“8 + 2” no-brainer tips

for playing Pharah

“8 + 2” no-brainer tips for playing Pharah

If you were playing arena shooters back in the old days, there is certainly a high chance that Pharah is a great fit for you. Her main weapon, the Rocket Launcher, is appetizing for veterans and newcomers alike, not to mention her Jump Jet that enables you to fly around your enemies while making their life miserable. Her ability to deal exceptional damage from a distance, disrupt enemies with Concussive Blast or use it as a tool to reposition in the heat of battle makes the hero an extremely valuable pick under the right circumstances. To top it all of, use Barrage to completely demolish the opposition. If you are new to the FPS genre, Pharah might not be the easiest hero to master right away. She is undoubtedly one of the most mechanically demanding characters Overwatch has to offer, but fear not, we are here to help you out with our “8 + 2” no-brainer tips that will definitely help you improve your performance.

General tips

  • Usually your main objective as a Pharah is to constantly put pressure on the opposing supports and squishy offense heroes. Flanking is certainly a great option, but don’t forget, your Rocket Launcher has no damage fall off, which means you can snipe lower health enemies from a distance. Spam those spawns and choke points from afar.
  • Use your Jump Jet frequently and hover cautiously. Flying above the enemy team is great for multiple reasons, one being that you force them to split their attention, but always try to make sure you hover close to a wall or rooftop, in order to be able to get behind cover quickly if needed. 
  • Your Concussive Blast is a great repositioning tool, use it to your advantage! Pushing multiple heroes to their death is indeed satisfying, but arriving at a teamfight hastily or bailing out of a tricky situation are also important. 
  • When using your Barrage, try to make sure you are well hidden around a choke point you plan to fight at. Usually this means hovering above an archway or a gate, surprising the enemy team with your ultimate ability. Occasionally you might want to tap that hotkey as soon as your Barrage is ready in the middle of a team fight to eliminate key targets.

Character specific tips

  • Your rockets are medium speed projectiles, so don’t aim at the moving targets; aim at where they are moving to. Additionally, besides direct hits your rockets deal splash damage, so aiming at your opponents feet can give you a higher chance of dealing at least some damage. 
  • Against tank-heavy lineups, aid your team with destroying barriers using your rockets – remember, they have no damage falloff. Plus, using your Concussive Blast behind the enemy Reinhardt shield while hovering above could make him find himself among your own team. Spending a few extra seconds supporting your frontline can aid you a lot in proceeding with your main goal: harassing enemy support and squishy offense heroes. 
  • Look out for hard counters. Pharah is extremely strong in some situations, but also falls short in others. If you find yourself against a double, god forbid a triple hitscan lineup, you should definitely contemplate switching to a hero that provides better solutions for dealing with the enemy team’s composition.
  • Communicate with your team. As Pharah, you can take a key role in making the calls. Imagine you hit Zenyatta and Soldier on a capture point and they are really low on health. That’s a perfect time for your Winston or Tracer to jump in and finish them off. Additionally, coordinating your Barrage with defensive abilities like Zarya’s bubble or Dva’s Defense Matrix can go a long way in making it more successful.

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  • You can fly even higher with using the super jump technique. Aim right below your feet, shoot a rocket then immediately press your Jump Jet hotkey. This way you travel almost double the distance and if hovering correctly, you barely have to touch the ground again.

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  • When an enemy Roadhog hooks one of your teammates, you can knock him away at the end of the animation, separating him from the hooked target. Be careful not to do it too soon, or he will just pull your friend to his new position.

Becoming a good Pharah player is no mean feat. You can improve on your mechanics a lot in the Practice Range, but becoming a master at Pharah requires you to play her in Competitive and Scrims quite often. Do not be afraid to push your limits, but make sure you learn from your mistakes.

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