Champion Spotlight - Nova



About Nova
All was normal for New York high-school student, Richard Rider until he came into contact with the Nova Corps, a peace-keeping force based on the planet Xandar. After the planet Xandar was invaded and destroyed by a space pirate known as Zorr, the last surviving member of Xandar's elite Nova Corps, Rhomann Dey, selected Richard Rider to replace him. Rider is given a uniform and powers of a Nova Centurion but little instruction on how to use them. Calling himself Nova, Rider becomes a Super Hero, teaming with other heroes such as Spider-Man and Thor to use his powers for the good of Earth and the universe while serving as its protector.


Nova's Mechanics:

    Nova wields the power of the Nova Force. This force manifests itself in the form of powerful gravimetric energy beams, protective shielding, and flight for its user. Nova is a powerful and mobile Defender who generates his power by actively moving around the arena. As he attains more and more power, Nova unlocks new abilities of the Nova Force: increased Energy Damage, the ability to Auto-Block while Stunned, and will eventually become Unblockable for a short period if his power is left unchecked.


BASE STATS & ABILITIES
* All stats based on 4-Star, Rank 5, Level 50, Signature Level 99
HEALTH: 15660
ATTACK: 1148
MAX PI:
WITHOUT SIGNATURE: 3849

WITH SIGNATURE (99): 4799
* All stats based on 5-Star, Rank 5, Level 65, Signature Level 200
HEALTH: 31398
ATTACK: 2301
MAX PI:
WITHOUT SIGNATURE: 7758

WITH SIGNATURE (200): 10640

Character Class: Cosmic
Basic Abilities: Fury, Auto-Block, Nova Force, Unblockable, Energize

STRENGTHS
  • Medium Dash Attack
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks give him access to his main source of Energy Damage. With his Signature Ability, players can see he is at his strongest when he winds up a Dash Attack from full screen distance.

  • Power Gain/Energize
  • As Nova travels forward across the arena, he gains Power, giving him more reason to aggressively pressure his opponents and use Special Attacks. Activating Special 1 also gives Nova access to increased Power Rate while he has his Energize Buff active.

  • Defensive Abilities
  • Nova Auto-Blocks if Struck while dashing forward as long as he has a Fury Buff active. Nova is also very resilient against Attackers with True Strike, Unblockable, or Guaranteed Critical Hits. This gives him considerable defense and protection while he moves around the arena, and makes him very tricky to deal with as a Defender.

  • Long Buff Duration
  • Nova’s Signature Ability also boosts the duration of Buffs that are applied to him. This gives him a considerable advantage being placed as a Defender in Alliance War.
WEAKNESSES
  • Nullify - Symbiote Supreme, Mephisto, Doctor Voodoo
  • Nova’s primary source of power is his permanent Fury Buff. If it is Nullified, he briefly loses connection with the Nova Force and can no longer activate his Auto-Block.

  • True Accuracy - Proxima Midnight, Night Thrasher
  • Nova’s Auto-Block is a major threat, so any champion that can bypass his Auto-Block via True Accuracy has a considerable advantage over him.

  • Power Manipulation - Gwenpool, Magik
  • Nova’s main Offensive threats also come from his Special Attacks. Champions that are able to Burn, Drain, Lock, or Steal his Power will keep him from activating his most potent abilities

  • Limited Space
  • Nova’s main resource, Nova Charges, is generated faster when he dashes around the arena. This means when Nova does not have room to maneuver, he does not generate Nova Charges very quickly, thus limiting his abilities.

Abilities:
Passive:
  • When successfully striking opponents Nova has -30% Offensive Power Rate.
  • While dashing forward, Nova passively gains up to 20% of a Bar of Power based on the distance travelled.
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks do not make Contact and deal Energy Damage.
  • Nova starts the fight with a permanent Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 803.6. If Nullified, Removed, or prevented in any way this Buff goes on cooldown for 12 seconds.
  • When Nova is struck with True Strike, Unblockable, or guaranteed critical hits Opponents have -70% Attack Rating.
Developer’s Note: Nova’s Passive strengths make him a very resilient Defender. Champions such as Corvus Glaive and Ghost will have a hard time breaking through Nova on Defense. Players who try to stun Nova using the Parry Mastery will have to find another way to attack Nova. Nova’s Power Gain while dashing is also an ability players will want to utilize on offense.

