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Hanzo
Hanzo-portrait.png
"With every death comes honor. With honor, redemption."

Real Name
Hanzo Shimada (島田半蔵)[1]
Age
38
Nationality
JapanJapanese
Occupation
Mercenary, Assassin
Base
Hanamura, Japan (formerly)
Affiliation
Shimada Clan (formerly)
Relations
Sojiro Shimada (father)

Genji Shimada (younger brother)

Voice
Paul Nakauchi[2] (English)

Lionel Tua (French)
Bernd Vollbrecht (German)
Lorenzo Scattorin (Italian)
Shuhei Sakaguchi (Japanese)
Reginaldo Primo (Brazilian Portuguese)
Dan Osorio (American Spanish)
Miguel Ángel Montero (European Spanish)
Liu Beichen (Mandarin(China))
Kang Dian-Hong (Mandarin(Taiwan))

Cosmetics
Cosmetic page
Quotes
Quotation page
Role
Defense
Health
200
Character Video

Hanzo is a Defense hero in Overwatch.

Summary

A lethal bowman and assassin without peer, Hanzo’s versatile arrows can reveal his enemies or fragment to strike multiple targets. He can scale walls to fire his bow from on high, or summon a titanic spirit dragon.

General tips

  • Hanzo excels at killing enemies at mid-range with his bow.
  • Sonic Arrow reveals the location of nearby enemies.
  • Use Dragonstrike to clear enemies from an objective.

Abilities

Wall Climb

Passive Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Jump at walls to climb up them.

Details



Storm Bow

Weapon

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Arcing Projectile
Damage
Fully charged: 125
Uncharged: 29
Movement speed
3.85 m/s while charging
Projectile speed
Fully charged: 86.66 m/s
Uncharged: 26 m/s
Rate of fire
0.5 second charging
0.5 second delay between shots
Ammo
Headshot


Hanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

Details

  • The damage depends on how far the bowstring has been pulled.

Video


Sonic Arrow

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
Ability-hanzo2.png

Type
Arcing Projectile
Damage
See Storm Bow
Projectile speed
See Storm Bow
Area of effect
10 meter radius
Rate of fire
See Storm Bow
Duration
10 seconds
Cooldown
20 seconds
Headshot


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.

Details

Video


Scatter Arrow

Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Initial shot: Arcing Projectile
Damage
Initial shot: See Storm Bow
Scattered:
  • Fully charged: 75 per arrow
  • Uncharged: 22 per arrow
Projectile speed
See Storm Bow
Num. of pellets
6 scattered arrows
Rate of fire
See Storm Bow
Cooldown
10 seconds
Headshot
Initial shot: ✓
Scattered: ✕


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

Details

  • The projectile will not scatter if it directly hits an enemy.

Video


Dragonstrike

Ultimate Ability

Icon Stats Official Description
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Type
Linear Projectile
Damage
Initial shot: 125
Dragons: 200 per second
Maximum range
Infinite travel distance
Area of effect
4 meter radius
Rate of fire
1.5 seconds charging
Casting time
1.4 seconds
(initial animation)
0.6 seconds (arrow)
Headshot
Initial shot: ✓
Dragons: ✕
Charge required
1500 points


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.

Details

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Strategy

Hanzo is a medium-range sniper with strong team utility and area denial abilities. The relatively silent and hard-to-see nature of his arrows makes him a stealthier sniper than Widowmaker, able to get kills and then retreat before his enemies see him. The notorious power of Scatter Arrow makes him a deadly threat in tight corridors, allowing him to deny whole groups passage through an area and take out Tanks with well-placed shots. His downsides include relatively low in-combat mobility and the poor aim of Storm Bow at long range, often requiring him to get dangerously close to his opponents to accurately hit them.

