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I will protect the innocent.

Pharah is one of the heroes in Overwatch. Pharah, a.k.a. Fareeha Amari is a former soldier and security captain who yearns to protect the world's peace, like the heroes in her past.

In game, soaring through the air in her combat armor, and armed with a launcher that lays down high-explosive rockets, Pharah is a force to be reckoned with.

Bio

Fareeha Amari's commitment to duty runs in her blood. She comes from a long line of highly decorated soldiers and burns with the desire to serve with honor.

As a child, Fareeha dreamed of following in her mother's footsteps and joining the global peacekeeping force, Overwatch. She enlisted in the Egyptian army, and her dogged persistence and tactical prowess caused her to rise up through the officer ranks. She was a courageous leader and earned the loyalty of all who served under her. With her exemplary record, Fareeha was well placed to join the ranks of Overwatch, but before she had that opportunity, Overwatch was disbanded.

After leaving the army with a commendation for distinguished service, she was offered employment with Helix Security International, a private security firm contracted to defend the artificial intelligence research facility beneath the Giza Plateau. The top-secret facility was touted as vital to the safety of not only the region but countries across the globe. Fareeha gladly accepted the choice assignment and received training in the Raptora Mark VI, an experimental combat suit designed for rapid mobility and devastating firepower.

Under the call sign "Pharah," she works to safeguard the AI installation. Though she mourns Overwatch's passing, she still dreams of fighting the good fight and making a difference on a global scale.

Abilities

Icon rocketlauncher
Rocket Launcher
Linear splash projectile type
6 ammunition
1.1 rounds per sec
120 damage, 30 - 80 splash damage, 10 - 40 splash self damage
28.5 m/s projectile speed 
3 m splash damage radius
1 sec reload

Pharah’s primary weapon launches rockets that deal significant damage in a wide blast radius.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Left Mouse, Right Trigger)
IconConcussiveBlast
Concussive Blast
Non-damaging knockback linear splash projectile type
57 m/s projectile speed 
8 m splash damage radius
12 sec cooldown

Pharah looses a wrist rocket that knocks back any enemies it strikes.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (E, Left Button)
IconJumpJet
Jump Jet
Non-damaging movement type
~20 m range
~20 m/s movement speed
10 sec cooldown

Propelled by her suit’s thrusters, Pharah soars high into the air.

Default Key: (Left Shift, Right Button)
Lucio wallride
Hover Jets
Non-damaging movement type
5.5 m/s movement speed
2 sec duration
2 sec cooldown

Pharah hovers in mid-air.

Default Key: (Spacebar, A)
Alternate Key: (Right Mouse, Left Trigger)
IconBarrage
Ultimate Ability: Barrage
Automatic rapid fire projectile ultimate type
30 rounds per sec
40 damage per rocket, max 3600 damage
28.5 m/s projectile speed
0 m/s travelling speed
3 sec duration

Pharah directs a continuous salvo of mini-rockets to destroy groups of enemies.

✘ Cannot headshot
Default Key: (Q, Y)
"Justice rains from above!"

Beside these abilities, Pharah is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when her ammo is not full), and perform Quick Melee.

Unlocks

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. Items which are obtained from an external source, are marked with Blizzard icons (Blizzard Item Icon) and their requirements are noted below.

Skins

For all of Pharah's skins and weapons, see Pharah/Skins and Weapons.
Common
Pharah classic
Classic
(default)
Rare
Pharah amethyst Pharah copper Pharah emerald Pharah titanium
Amethyst
(Credits75)
Copper
(Credits75)
Emerald
(Credits75)
Titanium
(Credits75)
Epic
Pharah anubis Pharah jackal Pharah possessed Pharah frostbite
Anubis
(Credits250)
Jackal
(Credits250)
Possessed
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits750)
Frostbite
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits750)
Legendary
Pharah mechaqueen Pharah raptorion Pharah raindancer Pharah thunderbird
Mechaqueen
(Credits1000)
Raptorion
(Credits1000)
Raindancer
(Credits1000)
Thunderbird
(Credits1000)
Pharah securitychief
Security Chief
(Blizzard Item Icon)
Note:
Blizzard Item Icon The Security Chief skin is obtained by purchasing (or upgrading to) the Overwatch's Origins Edition and/or the Collector's Edition.[1][2]