Worldmind Intervention:
  • While Nova has a Fury Buff active, being struck when dashing forward activates Auto-Block allowing Nova to automatically block incoming Basic Attacks. Triggering this ability removes all Fury Buffs and consumes 25 Nova Charges.
Developer’s Note: This Auto-Block gives Nova some extra protection and safety when going on the offense. Players will find that while he is able to move around the arena with relative ease, they can still pay the price if they are too reckless with this ability.


Nova Charges - Max: 100
  • Nova enters the fight at 0 Nova Charges and passively generates them over time. Nova Charges passively generate slower the more charges he has.
  • While dashing forward Nova generates additional Nova Charges. More Nova Charges are generated the farther he travels.
  • If struck with True Strike, an Unblockable attack, or a guaranteed critical hit, generate 50 Nova Charges.
  • When one of Nova’s Buffs is Nullified, remove 25 Charges, and prevent Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
Developer’s Note: The main resource that powers Nova’s abilities is generated by dashing. A full-screen Medium Dash Attack will grant roughly 10 Nova Charges, while a half-screen Dash Attack grants 5.

Nova Force:
  • Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
  • At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
  • At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
  • At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 172.2 for 7 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
  • When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
  • Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 500 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.


SPECIAL ATTACKS
    Special Attack 1 - Centurion Tackle:
    • This attack pauses all Fury Buffs for 3.50 seconds.
    • Consume 25 Nova Charges to gain an Energize Buff increasing Power Rate by 30% for 7 seconds.
    • If activated at 75+ Nova Charges, gain a True Strike Buff allowing Nova to ignore Armor, Resistances, Auto-Block and Evade effects for 7 seconds.
    Developer’s Note: Opting for this ability while playing Nova gives him considerable utility depending on when this Special Attack is used. Likewise if players fight Nova, this special attack is worth trying to bait out.

    Special Attack 2 - Gravimetric Cannon:
    • Gain a Nova Surge Buff granting +100% additional Nova Charge generation for 9 seconds.
    • Consume up to 50 Nova Charges to deal up to 50% of damage done as burst Energy Damage with each hit of this attack.
    Developer’s Note: Special 2 is Nova’s main source of Energy Damage. This can be used to spend Nova charges for big damage or to generate even more Charges for the future.

    Special Attack 3 - Gravimetric Hold:
    • Consumes all Nova Charges and deals 0.5% of damage done as an additional burst of Energy for every Nova Charge consumed.
    • Re-activate Nova’s permanent Fury Buff if it is on cooldown.
    Developer’s Note: This does not appear to deal a large amount of damage at first glance, but considering Nova can attain up to 100 Nova Charges, and can increase the base damage of this attack with stacking Fury Buffs, these factors easily multiply into large bursts of Energy Damage.

    Signature Ability - The Human Rocket:
    • Passive:
    • Nova’s Medium Attacks gain up to 2870.68 Bonus Attack Rating based on the distance travelled in the last executed dash.
    • At 75+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Auto Block triggers the Parry Mastery. This effect cannot interrupt Special Attacks.
    • The duration of Buffs is increased by 80%.
    Developer’s Note: Nova’s Signature Ability highlights the main threats of his abilities while on Attack and on Alliance War Defense. Nova’s Medium Attacks become much more threatening from full-screen with this Signature. Being able to trigger Parry from Nova’s Auto-Block means players need to pay attention to his Nova Charges while fighting against to avoid being Stunned. Once Awakened, Nova is better placed on Alliance War Defense, on nodes with Buffs such as Buff Toggle (Unblockable), (Unstoppable), and Aegis (Intercept).

