Pharah

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Pharah
Pharah-portrait.png
"I will protect the innocent."

Real Name
Fareeha Amari
Age
32
Nationality
EgyptEgyptian
Occupation
Security Chief
Base
Giza, Egypt
Affiliation
Egyptian Army (formerly)
Helix Security International
Relations
Ana Amari (mother)
Voice
Jen Cohn (English)

Ethel Houbiers (French)
Debora Magnaghi (Italian)
Romi Pak (Japanese)
Irina Índigo (American Spanish)
Diana Torres (European Spanish)

Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Offense
Health
200
Character Video
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Pharah is an Offense hero in Overwatch.

Summary

Pharah is a versatile and mobile Offense hero, capable of limited-duration flight. This gives her good escape capabilities, excellent vantage in open-air situations, and enables her to reach enemy snipers with ease. Her Ultimate ability Barrage allows her to rain heavy damage down on her enemies.

Official tips

Abilities

Hover

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior

Movement speed
5.5 meters per second
Duration
2 seconds
Cooldown
2 seconds


Hold to Hover.

It is activated by holding jump button, which allows her to gain a small amount of height, while tapping allows her to remain at the same height.

Details

  • Hover refuels automatically when not in use, taking two seconds to refill from empty to full. It also takes two seconds to spend entire fuel.
  • Allows Pharah to hover indefinitely when paired with Jump Jet.


Rocket Launcher

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-parah1.png

Type
Linear splash projectile
Damage
Direct hit: 120
Splash max: 80
Splash min: 30
Self: 40
Projectile speed
28.5 meters per second
Area of effect
3 meter radius
Rate of fire
1.1 round per second
Ammo
6
Reload time
1 second
Headshot


Pharah’s primary weapon launches rockets that deal significant damage in a wide blast radius.

Details

  • Knockback decreases with distance from the explosion, reaching 0% at the edge of the blast radius.

Video


Jump Jet

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-parah2.png

Maximum range
~20 meters vertically
Cooldown
10 seconds


Propelled by her suit’s thrusters, Pharah soars high into the air.

Details

Video


Concussive Blast

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-parah3.png

Type
Linear splash projectile
Damage
Knockback
Projectile speed
28.5 meters per second
Area of effect
8 meter radius
Cooldown
12 seconds
Headshot


Pharah looses a wrist rocket that knocks back any enemies it strikes.

Knocks back any enemies and yourself, but not allies.

Details

  • The ability can be used as an additional mobility tool, as it does not deal self damage.
  • The ability mostly deals horizontal knockback.

Video


Barrage

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description Behavior
Ability-parah4.png

Type
Rapid fire linear projectile
Damage
40 per rocket
Movement speed
Caster immobilized
Projectile speed
28.5 meters per second
Rate of fire
30 rockets per second
Duration
3 seconds
Headshot
Charge required
1850 points


Pharah directs a continuous salvo of mini-rockets to destroy groups of enemies.

The rockets cover a large area in the direction of the player's crosshair. The player must remain stationary while the ability is active.

Details


Video


Strategy

  • Jump Jet grants her access to routes and platforms other heroes can't reach, giving her a variety of flanking positions. When in danger, it can be used as a quick escape.
  • When not engaged, her Rocket Launcher can be spammed as area control.
  • Barrage is one of the most devastating ultimates in the game, but leaves her vulnerable to enemy fire. It's most effective when combined with Zarya's Graviton Surge, Reinhardt's Earthshatter, or Mei's Blizzard.
  • Barrage is best used as close to the enemy as possible, ideally behind them to catch them by surprise.
  • Pharah is a good counter to enemies with slow-moving projectiles or short-ranged guns that can't hit her in the air, such as Reaper, Mei, Junkrat, Winston, Lúcio, and Symmetra.
  • Pharah's Concussive Blast can be used to quickly reposition herself horizontally.
  • Pharah can use her Rocket Launcher to propel herself upwards, preserving Jump Jet, or for when it is on cooldown. This will cause you to take 40 damage.

Hero Match-ups

Pairing with Pharah

General advice:

  • Sadly, few characters are able to pair with Pharah, as only one other character is capable of maintaining the heights she is capable of. Those who are capable of pairing with her, though, make for excellent combos.

