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Genji is a damage Hero in Overwatch 2, utilizing a blend of close and long-range attacks to harass his enemies. Genji can poke at targets from afar, or get in close with his variety of movement options to take out key enemies.

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Compared to other damage Heroes in Overwatch 2, Genji can be difficult to get the hang of. To effectively play this hero, you'll need to know always be mindful of the battlefield and its combatants. Let's take a look at each of Genji's abilities, and some tips and tricks for playing as him.

Genji Ability Overview

Ability Description
Basic Attack - Shuriken
  • Damage per Shuriken: 29
  • Ammo: 30 (uses 3 per attack)
  • Primary fire throws three consecutive Shuriken towards the reticle, while secondary fire throws a fan of three Shuriken in an arc.
First Ability - Deflect
  • Duration: 2 seconds
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds
  • Deflects all incoming projectiles back towards the aiming reticle, taking no damage.
Second Ability - Swift Strike
  • Damage: 50
  • Cooldown: 8 seconds
  • Dash forward, dealing damage to enemies along your path. Eliminating an enemy resets the cooldown of Swift Strike.
Ultimate Ability - Dragonblade
  • Damage per slash: 110
  • Duration: 6 seconds
  • Unleash the Dragonblade, transforming your Primary attack into a melee sword slash. Deflect and Swift Strike can still be used while Dragonblade is active.
Passive Ability - Cyber-Agility
  • Genji can double-jump and run up walls.

Genji has 200 base health, and, as a damage Hero, will gain a buff when eliminating an enemy, providing a burst in movement and reload speed for a few seconds.

Tips And Tricks For Playing Genji

Genji's position on the field is dictated by your team and the enemy team's current status. Because of this, playing as Genji means being ready to advance or retreat to any position on the map, at a moment's notice. Here are some tips to help you understand the intricacies of Genji's abilities and playstyle.

Close Range Combo

When moving into close range, Genji has a powerful combo that can deal almost 200 damage in a very short window. Using the alternate fire to fan your Shuriken, then dashing through the enemy with Swift Strike, followed immediately by a second Shuriken fan or a quick melee attack will take most 200-health heroes to very low health, if performed correctly. Additionally, eliminating the target from this combo will take Swift Strike off cooldown, allowing you to move to the next enemy or escape.

The key to pulling off combos like this lies in the use of Swift Strike. When angled towards the ground, you will reduce the distance traveled by the dash, allowing you to remain close enough to your target to hit them with a second Shuriken fan or quick melee attack. Alternatively, when angled into the air, Swift Strike will allow you to quickly escape enemy attacks.

Flanking The Enemy

Genji performs especially well at close-range takedowns, making him an excellent back-line assassin. To that end, learning when to flank the enemy and score an elimination on a support or troublesome damage Hero can quickly turn the tide of battle in your favor.

Utilize Genji's wall climbing and double jump abilities to move behind the enemy, harass their healers, then quickly escape with Swift Strike. Even if you aren't able to eliminate an enemy before making your escape, just being behind their lines can scatter them enough to allow your team to push forward.

Know When To Deflect

Genji's Deflect ability is one of the strongest in his kit, and allows him to do things other damage Heroes can not. Learning when best to use your Deflect can save your team from strong Ultimates or abilities. Deflecting Zarya's Ultimate will allow your team to quickly counterattack, or Deflecting Pharah's Ultimate can save your team from the attack's high damage.

Additionally, deflecting a projectile with a knockback component like Road Hog's Ultimate or Pharah's Concussive Blast will retain the knockback, allowing you to, for example, push back the enemy team against an Ultimate-casting Road Hog.

Learn Your Match-ups

Although Genji excels at one-on-one combat against a variety of targets, he will have a hard time against certain Heroes. Most Tanks, especially Zarya and Winston, have high health pools that are difficult to burst down with Genji's combos, not to mention attacks that bypass Deflect.

Learning which Heroes you can reliably burst down and which you should avoid will go far in manifesting your usefulness as Genji. Stay away from Heroes with explosive attacks like Pharah and Junkrat, as the splash damage from their attacks will hit you even during Deflect. Additionally, characters with beam attacks like Mei, Symmetra, Moira, Winston, and Zarya will not be Deflected, making you more vulnerable against these Heroes.

Animation Canceling

Finally, for higher-level Genji plays, you can animation-cancel a few of his attacks using his wall climbing and Swift Strike abilities. Using Swift Strike immediately following a slash of Dragonblade will cancel the back half of the animation, allowing you to swing the sword again sooner.

Additionally, there is a lengthy animation when sheathing the Dragonblade that can be similarly canceled by using Swift Strike or wall climbing as you put away the sword. Use this to your advantage to quickly get back to attacking, especially if the enemy team hasn't been eliminated after Dragonblade.

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