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Zarya Build Guide “Are you in need of personal training?”

Last updated on Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 by Kendric 5 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Zarya guide for Heroes of the Storm. Here you will learn everything you need to know in order to play Zarya in a competitive environment, whether you play on your own or with a team.

About the Author

KendricSwissh is a Master League Warrior and Support player in Hero League. He has been playing Heroes of the Storm since the early stages of the Alpha version and has mastered a large number of Heroes. He is also creating Heroes of the Storm related content on YouTube, most notably his series called Epic Plays of the Week, which focuses on video clips submitted by his viewers. He is also a streamer on Twitch where he will gladly answer all of your questions about the game.

1. Quick Reference

Maximum Charge Build: Heavy focus on Energy gain to maximise damage output

Grenadier Build: Decent AoE damage, recommended when having another Warrior in your team

Support Build: Offers outstanding single target protection

Zarya synergizes with
Zarya is countered by
Zarya's stronger maps Blackheart's Bay Cursed Hollow Towers of Doom
Zarya's average maps Battlefield of Eternity Dragon Shire Garden of Terror Infernal Shrines Sky Temple Warhead Junction
Zarya's weaker maps Braxis Holdout Tomb of the Spider Queen

Ability Usage:

  • Use Shield Ally Icon Shield Ally as frequently as possible. Try to anticipate which ally is about to get focused to maximise your Energy gain.
  • Expulsion Zone Icon Expulsion Zone's low cooldown makes it a valuable zoning tool to both engage and disengage from the enemy.
  • Unlike other Warriors, Zarya lacks mobility. Thus, keeping a healthy distance to the enemy team is usually recommended.
  • Zarya's Basic Attacks hit all enemies in a straight line. Utilize this to your advantage when clearing Minion waves or Mercenary Camps.
  • Zarya should never be the only Warrior in your team. If none of your teammates drafted a Warrior, we do not recommend picking Zarya.

Disclaimer: This is an early access version of our Zarya Guide. We will continue to update and add content as the meta involving him matures.

2. Introduction

Zarya is a ranged Warrior who combines protective abilities with strong offensive capabilities. Her Basic Attack animation is unique, as it allows her to hit multiple enemy targets at the same time. Unlike other Warriors, Zarya is capable of shielding either herself or nearby allies. Upon taking damage, shielded targets (herself included) increase Zarya's Energy, which can greatly increase her damage potential. Thus, playing Zarya requires the player to carefully analyse the battlefield and shield targets that are likely going to be attacked. Both of her Heroic Abilities can have a tremendous impact on team fights, which makes Zarya a powerful and rewarding Hero to master.

3. Strengths

  • Does not require Mana
  • Personal Barrier Icon Personal Barrier and Shield Ally Icon Shield Ally offer great single target protection
  • Graviton Surge Icon Graviton Surge can single-handedly win team fights
  • Her Basic Attacks pierce through the first target, allowing her to damage multiple enemies at the same time

4. Weaknesses

  • Relatively weak early game
  • No crowd control until Level 10
  • Extremely dependent on her Energy level
  • Very limited mobility

5. Role in the Current Meta

There are several things to be considered before picking Zarya. First of all, we do not recommend her as a solo Warrior, which means she should be picked as a supportive Warrior next to a true Tanklike Muradin, E.T.C., or Johanna. Secondly, Zarya offers little waveclear and even less crowd control until Level 10. Thus, she is a rather suboptimal pick on Maps like Tomb of the Spider Queen that require you to rotate a lot.

Thanks to her strong Shielding abilities, Zarya shines against enemy team compositions that focus on burst damage. Thus, she is a great counter to Heroes like Kerrigan or Jaina, who aim to quickly eliminate their targets. Furthermore, Zarya's Graviton Surge Icon Graviton Surge enables her team to both initiate team fights and counter enemy aggression.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 5 pages:

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