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True self is without form.

Zenyatta is one of the heroes in Overwatch. He is an omnic guru who wants to prove his purpose of mending the problems between humans and omnics through interpersonal connection and engagement.

Zenyatta calls upon orbs of harmony and discord to heal his teammates and weaken his opponents, all while pursuing a transcendent state of immunity to damage.

BioEdit

Zenyatta is an omnic monk who wanders the world in search of spiritual enlightenment. It is said that those who cross his path are never the same again.

Years ago, following the Omnic Crisis, a group of outcast omnic robots experienced what they described as a spiritual awakening. They abandoned their preprogrammed lives to establish a communal monastery deep in the Himalayas. After many years of meditation on the nature of existence, they came to the belief that they were more than artificial intelligence and, like humans, possessed the essence of a soul.

Recognizing the spiritual equality they held with humans, the monks, led by the enigmatic robot known as Tekhartha Mondatta, sought to heal the wounds caused by the Omnic Crisis a generation earlier and bring humans and robots back into societal harmony. Their message was embraced by millions around the world, and they became global celebrities.

But one monk, Zenyatta, disagreed with this new direction. He believed that the way to repair the problems between humans and omnics was not through dogmatic teaching but through interpersonal connection and engagement.

Ultimately, Zenyatta followed his own path. He chose to leave the monastery and wander the world, helping those he meets to overcome their personal struggles and find inner peace. But, when necessary, he will fight to protect the innocent, be they omnic or human.

AbilitiesEdit

IconOrbofDestruction
Orb of Destruction
20 round(s) ammunition
2 second reload
Primary fire: Singular Orb
Linear projectile type
46 damage
2.5 shots per second
66.67 m/s projectile speed
✔ Can headshot
Secondary fire: Orb Volley
Charged burst fire linear projectile type
46 damage per orb
  1 - 5 orbs per shot
  Max 230 bodyshot damage
5 orbs in 0.6 seconds
1 - 5 round(s) per burst
66.67 m/s projectile speed
0.6 - 2.6 and up to 3.8 seconds charging, 0.6 seconds buffer
✔ Can headshot

Zenyatta projects his destructive energy orbs either individually or in a rapid-fire volley after a few seconds spent gathering power.
Primary Fire Key: (PC LMB, PS R2, XB RT)
Secondary Fire Key: (PC RMB, PS L2, XB LT)
IconOrbofHarmony
Orb of Harmony
Ally-targeting healing projectile type
30 HP per second
120 m/s projectile speed
40 m range
Lasts 3 seconds or until target is changed
0 second(s) cooldown
Zenyatta casts an orb over the shoulder of a targeted ally. So long as Zenyatta maintains line of sight, the orb slowly restores health to his ally. Only one ally can receive the orb's benefit at a time.
Default Key: (PC LShift, PS R1, XB RB)
IconOrbofDiscord
Orb of Discord
Enemy-targeting debuff projectile type
+30% damage received
120 m/s projectile speed
40 m range
Lasts 3 seconds or until target is changed
0 second(s) cooldown
Attaching the orb of discord to an opponent amplifies the amount of damage they receive for as long as Zenyatta maintains line of sight. Only one opponent can suffer the orb's effects at a time.
Default Key: (PC E, PS L1, XB LB)
IconTranscendence
Ultimate Ability: Transcendence
Area healing ultimate type
10 m radius
300 HP per sec
11 m/s movement speed
Lasts 6 sec

Zenyatta enters a state of heightened existence for a short period of time. While transcendent, Zenyatta cannot use abilities or weapons, but is immune to damage, moves twice as fast, and automatically restores his health and that of nearby allies.

Default Key: (PC Q, PS Tri, XB Y)
"Experience tranquility."

Beside these abilities, Zenyatta is able to jump, crouch, reload (only when his ammo is not full), and perform Quick Melee. However, when he activates his ultimate ability, he cannot crouch, reload, or perform Quick Melee.

