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Nova

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Nova
Nova
Basic Info
Title Dominion Ghost
Role Assassin Assassin
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price 625Gem.png / 7,000Money.png
Release Date March 13, 2014
Base Stats
Attack Type Ranged
Health 1350
Health Regen 2.81
Resource 500 Mana
Armor 0
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. 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 and her telekinetic powers became destructively apparent, Nova was forced into hiding in the crime-ridden slums of Tarsonis' Gutter. The story of Nova's emergence from the Gutter is apocryphal, but the burden of psionic abilities and the pain of her family's ruin led her to seek refuge among the very Ghosts her parents hoped to keep her from.

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, investigating the psionic killers known as 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 stands ready to be dispatched on missions that will make her past pale in comparison.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Permanent Cloak, Sniper Icon.png
Permanent Cloak, Sniper
Cooldown: 3 seconds
Gain Stealth when out of combat for 3 seconds. Taking damage, attacking, using Abilities, or channeling reveals you.Basic Attack range is 20% further than other ranged Heroes, and you see 10% further than other Heroes.
  • Enemies are able to see Stealthed models as distortion in environment.
  • Stealth model is larger while Mounted.
  • All skins share the same Stealthed model.
  • All Mounts share the same Stealthed model.
Snipe Icon.png
Q
Snipe
50 Mana Cooldown: 6 seconds
Deals 310 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit.
Pinning Shot Icon.png
W
Pinning Shot
65 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds
Deal 110 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and slow it by 30% for 2.25 seconds.
Holo Decoy Icon.png
E
Holo Decoy
50 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds
Create a Decoy for 5 seconds that appears to attack enemies. Using this Ability does not break Cloak.
  • Decoy is a Heroic Pet.
  • Decoy does not deal damage unless Lethal Decoy has been picked at level 16.
  • Decoy leaves stealth 1 second after being cast and mimics Nova's Basic Abilities in following order: Snipe > AA > Pinning Shot > AA (> Pinning Shot, if Double Tap has been picked.)
  • Decoy mimics stutter-stepping.
  • Decoy has same cooldowns as Nova.
  • Decoy's Pinning Shot doesn't slow.
  • Decoy benefits from all of Nova's non-active Talents unless otherwise stated.
  • Decoy attacks enemies and aggroed Mercenaries in range prioritising Heroes.
Triple Tap Icon.png
R
Triple Tap
100 Mana Cooldown: 100 seconds
Locks in on the target Hero, then fires 3 shots that hit the first Hero or Structure they come in contact with for 338 (+4% per level) damage each.
  • Can only target Heroes.
  • Triple Tap has one second cast period followed by a stationary channel. Nova can't take any actions while channeling.
  • Triple Tap can't be manually cancelled and only ends, if its channeling is interrupted, Nova or the target is killed or removed from the battlefield or once all 3 shots have been fired.
  • The shots are fired at 1 second intervals.
  • The target is Revealed for the duration of the ability.
Precision Strike Icon.png
R
Precision Strike
100 Mana Cooldown: 60 seconds
After a 1.5 second delay, deals 456 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.
  • Nova gains XP and Covert Mission stacks from enemies killed by Precision Strike regardless of distance.

Talents[edit | edit source]

