Nunu Build Guide by kadun
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In-depth on each build
A Nunu Spotlight
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Pros / Cons
- Hard to kill
- Does amazing damage
- Great at assisting
- Great, Great lane game
- Really really really strong ulti (if it hits)
When to use which builds
Build one is the standard quick Rod of Ages build, where you rush a rod of ages, this build works good in both lanes, it gives some quick survival needed in both top or mid. If you're mid get Abyssal Scepter before Glacial Shroud since you don't need armor mid (you're mostly against ability power champions)
Build two is the solo top build, which gives you some great overall stats, but you're starting boots + 3 potions which leads to a slower Rod of Ages but some more sustain in lane and more mobility
| Build Three
This is the mid build, gives you you some quicker damage and sustain and are for a great mid to "early late" since you only get one Rod of Ages and then going with an crystal scepter and instead of all that survival this is more aggresive, going 21-09-00 in masteries and more AP from runes
Pros and Cons of different Builds
Pros Build one
- Does decent damage
- Quite Tanky
- Great sustain
|Pros Build Two
- Quite Tanky
- Does decent damage
- Hard to outlane
|Pros Build Three
- Great damage
- Still tanky
- Hard to outlane
Cons Build one
- Can't 1v1
- Easy harrashed
- Only decent damage
|Cons Build Two
- Only decent damage
|Cons Build Three
- Not that tanky
- Very mana hungry
- Harrashed by ranged
Flash is a pretty great summorner spell many people like, but almost as many dislikes, it can be used for both chasing and escaping just like Ghost but Flash is instant
Many people may disagree with me on this one and think he can benefits more from another spell, i cant see that, with the Summoner's Wrath mastery you even get more damage done to the target and you're almost guaranteed an easy kill. It's also useable as an defence spell to make sure you get an clean escape
Marks of Choice
Greater Mark of insight
Provides you with the necessary amount of spell penetration to do some nasty damage
Greater Mark of Resilience
These marks are often used against high damage physical attackers like Riven or Tryndamere and are therefore often only used as solo top, but if you go with these marks you have to pick Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration since you will need some magic penetration
Seals of Choice
Greater Seal of Vitality
Gives you some health pr. level with start you to benefits you more when you reach lvl 6 than falt health, and it gives you an nice health bonus since you're still an off-tank
Greater Seal of resilience
These are for the same reasons as Greater Mark of Armor quite good and still very viable
Greater Seal of Replenishment
Nunu are very mana hungry and these runes can help you with your early game if you need to keep the pressure early on, but they slowly falls off and your Rod of Ages or double Rod of Ages' really eliminate his mana problems but do not get these and the Greater Glyph of Replenishment
Glyph of Choice
Greater Glyph of Celerity
This is one of the best runes for you, it provides you with CDR each lvl and allows you to throw lots of Ice Blasts
Greater Glyph of Replenishment
Nunu are very mana hungry and these runes can help you with your early game if you need to keep the pressure early on, but they slowly falls off and your Rod of Ages or double Rod of Ages' really eliminate his mana problems, but do not get these and the Greater Seal of Replenishment
Greater Glyph of Potency
Some great ability power to boost your overall damage and help you a little bit in lane, but falls off later on
Greater Glyph of warding
If you as a mid champ are against a really high early damage enemy, you might want to get some magic resist to survive the laning phase or even get a Negatron Cloakafter your Rod of Ages
Quintessence of Choice
Greater Quintessence of insight
Another spell penetration rune, with allows you to do the most damage as possible, most of the solo tops goes with a lot of magic resist
Greater Quintessence of Resilience
Some defensive runes which help at solo top, but do no take these and Greater Mark of Resillience
Greater Quintessence of potency
Some great early ability power to boost the damage of your Ice Blast
The 09/21/00 build:
This is currently my main masteries because i really like being tanky and still do damage, but if you don't pick either exhaust or ghost feel free to change the point in Summoner's Wraith and put in it Mental Force
The 09/00/21 build:
This a more "magic" based build where you go for buffs to yourself etc. more exp and gold, if you know you will be underfarmed and forced out of lane, this can really help, since you doesn't need that much exp to get level and you will get some gold all time
The 21/09/00 build:
This is the super aggresive build, which i often never go with, but if you're facing really squshy people this can be a great setup + it adds some survival and ekstra start HP
When to max what[/center]
You should always start by maxing out your E which are your Ice Blast since this is your damage, harrash, and slow ability, not much to argue here.
