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FFVII Super Nova

Super Nova in Final Fantasy VII.

A blast of such despair that it can send destruction even into other dimensions.
—Menu description of Sephiroth's EX Burst, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy

Supernova (スーパーノヴァ, Sūpānova?), also known as Super Nova and Sunburst, is a recurring enemy ability. It generally deals a large amount of non-elemental magic damage to all opponents. The same spell is also used by several enemies as a powerful move intended to finish off the player party.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Super Nova is a powerful attack used by Safer∙Sephiroth. Its animation in the original Japanese version was short and it didn't deal fractional damage, instead dealing damage in the ~2000 range. The animation was greatly extended in the world-wide release, and the attack's properties were changed. The original Super Nova animation showed three bodies slowly encompassed in bubbles of white light, which completely disappear after the light fades. The extended Super Nova animation is the longest in the game, showing the destruction of most of the planets, including the dwarf planet Pluto (Saturn, despite losing it rings is spared from destruction, as well as Uranus, Neptune and Mars) in the solar system by use of a comet that originated from outside the Milky Way.

The extended version of Super Nova inflicts massive damage and status effects, but cannot actually kill a target as it does Gravity-based damage reducing the player's HP by 15/16th of their current HP, and may cause Confuse, Silence, and Slow. The attack can be used more than once by Safer∙Sephiroth and accompanies every use of the move Pale Horse.

In Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-, it is said that Super Nova is Sephiroth's Limit Break, by a Sephiroth fan in the Sector 6 park.

Final Fantasy XEdit

Sunburst is a Mix ability. Some sources incorrectly claim it deals two hits of 9999, but it is in fact a single hit for 19,998.

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Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Sunburst is a Mix ability, which deals roughly 6,000 non-elemental damage to all enemies.

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Final Fantasy XIEdit

Supernova is an ability used by Shinryu. Aside from inflicting magical damage in an area of effect, it also inflicts Doom on players caught in range.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Ereshkigal can use Super Nova in battle. In the final battle against Bhunivelze's third form, he uses an ability called Hypernova, which is based on Supernova. Hypernova deals heavy damage and dispels all status effects and status ailments from himself and Lightning.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

Nael deus Darnus uses Super Nova during the final phase of the fight against her inside the Holocharts of the Second Coil of Bahamut. The ability targets a single player to create an area-of-effect field that slows the player's movement speed and inflicts heavy damage to the target and other players near them.

Final Fantasy Legends: Toki no SuishōEdit

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Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

Super Nova
Ruination to all.
—Sephiroth

Super Nova is Sephiroth's EX Burst. Its animation is similar to its Final Fantasy VII incarnation, although the animation is much shorter. It consists of Sephiroth posing while the mathematical formula used in the original attack is shown.

If the player completes the EX Burst correctly the enemy is thrown into the expanding sun. Scenes like the comet appearing, the solar system being destroyed, and the sun exploding are not present. If the player fails to fill the bar entirely, Sephiroth simply performs an exploding slash with his katana. Super Nova is labeled as a Limit Break in this game.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Super Nova returns as Sephiroth's EX Burst. On perfect execution it has slightly less power than in Dissidia, but is otherwise identical.

Pictlogica Final FantasyEdit

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Final Fantasy Airborne BrigadeEdit

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Final Fantasy ArtniksEdit

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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

Supernova is the enemy ability that is used by Safer Sephiroth during battle.

Final Fantasy Brave ExviusEdit

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Mobius Final FantasyEdit

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GalleryEdit

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EtymologyEdit

A supernova is an astronomical event that occurs during the last stellar evolutionary stages of a massive star's life, whose dramatic and catastrophic destruction is marked by one final titanic explosion. For a short time, this causes the sudden appearance of a 'new' bright star, before slowly fading from sight over several weeks or months.

A sunburst is a design or figure commonly used in architectural ornaments and design patterns. It consists of rays or "beams" radiating out from a central disk in the manner of sunbeams.

TriviaEdit

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Formula.

  • The equations used at the start of Sephiroth's Super Nova are of no coincidence and are genuine equations used in Astrophysics. They are as follows:
\Phi\,\! = WU\gamma\,\! + RU\rho\,\! + SU\gamma\,\!U\rho\,\!
W = -SU\gamma\,\!\Phi\,\!
AU = (GMek^{-2})^{1/3}
n = \pi\,\!r^2
The first two equations calculate the sun's and planet's potential attractive forces, however it incorrectly uses gamma instead of lambda. The third equation calculates the Earth's potential attractive forces and the fourth misstates that the asteroid is working on a two-dimensional level, as it is the equation for the area of a circle, all to direct the energy used to cause the supernova. However, it should be noted that the sun cannot actually supernova, being too small to explode in such a fashion.
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  • Ptolemy's diagram of the celestial spheres, also known as the classical planets, or the "Seven Heavens", is used in the Super Nova animation. Since there are seven, this can be seen as another allusion the game has to the number seven.
    • Pluto is among the planets destroyed by Super Nova, as it was still considered a planet until eight years after the game's release. However, neither Pluto, Neptune, nor Uranus had been discovered when Ptolemy conceived of the celestial spheres.
  • The Ptolemy celestial diagram also appears during Eden's summon animation in Final Fantasy VIII.

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