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League of Legends Build Guide Author Sheepyamon

Nidalee-The cute Tigress's Tale

Sheepyamon Last updated on November 27, 2010
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 0

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 9

Expanded Mind
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 21

Welcome everyone!
It's been a while since i made any Guide's here, and my old ones are way outdated, reason for that is that i just didn't find the time to update them, in terms of new patches, changes to the diffrent champions and such, so bare with me here.
Im gonna go through a few thing's in my guide here, it's not like a beginners guide or so, if people WANT me to, i can update the guide with diffrent approaches to use, how i play Nidalee, but when it comes to game-play and the live action it all comes down to YOU, how you want to play her, ofcourse there are ways you shouldn't play her, and there are probably guides which might seem better for you, and your playstyle, but this isn't about what way is better or worse, this is: How i choose to play Nidalee, and i strongly suggest you try her out with this build, skilling sequence and the masteries/runes that goes with it! And if you at first don't make it fit, try again, thrust me it truly is worth it!
But without further odue, i'll carry on with the actual guide, this introduction is allready abit far-streched here!

Guide List:
*Overall build explaination
*Early to lategame reasoning in terms of items, priorities and everything that goes with it!

+I will on Request Add everything i know to this guide, to make it more user friendly for new players of nidalee! so make the request and i'll do my part!
Moving through brush increases Nidalee's movement speed by 15% for 2 seconds.
-Now, can i hear a hoorah for an amazing Scouting ability? or even for chasing or Fleeing?
Dear god, 15% + Pounce and +2Movement speed boots.. This might not seem like much, but thrust me, it is a great deal of extra movement speed gained even for a short duration, and it will, make or brake fights for you, or even Scouting possibilities. I'll go deeper into it further down!

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 7 seconds | Cost 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 mana | Range 1500

-Here is another spell to read and understand carefully, you have to know how to use this effectively for it to be usefull to you, While in human form, its a straight up skill-shot, but not only that, it does more damage depending on how far the target is, and thrust me do not underestimate this, if you have met a fairly decent nidalee that lands a longshot on you with this you can tell that it hurts.. ALOT...
While in Couger form however this is something completely diffrent, it deals extra bonus damage depending on how low your target is, ever played wow before?
If you have, its like an execute ability or like paladins have, called hammer of wrath, its basically a finnisher, but its also part of your rotation in terms of dps, Nidalee aint an easy champ to play so play arround with her either in normals or practice games so you learn how this works.

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 18 seconds | Cost 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 mana | Range 900

Here you have it, the prime of all scouting tools, unlimited traps you say?
Only bad side is, they arent invisible and will show up on the enemy map, but don't get fooled, people do stand in them for no apparant reason, they even do something as funny as exposes invisible units.. someone dropped a ward at nashor and u saw where?
Go drop a trap on it, and u can take it out...
There is a Evelynn, Twitch or Teemo arround?
Here, please step into this shiney little star on the ground sir, it won't hurt.. i "Promise".. But this is only in human form, in Couger form this makes you leap forward, another thing to practice it deals damage to targets you hit"land ontop off" so plan carefully, this is also part of your damage rotation, aswell as a tool for scouting, as you leap forward, its got low cooldown in cougar form so use it well..

Primal Surge / Swipe
Human: Nidalee heals an ally champion for 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+125% 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.

Cooldown 10 seconds | Cost 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 mana | Range 600

Allright, this is purely, and i mean by far the hottest support spell in the game, it heals for a crazy amount, its got short cooldown, and not only that it increased attack speed of the one you heal by 60& for 7seconds at max skill(5)
Nothing more to say, use it to keep yourself alive and your allies, they will love you for it, thrust me!
Cougar form, this is an AoE swipe that deals damage to all targets infront of nidalee in a small cone, try it out to see it's range so you get comfortable with it, but be carefull so you dont overextend it doesn't do a massive amount of damage at first!

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 and a new set of abilities.

Cooldown 4 seconds | Range 20

Nidalee's Ultimate, it has a 4second cooldown, costs no mana, and make you turn into a cougar, now that is just plain sexy innit?
Are you running short on mana but are still on full health?
Fear not, hop into Cougar and you can still kill minions, champions or whatever might cross ur line, or you can just plain go scouting to get ur mana back up, help another lane. This is by far one of the coolest Ultimates in the game, it just shouts raw hotness of it, and unless you are scared of cats im sure you can pat it gently!

