Nova Class Guide
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Nova Class Guide

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Last updated: 8th March 2021


Introduction

Remember that class guides are a rough explanation of the class, designed to give you an idea of the class and what you should be aiming for. You should really adapt the guide and follow your own instincts to match your play-style! I also highly recommend looking at as many different sources as possible and gathering as much information as you can about your class before deciding what is best for you and how you play. The class discords are a great place to start, most have their own guides and resources as well as plenty of skilled players willing to help with questions.

The Nova class is a female class which uses a Morning Star (Mace) as her main weapon and a Quoratum (Tower Shield) offhand. Unlike all other classes in the game, Nova is an actual specific person in the main story quest line. She has unique dialogue in the story and some NPCs may interact differently with her. Nova is the last of the royal lineage and was forgotten in history when the republic was formed. She now masters the elite Thornwood Guards and embraces the darkness to help reclaim her kingdom. Her pre-awakening skills have a chess and ice theme as she uses the Thornwood guards to aid her in her battles with aggressive or defensive commands.

At level 56 she unlocks the succession or awakening path. Her succession skills enhance pre-awakening and allow her to summon the Axian monster. While her awakening is unlocked when she acquires the “Sting” weapon in a duel. The weapon has magical power and can switch it’s form between a sharp rapier-like sword to a scythe. This allows her to make quick piercing attacks and she gains a lot of mobility. Awakened Nova also acquires a new resource called “Star’s Breath”, this is shown under your HP bar and will accumilate when Nova successfully hits an enemy. Once Star’s Breath has reached it’s full capacity, it can be consumed by Nova to empower her and enhance her skills for a short period of time.

AWAKENING RATINGS

PVP 1V1 (3.5)

PVP Largescale (3.0)

PVE Earlygame (4.0)

PVE Endgame (4.0)

SUCCESSION RATINGS

PVP 1V1 (3.2)

PVP Largescale (4.0)

PVE Earlygame (4.0)

PVE Endgame (3.5)

Check out the video below to see the trailer, showing an example of character combat.

 

Succession vs Awakening


Nova Succession can be unlocked after level 56 after speaking to the Black Spirit and completing the Succession quest under the suggestions tab. This will give you a totally seperate skill tree that enhances your main hand skills and only has a few awakening skills. Your awakening weapon still effects your succession damage but is not as much of a priority. You can get away with using a Green/Blue grade TRI Ultimate weapon without losing too much damage. This is because only 30% of your Awakening AP is applied to the damage of Succession skills, as well as the additional item stats, such as Human/Species Damage and Accuracy.

Most players tend to prefer awakening because it is better at PVE grinding in end game spots and there isn’t a big difference between performance when you compare them both in PVP. Both Succession and Awakening are viable choices though at the moment and really comes down to preference since they are completely different playstyles. Succession is much slower and some players feel it is similar to Gaurdian in that way as well as being more “new player friendly” due to it’s slower speed. Awakening is much more fast paced with far more mobility, and also more of a glass cannon class. You also need to manage your Star’s Breath bar and manage cooldowns to rotate your skills well and get the most out of her kit.

 

Succession
  • Slower class – can feel clunky for some players
  • Some skills lock you in long animations
  • Easier for newer players to pick up
  • Super Armor Shield block
  • Mid-range and AOE skills
  • Still decent for PVE if you prefer the playstyle but not as strong as awakening
  • Some SP (mana) regen issues
  • Often compared to Guardian class
Awakening
  • Fast paced and precise combat
  • Good mobility
  • Performs better in endgame PVE
  • Requires a lot of skill points
  • Lots of skills locked until level 60
  • Uses “Star’s Breath” resource (also known as Accel)
  • Harder to master due to managing skills and Accel
  • Often compared to Dark Knight/Sorceress


Skills

Pre-Awakening skill build – Level 55 (666 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/140063

Post-Awakening skill build – Level 56 (1159 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/139656

Core skill build – Level 60 (1663 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/136544

End-Game skill build – Level 60 (1820 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/136546

Succession Minimal skill build – Level 60 (1106 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/138592

Succession Medium skill build – Level 60 (1577 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/138593

Succession End-Game skill build – Level 60 (1805 skill points):
https://bdocodex.com/us/skillbuilder/138594

It is important to read through your skills to understand which skills have protection and crowd control effects. Below is a table of all protected nova skills to help you learn:

  • Super armor – this means you cannot be crowd controlled while this effect is active (except grab/grapple), but you will still take damage from any attacks
  • Forward guard – this means you will block damage and crowd control effects coming from the front direction of your character. The block can be broken if you take enough damage and you will see a blue shield with a number, indicating the % left of the block. In certain cases where characters use sheilds (like nova), crowd control effects will be blocked from all directions.
  • Invincible – this means that you will not take damage and cannot be crowd controlled from any direction for the duration of the effect

 