Now, when to max Q ( Consume) this is maxed for increased lane sustain or if you're getting bullied a lot which often can happen since you're melee
Then, when to max W ( Blood Boil) for laning this is actually bad, since you're not focussing on auto attacking, but last hitting, but if you're roaming a lot Blood Boil is the better choice, or if you have to support the ganks a lot you can max it, etc. a jungler without a close gap
Passive: Every seven hits, your next casted ability will be free of charge. Great passive during the laning phase, but afterwards, I tend to ignore it because mana isn't a problem. While you are harassing with Ice Blast, Visionary really sustains you in the lane. Conflictingly, I find that this passive sucks (for laning purposes) and it forces you to auto-attack minion waves.
When you have Visionary up, know what the mana costs of your abilities are. Use your passive on your most expensive abilities, for example:
Ice Blast a little wolf (using Visionary) and then Consume the Big Wolf (just saved you 25-40 mana).
Double Visionary: "Even while you have the Visionary buff active, it still accumulates your attacks towards 7. This means if you attack exactly 13 times, you can cast for free, auto attack [once] to get the Visionary buff again, and cast again for free."
I feel as if this passive is only here to fuel the ridiculously high cost of Nunu's Ice Blast.
Q ability: Smite+Heal
Heal that keeps you full during laning phase. Consume doesn't do enough damage to kill a full life Siege Minion.
Consume can be used on minions that aren’t neutral or lane minions such as: Annie’s Summon: Tibbers, Malzahar’s Summon Voidling, Teemo’s Noxious Trap, Shaco’s Jack In The Box, and Heimerdinger’s H-28G Evolution Turret, and Sight Ward.
Cooldown: 18(15.3 w/ 15% CDR) / 16 / 14 / 12 / 10(6 w/ 40% CDR) sec
True Damage: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 900
Health Restore: 125 / 180 / 235 / 290 / 345 (+1 Health per AP)
W ability: Buff
For tower beating, pushing, running, chasing, traveling. When casting, always cast it on anything that moves with a green health bar, with allied AD champions as priority because it will be the same as if you casted it on yourself anyways. Prioritize casting this on AD carries, like Master Yi or Ashe. Nunu should almost always have this buff on him for more than 90% of the game.
Right before leaving the spawning pad, be sure to activate the spell to save some mana as it will be recovered instantly.
Cooldown: 15 (9 w/ 40% CDR) sec
Attack Speed: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 %
Movement Speed: 11 / 12.5 / 13 / 14.5 / 15 %
E ability: Main Ability
Use it to harass. Use it for last hitting (preferably only when Visionary is up).
Shoot it at chasers to get them off of your back, use it when chasing to get on theirs. Use this especially on enemy AD carries due to the generous 25% attack speed reduction. It is vital that you use this ability to hamper an enemy from chasing down your teammate. The slow effects on this ability lasts 4 seconds.
Cost: 75 / 85 / 95 / 105 / 115
Cooldown: 6 (3.6 w/ 40% CDR) sec
Magic Damage: 85 / 130 / 175 / 225 / 275 (+1 Damage per AP)
Movement Slow: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 %
Attack Speed Reduction:25%
R ability: Ultimate.
First off, this ability has the highest damage to AP ratio in the game at +2.5 Damage per AP. The trade-off to this damage is the 3 second channel before you explode. During this time, the ultimate can be negated by stuns, silences, pop-ups, tosses, knock-backs, "UNIQUE active" item abilities and anything else that will make you move (that includes Flash). While this ability is channeling, enemies within the radius are slowed. Most often, if an enemy is touching you, they can't move fast enough within 3 seconds to escape the blast, but any movement buff might get them out fast enough. It is near impossible to hit any enemy with Flash, or any other kind of flash-like ability. If you can get off an Ice Blast before casting the ultimate or use Exhaust while channeling if you can see they would just get out, the enemy will be slow enough to remain within the ultimate if they are at least halfway in. If an enemy is about to exit the radius before the three second channel completes, you can prematurely detonate the blast by moving from your current position or tapping on the ability again at the cost of significantly reduced damaged.
