Overwatch: Hanzo

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Hanzo

Real Name:Hanzo Shimada, Age: 38

  • Roll: Defense
  • Occupation:  Mercenary, Assassin
  • Base of Operations:  Hanamura, Japan (formerly)
  • Affiliation:  Shimada Clan

Hanzo

 

“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.

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 that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of 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 so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. 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.

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.

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Abilities

Hanzo Controls

Hanzo Controls

Storm Bow:

Most assassins prefer a bullet. However it has been proven that an arrow in the hands of a skilled archer can not only penetrate apples, but bullet proof armor as well. Robin Hood may have been the best English archer, Hanzo however is the best assassin archer anywhere.

Storm Bow

Storm Bow

Sonic Arrow:

It doesn’t matter how good of a shot you are, if you can’t find your enemy, you can’t shoot them. Hanzo takes his ques from many nocturnal hunters and employs sonic tech to locate even the best hidden enemies. Hanzo is quick to notify allies of impending surprise attacks.

Sonic Arrow

Sonic Arrow

Scatter Arrow:

What do you do when your enemy is hiding out of sight. How about when you have multiple enemies charging. Hanzo has specialized arrows that will break and ricochet to hit those hard to reach enimies. Nothing will slow charging enemies like a hallway that is suddenly full of ricocheting arrows. This will give Hanzo enough time to slip back into the shadows, to fight again when he has the advantage.

Scatter Arrow

Dragonstrike:

What would be the ultimate ninja assassin ability you can think of? How about summoning twin destructive dragons to clear the path ahead of you? I don’t care if you are a robot, senile knight, or rampaging animal when you see these two story dragons coming your way you are going to try and flee, heavy emphasis on the try!

Dragonstrike

Dragonstrike

Video Guide

Gameplay

Check out Hanzo in this unedited video. It showcases a full match played from Hanzo’s perspective.