As a frequent Ana player I noticed that occasionally my Nanoboost doesn't reach the designated target.

Sometimes due to the fact that either Mercy flies by or a Tracer zips into my line of sight at the wrong time but mostly because too much going on during a capture.

Imagine Lúcio sliding from left to right, McCree rolling in and out of the frame, two Reinardts trying to bash each others head in and a Roadhog hooking people left and right occasionally blocking my line of sight to Reinhardt together with several other heroes.
How can I make sure my Nanoboost hits Reinhardt in this mess of people?

Is the target locked the moment I hit Q or can other heroes intercept my ultimate while I raise my arm to fire?

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The target is locked when you press Q (or activate ultimate, for non-PC platforms).

The best way to ensure you are hitting the right target with your ultimate is down to placement and awareness. If Tracers and Lucios want to steal your boosts, position yourself so that they can't be between you and your target.

You can see from this video at 0:13, that Genji cannot deflect a nano boost, but the animation for deflecting a projectile still occurs. From this, and the instantaneous application of the boost on the target, we can infer that the ultimate is not projectile based, but has a projectile based animation to provide a visual aid.


I've played over 50 hours of Ana in competitive mode, and it took me a while to figure out how to get these ults to fire on the right target when I have more than one of my teammates in my line of sight.

  1. Make your teammate aware that you're looking to hit them with Nanoboost. Much of the time, they'll separate themselves from the crowd, and some will even look directly at you to get line of sight. The best case is it's someone like Genji, Winston, D.Va or Pharah who have vertical mobility and can get themselves above the crowd as a trigger for you to Nano them. This is particularly true for Genji, who gets a reset on his Dash when he pulls sword, so be explicit and ask him to dash straight up as a call for Nano. Shadowburn, one of the best pro Genjis, does this constantly.
  2. JUMP! Yes, just jumping will change the Nano target. I can't stress this enough: jump! This is especially effective when you have a Lucio on your team who likes to strafe around in front of you. He's short, and you'll have an easy time targeting over the top of him.
  3. Take an elevated position. Ana works best from an elevated position, due to the hitbox size of friendlies when using her primary fire. You'll be able to see the health of and hit your wounded teammates much easier than you could from ground level. For example, Nepal: Shrine's raised walkway across from the point is an ideal location. You'll be hard-pressed to misfire your Nano from there.

  4. Lastly, look side-to-side before you Nano. Look behind you. That Mercy might be tethered to your target and fly right through you when you hit Q. As much fun as Nanomercy is, you'd probably rather lay it on the Soldier 76.


The target is locked on the moment you press Q. Never happened to me that about intercepting. And I guess it wouldn't make much sense for that kind of activation. I mean, if you could shoot it randomly, without a target, then yes, someone could intercept. There is not much you can do, you must try to see when someone is getting on your line of ult, and just not press it on the wrong moment.

  • It seems, that nanoboost is still a projectile, which should travel from Ana to selected hero. And it may hit wrong hero.
    – lentinant
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 12:36

The target is locked as soon as you ult. One tip you can try is to scope in before ulting. It cuts down your FOV, and in doing so lessens the chances that you hit someone that you didn't intend to hit. In big team fights, you can also try getting a better angle before you ult. If you're worried about somebody walking by and accidentally (or not) grabbing it, you can try taking a quick look back before firing it. This would work best in a situation such as a poke battle when you want to Nano a Rein to have your team commit to engaging the enemy.

  • Apparently I missed the fact that one can fire the ultimate while being scoped. I'll give it a try once I'm back home.
    – Scorch91
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 15:19
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    @Scorch91 You can't ult while scoped, but you can scope in beforehand to get a more precise line to your intended target, as your reticle doesn't naturally move when you un-scope.
    – KizTrap
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 12:49

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