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Genji
Genji-portrait.png
"Even if I sacrifice my body, I will never sacrifice my honor."

Real Name
Genji Shimada (島田源氏)[1]
Other Names
Sparrow
Age
35
Nationality
Japan Japanese
Occupation
Adventurer
Base
Hanamura, Japan (formerly)

Shambali Monastery, Nepal (formerly)

Affiliation
Shimada Clan (formerly)
Overwatch (formerly)
Blackwatch (formerly)
Relations
Sojiro Shimada (father)

Hanzo Shimada (older brother)

Voice
Gaku Space [2][3] (English)

Bernard Gabay (French)
Stefan Gossler (German)
Paolo De Santis (Italian)
Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese)
Óscar Flores (American Spanish)
Fran Jiménez (European Spanish)
Paulo Vignolo (Brazilan Portuguese)
Peng Bo (Mandarin(China))
Hu Jhensi (Mandaren(Taiwan))

Cosmetics
Cosmetic page
Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Offense
Health
200

Genji is an Offense hero in Overwatch.

Summary

Genji flings precise and deadly Shuriken at his targets, and uses his wakizashi to deflect projectiles or delivers a Swift Strike with his technologically-advanced katana that cuts down enemies.

Abilities

Cyber-Agility

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Thanks to his cybernetic abilities, Genji can climb walls and perform jumps in mid-air.

Details

  • Double jumping doesn't reset on wall climbing.


Shuriken

Weapon (Primary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Linear projectile
Damage
28 per projectile
3 projectiles per shot
Projectile speed
47 meters per second
Rate of fire
1 shot per second
Ammo
24
Ammo usage
3 rounds per shot
Reload time
1 second
Headshot


Genji looses three deadly throwing stars in quick succession.

Details


Video


Fan of Blades

Weapon (Secondary Fire)

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Linear projectile
Damage
28 per projectile
3 projectiles per shot
Projectile speed
47 meters per second
Rate of fire
1.33 shots per second
Ammo
24
Ammo usage
3
Reload time
1 second
Headshot


Alternatively, he can throw three shuriken in a wider spread.

Details

  • Can be fired even if there are fewer than three shuriken in his clip.


Swift Strike

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Damage
50
Movement speed
35 meters per second
Maximum range
14 meters frontally
Duration
0.4 seconds
Cooldown
8 seconds
Headshot


Genji darts forward, slashing with his wakizashi and passing through foes in his path. If Genji eliminates a target, he can instantly use this ability again.

Details

  • The cooldown will reset no matter what ability is used for the kill.
  • The ability can and should also be used as a movement ability.
  • Does not deal damage to traps such as Junkrat's Steel Trap or Widowmaker's Venom Mine.

Video


Deflect

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Duration
2 seconds
Cooldown
8 seconds


With lightning-quick swipes of his wakizashi, Genji reflects an oncoming projectile and sends it rebounding towards his opponent.

Details

  • The ability can reflect hitscan attacks in addition to projectiles.
  • Note that for hitscan attacks and Mei's alternative fire, the damage falloff will be reset upon deflecting.
  • While Dragonblade is active, Genji will Deflect with his katana instead.
  • All melee attacks are blocked but not reflected. This includes Roadhog's Chain Hook.
  • Beam or beam-like attacks are unaffected by Deflect.
    • This includes: The primary fire on Mei's Endothermic Blaster, the primary fire on Zarya's Particle Cannon, Winston's Tesla Cannon, and the primary fire on Symmetra's Photon Projector.

Video


Dragonblade

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Melee
Damage
120 per swing
Movement speed
8 meters per second
Maximum range
5 meters
Rate of fire
~1.166 swings per second
Casting time
1 second
unsheathing/ sheathing
Duration
6 seconds
Headshot
Charge required
1500 points


Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his katana, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Details

  • Genji cannot use his Shuriken while Dragonblade is active.
  • Activating Dragonblade resets the cooldown of Swift Strike.
  • Genji can swing his sword 7 times at most, if Deflect is not used.