UnlocksEdit

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 IconUprising Item Icon), are only available to be unlocked either through the respective Loot Boxes or by Credits within the event's duration.

SkinsEdit

For all of Zenyatta's skins and weapons, see Zenyatta/Skins and Weapons.
Common
Zenyatta classic
Classic
(default)
Rare
Zenyatta air Zenyatta earth Zenyatta leaf Zenyatta water
Air
(Credits75)
Earth
(Credits75)
Leaf
(Credits75)
Water
(Credits75)
Epic
Zenyatta ascendant Zenyatta harmonious Zenyatta skullyatta
Ascendant
(Credits250)
Harmonious
(Credits250)
Skullyatta
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits750)
Legendary
Zenyatta djinyatta Zenyatta ifrit Zenyatta ra Zenyatta sunyatta
Djinyatta
(Credits1000)
Ifrit
(Credits1000)
Ra
(Credits1000)
Sunyatta
(Credits1000)
Zenyatta nutcracker Zenyatta sanzang
Nutcracker
(Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits3000)
Sanzang
(Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits3000)

EmotesEdit

Common
Zenyatta emote heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
Zenyatta focusing Zenyatta meditate Zenyatta roundofapplause
Focusing
(Credits250)
Meditatea
(Credits250)
Round Of Applause
(Credits250)
Zenyatta taunt Zenyatta tickled
Taunt
(Credits250)
Tickled
(Credits250)
Note:
a This emote after activating will remain in its animation until the player inputs other actions to interrupt it.

Victory PosesEdit

Common
Zenyatta classic
Heroic
(default)
Rare
Zenyatta balance Zenyatta harmony Zenyatta peace
Balance
(Credits75)
Harmony
(Credits75)
Peace
(Credits75)
Zenyatta medals Zenyatta rip
Medals
(Summer Games Item Icon)
R.I.P.
(Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits225)

Voice LinesEdit

Voice Lines cost Credits25 each, excluding event items.
  • Death Is Whimsical Today
  • Do I Think? ("Do I think? Does a submarine swim?")
  • Free Your Mind
  • Hello, World!
  • I Dreamt I Was A Butterfly
  • I Think, Therefore I Am
  • I Will Not Juggle
  • Ones And Zeroes ("Life is more than a series of ones and zeroes.")
  • Peace And Blessings ("Peace and blessings be upon you all.")
  • The Iris Embraces You
  • We Are In Harmony (default)
  • Strive For Improvement (Summer Games Item Icon, "Always strive for improvement.")
  • Trick or Treat? (Halloween Terror Item Icon, Credits75)
  • No Snowflake (Winter Wonderland Item Icon, Credits75, "No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.")
  • Every Rooster Crows (Year of the Rooster Item Icon, Credits75, "Every rooster crows in its own pen.")
  • Path To Enlightenment (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75, "Walk along the path to enlightenment.")
  • Where You're Headed (Uprising Item Icon, Credits75, "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you're headed.")

SpraysEdit

For Zenyatta-specific sprays, see Zenyatta/Sprays.

Highlight IntrosEdit

Common
Zenyatta highlight heroic
Heroic
(default)
Epic
Zenyatta focused Zenyatta harmonyanddiscord Zenyatta transcendence
Focused
(Credits250)
Harmony And Discord
(Credits250)
Transcendence
(Credits250)
Zenyatta uprising perspective
Perspective
(Uprising Item Icon, Credits750)

WeaponsEdit

Zenyatta classic golden orbofdestruction
Golden
(Competpoints blackborder 3000)

AchievementsEdit

Rapiddiscord
Zenyatta pixel
Rapid Discord

Get 4 kills or assists with Zenyatta's Orb of Discord within 6 seconds in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Pixel Spray

Theirisembracesyou
Zenyatta cute
The Iris Embraces You

Restore 1500 health with a single use of Zenyatta's Transcendence in quick or competitive play.
Reward: Cute Spray

StoryEdit

Zenyadda

Zenyatta using his Transcendence ability

Tekhartha Zenyatta was a member of the Shambali, a Buddhist-esque monastery in Nepal that preaches omnic rights and that omnics' possession of souls. Zenyatta became the mentor of Genji, a human that had been given a machine body to save his life, when he arrived at Nepal. Genji had been unsettled by his existence, but Zenyatta helped him come to terms with his dual existence. Genji moved into the village at the Shambali monastery.

