Nidalee Build Guide by Berzerk

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Berzerk


Berzerk Last updated on May 26, 2012
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Build 1 (Cheat Sheet)

Champion Build: Nidalee

Health 4090
Health Regen 15.8
Mana 1230
Mana Regen 16
Armor 132
Magic Resist 157.000054
Dodge 0
Tenacity 35
Movement Speed 402.325
Gold Bonus 0
Attack Damage 174
Attack Speed 61.04
Crit Chance 25%S
Crit Damage 0%
Ability Power 30
Life Steal 0%
Spell Vamp 0
Armor Penetration 11.52
Magic Penetration 0
Cooldown Reduction 0%

Recommended Runes

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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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.



Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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(Chinese Snow bunny Nidalee.)

How does it sound being that uncatchable yi, shooting skillshots like an Ezreal, Healing like a soraka while also giving a massive attack speed steroid, do you get bored of the champion you playing mid game and feel like you need a change of style, how about pushing down towers like a boss? Well these are all qualities of nidalee the bestial huntress. I like to play nidalee as a solo top able to out sustain most lane enemies I face and being able to tanky DPS carry my team (build 1) or Play her as an AP carry mid capable of carrying my team to victory with pro spear shots and massive heals (Build 2) or even play her as a support down bot healing my ranged carry giving them a massive AS steroid while also being able to help them fight (Build 3).

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There are few dwellers, let alone champions, residing in the blasted and dangerous lands that lie south of the Great Barrier. Much of that world still bears the scars of past Runes Wars, especially the mysterious ***ungu Jungle. There are long-forgotten treasures in these strange places which many risk life and limb to acquire. The champion known as Nidalee was only a young girl travelling with her treasure-seeking parents when they lost their way in the dense, rainy jungles. The jungle was unforgiving, and she watched her parents suffer agonizing final days as they fell victim to a mysterious and vicious disease.

As improbable as it was for a child to survive in the inhospitable jungle by herself, she did just that. Her youthful innocence and a fortunate naivete caused her to appeal to the beasts of that place and she was taken in by a family of cougars and raised as one of their own. She grew and somehow absorbed the raw magic of the dense wilds, evolving beyond both her human physiology and her feline affectation. On one pivotal day in her life, standing over the torn remnants of a Noxian squad of woodcutters, Nidalee chose to rejoin the so-called civilized world, to fight in the League of Legends so as to protect the vast woods from both Demacia and Noxus.

Nidalee was taught to fight by her feline family, battling viciously with tooth and nail. Something in her feline ways may draw you to her, but remember that she is no pussycat.

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Basic guide made more changes coming soon and will be here leave any ideas or thoughts in the comments down below thanks :D
12/30/11 - Better to look at format with borders previews of her skins and showing what all her skills look like.
2/15/12- Beginning work on a Nidalee spotlight.

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Pros / Cons

Has 2 separate skill sets
Can fill any role on a team (can't jungle well but the potential is there :P)
Has a heal with AS steroid
Good damage with consistent skillshots
Can lay traps (hard to gank)
Has 2 Holiday skins.
Great chase and escape abilities
Morphs into a cat :D

Weaker pre 6
Can't buy her 2 holiday skins anymore ;(
Can be beat by some1 who can out sustain her.
Not a good "Team Player" with most builds

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First Build:
Armor pen reds: Good for last hitting and damage in cat form.
Armor yellows: Good for surviving vs most top lane ADs
Mresist/lvl: I use these runes as they provide more MR for when you need it as typically solo top in this meta is a tank AD and you wont be trading of with the AP mid before these runes can start taking effect.
Movement Speed Quints: Good for chasing escaping with these if you run through a bush in cat mode they can forget about catching you.

Second Build:
Magic pen reds(Hybrid pen also could work here if you have trouble last hitting)- Good for shredding through that M res they will buy for your spears.
Mana regen /lvl yellows- Allows you to keep a decent mana pool as the game continues on (which is when you should be throwing your spears)
AP/ lvl blues: U need some Ap for your spears and heal this can supply that need for when the time comes.
Ap Quints: In general a good amount of raw AP will help you with low lvl spear damage and heals should you choose to use or need them.

Third Build:
Same as Build 2 up to quints
Gp/10 quints: Good since you should not be last hitting as support ad you will need these for you funding.