    SYNERGY BONUSES
    New Warrior Blood - Unique Synergy - With Night Thrasher and Darkhawk
    • Nova: Heavy Attacks have a 50% chance to refresh Nova Surge Buffs.
    • Night Thrasher: The Shock Baton Gadget Debuff passively reduces Defensive Power Rate by 30%.
    • Darkhawk: Starts the Fight with a Permanent Armor Up Buff increasing Armor Rating by 45%.
    • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

    Total Annihilation - Unique Synergy - With Annihilus
    • Nova: Nova gains +40% Perfect Block chance when triggering Auto-Block.
    • Annihilus: +65% Physical Resistance while Unstoppable.
    • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

    Maximum Output - Unique Synergy
    • Nova: Gain 1 Nova Charge each time Nova receives Energy Damage.
    • Bishop: Receiving Energy Damage generates 1 additional stack of Prowess.
    • Havok: 10% chance to place a new Plasma Build Up Debuff on the Opponent when it is Removed or Purified.
    • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

    Phalanx Feud - Unique Synergy - With Gamora and Drax
    • Nova: Increase the potency of Fury Buffs by 15%.
    • Gamora, Drax: When performing a Dash Attack, 30% chance to gain an Aptitude Buff increasing the Potency of Fury by 15% for 12 seconds.
    • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

    Full Speed Ahead - Unique Synergy - With Rhino and Iron Fist
    • Nova: Starting a Dash Attack immediately after Dashing Back generates 5 additional Nova Charges.
    • Rhino: 30% Chance to refresh Fury Buffs when striking with Medium Attacks.
    • Iron Fist: Medium Attacks gain +5% chance for each Armor Break Debuff on the Opponent to inflict a Stun Debuff for 1.5 seconds.
    • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.


    RECOMMENDED MASTERIES
    Parry / Limber / Stupefy:
    • Along with being a must have for any new Summoner, the Parry Mastery is especially useful for Nova, as it triggers when Nova triggers Auto-Block above 75 Nova Charges. The added stun gives Nova a bit more offensive strength when dashing with Medium Attacks.

    Stand Your Ground:
    • Choose this Mastery when placing Nova on Alliance War Defense. Nova is left wide open if he misses with his Heavy Attack, so adding a counter measure with Stand Your Ground gives Nova a solid defensive boost.

    Block Proficiency / Perfect Block:
    • Any Masteries that enhance the strength of Nova’s Auto-Block will ensure Nova minimizes the damage he inevitably takes when dashing towards his opponents.
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    Comments

    • BigPoppaCBONEBigPoppaCBONE Posts: 1,240 ★★★★
      He does have a cool heavy. Too bad it doesn’t do anything neat.
    • BigPoppaCBONEBigPoppaCBONE Posts: 1,240 ★★★★
      SMDJFRV said:

      Why did you ruin Nova too, @kabam ? You could have given some potency to his fury or not limited to 4 stacks. #buffNova

      Those buffs could be self synergies so he won’t be OP in AWD. I had a fear that he would be the next Punisher 2099. He’s not quite that bad only because his existing tools aren’t as good, so his wasted potential is less.

      @Kabam Zibiit Can we get some idea of where the team sees Nova slotted in the game? If AWD is where he’s supposed to be good and that’s about it, maybe you guys can stop doing that. Add a solo synergy or two to make champs viable for actual play if you want to make alliance war champs.
    • SomeASomeA Posts: 1
      He's one of my favorite Cosmic champs in the Marvel Universe. I hope I can someday get him
    • KeepinItRealKeepinItReal Posts: 200
      edited January 15
      @Kabam Zibiit "at 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-block can be triggered while stunned. This purifies stun debuffs." What are the % chances & how are we supposed to know when this activates. Is it only while he has a Fury buff (to see visually there's a chance) like his Auto-block on medium dashes? Will the Fury buff be removed & 25 Nova Charges lost?

