Overwatch: Genji Hero guide

Our regularly updated, massive guide to mastering Genji in Overwatch.

Posted in Hero guides Tagged with gallery, Genji By John Bedford Published Comments 6

Updated 18th July 2016: Our Genji guide contains everything you need to know about mastering this Overwatch Hero, with plenty of ability and strategy tips.

If you've got a bit of a soft spot for ninjas, swords and shuriken-flinging, then we think you're going to get a pretty big kick out of getting stuck into Genji. This mysterious and deadly Hero can be used to field a truly intimidating assassin onto any map, but we have to say you're going to need very sharp reflexes indeed if you want to make a significant impact with this Hero on the battlefield.

Not only is Genji a dab-hand at dishing out damage, he also possesses some exceptional mobility skills in battle thanks to his passive ability. This allows him to both clamber up walls and also do a double-jump whenever he's taken to the air. This sort of acrobatics, combined with his razor-sharp weaponry, allows a very skilled player to absolutely terrorise the opposing team, as Genji races between targets and tears each one to shreds in the blink of an eye.

To say that Genji has a high skill ceiling is to put it very mildly indeed, and we wouldn't even think about recommending him to a complete newcomer to Overwatch. Still, when you feel like you're ready to move on from easier characters and truly master a Hero, no-one will give you a platform to show off your skills like this extraordinarily powerful character. Just be prepared to spend a bit of time perfecting your craft, that's all.

The good news is that we can help you get there. In our comprehensive Genji guide, we've got a breakdown of all of his abilities, in order to help you understand what makes him tick. After that we've got some really useful tips that the community has gradually accumulated during the game's open and closed beta phases - and now into launch. Finally, we've got some useful information about which of the other Heroes directly counter Genji, and who he's tailor-made to track down and target in any given battle. In future updates, we'll provide some map-specific advice for this Hero too!

Editor's note: Update #3 - As already mentioned, we're moving onto the next stage of updating our complete Genji guide, and that involves adding map-specific advice. You'll find details of that further down the page, and we'll have more updates in this area in the coming weeks - stay tuned for even more strategic help!

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On this page:

1. Overwatch: Genji overview and abilities

Other pages:

2. Overwatch: Genji tips and map strategy advice

3. Overwatch: Genji counters, match-ups and customisation

Genji's abilities and strategy tips

Genji is, as we've mentioned, a rather tricky Hero to master in Overwatch. To help you get started though, here's a quick look at how each of his combat Abilities actually work on the battlefield, and what you can do to sharpen up your own skills with them. It'll take a lot of practise to perfect playing him, but the effort will be well rewarded.

Shuriken [LMB | RMB] - There are two different methods for using Genji's principal attack. First of all, you can use the left-mouse button to fling a fast-moving line of vertically aligned shurikens at your target. Alternatively, you can use the right-mouse button to fire them in a horizontal spread instead. As you might imagine, the former's good for long-range targeting, while the latter - somewhat faster - assault works great when you're getting up-close and personal with a potential victim.

Swift Strike [LSHIFT] - This Ability allows Genji to slice and dice his way forwards and through anyone stupid enough to be standing in his way! Even better, if you kill someone with this manoeuvre, the Ability refreshes so that you can keep up your delicious murdering spree. You can also use Swift Strike either as an escape tool, or as a means to simply close the gap on a target. It's also great for getting on the other side of a stubborn defensive shield, or when you need to pick off a turret and reach it in one piece.

Deflect [E] - The first important thing to note about Deflect is that it doesn't only protect Genji from incoming projectiles, it also aims them straight back towards the attacker (Hi Bastion!). To return the fire, you simply need to make sure your targeting reticule is aimed where you want the deflected shot to land. Note, however, that if you're being hit by a melee weapon, you'll only negate the damage and the same goes for channelled fire too. As is perhaps becoming clear, you need some rather sharp reflexes to get the most out of this Hero.

Dragonblade [Q] - Fire up Genji's awesome Ultimate Ability and you'll be able to slash and crash your way through victims using a super-charged sword. The effect lasts for 8 seconds (or, of course, until you're killed...), and you should keep in mind that you can still use your Deflect and Swift Strike skills while it's active. The only thing you can't do is throw your normal projectiles around the place - that would be a bit ridiculous.

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  • wetcamtheman04#19 months ago
    Great guide! One comment though. Genji's deflect is E, and his Swift Strike is his left shift. Other than that, great guide!
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  • Bedders#29 months ago
    @wetcamtheman04 Doh! Updating now, thank you :-)
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  • jonathansmith24#38 months ago
    Not a bad guide.
    Something to note is that Swift Strike automatically recharges the second Genji receives a kill notice. This means that it will recharge simply by killing with a Shuriken toss, melee, reflect, or even an assist. If you deal even a minuscule amount of damage to an enemy and they die to someone else, it will charge.

    The shuriken's primary fire will throw in a straight line, directly to your reticule with no drop off. Not vertically.

    Deflect, though you did state it, only sends the projectile where you are aiming. Your first words in it's description imply that it launches it directly back towards your attacker, regardless of aim.

    Otherwise, excellent article. I'll be keeping an eye on this for further tips.
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  • AV479#48 months ago
    You can reflect Ultimates too BTW. If you get in front of Hanzo before his ult "Dragon's up" you can reflect it towards his team. You can also insta-kill McCree with his own High Noon. Roadhog's whole hog and Reaper's Death Blossom can also be reflected, I think.

    Secondly, while I think rockets will go through Genji's reflect, i know that Junkrat's standard fire can be deflected, although the arc is the same.
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  • BakaSenpai#57 months ago
    This guide is a very comprehensive guide, but I always suggest to newer Genji players to go into custom games on every map and experiment with flanking routes, looking for some examples on youtube can't hurt but there broadcast to everyone so its better to find your own. Another point, I only ever attack an enemy I know I can kill. Its that simple. Flank behind, take out the healers, Torbjörns, and Bastions. Maybe the odd DPS hero but don't push it. Retreat to in-between the enemy spawn and the objective to prevent these enemies returning to the fight. This allows your team to have an advantage to push with. That's my tactics. Take of them what you will.
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  • BakaSenpai#67 months ago
    Rockets can be reflected, although depending on the distance between you and the Phara, you may get one or two in the reflect if you time it properly.
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