Pre-awakening / Succession
Icon Skill Command Effect
Storming Star Shift + E Super Armor while using the skill
Punishing Trap W + E Forward Guard for surface hits(s)
Quoratum’s Opening E after certain skills Forward Guard
Quoratum’s Protection Q Forward Guard
Command: Rime Ice S + F Super Armor while using the skill
Quortum’s Ascension
Prime: Quortum’s Ascension
W + F Super Armor
Mauling Star LMB after certain skills Super Armor
Command: Frozen Earth
Prime: Frozen Earth
Quickslot only Super Armor
Command: Fianchetto
Prime: Fianchetto
Shift + LMB Super Armor
Command: Frozen Darkness
Prime: Frozen Darkness
Shift + RMB Super Armor while using the skill
Command: Stamma’s Mate
Prime: Stamma’s Mate
Shift + Q Super Armor
Command: Blooming Icy Thorns
Prime: Entangling Icy Thorns
Shift + F Super Armor
Prime: Star’s Call S + C Invincible while moving backwards
Super Armor
Prime: Swooping Ring W + C Forward Guard
Command: Passed Pawn
Prime: Passed Pawn
SPACE after certain skills Forward Guard
Command: Opening Quickslot only Forward Guard
Icy Fog SHIFT + W/A/S/D Super Armor
Forward Guard if using during Quotrum’s Protection
Quoratum’s Guard
Prime: Distorted Guard
Quickslot only Super Armor
Awakening
Icon Skill Command Effect
En Garde E Super Armor while using the skill
Super Armor for 10 sec after using the skill
Combust Life Shift + E Super Armor while using the skill
Slicing Ring Q Forward Guard while using the skill
Swooping Ring W + RMB Super Armor while using the skill
Royal Fencing: Remise S + LMB Super Armor while using the skill
Royal Fencing: Fleche W + F Super Armor while using the skill
Frozen Ring Shift + Q Super Armor while using the skill
Break Orbit Shift + W/A/S/D Super Armor while using the skill
Twisted Orbit LMB during Break Orbit Super Armor while moving
Royal Fencing: Riposte S + Q Forward Guard during Swinging Attack
Star’s Call Shift + LMB Forward Guard

Skill Combos

The following skill combos are very basic combos/cancels and some additional tips/tricks for your class. I recommend using video guides to learn more complex skill combos, because it is much easier to see exactly what you should be doing, rather than reading it and trying to wrap your head around it all. There are some recommended skill combo videos in the Useful Links section and the end of the guide!

  • Keys in square brackets [] mean that you tap the key. For example, [Q] means you tap Q once.
  • Keys in round brackets () mean that you hold the key. For example, (HOLD Q) means you hold Q until the next step. (PERMAHOLD Q) means you hold Q throughout the combo.
  • Keys separated by a “+” symbol should be used at the same time. For example, [Q] + [LMB] means you tap Q and LMB at the same time.
  • Keys separated by a “>” symbol show the order you should follow out the steps. For example, [Q] + [LMB] > [F] means you tap Q and LMB at the same time, then tap F
  • [LMB] refers to left-clicking with your mouse, [RMB] refers to right-clicking with your mouse.

 



Required skills: Break Orbit, Twisted Orbit, Royal Fencing: Lunge, Royal Fencing: Riposte, Comet, Swooping Ring,
(AWAKENING COMBO)

[SHIFT] + [W] > [LMB] > [F] > [S] + [Q] > [W] + [F] > [SHIFT] + [W] > [LMB] > [W] + [RMB] > [SHIFT] + [W] > [LMB] > [F]

This is an example of a mobility combo you can use for simple movement.


Required skills: Punishing Trap, Royal Fencing: Lunge, Royal Fencing: Remise, Starfall, Royal Fencing: Riposte, Slicing Ring, Comet
(AWAKENING COMBO)

[W] + [E] > [C] > [F] > [S] + [LMB] > [Shift] + [RMB] > [S] + [Q] > [Q] > [W] + [F] > [F] > [S] + [LMB]

This is an example awakening PVP combo starting with your grab in pre-awakening stance.


Required skills: Break Orbit, Royal Fencing: Lunge, Royal Fencing: Remise, Royal Fencing: Riposte, Slicing Ring, Starfall, Stars Ring, Frozen Ring
(AWAKENING COMBO)

[Shift] + [W/A/S/D] > [F] > [S] + [LMB] > [S] + [Q] > [Q] > [Shift] + [RMB] > [RMB] > [Shift] + [Q]

This is an example PVP combo using a stun instead.


Required skills: Royal Fencing: Remise, Royal Fencing: Ripsoste, Royal Fencing: Fleche, Comet, Royal Fencing: Lunge, Slicing Ring, Frozen Ring
(AWAKENING COMBO)

[S] + [LMB] > [S] + [Q] > [S] + [F] > [F] > [W] + [F] > [Q] > [Shift] + [Q] > [W] + [F] > [F]

This is an example awakening PVE combo for higher end grind spots


Required skills: Prime: Swooping Ring, Prime: Quoratums Ascension, Icy Fog, Quoratums Opening, Flowing Star, Punishing Trap
(SUCCESSION COMBO)

[W] + [C] > [W] + [F] > (Hold Shift) + [W] > [SPACE] + [LMB] > [W] + [E] > [SPACE] + [LMB] > (Hold E) > (Hold W) + [E] > [Shift] + [W]

This is an example of a mobility combo you can use.