      If he was designed to be a solid defender, it would good to know when, what the chances (%) are & visual cues,... instead of guessing while he's stunned. AWs do cost allies time, items & potentially units/$$$. Please clarify & thanks.
    • Nito_1987Nito_1987 Posts: 1
      Waste of money. Tried my luck and got him. Finally got a spotlight champion and it sucks because I get a champion that is weak and got ruined.
      #buffnova
    • Fred_JoeityFred_Joeity Posts: 1,034 ★★★
      Does the aptitude buff for the Drax/Gamora synergy stack? If it does, Drax might actually become half decent (maybe)
    • @Kabam Zibiit "at 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-block can be triggered while stunned. This purifies stun debuffs." What are the % chances & how are we supposed to know when this activates. Is it only while he has a Fury buff (to see visually there's a chance) like his Auto-block on medium dashes? Will the Fury buff be removed & 25 Nova Charges lost?

      If he was designed to be a solid defender, it would good to know when, what the chances (%) are & visual cues,... instead of guessing while he's stunned. AWs do cost allies time, items & potentially units/$$$. Please clarify & thanks.

      The Auto-Block from having 50+ Nova Charges operates exactly the same as the one from his Worldmind Intervention ability: it requires a Fury Buff to activate and will spend 25 Nova Charges and his Fury Buffs. They can both be prevented by abilities that stop Auto-Block or decrease ability accuracy, but otherwise have 100% chance to activate under the specified circumstances.
    • RoninManRoninMan Posts: 748 ★★★★
      “Nova Force:
      Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
      At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
      At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
      At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 172.2 for 7 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
      When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
      Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 500 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
      Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.“

      So the energy damage on his second medium attack when he has 25+ charges I just thought was a one time thing which seemed like a huge waste. The developer notes make it seem like it lasts for a period of time, or perhaps indefinitely. Can you clarify how this mechanic at 25 charges works?
    • XxLoganTDCxXXxLoganTDCxX Posts: 2,562 ★★★★
      Looks like he was designed to counter Ghost and Corvus
      Too bad he hits like Silver Surfer
    • RoninManRoninMan Posts: 748 ★★★★

      Looks like he was designed to counter Ghost and Corvus
      Too bad he hits like Silver Surfer

      Sounds like a good thing then. Surfer is pretty decent.
    • XxLoganTDCxXXxLoganTDCxX Posts: 2,562 ★★★★
      RoninMan said:

      Looks like he was designed to counter Ghost and Corvus
      Too bad he hits like Silver Surfer

      Sounds like a good thing then. Surfer is pretty decent.
      I disagree. If you want to see my opinion on him, check out my review
    • RoninManRoninMan Posts: 748 ★★★★

      RoninMan said:

      Looks like he was designed to counter Ghost and Corvus
      Too bad he hits like Silver Surfer

      Sounds like a good thing then. Surfer is pretty decent.
      I disagree. If you want to see my opinion on him, check out my review
      No thanks. I have him at R5 and I enjoy using him. If Nova is the same level as him, it won’t be a huge disappointment.
    • RoninMan said:

      “Nova Force:
      Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
      At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
      At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
      At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 172.2 for 7 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
      When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
      Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 500 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
      Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.“

      So the energy damage on his second medium attack when he has 25+ charges I just thought was a one time thing which seemed like a huge waste. The developer notes make it seem like it lasts for a period of time, or perhaps indefinitely. Can you clarify how this mechanic at 25 charges works?

      The Energy Damage from his Second Medium Attack is available at any time when he has 25 Nova Charges or more. The use of this ability can be used to help control how many Nova Charges he has while playing him.

      For example, if you were at 95 Nova Charges and you hit with Nova's Second Medium Attack, it would deal that burst of Energy Damage and consume 25 Nova Charges, bringing you back down to 70. Once you reach 75 Charges again, he'll gain another Fury Buff (if he is below his maximum number of Fury stacks), so you can use that second Medium to help you to build Fury Buffs more quickly.
    • RoninManRoninMan Posts: 748 ★★★★

      RoninMan said:

      “Nova Force:
      Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
      At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
      At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
      At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 172.2 for 7 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
      When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
      Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 500 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
      Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.“

      So the energy damage on his second medium attack when he has 25+ charges I just thought was a one time thing which seemed like a huge waste. The developer notes make it seem like it lasts for a period of time, or perhaps indefinitely. Can you clarify how this mechanic at 25 charges works?

