How to Counter Zarya in Overwatch 2

Zarya Counter Overwatch 2 – As you probably know, there are three classes of heroes in Overwatch 2, that is tank, support, and damage. In this article, we’ll be covering one of the best tanks in the game Overwatch 2, Zarya.

If you’ve ever played against an opponent Zarya, you’ll probably know how tough the hero could make situations for you.

Zarya has some exceptional defense and damage abilities. To top it all off, the hero also has high health points, making things even tougher.

The hero has an insane damage output which can take down some damage and support heroes with one single shot.

How to counter Zarya in Overwatch 2

But there’s a plus point to this, the hero doesn’t really have any escape abilities, and some heroes can use this to their advantage (more on this later). Here is a review of Zarya’s abilities:

  • Primary Weapon: The Particle Cannon, it fires straight-lined energy beams that deal heavy damage. Zarya also has a passive ability. The more damage that Zarya absorbs, the more the damage output increases on the particle cannon. 
  • The L-shift ability: Particle Barrier, this ability creates a protective, more like absorbing barrier around Zarya. This ability helps Zarya to absorb incoming damage.
  • The “E” button ability: Projected Barrier, creates a protective barrier around a teammate hero to protect them from incoming damage.
  • The Ultimate ability: Graviton Surge, on application, this ability pulls all enemies towards the surge making them target practice, if paired with a good hero, this could potentially team-wipe the entire enemy team.

So, here’s our best cover on how you can counter Zarya in Overwatch 2:

How to Counter Zarya in Overwatch 2

Some heroes have certain counter-Zarya abilities, more on them below:


Sombra has the hack ability, which renders the opponents’ abilities unusable for a while. If this is done to Zarya, it’ll disable her shields and the damage-absorbing abilities, making Zarya considerably easy to take down.


Pharah is a hero with insane movement abilities. The hero can fly while shooting rockets. Additionally, two of these rockets could take town Zarya’s bubbles instantly.

These movement abilities also ensure that Pharah stays out of Zarya’s primary weapon range, making Zarya a walking target for her.


Bastion is considered the best anti-tank hero in Overwatch 2, this is so because Bastion carries a sentry gun that can deal heavy damage and blast through a tank’s shields, making them drop to only a few points of health.

Another ability bastion has, is the grenades. These can deal additional damage, given that it’s either paired up with another hero’s ability or simply well-timed.


Zenyatta’s orb of discord ability deals considerably high damage to the opponent, all while making sure that the enemy can’t heal while doing so.

This basically makes Zarya vulnerable to attacks and an easy target. Zenyatta’s a pretty good hero to use against tanks. However, not the best one.

That’s everything you need to know about how you could counter Zarya in Overwatch 2.

With the aforementioned heroes, you can make up a bunch of strategies against Zarya, which’ll force the opponent team to play with a not-so-effective Tank, leading your team to an easy win.

If you think this guide has helped, then let us know in the comment section below. And for more Overwatch 2 guides, keep an eye on Frondtech. We will be covering every single technical issue and bug of the game. Good luck!

That’s all, folks!

Last Updated on November 9, 2022

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