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Nova is Ranged Assassin Hero from the StarCraft universe.

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.

Background Edit

Nova has a Psi Index rating of 10 and as such, is one of the most powerful ghosts in existence. Her PI is only just surpassed by Sarah Kerrigan's rating as a ghost. She is so powerful that she finds it difficult not to read minds. She can even read minds through some types of psi-screens. Nova has the ability to telepathically communicate, at least with other psychics.[1]

Gameplay Summary Edit

Strengths Edit

Weaknesses Edit

Abilities Edit

Snipe (Q) [Skillshot]
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deals 230 (+4% per level) damage to the first enemy hit.

Passive: Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe permanently increases the damage of Snipe by 6%, stacking up to 30%. Gain an additional 25% damage bonus at maximum stacks. All stacks are lost if Snipe fails to hit an enemy.

Pinning Shot (W)
Mana: 65
Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deal 100 (+4% per level) damage to an enemy and slow it by 40% for 2.25 seconds.

Holo Decoy (E)
Mana: 50
Cooldown: 15 seconds

Create a Decoy for 5 seconds that attacks enemies, dealing 10% of Nova's normal damage. Using this Ability does not break Cloak.

Ghost Protocol (1)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to gain Stealth. You do not lose Stealth from taking damage, attacking, or using Abilities for 2 seconds.

Ghost Protocol
Activate to instantly gain Stealth to Nova and spawn a Holo Decoy at her location. Nova is Unrevealable for the first 0.5 seconds when Stealthed by Ghost Protocol.

Traits Edit

Permanent Cloak [Passive]

Gain Stealth and 15% Movement Speed when out of combat for 3 seconds. Taking damage, attacking, or channeling reveals you.

Basic Attack range is 20% further than other ranged Heroes, and you see 10% further than other Heroes.

Heroic Abilities Edit

Triple Tap [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
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 372 (+4% per level) damage each.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Precision Strike [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 1.5 second delay, deals 435 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Talents Edit

Level1 Tier 1, Hero Level 1

Increases the cast range of Pinning Shot by 30%. Pinning Shot also increases your next Basic Attack range by 30%.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
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.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)
Advanced Cloaking

After being Stealthed for 2 seconds, gain an additional 5% Movement Speed. While Stealthed, regenerate 2 Mana per second.

Tier 1 (Hero Level 1)

Level4 Tier 2, Hero Level 4
Rapid Projection

Reduces Holo Decoy's cooldown and Mana cost by 40%.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Holo Stability

Increases the cast range, sight range, and duration of Holo Decoy by 100%.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)
Covert Mission

Enemy Minions killed near you grant a stack of Bribe. Hero Takedowns grant 10 stacks of Bribe. Use 25 stacks to Bribe a Mercenary, instantly defeating them. Does not work on Bosses. Maximum of 100 stacks. If a camp is defeated entirely with Bribe, the camp respawns 50% faster.

Tier 2 (Hero Level 4)

Level7 Tier 3, Hero Level 7
Perfect Shot

Hitting an enemy Hero with Snipe reduces its cooldown by 3 seconds.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
One in the Chamber

After using an ability, your next Basic Attack deals 60% additional damage.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)
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.

Tier 3 (Hero Level 7)

Level10 Tier 4, Hero Level 10
Triple Tap [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
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 372 (+4% per level) damage each.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)
Precision Strike [Heroic Ability]
Mana: 100
Cooldown: 60 seconds

After a 1.5 second delay, deals 435 (+4% per level) damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Tier 4 (Hero Level 10)

Level13 Tier 5, Hero Level 13
Psionic Efficiency

Snipe's range is increased by 15%, and hitting a Hero with Snipe refunds its Mana cost.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Double Tap

Pinning Shot now has 2 charges.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)
Ionic Force Field

Gain 25 Armor for 2 seconds after losing Stealth.

Tier 5 (Hero Level 13)

Level16 Tier 6, Hero Level 16
Explosive Round

Snipe also deals 50% damage to enemies near the impact.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Crippling Shot

Pinning Shot lowers a Hero's Armor by 25 for the duration of the slow, causing them to take 25% increased damage.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)
Lethal Decoy

Holo Decoy now deals 35% of Nova's damage.