Emotes

Common
Pharah emote heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
Pharah cheer Pharah chuckle Pharah flourish
Cheer
(Credits250)
Chuckle
(Credits250)
Flourish
(Credits250)
Pharah knuckles Pharah takeaknee
Knuckles
(Credits250)
Take A Kneea
(Credits250)
Note:
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory Poses

Common
Pharah classic
Heroic
(default)
Rare
Pharah guardian Pharah jumpjet Pharah kneeling
Guardian
(Credits75)
Jump Jet
(Credits75)
Kneeling
(Credits75)
Pharah medal Pharah rip Pharah toast
Medal
(Summer Games Item Icon)
R.I.P.
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)
Toast
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice Lines

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Aerial Superiority Achieved
  • Fly Like An Egyptian
  • Flying The Friendly Skies
  • Got You On My Radar ("I've got you on my radar.")
  • Leave This To A Professional
  • Not A Chance
  • Play Nice, Play Pharah
  • Rocket Jump? ("Rocket jump? That sounds dangerous.")
  • Security In My Hands (default, "Put your security in my hands.")
  • Shot Down
  • Sorry, But I Need To Jet
  • We Are All In This Together (Summer Games Item Icon)
  • Dead or Alive (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75, "You're going to come with me, dead or alive!")
  • The Forecast (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75, "Want to know the forecast?")
  • I Keep The Peace (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75)

Sprays

For Pharah-specific sprays, see Pharah/Sprays.

Highlight Intros

Common
Pharah highlight heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
Pharah barrage Pharah missioncomplete Pharah touchdown
Barrage
(Credits250)
Mission Complete
(Credits250)
Touchdown
(Credits250)

Weapons

Pharah classic golden rocketlauncher
Golden
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

Achievements

Clearingthearea
Pharah pixel
Clearing the Area

Knock an enemy to their death using Pharah's Concussive Blast in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Deathfromabove
Pharah cute
Death From Above

Kill 4 enemies in a row without touching the ground as Pharah in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

Story

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Pharah destroying Anubis-controlled Omnics

Fareeha Amari is the daughter of Ana Amari, one of Overwatch's founders and a world-class sniper. She was taught by Ana how to fight and how to protect her loved ones. Fareeha wanted to take after her mother and work as an Overwatch agent, but that was exactly what Ana did not want for her daughter and this strained their relationship. Later, her mother was declared K.I.A. in a hostage rescue mission. She enlisted in the Egyptian military and rose through the ranks, but Overwatch was disbanded before she could join.

Helix Security International offered Fareeha a job as a pilot of the Raptora Mark IV Combat Suit and she accepted. Fareeha, now using the call sign "Pharah", received training in the combat suit, and eventually became lieutenant of her squadron. Her base of operations was in the Giza Plateau, where the God Program Anubis was quarantined.

The Anubis AI managed to break free, and Pharah's squadron was sent in to disable it. Though they were successful, much of the squadron died in the fight, including its captain, Khalil. Pharah was promoted to captain as a result.[3]

Recently, Fareeha received a letter from her thought-to-be-dead mother, explaining why her mother chose to hide and Ana's thought on being a soldier and a mother.

In recent Christmas, Fareeha was seen at a restaurant dining with an unknown, older gentlemen in presumably Canada or another cold climate region.[4]

Personality

Pharah is loyal and honorable, holding duty above all else. She's strictly determined willing to keep the peace no matter what. However, Pharah is a bit arrogant at times, as she claims to "always get her prey."