Zenyatta came to disagree with the monastery's methods of spreading their message. He believed that humans and omnics should unite via empathy, not just dogmatic teaching. He decided to leave the monastery and now wanders the world.

Around the time of recent Christmas, he was seen meditating next to Genji at a place which looks similar to Nepal.[1]

Personality Edit

Zenyatta is a very calm and supportive omnic, always willing to help those in mental pain. He is very enlightened and has a wise thought for just about anything, such as how patience is the greatest weapon and that anger only defeats the one who possesses it. He also often meditates on metaphysical ideas and makes multiple references to sayings of numerous religions, mostly to Buddhism and Christianity.

Unlike most heroes, Zenyatta never trash-talks any enemies while in a match, and only speaks of how they refuse to learn whenever he defeats one. He additionally has a very dry sense of humor, for the assumed closest teaching he has to comedy is "If you wish to know someone, walk in their shoes....or hover."

Though he enjoys sharing his guidance, Zenyatta prefers his students to learn about the morals of life for themselves.

MerchandiseEdit

TipsEdit

  • While he has low mobility, Transcendence makes him very fast and briefly invulnerable.
  • Zenyatta is the only hero who has no footstep noises, making him surprisingly stealthy.
  • Zenyatta is often not seen as a harsh threat to many players, as he is classed in Support. However, this is far from true, as his damage output is significant, making a competent Zenyatta player potentially extremely deadly and should be fought with great caution.
    • In such case, take advantage of his low mobility using high burst damage (close-up Reaper or Sombra, Pharah's rockets, and most forms of one-shot combo that he's less likely to be able to run away from, such as Roadhog's hook)
  • Be careful when letting a Zenyatta disengage from a fight, as much of his health is shield, and he will regain much of it when not taking damage.
  • Zenyatta's orbs only function if the player is alive, so it is HIGHLY encouraged to protect Zenyatta on your team and keep him towards the rear of the fight (with reasonable distance for repelling potential flankers and better access to Transcendence). Keeping Zenyatta alive and protected makes him extraordinarily powerful and a very valuable asset to the team as a whole.
  • Since Zenyatta's Orbs of Destruction have a travel time, it's better to engage at mid-range so that you can land your shots effectively without leading them too much. However, his damage falloff immunity means you shouldn't be afraid to engage at long-range should the situation calls for it.
  • Orb of Harmony and Orb of Discord requires a direct line of sight, so even a glass window can dispel it.
  • Orb of Discord can act as a tracking device for a brief period of time, allowing for Zenyatta to finish the enemy off.
  • With a rather poor heal capability of the Orb of Harmony compared to most others sources of healing, it is recommended to leave the burst-healing task (when possible) to Ana, Mercy, or a hacked health pack, and give the orb to heroes that may take consistent, non-burst damage such as an engaging Pharah, Tracer, Genji.
    • Even when not engaging, it should be put on anyone in case of any sudden damage sources.
  • His Orb of Discord is very effective at taking down high health opponents, such as tanks.
    • While Orb of Discord requires line of sight to maintain, it still latches onto the targeted enemy for 3 seconds before being dispelled, thus can be useful to track them through walls as well. Much like Sombra's passive ability, the Discord orb tracking only applies to Zenyatta, so it is recommended to communicate with teammates on that.
  • While your orb volley can deal devastating damages, take heart knowing that Genji can still deflect the orbs.
    • Also note that after an orb volley, there is a small cooldown for throwing orbs again, thus is recommended to use when Zenyatta is not and/or is about to engage with an enemy.
  • Don't use Transcendence just because you're being cornered. While your speed is increased, making for a good escape, it is better used to support teammates when they need it most, such as if caught in an enemy's ultimate.
    • Like Lucio's ultimate, it can be used offensively to negate incoming damages and promote assassination on your team, should your team is coordinated and good to go.
    • Take note that Ana's biotic grenade is the most effective counter to Zenyatta's ultimate due to its ability to negate any incoming heals.
    • Use Transcendence when fighting in a choke point, on an objective with many teammates, or delivering the payload in the last few moments, as it will allow the team to push the payload without much worry of dying.
  • Zenyatta's Orb of Harmony is best passed from one person to the next, focusing too much on one hero isn't nessecarily good, because others will need it as well. This is true with Mercy as well, as she can only heal one person at a time.
  • It is best not to try and charge all five orbs when engaged in combat, although the effects are devastating, most people will dodge most orbs, and in Genji's case, he can deflect all five, which won't make Zenyatta the happiest Omnic around. Zenyatta's DPS is great, which means countinously spam-firing his orbs is more useful than charging multiple orbs, which can take close to 6 seconds.
  • A good use for the charged orbs is to do corner checking. Charge them and slowly move around the corner and resales while still moving. If there is an enemy with low heath it might result in a kill.
  • Zenyatta's Transcendence rapidly heals teammates, allowing them to recover from mass damage. From an enemy's perspective, this can be used to charge an ultimate, as charge is gained from dealing damage, and not taking damage.