Required skills: Punishing Trap, Icy Fog, Prime: Frozen Darkness, Prime: Fianchetto, Prime: Entangling Icy Throwns, Command: Rime Ice
(SUCCESSION COMBO)

[W] + [E] > [Shift] + [S] > [Shift] + [RMB] > [RMB] > [Shift] + [F] > [S] + [F]

This is an example of an easy PVP combo


Required skills: Icy Fog, Prime: Fianchetto, Prime: Entangling Icy Thorns, Face the Darkness, Icy Kiss, Prime: Frozen Darkness, Mauling Star, Prime: Icy Thorns
(SUCCESSION COMBO)

[Shift] + [W] > [Shift] + [LMB] > [Shift] + [A/D] > [Shift] + [F] > [Shift] + [A/S/D] (if blocking) > [Shift] + [RMB] > [LMB] > [S] + [RMB]

This is an example of a PVP combo


Required skills: Command: Rime Ice, Prime: Quoratums Ascension, Prime: Stammas Mate, Prime: Entangling Icy Thorns, Prime: Frozen Earth, Prime: Stars Call, Prime: Frozen Darkness, Mauling Star, Prime: Fianchetto, Prime: Bitter Reign
(SUCCESSION COMBO)

[S] + [F] > [W] + [F] > [Shift] + [Q] > [Shift] + [F] > [Shift] + [C] > [S] + [C] > [Shift] + [RMB] > [LMB] > [Shift] + [LMB] > [LMB]

This is a beginner PVE combo for harder grinding spots

 

 

Locked Skills


These are the skills I recommend locking:
Evasion, Icy Fog (Awakening only)
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To lock a skill, press the lock icon on the bottom right of each skill icon in the skill window (K).

Most players tend to lock Icy Fog for awakening to make the awakening dash flow better and then will use the Quoratum’s Closing skill to switch to pre-awakening instead since it has a frontal guard.

Hotbar Skills


These are the minimum skills I recommend putting on your hotbar

Quaratum’s Guard,  Command: Frozen Earth,  Command: Opening,Winter Testudo, Quaratum’s Binding, Quaratum’s Earth
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Core Skills

Core skills are a way of upgrading 1 skill from your awakening skill kit. Core skills are usually down to preference but most players choose the Starfall core skill because of the super armor.

  • Core: Swooping Ring: Stifflness on good hits.
  • Core: Royal Fencing: Remise: Bound on good (1) hit.
  • Core: Comet: Forward Guard while using skill.
  • Core: Royal Fencing: Fleche: Stiffness on good (1) hit.
  • Core: Frozen Ring: Stiffness on good hits.
  • Core: Starfall: Super Armor while using skill.

Rabam Skills

Level 56
Quoratum’s Closing – Requires [Icy Throns IV] and [Quoratum’s Ascension IV] (recommended)
Frozen Chain – Requires [Icy Throns IV] and [Chain Strike IV]

I would recommend Quoratum’s Closing because the skill is useful for switching into pre-awakening and will debuff the target with Movement Speed, Attack Speed and Casting Speed -30% for 10 seconds. It has a forward guard whilst moving and stiffness on good hits. The only downside is that the skill cannot be cancelled and that you are not protected the entire time, which is quite a large window for you to be CC’d so you need to learn to use it effectively. Frozen Chain on the other hand has a small super armor on the first hit and can inflict a flaot on a good 2nd hit.

Level 57
Bitter Star– Requires [Bitter Reign V] and [Vengeful Star V] (recommended)
Binding Star Requires [Bitter Reign V] and [Quoratum’s Binding III] 

I would recommend Bitter Star. Neither of the skill have any protection on them and are both quite underwhelming, but Binding Star has a long cooldown of 30 seconds which makes Bitter Star the preferred choice.

Level 58
Enter the Darkness – Requires [Command: Frozen Darkness V] and [Command: Frozen Earth V]
Quoratum’s Earth Requires [Command: Frozen Darkness V] and [Mauling Star IV]

Both choices are viable and completely down to preference. Quoratum’s Earth can be useful as a filler skill in PVE or closer in PVP if you are succession nova. While Enter the Darkness is useful as an extra protected skill with a small amount of HP regen. If you aren’t sure which to pick then it is probably best to go for the additional protection.

Skill Add-ons


Below are some examples of viable skill add-ons you can take. I recommend experimenting with your add-ons and figuring out what is best for you, because it really depends on your personal preference and how you play your class. If you’re simply not sure what to take then you can blindly follow the examples below and they will still be effective.

