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Null Star
Creates anti-matter particles that orbit Nova and seek nearby targets.
Strength:80 / 100 / 120 / 150 (DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage)
Duration:3 / 4 / 5 / 6 (particles)
Range:7 / 8 / 10 / 12 m (attack radius)
Misc:1 s (attack interval)
∞ (particle duration)
5 % (damage reduction per particle)
Subsumable to Helminth

  • Nova creates 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 antimatter particles that orbit her and automatically launch themselves one by one every 1 second at enemies within 7 / 8 / 10 / 12 meters. Each particle persists on Nova indefinitely until launched, passively grants +5% Damage Reduction to Nova's Health while orbiting around her, and inflicts 80 / 100 / 120 / 150 DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash damage on hit.
  • While active, a counter becomes visible on the ability icon that displays the number of available particles.
  • Damage reduction also applies to energy drained by Quick Thinking.
  • Nova cannot be knocked down while casting Null Star.
  • Null Star cannot be recast until all particles have been used.
  • Subsuming Nova to the Helminth will offer Null Star and its augments to be used by other Warframes.
    • If GarudaIcon272.png Garuda subsumes Null Star or Nova subsumes BloodAltar130xDark.png Blood Altar, then the particles will not target enemies currently impaled by Blood Altar.

Main article: Neutron Star

Neutron Star is a Warframe Augment Mod for NovaIcon272.png Nova that allows all active NullStar130xDark.png Null Star particles to be detonated by pressing the ability key (1 ), dealing area-of-effect damage and DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast proc.

Rank DmgBlastSmall64.png Blast Damage Radius Cost
0 60 4 6
1 80 5 7
2 100 6 8
3 120 8 9

Tips & Tricks
  • Because each particle grants 5% damage reduction, the maximum amount of damage reduction currently achievable is 90%. A total of 18 particles is needed to reach this value. This is achievable with at least +200% modded Ability Duration for a max rank Null Star.
  • When you are full on energy and come across extra energy spheres laying on the floor, you can cast a "free" Null Star and instantly go back to full energy. This allows you to easily keep stars active for each encounter.
  • Stars will launch themselves at unaware enemies, alerting them if they survive. This makes this ability sub-optimal for stealth oriented missions.
  • For offensive purposes, it can deal a good amount of damage to a single target by itself, dealing a total of 1200 damage after all six particles have launched (or more, if you are using Mod TT 20px.png Continuity and Mod TT 20px.png Constitution). Keep in mind that each particle will stun on hit, allowing you to continually stagger a target while you attack them.
  • Defensively, it is wise to use it before reviving an ally or accessing a terminal, as you are very vulnerable when doing either. Activating Null Star beforehand can stun or kill any enemies nearby that decide to attack you, preventing you from taking a lot of unnecessary damage.
  • On higher enemy ranks Nova may wish to use the skill in the same manner as RhinoIcon272.png Rhino's IronSkin130xDark.png Iron Skin and recast it every time it is depleted as this will prevent her from being blindsided by enemies that are stuck in corners or behind obstacles. This is particularly important in Grineer tilesets because infantry will often jam themselves into corners on either side of the round doorways and open fire as soon as the player passes by.
  • To focus on keeping Null Star particles for damage reduction, it might be beneficial to have Ability Range lower than 100%. Lower range will prevent particles from seeking enemies at a distance.
  • Null Star particles will seek deactivated Bursa in range. It is advisable to stay away to prevent wasting the particles.
  • The Mod TT 20px.png Molecular Fission augment will allow MolecularPrime130xDark.png Molecular Prime to restore up to two charges of Null Star per enemy killed while under its effects.

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  • If you are spamming melee attacks while you cast or right after you cast Null Star, it will render you unable to perform any melee attack for a short duration even though your cast animation is already finished.



Patch History[]

Hotfix 31.3.1 (2022-03-29)

  • Fixed being able to hit 100% invulnerability when combining Nova’s Null Stars and Helminth’s +100% Duration Invigoration.
    • The usual modding limit for maximum Duration on Null Star would allow a maximum of 90% damage reduction. But with the addition of the Nira’s Hatred mod and Helminth’s +100% Duration Invigoration, it pushed over that limit to reach 95% and even 100% damage resistance, which would make you invincible until you had lost a few stars. This was not intended and has been fixed to return it back to maintain the 90% max damage reduction.

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