Pharah seems to have a strain relationship with her mother before Ana's death. She thought that Ana would have not been proud of her because of Ana's strict teaching method. Even before receiving the letter from Ana, Pharah always looked up to Ana with a deep respect, even went as far as getting a tattoo in honor of her mother. She understand the meaning of their tattoos and keep her actions to preserve that purpose.

Before the events of the Anubis's breaking, Pharah never really knew which was more important: completing the mission or protecting her team. However, after dealing with the incident, she learned to preserve both the innocent and her team more generally, and grew even more resolute to follow in her mother's footsteps.

Fareeha also has an affinity for jokes and puns, as shown in the in-game voicelines "Fly like an Egyptian" and "Sorry, but I need to jet".

Though she never got the chance to join Overwatch, she seems to be fan of them, judging by her conversation of telling Reinhardt about the poster of him on her wall.

Merchandise

Tips

  • Pharah is slow, but packs a heavy punch.
  • Pharah is stronger on console than on PC because opponents cannot "flick up" on PC to check the sky for her. This means that flying ambushes are more likely to succeed.
Rocket Launcher
  • Pairing her rocket launcher with the abilities to power jump and hover makes for a devastating combination.
  • The splash damage from Pharah's rockets can hit enemies just around corners. Aim rockets at the floor to make them explode close to the enemy.
    • In exchange for her splash damage, Pharah cannot score critical hits, making precision aim less important for her.
    • This is also effective against a Genji that is Deflecting, for Pharah can hit the ground next to him to do damage without risking having her rockets deflected back at her.
Concussive Blast
  • Concussive Blast has a strong knockback effect. Enemies off the map with it, Pharah can boost herself, and she can even save teammates caught in close combat by the enemy.
    • Pharah can move across maps quickly by using the Concussive Blast and use Jump Jet shortly after.
Barrage
  • Pharah's Ultimate is very powerful, but also makes her vulnerable, as it offers her no defense and renders her immobile while using it.
    • Use it at a choke point, or try to flank enemies to use it.
    • If Pharah uses Barrage while standing on a moving piece of the environment (such as a floating pad on Volskaya Industries), she will move with that object during her Ultimate.
    • Pharah's Barrage is very effective when attacking enemies under a crowd control move, like Graviton Surge, Halt, or Blizzard. This keep targets in a place where the damage can be centralized and increases effectiveness.
  • Pharah's fuel tank fully recharges when she activates her Ultimate.

Counters

  • Her low speed makes her a target whose movements are fairly easy to predict in the air.
  • Pharah can be weak against heroes with Hitscan attacks, depending on the level of player skill in the match. A Hitscan hero's shots will strike Pharah instantly, whereas they can dodge Pharah's rockets; however, Pharah's rockets are easier to aim than most Hitscan shots because of the splash damage they can inflict.
  • Because the player has no control over Pharah's rocket barrage other than aiming it (meaning she cannot stop the rockets once her Ultimate has started), Genji can easily reflect her rockets and turn them against her.
  • Roadhog can easily stop her ultimate with his hook.
  • Pharah's Ultimate, if used while on the ground, can be countered by invulnerable/high-health obstacles like Mei's Ice Wall or Zenyatta's Transcendence (though both will register as a suicide in the killfeed).

Trivia

  • Being one of the first heroes Blizzard Entertainment designed, Pharah went through many iterations, including some with bulkier mech suits inspired by Gundam and lighter suits influenced by real fighter pilots.[5]
  • Pharah's real name, Fareeha, is a variant of the name Farah (or Farrah), the homophone to her code name. The name means "happiness", or "joy", in Arabic. Her last name, Amari, is of Sanskrit origin and means "eternal", while in Arabic, it means "strength" or "virtue".
  • In the Summer Games, Pharah's signature sport is basketball.
  • Pharah's Possessed, Raindancer, and Thunderbird skins do not have her Wadjet tattoo.

