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Basic Info
Title Dominion Ghost
Role Ranged Assassin Ranged Assassin
Difficulty Medium
Franchise StarCraft StarCraft
Price Gem625 / Money7,000
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[ | ]

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[ | ]

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[ | ]

Weaknesses[ | ]

Abilities[ | ]

See Data page for a table of scaled values at key levels.
Permanent Cloak, Sniper Icon
Permanent Cloak
Cooldown: 3 seconds

Gain Stealth when out of combat for 3 seconds. Taking damage, attacking, using Abilities, or Channeling ends Stealth. Remaining stationary for at least 1.5 seconds grants Invisible.
Passive: Gain 15% Movement Speed while Stealthed.

Type: Status effect
Affects: Self
Properties: Movement Speed, Stealth

  • Stealth can activate while Mounted, but Mounting will break Stealth momentarily.
Snipe Icon
50 Mana Cooldown: 6 seconds

Deals 230 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.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Clamping, Skillshot
Cast time: 0.1 + 0 seconds
Range: 10.8725
Hitbox: 0.75 x 0.75
Missile speed: 50

  • Damage bonus stacks additively with itself and offensive damage modifiers that can affect Snipe's damage.
Pinning Shot Icon
Pinning Shot
65 Mana Cooldown: 12 seconds

Deal 100 damage to an enemy and Slow them by 40% for 2.25 seconds.

Type: Spell Damage, Crowd control
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Unit Target
Properties: Slow
Cast time: 0.1 + 0 seconds
Range: 6.5
Missile speed: 50
Holo Decoy Icon
Holo Decoy
50 Mana Cooldown: 15 seconds

Create a Decoy for 5 seconds with 100% of Nova's current Health that attacks enemies, dealing 10% of Nova's base damage. Whenever a Decoy takes damage it deals that amount to itself, effectively doubling the damage it takes. Using this Ability does not break Stealth.

Type: Summon
Targeting: Point target
Cast time: Instant
Range: 8.0
Holo Decoy
Basic Attack damage: 10.5
Snipe damage: 23
Pinning Shot damage: 10
Pinning Shot Slow: 5%

  • Decoy can use Snipe and Pinning Shot with reduced damage and Slow values. Decoys only use their Abilities against Heroes.
  • If Nova is Stealthed while casting Holo Decoy, the decoy will also be Stealthed and vice versa.
  • Stealthed Decoys only attack Heroes. Unstealthed decoys also attack Structures, Summons and aggroed Mercenaries, but not Minions, unless the Lethal Decoy Talent has been picked.
  • Decoys will immediately attack the closest visible enemy Hero when one comes in its range and mimics Nova's Basic Abilities in the following order: Pinning Shot > Snipe > Basic Attack.
  • Killing a Decoy grants no XP or Takedown credit.
  • Decoy benefits from all of Nova's non-active Talents, unless otherwise noted.
  • Decoy has its own base damage values, causing the damage reduction percentage to stack multiplicatively with offensive damage modifiers, but displays the floating damage text as if it were from the real Nova (full damage value).
Triple Tap Icon
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 372 damage each.

Type: Spell Damage, Status effect
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemy Heroes (and Structures)
Targeting: Unit target
Cast time: 0.8 (ch) + CH + 0.5 seconds
Range: 25
Hitbox: 0.66 x 1.25
Missile speed:
- Initial: 35
- Minimum: 20
- Acceleration: -30
Channel time: 1.5 seconds
Shot interval: 0.75 seconds

  • Triple Tap can hit Structures in their way but is only castable on Heroes.
  • Nova can't take any actions while channeling Triple Tap.
  • Triple Tap can't be manually canceled and only ends if its channeling is interrupted or if the target is killed, becomes untargetable, moves more than 50 units past its maximum range or once all 3 shots have been fired.
  • Interrupting the channel in any way before any shots have been fired puts Triple Tap on a 10 second cooldown, and otherwise on full cooldown.
  • The target is Revealed for the duration of the Ability and for 0.3 seconds afterward. Exceptionally, this Reveal persists through Unrevealable Stealth.
Precision Strike Icon
Precision Strike
100 Mana Cooldown: 50 seconds

After a 1.5 second delay, deals 435 damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: 4.00%
Affects: Enemies
Targeting: Point target
Properties: Area of Effect
Cast time: 0 + 0.5 seconds
Range: Global
Area of Effect: Circle
Radius: 4.0
Vision radius: 5.0

  • Grants vision over the area for 6 seconds when the Ability starts casting. At the moment of impact, vision radius is increased by 1 for 1 second.
Ghost Protocol Icon
Ghost Protocol
Cooldown: 60 seconds

Activate to instantly grant 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.

