Johanna Build Guide “The Crusade marches on!”

Last updated on Dec 13, 2021 at 15:00 by Elitesparkle 41 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Johanna, a Tank in Heroes of the Storm. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play this hero, in both different map styles and team compositions.

1.

Johanna's Overview

Johanna is a low-mobility, extremely resilient Tank, capable of Blinding, Slowing, Stunning, and briefly Pulling enemies. She excels at creating chaos and disruption in the midst of the enemy team for extended periods of time while also peeling for her allies. Johanna is one of the handful of Heroes in the game with no direct counters, and is able to fit into nearly any team composition.

2.

Johanna's Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
X Weaknesses
  • -Low damage
  • -No tools to handle high-mobility Heroes
  • -Low mobility
3.

Johanna's Talent Build Cheatsheet

Shield Glare Build

Recommended
Level 1 Zealous Glare Icon
Level 4 Subdue Icon Eternal Retaliation Icon ? Hold Your Ground Icon ?
Level 7 Conviction Icon Sins Exposed Icon ? Steed Charge Icon ?
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon Falling Sword Icon ?
Level 13 Blessed Hammer Icon Roar Icon ?
Level 16 Holy Renewal Icon

Johanna's Shield Glare Build boosts your defensive capabilities, both for allied Heroes and for yourself, in various ways: more Blinds right at the start of the game and increased self-sustain in the late game.

With the help of the extra charge coming from Zealous Glare Icon Zealous Glare at Level 1, when possible, try to hit multiple enemy Heroes with Shield Glare Icon Shield Glare in order to get more healing and cooldown reduction from Holy Renewal Icon Holy Renewal at Level 16 and, if you have it, more protection and cooldown reduction from Blinded By The Light Icon Blinded By The Light at Level 20.

When playing as Solo Laner, go for Eternal Retaliation Icon Eternal Retaliation at Level 4 to improve your waveclear and Falling Sword Icon Falling Sword to boost your damage.

Punish Build

Beginner
Level 1 Laws of Hope Icon
Level 4 Subdue Icon Eternal Retaliation Icon ? Hold Your Ground Icon ?
Level 7 Conviction Icon Sins Exposed Icon ? Steed Charge Icon ?
Level 10 Blessed Shield Icon Falling Sword Icon ?
Level 13 Roar Icon Blessed Hammer Icon ?
Level 16 Blessed Momentum Icon Shrinking Vacuum Icon ?

Johanna's Punish Build is designed to make yourself more durable by increasing your self-sustain right at the start of the game and to empower your disruption capabilities in the late game.

When playing as Solo Laner, go for Eternal Retaliation Icon Eternal Retaliation at Level 4 to improve your waveclear and Falling Sword Icon Falling Sword to boost your damage.

4.

Johanna's Synergies and Counters

V Johanna synergizes with

Johanna pairs extremely well with Heroes that can follow up her slow but powerful engage with any kind of area of effect Ability to deal burst damage to enemy Heroes and/or to crowd control them.

Due to her weak engage when her Heroic Ability is not available, Johanna greatly benefits from Heroes that can help her with that in the 4-man (such as Maiev) and/or from the solo lane (for example Blaze).

X Johanna is countered by

Johanna is one of the few Heroes in the game that has no natural counters. She cannot be bursted quickly by Assassins, or crowd controlled by Supports or Tanks, due to Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin. However, this does not mean she is overpowered or always a good pick to have on your team. Johanna is instead countered by playstyle, such as ignoring her in team fights or targeting her while Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin is on cooldown. Johanna also lacks good mobility and has no gap-closers, meaning that she can be kited very effectively and has difficulty keeping up with dive-heavy allies. The only Hero we would currently consider to be a "counter" to Johanna is Varian due to his Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw talent at Level 13, which allows him to shatter both Johanna's Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin and her Indestructible Icon Indestructible talent at Level 20.

5.

Johanna's Maps

Johanna's stronger maps
Alterac Pass Blackheart's Bay Dragon Shire Infernal Shrines Tomb of the Spider Queen Towers of Doom Volskaya Foundry
Johanna's average maps
Braxis Holdout Cursed Hollow Garden of Terror Sky Temple
Johanna's weaker maps
Battlefield of Eternity Hanamura Temple Warhead Junction

Johanna is a solid pick on all Maps, but performs better on medium-sized Battlegrounds that favor early game rotations with tons of waveclear (such as Tomb of the Spider Queen) and worse on most 2-lane Maps as well as Maps with wide empty areas (such as Hanamura Temple).

6.

Johanna's Tips and Tricks

7.

Johanna's Role in the Current Meta

Johanna's survivability, disruption, waveclear, and crowd control make her a very solid Hero overall, and a good fit for nearly any team composition.

Johanna can be played either defensively, by blocking enemy Heroes approaching her team, or offensively, by walking towards enemy Heroes and disrupting their moves. Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin, with its potential 4 seconds of Unstoppable, makes Johanna very effective versus teams with a lot of crowd control.

Last but not the least, Johanna can be played as either main Tank or Solo Laner. Just makes sure to choose the appropriate Talents based on your Role in the team, otherwise you will lack important features on your Hero.

8.

Changelog

  • 13 Dec. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 13 Dec. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 07 Dec. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Major Patch.
  • 03 Nov. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 03 Nov. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Sep. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 21 Sep. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 16 Jul. 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 18 Jun. 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 30 May 2021 (talents page): Builds updated.
  • 30 May 2021 (this page): Builds updated.
  • 17 May 2021 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 17 May 2021 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Patch.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (this page): Build Tags updated.
  • 27 Feb. 2021 (talents page): Build Tags updated.
  • 25 Feb. 2021 (talents page): New layout.
  • 10 Nov. 2020 (this page): Synergies updated.
  • 09 Nov. 2020 (abilities page): Ability descriptions fixed.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (this page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 16 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Guide reviewed for the latest Balance Update.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (this page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (abilities page): Ability Descriptions modified to better explain how to use Abilities effectively.
  • 10 Jul. 2020 (talents page): Builds and Descriptions modified to reflect the current metagame.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (this page): Introduction partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build Cheatsheet updated to reflect the current metagame.
    • Role in the Current Meta modified to remove the unnecessary part about the now fixed Experience Globes.
  • 15 Apr. 2020 (talents page): Talent Build partially revised to match new standards.
    • Talent Build and Talent Build Cheatsheet modified to reflect the current metagame.
    • Talent Descriptions modified to better describe when to pick them.
  • 12 Dec. 2019 (this page): Added an entry about the current Anomaly to the guide.
  • 11 Jun. 2019 (talents page): Updated Johanna's guide to align it more with the current state of the game.
  • 16 Oct. 2018 (talents page): Changed Sins Exposed from Situational to Recommended.
  • 29 Jan. 2018 (abilities page): Added Falling Sword to the page.
  • 02 Nov. 2017 (talents page): Changed Subdue from Not Recommended to Recommended.
  • 29 Sep. 2017 (talents page): Updated Johanna's talents for Ana's patch.
  • 04 May 2017 (talents page): Updated Heaven's Fury's talent description and recommendation.
  • 17 Mar. 2017 (this page): Guide updated for Probius' patch and moved to the new format.
  • 29 Jan. 2017 (talents page): Changed Blessed Hammer from Not Recommended to Recommended and updated Johanna's Builds.
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