Other Blizzard games

Cultural References

  • Her call sign, Pharah, is a reference to her Egyptian descent, as "Pharah" is very similar to "Pharaoh". Her personality traits are also linked to the traits expected from a Pharaoh.[6]
  • Pharah's tattoo around her eye (called an "udjat" or "wedjat") is the Eye of Horus, an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection. Horus is a sky-god, usually depicted as either a falcon or a falcon-headed man. This theme extends to Pharah's falcon-like helmet, wings, and flying ability. The Egyptian Pharaohs were also considered the "living Horus".[6]
  • The Anubis skin is a reference to Anubis, the Egyptian god of embalming and the afterlife.[6]
  • Pharah's Raptorian and Mechaqueen skins could be references to the Japanese anime mecha genre.
    • These two skins also display Pharah's remaining ammo as a digital display on the weapon models themselves, much like Soldier 76's Heavy Pulse Rifle, furthering the mecha reference.
Pharah thunderbird arrowheads

An example of Pharah's alternative rockets in Thunderbird's skin.

  • Pharah's Thunderbird skin and Raindancer skin are a reference to the Native American's thunderbird and rainmaking ritual respectively.
    • Both of these skins replace her default projectiles with explosive stone arrowheads. It could not be seen in gameplay because the rockets/arrowheads travel faster than human's eyes can perceive, but players can catch sight of it clearly in the Highlight Intro Barrage.
    • When Pharah spawns with the Thunderbird or Raindancer skin, she says: 'Thunderbird Online' instead of saying her normal line: 'Raptora Online'.
  • Some of Pharah's sprays (like the "Scarab" and "Wings" sprays) are also linked to Ancient Egyptian culture and myths.[6]
  • Pharah's quote "Dead or alive, you're coming with me" is a reference to the film RoboCop, in which the quote is said by the main character.
  • Pharah's Voice Line "Rocket jump? That sounds dangerous!" is a reference to the video game technique called Rocket Jumping, most notably featured in Quake and Team Fortress 2. In those games, rocket launchers can be used to perform higher jumps by jumping and blasting the floor, which is rather similar to Pharah's Jump Jet ability. Pharah can still imitate this technique with her Concussive Blast ability but the impulse is only horizontal. It can be done using her launcher as well, but is not advised as it has little propulsion and will damage her.
  • Pharah's Voice Line and spray "Play nice, play Pharah" are the only line and spray in the game which explicitly break the fourth wall.
    • The line "Play nice, play Pharah" is a reference to the third of 'the eight core values' of Blizzard Entertainment: "Play nice; Play fair".
  • Pharah's Voice Line "Fly like an Egyptian!" is a reference to the song Walk like an Egyptian by The Bangles. Her other voice line, "Flying the Friendly Skies", is a reference to several United Airlines slogans throughout their history.

Patch changes

  • Overwatchemblem black August 2, 2016 Patch: Fixed a bug where the Origins Edition skins would not count towards unlock progress of the “Decked Out” Achievement.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 19, 2016 (beta) Patch: Fixed issue where shooting a turret or barrier counted as a miss for Pharah’s Rocket Direct Hits statistic.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 13, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added "Raindancer" Pharah Legendary skin.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 6, 2016 (beta) Patch: Several new sprays have been added for Pharah.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 5, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Raptorion” and “Thunderbird” Pharah Legendary skin (the old "Raptorion" skin changed its name to "Mechaqueen"). Origins Edition skins can now be equipped.
  • Overwatchemblem black April 13, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added "Raindancer" Pharah Legendary skin.
  • Overwatchemblem black March 8, 2016 (beta) Patch: Added “Raptorion” Pharah Legendary skin.

References

  1. Overwatch™ Ready for Action Spring 2016 — Pre-Purchase Now for Console and PC
  2. Overwatch: Origins Edition | Digital Bonuses Preview
  3. Mission Statement
  4. Reflections
  5. From the Blizzard offices
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 From the Journal of Geek Studies, vol. 3(2), 2016.
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Lore Organizations OverwatchHelix Security International
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Locations Temple of Anubis
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