Nidalee Build Guide

The REAL Nidalee Guide.

Uploader Zelpharz
Updated 4 years ago
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    Greater Mark of Armor Penetration (+1.28 armor penetration)
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    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
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    Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction (-0.83% cooldowns)
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    Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration (+2.56 armor penetration)
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[center]This is the build I use, as well as a version of Hotshot's build. Hotshot is considered one of the best players in the game, and the number one Nidalee. This guide will help you learn to play Nidalee correctly. In my opinion, Nidalee is one of the best solo laners in the game. It's rare that you will lose your lane if you can play her well. Soloing top is her prime, as she can use the bushes to poke her enemy solo.[/center]

[center][imgext=] The armor penetration marks and quints are a definite on Nidalee. They will allow you to do some nice poking pre-six and ravage your enemies in cougar form. I have changed from dodge seals to armor seals because there is no longer a nimbleness mastery. Having armor seals will help you in lane against their top AD. With cooldown reduction glyphs, you can maximize your cougar DPS, and also get the most out of your heal. Just about every ability on Nidalee benefits from the glyphs. [/center]

[title][img=skills/nidalee/p.png] Passive: Prowl[/title] [number]Moving through brush increases Nidalee's movement speed by 15% for 2 seconds.[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Nidalee's passive can be very useful for catching opponents, or running away. If you are in any situation where you are chasing someone or being chased, use any nearby bushes for the speed boost. I usually go threw every bush anyway just for the boost, unless I know there's a teemo mushroom in it. Also, while laning, bushes can be very useful to use to harass players with your spear. Just use it to give yourself a speed boost for poking early game. [title][img=skills/nidalee/q.png] Q: Javelin Toss / Takedown[/title] [number]Human: Nidalee tosses her javelin, dealing 55 / 95 / 140 / 185 / 230 (+65% of ability power) magic damage on impact (deals up to 250% damage the further away the target is). Cougar: Nidalee's next attack deals additional damage based on how low her opponent's life is. Cooldown 7seconds Cost 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120mana Range 1500[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Javelin Toss is a nice ability to use for harassing. This is mainly going to be used in late game, since you should be maxing heal first. Mid to late game though, it can do some nice harassment and damage if you manage to hit one. I also love to use it to poke the enemy team right before a team fight. It can really help tremendously if you hit one on a squishy. It helps push back the enemy team allowing you to take towers and gain an advantage. In cougar, takedown is a nice skill. It does decent damage, and when your enemy is low it will do some insane burst. You're going to want to use this as your last ability in your combo while killing somebody. [title][img=skills/nidalee/w.png] W: Bushwhack / Pounce[/title] [number]Human: Nidalee lays a trap that deals 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+40% of ability power) damage over 2 seconds, reveals the target, and reduces their armor and magic resistance by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% for 12 seconds. Traps last for 4 minutes. Cougar: Nidalee lunges forward, dealing damage to surrounding enemies. Pounce is not affected by cooldown reduction. Cooldown 18seconds Cost 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120mana Range 900[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] This is another amazing skill Nidalee has. Her Bushwhack is very useful while laning. You should be putting a trap in all possible gank bushes/areas. You can also put it down in useful area's such as their blue, or dragon/baron. It will give you full vision of the enemy if they hit it. It's also useful to scout bushes if you are suspicious, and its also an amazing way of detecting traps and killing them. You can no longer find wards and kill them, but traps are still amazing to use. Now for pounce on the other hand, this is just amazing. Pounce can be VERY useful in different ways. 1. Pounce is great for farming minions. Just initiate the minions with pounce and spam your e+q. 2. When you're in cougar and spamming pounce, it's really easy to catch people or run away. 3. My favorite thing about pounce is that it's so easy to keep your rageblade stacks up. You should ALWAYS keep them up. 4. You can also pounce over certain walls which I have showed you a few chapters below. [title][img=skills/nidalee/e.png] E: Primal Surge / Swipe[/title] [number]Human: Nidalee heals an ally champion for 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+125% of ability power) and grants them a 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60% attack speed for 7 seconds. Cougar: Nidelee claws at enemies in front of her. Cooldown 10seconds Cost 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85mana Range 600[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Nidalee's heal, Primal Surge, is in my opinion her best ability. You should be maxing this first ALWAYS. In a solo lane you will basically never lose by maxing it. It's also amazing support for early game team fights. If you manage to get a full build on Nid, this will heal for close to 1000. Her heal is also great for pushing towers. Use it for the attack speed increase to down a tower quicker. Even with the most recent nerf to her heal, it's still most useful to max it first. It will allow you to sustain in lane quite well. Primal Swipe is a very good ability for farming. Once you are farmed enough you can basically one shot minions. It's hitbox is also a little more than melee range, so you can poke people very easily. [title][img=skills/nidalee/r.png] R: Aspect Of The Cougar[/title] [number]Passive: Each additional rank increases the effectiveness of Nidalee's cougar abilities. Nidalee transforms into a vicious cougar, gaining 20 movement speed and a new set of abilities. Cooldown 4seconds Range 20[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Her ultimate, cougar form, is pretty much self explanatory. Having cougar form is just amazing. Also, if you are chasing somebody or running away you obviously should be in cougar form because of the movement speed increase + pounce.

