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Nidalee Build Guide by HeKillHeOp

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League of Legends Build Guide Author HeKillHeOp

Humans? Overrated. Cougars are in.

HeKillHeOp Last updated on May 1, 2012
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Ability Sequence

3
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
1
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

Hello, I am HeKillHeOp, and this is my first guide, which will be focusing on nidalee. Nidalee can be played AD, AP, or Hybrid, but i prefer AD. Please leave any comments/constructive criticism.


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Pros / Cons

PROS

  • Lots of damage
  • Fun to play
  • Nyan cat
  • Easier to play(in my opinion)
SPACE

CONS

  • Early game not too good
  • Has to get in melee range, which is dangerous
  • Vulnerable to CC


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Runes

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Health
3
I use ArmorPen marks because the extra armor penetration is amazing. I use Armor seals because most of the time, solo top is ad, and the armor helps alot. I use Magic Resist Glyphs per Level because the magic resist is great against late game ap carries like veiar. Health Quints are great because they help with laning alot!


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Masteries

Masteries
3/5
1/1
4/1
4/1
1/1
1/5
3/1
3/1
1/
1/5
3/1
4/1
1/1

21-9-0 masteries for AD nidalee. There's a point in butcher for easier last hitting. Defensive mastery tree for easier laning.


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Items

Item Sequence











Doran's Blade
450

Doran's Blade
450

Boots of Speed
300

The Brutalizer
1337

Phage
1250

Wit's End
2500

Mercury's Treads
1100

Frozen Mallet
3100

Atma's Impaler
2300


Start with a Doran's Blade, then depending on how you're doing, buy one or two more blades. After the next recall, buy boots of speed and if you can, Wriggle's Lantern and maybe The Brutalizer. Then, go back and buy a Phage, lead up with Wit's End, Frozen Mallet, Atma's Impaler, and Warmog's Armor depending on the enemy team comp.


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Situational Items

Maw of Malmortius If you're getting raped by the enemy AP carry, and you need some solid offense, this is the item for you. Although it's new, i've tried it out many times and it's worked almost every time.
Thornmail is a great item against fed ad carries.
Quicksilver Sash If they enemy team has heavy CC like Event Horizon or Puncturing Taunt.
Infinity Edge if you're really fed and want extra firepower, get this item.


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

I max Javelin Toss / Takedown first for better harass with human form and cougar form. Next, max Primal Surge / Swipe for easier laning. Take an early point in Bushwhack / Pounce for more map awareness.


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Skills

A great skill in both aspects. Javelin Toss is great for poking, but remember, DON'T USE IT EARLY GAME. It's just a waste of mana! Takedown, on the other hand is great for killing low life targets. It's pretty much the same thing as Garen Ult, but not as much damage.
Bushwhack is one of the most useful skills i've ever seen. It's almost the same as a wriggles lantern, and it forces bad players that you and I once were(but we still are bad to a lesser, but still somewhat big extent). Pounce is great for juking, and chasing. A few chapters down there is a mini tutorial on how to juke.
This skill is great for laning. And, remember to use it before you go into cougar form for the extra attack speed. Swipe is great for farming, first, Pounce in then Swipe, then auto attack them to death.
This spell is awesome. Just awesome. It allows you to turn into a cat, juke, etc.


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Summoner Spells

Flash is a great skill for chasing and running, even after the nerf.
Another great skill for killing low life enemies, and for countering healers like Doctor Mundo and Volibear.

ALTERNATIVES


Great for chasing and escaping, but imo, flash is better.
Good if you go back alot and don't want to lose cs or exp.
Good for mitigating the damage of AD carries and also good for chasing.
VERY good after the buff, and the nerf wasn't that bad.
[icon-smite size=75] unless you're jungling, no.

NON-VIABLE SUMMONER SPELLS


You're not going to die that much are you?
ad nidalee doesn't have that many mana problems.
super minion isn't that useful, as it pushes your lane.
The ap pretty much goes to waste on this build.
Leave this to your support.


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Laning

Try to get a solo top lane, but if you can't get a bot lane with a support like Sona.

You want to lane against enemies like Nasus, who don't have a blink like Riven or Jarvan IV.


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Top Lane Opponents

Warwick He's pretty tough if he's good. His sustain is really good, and he has a short, but ranged poke.
Udyr So strong right now. Dat turtle sustain bro.
Irelia She's one of the best solo top picks out there. Her sustain is great, her harass is great, everything is great. Better nerf Irelia.
Shyvana she will bully you if you try to harass her, and with her damage, will rape you if you try to pounce on her.
Renekton If he plays passive, just harass him, then it's a free lane.
Nasus I've only played against one Nasus so far, and he was bad. Even though it was a pre-made normal queue, he was just bad. So in my experiences, he's just free farm.


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Bot Lane

If you're here, then the communication during champion select was probably really bad.

But if you do get bot lane, try to lane with babysitters like Sona and Alistar, or get supports like Blitzcrank or Nautilus. Just last hit the minions as much as possible.

This video tells you how to last hit, in it, it shows you the benefits of last hitting. An obvious one is more farm. The creator is TheLolAddict on youtube.


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Juking with Pounce

Aspect Of The Cougar is a great spell. It gives you a new set of skills on Nidalee. One of the most useful abilities of this form is Bushwack / Pounce. You will not be able to jump over thick walls, but you can jump over places like the Blue Buff cave, Small Golems cave, and many ledges. Position yourself so that you are facing the ledge then hit W.


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Teamfights

Nidalee is pretty tanky in this build, but won't last too long. You should wait for your tank to initiate and draw fire from their carries, then activate Primal Surge / Swipe and go into cougar form. Dash in with Bushwhack / Pounce and try to hit as many champions as possible. Chase down low health targets if your team hasn't killed them all with Javelin Toss / Takedown.


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THANK YOU

Thanks to JhoiJhoi for her amazing guide: making a Guide



Also thanks to Xaioli for the picture. I got it off of google.


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JUST A NOTE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS BUILD IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTIONS AND MAY/WILL UNDERGO MASSIVE CHANGES TO IMRPOVE.