The most practical way that you will utilize this ultimate is by Flashing(if you chose flash) into the middle of the enemy team and activating it after initiation and after the enemy has committed to the team fight. By then, the players who have saved their CC's for you will unleash it on your channeling ultimate. This allows your team to enter with less attention on them and more on you. If the enemy team can't stop your ultimate or doesn't focus you, they all lose a massive amount of health.
You should use this ability between your teamate and their enemies when your teamate is running from them. The enemy will either turn around and hopefully be caught in the blast, freeing your carry, or they can continue their pursuit and take it to the face due to the impossibility of traveling through the 41.2% slow.
The most effective/powerful use of this ability though, is to hide the ultimate by hiding in a bush so that your ultimate can't be canceled or seen by enemies. Try to have your teamates push/lure the enemy team into the bush you are hiding in. When advancing towards your bush, more often than not, enemies will not realize what is happening, remain confused, and will continue to proceed until it is too late.
Range: 575 (Area of Effect)
Cooldown: 150 / 120 / 90 (54 w/ 40% CDR) sec
Magic Damage: 625 / 875 / 1125 (+2.5 Damage per AP)
Movement Slow: 41.2%
Attack Speed Slow: 25%
Nunu are actually a decent choice as a solo top candidate, first of all they don't expect it and second his snowball deals tons of damage against squishy targets like Teemo, as solo top he can actually use his great ultimate abolosute zero to demolish any enemy walking into a bush.
How to play him as solo top
If you decided to go with nunu as a solo top candidate you'll have to farm a lot (less roaming(running around on the map)therefore i would properly go with Flash + Teleport which allows you to farm at the top and teleport to objectives (Don't use Teleport to get back to lane except if you tower is under 25% and the other top hits it
You should be focusing on last hitting all the time and if the enemy is ranged try to stay in bushes and only come out of for last hit, but if the enemy is melee always harass him with a single Ice Blast to get him a bit lower than you. Nunu doesn't have a lot of kill potential
If you started Boots of Speed and 3 Health Potion which in some circumstances are better than the original Sapphire Crystal and one of each potion, then you should go back when you got around 1.400 gold +/- so you're able to get at least your catalyst, if you're getting outfarmed or out played or if you or the enemy can't kill each other you can go for the early philosopher´s stone to get some mana/health regen and some decent amount of the gold (this is only recommended if you think the game last +45 minutes, since it will slow down your core build)
If you did the original start you want to go back a bit earlier than 1.400 g (around 1000g) since you'll need to have your catalyst to be able to stay in lane all the time.
Nunu are rarely seen in the middle for some reason, but i actually think this is one of the most efficiency places for him, since his snowballs does a lot of damage to the other class canon mids these days. As a mid champ you shold still be focusing on last hitting and harassing. If your lane are pushed you should be ganking other lanes, nunu are great at this since he moves pretty fast thanks to his Blood Boil and there's nothing more dangerous than a nunu suddenly appearing from behind of the enemies and blocks the way with an well placed Absolute Zero which often takes 50-75% of the hp they got.
The great thing about Nunu is that he's able to adapt to any situations etc. having a hard time get 3 early ranks in Consume, destroying lane, keep up the good job and max Ice Blast, against an easy ganked lane get some early points into Blood Boil (( Do not max Blood Boil over Ice Blast in this situation)
If you're winning lane hard you can even go take their wraiths and Nunu does that quite well thanks to him Consume and if you're doing poorly push out lane and take your wraiths (ask jungler first)
Added Philosopher's Stone and Heart of Gold under optinal items
Added Flash, Mejai's Soulstealer and Spirit Visage
Added Will of the Ancient, and added flash option under mastery
Fixed few spelling mistakes
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Fixed spelling mistake under Pros and Cons
New Mastery added due to patch
Edited the old masteries to give me some more survivability
Edited masteries to fit my playstyle more
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