[center][imgext=] For the skill sequence, you ALWAYS want to max heal first. It is extremely nice early game, and the extra attack speed is insane for poking enemys and towers. You also will need one point in your trap for vision/protection. It's pretty much an easy skill order. Just max heal, spear, then trap. Many people like to max spear first, which I think is viable if you are duo laning with another person, but if you are soloing top which most people do nowadays, it is much better to max heal for the sustain.[/center]

The items I have picked are by far the best for Nidalee. They allow you to dominate. With the items I have chosen, they allow you to do a huge amount of burst, and your heal will also heal for an insane amount late game. I will write a short definition on all of them here. With the most recent changes I have seen some people building AD. It's not bad, but I don't like it. Building AP gives you more damage in cougar, more damage with your spears, and of course greater heals. Nidalee wasn't made to be tanky. I still use the same build I always have, but I've made it optional to get a RoA if you think you need it. [imgext=]Doran's Ring : Very useful because of the Health, and with the AP your heal is much more useful. Also, since you don't have mana regen runes this also helps. [imgext=]Mercury Treads : No other choice for Nidalee. The magic resist is extremely useful, and since most of your DPS is in cougar form and you are fairly squishy, the 35% CC reduction is extremely nice. If you are facing a team without much cc reduction or AP, then Ninja Tabi will work. [imgext=]Gunisoo's Rageblade : This is Nidalee's prime item. The AD/AP maximizes her DPS and heals, and it's very easy to keep the stacks up with her pounce. Try keeping the stacks up at all times, you never know when you will need them. or [imgext=]Rod of Ages : I have found that getting RoA is pretty good if you think you need it. If you are somehow getting dominated in your lane, you should grab a RoA for more health. I suggest getting a catalyst first for the sustain, and then rushing the full rod asap. [imgext=]Lich Bane : I love this item. It has everything you could ask for. AP, movement speed, magic resist, mana, and of course the sheen effect. Some people like getting Rabadon's before this, which is ok, but the reason I mainly get LB first if because I like to backdoor, which Nidalee is very good at. If you choose not to backdoor, then getting a Rabadons before LB is fine. [imgext=]Rabadon's Deathcap : I don't think I even need to explain why this is good. Once you buy it, you will see a huge increase in damage/healing. As I said above, if you don't plan on backdooring, then you might as well grab a Rabadon's first. [imgext=]Banshee's Vail : By now, you will be pretty damn squishy. Everything about banshee's is very good for you, and it's just something you NEED to get if the game lasts this long. This will help you get out of bad situations, and of course the health and mana help. [imgext=]Void Staff : It's pretty unlikely for a game to still be going on before you get this, but if it does, I recommend getting a void staff. The extra magic pen will help counter any defense the other team has.