Video

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Strategy

Genji is a versatile flanker with very high mobility, boasting some of the best movement options of all the heroes. Genji is better suited for close quarters to make use of his mobility and spread shurikens, but can still be formidable at range. Cyber-Agility makes Genji a difficult target and allows him to navigate the map with ease. Swift Strike allows Genji to engage, escape or move between targets efficiently. The damage on Swift Strike is considerable for most heroes, but is insignificant to a tank. As such, Genji should use Swift Strike to either maneuver around his enemies or deal small but quick and easy damage. Reflect allows Genji to turn enemies' damage back towards them and even allows him to turn around entire ultimate abilities. This allows for potentially lethal burst damage if it is timed properly and Genji is well positioned. Be wary when estimating your own abilities as Genji however, you are not the most agile hero nor do you deal the most damage. Genji fills a middle ground when it comes to these factors.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Cyber-Agility (Passive): Genji gains two benefits from this passive. First, Genji is able to climb up flat, vertical surfaces by holding the jump button while next to them. Second, Genji is capable of performing a double jump by pressing the jump button while already in the air.
    • Almost any vertical surface can be climbed with Cyber-Agility. You can jump again at any time while climbing, allowing you to reach catwalks and other areas that don't have a direct, vertical path up to them.
    • You can change the direction Genji is jumping when using the double jump. Simply hold the direction you want him to jump towards while executing the double jump.
  • Shuriken: Genji's primary weapon. Primary fire will cause Genji to shoot three projectile shurikens towards his crosshair in a volley. Secondary fire will cause Genji to quickly throw three shurikens in a cone in front of him.
    • The shurikens from both the primary and secondary fire can headshot, and are not subject to damage falloff.
    • The secondary fire throws the stars at a much faster rate. Use the secondary fire at short range where accuracy is less of a concern, and the primary fire for longer range engagements.
  • Deflect: When activated, Genji assumes a defensive stance for several seconds, during which time he cannot attack. While in this stance, most enemy projectiles or hitscan weapons that hit him in the front will be deflected in the direction he is aiming in. Deflected attacks use the same damage numbers and effects as the original, and can affect the shooter and their team.
  • Swift Strike: When activated, Genji dashes straight forward a fixed distance, dealing damage to all enemies he passes through along the way. The cooldown on Swift Strike is reset whenever Genji scores an elimination.
    • Swift Strike is also useful as a way of traveling around the map, as well as an escape method. It can also be used as a finishing move, dealing a quick burst of damage to an opponent who's on low Health.
    • Because Swift Strike will reset whenever Genji gets an elimination, you can use it to quickly chain kills between multiple low-Health targets. Use it to dash through the first target to kill them, scoring an elimination, and then dash through another low-Health target. The elimination doesn't actually have to be made with Swift Strike; finishing a target through other means (or even getting a kill assist) also resets the cooldown.
  • Dragonblade (Ultimate): Genji's Ultimate ability. When activated, Genji unsheathes his ōdachi, disabling the use of his shurikens for the duration. His primary fire is replaced with a fast-swinging melee-ranged slash that hits all targets in a small cone in front of Genji, dealing high damage with every hit. Genji will sheathe the blade at the end of Dragonblade's duration, regaining the use of his shurikens.
    • Dragonblade is a high risk, high reward Ultimate. While Genji gains extremely high melee damage (beating even Reinhardt), he loses the ability to attack at range for the duration.
    • Remember that Cyber-Agility is still active when using Dragonblade. Use your double jump and wall climb to remain evasive so that you can get as many kills as possible.
    • The high damage from Dragonblade allows you to easily get eliminations. Remember to use Swift Strikes to deal more damage and close the distance with other enemies whenever you get a kill.
    • Activating Dragonblade also refreshes the cooldown of Swift Strike.

General Strategies

  • Genji is a deadly offensive threat, capable of easily sneaking behind enemy lines and harassing his opponents with constant volleys of shurikens. You should always be taking side routes in order to flank the enemy team, as Genji contributes much less when he's merely hanging back with his team. Remember to not get too far away from them, however, as Genji has much less capability to escape from bad engagements compared to Tracer.
  • Genji is usually better at fighting his enemies mid-range, rather than up close. He lacks the evasiveness of Tracer and the damage/self-healing of Reaper, making him vulnerable to being killed if he opts to get too close to the enemy team. Only engage up close if either Dragonblade is up, or if the enemy you're fighting is vulnerable (such as a lone Widowmaker).
  • Deflect provides Genji with an incredibly high skill ceiling. It can be used to deflect everything from Pharah's Barrage, to Tracer's Pulse Bomb, to McCree's Deadeye, allowing you to rapidly turn the tables on almost any engagement. Smarter enemies will usually wait for you to use Deflect before using their abilities, so don't use Deflect too early. Trick them into thinking that your Deflect is on cooldown, then use it at the right moment to send their most dangerous attacks flying back at them.
  • A good burst damage combo is to use the secondary fire of Shuriken up close, followed by a Swift Strike. This will provide heavy burst damage that will kill many injured players instantly.
  • The wall climb of Cyber-Agility has a variety of uses, even in combat. When fighting near a doorway, get your enemy to chase you towards the doorway, then use Cyber-Agility to climb up over top of it and ambush them when they come through.
  • You must choose the moment to use Dragonblade carefully. Genji is not any more durable than normal while using it, meaning that your enemies can easily knock you away and kill you at range if you use it inappropriately. Try to use Dragonblade when there are multiple enemies with low base Health (such as Symmetra or Mercy) within reach, as this will let you quickly kill them and chain your Swift Strikes to both eliminate more targets and remain evasive to survive longer. Make sure you're within melee range of your enemies before activating it.