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Build 1: My Typical DPS top solo masteries

Build 2: My typical AP Carry Masteries

Build 3: My Typical Support with CV masteries.

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Prowl Passive: Prowl

Moving through brush increases Nidalee's movement speed by 15% for 2 seconds.

This is a reason why nid is an uncatchable monster this passive essentially gives nid 10 Move speed quints when she walks through a bush and for 2 seconds after she leaves, If you are running or chaseing as Nid be sure to go through any possible bushes you can to easily gain distance.

Javelin Toss / Takedown Q: Javelin Toss / Takedown

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 6 seconds
Cost 50/60/70/80/90 mana
Range 1500

The human skill here is decent for AD nid as it allows to finish off no hp runners and last hit from afar or maybe get that lucky baron steal. But on AP nid this is a tool to be feared, one spear can at most times easily drop the enemy down 1/2 their hp crippling them in the next fight. As support nid you can throw this to hit the enemy ranged carry pretty hard if you need to. In cat form however this is AD Nids bread and butter skill its an on hit execution that can do up to 300% of your AD as damage based on the % hp the enemy is missing. On AP nid its still a decent fighting tool if your out of mana but typically you wont really be useing this as much as your other skills

Bushwhack / Pounce W: Bushwhack / Pounce

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

This skill is 1 reason why nid is beastmode as any role, it can act as a FREE WARD if the enemy steps on it. As AD Nid Top u trap the exits of the jungle paths as mid AP Nid you can try and trap but its much harder, And as support nid these can be put in front of dragon and in other useful places. Bushwack is your free ward that lowers armor and MR and reveals units even stealthed for a decent amount of time, however remember these tips for playing as/or vs a nid
1.When you step on the trap know that the Nid sees you you can use this to your advantage by running in a direction and circleing back before she can relay the trap.
2. Actual wards may make the enemy jungler waste time sitting at the lane for a gank opportunity while if he steps on a nid trap he knows that he will not be able to gank and simply leave
3. As a Jungler BEWARE the Nid traps if you step on one your location (And your route will essentially be known.) and the enemys may try and counter jungle you (You can use this to your advantage and set up a countergank).
4. Nid must reset her traps after you step on them if you do not allow her to do so your jungler may be able to come in and gank.
5. If you are unable to find a time to gank Nid have someone in lane go activate the trap then hide in the brush, when she goes to relay the trap jump on her and CC her.

In cat form this is the skill that makes enemies pull their hair out. Its a Hop that is spammable, Gets you decent distance, AND can hop over walls with. This skill is why you cant catch or Run from a Nidalee

Primal Surge / Swipe E: Primal Surge / Swipe

Human: Nidalee heals an ally champion for 50/85/120/155/190 (+70% 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.

Free heal with an AS steroid the reason its so hard to push a Nid outta lane This allows the idea of support Nidalee to exist. This provides her the ability to out sustain almost any champion and win her lane. In cat form this is your main farming skill needing only to use the skill 2x to clear a minion wave.

Cooldown 10 seconds
Cost 60/80/100/120/140 mana
Range 600

Aspect Of The Cougar R: Aspect Of The Cougar

Passive: Each additional rank increases the effectiveness of Nidalee's cougar abilities.

Nidalee transforms into a vicious cougar, gaining 20 movement speed, 10/20/30 armor and magic resistance and a new set of abilities.

Cooldown 4 seconds

This is the skill that makes nid unique morph from human to cat granting all new skils armor and MR and movespeed and best part its a toggle with low Cooldown (Like anivias ult but infinite) AND while your in cat mode all your skills cost 0 mana.

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Nidalee Trap Locations

Everywhere there is a yellow dot is a viable location for nidalee to trap if she is in the area.

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Nidalee Pounce Locations

Nidalee's W move bushwhack transforms into pounce when you morph into cat form which allows you to hop a short distance even over walls! The above image indicates which walls you can hop over.

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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

Get traps at lvl 1 so as to be able to lay wards before the minions spawn.
Prioritize maxing your heal now as it will give you MASSIVE sustain
Next prioritize maxing your spears for the DPS
Max your Traps last as even though they do drop targets armor/mr they are mainly for vision so 1 point in them is fine
And of course put points in to cat form whenever possible.

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Item choices

AD Nidalee

Wriggle's Lantern - Sustain, damage, armor, and keeps your lane warded what more could you ask for in an item?

