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Introduced with Heroes of the Storm 2.0, Genji is an assassin hero from the Overwatch franchise. Once the carefree youngest scion of the Shimada clan, Genji was cut down by his own brother for refusing to take part in their illegal ventures. Grafted into a cyborg body by Overwatch, Genji walks his own path as one who fights for what's right.

Abilities Edit

Icon Shuriken
Shuriken (Q) [Skillshot]

Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern damaging the first enemy it strikes.

Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken's cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.

Icon Deflect
Deflect (W)

Become Protected for 1.25 seconds. Any damage blocked during this period causes Genji to throw a Kunai toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing Heroes and dealing damage.

Icon Swift Strike
Swift Strike (E)

Dash forward, dealing damage to all enemies in a line. Enemy Heroes who die within 2 seconds after being hit by Swift Strike cause the cooldown and Mana cost to be refunded.

Traits Edit

Icon Cyber Agility
Cyber Agility (D)
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Activate to jump to target area.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Icon Dragonblade
Dragonblade (R) [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc, dealing 240 (+4% per level) damage. If enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike's cooldown is reset.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Icon X-Strike
X-Strike (R) [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Perform 2 perpendicular slashes dealing 135 (+4% per level) damage. The slashes detonate after 1.25 seconds causing an additional 270 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in their area.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1
Icon Swift Strike
Swift as the Wind

Hitting an enemy Hero with Swift Strike increases Genji's Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Icon Cyber Agility
Agile Dismount

While mounted, the range of Cyber Agility is increased by 70% and its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Icon Pathfinder
Pathfinder

Jumping over terrain with Cyber Agility inceases Genji's Movement Speed by 25% for 6 seconds.


Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
Icon Shuriken
Shuriken Mastery

IconQuestTalent Quest: Hit enemy Heroes with Shuriken.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 35 Heroes, Shuriken damage is increased by 30.
IconQuestTalent Reward: After hitting 75 Heroes, Cyber Agility now refunds 2 charges of Shuriken.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Icon Dragon Claw
Dragon Claw [Active]

After Genji blocks 415 damage with Deflect, activate to release a Dragon Claw, dealing 180 (+4% per level) damage to all nearby enemies.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Icon Swift Strike
Strike at the Heart

Enemies hit by the end of Swift Strike take an additional 138 (+4% per level) damage over 2 seconds.


Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
Icon Deflect
Augmented Guard

When Deflect ends, Genji gains a Shield equal to 50% of the damage blocked for 4 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Icon Pefect Defense
Perfect Defense

Deflected damage reduces the cooldown of Deflect by 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Icon Dodge
Dodge [Active]

Genji Dodges 1 Heroic Basic Attack every 5 seconds.

Stores up to 3 charges.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
Icon Cyber Agility
Cyber Shield

Using Cyber Agility grants 50 Spell Armor for 2 seconds.


Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
Icon Dragonblade
Dragonblade (R) [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc, dealing 240 (+4% per level) damage. If enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike's cooldown is reset.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Icon X-Strike
X-Strike (R) [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 90
Cooldown: 80 seconds

Perform 2 perpendicular slashes dealing 135 (+4% per level) damage. The slashes detonate after 1.25 seconds causing an additional 270 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in their area.


Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
Icon Shuriken
Shingan

Hitting an enemy with all 3 Shuriken deals 115 (+4% per level) bonus damage.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Icon Swift Strike
Flow Like Water

Each enemy Hero hit with Swift Strike reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Icon Cyber Agility
Double Jump

Cyber Agility stores 2 charges, but its cooldown is increased by 5 seconds.


Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
Icon Deflect
Reflect

Deflect also deals an additional 33% of the damage blocked.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Icon Swift Strike
Final Cut

After 1 second, Swift Strike deals an additional 125 (+4% per level) damage to all enemies in the area.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Icon Steady Blade
Steady Blade

Each enemy Hero hit by Swift Strike increases the damage of the next Swift Strike by 20%. This bonus stacks up to 3 times.


Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
Icon Dragonblade
The Dragon Becomes Me

Each time Dragonblade hits an enemy Hero, the duration of Dragonblade is increased by 1 second.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Icon X-Strike
Living Weapon

Each enemy Hero hit by X-Strike reduces its cooldown by 12 seconds.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Icon Shuriken
Nanosteel Shuriken

Shuriken now pierce all enemies hit.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Icon Zanshin
Zanshin

IconQuestTalent Quest: Block 6500 damage with Deflect, including damage blocked so far.
IconQuestTalent Reward: Deflect hits all nearby enemy Heroes.


Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Skins Edit

Cybernetic Ninja
Cybernetic Ninja Carbon Fiber Fire
Cybernetic Ninja Carbon Fiber Fire
Oni
IconShard600 per skin
It is said that an oni with an iron club is invincible. But that's nothing compared to an oni with a katana.
Oni Vengeful Oni Moss Oni
Oni Vengeful Oni Moss Oni
Steel Dragon
IconShard100 per skin
Though he used to struggle with being part man and part machine, Genji has since come to terms with his dual nature. Improving his body along with his spirit was the obvious next step.
Steel Dragon Master Dragon Neon Dragon
Steel Dragon Master Dragon Neon Dragon

Tips Edit

Pairings
Lunaraplate
Genji often must patiently bide his time, waiting to prey on low health heroes that can be taken down to reset his Swift Strike ability. Heroes like Lunara who do significant AoE damage are excellent for lowering the Health pools of the enemy team, setting Genji up to engage and finish them off.

Zaryaplate
Zarya’s shields are great for allowing Genji to get into the enemy team’s backline and trade effectively. When Genji engages a squishy assassin, enemy teams may overreact while trying to quickly eliminate him; in turn, a well-timed shield from Zarya can be the difference between the quick death of Genji, or that of the enemy team.

Utherplate
Uther’s ability to bestow allies with Armor can ensure that Genji survives longer than he otherwise would when he dives the enemy backline. Divine Shield is also a potent ability that can enable Genji to deal significant damage to the enemy with little recourse. Paired with Genji’s Dragonblade Heroic Ability, this duo can quickly wipe out an entire enemy team that is caught off guard.

Weak against
ETCplate
Heroes that can lock Genji down after he dives the enemy team’s backline can be a challenge for the cybernetic ninja. ETC’s Powerslide and Face Melt combo can lock Genji down long enough to allow for nearby allies to secure a quick kill.

Malfurionplate
Malfurion supports his allies in many ways that are detrimental to Genji’s options. His Regrowth ability makes it hard for Genji to trade favorably on his kill targets, Entangling Roots is an excellent follow-up CC to other stuns or roots, and Twilight Dream is an effective answer to controlling the assassin’s ability to utilize important defensive cooldowns at critical moments.

Valeeraplate
Valeera is a terrifying hero for Genji to contend with. Both her silence and stun make it extremely risky for Genji to dive into the enemy backline with his Swift Strike ability. Additionally, her cloak will make it difficult for Genji to properly evaluate the best time to engage.

DevelopmentEdit

Work on Genji began in mid-August, 2016. At the start, the developers initially approached the idea of allowing deflect to function as it did in Overwatch, where it reflects most abilities/projectiles. However, this ran into the issue of how some abilities (e.g. flamestrike would be reflected). Genji could initially aim the deflection, but this didn't work well, due to the short duration, and that the player would constantly have to press "W." They thus altered the ability to its current state.

The lack of tools like crowd control, healing, and scouting for Genji is intentional and it is in keeping with the idea of him being a high mobility, high damage assassin. The developers didn't want talents that ventured outside that defined role.

Swift Strike is the longest movement ability in the game. From the outset, they knew that they wanted Swift Strike to cross any terrain/collision in the game in order to push Genji’s role as a high mobility hero. They initially tested it internally with an even longer distance (about 25% longer) but players were constantly going too far and ending up in a bad situation and dying. The range was reduced until it felt right.

Genji's animations were done from scratch, but the original animations from Overwatch were referenced. The developers worked with the Overwatch team to translate the visuals as well as possible.

Genji originally had a more Melee-centric Q for Genji that involved him pulling out his dagonblade. However, when reviewing his kit with the Overwatch team, they learned that pulling out the sword is used more deliberately in the game. Thus, it was made an ultimate ability.[1]

Patch changes Edit


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