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Overwatch hero guide: Zenyatta

He may be a support hero, but Zenyatta damages as much as he heals. Just be sure to protect him.


Overwatch hero guide: Zenyatta

Role: Support

Zenyatta is the weakest, slowest hero in the game. But he throws out massive damage with his Orbs, and can heal himself and others effectively.

Latest updates for Zenyatta

Our favorite awoken android has been hit with a substantial nerf on one end, and a minor boost in the other. His orb of discord now offers a 30% increase to damage received as opposed to the original 50%, and the damage of his Orb of Destruction now does a total of 46 damage, as opposed to the original 40. His projectile speed has increased from 30 t0 120 and his shields have received a 50% increase. His movement speed has also received a bump while his ultimate is active, an increase to twice the normal movement speed.

Strong against: D.Va, Winston, Roadhog

Weak against: Widowmaker, Hanzo, Tracer

Zenyatta's abilities

Orb of Destruction

Primary fire is a fast-moving projectile but secondary fire is what it's all about. The longer you hold it down, Zenyatta will charge up to five orbs and fire them rapidly in front of him. If you hit a stationary enemy with all five you'll kill them outright.

Orb of Harmony

Zenyatta throws this Orb at an ally and as long as he stays alive it will continue to heal them over time. So long as they remain in Zenyatta's line of sight the orb will stay with them.


Orb of Discord

Throw this at an enemy and all incoming damage they take will be increased by 50 percent. The orb will auto-target the enemy closest to Zenyatta's crosshair.

Ultimate Ability: Transcendance

Zenyatta surrounds himself and any close allies in a protective bubble, healing them. He cannot take or deal damage during this process, which lasts six seconds.

Zenyatta strategy tips

  • The Orb of Harmony can only be used on one ally at a time, but swap it between teammates to keep their health topped up.
  • Zenyatta is the weakest hero in the game. Stay at the back of the pack and pick out targets where you can, making sure you deal as much damage as possible combining the orbs.
  • Orb of Discord auto-targets, so send it after enemies who are far away and it also highlights their position as a bonus to the increased damage.
  • Keep out of the line of fire and recharge your shields to keep your health up.

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