This is a page for more in-depth strategy with Genji, which includes tactics, teammates, and strength in certain hero matchups.

Playing against Genji Edit

Genji is a hero mainly about mobility. Without his movement abilities, he is vulnerable, unless targeted by low health enemies. Heroes like Symmetra or Winston who don't have to aim make it difficult for Genji to escape or evade fire. Also, Sombra can disable any escape moves for Genji, and AoE enemies like Pharah don't need to target him precisely in order to deal damage.

Strong against GenjiEdit


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Mei can use her Endothermic Blaster's primary fire to remove Genji's mobility and turn him into a free kill for either herself or her teammates. Genji cannot do much in return, and while he can climb her Ice Wall, Mei will still be able to slow him down and kill him.
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Sombra's Hack will disable Genji's Swift Strike and Deflect abilities, both of which are essential for his survival. It will also disable his Dragonblade (unless it is currently active) which can be used to save her teammates in critical situations. Although his Shurikens are capable of massive damage, they aren't overly reliable in tense situations and he usually relies heavily on both of his abilities to be effective. She can hack him through his Deflect which will prevent him from using his Swift Strike and leave him with little means of survival. She can hack nearby healthpacks to prevent him from from regaining his health if he manages to escape.
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The Photon Projector's primary fire locks onto and auto-tracks Genji, meaning his mobility is not of much use, and cannot be deflected, either. Even if Genji is able to escape, the beam still damages him 0.5 seconds after he flees, meaning he is as good as dead if Symmetra catches him. Genji also has to worry about the Sentry Turrets, because they slow him down and do hefty damage if stacked.
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Winston's Tesla Cannon auto-tracks Genji, reducing his mobility's effectiveness, and attacks through Deflect. Genji's escape option, Swift Strike, is on a longer cooldown than Winston's Jump Pack, so he can chase him down if he tries to flee. If Genji activates Dragonblade, Winston can retaliate with Primal Rage to survive the attack and keep Genji away from vulnerable targets.
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While Genji's mobility can prove to be troublesome, his relative lack of damage and the Particle Cannon's ability to pass through Deflect gives Zarya a bigger advantage, and usually forces Genji to flee. Her barriers will negate a huge chunk of Dragonblade's damage, with each one requiring two swings to destroy. Keep in mind that Graviton Surge can be Deflected.

Weak against GenjiEdit


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Genji is a flanker who normally attacks the backline, as such, Ana is a high-priority target for him. Ana's self-defense tools, Sleep Dart and Biotic Grenade, can both be deflected, and will severely cripple her team if it hits one of them.
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Depending on how much health Bastion has, Genji can seriously counter it. If Bastion is not careful and is on low health, Genji can easily deflect any incoming damage, and Bastion will suffer from his own medicine. Regardless of Bastion's health, Genji can deflect the sentry gun fire to give Bastion a nasty surprise.
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Hanzo has trouble dealing with a Genji that gets too close to him, as his high mobility makes it hard to hit him with projectiles. Additionally, Genji can deflect Hanzo's one-shot kill potential right back at him.
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Genji will regularly attack the backline and will prove to be a deadly threat to Mercy. His high mobility stops her from easily escaping, and his Deflect can turn Mercy's blaster shots back at her if she chooses to attack.
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Genji has a lot of mobility, and is also able to out-range Roadhog. Due to Roadhog's short range and slow fire rate, both of these will be troublesome against Genji. He can also use Deflect to dodge Chain Hook and turn Whole Hog against Roadhog.
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While Widowmaker can take out Genji from afar because of her high damage hitscan weapon, she needs to be weary of several things. First, Genji's unique ability to double jump makes him a much more difficult target. Second, a Genji with Deflect who has very good aim with the ability can easily turn Widowmaker's one shot kill potential against herself. Additionally, Genji's high mobility means he can easily get onto Widowmaker's perch, force her into close-quarters combat, and finish her off with ease.
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Zenyatta, like other healers, is a high-priority target for Genji. His high mobility makes him hard to hit with projectiles, and he can Deflect Zenyatta's Orb of Destruction right back at him, including a fully-charged Orb Volley.

Other notable heroes Edit


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Genji can Deflect all of McCree's damage sources back at him, but since it is on a longer cooldown and doesn't last as long as D.Va's Defense Matrix, McCree can simply wait for his Deflect to be over and then use his Flashbang & Fan the Hammer combo to finish him off. Otherwise, McCree can aim his flashbang in a direction where Genji's Deflect won't register (such as underneath him), potentially cancelling his deflect and allowing him to finish him off with fan the hammer or a headshot+bodyshot combo.
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Pharah can rely on her rocket's splash damage to kill Genji from afar. She also can easily evade an enemy Genji's attacks. Keep in mind that Genji can use Swift Strike to quickly close the distance between the two, and in such case, will be in an uncomfortable distance from Pharah, who will be unable to avoid his attacks.
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Soldier: 76

Soldier 76's accurate Pulse Rifle, Sprint, and Helix Rockets can mean that Genji will have little means to escape. If Genji has Deflect available, he will able able to turn all of Soldier: 76 power right back at him. Additionally, Genji's mobility makes him hard to pin down for Soldier: 76.
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Lucio and Genji have about the same DPS, with Lucio behind by about 4 give or take. Both sport a projectile based weapon, and is difficult to aim since both have high mobility. Also, with Lucio's continuous self healing, he can be more difficult to take down than most healers. When tracking down a Lucio, he will usually be near others in order for his healing or speed boost to work, so try to isolate him by charging in with a friend like Winston or D.Va who can take hits, so you trap Lucio.
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Although Reinhardt is severely outmatched when it comes to Genji's mobility, his large health pool combined with his Barrier Field makes him stand a fair chance against Genji especially considering Genji's tendency to get up close and personal with his targets to deal damage. In addition, Genji's Dragonblade deals 120 damage per swing meaning it will take him 5 swings to kill a Reinhardt with full health, whereas Reinhardt's Rocket Hammer will kill Genji in 3 swings.

Playing with GenjiEdit

Genji can be a very versatile hero, and with good healers, and be very hard to take out. Having healers like Zenyatta or shielding like Particle Barrier, is essential when using Dragonblade.

Good teammates Edit


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While Ana may have difficulty healing a Genji running and jumping around everywhere, she can provide Genji with a Nano Boost, which he can combine with his Dragonblade to be a fearsome hero who is able to clear a whole team out.
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Lúcio can provide Genji with a speed boost, allowing him to quickly engage and making him even more mobile than he already is. If things get hectic, Sound Barrier can allow Genji to rush into battle with Dragonblade and still survive.
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Tracer and Genji can both flank together to quickly destroy the enemy backline. Tracer's high horizontal mobility is complemented well by Genji's high vertical mobility.
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Genji's high mobility means he can dive into the enemy with or after Winston to finish off targets which he weakened. Because his Swift Strike resets after getting an elimination, he can spam the ability into a group of weakened enemies with terrifying results.
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Zarya can provide a barrier to Genji in order to allow him to reliably get into the enemy backlines. Additionally, they can combine their ultimate abilities for a devastating combo. Genji's Dragonblade will hit all enemies trapped inside Graviton Surge and be able to do its maximum damage, but is vulnerable to close-range attacks and abilities such as Flashbang and Chain Hook. When using this combo, remember to be wary of Transcendence.
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Zenyatta can give Genji an Orb of Harmony to allow him to better attack the enemy backline from the constant healing, and can also throw his Orb of Discord on Genji's current target to soften them up and indirectly reset his Swift Strike more quickly.