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With every death comes honor.
With honor, redemption.

Hanzo is one of the heroes in Overwatch. He is a mercenary archer who is on the path of redemption to restore his honor and atone for the atrocity he once committed as the heir of a syndicate.

Hanzo’s versatile arrows can reveal his enemies or fragment to strike multiple targets. He can scale walls to fire his bow from on high, or summon titanic spirit dragons.


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.


Icon stormbow
Storm Bow
Arcing projectile type
∞ ammunition
1 - 2 rounds per sec
29 - 125 damage
26 - 86.66 m/s projectile speed 
3.85 m/s movement speed

Hanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

✔ Can headshot
Default Key: (Left Mouse, Right Trigger)
Scatter Arrow
Fragmenting arcing projectile type
1 round(s) ammunition
3.85 m/s movement speed
29 - 125 damage for the initial shot, 22 - 75 damage per fragment
  6 fragments per shot
  Max 450 fragment bodyshot damage
26 - 87 m/s projectile speed
10 second(s) cooldown
※ The initial arrow can headshot, but the fragments cannot
Hanzo shoots a fragmenting arrow that ricochets off walls and objects and can strike multiple targets at once.
Default Key: (E, Left Button)
Sonic Arrow
Team buff arcing projectile type
1 round(s) ammunition
3.85 m/s movement speed
29 - 125 damage
26 - 87 m/s projectile speed
10 m radius
Lasts 10 seconds
20 second(s) cooldown
✔ Can headshot
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.
Default Key: (Left Shift, Right Button)
Wall Climb
Non-damaging movement type

Hanzo can climb any vertical surface.

Default Key: (Spacebar, A)
Ultimate Ability: Dragonstrike
Linear projectile ultimate type
200 damage per sec
m range
4 m radius
1.5 sec cast

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.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)

Beside these abilities, Hanzo is able to jump, crouch, and perform Quick Melee. Hanzo is unable to reload.


All seasonal event items, which are marked with special event icons (Summer Games Item IconHalloween Terror Item IconWinter Wonderland Item IconYear of the Rooster Item Icon), are only available to be unlocked either through the respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration.


For all of Hanzo's skins and weapons, see Hanzo/Skins and Weapons.
Hanzo classic
Hanzo azuki Hanzo kinoko Hanzo midori Hanzo sora
Hanzo cloud Hanzo dragon Hanzo demon
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits750)
Hanzo younghanzo Hanzo youngmaster Hanzo lonewolf Hanzo okami
Young Hanzo
Young Master
Lone Wolf


Hanzo emote heroic
Hanzo beckon Hanzo brushshoulder Hanzo chuckle
Brush Shoulder
Hanzo meditate Hanzo victory
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory PosesEdit

Hanzo classic
Hanzo confident Hanzo kneeling Hanzo overtheshoulder
Over The Shoulder
Hanzo rip
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice LinesEdit

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Expect Nothing Less (default)
  • Flow Like Water
  • From One Thing... ("From one thing, know ten thousand things.")
  • Hm...
  • I Do What I Must
  • Never In Doubt ("The outcome was never in doubt.")
  • Never Second Best
  • Remember This Moment
  • Sake!
  • Spirit Dragona ("I choose you, Spirit Dragon!")
  • Step Into the Dojo
  • Ignore All Distractions (Summer Games Item Icon)
  • You Are Already Dead (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75)
  • A Gift For You (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75)
  • When The Moon Is Full (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75, "When the moon is full, it begins to wane.")
a When equipping the skin Lone Wolf or Okami and this voice line, Hanzo will say "I choose you, Spirit Wolf" instead.


For Hanzo-specific sprays, see Hanzo/Sprays.

Highlight IntrosEdit

Hanzo highlight heroic
Hanzo backflip Hanzo myaimistrue Hanzo superior
My Aim Is True


Hanzo classic golden stormbow
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)


Hanzo pixel
Simple Geometry

Get 2 killing blows with a single use of Hanzo's Scatter Arrow in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Hanzo cute
The Dragon is Sated

Kill 4 enemies with one of Hanzo's Dragonstrikes in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray



Hanzo's old sword

Hanzo was born into the Shimada Empire as the first child of Sojiro Shimada, who is the master of his clan, three years before his brother Genji. As the eldest child, he would be the heir to the empire after his father. His family trained him in martial arts, archery, sword fighting, all of which he became extremely skilled at.

Though Hanzo took his position seriously, Genji did not. After their father died, and under instruction from the clan's elders, Hanzo's first action was to convince Genji to take more responsibility in the clan. Genji refused, lead into a violent fight and Hanzo was forced to kill his brother. Upon Genji's assumed death, Hanzo left the clan out of sorrow. The Shimada clan was later dismantled by Overwatch.

Hanzo wandered the world after leaving, though every year he would return to Hanamura on the anniversary of his brother's "death" to put incense offerings for him. Many assassins were sent after him during this time. Hanzo returned to Hanamura again on that special day, only to find what he believes to be an assassin stalking him. At first, he did not realize who it was, but after a long fight, the assassin revealed himself to be Genji. Genji forgave Hanzo for almost murdering him, and left him again after leaving him some words to ponder.[2]

Around Christmas time, Hanzo was seen browsing a traditional Christmas cake.[3]


Hanzo constantly aims to prove himself, be it for responsibility or redemption. He heavily preoccupies a code of honor, yet displays arrogance at times. Despite their sibling rivalry, Hanzo really cares about Genji, as proven by the fact that he rejected his own clan when the clan's duty forced him to kill his brother. Nonetheless, he sometimes misses his home and laments about what could've happened if he'd fulfilled his destiny as the master of the Shimada clan.

