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"Agent reporting for duty. The Dominion’s best Ghost, Nova Terra, joins the ranks as our newest Co-op Commander. Backed by the most advanced Terran technology and the highest tier of trained combatants, Nova controls the battlefield with the speed and power of a nuclear explosion."

- Commander blurb(src)

Nova Terra
NovaGhostGriffin SC2-LotV Art1
Unit
Race

Terran

Affiliation

TerranDominion Logo2a Terran Dominion

Covert Ops Crew

Nova Terra is a commander in Co-op Missions introduced in Patch 3.7. She takes the field with a hero unit, and has the ability to blink, shield herself and call down nuclear strikes against her enemies.[1] Her army consists of elite special ops units that deploy instantly, but have substantial resource costs over normal units.

Nova was made available with the release of Patch 3.7 and can be unlocked for $4.99 USD.[2]

OverviewEdit

Nova has simplified base and production when compared to other commanders—much of the player's focus will be on combat. She does not require supply depots, and only one of each production ability is available. Her army has a supply cap of 100, and her combat units are called down to the battlefield instantly, without any construction time. Nova herself has high burst damage, but is relatively fragile, and relies on stealth and gadgets to be effective. Part of her covert ops theme is "having all the right toys at the right time." Nova has different equipment sets and can adapt to any situation by swapping between them on the field.[2]

Nova can only produce one barracks, one factory, and one starport. Each functions the way a mercenary compound does, dropping heroic units onto the field. The units are expensive and generally arrive in batches (for instance, Nova can summon four elite marines). When a unit-producing structure is first created, it cannot immediately create many units.

InfoEdit

  • Recommended for experienced players
  • Control Nova and her army of elite units
  • Use advanced tech to sustain and support your forces

MasteryEdit

Power Set 1

Nuke and Holo Decoy Cooldown: -1s - 30s

Griffin Airstike cost: : -10 minerals - 300 minerals (down to a minimum of 700 minerals)

Power Set 2

Nova Attack Speed: : +1% - 30%

Unit Attack Speed: : +.5% - 15%

Power Set 3

Nova Energy Regeneration: : +1% - 30%

Combat Unit Life Regeneration: : +1 - 30 life/every 3 seconds out of combat

Game UnitEdit

Nova
Properties
Maximum energy

100 Energy Terran SC1

Movement
Speed

2.25

Protection
Hit points

250

Hit point
regen/second

2

Armor

2

C-20A Cannister Rifle
Damage

30

Targets
  • Ground
  • Air
Cooldown

1.5

Range

7

Hellfire Shotgun
Damage

20 (+20 vs light)

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

2

Range

4

Monomolecular Blade (Holo Decoy)
Damage

100

Targets
  • Ground
Cooldown

1.5

Range

1

Nova is able to switch between Assault Mode and Stealth Mode as a hero unit, changing her weapons and abilities. In Assault Mode she is more suited for frontal combat, wielding a hellfire shotgun and wearing a damage-absorbing phase reactor suit. Her Stealth Mode abilities are geared towards infiltration and subterfuge, equipping her with a tactical stealth suit, ghost visor, and sabotage drone. This allows her to infiltrate the enemy base ahead of her army and take out critical enemy forces before her army commits to an engagement.[2]

AbilitiesEdit

Nova AC Ghost Visor SC2 Icon1 Ghost Visor

Nova becomes a detector and reveals cloaked and burrowed units in her sight radius. Allows Nova to see enemy units in the fog of war.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially available
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey G
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
SC2 Nova AC - AssaultMode Assault Mode

Nova switches between Stealth Mode and Assault Mode, changing her abilities and attack properties.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cooldown 45Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 3
ve

Stealth ModeEdit

Nova AC Snipe SC2 Icon1 Snipe

Deals 200 damage to target enemy unit.

