How can I tell how charged up a friendly or enemy Zarya is? Obviously, if I'm the one who is Zarya, I can just look at my charge level, but for other Zaryas I seem to have to go by how much they're glowing or how wide their beam is.

What are the thresholds where the visual effects for this change?


According to this (message 4),

when Zarya is on the enemy team. She is lightly glowing red when at 50 charge. Heavily glowing at 100, also meaning you typically want to get rid of her quickly before she melts your team.

Zarya begins to glow red as her gun charges

  • "When Zarya hits 100 energy everyone dies" - Seagull – Son of a Sailor Jun 29 '16 at 17:12
  • @sommerjj yea, i hit 100 energy and got a quadruple kill – Dragonrage Jun 29 '16 at 17:15
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    I really doubt she is heavily glowing only at 100 though. Generally if you hit 100, you don't stay there long and quickly drop to 99. So maybe the huge glow doesn't turn on until 100, but then when does it turn back off? Back down at 50? I feel like there's more info needed here. – Sterno Jun 29 '16 at 18:05
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    @Sterno Each 4 points of damage absorbed by a barrier gives you 1 point of charge (decays at 2 points per second). The glow lasts as long as she's being hit, so it actually looks like she's glowing longer if she's getting hit. – FoxMcCloud Jun 29 '16 at 19:00
  • Oh, so even if she's at, say 95 charge, if she's not being hit she doesn't glow? – Sterno Jun 29 '16 at 20:19

Not only how she's glowing, just think to watch the killcam or ask killed allied to do so, you see the ennemy view, so you can watch how many charge she has (aswell as you can do for the ult). It's not the most usefull way to tell how many charge she has but it's still relevant to tell it to your mates if you are in competitive.

Obviously the glow is more usefull, but every information is relevant when you play seriously.

  • side note: some players turn the Kill Cam off since it's disorienting. It's an option but having a way to read the Zarya before dying is a better choice. – NBN-Alex Jul 1 '16 at 16:33
  • You just have to press spacebar to quit the killcam, I almost do it everytime before seing anything, it's like a reflex and I don't see any second of the killcam, as if I disabled it. But if I need to give information to my teamate, I still can see the kill cam. I don't think it's necessary to turn it off since you can pass it before it start. But I agree seing before dying is a better option but it's still a plus to use. – T.Nel Jul 4 '16 at 9:41

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