Overwatch Zarya Guide and Tips
Zarya isn't exactly the most robust Tank Hero in Overwatch, but to make up for a comparatively small health pool she is capable of dishing out an impressive amount of damage thanks to her barriers and her deadly Particle Cannon. The way this system works is pretty unusual, even by Overwatch's outlandish standards.
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Juggling Zarya's barriers takes a little bit of time to get used to, but there are a few general gameplay tips you can brush up on in advance. Here are some of the best tips unearthed by the community during the game's beta phases.
- If you're playing against Zarya, make sure you know exactly what her barriers look like. They will expire after a short amount of time, but if you blast away into them you're only feeding her weapon!
- You have some visual aids to indicate how charged-up Zarya's weapon is. Not only does the weapon get louder, your crosshair also changes appearance, and the ball of electrictiy sitting atop Zarya's gun glows bigger and brighter!
- Focus on the biggest, easiest-to-hit part of your enemy. Unlike many other weapons in the game, the Particle Cannon does not do any extra damage when it's aimed into the side of someone's head.
- As a general rule you want to wait until you or your allies are actually taking damage before activating either of your shields. They don't last long and have a reasonably long cooldown - you've got to make the most of that damage boost at all times! If you pre-emptively apply a shield, most players are smart enough to simply delay the fight until the shield goes down.
- Keep one eye on your Support characters at all times. If you see one of them coming under heavy fire, or they've been separated from the pack in any way, toss a Projected Barrier on them quickly.
- Try to remember that the splash damage dealt out by Explosive Charge will also damage Zarya if she's caught up in it. If you're that close to your target, you should probably be using Particle Beam anyway!
- If a massive spike of damage - greater than the strength of a given shield - hits a shielded ally, it will absorb the whole lot and disappear immediately. The difference between the incoming damage and the obliterated shield will not be transferred onto the target.
- If you fire Graviton Surge and it hits an enemy barrier then the effect will not go off and you will just have thrown your Ultimate way. Aim it into the ground to be sure of having the detonation go off.
- Assuming you're playing with a reasonably well-coordinated team, try waiting until your team's Ultimates are ready before firing off your own. Stacking these together could well mean a total wipeout or the enemy team.