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Holy Nova
Spell school:Holy
Cost:4 Mana icon.png
Abilities:Deal damage, Restore Health
Wiki tags:Area of effect
Artist:Luca Zontini
Deal 2 damage to all enemy minions. Restore 2 Health to all friendly characters.
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If the Holy Light forsakes you, good luck casting this spell. Also, you're probably a jerk.

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Holy Nova is a priest spell card, inducted into the Legacy set, formerly from the Basic set. It generates a combined AoE healing and damage effect, affecting all characters.

Other versions[]

How to get[]

Two copies of regular and golden Holy Nova are automatically given after the player completes the Ranked's New player experience system, unlocking Wild and Classic format.

They are uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Core set[]

Two copies of regular Holy Nova (Core) are obtained for raising priest to level 1.

Two copies of golden Holy Nova (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as priest.

Holy Nova (Core) is uncraftable and cannot be crafted or disenchanted.

Previous availability[]

Prior Year of the Gryphon's rotation on March 30, 2021:

  • Two copies of Holy Nova were a reward for raising a priest to level 6.
  • Two Golden copies of Holy Nova were a reward for raising a priest to levels 45 and 46.


  • This spell has two steps:
    • First, it deals damage to all enemy minions, queuing and resolving triggers;
    • Then, it heals all friendly characters, queuing and resolving triggers.
Example: an Imp Gang Boss hit by Holy Nova will generate an Imp and could cause a Knife Juggler to deal 1 damage to a Northshire Cleric, which is then healed by the same Holy Nova, causing it to draw a card.[1] Moreover, the healing part of Holy Nova can heal mortally wounded minions and heroes, preventing them from dying.[2][3]
  • As usual, Spell Damage increases the damage dealt by this spell but it does not affect the amount of Health restored.
  • Auchenai Soulpriest and Embrace the Shadow will convert Holy Nova's healing into damage, causing it to deal damage also to all friendly characters.


Holy Nova is an efficient board clear comparable to Consecration and, coupled with its Health regeneration, is the cornerstone of many popular priest sustain decks.

In Wild, Holy Nova can be extremely effective for card draw when combined with Northshire Cleric and several damaged friendly minions.


Holy Nova is a priest spell from World of Warcraft. It is an instant AoE healing and damage spell with a 10-yard range, healing the 5 lowest-health allies and dealing damage to all enemies within range. Holy Nova is mostly used for dealing instant AoE damage, such as when dealing with a hunter's Snake Trap, or when attempting to flush a rogue out of stealth, and unlike its Hearthstone incarnation, is generally ineffectual for achieving substantial healing or damage. Due largely to its disuse, with Mists of Pandaria Holy Nova was made into a glyph, removing it from priests' basic ability roster.



Holy Nova, full art

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