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Nova
Nova

"Locked and loaded."

Basic Info
Title Dominion Ghost
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Medium
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price Gem.png625 / Money.png7,000
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1300
Health Regen 2.711
Resource 500 Mana
Unit Radius 0.625
Attack Speed 1
Attack Range 6.5
Attack Damage 105
Data Page


November "Nova" Terra, the Dominion Ghost, is a Ranged Assassin hero from the StarCraft universe.[1] She is a ghost of the Terran Dominion and one of the most powerful psionic soldiers ever known. Nova is highly focused, determined, and extremely deadly. Even Jim Raynor wouldn't want to be caught within her crosshairs.

Nova is a burst damage mage who can ambush enemies from stealth.

Background[edit | edit source]

StarCraft This section concerns content exclusive to the StarCraft universe.

November "Nova" Terra spent the best parts of her youth as the golden child of one of Tarsonis's wealthy Old Families who ran the Terran Confederacy. Though she exhibited signs of burgeoning psionic potential, Nova's parents insisted that she was merely sensitive or "empathetic", hoping to keep her abilities a secret from both the Ghost Academy that would conscript their child and from Nova herself.

When her family was violently betrayed by separatist groups and her telekinetic powers became destructively apparent, Nova was forced into hiding in the crime-ridden slums of Tarsonis' Gutter, and was forcibly enslaved by the crimelord Fagin. However, the means he used to prevent Nova from using her psionics on him gradually wore on his sanity, and she was eventually rescued by a insurrection in Fagin's own ranks alongside Ghost Academy wrangler Malcolm Kelerchian. She was taken off world just as Tarsonis fell to the zerg, and the Confederacy fell to give way to the Terran Dominion.

Supremely dedicated, Nova excelled as a trainee in the Ghost Academy on Ursa, eventually earning the questionable reward of a mind-wipe that erased all recollection of her tragic youth – and the majority of her long-term memory with it.

As a full-fledged Ghost operative, Nova's duties have included battling zerg, ending the insurrection of renegade enhanced ghosts named Spectres, and even dealing with noted enemy of the people Jim Raynor. Her service record has seen her assigned tasks of increasing importance to the leadership of the Dominion, and she stood ready to be dispatched on missions that will make her past pale in comparison at the whim and direct order of Emperor Arcturus Mengsk. At the crux of the Second Great War, Nova was sent to capture a now deinfested Sarah Kerrigan and Jim Raynor. While Kerrigan escaped, Raynor was imprisoned.

At the end of the war, with Arcturus Mengsk dead, Nova began to serve under the new emperor, his son Valerian Mengsk. While Valerian had a much fairer government, he still required Nova's skills to keep the peace from foreign and domestic threats. Soon a contingent of supporters of Arcturus Mengsk, displeased with Valerian's more peaceful rule and outraged of his connection to Arcturus's death, created a paramilitary group named the Defenders of Man, and staged zerg and Tal'darim attacks on terran worlds to erode the people's faith in Valerian. Nova helped uncover the plot, with the assistance of Alarak, and soon cornered the leader of the Defenders of Man, General Carolina Davis. However, Nova defied orders to bring her in alive and killed Davis, declaring that her and her special forces group would operate independent of the Terran Dominion's command structure. From now on her and her forces would defend the Dominion their own way.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Nova is a stealthed ranged damage dealer. Her strongest point is her exceptional long-ranged single-target burst damage. She is also permanently Stealthed while out of combat, which makes tracking her position difficult. This deadly combination makes her a prime candidate for roaming. She forces fragile Heroes to constantly have to consider their positioning in order to avoid her damage, which reduces their effectiveness. As a fragile Hero with no movement Ability, Nova must rely on deception and killing her foes before they can respond.

Nova's binary nature of being outstanding versus fragile Heroes and subpar versus everything else, on top of her limited utility, makes her a niche Hero that is easily countered. She is therefore typically picked late into drafts to specifically punish compositions that rely on many fragile Heroes or lack instant defensive tools.

Strengths[edit | edit source]

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Talents[edit | edit source]

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13
16
20

Skins[edit | edit source]

Nova Skins
 
Rare Dominion Ghost
Backstory: November "Nova" Terra is a ghost of the Terran Dominion and one of the most powerful psionic soldiers ever known. Nova is highly focused, determined, and extremely deadly. Even Jim Raynor wouldn't want to be caught within her crosshairs.
Nova Dominion Ghost.jpg
Gem.png750 / Money.png10,000
Dominion Ghost
Nova Jade.jpg
Free
Jade
Nova Scarlet.jpg
Free
Scarlet
Epic Deathranger Limited-Time Offer
Backstory: If the mutants really wanted to survive a fight with Nova , they would have bitten off her dominant arm.
Features: Altered voice-over
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of Warchrome Wastes skins.
Nova Deathranger.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Nova Deathranger Rugged.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Rugged
Nova Deathranger Dusk.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Dusk
Nova Deathranger Ember.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Ember
Nova Deathranger Mirage.jpg
Gem.png375 / Shard.png450
Mirage
Epic Elite Agent
Backstory: The Crius Stealthsuit was the ultimate hostile environment suit developed by the Terran Dominion for its ghost. Unfortunately, due to its immense cost, few were ever deployed.
Nova Elite Agent.jpg
Gem.png250 / Shard.png300
Nova Elite Agent Dominion.jpg
Gem.png250 / Shard.png300
Dominion
Nova Elite Agent Magenta.jpg
Gem.png250 / Shard.png300
Magenta
Epic Novazon
Backstory: Hailing from the Skovos Isles, the Askari, or Amazons, are skilled combatants. The young warrior Nova is an expert sharpshooter; eager to make her mark on the world.
Nova Novazon.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Nova Novazon Jungle.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Jungle
Nova Novazon Rogue.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Rogue
Epic Roller Derby
Backstory: Kate "Supernova" Dennings doesn't take any crap from her rivals on the track. Why should the Nexus be any different?
Features: Altered voice-over, themed animations.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of sports skins.
Nova Roller Derby.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Nova Roller Derby Golden.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Golden
Nova Roller Derby Violet.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Violet
Epic Spectre
Backstory: Nova couldn't let Tosh face his fate alone, and together they embraced the spectre program. It was her and him against the whole damn universe... just the way she liked it.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of alternative history skins.
Nova Spectre.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Nova Spectre Neon.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Neon
Nova Spectre Urban.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Urban
Epic Widowmaker
Backstory: Once, she once led a normal life... But now, after intense neural reconditioning, she is one of the most effective assassins still alive. Oh, and this skin makes her look like Widowmaker.
Features: Themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Overwatch skins.
Nova Widowmaker.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Nova Widowmaker Emerald.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Emerald
Nova Widowmaker Amber.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Amber
Nova Widowmaker Moonlight.jpg
Gem.png350 / Shard.png400
Moonlight