Usage
Hotkey Q
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
ve
TacticalStealthSuit SC2-NCO Icon1 Stealth Suit

Nova is permanently cloaked.

ve
Nova AC SabotageDrone SC2 Icon1 Sabotage Drone

Sends a sabotage drone to target location. The sabotage drone can root, becoming immobile, and ten seconds later explodes, dealing 200 damage (+200 vs structure) to enemies nearby.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 100 Energy Terran SC1
Cooldown 45Time SC2 Game1
ve
Nuke SC2 Icon1 Tac Nuke Strike

Calls down a nuclear strike to target area after 5 seconds, dealing 600 damage to enemies in the area of effect.

Usage
Hotkey R
Cooldown 600Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 9
ve

Assault ModeEdit

Nova AC PenetratingBlast SC2 Icon1 Penetrating Blast

Deals 50 damage (+50 vs light) to all enemies in a frontal cone.

Usage
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Range 4
Duration QTime SC2 Game1
ve
Nova AC PhaseSuit SC2 Icon1 Phase Reactor Suit

Nova has increased movement speed (+30%).

ve
Nova AC Blink SC2 Icon1 Blink

Nova teleports to target location and gains a temporary 200 point shield. Can store up to 3 charges, recovers a charge every 8 seconds.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cooldown 8Time SC2 Game1
ve
HoloDecoy SC2-NCO Icon1 Holo Decoy

Nova spawns a Holo Decoy at target point. The Holo Decoy is invincible, cannot be controlled and automatically seeks out and attacks enemy units. Holo Decoy's normal attacks deal 100 damage and can use dashing attack that deals 50 area damage.

Usage
Hotkey R
Range 6
Duration 60Time SC2 Game1
Cooldown 420Time SC2 Game1
ve

UpgradesEdit

ResearchedEdit

Nova AC CaduceusReactor SC2 Icon1 Caduceus Reactor

Increases Nova's HP regen rate.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 8
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey C
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 90Time SC2 Game1
ve
Nova AC SnipeUpgrade SC2 Icon1 Operational Efficiency

Nova recovers 25 energy when killing an enemy unit with Snipe.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey E
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
Required Armory
ve
Nova AC ShotgunUpgrade SC2 Icon1 Infernal Projectiles

Penetrating Blast has +2 range.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 14
Acquisition
Purchased from Ghost academy
Hotkey H
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1 200 Gas Terran SC1 120Time SC2 Game1
Required Armory
ve

TalentsEdit

SC2 Nova AC - StanceDance Stance Dance

Reduces the cooldown of Stealth Mode and Assault Mode. Nova gains maximum energy when switching modes. Switching to Stealth Mode grants a temporary damage bonus and switching to Assault Mode grants temporary invulnerability.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 15
ve

Calldown AbilitiesEdit

Army CompositionEdit

Units and StructuresEdit

Nova has the following units and structures unique to her.

Icon Unit Details
Icon Elite Marine Elite marine Elite all-purpose infantry. Deployed from the barracks
  • Super Stimpack - heals elite marine over time and increases attack and movement rates.
  • Can be upgraded for higher sight and attack range.
Icon Marauder commando Marauder commando Elite heavy assault infantry. Deployed from the barracks
  • Magrail Munitions - deals additional damage to attack targets with a secondary attack.
  • Suppression Shells - slows enemy units attacked by marauder commando.
Icon Spec ops Ghost Spec ops ghost Elite sniper. Deployed from the barracks.
  • Is permanently cloaked
  • EMP Shot – Damages shields and energy of enemy units.
  • Snipe – Deals damage to target enemy unit.
Icon Hellbat Ranger Hellbat ranger Elite close-range combat unit. Deployed from the factory. Can transform into hellion mode.
  • Jump Jet Assault - Hellbat leaps towards enemies, stunning them on impact.
Icon Strike Goliath Strike goliath Elite heavy-fire support unit. Deployed from the factory
  • Can be upgraded to stun mechanical air units attacked by strike goliath.
  • Can be upgraded for higher attack range.
Icon Heavy Siege Tank Heavy siege tank Enhanced heavy tank. Deployed from the factory. Can transform into siege mode.
  • Spider Mines - deploys explosive mines.
  • Can be upgraded for greater range in siege mode.
Icon Raid Liberator Raid liberator Elite artillery fighter. Deployed from the starport. Can transform into defender mode.
  • Can be upgraded to attack structures in defender mode.
  • Can be upgraded to transform faster.
Icon Raven Type-II Raven Type-II Prototype aerial support unit. Deployed from the starport
  • Railgun turret - deploys a railgun turret with timed life.
  • Bio-Mechanical Repair Drone - deploys an aerial support drone to heal allied units.
  • Predator Missile - fires an explosive missile at enemies.
  • Can be upgraded to store charges for abilities.
Icon Covert Banshee Covert banshee Improved tactical-strike aircraft. Deployed from the starport.
  • Rocket Barrage - deals damage to enemy ground units.
  • Can be upgraded to permanently cloak.
Icon Railgun Turret Railgun turret Automated defensive turret. Damages all enemy ground units in a straight line. Can attack ground units
Nova MissileTurret SC2 Icon Missile turret Anti-air turret that fires two missiles at a time.

