Here we will be ranking the best skins of our favorite Russian Olympian hero and one of the world’s strongest women, Zarya.
Aleksandra Zaryanova or Zarya is a tank hero in Overwatch and her role in the team is to protect her allies with her shields and deal huge amounts of damage to the enemy. Her ability is to use Graviton energy and shields to protect herself and her allies from damage. Her Ultimate ability is to unleash a Graviton Surge which pulls together enemies to dish out heavy damage.
Zarya has received a lot of cosmetic items from Blizzard and she has a plethora of regular skins along with Seasonal event skins she can choose from. These skins can be earned by opening loot boxes, purchased from the in-game store, and completing challenges.
Overwatch’s has 6 Seasonal events throughout the year: Summer Games, Lunar New Year, Overwatch Archives, Anniversary, Halloween Terror, and Winter Wonderland. Skins that are unique to an event can only be unboxed from that specific events’ loot box and also be purchasable from the store during the runtime of that event. Earning an event loot box is the same as earning a regular loot box. It just needs to be earned during the ongoing event.
Best Zarya Skins in Overwatch (A Complete Tier List)
- 1.1) Top 10 Best Zarya skins in Overwatch
- 1.2) 10. Racer (Rare)
- 1.3) 9. Frosted (Rare)
- 1.4) 8. Champion (Legendary)
- 1.5) 7. Barbarian (Legendary)
- 1.6) 6. Snowboader (Legendary)
- 1.7) 5. Workout (Legendary)
- 1.8) 4. Totally 80’s (Legendary)
- 1.9) 3. Xuanwu (Legendary)
- 1.10) 2. Cyberian (Legendary)
- 1.11) 1. Polyanista(Legendary)
- 1.12) BONUS: Alien (Legendary Legacy Skin)
- 2) Best Zarya skin with the Golden Gun
- 3) What’s the New Zarya skin?
- 4) All the rare Zarya skins
Best Zarya Skins in Overwatch (A Complete Tier List)
Here we will put all the regular Zarya Skins that can either be unboxed from loot boxes or purchased with in-game credits, or acquired via challenges into a tier list. We also included her OWL MVP Skin into the mix.
- S Tier: Cyberian (Legendary), Polyanista (Legendary), Alien (Legendary Legacy)
- A Tier: Xuanwu (Legendary), Totally 80’s (Legendary), Snowbaorder (Legendary), Workout (Legendary)
- B Tier: Frosted (Epic), Racer (Epic), Barbarian (Legendary), Champion/Weightlifter (Legendary)
- C Tier: Dawn (Epic), Midnight (Epic), Arctic/Siberian Front (Legendary), Industrial/Cybergoth (Legendary)
- D Tier: All the Rare skins
Top 10 Best Zarya skins in Overwatch
Zarya has somewhat received the short end of the stick when it comes to skin designs and the community has often voiced their opinions as to why Zarya does not have enough “Good skins”. However, she still does have quite a number of cool skins which will be ranked below. In this list, we will be only listing skins that are available in loot boxes or can be purchased from the in-game store and won from Challenge events. We will be including the default skins that are always available as well as the skins that are available from Seasonal events as well as limited-time Challenges. But so far, Zarya has not received any Challenge skins.
We did not include Overwatch League skins in the top 10 as they require a premium currency called OWL Tokens which need to be purchased or earned in a separate method.
10. Racer (Rare)
The Racer skin is an Epic tier skin that can be purchased from the in-game store for 250 credits or opened from a seasonal event loot box. However, it is only available during Overwatch Archives.
It features Zarya in a vivid orange and teal color scheme with a light orange gun.
9. Frosted (Rare)
The Frosted skin can be purchased from the in-game store for 250 credits or opened from a seasonal event loot box. This is available during Winter Wonderland.
It features Zarya in a white camo and has traces of snow on her body with a pink gun.
8. Champion (Legendary)
Zarya’s Champion skin can be bought from the in-game store for 1000 credits or opened from a seasonal loot box. However, it is only available during Summer games.
“A champion weightlifter in her home country, Zarya retired on the eve of the world championships to enlist in the Russian Defense Forces.“
This skin features Zarya in her Olympic attire in a red-blue-white theme representing her national colors. Her weapon is in blue and has the Russian flag on it as well as spelling “Russia” on the body. It also has weights on the bottom to go along with Zarya’s theme.
7. Barbarian (Legendary)
The Barbarian skin is a Legendary skin that can be purchased from the store for 1000 credits. It is a non-event skin meaning it can be acquired from regular loot boxes and bought from the store at any time.
It was added during the Blizzard world update and is designed after Diablo II’s Barbarian.
“A nomadic wanderer, the Barbarian combines brawn and ruggedness with a mastery of weapons, using devastating melee attacks along with war cries to boost his allies—or demoralize his enemies.” -Barbarian Class description, Diablo II
Just like the description in Diablo, the Barbarian skin for Zarya is meant to represent just that; a savage and ruthless warrior ravaging any who get in her way. She appears with messy hair, tribal ink, and an outfit adorned with beast pelts, skulls, and horns.
