The Ultimate Overwatch Genji guide


The quick-witted damage hero Genji is a blast to roam around any Overwatch map. But only the best players are able to make an impact with Genji, and mastering this character can be a challenge! 

If you are looking to try your hand at some new challenging heroes, then look no further than Genji. The blinding faster warrior is one of the staple damage characters within Overwatch and it is easy to see why.

Genji has one of the most impressive kits in Overwatch; he is able to get up close and personal with enemies, and even deflect incoming fire. But, honing the skills of Genji is going to take some time, thankfully, we have the ultimate guide for you!

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Genji is one of the best DPS characters

Overwatch Genji Lore

Genji comes from a long line of ninjas and is the son of master ninja Sojiro Shimada; and also the brother of Hanzo, another character in Overwatch. Initially, Genji had little interest in the ninja lifestyle that his predecessors tried to instill within him, instead, he gathered towards the jolly teenager life that he sought after. This attitude was looked down upon by members of the Shimada ninja clan, but this was ultimately changed after his father’s death.

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Following the events of Sojiro’s death, Hanzo was instructed to confront Genji in order to persuade him to take an active role within the ninja clan. An altercation broke out between the two, which ultimately left Genji on the brink of death. With his body decimated, Genji was eventually rescued by the Overwatch forces who offered to restore his body in return for his aid in battle. With little choice, and the aspiration to take down his father’s ninja empire, Genji complied with these demands and he was restored.

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Now, fighting alongside Overwatch, Genji is one of the naturally gifted combat artists within the force, and his swordsmanship is unparalleled.

Overwatch Genji weapons

Genji bolsters two primary weapons within his arsenal, and these come in the form of his Shuriken and his sword itself. Genji’s Shuriken can either be fired in a cluster of three in a straight line, or side by side!


  • Damage: 28
  • Spread angle: Pinpoint
  • Projectile speed: 60 meters per second
  • Rate of fire: 3 shurikens per 0.88 seconds
  • Ammo: 30
  • Reload time: 1.5 second

NOTE: Genji looses three deadly throwing stars in quick succession.


  • Damage: 28
  • Spread angle: 9
  • Projectile speed: 60 meters per second
  • Rate of fire: 0.68 second recovery
  • Ammo: 30
  • Ammo usage: 3
  • Reload time: 1.5 seconds

NOTE: Alternatively, he can throw three shurikens in a wider spread.

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Genji Abilities

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Genji’s training has made him one of Overwatch’s deadliest weapons.

Along with Genji’s weapons, he is also able to deflect incoming fire with his sword and can deal a damaging blow with his sword in the form of Swift Strike. Furthermore, Genji’s passive ability enables him to climb most terrain within the game, and even double jump!

  • Passive: Cyber-Agility
    • Climb on walls and double jump.

NOTE: Thanks to his cybernetic abilities, Genji can climb walls and perform jumps in mid-air.

  • Swift Strike
    • Damage: 50
    • Move. speed: 50 meters per second
    • Max. range: 15 meters
    • Duration: 0.3 seconds
    • Cooldown: 8 seconds

NOTE: Genji darts forward, slashing with his wakizashi and passing through foes in his path. If Genji eliminates a target, he can instantly use this ability again.

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  • Deflect
    • Area of effect: 1 meter radius
      • (front only)
    • Duration: 2 seconds
    • Cooldown: 8 seconds

NOTE: With lightning-quick swipes of his wakizashi, Genji reflects an oncoming projectile and sends it rebounding towards his opponent.

  • Geni Ultimate Ability: Dragonblade
    • Damage: 120
    • Move. speed: +30% buff
    • Max. range: 5 meters
    • Rate of fire: 1 swing per 0.9 seconds
    • Casting time: 1 second (unsheathing)
      • ~0.2 seconds (initial swing)
      • 1 second (sheathing)
    • Duration: 6 seconds

NOTE: Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his katana, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

How to play Genji: tips

Genji Ultimate

Genji offers some of the best mobility in terms of Damage characters, and this is how you are going to want to structure your playstyle with Genji. The double jump passive ability allows players to get around certain points in order to flank the enemy team, and it is often a game of cat and mouse when trying to duel Genji.

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As well, when you are in certain scenarios, Genji’s Swift Strike can be a disruptive force to enemies, but the damage can be iffy when using it against Tank heroes. So, it is ideal for Genji to try and take down enemy Supports and Damage characters, as he deals significant damage in short bursts.

As well, Genji’s Deflect ability can come in hand when you are in a tight situation. This allows players to deflect pretty much anything in the game coming towards you, and it even deals damage back to them! Overall, it is clear that players will have to play hyper-aggressive when using Genji, but the payout is immense if you are able to successfully master this.

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Overwatch Genji skins

Name Tier Cost Skin
Genji Azurite Rare 75
Genji Cinnabar Rare 75
Genji Malachite Rare 75
Genji Ochre Rare 75
Genji Carbon Fiber Epic 250
Genji Chrome Epic 250
Genji Sparrow Legendary 1000
Young Genji Legendary 1000
Genji Bedouin Legendary 1000
Genji Nomad Legendary 1000
Genji Oni Legendary 1000

Overwatch 2 Genji Changes

Ahead of the release of the second Overwatch title, Blizzard has already revealed some details regarding the redesign that Genji is going to have when it releases. While Blizzard has only released concepts for certain heroes, we can assume more are coming soon!

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Genji’s traded in his cybernetic armor for a cooler street style.

While we wait and see how Damage characters are going to change in Overwatch 2, we are excited for the future of Genji!

Fancy trying your hand at other epic heroes from Overwatch? We’ve got a whole host of guides to help you master their unique playstyles right here: AnaD.VaLucio | Mei | Mercy | Moira | Reaper | Reinhardt | Sombra | Tracer | Widowmaker

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