Trivia Edit

  • Zenyatta seems to have nine glowing dots on his head, while other omnics have three dots. He shares this physical characteristic with another omnic, Tekhartha Mondatta, albeit his dots are in different placement.
  • Zenyatta is the only hero in Overwatch to have more shield than health.
  • The character "禅" on Zenyatta's bead, hanging from his waist on his backside, is a Chinese (and also Japanese) character meaning "zen". The characters are also visible on his Orb of Destruction of the skins which are not Legendary skins.
  • Zenyatta's orbs are hand-carved at Shambali Monastery and serve as a means to channel Omnic energy. They can be unleashed in peaceful or destructive ways.[2]
  • In the Summer Games, Zenyatta's signature sport is martial arts, especially in the form of taekwondo. This sport theme may be based on his action when performing Quick Melee.
  • Zenyatta is the only character who hovers. Despite this, he can still get trapped by Junkrat's Steel Trap.

Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • Zenyatta seems to be primarily inspired by Shaolin monks
    • The dots on his head is a Jieba, a symbol representing the three gems of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha; the three vows of abandoning bad behavior, having wisdom to release others from suffering, and creating goodness; and the three trainings of discipline, concentration, and wisdom.
    • His orbs symbolize the nine chakras (the tenth chakra is outside the body). The word means circle, which may be why it's a necklace.
    • The Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony represents the Yin and Yang, a Chinese taoist and Buddhist symbol for opposites. As a teacher, he is also supposed to bring out the good and the bad in the student.
    • His close bond to Genji may be a reference to the origin of ninjitsu being in Buddhism.
    • His Transcendence, in which he gains multiple arms, may be a reference to Avalokiteśvara, a monk who gained a thousand arms to help all in need.
  • Zenyatta's name may come from:
    • Zenyatta Mondatta, the third studio album by English rock band, The Police.
    • Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism who was born in Nepal around 500 BC. According to Buddhism, he was the first to achieve enlightenment through meditation and the middle path between self-denial and hedonic indulgence. He is also known as the Buddha.
    • Śūnyatā, meaning emptiness - a cornerstone concept in Buddhism.
    • The Japanese-origin universal word "zen" means "meditative state" (or "trance"), and the Malay/Indonesian word "nyata" means "absolute," "clear," "real," and "true." This simply alludes to the fact that meditation can bring someone to enlightenment.
  • Zenyatta's Djinyatta skin is a play on djinn and his name, Zenyatta. Its appearance is based on common artists' imagination of djinn: long moustache, angry expression, with a great feathered turban and a pair of Arabian shoes.
    • Likewise, the Ifrit skin is a reference to Ifrit, a supernatural creature in Middle Eastern stories. Ifrit is described as an infernal kind of djinn and has a connection to the element of fire. When equipping this skin, and activating Transcendence, the ability will make a fiery effect instead of a light effect.