Icon-mercy.png Mercy is the only character who is able to keep up with an airborne Pharah through the use of Guardian Angel. She can use her passive ability, Angelic Descent, to maintain a slow fall so she does not have to keep using Guardian Angel on Pharah to stay with her. Pharah's rockets become a very dangerous threat while damage boosted, able to one-shot Tracer on a direct hit.

Icon-zenyatta.png Zenyatta can keep his Orb of Harmony on Pharah, which will give her massively boosted survivability while mid-air. Zenyatta can concentrate on fighting with his orb cast over Pharah; aiding her with his Orb of Discord and his fairly constant damage.

Countering with Pharah

General advice:

  • While airborne, Pharah is very difficult to hit with projectiles and beams. It takes a player with considerable aim to hit an airborne Pharah with the likes of grenades or rockets.
  • Close-ranged fighters will be dominated by Pharah.

Icon-reaper.png Reaper has nothing in his arsenal that he can use to fight Pharah, asides from a meagre escape with Wraith Form. While he stands a fair chance if Pharah is grounded, he must rely on the aid of his team while Pharah is airborne.

Icon-Junkrat.png Junkrat will have a very hard time hitting a Pharah mid-air. Both his Concussion Mine and Steel Trap can be destroyed by just one rocket, even if it is not a direct hit.

Icon-mei.png Mei will likely not be able to reach Pharah with her Endothermic Blaster's beam, and her delayed projectile does little to stop her. Her Ice Wall is of no help either, as it does not account for vertical assaults; an area where Pharah excels.


Countering against Pharah

General advice:

  • Pharah's biggest weakness is her vulnerability to medium-long range hitscan weapons - the likes of machine guns and pistols - which makes her a very easy target for her fellow Offense heroes.

Icon-ana.png Ana, thanks to her range, can take easy shots at an exposed midair Pharah. She is also capable of putting Pharah to sleep while she is using her Ultimate, cutting it off quickly.

Icon-mccree.png McCree is able to pick off Pharah in just three shots. However, due to his quick damage falloff and Pharah's ability to keep distance, McCree is a strong counter only when he can reliably score headshots.

Icon-Soldier76.png Soldier: 76 has a much longer range than McCree, so an airborne Pharah is an easy prey for him.

Icon-widowmaker.png Widowmaker has a very clear shot of Pharah in air, and even a bodyshot is enough to scare Pharah off. It is very easy to line up a headshot while Pharah is using her ultimate. Widowmaker can also use Venom Mine to cover her flank if Pharah attempts to sneak up on her.

Story

Icon-pharah.png
"I Will Protect The Innocent."

Fareeha Amari's commitment to duty runs in her blood. She comes from a long line of highly decorated soldiers and burns with the desire to serve with honor.[1] An altruistic individual, Pharah seeks to make the world a better place, and bring order out of chaos.[2] She loves the feeling of entering the unknown, and has a udjat tatoo, bearing the Eye of Horus.[3]

Childhood

Fareeha and her mother

Initially, Fareeha had a good relationship with her mother, who taught her martial arts. As a child, she grew up in the company of Overwatch;[4] she dreamed of following in her mother's footsteps and joining the organization.[1] However, her mother was against it.[4] This led to a strained relationship between mother and daughter.[5] After her mother was apparently killed in action, she got her udjat, to honor her memory. Her mother had borne a similar tattoo, and told her it was a symbol of protection. At the time, Fareeha had assumed that it meant that her mother would always protect her.[3]

Soldier

Fareeha enlisted in the Egyptian Army. Her dogged persistence and tactical prowess caused her to rise up through the officer ranks. She was a courageous leader and earned the loyalty of all who served under her. With her exemplary record, Fareeha was well placed to join the ranks of Overwatch, but before she had that opportunity, Overwatch was disbanded.

After leaving the army with a commendation for distinguished service, she was offered employment with Helix Security International, a private security firm contracted to defend the artificial intelligence research facility beneath the Giza Plateau. The top-secret facility was touted as vital to the safety of not only the region but countries across the globe. Fareeha gladly accepted the choice assignment and received training in the Raptora Mark VI, an experimental combat suit designed for rapid mobility and devastating firepower.

