Nidalee Build Guide by React980

Not Updated For Current Season

This guide has not yet been updated for the current season. Please keep this in mind while reading. You can see the most recently updated guides on the browse guides page.

League of Legends Build Guide Author React980

Nidalee - The Skilled Carry

React980 Last updated on November 25, 2011
Like Build on Facebook Tweet This Build Share This Build on Reddit

Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

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: 20

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 10

Guide Top


This is my first guide, and feel like I might want to do another one on my main someday; bare with me. There are more professional guides out there, but the guide has been thoroughly tested. With it, I have played over 200 games using these strategies, and for the most part, my win-rate is 70%.

Guide Top

Team Work - Way of the Pounce

Ability order is circumstantial. Depending on actions by your enemies and your teammates, your reactions will change. Nidalee is NOT a straight forward champion. This guide will help you begin to articulate, understand, and execute the proper use of each ability Nidalee has.

Heal an AD carry or a low hp toon then spear into a Pounce then swipe followed by a auto attack (lichbane) shortly after do a take-down then pounce out and **heal order** and chuck a spear flying right at that low hp ****ers face. if it doesn't net u a kill pounce back in and take-down if u are to far away swipe has a large aoe range to ensure u hit use it after take-down

**heal order** - Yourself > Tank > highest dps carry > supports

skill shots on your spear turn the tides of major team fights. make sure u land the first one on either stealthys supports or squishys. if u shoot the tank kill ****ing kill yourself.

if your stuck in a sticky situation flash pounce always works then human form to heal then go cougar till heals up again for strictly defensive benefits.

team fights should be fairly one sided if you aren't focused first the high damage of your spears can force any pure dps out of the fight if not kill them.

Guide Top

Pros / Cons

Pros : spears hurt like a ***********er.
amazing escapes. over walls and such.
6 skills if u cant count
hot jungle chick with a massive rack.
% hp lost finisher. (q in kitty form)
viable solo lane
flash pounce is amazing escape tactic. i love this escape.
Traps to prevent lane ganks and also to reduce their defensive stats.

Cons : not a lot of HP or MR in this build.
nidalee requires a huge learning curve to be played to the max potential.
no real CCs
most people in ranked hate to see nidalee if you are doing poorly expect to be blamed.
not a very early game based champion.

Guide Top


last hitting is made simple at level 6 with take-down and before that. you are waiting in lane for level 6. don't waste mana on spears its very expensive and doesn't do alot of damage early on.
focus your mana into heal and traps so u don't get ganked.

in lane u want to dance around alot or stay in the bushes. brush is helpful for everything from not being target-able to having a faster movement speed on nidalee. is a huge advantage used correctly.

Guide Top

The skills.


In case you are completely ******ed and didnt know her ultimate *(R)* is the gateway between good nidalees and bad nidalees.

Human Form

Q - SPEAR - tons of damage end game early game the mana is to much to spam damage amplifies over distance traveled. so try to hit around 70-85% range so they don't just step 1 foot backwards and its a huge waste of your CD.

W - Traps - reduces defensive CDs when they step on top of it. use this in a team fight on the tanks or fighters to make them less tanky. amazing for sniffing out ganks and trap up your jungle so your jungle doesn't hate his life when he notices that trundle just jacked his wraiths and dubgolems use it every time the CD comes up in lane.

E - Heal - Massive attack speed boost and scales very very well u heal for about 800 endgame at a 6 second CD with blue buff

The Game Changer Cougar form

Q - Take-Down - amazing last hitting ability and KS'er. your the carry. so tell the teemo to smd. does + %damage to low HP targets. great skill.

W - Pounce - Jumps forward dealing splash damage to the area around ur landing. good for escapes as much as last hitting. 3.5 second CD lets u get away from that bully fighter thats been chasing u for ages. f u nasus. can jump over a number of walls. down to dragon and baron. over most skinny jungle walls

E - Swipe - AoE damage infront of kitty cat. larger range than melee range so if they are extremely low this is your skill. amazing for last hitting. know how much damage this skill does before using it on a minion wave.

Guide Top

the borders section. mexico.

how u jump walls is in cougar form u hit this cool button with a w on it.

Guide Top


round off your skills with this champion u can play any champ like a total pro. this is more of a hybrid build. but it gets the job done all the same.

stay on the none auto attack champs and i wont hate u. send me in game friend requests and ill add u. REACT980 ... thats all peace be with u.