Story

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"Even If I Sacrifice My Body, I Will Never Sacrifice My Honor."

The cyborg Genji Shimada has made peace with the augmented body he once rejected, and in doing so, he has discovered a higher humanity.[4]

Genji's sword is a katana named Ryūichi moji (竜一文字); he maintains it personally and has never allowed anyone else to examine or repair it. It is paired with a traditional wakizashi sheathed horizontally on his lower back.[5]

Background

As the youngest son of Sojiro Shimada, the master of the Shimada ninja clan, Genji lived a life of luxury and privilege. He had little interest in the family's illegal businesses, and although he excelled at and enjoyed his ninja training, he spent most of his time pursuing a playboy lifestyle. Many within the clan considered the carefree Genji to be a dangerous liability, and they resented his father for coddling and protecting him. Following the clan leader's untimely death, Genji's older brother, Hanzo, demanded that Genji took a more active role in their late father's empire. Genji refused, enraging Hanzo. The tension between the brothers built to a violent confrontation that left Genji on the verge of death.

Genji fights alongside Overwatch

Hanzo believed that he had killed his brother, but Genji was rescued by Overwatch and the intervention of Dr. Angela Ziegler. The global security force saw Genji as a potential asset in its ongoing operations to combat the Shimada clan. As Genji's injuries left him clinging to life, Overwatch offered to rebuild his body in exchange for his help. He was put through an extensive process of cyberization, which enhanced his natural speed and agility and augmented his superlative ninja skills. Transformed into a living weapon, Genji single-mindedly set about the task of dismantling his family's criminal empire.[4] At some point he was stationed at Watchpoint: Gibraltar.[6]

Uprising

Genji spars with Tracer

A few years before Overwatch's disbandment, Genji was apparently a member of Blackwatch. While Null Sector carried out an uprising in King's Row, he trained with Lena Oxton.[7]

Doomfist

Genji in battle

Alongside Tracer and Winston, Genji fought against Doomfist. He initially attacked Doomfist with his shurikens, but the man either deflected them with his gauntlet, or utilized a powerful shield to keep them at bay. Doomfist slammed his gauntlet into the ground, sending pillars of earth upwards, forcing Genji to jump into the air for safety. It was the opening that Doomfist needed, as he jumped up and hit Genji with his gauntlet, sending him skidding along the streets and smashing into a car. Genji's cybernetic body began to give out, but luckily, Winston was able to defeat Doomfist shortly afterwards.[8]

Inner Peace

Genji finds inner peace

As time passed, Genji felt increasingly at war with himself. He was repulsed by the mechanical parts of his body and could not come to grips with what he had become. When his mission was complete, he abandoned Overwatch and wandered the world in search of meaning. He drifted for many years before crossing paths with the omnic monk Zenyatta. Though Genji initially rejected Zenyatta's wisdom, the benevolent omnic would not be deterred. In time, Zenyatta became his mentor, and under the monk's tutelage, Genji reconciled his dual existence as both man and machine. He learned to accept that although he had a cyborg body, his human soul was intact, and he came to see his new form as a gift and a unique strength.

