Nunu Build Guide by Dues Pater
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Nunu Solo Que King
Standard Counter Jungle Nunu Start
BOOTS AND ENCHANTMENTS
Luxury ap items
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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.
All i ask is for you to take your time and read my guide if you're interested in jungle nunu. Do not downvote/flame/troll it without even testing this guide. I know it may not be the flashiest guide but i've been playing Nunu jungle since early season 2. I know what works with him and what doesn't work well. Remember this is jungle Nunu not Support Nunu or even Lane Nunu.
This is an Ap offtank Nunu guide, he is effective throughout the game but most people tend to think AP nunu becomes useless late game. late game Nunu will provide strong disruption and team fight control with his Ice Blast and Absolute zero, Nunu will also provide strong utility to allies with his blood boil. Besides his strong team fight control and utility he is also a strong counter jungler considering his consume does true damage to minions and monsters, this is what makes him so effective in the jungle.
Just take Flash and Smite since you'll be jungling. If you don't prefer Flash then you can take Ghost.
Smite: Its summoner spell you need! Although Nunu does have his Consume, Smite is always a useful Summoner Spell to have and helps prevent objective or buff steals.
Flash: It helps with everything from escaping to chasing, taking flash will provide you with safer counter jungling and objective control. If you don't take flash, take ghost instead.
Ghost:I find ghost more useful on Lane Nunu since it makes ganking difficult when you pop it. Your blood boil will give you that movement speed you want if you're running away and if they chase you can just ice blast the nearest one to decrease their movement speed an attack speed.
Pros / Cons
First lets start off with the pros and cons of Nunu.
+ High AP ratios
+ Good sustain.
+ Strong team fight control with absolute zero.
+ Strong dueling with elder lizard buff on Consume.
+ Has strong buffs and debuffs.
+ Strong counter jungler.
+ Spammable slow(ice blast)
+ Gold Efficient
+Ultimate can be cancelled easily.
+Needs jungle creeps for bonuses from his consume.
+Damage falls off late game against tankier targets.
+Relatively low dps without elder lizard buff on consume.
This is more of a utility based nunu, I sometimes use this if i plan to be more of the support/demon counter jungle type yeti. Taking this you can use the Standard counter jungle nunu start i listed above in item selection.
You can either take the two points in Awareness instead of Vampirism . I find the spell vamp a bit more useful than the experience gained in Awareness . Since you can just gain a few levels by holding lanes for your allied laners and taking experience from your enemy jungle, Awareness isn't that good unless you're a support.
Taking Greed is helpful because it increases your gold income by 2 gold every 10 seconds which is more helpful than you probably think. Kinda like a small gold per item already built into you.
Taking two points in Wealth because it increases your starting gold by 50 allowing you to purchase those two Sight Ward and a couple of Health Potions. Warding early can potentially deny the enemy jungler any early success in ganks and buffs.
Deciding on ward placement just depends what are you intentions in the game. You can use the wards you have to ward for your laners early(concerned they may be ganked early) or ward the enemy jungle to make it safe to counter jungle early, and gain vision of the jungler.
Intelligence is quite having since it gives you 6% of cooldown reduction and plus you'll have already 2% of cooldown reduction from Sorcery ! You'll be having 8 percent cooldown reduction to start the game off with. Cooldown reduction is an important thing to Nunu since you you aren't really strong of a duelist without your spells and buffs on your Consume.
Lastly you'll be getting 5 percent movement from Wanderer and Nimble just making you more of a nuisance to the enemy team by travelling around the map faster and making plays happen(ganking,counter ganking,counter jungling, and objective control).
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
To be honest theres a whole bunch of runes you can use on this guy! Nunu is a very optimizational champion in the jungle. Depending on the runes you use this will make it clear what are your intentions in a match of yours. I use many rune sets on nunu, I usually use this rune page nowadays for him. Taking a few points Sorcery just gives extra magic penetration in Ice Blast to negate whatever magic resist they have. I use movement speed quints to roam the map faster for ganking and counter jungle the enemy quicker.
Greater Mark of Attack Speed
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
This is more of a Objective jungle nunu. Using this will primarily mean you plan to be that extra support for your team by warding the map often providing assistance to lanes in need and counter jungle your opponent with your team. Just remember this is usually used with teams with good communication which is often used in competitive play or team rank games. I don't often use this in solo que.
Greater Mark of Hybrid Penetration
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Greater Quintessence of Scaling Cooldown Reduction
With the improvements into Consume your dueling is now better. You can take a bite out of a jungle monster and you'll instantly become much stronger than you were before. Using this rune set you know you have potential of killing the enemy jungler and others who come in your way.
(Innate): After 5 auto attacks, Nunu's next spell will have no mana cost.
Helps you sustain your mana while jungling. After the fifth hit your next ability cost no mana. Usually i save this for my ice blast since it cost the most mana because i will be focusing on leveling it early game.
ACTIVE: Nunu commands his yeti to take a bite out of target enemy minion or neutral monster, dealing true damage to it and restoring Nunu's health. Nunu gains a bonus depending on what Willump consumed. Consume does not need to score the killing blow to trigger the bonuses and the individual bonuses stack.
