Who Counters Zarya In Overwatch 2 – Best Hero Picks

Here is how you can counter Zarya in Overwatch 2.

Zarya is a tank in Overwatch 2, which can be a pain to counter thanks to her Particle Barrier. Her ultimate feels broken at times and many players find it hard to deal with. But there is an easy but rather annoying way to deal with it. So in this guide let us check the best heroes that can be considered Zarya Counters in Overwatch 2.

Best Zarya Counters in Overwatch 2

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The best way to counter Zarya is to not attack her during her Particle Barrier. Her ultimate is an issue as it protects her while also buffing her attack. So the best thing you can do while she uses her ultimate is to ignore her as much as possible and focus on attacking her team. These heroes are the best ones you can use to counter her:

  • Sombra
  • Pharah
  • Reaper

Sombra – Best Counter to Zarya in Overwatch 2

Sombra’s biggest counter to Zarya is her ability Hack. It temporarily stops her opponents from using their abilities. Thus, once Zarya is unable to use her Particle Barrier, Sombra and the teammates can unleash all their attacks to eliminate her. Another effective ability of Sombra is her Translocator. Even if Zarya manages to use her ultimate, Sombra can just teleport herself away and wait for her ultimate to end.


Pharah is again on another list of counters. She is more of a tricky character to play, but if you can play her well she can be very useful. Her range comes into play for countering Zarya. All she has to do is be as far from her as possible and keep dealing her damage. Oh and most importantly not charge up Zarya’s Ultimate. If you can manage that, countering her won’t be much of a hassle.


Reaper can be a surprisingly good counter to Zarya. Just like Sombra he gets two good abilities to use against Zarya. Let us start with Shadow Step, this ability lets Reaper teleport to a marked location. If you mark it near Zarya, after she has used her ultimate, he can deal her some serious damage if not eliminate her. Not only this but you can also pair it up with your own ultimate Death Blossom, which should be able to eliminate her.

But this was all offensive, what if Zarya is already on a charged Particle Barrier attack? Simple, use Wraith Form to create some distance and get away from her as far as possible.

That covers this guide on the 3 heroes that are best to counter Zarya in Overwatch 2. I suggest you also check our guides on how to counter Sombra, Genji, and Winston.