Now, for the first time in his life, Genji was free. Even he could not say where his path would ultimately lead.[4]

Recall

When Winston issued a recall of Overwatch agents, Genji was seemingly in western North America.[9]

Dragons

Real life is not like the stories our father told us. You are a fool for believing it so!
Perhaps I am a fool to think that there is still hope for you, but I do. Think on that, brother.
~ Hanzo and Genji part ways
Genji reveals himself

On the tenth anniversary of Genji's supposed death, as he had done every year, Hanzo broke into Shimada Castle and took down the guards before they could alert anyone. In the main room in front of the sword display he lit an incense offering and prayed to honor his brother. Genji had tracked him before he even set foot in the castle, and revealed his presence to Hanzo. The two sparred both physically and verbally, discussing Hanzo's assassination of his brother. Hanzo unleashed his Dragon Strike ability, but Genji was able to manipulate it, a feat that only a Shimada should be capable of. He took off his mask, revealing himself as Hanzo's very much alive brother. He told Hanzo that he had forgiven him, and now, Hanzo had to forgive himself. The world was changing, and they would have to pick sides. Hanzo wasn't swayed, but Genji told him that he still had hope for his brother. And with that, he disappeared into the night.[10]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Their Own Worst Enemy
Ability-genji2.png Kill 2 Enemies with a single use of Genji's Deflection in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Genji Pixel.png
Pixel
Slice And Dice
Ability-genji4.png Kill 4 enemies with a single use of Genji's Dragonblade in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Genji Cute.png
Cute

Trivia

  • Genji's name may be a reference to the main character in the Japanese classic novel, The Tale of Genji. Overwatch's Genji is described as a 'playboy', while the novel's Genji is heavily characterized by his relationships with multiple women. Similarly, both men experience being banished from their families.
  • In his youth, Genji's father Sojiro gave him the nickname "Sparrow." He appears to use the feather of a Japanese sparrowhawk as a calling card.
  • A giant action figure of Genji was put on display in Paris as part of a pre-release promotion for Overwatch.[11]
  • Genji's sword was replicated by armory series Man at Arms.[12]
  • Genji is the fourth playable Overwatch character in Heroes of the Storm.[13]
  • Genji is a purchasable announcer in Heroes of the Storm, along with D.Va.
  • Genji seems to be ambidextrous, as he throws shurikens and uses Dragonblade with his right hand, and sword for Swift Strike and Deflect with his left hand.
  • Genji used to have an exclusive skin (See Picture: Oni) only obtainable from doing the Nexus Challenge in Heroes of the Storm, it later returned again in the Nexus Challenge 2.0, along with an exclusive skin for D.Va. As of Patch 1.12.0.2, they were added to the classic lootboxes and can also be purchased for 1,000 credits.
  • On Genji's body, the Japanese word Bushin (武神) is written.

Development

The original Hanzo concept, featuring elements of both Genji and Hanzo.

Genji and Hanzo were originally a single cyborg ninja hero named Hanzo who wielded both a bow and a sword. They were split into two distinct heroes early in development.[14] Both Genji and Hanzo's kits drew heavily from an early version of Sombra that predated both heroes, which resulted in the Sombra concept being temporarily shelved.[15]

Genji himself was originally conceived as a slow-moving stealth assassin with an ability that allowed him to trip an enemy and then instantly kill them with a sword strike if another enemy didn't interrupt the attack, but this design was found to be unfun. The lessons learned from this iteration of Genji were taken into consideration when developing Sombra as a stealth hacker.[15]

Videos

References

  1. Square Enix uses katakana "ゲンジ・シマダ".
  2. 2015-09-30, "It was a leak from IMDB, there were two voice actors listed as playing characters we didn't know of yet, specifically D.Va and 'Genji', with Gaku Space voice acting for Genji.". Reddit. Accessed on 2016-05-18
  3. 2014-11-10, Credits, listing Gaku Space in the voice over cast at 14:25. Youtube. Accessed on 2016-05-18
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Genji, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-11-07
  5. Overwatch Visual Source Book
  6. Overwatch, Genji Quotes
  7. Tracer: Uprising
  8. 2017-07-06, NEW HERO – COMING SOON Doomfist Origin Story | Overwatch. YouTube, accessed on 2017-07-08
  9. Recall
  10. Dragons
  11. 2016-05-20, Giant Overwatch action figures appear in Hollywood, Paris, Busan. Blizzard Watch, accessed on 2016-05-21
  12. 2016-11-29, Craftsmen Forge Genji's Glowing Sword From Overwatch. Kotaku, accessed on 2016-11-29
  13. [1] Tweet by Heroes of the Storm
  14. 2015-12-10, How Blizzard is making up Overwatch's story as it goes. PC Gamer, accessed on 2015-12-24
  15. 15.0 15.1 Blizzcon 2016, Overwatch - What's New

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