A beginner's guide to Orisa

by theScore Staff Mar 21 2017
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If security is your primary concern, Orisa might just be the tank for you.

Overwatch's newest hero excels at defending objectives and providing a wide range of fire support to her allies. Though her health is comparatively low, Orisa is more than capable of creating the space her team needs to operate effectively.


Orisa's primary weapon is the Fusion Driver, an automatic projectile cannon with a rapid rate of fire and plenty of ammo to spare. While powerful, it is somewhat inaccurate, with Orisa's movement speed slowing to a crawl as you fire it.

When using Halt!, Orisa shoots a graviton charge that is activated either when it hits a surface or the ability is used again. Upon activation, the charge slows and pulls in nearby enemies towards itself.

Fortify is a simple ability, but one that is very powerful when timed properly. Taking reduced damage while the effect is active, Fortify also prevents Orisa from being affected by crowd control.

Protective Barrier is Orisa's primary defensive ability. She places down a stationary barrier that blocks a moderate amount of damage.

While Orisa's abilities are primarily defense based, her ultimate, Supercharger, is the opposite. When used, Orisa activates a device that increases the damage of all allies within her line of sight. Powerful, but destroyable, Supercharger is just what you need to end a fight before it really begins.

When is it a good time to play Orisa?

When your team needs an anchor tank

Orisa is an anchor tank, similar to Reinhardt, with her team benefiting more from grouping up and working around her. Compared to Reinhardt, Orisa is best positioned at a chokepoint or static defense location, as her Protective Barriers are immobile but last for a long period of time.

When you need a tank that can create openings

Halt! is an extremely powerful ability when used properly, as it allows Orisa to disrupt enemy formations to set up combos with her teammates, particularly when the enemy is grouped up together. It's a more difficult ability to use to its full effectiveness, but when used right, it can create space to devastate an enemy team.

Whatever you do, don't play Orisa when:

You need a mobile tank

Orisa's biggest problem lies in her lack of mobility. Beyond using Fortify to tank through damage and avoid crowd control, Orisa has no options to get out of a tough spot. Her primary weapon amplifies this, slowing her down tremendously and making her an easy target if caught alone.

You are playing offense on an Escort map

As strong as Orisa is at defending chokepoints, she is likewise not suited to attacking objectives. Escort maps, such as Route 66, will be challenging for Orisa, as her static barrier does not work well in conjunction with pushing a payload.

The enemy team is using multiple flankers

Due to Orisa's low mobility and the fact that Protective Barrier primarily defends from frontal attacks, it comes as no surprise that her biggest counters are flankers like Tracer and Genji. If they attack from the sides or from behind, Orisa will have difficulty fending them off.

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.