  • Zenyatta's Ra skin is named after God of the Sun in the Egyptian mythology. The God Ra is always drawn as having a human body and a falcon head, along with a disk of the sun above. Zenyatta in this skin also wears a nemes headress, an ankh necklace, and a belt with Eye of Horus symbol to add more into the Egyptian theme.
    • The Sunyatta skin is a play on words, it's a mix of Sun (from Ra, God of the Sun), Śūnyatā, and Zenyatta.
    • If you look closely on the orbs of Ra and Sunyatta skin, there are images of scarabs, a beetle worshipped by the ancient Egyptians.
  • Zenyatta's Sanzang skin is an reference to Tang Sanzang, the Buddhist during the Tang Dynasty who led Sun Wukong, Zhu Bajie and Sa Wujing to the west in order to obtain Buddhist sacred texts (sūtras) and returned after many trials in the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West.
    • On the back of his rob, there is the word "唐", stand for his last name, Tang. The character "禅" which is normally placed on Zenyatta's belt is replaced by the word "徃"; it means "go (forward)" or "depart".
    • The words "金蝉子" are engraved on his orbs; it means "golden cicada". It is told in the story that Sanzang's past life is Golden Cicada, a disciple of the Buddha.
  • Zenyatta's "I Dreamt I Was A Butterfly" voice line comes from a quote by Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou. The full quote is "Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."
  • Zenyatta's "Hello, world!" voice line comes from what most programmers use as a basic syntax of their first program.
  • Zenyatta's "Do I think? Does a submarine swim?" voice line comes from a quote by Dutch computer scientist Edsger Wybe Dijkstra. The exact quote was "The question of whether machines can think (...) is about as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim".
  • Zenyatta's "Death is Whimsical Today" is a reference to the movie "Léon", a remarkable quote by the antagonist Norman Stansfield.
  • Zenyatta's "I think, therefore I am" voice line is derived from a quote by philosepher René Descartes who said: "Cogito ergo sum." which translates to "I think, therefore I am".

Patch ChangesEdit

  • Overwatchemblem black March 21, 2017 Patch: Fixed an issue causing Zenyatta’s feet to clip through his robe while his Sanzang skin was equipped.
  • Overwatchemblem black October 11, 2016 Patch: Fixed a time calculation issue that was causing Zenyatta's “Rapid Discord” achievement to be more difficult than intended.
  • Overwatchemblem black  September 1, 2016 Patch:  Orb of Discord: The amount of damage amplified by a target with Orb of Discord has been decreased from 50% to 30% Orb of Destruction: Damage has been increased from 40 to 46
  • Overwatchemblem black July 19, 2016 Patch: Base shields increased by 50 (now 50 Health/150 Shield); Timing on Zenyatta's Rapid Discord achievement is more lenient.
  • Overwatchemblem black February 18, 2016 (beta) Patch: Fixed an issue that caused Zenyatta to receive more credit than intended for kill assists when determining Play of the Game.


ReferencesEdit

  1. Reflections
  2. Overwatch Visual Source Book, p.108
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General MainQuotesGallerySkins and WeaponsSprays
Abilities Orb of DestructionOrb of HarmonyOrb of DiscordTranscendence
Lore Organizations OmnicShambali
Character relationships Tekhartha MondattaGenji
Locations Nepal
Others Omnic CrisisIris
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