Hanzo Shimada, 38


Mercenary, Assassin


Hanamura, Japan (Formerly)


Shimada Clan

Hanzo is a Hero in Overwatch.

Hanzo Information

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

Hanzo Abilities


wall_climb.pngWall Climb

Passive Ability

Jump at walls to climb up them.

storm_bow.pngStorm Bow


Ammo: Infinite
Rounds: 1
Hanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

sonic_arrow.pngSonic Arrow


Ammo: Infinite
Rounds: 1
Cooldown: 20 Seconds
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.

scatter_arrow.pngScatter Arrow


Ammo: Infinite
Rounds: 1
Cooldown: 10 Seconds
Hanzo shoots a fragmenting arrow that ricochets off walls and objects and can strike multiple targets at once.


Ultimate Ability

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.

Hanzo Gameplay

Hanzo Tactics and Strategies


  • If you find a reconfigured Bastion, use the scatter arrow to get behind the shield. Similar Tactics can work against Reinhardt, too.
  • Hanzo is a sniper type character who can do considerable damage at range with his charged shot as well as an ability to mark high priority targets for his allies. His wall jump allows him to reach higher locations to set up in a defensive position providing tactical control abilities. His slower rate of fire and need for precision means he is not ideal for close to medium range skirmishes.
  • One Very usefull tatic with Hanzo is most Offensive and Deffensive heros have 200 to 250 HP, a stratigiclly placed scatter arrow beneath the feet will 99% of the time give you an instant elimination to those heros you target. Doing this to Tank heros will often take down at least half of there HP. This also works very well against support heros.


Hanzo Backstory

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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