Awakening [PVX]
iconComet Attack/Casting Speed +7% for 7 sec.
Movement Speed +7% for 7 sec.
iconRoyal Fencing: Remise All DP -15 for 10 sec. for target
Attack/Casting Speed +7% for 7 sec.
iconStarfall Damage Against Monsters +30 for 7 sec.
Critical Hit Rate +30% for 7 sec.
iconRoyal Fencing: Lunge All Accuracy +3% for 7 sec.
All Evasion -3% for 10 sec. for target
iconStar’s Ring Damage Against Monsters +20 for 7 sec.
Critical Hit Rate +20% for 7 sec.
iconRoyal Fencing: Riposte PvP Damage +10 for 7 sec.
Critical Hit Rate +20% for 7 sec.
Succession [PVX]
Storming Star Damage Against Monsters +30 for 7 sec.
Attack/Casting Speed +10% for 7 sec.
Command: Frozen Earth All DP -20 for 10 sec. for target
Movement Speed -10% for 10 sec. for target
Command: Blooming Icy Thorns Damage Against Monsters +20 for 7 sec.
Attack/Casting Speed +7% for 7 sec.
Command: Fianchetto Critical Hit Rate +20% for 7 sec.
All DP -15 for 10 sec. fro target
Command: Stamma’s Mate Movement Speed +7% for 7 sec.
Movement Speed -7% for 10 sec. for target
Icy Kiss All Accuracy +4% for 7 sec.
All Evasion -4% for 10 sec. for target

 










Weapons/Armor

The best weapons in the game are currently dropped from World Bosses.
For more information on this click here to view our World Bosses guide.

 

Primary Weapons:

icon Tuvala Morning Star
Tuvala weapons are only available to season characters but if you are new or returning to the game with low gear then you should be creating a season character. Season characters get lots of benefits and an easy start with their gear. You can find out more information in our Season Servers Guide. You can get a free PRI Tuvala weapon by following the main story questline to get a Naru weapon, then enhancing it to PEN using Beginner Blackstones. Once you have a PEN Naru weapon it can be exchanged at Fughar to a PRI Tuvala weapon. A PEN Tuvala weapon is equal to TET Kzarka, which is one of the best weapons in the game and is much harder to obtain.

If you are not playing a season character or if season is not available on your server, it is recommend to use a Rosar Morning Star as your starter weapon and enhance this to TRI at most before switching to Kzarka.

icon Kzarka Morning Star
Kzarka is the main weapon you will be using as it is the most accessible of all the endgame weapons. Switch to a TET Kzarka as early as you can.

icon Offin Tett’s Radiant Morning Star
Offin Tett weapons are usually not worth investing in because of the loss in accuracy compared to Kzarka. It can help you push to the next AP bracket but at higher AP brackets the extra AP you get is smaller and you’ll be losing hit chance % at the same time on both your preawakening and your awakening. So really you’re actually losing damage overall since you won’t be hitting the enemy as much (unless they are full DR). Offin Tett can be good when you reach certain AP brackets and if your class doesn’t depend on accuracy as much as others, but if you’re unsure whether you should be using this weapon or not, it’s much safer to just use Kzarka.

icon Blackstar Morning Star

Blackstar is considered the current best in slot PVE mainhand weapon with higher base AP than Kzarka. It must be crafted using items in Star’s End and then following a questline. The weapon is also harder to enhance so most players only switch to Blackstar once they already have TET Kzaraka and very high AP with no easier upgrades. It has a Damage to All Species +10 and Attack Speed +3 item effect, as well as other bonuses when enhanced. The weapon cannot be enhanced with Caphras stones though. Blackstar is considered best for PVE at endgame but eventually a PEN Kzarka will outscale.


Offhand Weapons:

icon Tuvala Quoratum
Tuvala weapons are only available to season characters but if you are new or returning to the game with low gear then you should be creating a season character. Season characters get lots of benefits and an easy start with their gear. You can find out more information in our Season Servers Guide. You can get a free PRI Tuvala weapon by following the main story questline to get a Naru weapon, then enhancing it to PEN using Beginner Blackstones. Once you have a PEN Naru weapon it can be exchanged at Fughar to a PRI Tuvala weapon. A PEN Tuvala offhand is equal to TET Kutum, which is the best PVE offhand in the game.

If you are not playing a season character or if season is not available on your server, it is recommend to use a Pau Quoratum as your starter weapon for a high amount of accuracy and enhance this to TRI at most before switching to Kutum.

icon Kutum Quoratum
This weapon gives a mixture of AP and DP with added monster damage and accuracy. The Kutum weapons also have a 10% ignore resistance. The higher AP makes this weapon a best in slot for PVE and is also good for PVP in late game. When you are 261 (using Nouver) it is actually better to use Nouver in PVE as well because of the bonus AP given in the AP brackets. Once you reach over 261 AP (with Kutum) it is better to switch back to Kutum for PVE. More information about AP and DP brackers can be found here

It also has 2 crystal slots. The Kutum weapons can also be modified using an Inverted Hearth of Garmoth to give extra stats (Max HP +150, Max Stamina +100, Special Attack Evasion Rate +10%).

iconNouver Quoratum
Nouver is currently considered the best in slot choice for PVP until you reach very high AP brackets. You should aim to have TRI gear before switching to this offhand. The weapon gives pure AP and an all resistance +10% item effect and can be modified using an Inverted Hearth of Garmoth to give extra stats (Max HP +150, Max Stamina +100, Special Attack Evasion Rate +10%).

