Nidalee General Guide by gromesh
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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.
Why this way
Nidalee is a awesome Offtanky Champion,the fact that in cat stance you dont need any mana is a big advantage. So you can stay very long at lane. And win fights with less life although you dont got mana.
Also as cat you can jump nearly all time and escape hairy situations or catch some enemies who think they are out of range,the fact that your passive gives you 15% movement speed is just awesome.
Runes,masteries and Skill Sequence
I decided to go for the Tanky Runes and for the AD Masteries.
My favorite Spell is the Q Spell of her cat stance,it scales with 100% of the AD that Nidalee has,and the AD masteries give you a lot ad.
Thx to the tanky runes i got a lot of suistane.
Maxing your q spell first, is for your cat stance because your speer dont do any damage,just if you hit in max range then it is okay.
I recommend maxing heal second because you even though you have nearly no ap it is powerful in early and midgame and at least in lategame it will save you sometimes from the last ticks of an ignite or help friends to surive a bit longer and thats what its about surviving as long as possible.
but take the w-trap first and make sure you place a lot of them to reveal your opponents,then you dont need to buy so much wards.
Pros / Cons
+ Nearly unchaseable in jungle and very hard in lane
+ from lv 6 you dont need mana to beat your enemies
+free map control thx to your traps
+ one of the most fun champions in whole game,throwing speers or walking as cat is just awesome
+very nice burst
-very manahungry as human
-pre lv 6 game is kind of boring
-often you will do great but if whole team ,,sucks´´,you have a hard time carring this,if you not extremly fed.
Creeping / Jungling
Try to last hit as much as you can because they mean gold for you.
Harrase your enemies with your long range speers and autoattacks because often top lane champions
With reaching lv 6 farming gets really easy so try to farm then as cat.
And if you fighting from right to left lane,you may try to steal the enemy jungle blue,then you are nearly unbeatable.
I hope you gonna have fun with this build, you can make changes to it,but for me sunfire cap is the number 1 item for you.
If you want to get even more tanky or dont like frozen mallet then i recommend the item iceborn gauntlet.
you will often have the opportunity to write: CYA NERDS xD
with that build i owned 1on2 Irelia and Olaf and 1on1 you owning pretty easy vs Garen Darius Jax,just a very Tanky Champion like Shen isnt that easy for you but be sure he wont get you either.