Build Explaination:
So, people have asked me how i build nidalee, and for what purpose i build her, well i build her the same way each match i play with her, so in terms of purpose?
Support, i build her as support, with abit of health, and ofcourse some bang for your bucks with Rylais for your slow, health and extra Ability Power, you got the Mercurry Threads which are self explanatory, nearly each class can have some sort of spell that slows, or they got items for it, Anivias Ultimate, Nunu's Ice blast, Shens Taunt, Veigars Cage, the list just goes on and on.. They are the bread and butter for survival in terms of what boots to go with i always choose them!
You have Lichbane, well, extra movement speed, more ability power, more mana, and a procc that just shreds what you hit apart, its amazing purely for that reason!
You got Zhonyas Ring, ALOT of ability power, a 3second imunity to damage(Yes you become superwoman for 3seconds), you have Guinsoos Rageblade which is in my opinion just made for Nidalee, fast attacks, more ap for you heals, and overall spells, and ofcourse let's not forget Doran's Ring, it gives you the survivabilty to live long in the laning phase, so don't take anything else, i know i never do it's just THAT good..
So for the real answer as to which purpose i build her for?
To survive, Scout, Support, and be a puncher, a Cute helper that not only heals her allies but also can deal a great amount of damage to their enemies!
When it comes to runes, they are standard(ish), Armorpen Marks+Quints, Dodge Seals and ofcourse CDR Glyphs, and the masteries are 0/9/21 and live me when i say, you can doubt me or not, but unless you try it out first hand against another nidalee, as i know alot of them put 21points in offense, if you are equally good you will always win using 21points in utility!

Early to late game priorities:
Early game Aim to get a Solo lane, eventhough dual lane is fine, just make sure to get a solo lane it's gonna help u more than anything else!
Pick up + and head to your solo lane!
In terms of when to bluepill home?
Well i never go back unless i have enough for my
Move movement speed, some magic resist, what's there not to like?
When i hit lvl 8, got my Merc's, i go grab Blue & Red buff and start looking for a possible gank, or continue pushing my own lane or try going for a kill in mid..
If you got enough gold make sure to grab a Ward or Two just incase, either for mid, or to ward your own buffs, it makes hell of a diffrence if you manage to never loose them to the enemy! Make sure to always keep pressure in your own lane aswell, tip for clearing minions, auto attack each minion once in human form, hop into cougar, Punce through them turn and use Swipe, when ur lane is clear, go lay out some traps in suitable places, Enemy red, blue, dragon, the riverbank bushes and so on, and thats basically how Early game goes, It's alot of moving arround, getting map control and having overall lane control, don't be shy though you can gank most champs, just be carefull with Ignite and Exhaust and you will be fine!

Mid-Game you should be having + Pretty early if you got a few kills here and there and some assists, i always see myself as abit of loner for some reason, specially while playing solo que, NO I DO NOT MEAN think that you can win the game alone, and not help where it's needed, i mean, i always seem to stray of into the jungle to take out minions there, you got a friend who needs to port, go take his lane and farm creeps, i farm ALOT, your buidl requires a set amount of gold so farming is good for you, thrust me... When the two items are done work on your Starting off with the For the extra survivability if you are secure on your playing then grab the more more bang in your heals and overall spells!

Late-Game Finnish up your and aim for getting after that just keep 2Elixir's on you, Red+Blue & Blue+Red buff after this it all comes down to you as a player how you want to proceed, but do not ever initiate fights, you can spam your Spears, stay out of Cougar form, heal your carries, or Carry and let them harrass, don���¦t get cought off guard, as it will make or break the teamfights if you die early, ofcourse everyone should aim to never die but it's curcial for a Support like nidalee to stay alive aslong as possible, because of your ability to keep others alive! Just be cautious and think one step ahead all the time in terms of cooldowns and such!

Tips & Tricks
*Bushwack Your trap have a wide area of effect, and detects stealth use it wisely, the range in which you can throw it out is pretty distant aswell so think about that if you are unsure if you want to go into a bush, or you are unsure of what's in the fog of war infront of you, place them in key locations, bushes connecting paths are a prime example, yours and the enemys buffs, the dragon, baron nashor and such are key loactions aswell!

*Pounce can be used to cross some walls in the game, there are diffrent locations for this aswell, finding them and hitting it perfectly can and will save your life over and over again! and your team mates should they need help and your spells can't reach them!
I suggest you watch some movies of people playing nidalee to udnerstand what i mean, due to my bad computer i can't make a video at this moment or i would show you all the spots in which you can use this ability!

*Cougar form can be a trap for your enemies, if you and your enemy is running low on mana, and you know for a fact there is nothing he can do to stop you, should you attack him or engage him, i see no point as to why you shouldnt, remember, should he out damage you, switching out of form to heal once and back-in will suprise him, granting you maybe a kill he didn't expect!

*Javelinn Toss has a long range, and it can deal upto 250% increased damage depending how far you toss it before it hits a target, and its great for hitting fleeing targets aswell!
Or to initiate a gank, just learn how to aim it properly and you will have some great fun with this!

Will add more to this guide later on!
Running out of time as it is now so!

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