When you are 261 (using Nouver) it is actually better to use Nouver in PVE as well because of the bonus AP given in the AP brackets. Once you reach over 261 AP (with Kutum) it is better to switch back to Kutum for PVE. More information about AP and DP brackers can be found here

Awakening:

iconTuvala Sting
Tuvala weapons are only available to season characters but if you are new or returning to the game with low gear then you should be creating a season character. Season characters get lots of benefits and an easy start with their gear. You can find out more information in our Season Servers Guide. You can get a free PRI Tuvala weapon by following the main story questline to get a Naru weapon, then enhancing it to PEN using Beginner Blackstones. Once you have a PEN Naru weapon it can be exchanged at Fughar to a PRI Tuvala weapon. A PEN Tuvala weapon is equal to TET Dandelion, which is one of the best weapons in the game and is much harder to obtain.

If you are not playing a season character or if season is not available on your server, it is recommend to use a Dark Thorn Sting as your starter weapon which you will receive from your awakening quest.

iconDark Thorn Sting
This is a blue grade weapon which is given to you when you complete the awakening quests. The only ways to obtain this weapon is through the quest or night vendor. This makes is hard to obtain and it can be more expensive to repair. The weapon is good for PvP and has higher AP than the green version you get from your awakening quest. It also has a Damage Against Human +7 item effect which is good for PVP.

iconDragon Slayer Sting
Dragon Slayer weapons are very comparable to the Dandelion weapons with their stats. They have slightly less AP but are much cheaper to repair and much less hassle. However, the Dragon Slayer weapons cannot be placed on the marketplace and must be crafted by the player themselves.

iconDandelion Sting
Dandelion weapons are the best awakening weapons for PVX. It has much higher AP but it is only obtainable from a Dandelion Weapon Box (Karanda world boss loot) or from the night vendor.

icon Blackstar Sting

Blackstar is considered the current best in slot PVE awakening weapon with higher base AP than Dandelion. It must be crafted using items in Star’s End and then following a questline. The weapon is also harder to enhance so most players only switch to Blackstar once they already have TET Dandelion and very high AP with no easier upgrades. It has a Damage to All Species and extra damage to monsters, as well as other bonuses when enhanced. The weapon cannot be enhanced with Caphras stones though. Blackstar is considered best for PVE at endgame but eventually a PEN Dandelion with caphras levels will outscale.

Armor:

There are a few different options for armor, including the Blackstar set and Fallen God’s Armor. However, these are highly inaccessible and new players should aim to get boss gear instead, which will last a long time and get you into endgame grinding spots. You will want to aim to get the boots and gloves first.

icon Griffon’s Helmet (helmet) – dropped from Griffons in Kamaslyvia.
iconDim Tree Spirit’s Armor (chest) – dropped from Dim Tree Spirit.
icon Bheg’s Gloves (gloves) dropped from Bheg.
icon Urugon’s Shoes (shoes) – dropped from Urugon (Gaifinrasia Raid Captain Scroll).
icon Giath’s Helmet (helmet) alternative choice – dropped from Giath.
icon Muskan’s Shoes (shoes) alternative choice– dropped from Monastery Leader.
iconLeebur’s Gloves (gloves) alternative choice

The best boss armor for Nova is Griffon’s Helmet, Dim Tree Spirit’s Armor, Bheg’s Gloves and Urugon’s Shoes.

The full set will give you Maximum MP/WP/SP +100, Maximum HP +200, Max Stamina +200, Attack Speed +1, Casting Speed +1, Movement Speed +1 and All Resistances 5%. You will also get higher Accuracy, Evasion and Damage Reduction from these pieces.

In the mean time you should be using one of the following armor sets if season server is not available:

A popular armor choice for new players is to go full Grunil set because it increases your maximum HP and will give you 2 socket slots on each piece, along with extra AP +7 set bonus. Another advantage of using this set is that it is viable on any class, allowing you to swap to another class easily.

Full Heve set is also a very popular choice and what I would recommend to a new player because it has an easier transition to boss gear. As soon as you get one boss item with Grunil, you lose the set bonuses which Grunil weaker.

Another alternative is to use is the Akum set. It has comparable stats to boss armor and also a very useful set effect that gives Damage Reduction and Hidden AP. If you are unable to get boss armor, then the Akum set is a good cheap alternative that will be good for both PVP and PV. Investing in this set may slow you down in your progression towards softcap, but is much cheaper once you factor in repairing and enhancing.

Accessories



There are a lot of choices available when it comes to accessories and it really depends on what you can get your hands on.

Earrings:

If available I recommend using the Asula’s Crimon Eye Earrings (Asula Set) if you are new to the game, this gives you 7 AP and also has very good set bonuses. Otherwise use Bares earrings for 2 AP and switch to Witch’s Earring as soon as possible for the 5 AP.

