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Nova's Shank

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Unlock Level No level requirement
Inventory Slot Melee
Melee Type Knife • Sharp
Damage 30 42.5 55 67.5 80
Knockdown 30 42.5 55 67.5 80
Charge Time 0s 0.5s 1s 1.5s 2s
Range 1.5 meters
Concealment 30
Internal name toothbrush

Nova's Shank is a melee weapon available in PAYDAY 2 that was added in Update #44. It is available to players who have joined the Official PAYDAY 2 Group on Steam and completed the Hoxton Breakout heist.


Despite its size and shabby appearance, the Nova's Shank deals out damage and knockdown on par with most other knives. The weapon swings absurdly fast, with the relatively low damage being a minor problem due to being able to strike several times where a knife would only manage a single swing. A downside is that the Nova's range is somewhat lower than most knives.


  • Players deal more damage per second with this weapon by attacking as quickly as possible, rather than fully charging attacks.
  • If a player wishes for more damage, it is recommended that they get Berserker, Pumping Iron and Bloodthirst Aced from the Brawler skill tree.
  • If a player wishes for more knockdown, use Martial Arts Aced.


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Hurt an enemy with the Nova's Shank melee weapon.
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Complete the Prison Nightmare job on the Hard difficulty or above by having 1 player playing as Hoxton, all having Nova's Shank melee weapon equipped, and are only allowed to kill enemies using Nova's Shank. You have to have played the heist from start to end. Unlocks the "Risen Houston" mask.
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In the Hell's Island Job, kill 13 enemies with the Nova's Shank Melee on the OVERKILL difficulty or above.


  • A shank or shiv is a makeshift blade commonly crafted and used by prisoners, which fits Hoxton's Fugitive role. The Nova is the second makeshift weapon in the series, next to the Machete Knife.
    • As such, there are two achievements requiring the usage of this melee weapon in prison-orientated heists. 
  • The Nova's Shank is a reference to the Creatures former member, Nova, when he and the Creatures were playing an early PAYDAY: The Heist, he noticed in the mission Panic Room, that there was a giant toothbrush in one of the apartments. Overkill saw this video and in a further update, made the toothbrush even bigger.[1]
  • The Nova's Shank is used by Wolf to stab a prison guard in the Breakout trailer.


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