In the right hands, Zarya can be one of the most intimidating presences in Overwatch 2. She still maintains one of the best Ultimates in the game with her Graviton Surge, and when fully charged, her damage output is nearly second to none. So when you’re up against a good Zarya, you have to know how to counter her. Here are the best options for defeating a good Zarya in Overwatch 2.
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The best hero picks to counter Zarya in Overwatch 2
While Zarya might not always seem like the best tank option available in Overwatch 2, there are times when it might seem impossible to take her down. Here are some good options to neutralize her before she can set her team up for failure.
- Tank – Reinhardt, Roadhog, Sigma
- Damage: Ashe, Bastion, Cassidy, Pharah, Soldier: 76, Widowmaker
- Support: Lucio, Kiriko, Zenyatta
A common theme with our previous counter picks is that they can either deal good damage to Zarya from a distance or can avoid her attacks better than some. Sigma is probably the best option in the tanky category, but Reinhardt and Roadhog can withstand his attacks and deal heavy damage to him. All Damage category options can hit her at long range outside of her attacks, and Lucio can annoy her as she avoids her beam while Kiriko or Zenyatta deals heavy damage to him.
The most important thing to remember when attacking an enemy Zarya is when to damage her and when to wait and avoid her fire. If she’s fully healed and you’re just attacking her, you’re much better off not hitting her bubble and charging her. Other than that, if she’s low on health, or if you have a lot of team members joining her, it’s recommended to destroy her bubble to quickly deplete her health. For example, a Junkrat can easily give Zarya a lot of charge quickly, but she has low health, it’s actually a good option to finish her off because she destroys her bubble very quickly. At that point, it’s more of a question of positioning as to who will walk away from that interaction.