You want to aim for DUO/TRI Witch’s Earrings (9 AP/11 AP) before swapping to a DUO Tungrad Earrings (11 AP) because of the huge difference in cost. Tungrad Earrings are one of the best earrings you can get. The other alternative is Black Distortion Earrings which give the highest amount of AP (21 AP at PEN), but reduce your DP as well.

The Capotia Earring is also worth mentioning. It is available at level 62+ only but is a very good earring because of it’s high AP. It makes a perfect backup for enhancing and is essentially a free TRI Tungrad Earring.

Base DUO TRI / TRI / TRI / DUO TET / TRI / TET TRI / TET
7 AP 9 AP 10 / 11 / 8 /11 AP 10 / 13 / 13 AP 15 / 15 AP
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Item Name Base Stats Enhance Increase
icon Bares Earring 2 AP 1 AP
icon Jarette’s Earring

(Jarette Set)

4 AP

4-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +5

6-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +10

Accuracy 2
Hidden Evasion 1

Cannot be Enhanced
icon Asula’s Crimon Eye Earring

(Asula Set)

7 AP
Health 25

3-Piece Set Bonus: Health +300

5-Piece Set Bonus: Acurracy +20

DP 1 (alternating)
Accuracy 2 (alternating)
icon Blue Coral Earring 4 AP

Max MP/WP/SP +25
Accuracy 2

2 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Red Coral Earring 2 AP

Accuracy 14

Max Stamina +50

2 AP

Accuracy +4

icon Witch’s Earring 5 AP
Accuracy 2
2 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Blue Whale Molar Earring 5 AP

Max HP +100
Accuracy 2

2 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Fugitive Khalik’s Earring 5 AP

Max Stamina +50

Max MP/WP/SP +50
Accuracy 2

2 AP

Max Stamina +20

Max MP/WP/SP +20
Accuracy 2

icon Tungrade Earring 7 AP

Black Spirit Rage +10%
Accuracy 2

2 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Capotia Earring 13 AP
Accuracy 8
Accuracy 1 (alternating)
DP 1 (alternating)
icon Black Distortion Earring 6 AP
Accuracy 6
0 DP
3 AP
Accuracy 2
– 1 DP

Rings:
If available I recommend using the Asula’s Crimon Eye Ring (Asula Set) if you are new to the game, this gives you 7 AP and 2 DP as well as damage reduction and strong set bonuses. Otherwise use Bares rings for 2 AP and switch to Mark of Shadow as soon as possible for the 5 AP.

Sahazad’s Ring of Monarch is also available through the Valencia part I and II quests. It can’t be enhanced but it is a good alternative until you can get Ring of Crescent Guardian or Mark of Shadow to PRI/DUO.

The current best in slot, is a Tungrad Ring.

The Capotia Ring is also worth mentioning. It is available at level 61+ only but is a very good ring because of it’s high AP. It makes a perfect backup for enhancing and is essentially a free TRI Ring of Crescent Guardian.

Base PRI PRI / DUO DUO / TRI TRI TET / TET
5 AP 7 AP 8 / 9 AP 11 / 11 AP 14 AP 17 / 18 AP
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Item Name Base stats Enhance Increase
icon Bares Ring 2 AP 1 AP
icon Jarette’s Ring

(Jarette Set)

4 AP

4-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +5

6-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +10

Accuracy 2
Hidden Evasion 1

Cannot be Enhanced
icon Asula’s Crimson Eye Ring

(Asula Set)

7 AP
2 DP
Damage Reduction +2

3-Piece Set Bonus: Health +300

5-Piece Set Bonus: Acurracy +20

DP 1 (alternating)
Accuracy 2
(alternating)
icon Blue Coral Ring 5 AP

Max MP/WP/SP +25
Accuracy 2

1 AP
Max MP/WP/SP +5
Accuracy 2
icon Mark of Shadow 5 AP
Accuracy 2
2 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Sahazad’s Ring of Monarch 7 AP

Max HP +25

Cannot be Enhanced
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Ring of Crescent Guardian
OR
Eye of the Ruins Ring
5 AP
Accuracy 2
3 AP
Accuracy 2
icon Capotia Ring 14 AP
Accuracy 8
Accuracy 1 (alternating)
AP 1 (alternating)
icon Tungrad Ring 6 AP
Accuracy 2
3 AP
Accuracy 2

Necklace:

If available I recommend using the Asula’s Crimon Eye Necklace (Asula Set) if you are new to the game, this gives you 11 AP and 3 DP as well as damage reduction and an amazing set bonus. Otherwise use Bares Necklace for 4 AP and enhance this to DUO/TRI for 8 AP/10 AP. Enhancing a Bares Necklace is much cheaper than using an un-enhanced BiS necklace. You then want to swap to a DUO Serap’s or PRI Ogre/Tungrad.

The Manos Necklaces are also an alternative for PvP, if you don’t have a DUO Seraps already, due to their item effects. I personally wouldn’t bother with them though because you will want as much AP as possible.