Type: Summon
Targeting: No Target
Properties: Stealth, Unrevealable
Cast time: Instant

  • The decoy has the same properties as those created by Holo Decoy.

Talents[ | ]

Longshot Icon

Increases the cast range of Pinning Shot by 30%. Pinning Shot also increases the range of Nova's next Basic Attack by 2.

Bonus Pinning Shot range: 1.95
Covert Ops Icon
Covert Ops

After being Stealthed for 2 seconds, Pinning Shot's Slow is increased to 60% and costs no Mana. Bonus is lost after losing Stealth for 1 second.

  • Decoy's Pinning Shot does not benefit from the increased Slow.
Advanced Cloaking Icon
Advanced Cloaking

After being Stealthed for 1 second, gain an additional 10% Movement Speed. While Stealthed, regenerate 3 Mana per second.

Type: Status effect, Mana regeneration
Scaling: -
Affects: Self
Properties: Movement Speed
Tickrate: 1.0 per second
Rapid Projection Icon
Rapid Projection

Reduces Holo Decoy's cooldown and Mana cost by 60%.

Holo Stability Icon
Holo Stability

Increase the cast range of Holo Decoy by 100% and its duration by 120%.

Passive: Reduce the cooldown of Ghost Protocol by 15 seconds.

Bonus cast range: 8.0
Bonus duration: 6.0 seconds
Bribe Icon
Covert Mission

Active: Enemy Minions killed near Nova 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 Elite Mercenaries. Maximum of 100 stacks. If a camp is defeated entirely with Bribe, it respawns 50% faster.

Type: Instant Kill
Affects: Neutral non-Elite Mercenaries
Targeting: Unit target
Properties: Bribe
Cast time: Instant
Range: 6.0
Radius: 12 (gathering)
Charge cooldown: 0.25 seconds

  • Minions generate a stack, if they die within 12 radius of Nova or are dealt a killing blow by her Abilities or Basic Attacks.
  • Decoys can collect stacks, if they dealt the finishing blow to the enemy, but not through presence.
Perfect Shot Icon
Perfect Shot

Hitting an enemy with Snipe reduces the cooldown by 2 seconds and refunds half its Mana cost, doubled against Heroes.

  • Both Mana refund and cooldown reduction are doubled upon hitting a Heroic target.
One in the Chamber Icon
One in the Chamber

After using an Ability, Nova's next Basic Attack within 3 seconds deals 65% additional damage.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Self

  • Does not stack with itself.
  • Damage bonus stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers.
Anti-Armor Shells Icon
Anti-Armor Shells

Nova's Basic Attacks deal 250% damage and decrease the Physical Armor of Heroic targets by 15 for 4 seconds, but her Attack Speed is proportionally slower.

Type: Bonus damage / Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self (bonus damage) / Enemy Heroes (armor reduction)
Properties: Attack Modifier, Physical Armor reduction
Modified Attack Speed: 0.4 per second (= 2.5 seconds per attack)

  • Increases Nova's Base Attack damage, causing the damage bonus to stack multiplicatively with offensive damage modifiers.
  • Decoy's attacks also have modified base damage and base Attack Speed values, but do not apply the Armor reduction.
  • Does not stack with itself or other negative Physical Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
  • If and only if Nova's Basic Attack is off cooldown, causes the damage text for Decoy Basic Attacks to differ (exposing the real, lowered value).
Triple Tap Icon
Triple Tap

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 damage each.

Precision Strike Icon
Precision Strike

Cooldown: 50 seconds
After a 1.5 second delay, deals 456 damage to enemies within an area. Unlimited range.

Psionic Efficiency Icon
Psionic Efficiency

Snipe's range is increased by 15% and hitting a Hero grants an additional stack of Precision Sniper.

Bonus range: 1.35
Double Tap Icon
Double Tap

Pinning Shot now has 2 charges, but its cooldown is increased by 2 seconds.

Charge cooldown: 1.0 seconds
Permanent Cloak, Sniper Icon
Ionic Force Field

Gain 25 Armor for 3 seconds after losing Stealth.

Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Self
Properties: Armor

  • Does not stack with other positive Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Explosive Round Icon
Explosive Round

Snipe also deals 90% damage to enemies near the impact.

