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The Nova is a good all-rounder as M3 class ships go. Moderate speed, average weapon power, shields on the heavier side for Commonwealth ships and the unusual addition of a rear turret, the Nova and its variants are popular choices for pilots looking for a heavy fighter.
The Raider variant is widely regarded as the variant of choice.
When the long serving Argon Elite was originally retired, the Argon military was left without an M3 fighter, until a group of shipwrights in Omicron Lyrae came up with plans for a new type of ship. Shortly afterwards, the Nova was born, and after two years of testing virtually all of the older Elite class ships had been replaced with this new craft.
This version is the unembellished variant of the Nova. It features average speed, heavy shields, and good firepower for a heavy fighter.
 Nova Prototype
The Nova Prototype is not available for sale, but offers superior shields, weapon recharge, and speed.
 Nova Raider
The Nova Raider remedies the primary deficiency in the Nova design, speed.
It is a great ship of choice, with powerful shielding and weaponry. Players generally stuff the front with HEPT, and back with PAC to shoot missiles. However, this ship is not as agile as the Mamba, and so many players choose to instead hand off their Nova Raider to NPCs.
 Nova Sentinel
The Sentinel features greater energy capacity for shields at the cost of speed and cargo capacity.
 Nova Vanguard
The Vanguard features greater speed, weapons and shield capacity at the cost of cargo capacity.
 Pirate Nova
Slower and less energy.
 Pirate Nova Raider
Slower than the Argon Nova Raider. Similar characteristics to standard Argon Nova.
 Physical Characteristics
Combat in the Nova is simple; point and shoot. The rear turret is used by most players in missile defense mode with a light weapon such as the IRE installed but it can be used with a bigger gun to provide a little more fire support in a dogfight.
The Prototype, Pirate Nova, and Pirate Nova Raider are not sold at shipyards and must be captured or purchased in space or bought from used ship sellers.
|Variant||Argon Prime||Cloudbase South East||Omicron Lyrae||Light of Heart||Legend's Home||Argon Sector M148|
 Suggested Roles
Space Superiority Fighter
Capital ship killer
Interceptor, due to its usually low speed, unless it's the Raider variant.
Point Defense fighter
 See Also
|Ships by Class|
|Capital||M1 • M2 / M2+ • M7 / M7M / M7C|
|Escort||M6 / M6+ • M8|
|Fighter||M3 / M3+ • M4 / M4+ • M5|
|Transport||TL • TS / TS+ • TP • TM|
|Argon||Nova (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Boron||Barracuda (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced) (Prototype)|
|Paranid||Perseus (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Pirate||Blastclaw (Prototype) • Nova (Raider) • Falcon (Vanguard)|
|Split||Mamba (Raider) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Advanced)|
|Teladi||Falcon (Hauler) (Sentinel) (Vanguard) (Prototype)|
|Terran||#deca.cefa • Scimitar • Spitfyre • Xperimental Shuttle|
|Yaki||Susanowa (Hauler) (Raider) (Prototype)|