Nova Skill [Mass Effect Andromeda]

This is a Mass Effect Andromeda skills page on the Nova skill. Here you’ll find information about the plethora of dangerous skills used in Mass Effect Andromeda.

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Nova Skill 

Channels energy into a point-blank, high-damage explosion around the user.

Skill Upgrades 
Rank Rank 1 Rank 2 Rank 3 Rank 4 Rank 5 Rank 6
Damage & Force Radius Anti-Armor Anti-Shield Seismic Nova Shield Power
Upgrade Name  Nova Radius Damage & Force

Upgrade Description

Name Rank Skill Point Cost Description Bonus
Nova 1 1 Channels energy into a point-blank, high-damage explosion around the user.
  • Area Damage: 400
  • Effect Radius (m): 4
  • Force: 450
  • Recharge Time (s):12
Radius 2 2
  • +25% Damage Radius
Damage & Force 3 3
  • +15% Damage
  • +25% Force
Damage & Force 4 4
  • +30% Damage
  • +30% Force
Radius 4 4
  • +40% Damage Radius
Anti-Armor 5 5 Increased damage to enemy armor.
  • +60% Damage vs. Armor
Anti-Shield 5 5 Increased damage to enemy shields.
  • +60% Damage vs. Shields
Seismic Nova 6 6 Knocks enemies to the ground and primes them for combo detonations. Only unarmored, unshielded, normal-sized enemies are affected.
  • +30% Damage
  • +30% Force
Shield-Powered 6 6 Nova has no recharge time, but consumes shields when used.
  • Shield Cost: 100%


Main Article: Best Biotic Build

The nova can be upgraded to a seismic nova. This means that you can prime them for combo detonations. However, armored and shielded opponents are unaffected by these.

You can use detonators like charge, throwlance, and the like to create a biotic combo. 

For an adept build, this will be your main damaging skill. Upgraded with damage and force, anti-armor, and shield-powered, this skill will devastate your foes in the battlefield. With the shield-powered upgrade, you can use this skill until your shields are drained.

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