Nidalee Build Guide by The_Nameless_Bard
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|These work really well with Nidalee's passive and make it very easy to navigate speedily around to ward|
|greater mark of hybrid penetration||these are entirely interchangeable for Nidalee, use whichever you prefer.|
|these are pretty much core on any support and there aren't really any alternate choices that are worth using.|
the increase in support income allows you to opt for a much tankier mastery page without losing gold. I prefer this setup, however you could still put points into the utility tree if you prefer that.
This happens to be the current meta for supports and it works really well with Nidalee.
Ignite: if you prefer the extra offensive power over the peeling power of Exhaust.
Please don't take:
: please, just don't. If you need mana regen this badly, buy Chalice of Harmony.
: You have wards and Bushwhack. If you feel you need this learn to ward. Not joking.
take Aspect Of The Cougar whenever possible
I still prefer to max Primal Surge first because it's very strong, but since you can afford AP items much more readily now, maxing Javelin Toss second is completely fine. Bushwhack is very useful even despite the nerf, but I just find that Javelin Toss tends to be more useful now.
General Core items
: still core on supports, support Nidalee isn't an exception to this rule.
: This gives Nidalee a nice boost to CDR, which she really needs...plus a bit of mana regen and AP, which are also very good. The passive mana for assists makes this particularly useful for Nidalee.
/ vs. : Both of these items are strong against high AD comps. Frozen Heart is good if you need CDR/are able to just stand in range and help poke/have plenty of health and Randuin's Omen and Locket of the Iron Solari are stronger if you need the extra health/the enemies are focusing on you a lot/team needs more CC.
: This item is really great against a team that has burst or long lasting CC It's really not very good against more sustained CC (such as a constant slow), so in those situations I probably wouldn't buy this at all.
: best MR item in the game. if you need MR, this is pretty much the best option for you.
: You can get this if you want more offense based MR, though the passive's small range makes it not as effective on Nidalee.
: Offensive counterpart to Randuin's Omen. An early Seeker's Armguard can be pretty useful against some AD carries to help mitigate their physical damage while still preserving your ability to harass.
: particularly good if the enemy team is stacking quite a bit of magic resistance, I'd pretty much buy this as a last item 90% of the time.
: This item is a good buy if you want a little extra AP and CDR. The passive is good against high sustain teams as it reduces healing effects by 50% if the target is below 40% HP.
: This will give you a huge boost in damage. You now get enough gold to actually buy this without feeling guilty.
Nidalee's main function is to give her carry a strong buff in trades. She also brings a lot of utility to the table with Bushwhack. Bushwhack can have both offense related and defense related functions, depending on how it's used. It has the obvious use of being a free 4 minute ward, which also doubles as a way to zone enemies out of bushes. You can also place it directly under stunned or snared targets and it will activate shortly thereafter. The other option is you can try to predict which way they will run after the CC wears off and put it next to or behind/in front of them. This will lower their resistances and force vision on them for a few seconds, which can really matter in ganks.
Generally you can also poke with Javelin Toss, but don't waste all your mana using it. You want to be able to use Primal Surge in trades.
In teamfights she will often function very similarly, using Primal Surge to buff allies and Bushwhack to debuff enemies whenever possible. She can also use Aspect Of The Cougar to make her more maneuverable and to get in range if she's got items like Abyssal Scepter and Randuin's Omen.
1. Does the carry you're going to support utilize attack speed well in the laning phase?
Y-Feel free to pick Nidalee
N-Go with another support
that's pretty much it.