Nova (r65)View in Item Database
DescriptionA nova is a rare magical mote that will not only heal you in battle, it will also damage the opponent with a beam of light! One Use. Nova

Single Use

Average Rating [?]
Attack *light**light**light*
Defense N/A
Reflect N/A
Effects *heal* 2 - 12 HP
Actual Icons
Restocks At Magic Item
Used By N/A
Special Categorization None
Notes This weapon does not currently adhere to the "one healing item" rule.
Distributions - Nova
Minimum: 2.00
Maximum: 12.00
Mean: 7.00
Ratings - Nova
This star is unfortunately just a bit past its prime.

Actually, I don't personally know if the bog-standard Nova was ever genuinely good in the Battledome, even in the beginning. Needless to say, it completely fails the power level test - anything weaker than Ridiculously Heavy Battle Hammer or Scroll of Ultranova really isn't worth considering in today's icon-inflated Battledome. 2.2 light icons and a heal that averages 7 HP isn't really worth the slot in your set, the half-turn you spend to use it (since you're not using another better weapon), the wear and tear on your mouse, trackpad, or touchscreen when you click or tap on it while equipping this junk, the clicks or taps used to select this weapon once you've equipped it, or the Charity Corner points you forfeit by actually using this in the Battledome.

If you're really into weapons that attack and heal at the same time, but can't afford something like Wand of the Dark Faerie or wasn't lucky enough to get The Mystical Tablet when it was available, then you might want to consider something a bit more generically useful: Cursed Elixir or Duelist Dagger (more effective with low-strength pets), or maybe something like Cursed Elixir of Neovia or Mysterious Red Potion.

I'll give it an extra point because Novas are cute, but that's it.

Rated on October 23, 2020

At a Glance (0/3):
Throw a nova at your opponent to sear them with a whopping 2.2 icons of pure light! Then watch as that light magically heals you, restoring 2-12 hp!

In-Depth (0/4):
I wouldn't even get this for the healing, even if you can equip this with other healers. If you MUST use a nova, try Ultranova.

Price (0/2):
While it is cheap at 1 np, it's simply too weak to use, when the aforementioned nova does what this does better at the SAME PRICE! Yeah.

Bonus (1/1):
If I ever get a real life nova, I will name it Twink. And then proceed to burn into a crisp.

Final Score: 1/10

Rated on October 27, 2014

Price/Power (0/5)
This is a very weak item which uses up your healing slot rather unceremoniously. Doing only around 3 icons is already pathetic enough but blocking your healer slot with a worthless 2-12HP heal? Unlike the Ultranova which has semi decent icons and at least a chance of being used more then once this item is a simple throwaway in every sense of the word.

Countermeasures (0/5)
Light is easy enough to block at this low level of icons, add into that the low level of healing which takes up the healing slot and you have yourself one weak item.

Alternatives, Upgrades or Downgrades
If you really need a nova with a heal, go for the Ultranova but realistically there are both stronger bombs, and stronger healers out there if you look. Check out the Battle Muffins for attack, and the healing scrolls or scorchstones for healing.

Other Points (2 Bonus)
For being a classic

Final Thoughts
From a time when pets had much less HP.

Rated on November 22, 2012