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Nova equipped with the C-20A

The C-20A is a terran canister rifle. It is the successor to the C-10.[1] In use by 2503,[2][3] it may be used as a sniper rifle.[4] The rifle continued to see use well after the End War.[5]


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The C-20A

The C-20A is a versatile firearm that combines powerful long-range sniper capabilities with ease of use in mid-range engagements. It improves upon the standard issue C-10 across all areas of performance.[5]

Assault Rifle[]

The C-20A can be customized quickly into an assault rifle, especially effective in close quarters.[1] It has a 24-round magazine and is referred to as the C-20A gauss rifle in this mode.[6]

Grenade Launcher[]

The C-20A features an in-built grenade launcher attachment, capable of lobbing a variety of grenades.[1] Known varieties include:

In early builds, these grenades were referred to as "canisters." Nova could use fragmentation canisters, sticky canisters, EMP canisters, irradiate canisters, smoke canisters, stasis canisters, hellfire canisters, and lockdown canisters.[7]

Sniper Rifle[]

The C-20A can function as a sniper rifle. By attaching a scope, the C-20A effectively becomes a sniper rifle. It gives info on the target such as health, range and whether they can be locked down.[1]

Other Functions[]

The following section contains information from Heroes of the Storm that is ambiguously canonical.

A tripod may be attached to the rifle.[8] It is also capable of firing explosive and tazer rounds.[9]

Game Effect[]

The C-20A canister rifle is a choice for Nova's weapon slot in Nova Covert Ops, and is obtained during the mission "The Escape".[5] Unlike in Wings of Liberty it can snipe mechanical units.

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C-20A Canister Rifle

Sniper rifle. Can use Snipe to deal 125 damage to a target enemy unit at long range. Can attack ground and air units.

Innate Ability: Snipe

Deals 125 damage to target enemy ground or air units from long range. Cannot target structures.

Hotkey Q
Cost 25 Energy
Range 10
C-20A canister rifle
  • Anti-ground
  • Anti-air


Early concept art

The C-20A in Overwatch

  • The C-20A appears in Overwatch via the Nova skin for Widowmaker, replacing her standard rifle (though otherwise functioning identically).


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Kenyon, Nate. (September 27, 2011). StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.
  3. September 27, 2011. "Timeline." StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). pp. 393-416. ISBN 978-1439-10938-0.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Ghost of a Chance (in English). 2010-07-27.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Nova Covert Ops (in English). 2016-03-29.
  6. IGN videos. Accesssed on 2008-01-26
  7. 2014-18-12, StarCraft: Ghost Demo Build., accessed on 2020-02-16
  8. Nova Skins, Heroes of the Storm Wiki. Accessed on 2015-04-11
  9. Nova Talents, Heroes of the Storm Wiki. Accessed on 2015-04-11
  10. BSTRhino. 2005-05-20. StarCraft: Ghost at E3 2005. Accessed 2008-07-19.
  11. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Get it Together (in English). 2013-03-12.
  12. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Heart of the Swarm, Back in the Saddle (in English). 2013-03-12.
  13. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Transmission (in English). 2013-03-12.