Tier 6 (Hero Level 16)

Level20 Tier 7, Hero Level 20
Fast Reload

Triple Tap's cooldown is reset if it kills an enemy Hero.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Precision Barrage

Precision Strike gains a 2nd charge and its cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)
Apollo Suit

Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak by 2 seconds.

Tier 7 (Hero Level 20)

Talent Builds Edit

Tips Edit

Matchups Edit

Pairings Edit

Effective against Edit

Effective foes Edit

Skins Edit

NovaDefault NovaGGreen NovaGRed
Ghost Jade Scarlet
Elite Agent IconShard100
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.
NovaMSBlue NovaMSPink NovaMSBlack
Elite Agent Magenta Dominion
Spectre IconShard400
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 and themed abilities.
NovaSOrange NovaSGreen NovaSWhite
Spectre Neon Urban
Roller Derby IconShard400
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 and themed abilities.
NovaRDBlue NovaRDYellow NovaRDGreen
Roller Derby Golden Violet
Novazon IconShard400
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 and themed abilities.
NovaNZRed NovaNZGreen NovaNZBlack
Novazon Jungle Rogue
Widowmaker IconShard400
Once, she 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.
This skin is related to the Overwatch themed-skins. Features themed abilities.
Nova - WM - Pink Nova - WM - Green Nova - WM - Orange Nova - Widowmaker - Moonlight
Widowmaker Emerald Amber Moonlight IconShard600

Notes Edit

  • 2UP Nova figures based on her appearance in Heroes of the Storm will be released in 2015.[2]
  • A Nova 7" figure will be released by NECA, based on her Heroes appearance.[3]
  • Widowmaker, a character from Overwatch, appears as a skin for Nova. Kent-Erik Hagman has commented that it is unlikely that Widowmaker will be a separate hero, and that it is likely that other Overwatch heroes will take priority over her.[4]

Development Edit

Nova was conceived within the first two years of the game's development.[5]

Old SkinsEdit

Roller Derby (original)

Patch changes Edit

  • IconHotS (Patch December 20, 2017Note: Health reduced from 1350 to 1300; Health Regeneration reduced from 2.81 to 2.71.
  • IconHotS (Patch September 26, 2017Note: Moonlight Widowmaker Nova skin added.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 11, 2017Note: Fixed an issue preventing debuff timers from showing below clone’s health bars.
  • IconHotS (Patch April 4, 2017Note: Nova and Zeratul will no longer attempt to automatically acquire attack targets after issuing and canceling an attack order while cloaked.; The base and third variations of Nova's Novazon skin have received visual updates.
  • IconHotS (Patch February 14, 2017Note: Nova’s status bar will no longer pop above her head while running.
  • IconHotS (Patch November 15, 2016Note: Danger Pings will no longer remain visible over a Hero who enters Stealth.
  • IconHotS (Patch August 9, 2016Note: The Novazon skin will now properly throw a Javelin when casting Snipe.
  • IconHotS (Patch July 12, 2016Note: The Novazon skin will now properly throw a Javelin when casting Snipe.
  • IconHotS (Patch May 17, 2016Note: Nova’s prices have been reduced to $8.49 USD and 7,000 Gold.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 29, 2016Note: Fixed an issue that could cause Nova and Tychus to stand while mounted.
  • IconHotS (Patch March 16, 2016Note: Health increased from 1,273 (+4% per level) to 1,350 (+4% per level); Health Regeneration increased from 2.65 per second (+4% per level) to 2.81 per second (+4% per level).
  • IconHotS (Patch October 6, 2015Note: Spectre Nova has received additional visual polish for certain Abilities and Talents.

References Edit

  1. From the StarCraft wiki
  2. 2015-02-14, Toy Fair NY 2015 NECA Heroes of the Storm Action Figures Photos. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-02-15
  3. 2015-07-08, SDCC 2015 – NECA Reveals Heroes of the Storm 7″ Scale Action Figures Series 2. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-07-26
  4. 2016-10-15, Heroes of The Storm Dev Discusses Cho'Gall Balance, Hero Design, And More!. The Escapist, accessed on 2016-10-15
  5. 2016-11-21, BlizzCon 2016 Heroes of the Storm Deep Dive Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2016-11-21

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