Talent ProgressionEdit

Nova acquires the following talents as she levels up.

SC2 Nova AC - CovertOps Covert Ops

Nova has a 100 supply maximum, but her units and structures have increased life, deal additional damage, and are resistant to stun effects. Trained units are instantly deployed onto the battlefield.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Initially unlocked
ve
SC2 Nova AC - GriffinAirstrike Griffin Airstrike

Call the Griffin to strafe an area and drop bombs, dealing 500 damage to enemy ground units in the area after a brief delay.

Usage
Cost 1000 Minerals Terran SC1
Cooldown 30Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 2
ve
SC2 Nova AC - AssaultMode Assault Mode

Nova switches between Stealth Mode and Assault Mode, changing her abilities and attack properties.

Usage
Hotkey D
Cooldown 45Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 3
ve
SC2 Nova AC - BarracksUpgrades Barracks Upgrade Cache

Unlocks infantry upgrades at the tech lab.

  • Elite marines can use Super Stimpack, healing them over time and increasing attack and movement rates.
  • Marauder commandos can use Magrail Munitions, gaining a secondary attack that deals additional damage.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 4
ve
SC2 Nova AC - TacticalAirlift Tactical Airlift

Load all allied units in target area into Griffin, then immediately transport them to second target area.

Usage
Cost 200 Minerals Terran SC1
Cooldown 120Time SC2 Game1
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 5
ve
SC2 Nova AC - FactoryUpgrades Factory Upgrade Cache

Unlocks factory unit upgrades at the tech lab.

  • Hellbat can leap towards enemy units, stunning them on impact.
  • Heavy siege tanks gradually gain range in siege mode over time.
  • Strike goliaths stun mechanical air units they attack.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 6
ve
SC2 Nova AC - AutomatedRefineries Automated Refineries

Nova's refineries upgrade to automated refineries

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 7
ve
SC2 Nova AC - CovertOpsUpgrades Covert Ops Upgrade Cache

Unlocks upgrades for Nova at the ghost academy and spec ops ghosts at the tech lab.

  • Increases Nova's HP regeneration.
  • Snipe fires two additional shots.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 8
ve
SC2 Nova AC - NovaTacNukeHoloDecoy Tac Nuke Strike and Holo Decoy

Unlocks Nuclear Strike ability for Nova in Stealth Mode and Holo Decoy ability in Assault Mode.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 9
ve
SC2 Nova AC - StarportUpgrades Starport Upgrade Cache

Unlocks upgrades for air units at the tech lab

  • Covert banshees can use Rocket Barrage, dealing area damage to ground units.
  • Raid liberators transform to and from defender mode faster.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 10
ve
SC2 Nova AC - ResearchUpgrade Research and Development

Upgrade research time and resource costs are halved. Does not affect weapon and armor upgrades.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 11
ve
SC2 Nova AC - RavenUpgrades Raven Upgrade Cache

Unlocks upgrades for the raven Type-II at the tech lab

  • Allows the raven Type-II to store up to three charges for its abilities.
  • The raven Type-II's Bio-Mechanical Repair Drones heals faster and cloaks units it heals.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 12
ve
SC2 Nova AC - MilitaryHardware Military Hardware

Nova's Defensive Drone calldown stores 2 additional charges and has its charge cooldown reduced by 30 seconds.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 13
ve
SC2 Nova AC - NovaUpgrades Nova Upgrade Cache

Unlocks upgrades for Nova at the ghost academy.