[center]Farming on Nidalee is VERY easy. Once you have cougar form, you can obviously just pounce onto minions and spam e+q. Of course, playing as Nidalee, you should be farming as much as you can while you aren't doing anything else, since the cost of her full build is fairly expensive. Another thing you can do to to make farming easier is that you can bushwhack a full line of creeps which will make your w and e combo one hit caster minions during lower levels. You basically want to spam her abilites, it will just make everything go faster. [/center]

[center]Nidalee is a really great pusher. I think that anytime you go to farm top or bottom and nobody is around, you should push towers. Nidalee is great for this because she can kill minions fast, and with the attack speed buff from your heal, towers die fairly quick. Don't be afraid to over extend. It's not always a bad thing for them to focus on you. Most of the time when you see someone coming for you, or even there whole team, you will be able to find your way to safety, especially with both of your summoners. It's pretty much a win-win situation. It gives your team time to push while they are focusing on stopping you. For example, if your team is working on stopping or getting a kill on dragon, go ahead and backdoor top. In my opinion, Nidalee is one of the best at back dooring. Also, remember to save your sheen for turrets. Also, just to add a little more detail, when killing a tower, if you know you're safe, you should walk ahead of the tower while it's killing your minions and clear the on coming wave.[/center]

[center]Nidalee can be very useful in team fights. You NEVER want to go into team fights right off the start with cougar. If you are usually the first one to be focused, try to stay in human form and support your team with heals/spears/traps. If you lose the team fight and you need to get away, there are a number of walls you can pounce through, such as at baron, dragon, and many other places, as seen below. Before your team engages most team fights, there will be alot of foreplay. I usually can poke them with spears while waiting, and setting up a few traps. When engaging, I suggest you stay in human and support with heals while poking. Basically just spam everything. You also want to give the AS buff to any AD carry as you engage. If you are winning the team fight and nobody on your team really needs heals, then I usually will go fight in cougar. If you're losing, I would stay in human and back off while still supporting, unless you think you can go around and clean up a kill or two. I only recommend doing this if you have your summoners up. [highlight]Also, just to emphasize this even more, you should ONLY go into a team fight with cougar if its very obvious that your team is winning and you can go in there without taking much damage and are able to clean up some kills.[/highlight][/center]

[center]Warding on Nidalee is also a very important aspect the game, as well as in general. Having wards up will protect you from ganks, and also alert you when you enemys are coming while you are back dooring. Since anytime you play Nidalee, you should almost always be in top lane, I made this map of all of the viable wards that you should put down while playing her. [imgext=] You obviously don't have to put down wards in every single one of these spots, but I recommend having at least 1 up top at all times for vision. It's also very good to ward there red and blue especially. Doing this will allow you to try to steal there blue, or your team can pick up an easy kill. [/center]

[center]Nidalee's traps are very useful. First of all, during laning phase you are going to obviously want to toss traps into bushes that you may be ganked from, and bushes in your lane. The best part of her traps though, is what she used to be able to do with them. She used to be able to find wards and kill them, but with the nerf to them you no longer can. This is not the end of the world though, as the traps are still very useful to put down during lane phase, as well as other times.[/center]

[center]The jumps shown here are the most important jumps you can make in my opinion. [imgext=] Here's a video of me showing some of the jumps you are able to make. [youtube][/youtube][/center]

Pros: - Good Damage - Great Heals - Great awareness with traps - Good get away - Decent Harasser - Great pusher Cons: - Squishy - Bad on mana until late game, unless you have blue.

[center]To summarize this, I am just going to say that Nidalee is in my opinion one of the best champions in the game, as well as the most fun, because of all of her different abilities. Feel free to comment on my guide and let me know if you have any questions. Good luck! [imgext=][/center]

3/22/11 - Guide Created 3/23/11 - Added chapter "pouncing through walls" ; Added chapter "pushing" 3/26/11 - Added chapter "using her traps" 3/31/11 - Edited many chapters 4/2/11 - Edited chapter organization ; Edited chapters "farming" , "pushing" and "team fights". 4/3/11 - Added chapter "warding" 8/5/11 - Edited chapter "Using her traps". 11/23/11 - Edited "runes", "masteries", "item builds", "summoner spells", and many chapters.

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