Weapons & Abilities

  • Wall Climb (Passive): Hanzo can climb up any flat, vertical surface by pressing and holding the jump button while next to that surface. Hanzo can release the jump button and press it again to leap off the wall at any point during the climb.
    • Hanzo's main method of moving around the map. Use side routes to appear in the areas your enemies least expect, as it will make it easier for you to get kills.
  • Storm Bow: Hanzo's main weapon. Pressing and holding the primary fire button will cause Hanzo to draw the bow back. Releasing the primary fire button will fire a projectile arrow from the bow. The damage and range of the arrow depends on how long the primary fire button was held down, up to a maximum amount. You can press the secondary fire button at any time to drop the shot without firing an arrow.
    • The arrows from Storm Bow can headshot, greatly increasing the damage they deal. You should try to aim for headshots if your enemy is either stationary or moving in a predictable way. Otherwise, aim for bodyshots.
    • The arrows travel in a slight arc. Be sure to compensate for this at longer distances by aiming slightly above your target.
    • Try to always charge your shots fully before firing. You should only quick nock (press and immediately release the primary fire button) if it will guarantee you a kill. This is typically only done at close range when combined with a quick melee attack.
  • Sonic Arrow: When activated, Hanzo prepares a special Sonic Arrow, which is fired the next time he uses his Storm Bow. After the Sonic Arrow impacts a solid surface, it sends out a series of sonic pulses for a brief period of time, revealing all nearby enemies by silhouetting them in red (akin to Widowmaker's Infra-Sight). Hanzo can cancel Sonic Arrow's deployment by activating the ability again.
    • Sonic Arrow allows Hanzo to see enemies as they round corners, making it easier for him to prepare shots with his Storm Bow.
    • Sonic Arrow is relatively silent and has a greater arc in comparison to Hanzo's other arrows.
  • Scatter Arrow: When activated, Hanzo prepares a special Scatter Arrow, which is fired the next time he uses his Storm Bow. After the Scatter Arrow impacts a solid surface, it fragments into multiple arrows that ricochet several times off of solid surfaces and deal a flat amount of damage to enemies that they impact. If the initial Scatter Arrow hits an enemy, it will not fragment.
    • Use Scatter Arrow to deny enemies passage through small corridors and rooms. The ricocheting nature of the fragmented arrows can be deadly in confined spaces.
    • The fragmented arrows will fire off at a roughly perpendicular angle to the initial Scatter Arrow in a cone shape.
    • You can deal heavy damage to larger targets like Winston at close range by firing at the ground in front of them. This will cause the fragmented arrows to all fly back up at the target.
  • Dragonstrike (Ultimate): Hanzo's Ultimate ability. When activated, Hanzo will, after a short cast time, fire a special arrow that creates a pair of spiraling twin dragons that will fly straight forwards in the direction of his crosshairs. These dragons will pass through all solid surfaces or barriers, dealing damage over time to any enemies that come in contact with them. The closer an enemy is to the center of the twin dragons, the more damage they will take.
    • Dragonstrike is mostly used as an area denial tool, like a more powerful Scatter Shot. Use it when your enemies are occupied fighting in a tight space that they have few ways of escaping from.
    • Dragonstrike can be combined with abilities that prevent movement like Reinhardt's Earthshatter or Zarya's Graviton Surge to deal extremely high damage. When used in this way, Dragonstrike can be just as powerful as Ultimates like Pharah's Barrage.

General Strategies

  • While Widowmaker can usually be played from long range, Hanzo often has trouble accurately hitting shots at this distance, unless his enemies are moving through a chokepoint. Use Hanzo's mobility to move to the side or behind your opponents to get into a position that you can both stealthily fire on them and can easily escape from if they choose to go after you. Keep in mind that Hanzo is somewhat deadlier than Widowmaker at close range if he is able to land headshots well, so don't be afraid of standing your ground if only a single person comes after you.
  • Hanzo can have a high level of burst damage at close range. A single well-placed arrow from the Storm Bow, combined with a quick melee attack, can instantly kill Tracer, while Scatter Shot can instantly carve off most of the health of heroes like Reinhardt when well-placed.
  • Scatter Arrow is one of Hanzo's strongest abilities, and should be used judiciously. Practice aiming Scatter Arrow in Custom Games so that you can reliably angle the fragmented arrows to hit targets who are hiding behind barriers or sitting at common chokepoints on every map.
  • Dragonstrike, much like McCree's Deadeye, can be used either to score kills or to force enemies away from a certain position. If using it to clear a position, try to fire it in such a way that your enemies will have little choice but to either retreat or move to the side and into the line of fire of your own team. Alternatively, if you have an ally like Reinhardt or Zarya on your team, coordinate your Ultimate with theirs in order to deal devastating damage.

Story

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"With every death comes honor. With honor, redemption."

Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer.[3]

Background

The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a vast criminal empire out of Hanamura that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of Sojiro Shimada, the family's head, Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire. From a young age, he was trained for that responsibility, displaying a natural aptitude for leadership and possessing an innate understanding of strategy and tactics. He also excelled in more practical areas: he was a prodigy in martial arts, swordplay, and bowmanship.

Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother, Genji, so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. Unbeknownst to Hanzo, however, Genji narrowly survived the attempt with the help of Overwatch. This act broke Hanzo's heart and drove him to reject his father's legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.[3] Seeing this as betrayal, the clan declared Hanzo an enemy and assassins were sent time and again to kill him.[4]

That was ten years ago.[5] Now, Hanzo travels the world, perfecting his skills as a warrior, attempting to restore his honor and put the ghosts of his past to rest,[3] honing his murderous skills all the while.[5] At some point he visited Numbani, but did not find the city to be to his liking.[6]

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
Hanzo returns to Hanamura

On the tenth anniversary of Genji's 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 Genji. He however called out an apparent assassin that he knew to be there, revealed to be a cybernetic ninja. The ninja asked Hanzo about honoring his brother, yet also being his killer.

Hanzo initiated a battle between them, openly admitting that his actions were about duty, but also a burden he carried and that it didn't mean he didn't honor Genji. The ninja countered that to show honor, it should be done through one's actions, not incense offerings. Hanzo tried the Dragonstrike to take down his opponent, only to be shocked when the ninja revealed the Shimada ability to control dragons as well, turning the Dragonstrike right back at him, and took the full brunt of the attack.

Hanzo draws his bow at Genji

Defeated and with the ninja's wakizashi at his neck, Hanzo told him to go ahead and kill him, but the ninja refused, saying he would not grant Hanzo's wish for death and that he still had a purpose in life. To Hanzo's shock, the ninja then called him "brother", revealing himself to be Genji, still alive, and to prove it unlocked his facemask to show his eyes. Hanzo was a bit disturbed at seeing Genji's physical changes, but Genji stated that he was at peace with it and had forgiven Hanzo's actions: now Hanzo needed to forgive himself. Times were changing, stated Genji, and Hanzo would soon have to pick a side. Retrieving a loosed arrow Hanzo aimed it, angrily declaring Genji a fool in believing that real life was like their father's stories. Genji conceded that he might be a fool for believing that there was hope for Hanzo, but nevertheless did, which gave Hanzo pause. Asking him to think about it, Genji vanished with a smoke screen. With much to contemplate, Hanzo returned to the main room to finish his offering.[4]

Achievements

Name Icon Description Reward
Simple Geometry
Ability-hanzo3.png Get 2 killing blows with a single use of Hanzo's Scatter Arrow in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Hanzo Pixel.png
Pixel
The Dragon Is Sated
Ability-hanzo4.png Kill 4 enemies with one of Hanzo's Spirit Dragons in Quick or Competitive play. Spray Hanzo Cute.png
Cute

Trivia

The original Hanzo concept, featuring elements of both Genji and Hanzo.
  • Hanzo and Genji 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.[7]
  • Both Hanzo and Genji's kits drew heavily from an early version of Sombra that predated both heroes, which resulted in the Sombra concept being temporarily shelved.[8]
  • Hanzo's name could be a reference to the famous samurai and Japanese historical icon, Hattori Hanzō.
  • Equipping either his Lone Wolf or Okami skins will change his Dragonstrike's appearance to wolves and will change his voice lines to reference wolves instead of dragons.
  • Hanzo's archery theme may have been inspired by Kyūdō, a Japanese martial art of archery.
  • The design on Hanzo's pants and scarf is a Japanese pattern called seigaiha, which means "blue sea and waves".[9]
  • The Hanzo National Church was founded in Brazil by Mateus Mognon. This was done to demonstrate the ease of founding a religion in the country.[10]

Videos

Official

Curse

References

  1. Square Enix uses katakana "ハンゾー・シマダ".
  2. 2015-05-05, "Watch for the release of Blizzard's new game! Hanzo is my voice!". Twitter, accessed on 2016-05-18
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hanzo, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2015-01-20
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dragons
  5. 5.0 5.1 2014-11-24, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-03-08
  6. Overwatch, Hanzo Quotes
  7. 2015-12-10, How Blizzard is making up Overwatch's story as it goes. PC Gamer, accessed on 2015-12-24
  8. Blizzcon 2016, Overwatch - What's New
  9. Seigaiha (Blue Sea And Waves) Project Japan, accessed on 2016-12-19
  10. 2017-07-12, A Brazilian Overwatch Fan Has Founded an Official Hanzo Church. The Escapist, accessed on 2017-07-13

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