Overwatch: Zarya

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Zarya

Real Name: Aleksandra Zaryanova, Age: 28

  • Role: Tank
  • Occupation: Soldier
  • Base of Operations: Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia
  • Affiliation: Russian Defense Forces

 

“Together we are strong.”

Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world’s strongest women, a celebrated athlete who sacrificed personal glory to protect her family, friends, and country in a time of war.

Aleksandra was born in a remote Siberian village that was on the front lines of the Omnic Crisis, which began some thirty years ago. Although Russian forces defeated the robots and shut down their omnium, the region was devastated by the conflict. Only a child at the time, Aleksandra was surrounded by the post-war destruction, and as she grew older, she swore that she would gain the strength to help her people recover.

Focusing on weightlifting and bodybuilding, Aleksandra was identified by the national athletics program as a potential star. She trained extensively, moving up the ranks while representing her country, and was expected to shatter longstanding records in the upcoming world championships.

But on the eve of the tournament, an attack came from the long-dormant Siberian omnium, and her village was thrust into war once again. Aleksandra immediately withdrew from the competition and rushed home to enlist in the local defense forces, sacrificing the life of fame and fortune she might have had.

Now she serves—a symbol to some, a stalwart fellow soldier to others. But for Aleksandra, it is a chance to use her great strength to protect the ones she loves.

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Abilities

Zarya Controls

Zarya Controls

Particle Cannon:

Damage: 95 dps
Shots per Second: 20 Damage per shot: 4.75
Range: 16 meters
Clip: 100

Everyone has heard of the Swiss Army knife. Zarya has her own personal multi-utility tool, Russian style. With her particle cannon she can open up Omnix like a tin can. Forgot your battering ram how about lobbing an explosive charge. It’s much louder and your likely to take out the wall as well, but you’re in.

particle cannon

Particle Cannon

Particle Barrier:

Damage increase:  +1% per point of energy
Maximum energy: 100
Energy: +1 per 5 points of damage absorbed

Zarya is no stranger to taking heavy fire from hostiles. She knows just how to use her particle barrier to not only shield her, but also enhance her particle cannon for a destructive beam. The more fire she is under the quicker she mows them down.

Zarya Particle Barrier

Particle Barrier

Projected Barrier:

Damage increase:  +1% per point of energy
Maximum energy: 100
Energy: +1 per 5 points of damage absorbed

Zarya is willing to do everything she can to protect her comrades. She has even been known to give up her own shield to project it on a comrade in need.  While protecting her friends she is also building up the destructive force to use against those that threaten her friends. She isn’t about to let someone get away with hurting her comrades.

Projected Barrier

Projected Barrier

Graviton Surge:

Damage: 5.5 per second
Duration: 4 Seconds
Range: 9 meters

The Graviton surge is the pinnacle of destructive particle weaponry. This concentrated mega force will pull in anyone within range. This swirling mass of destructive energy will not only immobilize hostile combatants, but also do severe damage while they are trapped. Once Zarya has you in her sights you’re not going anywhere.

Graviton Surge

Graviton Surge

Video Guide

Gameplay

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