  • Upon killing an enemey with snipe, Nova recovers 50% of the energy used to cast it.
  • Increases range of Penetrating Blast.
Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 14
ve
SC2 Nova AC - StanceDance Stance Dance

Reduces the cooldown of Stealth Mode and Assault Mode. Nova gains maximum energy when switching modes. Switching to Stealth Mode grants a temporary damage bonus and switching to Assault Mode grants temporary invulnerability.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Reach Nova Level 15
ve

StrategyEdit

Nova demands quite a bit of micro of her units to get the most usage out of her. Proper usage of Nova herself to weaken enemy positions before attacking is crucial, utilizing Sabotage Drone and Snipe to destroy defensive structures and soften up stronger enemies. By herself Nova is rather easily overwhelmed and killed, however. Her base management is very simple thanks to her unique mechanics, so the player can build their base, hotkey their structures, and not have to worry about keeping an eye on them while they are busy managing their army in the field.

Recommended masteries

Power Set 1: Griffon Airstrike Cost

Even with all 30 points sunk into reducing their cooldown, Nuke and Holo Decoy have a cooldown of several minutes. By contrast Griffon Airstrike can do just as much damage as them and has a rather short cooldown, but its major drawback is its mineral cost.

Power Set 2: Unit Attack Speed

Nova by herself has terrible DPS, even with full mastery. Her army benefits from the attack speed increase far more.

Power Set 3: Combat Unit Life Regeneration

Nova is rarely strapped for energy unless the player is recklessly spamming Snipe and Penetrating Blast. By giving her combat units passive regeneration their durability is remarkably improved, saving the player minerals replacing them, and if they wish allowing them to forego ravens which are otherwise their only way to heal damaged units.

SynergiesEdit

Protoss CommandersEdit

Alarak synergizes moderately with Nova, as her small army won't give him nearly as much power when he uses Empower Me. Nova can cover for Alarak's anti-air, but neither one is truly strong at defenses (since Alarak's Structure Overcharge has cooldowns on its charges). Both can transport their units quickly across a map using a combination of Nova's Tactical Airlift and Alarak's Death Fleet, creating some redundancy. Alarak's havocs can extend the range of Nova's army and, if micro'd, can keep them safe from harm with forcefields, while Nova's ravens can heal Alarak's units as needed.

Artanis has decent synergy with Nova, as his Guardian Shield and Shield Overcharge help a great deal in keeping Nova's expensive army alive. Nova can provide better anti-air than Artanis' Dragoons, and the two can ravage bases with their abilities if Nova acts as a spotter. Nova's airlift isn't the most helpful to Artanis since he can deploy a power field to any location he wishes.

Vorazun is a perfect match for Nova, with her Strike from the Shadows passive boosting Nova's damage and that of her ghosts, banshees, and any units cloaked by her healing drones. Black Hole can set up Nova's airstrikes, nukes, banshees and ravens for area damage, and Emergency Recall will save any of her costly cloaked units from death. In return, Nova can heal Vorazun's units with her ravens and provide better ground-to-air damage than Vorazun's stalkers are capable of doing.

Karax is an effective teammate for Nova. His strong static defenses mean that Nova can focus on securing enemy positions while Karax focuses on holding ground. Combining Karax's Spear of Adun calldowns with Nova's airstrike and/or nuke can quickly decimate a fortified position. As they both have relatively expensive units, Reconstruction Beam, Defensive Drones, and Ravens are invaluable for increasing the longevity of units from both commanders. Finally, Nova greatly benefits from the increased research speed and faster cooldown-rate of her facilities granted by Chrono Wave.

