|“||Fire at will!||„|
|~ Zarya activating the Graviton Surge|
Aleksandra "Zarya" Zaryanova was born in a remote Siberian village that was on the front lines of the Omnic Crisis, which began some thirty years ago. Although Russian forces defeated the omnics and shut down their omnium, the region was devastated by the conflict. Only a child at the time, Aleksandra was surrounded by the post-war destruction, and as she grew older, she swore that she would gain the strength to help her people recover.
Focusing on weightlifting and bodybuilding, Aleksandra was identified by the national athletics program as a potential star. She trained extensively, moving up the ranks while representing her country, and was expected to shatter longstanding records in the upcoming world championships.
But on the eve of the tournament, an attack came from the long-dormant Siberian omnium, and her village was thrust into war once again. Aleksandra immediately withdrew from the competition and rushed home to enlist in the local defense forces, sacrificing the life of fame and fortune she might have had. The magazine Богатыри reported on her departure.
Now she serves—a symbol to some, a stalwart fellow soldier to others. But for Aleksandra, it is a chance to use her great strength to protect the ones she loves.
Powers and Stats
Tier: Likely 9-B physically, likely High 8-C with her Particle Cannon
Name: Alexsandra Zaryanova, callsign Zarya
Classification: Member of the Russian Defense Forces, Former World-Class Weightlifter
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Energy Blasts, Forcefield Creation, Can generate a powerful gravity surge that sucks in enemy targets, Is able to redirect the energy absorbed by her Particle Barriers into additional energy for her Particle Cannon
Attack Potency: Likely Wall level physically (Wrestled with Reinhardt.) Likely Large Building level with her Particle Cannon (Her Particle Cannon is capable of harming characters like Reinhardt, Winston, Roadhog, Junkrat and Widowmaker and will only get stronger the more damage her barrier absorbs)
Lifting Strength: Class 1 (Her weight lifting record is 512kg, as also stated on her Tattoo)
Striking Strength: Likely Wall Class
Stamina: High (Is a former athlete and regularly fights hordes of Omnics in the harsh winters of Siberia without trouble)
Range: Several meters with her Particle Cannon, Several dozen meters with Energy Bombs and Barriers.
Standard Equipment: Her Particle Cannon
Intelligence: Zarya is an experienced member of the Russian Defense Forces, regularly defending her homeland from the Omnic threat and fighting on par with Overwatch's best. She fearlessly charges into battle while judiciously shielding herself and her allies from harm and to charge her Particle Cannon. In addition, her entire fighting style is designed to work alongside like-minded allies, making her an excellent team player and leader. However, she is rather arrogant at times, taunting her opponents into attacking her with their full strength and is prejudiced against the Omnics and robotic individuals in general due to their attack on her homeland.
Weaknesses: Zarya is somewhat arrogant, she must absorb damage with her Particle Barriers in order to charge her Particle Cannon to optimal levels, Her Particle Barriers can only take so much punishment and have a significant recharge period between uses.
- Particle Cannon: Zarya is equipped with a massive particle cannon that is attached to an array of energy batteries within her uniform. On its own, it is very weak weapon in contrast to its size, dealing less damage than D.Va's Light Pistol or Mercy's Caduceus Blaster with a thin, hard-to-aim beam with limited range. However, it grows in power as Zarya absorbs incoming attacks with her barriers, allowing her to shred through heavily armored foes with ease with a wide-reaching and long-ranged upon reaching maximum charge. In addition, she can also compress her Particle Cannon's energy into orbs that she fires in an arc, exploding on impact with any surface to deal damage similarly to an explosive round.
- Particle Barrier: Zarya is able to shield herself and her allies with a Particle Barrier, shutting out incoming fire and eliminating negative status effects like Zenyatta's durability-reducing Orb of Discord and the freezing effects of Mei's Endothermic Blaster. In addition, Zarya's barriers charge her Particle Cannon with the energy absorbed from enemy fire, greatly increasing its potency. However, there is a significant recharge period between uses, and each barrier can only sustain so much punishment before breaking.
- Graviton Surge: Zarya fires off a ball of compressed energy that becomes a gravity well upon impacting any surface, dragging in enemies and leaving them unable to maneuver properly, making them sitting ducks for Zarya's follow up attacks and that of her allies.