Pharah within the skies

Under the call sign "Pharah," she worked to safeguard the AI installation. Though she mourned Overwatch's passing, she still dreamed of fighting the good fight and making a difference on a global scale.[1] She was assigned to a strike team under the command of Captain Khalil, with the rank of lieutenant.[3]

Mission Statement

I was afraid that someday I'd have to make this decision. Which is more important...the man...or the mission?
~ Pharah
Pharah and her squad

When the Anubis AI broke free of containment, Pharah's team was sent in to neutralize the AI. They found a wounded member of the engineers that had been sent ahead, revealing that Anubis had taken control of the sentry bots assigned to the site. Pharah ordered that they move on, despite the protests of Saleh that the engineer needed medical attention. Pharah stated that the mission was more important than any of their lives, given what was at stake if Anubis breached HSI's firewalls. Khalil conceeded the point, but pointed out that Pharah needed to work on her attitude, that the squad was her "family." The team came under attack by security bots, and in the ensuing firefight, Khalil was killed. Per the chain of command, Pharah took command of the squad. Pharah ordered the squad to push on. Anubis had attacked their "family," echoing Khalil's words. The squad entered the temple, and engaged in combat with the security bots. The ordnance caused a pillar to collapse, threatening to crush Tariq. She saved him, much to his confusion—didn't the mission come first? She dismissed the question, and she and her squad held the line while Tariq hacked Anubis's systems. He was wounded, but Anubis was shut down, and the squad exfiltrated the site. As Tariq was loaded into the squad's APC, he told her that Pharah was her captain now, and that he'd always follow her. Pharah reflected on her udjat, and that she'd misunderstood what her mother had told her all those years ago. It did not mean that she was protected, but rather, she was the protector.[3]

Reflections

Pharah at Christmas

At Christmas, Pharah spent the evening eating dinner with an unidentified male.[6] This wasn't a date.[7]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Clearing The Area
Ability-parah3.png Knock an enemy to their death using Pharah's Concussive Blast in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Pharah Pixel.png
Pixel
Death From Above
Achievement Death From Above.png Kill 4 enemies in a row without touching the ground as Pharah in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Pharah Cute.png
Cute

Cosmetics

See Pharah/Cosmetics

Trivia

  • Pharah's design, which includes the Egyptian Eye of Horus symbol around one eye and armour reminiscent of a falcon, is a reference to the ancient Egyptian falcon-god Horus, god of the sky and protector of the pharaoh.
  • A giant action figure of Pharah was displayed in Busan as part of a pre-release promotion for Overwatch.[9]
  • Ana Amari shares a similar Eye of Horus tattoo as Pharah.

Development

Concept art

The design of Pharah was "bottom-up"; where developers start with gameplay mechanics, and later build a character around them.[10] Her original design was done by Geoff Goodman. It was a simple concept of a male hero with a jetpack, simply named "Rocket Dude." Another one of the original concepts was done by Justin Thavirat. More iterations were went through.[2] Her official codename was "Rocket Queen."[11]

Inspiration for her was taken from the Tribes series.[10] She was one of the first characters implemented in the game, coming in at around the same time of Tracer, Reaper, and Widowmaker (the first three heroes implemented).[11]

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pharah, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-01-20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2015-05-27, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Origins Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-05-30
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pharah: Mission Statement
  4. 4.0 4.1 2016-07-12, NEW HERO - COMING SOON Ana Origin Story Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2016-07-18
  5. Overwatch, Pharah Quotes
  6. Tracer: Reflections
  7. 2016-12-21, Michael Chu on Twitter. Twitter, accessed on 2016-12-25
  8. 2015-11-06, Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-11-07
  9. 2016-05-20, Giant Overwatch action figures appear in Hollywood, Paris, Busan. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2016-05-21
  10. 10.0 10.1 2015-08-16, Reddit Q&A about Solider 76 | Overwatch. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-08-06
  11. 11.0 11.1 2016-04-22, The Story of Overwatch: Return of the 90s Shooter. YouTube, accessed on 2016-09-08

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