Type: Spell Damage
Scaling: -
Affects: Enemies
Properties: Splash
Area of Effect: Circle
Splash radius: 3.5

  • Splash has its own base damage values for Nova and her decoys, causing the damage penalty to stack multiplicatively with offensive damage modifiers that can affect Snipe's damage.
Crippling Shot Icon
Crippling Shot

Pinning Shot lowers a Hero's Armor by 20 for the duration of the Slow, causing them to take 20% increased damage.

Type: Defensive damage modifier
Affects: Enemy Heroes
Properties: Armor reduction

  • Armor reduction is applied after the damage is dealt.
  • Decoys' Pinning Shots do not apply Armor reduction.
  • Does not stack with other negative Armor effects. Other defensive damage modifiers may stack.
Double Fake Icon
Lethal Decoy

Increases the damage Holo Decoy deals to 30% of Nova's damage.

Type: Offensive damage modifier
Affects: Ability

  • Increases Holo Decoy's damage output by 200%. This stacks additively with other offensive damage modifiers that can affect Holo Decoy's damage.
Fast Reload Icon
Fast Reload

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

  • The cooldown is reset if the enemy dies within 0.625 seconds of getting hit by a shot from Triple Tap.
Precision Barrage Icon
Precision Barrage

Precision Strike gains a 2nd charge and its cooldown is reduced by 25 seconds.

Charge cooldown: 3.0 seconds
Permanent Cloak, Sniper Icon
Apollo Suit

Reduce the cooldown of Permanent Cloak by 2 seconds.

Rewind Icon

Cooldown: 60 seconds
Active: Activate to reset the cooldowns of your Basic Abilities.

Affects: Self
Targeting: No target
Properties: Rewind
Cast time: Instant

  • Also resets the cooldown of Ghost Protocol.

Builds and guides[ | ]

Icy Veins Nova Guide

Nova Community Build Guides @ HeroesFire

Nova Community Build Guides @ Heroes Hearth

Skins[ | ]

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
Gem750 / Money10,000
Dominion Ghost
Nova Jade
Nova 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
Gem375 / Shard450
Nova Deathranger Rugged
Gem375 / Shard450
Nova Deathranger Dusk
Gem375 / Shard450
Nova Deathranger Ember
Gem375 / Shard450
Nova Deathranger Mirage
Gem375 / Shard450
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
Gem250 / Shard300
Nova Elite Agent Dominion
Gem250 / Shard300
Nova Elite Agent Magenta
Gem250 / Shard300
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
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Novazon Jungle
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Novazon Rogue
Gem350 / Shard400
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
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Roller Derby Golden
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Roller Derby Violet
Gem350 / Shard400
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
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Spectre Neon
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Spectre Urban
Gem350 / Shard400
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
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Widowmaker Emerald
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Widowmaker Amber
Gem350 / Shard400
Nova Widowmaker Moonlight
Gem350 / Shard400

Portraits[ | ]

Nova Portraits
Actual Ghost Nova Portrait
Fall of King's Crest Actual Ghost Nova
Gem75 / Shard40
Carbot Nova Portrait
Carbot Nova
Gem120 / Shard75
Agent Nova Portrait
Agent Nova
Gem75 / Shard40
Ghost Protocol Portrait
Ghost Protocol
Nova Hero Portrait
Nova Hero
Nova Mastery Portrait
Nova Mastery
Spectre Nova Portrait
Spectre Nova
Gem75 / Shard40

Sprays[ | ]

Nova Sprays
Carbot Nova Spray
Carbot Nova
Gem120 / Shard75
Fashionista Nova Doll Spray
Toys Fashionista Nova Doll
Gem120 / Shard75
Kisses Spray
Sun's Out, Guns Out Kisses
Gem120 / Shard75
Nova Pixel Spray
Nova Pixel
Gem75 / Shard40
Nova Terra-zine Spray
Nova Terra-zine
Gem75 / Shard40

Emojis[ | ]

Nova Pack 1 Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Happy Nova Pack 2 Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Angry
Emoji Name Shortcut Emoji Name Shortcut
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Happy Nova Happy :novahappy: Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Angry Nova Angry :novaangry:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova ROFL Nova ROFL :novalol:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Cool Nova Cool :novacool:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Sad Nova Sad :novasad:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Oops Nova Embarrassed :novaoops:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Silly Nova Silly :novasilly:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Love Nova in Love :novalove:
Emoji Nova Pack 1 Nova Meh Nova Speechless :novameh:
Emoji Nova Pack 2 Nova Surprised Nova Surprised :novawow:

Quotes[ | ]

Main article: Nova/Quotes

Trivia[ | ]

  • 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.

Gallery[ | ]

Concept art[ | ]

Abilities[ | ]

Videos[ | ]

References[ | ]

External links[ | ]

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