bad Overwatch hero, but the fact that he has a steep learning curve and requires a high skill cap than heroes like Widowmaker make him a not-so-obvious choice.

Moreover, unlike Widowmaker’s grappling hook, Hanzo does not have an effective escape tool in his kit which forces him to rely on his teammates for continuous support. In case Hanzo is caught off-guard without support of his teammates, he will die most of the time.

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Overwatch Hanzo Guide

Thanks to his wall climbing ability, he can get to some decent position where he is able to pick off his targets with rather ease and continue to find new vantage points. However, do note that once you have found a target, make sure to land your shots accurately for maximum effective damage output.

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

Hanzo Strengths and Weaknesses

As you will notice several times in this guide, Hanzo is not nearly as effective as Widowmaker when we talk about being a sniper in the game.

Since it is not easy to perfectly land shot when playing with Hanzo, it somewhat makes his overall damage output unreliable and always fluctuating. Lastly, do note that he requires a healer for sustain and lacks an escape tool in case he gets caught off-guard – unlike Widowmaker’s grappling hook.

On the brighter side, when playing with Hanzo on close and medium range, this hero can deal a ton of damage and use Dragonstrike to get multiple kills at the same time.

Like vision provided by Widowmaker, Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow also provides vision of the opponent heroes to the entire team, but it must connect somewhere near opponent heroes. Finally, Hanzo can use his Scatter Arrow ability in order to dish out damage and finish off weakened targets protected by Reinhardt’s massive shield.

Hanzo Abilities and Ability Tips

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

Storm Bow
Hanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

Sonic Arrow
Hanzo launches an arrow that contains a sonar tracking device. Any enemy within its detection radius is visibly marked, making them easier for Hanzo and his allies to hunt down.

Scatter Arrow
Hanzo shoots a fragmenting arrow that ricochets off walls and objects and can strike multiple targets at once.

Hanzo summons a Spirit Dragon which travels through the air in a line. It passes through walls in its way, devouring any enemies it encounters.

When using Storm Bow, you will have to make some crucial decisions. While using the charged arrow will deal significantly more damage and get increased range, it will decrease Hanzo’s movement speed and get reduced rate of fire.

All in all, it depends on circumstances and type of hero that you are facing which dictates whether to use a charged arrow or not. Scatter Arrow, on the other hand, can be used to eliminate multiple weakened opponent heroes at the same time.

It is also useful for clearing out opponent heroes near choke points and tight spaces. Sonic Shift is another useful ability that you need to spam in order to provide vision of enemies to your entire team.

However, do note that the effect will only last momentarily and it must connect someplace near the opponent heroes to be useful!

Dragonstrike is easily one of the best abilities at Hanzo’s disposal. The ability is not only useful for punishing opponents behind cover – since the dragons pass through objects and walls – but also in order to push towards objectives by staying behind the dragons.

Hanzo Counters and Match-Ups

When we talk about sniper versus sniper match-up in Overwatch, do note that not only Hanzo’s arrows are slow and require charge to reach Widowmaker, Widowmaker’s shots have increased range and deal more damage and do not require charge.

Other than this, Hanzo can be considered as a strong match-up against heroes like Bastion, Zenyatta, Mercy, and Roadhog. However, when it comes to heroes who can quickly close in on Hanzo such as Tracer and Genji along with tanks such as Winston and Reinhardt, he tends to struggle against them.

Match-ups with rest of the heroes in the game can be considered neutral and it all comes down to various factors such as how both teams are composed, the skill level of players going against each other, and the map being played.

How to Play Hanzo: Tips and Strategies

Despite that fact that Hanzo is one tough hero to master in the game, when learned to properly land his charged arrows, insta-killing most of the heroes in Overwatch with one good placed headshot should not be a problem.

Scatter Arrow is a useful tool to force enemies to leave their cover and come out in the open. Although I agree to Hanzo’s lack of an escape tool, you can use SA to plan your escape. As mentioned earlier, you need to use Sonic Arrows as much as you can and it will prove to be an even more useful than Widowmaker’s ultimate ability.

As for his ultimate Dragonstrike ability, you need to use it not only to secure multiple eliminations at the same time, but also to clear pathways to objectives and to force enemies to come out of their hiding position for your team to kill them.

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