Heroes of the Storm Hanzo Build Guide

Hanzo is a Ranged Assassin hero from the Overwatch universe. His long-ranged skillshots are able to make enemies constantly be on their guard because at any moment they can lose a significant part of their health reserve. It is quite difficult for novice players because of correct positioning and knowledge of the map which are extremely important for Hanzo. It is with the help of terrain features that he is able to inflict high damage, as well as gain control over important points. He is also one of the few ranged Heroes capable of initiating team fights thanks to his Heroic abilities.

Hanzo - Master Assassin

Primary Abilities

Storm Bow

Activate to charge an arrow that deals 291 damage to the first enemy hit. Storm Bow's range increases the longer it is Channeled.

Scatter Arrow

Fire an arrow that deals 88 to the first enemy Hero hit. Scatter Arrow can collide with terrain and Structures, splitting into 5 arrows that travel extra distance, ricochet up to 4 additional times, and deal 88 damage each to the first enemy hit.

Sonic Arrow

Fire an arrow that grants vision in a large area for 5 seconds. Enemies inside are revealed for 1 second. If Sonic Arrow lands directly on an enemy, it deals 165 damage to them and follows them as they move.

Heroic Abilities

Dragonstrike

After 1.5 seconds, summon a pair of Spirit Dragons which travel forward, dealing 84 damage every 0.25 seconds to enemy Heroes in its area. Enemies in the center take 50% increased damage.

Dragon's Arrow

Fire a missile that travels across the battleground. Explodes upon hitting an enemy Hero, dealing 130 damage to all nearby enemies and Stunning them for 0.5 seconds. After traveling a medium distance, the damage is increased to 260 and the Stun duration to 1.25 seconds. After traveling a long distance, the damage is increased to 390 and the Stun duration to 2 seconds.

Trait

Natural Agility

Jump over unpathable terrain or Structures, up to a maximum range.

Talent Build Cheat Sheet

Copy build code*[T1112122,Hanzo]

*Select a hero, open talents, click on options near build variations and click paste build to enter the code into HOTS directly. After that, you will have the build from the current cheat sheet marked with hearts.

Storm Bow Build

Level

Recommended

Alternative

1

Target Practice

Simple Geometry

4

Explosive Arrows

Serrated Arrows

7

The Dragon Hungers

Never Outmatched

10

Dragon's Arrow

Dragonstrike

13

Fleet of Foot

Ninja Assassin

16

Piercing Arrows

Flawless Technique

20

Play of the Game

Bullseye

Useful Strategies and Tips

Storm Bow. Hanzo’s main skill, allowing him to deal damage at a safe distance. The longer Storm Bow is Channeled, the farther the arrow will fly, so you can instantly use this skill in melee combat.

Scatter Arrow is a fairly difficult skill to deal damage. Scatter Arrow itself has low damage, which increases after collide with terrain and Structures. As a result, it splits into 5 arrows, and each of them deals initial damage, which can be five times if all arrows hit the target. However, it is very difficult to hit with all the arrows at once, it will take some time to learn how to do it. At the same time, this skill is great for cancelling objective channels, since it has a large range and area hit.

Sonic Arrow allows you to secure the taking of lenses or moving through an area where there is no vision. It reveals the fog of war, as well as bushes and other places where enemies can hide.

Dragonstrike has both pros and cons. It’s great for teamfights in narrow corridors or near objectives, but the skill itself has a slow travel speed. In an open area, enemy heroes will simply leave its radius, unless of course, they are under the influence of CC. It is worth remembering that the animation of the skill appears a little further than the Hanzo figure, so it will not inflict damage on Heroes standing within a melee radius near it.

Dragon’s Arrow is a universal skill that allows you to initiate a battle, deal additional damage, or help a teammate who is at the other end of the map. It is very important to correctly calculate where the opponents will be because the further the arrow flies before explodes upon hitting them, the more damage and increased stun duration it will inflict.

Natural Agility. The ability to jump over terrain or structures allows Hanzo to get away from danger, and also helps to quickly get to the desired point on the map.

Synergies and Counters

Hanzo synergizes with Tanks, who can slow and CC enemies (such as Mal’Ganis or Blaze) and support Heroes, who can slow or lock enemies in place (such as Rehgar or Deckard).

Hanzo is countered by Assassins Heroes, who can easily kill him (such as Zeratul or Nova) and high mobility Heroes, who can dodge his skillshots (such as Genji or Tracer).

Strengths and Weaknesses
      • Strong poking from long range
      • Good burst damage
      • Has escape ability
      • Very squishy and no self-sustain
      • All his abilities are skillshots
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