|Sword Skill Info|
|Weapon Skill||One-Handed Sword|
Nova Ascension is the most powerful sword skill in the one-handed sword category besides Phantom Rave.
This skill consists of a total of ten hits. The first hit is a slash starting from the top right to bottom left. The user pauses for a millisecond before slashing horizontally from left to right before slashing again from bottom right to top left. The fourth hit is a repeat of the first one. The fifth one is a repeat of the third hit. The sixth is an immediate return hit from the fifth one and goes from bottom left to top right. The user then spins clockwise, sending a wave of energy that makes up the seventh hit. Going against their own momentum, the user spins counterclockwise and deals the eighth hit in a similar manner to the seventh. The ninth hit is a slash from top right to bottom left performed while doing a front flip. This hit is performed so quickly someone watching from afar won't even be able to make out the ninth hit. The final hit is a devastating frontal thrust. At this point, viewers from afar will only count nine hits but it really is ten.
The user initiates the skill by standing at a 90-degree angle relative to the target with their sword 10 degrees relative to their body position and 190 degrees relative to the target.
|Volume XI, Chapter I, Part II||N/A||N/A||Shiota, having transferred her SAO data to ALO, discovers that her levels and stats were also transferred. She tests out Nova Ascension on an attacking Salamander.|
|Volume XIII, Chapter II, Part III||N/A||N/A||Shiota uses Nova Ascension to start her duel with General Eugene during the latter's attempt to interrupt a deal between the Sylphs and Cait Siths.|