Build Guide by Terrinigma
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First off Nidalee is not an easy champion to play (effectively) if you aren't good with non target/blind aim skills do not play her lol.
Massive keys to this build:
1. Spear is your friend if you can't use it, you will fail
2. Item build is very inexpensive moving forward all game long making it that much easier for you to be effective, always having the 5th slot open till last item helps you grab your secondary items leading to there finals ie. Phantom Dancer/Hextech Revolver
3. You can't take Nidalee to serious, if you get mad at miss jumps/fails, you are going to do horrible. She is all about your confidence and enjoying her.
4. TRAP BUSHES!!
4. This build is fun!
Step 1/Early game/Before Cougar
!!!You lack health early game, DO NOT LANE ALONE!!! Lane-ing alone will make you ****py, period!!!!
You constantly need to play at the top and bottom portions of your lane so you can make your spear all the more effective. Toss it a lot and often, but try and always leave one spear ready to throw as it makes all the difference between someone getting away and getting spear ganked. !!USE GHOST!! Do not be afraid to use your summoner spells. Ghost is for chasing!! Not running. Use exhaust to get away NOT to make a fight easier early game.
Wriggles Lantern - You are starting with Lantern for multiple reasons, its cheap, its got a lot of lifesteal, you get exp faster killing minions in one shot(nearly) MAJOR BONUS: You are constantly setting wards in the middle of the map as to help yourself not get ganked being so slow in the beginning!!
Zeal - Multi purpose item, you need the movement speed.
Alright time to get aggressive if your opponents are not fed and not triple tank team you are now the most versatile and best harasser on the field guaranteed, do lots of pinging and lots of switching back and forth your cougar(its free why the hell not)
Executioners will drastically help you don't take chances with anyone always aim your executioners on regening champions MID FIGHT!! (make sure to move to 2nd spot so all you have to do is push "2" to use. (Nidalee is about skill if you can't do this don't play her)
Stinger: Obviously the cooldown
Hextech: To help you Regen thanks to Cougars short short cooldowns and 0 cost.
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DO NOT INITIATE A FIGHT AS COUGAR!!! This is extremely important as you miss lots of early damage and buffing yourself with Primal Surge. 1st Throw your spear and toss a trap on your targets moving direction. 2nd drop primal surge on yourself and immediately switch to cougar. 3rd EXPLODE! !!KEY!! Things to Nidalee ALWAYS bounce bushes for increased movement speed and Never Pounce before using Takedown, you will come out with so much dmg most opponents will panic and run, this is where you win chase them down!! if there quick pop ghost, SMASH KEYS if you have to if you are getting close to tower, POP YOUR ULT and toss a spear you will get the kill with them running as your spear grants extra damage hitting them farther away.
LATE-GAME/No Taking ****
EVERYTHING CHANGES HERE!!
You always need to adapt NO build is solid under any circumstance.
!!Here are your scenarios!!
All Physcial/Exploding champs: This is gonna suck for you unless you stick defensive, but you will shine late game. COMPLETELY FORGET HEXTECH and STINGER. Grab Thornmail and Warmogs armor in either order, its expensive but trust me if you are playing against 3 physical champs this game is going to last lol. As a last item grab either frozen mallet or Madreds all this = You Win.
All Tanks: STICK with your team you'll be great. COMPLETELY FORGET HEXTECH and STINGER. Grab Frozen mallet and Madreds in either order. You will win
All Casters: Everyone hates these teams but there so easy. You do not have to forget any items you can stick with it and throw banshies vale if there are cc casters, or possibly hextech if there exploding on you too much.
Any mixed team: Stick with the build you will own all game long as a final item always adapt to your situation, if there tank is shining Madreds, if there running from you well get Frozen mallet, if there exploding on you hard get Thornmail. All these items will ensure your victory.
DON'T FORGET!!! You are a chaser/finisher, you are a solid teamplayer avoid fighting alone even though you can win these like crazy. PEOPLE WILL TARGET YOU, CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH TO NOT INITIATE IN COUGAR, use it to CHASE and RUN.
Follow this guide you WILL be awesome. I don't have any screenshots yet cus I, like everyone else forget to take them after games lol, I'll get some soon. This build is communication dependent careful using it in solo 3v3 even though i have and still seriously capitalized.