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Basic Info
Title Cybernetic Ninja
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise Overwatch Overwatch
Type Ranged
Release Date April 25, 2017
Base Stats
Health 1665
Health Regen 3.46
Energy 500
Energy Regen 3.00
Speed 1.3
Attack Speed 1.00
Attack Range 5.5
Attack Damage 0
Stats per level
Max Health
Health Regen
Ranged Damage
Splash Damage
Max Energy
Energy Regen

Genji, the Cybernetic Ninja, is a ranged assassin hero hero from the Overwatch universe. Genji flings precise and deadly Shuriken at his targets, and uses his technologically-advanced katana to deflect projectiles or deliver a Swift Strike that cuts down enemies.

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.

Background[edit | edit source]

Overwatch This section concerns content exclusive to the Overwatch universe.

The cyborg Genji Shimada has made peace with the augmented body he once rejected, and in doing so, he has discovered a higher humanity.

As the youngest son of the master of the Shimada ninja clan, Genji lived a life of luxury and privilege. He had little interest in the family's illegal businesses, and although he excelled at and enjoyed his ninja training, he spent most of his time pursuing a playboy lifestyle. Many within the clan considered the carefree Genji to be a dangerous liability, and they resented his father for coddling and protecting him. Following the clan leader's untimely death, Genji's older brother, Hanzo, demanded that Genji take a more active role in their late father's empire. Genji refused, enraging Hanzo. The tension between the brothers built to a violent confrontation that left Genji on the verge of dying.

Hanzo believed that he had killed his brother, but Genji was rescued by Overwatch and the intervention of Dr. Angela Ziegler. The global security force saw Genji as a potential asset in its ongoing operations to combat the Shimada clan. As Genji's injuries left him clinging to life, Overwatch offered to rebuild his body in exchange for his help. He was put through an extensive process of cyberization, which enhanced his natural speed and agility and augmented his superlative ninja skills. Transformed into a living weapon, Genji single-mindedly set about the task of dismantling his family's criminal empire.

But as time passed, Genji felt increasingly at war with himself. He was repulsed by the mechanical parts of his body and could not come to grips with what he had become. When his mission was complete, he abandoned Overwatch and wandered the world in search of meaning. He drifted for many years before crossing paths with the omnic monk Zenyatta. Though Genji initially rejected Zenyatta's wisdom, the benevolent omnic would not be deterred. In time, Zenyatta became his mentor, and under the monk's tutelage, Genji reconciled his dual existence as both man and machine. He learned to accept that although he had a cyborg body, his human soul was intact, and he came to see his new form as a gift and a unique strength.

Now, for the first time in his life, Genji is free. Even he cannot say where his path will ultimately lead.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Cyber Agility Icon.png
Cyber Agility
Cooldown: 10 seconds
Activate to jump to target area
Shuriken Icon.png
15 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Throw 3 Shuriken in a spread pattern dealing each damaging the first enemy it hits.
Stores up to 3 charges. Shuriken’s cooldown replenishes all charges at the same time.
Deflect Icon.png
70 Mana Cooldown: 16 seconds
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.
Swift Strike Icon.png
Swift Strike
75 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
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.
Dragonblade Icon.png
50 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Unleash the Dragonblade for 8 seconds. While active, Dragonblade can be reactivated to lunge forward and slash in a huge arc. If any enemy Heroes are killed within 2 seconds after being hit by Dragonblade, Swift Strike's cooldown is reset.
X-Strike Icon.png
90 Mana Cooldown: 80 seconds
Perform 2 perpendicular slashes that deal damage and ignite after 1.25 seconds, dealing additional damage to enemies in their area of effect.

Talents[edit | edit source]