Base PRI DUO / PRI TRI / DUO TRI / TRI TET
11 AP 12 AP 16 / 15 AP 20 / 20 AP 25 / 25 AP 30 AP
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Item Name Base Stats Enhance Increase
icon Bares Necklace 4 AP 2 AP
icon Jarette’s Necklace

(Jarette Set)

7 AP
Accuracy 2
Hidden Evasion 1

4-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +5

6-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +10

Cannot be Enhanced
icon Asula’s Crimson Eye Necklace

(Asula Set)

11 AP
3 DP
Damage Reduction +3

3-Piece Set Bonus: Health +300

5-Piece Set Bonus: Acurracy +20

DP 1 (alternating)
Accuracy 2
(alternating)
icon Ancient Guardian Seal

(Ancient Weapon Core Set)

6 AP

3 DP

Set Effect: Accuracy +20
Accuracy 4
Damage Reduction 3

2 AP

1 DP
Accuracy 4
Damage Reduction 1

icon Manos Necklace – Topaz 6 AP

Knockdown/ Bound Resistance +30%
Accuracy 4

3 AP

Knockdown/ Bound Resistance +2%
Accuracy 4

icon Manos Necklace – Ruby 6 AP

Grapple Resistance +30%
Accuracy 4

3 AP

Grapple Resistance +2%
Accuracy 4

icon Manos Necklace – Emerald 6 AP

Stun/Stiffness/ Freezing Resistance +30%
Accuracy 4

3 AP

Stun/Stiffness/ Freezing Resistance +2%
Accuracy 4

icon Manos Necklace – Diamond 6 AP

Resistance to all status anomalies +10%
Accuracy 4

3 AP

Resistance to all status anomalies +1%
Accuracy 4

icon Manos Necklace – Sapphire 6 AP

Knockback/ Floating Resistance +30%
Accuracy 4

3 AP

Knockback/ Floating Resistance +2%
Accuracy 4

icon Sicil’s Necklace 7 AP

3 DP
Evasion 3
Hidden Evasion 6

3 AP

2 DP
Evasion 2
Hidden Evasion 4

icon Serap’s Necklace 8 AP

Max HP +50
Accuracy 4

4 AP
Accuracy 4
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Ogre Ring
OR
Latenn’s Power Stone
10 AP
Accuracy 4
5 AP
Accuracy 4
icon Tungrad Necklace 10 AP

Black Spirit Rage +20%
Accuracy 4

5 AP

Accuracy 4


Belt:

If available I recommend using the Asula’s Crimon Eye Belt (Asula Set) if you are new to the game, this gives you 6 AP and has amazing set bonuses. Otherwise use Bares Belt for 2 AP and swap to Tree Spirit Belt as soon as possible for more AP and high accuracy.

You want to aim for a PRI/DUO Tree Spirit Belt before swapping to DUO Basilisk’s because it is much cheaper and easier to get hold of. Basilisk’s Belt and Valtarra are very good belts but Tungrade is currently the best in slot.

Base DUO TRI / PRI DUO TRI / TRI TET
6 AP 7 AP 9 / 8 AP 11 AP 14 / 14 AP 17 AP
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Item Name Base Stats Enhance Increase
icon Bares Belt 2 AP

Weight Limit +40

1 AP
icon Jarette’s Belt

(Jarette Set)

4 AP
Accuracy 2
Hidden Evasion 1

4-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +5

6-Piece Set Bonus: Attack +10

Cannot be Enhanced
icon Asula’s Crimson Eye Belt 6 AP

Weight Limit +100 LT

3-Piece Set Bonus: Health +300

5-Piece Set Bonus: Acurracy +20

DP 1 (alternating)
Accuracy 2 (alternating)
icon Ancient Weapon Core

(Ancient Guardian Seal Set)

4 AP

4 DP

Weight Limit +60 LT
Damage Reduction 4
Accuracy 2

Set Effect: Accuracy +20

1 AP

1 DP

Weight Limit +10 LT
Damage Reduction 1
Accuracy 2

icon Tree Spirit Belt 5 AP

Accuracy +6

Weight Limit +80 LT

2 AP

Accuracy +10

icon Basilisk’s Belt 5 AP

Weight Limit +80 LT
Accuracy 2

3 AP

Accuracy 2

icon Valtarra Eclipsed Belt 5 AP
Health 0
Weight Limit 80LT
Accuracy 2
3 AP

Health 25
Accuracy 2

icon Tungrad Belt 6 AP
Black Spirit’s Rage 20%
Weight Limit 80LT
Accuracy 2
3 AP

Accuracy 2

Sockets (Crystals)



These are an example of the best sockets for your class. Magical Crystal of Infinity – Evasion has been tested and proven to give more survivability than JIN/BON Cobelinus crystals and is also much cheaper. You can also swap precision crystals for Crystal of Elkarr


iconBlack Magic Crystal – Precision x2
(weapon)



Accuracy +8, Ignore All Resistance 10%



iconCorrupted Magic Crystal x2
(sub-weapon)







Critical Hit Damge +10%, All AP +2, All Damage Reduction -2, 2 set: Critical Hit Damage +2%



iconHAN Magic Crystal – Hoom x2
(helmet)







Hoom 4 set – 8 Accuracy, 7% Resistance, 420 HP, 10 Damage Reduction, 8 Evasion







icon Magical Crystal of Infinity – Evasion x2
(chest)







Special Attack Evasion Rate +10%







iconJIN Black Magic Crystal – Viper x2
(gloves)







Attack Speed +1, Casting Speed +1, Accuracy 20







iconHAN Magic Crystal – Hoom x2
(shoes)







Hoom 4 set – 8 Accuracy, 7% Resistance, 420 HP, 10 Damage Reduction, 8 Evasion












These are an example of some cheaper crystals for your class if you don’t have as much to spend and want to go cheap crystals that will aid you while grinding.

