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TypeFlying Enemy
EnvironmentAstral Infection
Damage45 / 90 Expert Mode / 135 Master Mode (pre-Astrum Aureus)
75 / 150 Expert Mode / 225 Master Mode (post-Astrum Aureus)
Max Life230 / 460 Expert Mode / 690 Master Mode (pre-Astrum Aureus)
350 / 700 Expert Mode / 1050 Master Mode (post-Astrum Aureus)
Defense15 (pre-Astrum Aureus)
25 (post-Astrum Aureus)
KB Resist50% / 55% Expert Mode / 60% Master Mode (pre-Astrum Aureus)
60% / 64% Expert Mode / 68% Master Mode (post-Astrum Aureus)
Inflicts debuffAstral Infection (debuff)Astral Infection (debuff)
100% chance
Debuff duration2 seconds
Debuff tooltipYour flesh is melting off
Immune toAstral Infection (debuff)ConfusedKami FluPoisoned
BannerNova BannerNova Banner

The Nova is a Hardmode enemy which spawns on the Surface Astral Infection biome. Initially, it loosely hovers near the player. If it maintains a line of sight on the player for long enough, it starts pulsating and stops in place, then begins to accelerate in a straight line until it collides with the player or any surface, exploding on contact.



  • The BestiaryBestiary entry for the Nova: "The process of forced biological mutation is potent with the astral virus, and the byproducts are volatile. Most creatures discharge this chemical gradually and lose that liability— but a Nova stores it."
  • This enemy is named after a nova (Latin for "new", as in "new star"); a strong and rapid increase in the brightness of a star.