Overwatch was a team of heroes who saved humanity from extermination by Omnics years ago. With their original mission complete, Overwatch vowed to protect humanity from itself.
Chance allowed Overwatch to use Genji and Hanzo Shimada’s family conflict to take down the Shimada clan of assassins and their criminal empire. The plan succeeded, and the fight left Genji mortally wounded and Hanzo was devastated at murdering his own brother.
Unbeknownst to Hanzo, Overwatch offered to save Genji Shimada’s life in exchange for aid taking down the Shimada empire. Genji accepted it and joined the protectors, finding peace and self-acceptance along the way.
Conflicted by his actions at the council elder’s demand, Hanzo Shimada eventually turned against the evil organization he’d once led. Declared an enemy by his family, Hanzo risked his life each year to return and honor his brother’s memory.
On one such night ten years later, the brothers would meet and fight again. Hanzo would be left with much to consider, and the waters become murky.
The Hanzo voice lines tend to be serious and traditional. However, he does give few to show his sardonic wit and dry sense of humor.
Hanzo ultimate quote
Hanzo ult quote
The Hanzo ultimate saying list is long, but there are a few influential phrases that stick with Overwatch enthusiasts. When using his ultimate attack, Hanzo says, “Ryu ga waga teki wo karau,” (“The dragon devours our enemies”).
The line changes to “Okami yo waga teki o kurae” when using the Lone Wolf skin (“Wolf, devour our enemies”).
Hanzo spawn quote
If the Hanzo ultimate shout impresses you, the spawn lines will be legendary. For example, Hanzo first spawns saying, “With every death, comes honor. With honor, redemption.” It references his sorrow at Genji’s death and his hope at earning redemption through honoring his brother.
Hanzo sonic arrow attack quote
Hanzo’s sonic arrow attack prompts a few lines referencing the Shimada dragon:
- “See that which is unseen.”
- “Marked by the dragon.”
- “See through the dragon’s eyes.”
When a player equips the Lone Wolf skin, these references shift to a wolf (“The wolf marks its prey”).
Hanzo’s unlockable quotes
The Hanzo voice lines a player may unlock is long. The best unlockable quotes include:
- “There is beauty in simplicity.”
- “Master your fears as they master you.”
- “My fate is written in blood.”
- “I do what I must.”
- “From one thing, know ten thousand things.”
- “I choose you, spirit dragon!”
Hanzo ultimate quote in Japanese
What does Hanzo say in Overwatch? The two primary phrases when he ults are the only Hanzo voice lines in Japanese. Hanzo players and those fighting him hear the lines in Japanese, but allies hear the English equivalent.
Okami yo waga teki o kurae
Equipping the Okami skin unlocks this Hanzo ult quote. It means, “Wolf, devour our enemies.”
Ryu ga waga teki wo karau
This Hanzo voice line when he uses his standard ult translates to, “The dragon devours our enemies.”
Hanzo ultimate quote in English
The English quotes for Hanzo ults are for his allies.
Wolf devour our enemies
When using his ultimate technique with the Lone Wolf skin equipped, Hanzo voices this line.
The dragon devours our enemies
With his Hanzo dragon line, Hanzo calls upon the beasts linked to his family whenever he uses his typical ult.
The dragon rages within me
This Hanzo voice line is one of four available when his character reaches “on fire” status. Additional Hanzo on-fire lines include:
- “The dragon stirs within me.”
- “My warrior spirit burns.”
- “I’m on fire!”
The master of the Shimada Clan has returned
This classic Hanzo quote (Overwatch) is available when playing the Hanamura map. It refers to his status as the eldest son of the last clan leader. Another Hanamura map Hanzo quote is for a multi-kill, “My enemies fall like (huff) cherry blossoms!”
The Overwatch characters, Hanzo Shimada and Genji Shimada, started as a single character design for a ninja, equipped with both a bow and a blade. When the game developers split the idea, they wrote a backstory of feuding brothers instead. Now, the drama is so intense we all wish we could summon our dragons and wolves at will.
How is Hanzo’s ult pronounced?
Hanzo’s ult is, “Ryu ga waga teki wo karau” (roughly meaning, “The dragon shall devour the enemy.”). The pronunciation is
- Re (like ‘replay’)
- Ga (with a long ‘a’ sound ‘uh’)
- Wa (with a long ‘a’ sound ‘uh’)
- Te (like ‘terrible)
- Key (that you would put in a lock)
- Wo (with a long ‘o’ sound)
- Koo Ra Oo
Who voices Hanzo in Overwatch?
Paul Nakauchi and Shuhei Sakaguchi are the voices behind Hanzo Shimada.
What did Hanzo do to Genji?
Overwatch offers hints toward the showdown between Genji and Hanzo Shimada, but the information is far from complete.
There are a few points we know:
- Hanzo attacked Genji with a sword. The lingering battle scars in Hanamura show up during the short, “Dragons,” and point toward the weapon being a blade.
- Hanzo now refuses to use a sword again because he used one to kill his brother.
- Genji’s exact injuries are still unclear, but developers have only confirmed his head and torso are complete.
Genji’s character design hints at additional damage to his head and torso, but whether he experienced injuries to these areas remains unconfirmed.
Does Hanzo have an oni skin?
No, Hanzo has okami skin. Fans have designed oni skins for Hanzo Shimada, but none are available in-game at this time.