Portraits[edit | edit source]

Nova Portraits
 
Actual Ghost Nova Portrait.png
Fall of King's Crest Actual Ghost Nova
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Carbot Nova Portrait.png
Carbot Nova
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Agent Nova Portrait.png
Agent Nova
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Ghost Protocol Portrait.png
Ghost Protocol
Nova Hero Portrait.png
Nova Hero
Nova Mastery Portrait.png
Nova Mastery
Spectre Nova Portrait.png
Spectre Nova
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Sprays[edit | edit source]

Nova Sprays
 
Carbot Nova Spray.png
Carbot Nova
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Fashionista Nova Doll Spray.gif
Toys Fashionista Nova Doll
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Kisses Spray.gif
Sun's Out, Guns Out Kisses
Gem.png120 / Shard.png75
Nova Pixel Spray.png
Nova Pixel
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40
Nova Terra-zine Spray.png
Nova Terra-zine
Gem.png75 / Shard.png40

Emojis[edit | edit source]

Nova Pack 1 Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Happy.png Nova Pack 2 Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Angry.png
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Happy.png Nova Happy :novahappy: Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Angry.png Nova Angry :novaangry:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova ROFL.png Nova ROFL :novalol:
:novarofl:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Cool.png Nova Cool :novacool:
:cool:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Sad.png Nova Sad :novasad:
:sad:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Oops.png Nova Embarrassed :novaoops:
:novaembarrassed:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Silly.png Nova Silly :novasilly:
:silly:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Love.png Nova in Love :novalove:
:novainlove:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Meh.png Nova Speechless :novameh:
:novaspeechless:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Surprised.png Nova Surprised :novawow:
:novasurprised:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Nova/Quotes


Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nova first appeared in StarCraft: Ghost: Nova (November 2006 novel) and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (July 2010 game). Her own game (StarCraft: Ghost) was cancelled in 2014.
  • Nova is voiced by Grey DeLisle.
  • Nova may have been a replacement for Leon.
  • Nova was one of the 18 heroes revealed at BlizzCon 2013.
  • In the StarCraft series, Nova has green eyes. Initially, Heroes of the Storm erroneously portrayed her with blue eyes, but this was changed to green in Patch 2.48. However, art and action figures of Nova in Heroes of the Storm created prior to the patch still show Nova with blue eyes.
  • Scarlet Nova may depict Kerrigan before she was infested by the zerg.
  • NECA revealed the Heroes of the Storm Nova action figure at Toy Fair NY 2015.[2]
  • Widowmaker, a character from Overwatch, appears as a skin for Nova. Conversely, Nova also appears as a skin for Widowmaker in Overwatch. Kent-Erik Hagman stated that it is unlikely that Widowmaker will be added as a separate hero.[3]
  • When Cassia was released, the original Novazon skin was recolored from red to black to reduce confusion between the two Heroes.
  • Nova's Permanent Cloak trait is taken from the Cloak ability ghosts have in StarCraft and StarCraft II, and the permanent cloak Nova can use in StarCraft II.
  • Snipe is an ability Nova and ghosts have in StarCraft II.
  • Holo Decoy ais an ability originated in Heroes of the Storm, but was later added to StarCraft II as an upgrade for Nova in Nova Covert Ops and an ability for Nova in Co-op Missions.
  • Triple Tap is an ability originated in Heroes of the Storm, but was later added to StarCraft II as an upgrade for Nova's Spec Ops Ghosts in Co-op Missions.
  • Precision Strike may be a reference to Nova's ability in the canceled StarCraft: Ghost call in an orbital battlecruiser strike on her enemies.
    • While Nova uses the ability to call down a nuclear missile in the Heroes of the Storm intro cinematic, this ability is not present in the final game.
  • The Level 1 talent "Advanced Cloaking" is a StarCraft II upgrade Nova can give to her Banshees in Nova Covert Ops and Co-op Missions.
  • The Level 13 talent "Ionic Force Field" is a reference to the StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops upgrade gained during the mission "Flashpoint."
  • The Level 20 talent "Apollo Suit" is an upgrade Nova can earn in Nova Covert Ops in the mission "Trouble in Paradise." It is based off of the Apollo Reactor upgrade for Wraiths in StarCraft.

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