Although his regards to his family and duty have caused him a lot of trauma, Hanzo has his moments where he shows his own sense of humor. In game, he likes to call out that his enemies fall like certain things, depending on the map where the match is held. For example, he states, "My enemies fall like...heh heh heh...destroyed pinatas!" while in Dorado. He enjoys a good bowl of ramen once in a while and, oddly enough, has an interest in riches, as conveyed by when he asks Junkrat about where he hides his treasure.



  • Hanzo works best against turtled or cornered targets.
Storm Bow
  • Hanzo excels at killing enemies at mid-long range with his bow.
  • When using Hanzo's default reticle, it is best to use the middle dot, as it hits more consistently at short and long range.
Scatter Arrow
  • Hanzo's Scatter Arrow is best aimed at the floor in front of an enemy, so optimal damage is inflicted.
Sonic Arrow
  • Sonic Arrow has a smaller range than Widowmaker's Infra-Sight, but can be used more often. It also has the substantial benefit that it has no callout, meaning that the enemy does not know it is being used.
  • Use Sonic Arrow to identify the locations of enemies, then move behind a wall and attack with Dragonstrike.
  • Use Dragonstrike to clear enemies from an objective.
  • Hanzo's Dragonstrike can pierce through any wall, so in the hands of a skilled player, it is possible to eliminate enemies without ever being exposed to damage and gunfire.
  • Because Dragonstrike is relatively slow, enemies will respond by moving away from it, so target enclosed or critical spaces.
  • Hanzo and his allies can freely stand "inside" the moving dragons, meaning that they can be used as camouflage or protection for an attack.

Counters Edit

  • Although Hanzo is very good at long range, he suffers at close range with anything except his scatter arrow.
  • Genji can Deflect all of Hanzo's projectiles.
    • Hanzo's Dragonstrike can be deflected by Genji if the arrow is hit before it turns into the Dragons. The arrow can also be blocked by D. Va using her Defense Matrix while inside her mech.
  • Roadhog's Chain Hook and Scrap Gun combo can easily kill Hanzo.
  • Widowmaker is a superior sniper to Hanzo due to her access to a scope and no-hitscan bullets.

Trivia Edit

Genji Concept-0

Hanzo's concept art, later become the design for Genji and Hanzo

  • Hanzo's original concept was a cyborg assassin brandishing a bow and arrow. The character had the same mask as Genji; he also carried a neon green, glowing sword. His suit had the style of old samurai armor and there was a shimenawa rope around his waist. Later, the concept was split into the design for Genji and Hanzo.[4]
    • The only things carried over to Hanzo's design are the boots he wears and his bow and arrows. Although the concept character's bow followed a cyborg theme - futuristic and robotic - Hanzo's bow became rather simplistic and more traditional.
  • When equipping Hanzo with the Okami ('wolf' in Japanese) or Lone Wolf skin, some voice lines and action change with his appearance:
    • The ultimate voice line is changed to "狼よ、我が敵を食らえ" (okami yo, waga teki wo kurae, meaning wolves, consume my enemies), heard by both Hanzo and his enemies. Allies hear "The wolf hunts for its prey!" along with long howling choirs. The dragons change to a pair of wolves.
    • Sonic Arrows' voice lines are changed to "The wolf marks its prey." and "See through the Wolf's eyes."
  • In Beta, the Young Hanzo and Young Master skins had distinctly younger voices, but this was changed to his normal voice before the official release.
  • Hanzo's Rare skins, Azuki, Kinoko, Midori, and Sora mean, respectively, 'azuki bean' (a Japanese red bean), 'mushroom' (although 'ki' can be 'yellow'), 'green', and 'sky'.

Cultural References Edit

  • Hanzo's voice line "From one thing, know ten thousand things" is a direct quote from the famous martial arts text Go Rin No Sho: The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.
    • The quote "Flow like water" is also a reference to The Book of Five Rings; however, it may also be a reference to famous martial artist Bruce Lee.
  • Hanzo's quote "All your base are belong to us" is a reference to the famous catchphrase from the 1989 game Zero Wing.
  • The quote "I choose you, spirit dragon" is a reference to the Pokémon anime; "I choose you" is a quote which the anime's protagonist, Ash Ketchum, is known for.
  • Hanzo's name could be an allusion to Hattori Hanzō, a famous samurai from Japanese history, who is often portrayed in popular culture as a ninja master.
  • Hanzo's Halloween voice line "You are already dead" is a quote from the Fist of the North Star anime/manga, which the protagonist, Kenshiro, is famous for saying before killing someone.

Patch changesEdit

  • Overwatchemblem black September 13, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug causing the wrong arrow to be shown on Hanzo's bow, or disappear entirely.
  • Overwatchemblem black September 1, 2016 Patch: Hanzo will now experience a 30% decrease in speed while aiming (formerly 40%). Maximum projectile speed has been increased by 30%. Arrow size has been reduced by 33%. Hanzo's “Spirit Dragon” unlockable voice line now correctly plays when using his Okami and Lone Wolf skins.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 9, 2016 (beta) Patch: Interrupting Hanzo’s bow draw should no longer prevent the bow from being re-drawn if Mouse Button 1 is still held down


  1. Genji's Sparrow skin's lore information
  2. Dragons
  3. Reflections
Hanzo Navigation
General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Storm BowScatter ArrowSonic ArrowWall ClimbDragonstrike
Lore Organizations Shimada Empire
Character relationships Genji
Locations Hanamura
Media Animated Shorts Dragons
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