Her weapon appears in the form of Ram’s skull, a volcanic core, and a special gem that seems to emit the graviton gun’s lasers. A good combo of ancient civilization and magic in place of modern technology.
6. Snowboader (Legendary)
Snowboarder is a Legendary skin that can be purchased from the in-game store for 1000 credits or opened from a seasonal loot box. However, it is only available during the Winter Wonderland event.
This skin features Zarya in a winter-themed sweater, complete with a fuzzy animal cap on top and goggles. Keeping in tune with the name, her weapon is in the shape of two snowboards as the barrel and other snowboarding equipment in a bag as the butt of the gun.
5. Workout (Legendary)
Workout is a Legendary Tier skin and it can be purchased from the in-game store for 1000 credits. However, it is an event skin and is only available for purchase during Summer Games. It can also be opened from the event loot box.
The skin features Zarya in Gym attire in a lime-green theme with a hoody. Her gun consists of various gym equipment in the same color theme.
4. Totally 80’s (Legendary)
Zarya’s Totally 80’s is a Legendary Tier skin and it can be purchased for 1000 credits. However, it is an event skin and is only available for purchase during Halloween Terror. It can also be opened from the event loot box.
Totally 80’s is a Halloween outfit that Zarya dresses up as. It features an 80’s theme with funky hair and workout outfits from that time. The writing on her torso says “Lets get Physical” which pays homage to the 1981 hit workout song “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John.
Her gun appears in the form of huge speakers and a visualizer paying further homage to the song as well as representing how music was used during working out to make it more effective.
3. Xuanwu (Legendary)
Xuanwu is a Legendary tier skin for Zarya and it can be purchased for 1000 credits or opened from a loot box. Since it is an event skin, it can be bought during Lunar New Year or opened from the seasonal loot box.
Xuanwu or Zhenwu is a powerful Chinese God of the North and is said to be able to control the elements & capable of great magic. He is said to be dressed in dark-colored imperial clothes. This skin befits Zarya and goes in line with her being able to control Graviton energy.
Xuanwu also is said to have two subordinates, a tortoise and a snake. Together known as a Black Tortoise, it is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellation and appears in the form of a Snake intertwined around a Tortoise.
Likewise, Zarya’s weapon with this skin resembles just that with a snake wrapped around a tortoise shell at the bottom.
2. Cyberian (Legendary)
Cyberian Zarya is a Legendary Tier skin and it can be purchased for 1000 credits. However, it is an event skin and is only available for purchase during Overwatch Anniversary. It can also be opened from the event loot box.
The name is pretty clever from Blizzard; combining “Siberian” aka Zarya’s origins with a modern twist. This skin features Zarya clad in a white-pink power suit with a golden face mask. The skin also features Blue hair and overall looks very futuristic.
Her weapon also looks modern in blue color with white and gold accents. This is definitely one of the best-looking skins for Zarya which puts it at number 2 on this list.
At #1 we have Polyanista which is a Lengendary tier skin. It can be purchased from the store for 1000 credits or opened from a seasonal loot box. Since it is an event skin it can only be purchased during Overwatch Archives.
Polyanista is a warrior from Slavic legends and folklore. They are also known as “bogyatirsha” which is derived from “bogatyr” meaning warriors of immense strength, courage, and bravery.
The gun that Zarya uses is inspired by an evil three-headed Slavic creature – Zmey Gorynich. Many bogatyrs and polyanitsi feared this fire-breathing, cunning creature. All three heads of Zmey Gorynich can be seen on the gun.
BONUS: Alien (Legendary Legacy Skin)
This skin was released to commemorate Overwatch League’s 2019 MVP. Sinatraa, who was a part of San Francisco Shock was awarded the MVP of the year and got to take part in designing this skin.
It features Zarya as an Alien adorned in a dapper suit with chrome accents. Her gun also resembles an alien spaceship. It is also in chrome to keep in tune with the space theme.
But in after the Sinatraa scandal of 2020, this skin was removed from the Blizzard store, and refunds were also offered to anyone who wanted it.
Best Zarya skin with the Golden Gun
Golden guns look good on a lot of heroes but they stand out the most on tank heroes like Zarya who has huge guns; weapons and biceps alike.
Of all her skins, the weapon wielded by Polyanista Zarya stands out the most. The weapon looks even better and looks as if it was designed after three-headed Golden Dragons.
What’s the New Zarya skin?
The last skin received by Zarya was the Polyanista skin unveiled in this year’s Archives event. It features Zarya clad in medieval armor of the Slavic heroes.
All the rare Zarya skins
The Rare tier of Zarya skins costs 75 credits each and is also commonly attainable in loot boxes. They feature basic recolors of the original skin in a single color. Most of the players who are new to the game and like to play Zarya will find themselves starting out with purchasing a Rare skin for her.