1
Advanced Cloaking Icon.png
Advanced Cloaking
While Stealthed, Nova gains 2 Mana per second and 25% movement speed.
Longshot Icon.png
Longshot
Increases the cast range of Pinning Shot by 30%. Pinning Shot also increases the range of Nova's next Basic Attack by 2.
Covert Ops Icon.png
Covert Ops
After being Stealthed for 5 seconds, Pinning Shot's slow is increased to 55% and costs no Mana. Bonus is lost after losing Stealth for 1 second.
4
Rapid Projection Icon.png
Rapid Projection
Reduces Holo Decoy's cooldown and Mana cost by 40%.
Holo Stability Icon.png
Holo Stability
Increases the cast range and duration of Holo Decoy by 100%.
Bribe Icon.png
Covert Mission
Enemy minions killed near you grant stacks. Hero Takedowns grant 10 stacks. Use 25 stacks to bribe a mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum 100 stacks. If a camp is defeated entirely with Bribe, the camp respawns 50% faster.
  • Support camps can not be bribed.
  • Decoy can gain bribe stacks, if it dealt the finishing blow to the enemy, but not through presence.
7
One in the Chamber Icon.png
One in the Chamber
After using an ability, Nova's next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 80% additional damage.
Anti-Armor Shells Icon.png
Anti-Armor Shells
Nova's Basic Attacks deal 250% damage and decrease the Physical armor of Heroic targets by 10 for 3 seconds, but her Attack Speed is proportionally slower.
  • Reduces Nova's and decoy's Attack Speed to 0.4 (= 2.5 s/attack).
  • Armor reduction is applied before damage.
  • Decoy's attacks do not apply Armor reduction.
Snipe Master Icon.png
Snipe Master
Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe permanently increases the damage of Snipe by 15%. Stacks up to 5 times. All stacks are lost, if Snipe fails to hit an enemy.
10
Triple Tap Icon.png
Triple Tap
Locks in on the target Hero, then fires 3 shots that hit the first Hero or Structure they come in contact with for 338 (+4% per level) damage each.
Precision Strike Icon.png
Precision Strike
After a 1.5 second delay, deals 456 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.
13
Double Tap Icon.png
Double Tap
Pinning Shot now has 2 charges.
  • There is a 1 second cooldown between charges.
Psionic Efficiency Icon.png
Psionic Efficiency
Removes Snipe's Mana cost and increases its range by 10%.
Explosive Round Icon.png
Explosive Round
Snipe also deals 50% damage to enemies near the impact.
16
Perfect Shot Icon.png
Perfect Shot
Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe reduces the cooldown by 3 seconds.
Crippling Shot Icon.png
Crippling Shot
Pinning Shot lowers a Hero's Armor by 25 for the duration of the slow, causing them to take 25% increased damage.
  • Decoy's Pinning shot does not apply Armor reduction.
Double Fake Icon.png
Lethal Decoy
Holo Decoy does 40% of Nova's damage.
  • Decoy's Basic Attacks and Abilities deal the same type of damage as Nova's
20
Fast Reload Icon.png
Fast Reload
Triple Tap's cooldown is reset, if it kills an enemy Hero.
  • Triple Tap must deal the finishing blow for the cooldown to be reset.
Precision Barrage Icon.png
Precision Barrage
Precision Strike holds two charges with a short cooldown.
  • There is a 3 seconds cooldown between charges.
Rewind Icon.png
Rewind
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.
Ghost Protocol Icon.png
Ghost Protocol
Cooldown: 60 seconds
Activate to gain Stealth and become unrevealable for 2 seconds. Nova's attacks and Abilities will also not break Stealth during this time.
  • CAn only be activated, if you are Revealed or out of Stealth.

Skins[edit | edit source]

Nova Skins
 
Rare Nova
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
750Gem.png / 10,000Money.png
Dominion Ghost
Nova Jade.jpg
Free
Jade
Nova Scarlet.jpg
Free
Scarlet
Rare 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
Shard.png 100
Nova Elite Agent Dominion.jpg
Shard.png 100
Dominion
Nova Elite Agent Magenta.jpg
Shard.png 100
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.
Features: Altered voice-over, themed abilities.
Notes: This skin theme is part of a shared theme of other universes merging into Diablo skins.
Nova Novazon.jpg
Shard.png 400
Nova Novazon Jungle.jpg
Shard.png 400
Jungle
Nova Novazon Rogue.jpg
Shard.png 400
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
Shard.png 400
Nova Roller Derby Golden.jpg
Shard.png 400
Golden
Nova Roller Derby Violet.jpg
Shard.png 400
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
Shard.png 400
Nova Spectre Neon.jpg
Shard.png 400
Neon
Nova Spectre Urban.jpg
Shard.png 400
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
Shard.png 400
Nova Widowmaker Emerald.jpg
Shard.png 400
Emerald
Nova Widowmaker Amber.jpg
Shard.png 400
Amber
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Shard.png 400
Moonlight

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Nova first appeared in StarCraft: Ghost: Nova (2006 novel) and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2010 game). Her own game (StarCraft: Ghost) was cancelled in 2006.
  • 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.
  • Scarlet Nova may depict Kerrigan before she was infested by the zerg.
  • A large statue of Nova can be seen at Blizzard's office in Irvine, California.[2]
  • NECA revealed the Heroes of the Storm Nova action figure at Toy Fair NY 2015.[3]
  • Widowmaker, a character from Overwatch, appears as a skin for Nova. Kent-Erik Hagman stated that it is unlikely that Widowmaker will be added as a separate hero.[4]
  • Nova's "blondes have more fun" quote references a phrase popularized by a Clairol advertising campaign.
  • When Cassia was released, the original Novazon skin was recolored from red to black to reduce confusion between the two Heroes.

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