Ninja Tabi / Mercury's Treads - good to out run the enemy, there is power in speed (Kiting, escaping, chaseing)
((OPTIONAL Doran's Blade - Helps with last hits, gives some damage, survivability, and Life steal.))

Trinity Force - Nidalee can make use of every statpoint here especially in cat mode.
What part of the trinity force do I build first?
Good Question. This is all situational You build Phage if you want survivability health and chasing power, Zeal if you want movespeed for escapeing, and sheen if you want to be able to burst down enemies faster and can spare the survivability of the phage.

Warmog's Armor - Tanky item Nid CSes very well so u can get this item this late and still fill it up.

Atma's Impaler - By this point you are a VERY tanky cat that will do massive damage at this point the game will be nearing conclusion.

Banshee's Veil - Strong Defensive item for MR and it can block 1 CC/ skill the hp will go for the atmas so in all this works out well for you.

Aegis of the Legion - gives you team a nice boost while your around which you should be tanky enough to be

AP Nidalee

Sorcerer's Shoes - They WILL buy MR for your spears so you will need the pen.

Rod of Ages - Gives you mana to hum spears and heal all lane and be tanky a pretty good all around item.

Rabadon's Deathcap - More AP more spearkills.

Lich Bane - All you AP is converted to damage and with your spammy cat nature you'll proc it alot.

Morello's Evil Tome -More spears ( AP nids trademark).

Void Staff - more pen, screw the tanks.

Support Nidalee


Start with a faerie for mana reg 2 sight wards or a vision and pots learn your traps and use them to ward the enemy jungle before the minions spawn.

on first b buy philo and boots for the ms and the regen remember to buy more wards with the extra money (Nida is not AS reliant on warding key spots as other supports as she just needs to lay a trap in the tri bush then she will see the jungler as he passes by.) On your next B buy a heart of gold and an oracles and some wards. Keep going like this then proceed into a Hog for more gold then upgrade to a shurelias for team mobility. Aegis, Frozen heart, and Soulshroud are all good support aura item choices after that.

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Summoner Spells

Exhaust - A decent spell if you are trying to go for kills vs an AD lane, it is not as good as it used to be.

Ghost and Flash - Ghost is a good spell for chaseing or running away, it is good like flash in that it is versatile for either purpose. They serve the same roles but with different goals in mind of achieving them. Ghost is lower CD but is more predictable and does not get you the distance you need IMMEDIATELY. Flash however is the opposite, getting you the distance you need when you need it but available less often.

Revive , Promote , Smite - meh spells on Nid you do not really need them unless you are trolling or goofing around.

Heal - Good for baits your almost unkillable while this is up.

Clarity- No just no take Teleport if you need your mana back clarity is just an all around bad spell.

Surge - Actually a pretty decent spell although its not really my style.

Teleport - AMAZING spell for top lane allows you map pressure from anywhere. Try not to waste it. Can be useful for a quick buy without missing minion XP, Refresh of mana and HP, or Help at dragon and baron fights from where you were split pushing.

Cleanse - Good spell for teams with alot of CC.

Ignite - A good spell to get kills with, although you lose the map pressure of a solo top with teleport.

Clairvoyance - Good for seeing points of intrest on the map, take this spell if you are the support other roles do not really need it as you can trap.

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My Nidalee Replays

replay 1 of me as AD Nidalee

replay 2 of me as AD Nidalee

replay 3 of me as AD Nidalee

A replay of a ranked game of me as Nidalee ( I overextend at the beginning and am a bit cautious at the baron fight but other then that I believe i play her well.)

A replay of me as AP nidalee I get caught 2x but both times the enemies blow all their CC allowing my team to clean up.

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My Nidalee Gameplay

A screenshot of my Nidalee Match History with my build.

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Nidalee Skins

Snow Bunny (Only available during the Snowdown Showdown of 2009.)

Leopard Nidalee (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available)

French Maid (520 rp in the riot store)

Pharaoh Nidalee (975 Rp in the Riot Store)

Uploaded by: T0mT4yl0r

Bewitching Nidalee (Only available during The Harrowing of 2011.)

Uploaded by: BromaciaLoL

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Skill Videos taken from the PVP net Clients Nidalee skills
Youtube Skin Videos from T0mT4yl0r and BromaciaLoL
Thanks to JhoiJhoi's amazing guide on how to make a guide for helping me learn many tricks to help make a guide.