Piercing Beam is the signature attack of the Nova Skeleton. It is a medium-width beam of energy emitted from its body, possessing considerable power, as well as long but limited range.
This ability can be obtained from the Nova Skeleton by several playable characters in several games. It can be obtained by Soma Cruz by capturing a Beam Skeleton's soul in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (called Skeleton Beam) and Harmony of Despair. Shanoa is able to absorb its related glyph (called Nitesco) in Order of Ecclesia and Harmony of Despair. In Portrait of Ruin, Charlotte Aulin has a beam attack (unrelated to the Nova Skeleton) called Piercing Beam that has unlimited range, but she can use the classic Nova Skeleton's beam (also called Piercing Beam) in Harmony of Despair by capturing its attack.
Game specific information
The Nitesco glyph is both a Flame and Light spell which emits a purplish beam that reaches about half the screen's length. When used with another Nitesco glyph in a Glyph Union, the beam becomes twice as wide and long, and deals twice as much damage. When used with any normal weapon glyph, it turns into the Glyph Union Venus, where the Nitesco beam is swung overhead like a giant sword. Nitesco is not compatible with any other glyph.
|Item Data: Piercing Beam|
|Image||Name - Game|
|Type / Users||Attributes / Consume||Statistics / Sell||Found||Notes|
|Fires a deadly beam.|| Bullet Soul|
| Attrib: Flame|
Consume: 28 MP
| 180 AP|| Rarity: 15|
Drop: Beam Skeleton
|Fire a concentrated beam of powerful light.|| Magic Spell|
| Attrib: Holy|
Consume: 30 MP
| Base Attack: 10/20 (Half/Full charge)|| Find: Master's Keep|| Effect: Fires a straight beam of light in front that hits enemies twice.|
Special: Fully charged: The beam of light becomes larger and more damaging.
|Concentrate magic energy into a destructive beam.|| Glyph|
| Attrib: Flame, Light|
Consume: 20 MP
| ATK +9|| Steal: Nova Skeleton|
|'|| Glyph Union|
| Attrib: Flame and Light|
Consume: 20 Hearts
| ATK = 15×3|| Effect: Giant beam attack.|
Notes: Nitesco is Latin for "To Begin Shining", Nitens is Latin for "Beaming".
|'|| Glyph Union|
| Attrib: Slash, Flame and Light|
Consume: 15 Hearts
| ATK = 43|| Effect: Overhead beam-sword swing.|
Notes: Latin for "Venus".
|Fire a beam at enemies.|| Bound Spell|
|Consume: 15 MP|| ATK +8|| Rarity: ****|
Bind: Nova Skeleton
First Obtained: Chapter 5
|Fire a beam at enemies.|| Bullet Soul|
|Consume: 15 MP|| ATK +8|| Rarity: ***|
Steal: Nova Skeleton (2.8%)