      The Energy Damage from his Second Medium Attack is available at any time when he has 25 Nova Charges or more. The use of this ability can be used to help control how many Nova Charges he has while playing him.

      For example, if you were at 95 Nova Charges and you hit with Nova's Second Medium Attack, it would deal that burst of Energy Damage and consume 25 Nova Charges, bringing you back down to 70. Once you reach 75 Charges again, he'll gain another Fury Buff (if he is below his maximum number of Fury stacks), so you can use that second Medium to help you to build Fury Buffs more quickly.
      Ah ok. I get the cycle now. Thanks for the clarification.
    • JhovannaCoenJhovannaCoen Posts: 16
      seems like nova is better as defender to me >_<
    • RaiserRaiser Posts: 424 ★★
      RoninMan said:

      RoninMan said:

      “Nova Force:
      Nova’s Medium Attacks deal 30% of damage done as a burst of Energy Damage.
      At 25+ Nova Charges: Nova’s Second Medium Attack deals an additional 20% of damage done as burst Energy Damage. Activating this ability consumes 25 Nova Charges.
      At 50+ Nova Charges: Auto-Blocks can be triggered while Stunned. Activating this ability Purifies Stun Debuffs.
      At 75+ Nova Charges: Gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 172.2 for 7 seconds and refresh Nova's active Fury Buffs while below maximum stacks. Max 4 stacks.
      When reaching 100 Nova Charges: Gain an Unblockable Buff for 2.5 seconds. This ability consumes 100 Nova Charges when this Buff expires, is Nullified, or prevented and prevents Nova Charges from being generated for 6 seconds.
      Against Tech Champions, consuming Nova Charges inflicts an Armor Break Debuff reducing Armor by 500 for 24 seconds. This can only stack once.
      Developer’s Note: Players need to note that Nova unlocks his abilities every 25 Nova Charges. To get the most damage out of the Nova Force, knowing when to consume Nova Charges with Medium Attacks, then hovering between 70 to 95 Nova Charges will grant Nova the biggest benefit.“

      So the energy damage on his second medium attack when he has 25+ charges I just thought was a one time thing which seemed like a huge waste. The developer notes make it seem like it lasts for a period of time, or perhaps indefinitely. Can you clarify how this mechanic at 25 charges works?

      The Energy Damage from his Second Medium Attack is available at any time when he has 25 Nova Charges or more. The use of this ability can be used to help control how many Nova Charges he has while playing him.

      For example, if you were at 95 Nova Charges and you hit with Nova's Second Medium Attack, it would deal that burst of Energy Damage and consume 25 Nova Charges, bringing you back down to 70. Once you reach 75 Charges again, he'll gain another Fury Buff (if he is below his maximum number of Fury stacks), so you can use that second Medium to help you to build Fury Buffs more quickly.
      Ah ok. I get the cycle now. Thanks for the clarification.
      Good luck dude.. :)
    • BigPoppaCBONEBigPoppaCBONE Posts: 1,240 ★★★★

      seems like nova is better as defender to me >_<</p>

      The few anecdotes I’ve seen about Nova in AW are only differentiated by which mystic super-wrecked him.
    • TeddersTedders Posts: 70
      i pulled him as a 5 star and took him to rank 3, he seems fun to play so far, but too much micro managing on offense to keep those furies you get at 75 charges..... and dumb question are they supposed to be so low or is that a bug? 189.75 is the decimal point in the wrong place?
    • IRQIRQ Posts: 37

      Looks like he was designed to counter Ghost and Corvus

      Feels like every Mystic or Cosmic added nowadays was.
    • BigPoppaCBONEBigPoppaCBONE Posts: 1,240 ★★★★
      Tedders said:

      i pulled him as a 5 star and took him to rank 3, he seems fun to play so far, but too much micro managing on offense to keep those furies you get at 75 charges..... and dumb question are they supposed to be so low or is that a bug? 189.75 is the decimal point in the wrong place?

      For them being so weak they should just be permanent.
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