This is an example of much cheaper crystals to put into your gear as you are leveling. I only recommend switching to the more expensive crystals once you are at least full TET boss gear.

iconMagic Crystal of Infinity – Power x2
(weapon)

All AP +2

iconMagic Crystal of Infinity – Critical x2
(sub-weapon)

Critical Hit Damage +10%

iconMagic Crystal of Infinity – Memory x2
(helmet)

Casting Speed +2

iconMagical Crystal of Infity – Evasion x2
(chest)

Special Attack Evasion Rate +10%

iconMagic Crystal of Infinity – Valor x2
(gloves)

Critical Hit +2

iconMagic Crystal of Infinity – Swiftness x2
(shoes)

Movement Speed +2





Consumables

When grinding, use EXP Elixirs and Milk Tea, then other food of your choice such as Margoria Seafood and Serendia Special. It really depends on your preference.

For your food rotation in node wars/siege, I would recommend using Knight Combat Rations, Kamaslyvia Special, Valencia Special and then King of Jungle Hamburger in that order.

The recipes for these are:

 

ICON RESULT INGREDIENTS USE
Knight Combat Rations Dark Pudding x1, Ham Sandwich x1, Fruit Wine x1, Meat Croquette x1 All Attack +5, Damage against human race +5, All Damage Reduction +5 for 120 minutes
icon Special Kamasylvia Meal Rainbow Button Mushroom Sandwich x1, Coconut Pasta x1, Fig Pie x1 , Fruit Wine x2, Rainbow Button Mushroom Cheese Melt x1 Max HP +150, Max Stamina 200, Back Attack Damage +5% for 110 minutes
Special Valencia Meal Teff Sandwich x1, King of Jungle Hamburger x1, Couscous x1, Fig Pie x2, Date Palm Wine x2 Nullifying all Resistances +4%, Resistance against all Debuffs +4%, All Evasion +10, Decrease of damages from Monsters -6% for 110 minutes
icon King of Jungle Hamburger Teff Bread x4, Pickled Vegetables x2, Lion Meat x4, Nutmeg x3 Ignores All Resistance +3%, Critical Hit Damage +5% for 110 minutes

If you don’t have 5 Critical Hit Rate then you may want to swap Margoria Seafood for the Kamaslyvia Meal because it’s very important to have 5 Critical Hit Rate. Make sure you use Margoria Seafood last because it has the smallest duration and you want to keep all your buffs up as long as possible.

The recipe for Margoria Seafood Meal is:

 

ICON RESULT INGREDIENTS USE
icon Margoria Seafood Meal Prawn salad x1, Steamed Prawn x1, Stir-Fried Oyster x1, Butter-Roasted Lobster x1, Fruit Wine x2
Weight limit +50LT, Movement speed +2, Critical Hit Rate +2, Max HP +100 for 90 minutes

For your elixir, you will want to use the Cron Draught, Giant’s Draught. To create this, press “L” then select “Simple Alchemy” and add the ingredients listed below. You do not need any alchemy/processing profession level to craft these.

Cron Draughts will replace any elixir buffs you have used and cannot be stacked with other elixirs (excluding Perfume of Courage, Perfume of Swiftness, Elixir of Deep Sea, Khalk’s Elixir, Spirit Perfume Elixir, Whale Tendon Elixir or Tough Whale Tendon Elixir).

If you consume a Draught Elixir whilst another one has already been used, it will replace the first Draught Elixir. Cron meals and Cron Draughts (elixirs/alchemy) can be used together.

Also, when crafting Cron Draughts, you can substitute ingredients with higher grade ingredients. For example: instead of using Elixir of Shock x3, you can use Elixir of Strong Shock x1.

 

ICON RESULT INGREDIENTS USE
icon Giant’s Draught Elixir of Fury x3,
Elixir of Shock x3,
Elixir of Penetration x3,
Tears of the Falling Moon x1
All AP +10,
Max HP +150,
All Special Attack Extra Damage +10% ,
Movement Speed +3,
Critical Hit +3,
Max Stamina +200
Duration: 15 minutes

Useful Links and Credits

I would like to give a quick shoutout to the Nova Discord, which is an excellent resource for all information and up-to-date information about Nova. I highly recommend joining your class discord if you have questions about the class or would like more specialised information.

Other useful links:

Change Log

  • 08/03/2021 – posted the first version of the guide

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