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Swift as the Wind
Hitting an enemy Hero with Swift Strike increases Genji's Movement Speed by 30% for 3 seconds.
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Agile Dismount
While mounted, the range of Cyber Agility is increased by 70% and its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds.
Pathfinder Icon.png
Jumping over terrain with Cyber Agility increases Genji's Movement Speed by 25% for 6 seconds.
Shuriken Mastery Icon.png
Shuriken Mastery
❢ Quest: Hit enemy Heroes with Shuriken.
❢ Reward: After hitting 35 Heroes, Shuriken damage is increased by 30.
❢ Reward: After hitting 75 Heroes, Cyber Ability now refunds 2 charges of Shuriken.
Dragon Claw Icon.png
Dragon Claw
After Genji blocks 432 damage with Deflect, he may activate Dragon Claw to deal 187 damage to all nearby enemies.
Strike at the Heart Icon.png
Strike at the Heart
Enemies hit by the end of Swift Strike take an additional 144 damage over 2 seconds.
Augmented Guard Icon.png
Augmented Guard
When Deflect ends, Genji gains a Shield equal to 50% of the damage blocked for 4 seconds.
Perfect Defense Icon.png
Perfect Defense
Deflected damage reduces the cooldown of Deflect by 2 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 seconds.
Dodge Icon.png
Genji dodges 1 Heroic Basic Attack every 5 seconds. Stores up to 3 charges.
Cyber Shield Icon.png
Cyber Shield
Using Cyber Agility grants 50 Spell Armor for 2 seconds.
Dragonblade Icon.png
Cooldown: 50 seconds
Unleash the Dragonblade
X-Strike Icon.png
Cooldown: 90 seconds
Deal heavy damage in a cross shape
Shingan Icon.png
Hitting an enemy with all 3 Shuriken deals 120 bonus damage.
Flow Like Water Icon.png
Flow Like Water
Each enemy Hero hit with Swift Strike reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.
Double Jump Icon.png
Double Jump
Cyber Agility stores 2 charges but its cooldown is increased by 5 seconds.
Reflect Icon.png
Deflect also deals an additional 33% of the damage blocked.
Final Cut Icon.png
Final Cut
After 1 second, Swift Strike deals an additional 130 damage to all enemies in the area.
Steady Blade Icon.png
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.
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The Dragon Becomes Me
Each time Dragonblade hits an enemy Hero, the duration of Dragonblade is increased by 1 second.
Living Weapon Icon.png
Living Weapon
Each enemy Hero hit by X-Strike reduces its cooldown by 12 seconds.
Sharpened Stars Icon.png
Sharpened Stars
Shuriken now pierce all enemies hit.
Zanshin Icon.png
❢ Quest: Block 6500 damage with Deflect, including damage blocked so far.
❢ Reward: Deflect hits all nearby enemy Heroes.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Rare Genji, Cybernetic Ninja
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.'
Default Carbon Fiber Fire
Genji Cybernetic Ninja.jpg
Gem.png 750/ Money.png 15,000
Genji Carbon Fiber.jpg
Genji Fire.jpg
Epic Oni
It is said that an oni with an iron club is invincible. But that's nothing compared to an oni with a katana.
Default Vengeful Oni Moss Oni
Genji Oni.jpg
Shard.png 600
Genji Vengeful Oni.jpg
Shard.png 600
Genji Moss Oni.jpg
Shard.png 600
Rare Steel Dragon
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.
Default Master Dragon Neon Dragon
Genji Steel Dragon.jpg
Shard.png 100
Genji Master Dragon.jpg
Shard.png 100
Genji Neon Dragon.jpg
Shard.png 100

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Genji first appeared in Overwatch (2016).
  • Genji is voiced by Gaku Space.
  • The developer team started working on Genji around mid-late August 2016.[1] When the Developers started working on Genji, they approached the idea of allowing Deflect to function how it does in Overwatch where it reflects most abilities/projectiles. The first issue they found was that there were a lot of odd scenarios in the Nexus—how does deflecting a Flamestrike or Blizzard work? They tried to address this by having Genji constantly aim the deflection, but that felt pretty bad given its short duration and the fact that you had to constantly mash W. On the technical side of things, Genji's Deflect was very difficult and time consuming to develop, and required a large amount of special case setups. In the end, they settled with an ability that we felt fit the game a bit better, and they added a talent that brings some of that flavor back in and rewards you for deflecting high damage abilities.[2]
  • Genji hails from Japan, and is 35 years old.
    • His training began in the mountains of Nepal, however.
  • The second tint of Genji's Steel Dragon skin is reminiscent of Master Chief from the Halo Series.
  • The third tint of Genji's Steel Dragon skin is reminiscent of Evangelion Unit-01 from the Neon Genesis Evangelion Series.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  1. Hanamura and Genji Live Q&A: BlizzKyle
  2. Hanamura and Genji Live Q&A: BlizzKyle