Terran CommandersEdit

Raynor is the polar opposite of Nova, relying on a strong economy and a large number of standard units as opposed to a small focused army. However, due to Raynor's use of medics to heal both biological and mechanical units, Raynor can aid with sustaining Nova's army while Nova can aid Raynor's units with defensive drones and the ability to move his large army around the field with tactical airlifts.

Swann has decent synergy with Nova, with his vespene harvesters providing Nova much-needed gas to afford her costly units, especially liberators, ghosts and siege tanks. His static defenses also cover for Nova's poor defenses, allowing her to devote herself to offensive pushes. Additionally, Swann's laser drill can contribute to Nova's base-wrecking play.

Zerg CommandersEdit

Kerrigan has good synergy with Nova, as her Assimilation Aura will let her give Nova precious resources to get off the ground. Her Malignant Creep can also help Nova's army in sustaining itself, while Kerrigan's zerglings and ultralisks tank damage for Nova's troops. The creep can also help Nova by providing vision, letting her use airstrikes and nukes more easily. Immobilization Wave can set Nova up for a nuke, and Nova can provide detection so that Kerrigan doesn't have to get Overseers. Kerrigan's Nydus Worms create some redundancy with Nova's Tactical Airlift.

Zagara doesn't have great synergy with Nova, as the two combined field small armies and Zagara doesn't help in keeping Nova's troops alive. However, Zagara's army can attack a position earlier, giving Nova a chance to plan ahead and target-firing down detectors and dangerous enemies. Both are strong at destroying bases, and Zagara can constantly apply pressure with her rapidly-respawning armies while Nova recovers if she suffers a big loss.

Abathur has decent synergy with Nova, with his Mend and Swarm Queens providing excellent healing for her army. Abathur's very tanky units can absorb damage for Nova's forces, allowing her to make use of longer-ranged units like ghosts and siege tanks. Nova also compensates for Abathur's lack of destructive abilities via her nukes and sabotage drones.

AchievementsEdit

GameplayEdit

DroneItOut SC2AchiveImage Drone It Out
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Absorb 10,000 damage for your ally with Nova's Defensive Drone in Co-op Missions.

Edit
AirRaid SC2AchiveImage Air Raid
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Deal 50,000 damage with the Griffin Airstrike in Co-op Missions.

Edit
CloakandDagger SC2AchiveImage Cloak and Dagger
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Deal 200,000 damage with Nova while she is in Stealth Mode.

Edit
RidingShotgun SC2AchiveImage Riding Shotgun
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Deal 200,000 damage with Nova while she is in Assault Mode.

Edit
NovaCommander SC2Portrait Dominion Agent
Points

20 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Complete all the Commander Nova achievements.

Rewards
NovaCommander SC2Portrait Nova portrait
Edit

LevelsEdit

Nova5 SC2AchiveImage Nova: Level 5
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 5 with Dominion Ghost Nova in Co-op Missions.

Edit
Nova10 SC2AchiveImage Nova: Level 10
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 10 with Dominion Ghost Nova in Co-op Missions.

Edit
Nova15 SC2AchiveImage Nova: Level 15
Points

10 Achievement SC2 Game1

Criteria

Reach level 15 with Dominion Ghost Nova in Co-op Missions.

Edit


DevelopmentEdit

When designing Nova as the next commander, the developers knew that she had to be a hero on the field. It was also decided to be a focus of her army composition. The theme of covert ops played a big part of her design (ghosts, nukes, stealth, gadgets), along with the concept of a small but powerful army of elite units, helping bring the feel of espionage.[2]

Data in the Galaxy Editor points to Nova also having access to reapers, cyclones, medivacs, bunkers and orbital commands, and being able to build regular versions of some of her elite units in early stages of development.[3]

TriviaEdit

  • Nova's units each have individual randomized names attached to them in place of a kill count rank. These units are given ranks depending on which unit they are.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 2016-10-03, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Patch 3.7 Overview . Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-10-03
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2016-10-13, Patch 3.7 Preview: New Co-op Commander Nova. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2016-10-15
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Map Editor. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). November 10, 2015

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