TRUE DAMAGE: 600 / 700 / 800 / 900 / 1000[
HEALTH RESTORED: 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 / 250 (+ 75% AP)
BUFF DURATION: 120 / 150 / 180 / 210 / 240
ROUGH ROCK CANDY: Nunu's increases his maximum health and size by 10%.
ORNERY MONSTER TAILS: Nunu's attacks and spells deal 1% of his maximum health as bonus magic damage.
SPOOKY MYSTERY MEAT: Killing a unit grants Nunu 15% bonus movement speed for 3 seconds.
This is what makes you such a strong counter jungler, its like have a second smite for you. Taking objectives and buffs is much easier when having a couple points in consume. So i suggest like take two points in it early.
Buffs:With the buffs they gave to Nunu in patch 3.7 it made Nunu extremely powerful when he has his buffs on his consume. Due to these buffs dueling and counter jungling is much more easier. Now there are some junglers and champions you can just beat to death with your auto attack just from the buffs from your consume. When having the red buff you can duel better its basically having a Elixir of Fortitude and an Elixir of Brilliance on you.
ACTIVE: Invigorates an allied unit by heating their blood, increasing their attack speed and movement speed for 12 seconds. If cast on an ally, Nunu also gains the effect of Blood Boil.
Increases your movement speed and attack speed. Helps you move around the map more quicker you can also target this on allied champions and minions! This is really good in giving your adc and other champions a boost in movement speed and damage per second. You should always put this on your auto attack reliant champions in battle.
ACTIVE: Nunu throws a ball of ice at an enemy unit, dealing magic damage and slowing their movement speed by a percentage and attack speed by 25% for 3 seconds.
One of your important spells in ganking it provides a movement speed slow and an attack speed slow. It has a 1.0 ap ratio. So that means whatever ability you have you'll be hitting that champion for the total amount. Getting ap for this spell makes you hit hard. But later on in the game your damage will off verse targets with decent magic resist.
ACTIVE: Nunu starts channeling and begins to sap a large area around him of heat, slowing all nearby enemies movement speed by 50% and attack speed by 25%.
After channeling for 3 seconds, he deals massive damage to all enemies caught in the area. If the channel is cancelled or interrupted early, it will deal between 12.5% and 87.5% damage, depending on how long it channeled before being cancelled.
Two things you should take too consideration.
You have to be aware of what champions in the game that can stop you from fully channeling your ultimate. For an example if they have know that he can just Dazzle you if use your Absolute Zero near him. So just try to keep track of those who can stop your ultimate There are many ways nunu can get a good or successful ultimate down. As the video showed that was a successful bait that lead the enemy team to enter Nunu's fully channeled Absolute Zero.
You can use your ultimate as a counter gank,defensive ultimate, and offensive ultimate.
Counter Gank: The act of stopping an enemy gank, with little to no detrimental effects on your team.
So an example of a counter gank is to use your ultimate as a defensive hult to protect your allies. If the enemies truly wants to kill your comrades they have no choice but to run thru your ultimate or burn some sort of cc on you. This is both a counter gank and a defensive ultimate. The act of a offensive ultimate is just to use purely to try to kill enemies within the radius.
Sometimes you will have to ignore your core build and build based on the enemy team.
Against AD Heavy Teams
Usually i get a few of the items i listed in AURA/SUPPORT JUNGLE if i'm confident in my teams abilities and power then i can just go more of the support jungler. Solely relying on my teams power and increasing it with the aura items I have.
Luxury Ability Power Items
When I say luxury i mean only get this if you got gold to blow. I only these these items when i snowball hard. Getting a luxury item you know you're making a big investment and you believe the game is highly in your favor and there's little chance of the enemy team coming back.
You should be clearing securing your red buff after your finish your blue. Your first back buy should be spirit-stone and boots of speed, consider picking up a sight ward to ward for an allied lane or dragon.
[/highlight] Getting early ganks can result in success or failure. Often this will give your and you lane the lead or disadvantage.
[highlight]Good kill trade [/highlight]your allied laner gets first blood but dies to the turret dive the enemy laner doesn't get the kill because he did not hit him.
Forcing enemy to recall[highlight]some times if your gank gets the enemy relatively low they will have recall to base. This benefits your laner since he will be getting gold and experienced some times the laner and you can even get a early tower uncontested[/highlight]
The gank will result in your laners death and or you. [highlight]This can often happen if you get counter ganked,taking too much damage from minions and or turrets. [/highlight]
You waste time in a lane that's already warded. [highlight]While you're sitting there the enemy jungler could be taking an early objective(such as baron) or even be counter jungling you.[/highlight]
You get a bad trade for a kill.[highlight] If your adc gives up first blood to the enemy adc in exchange for the enemy support this wouldn't be good as the enemy got an extra 400 gold from getting first blood.[/highlight]
[title] Early counter jungling[/title]
You would usually want to do this if you know your faster than the jungler or know where they are. If so depending on their jungler's route you would do the opposite of their path. You should also be taking the enemy camps that provide the most exp.
[title]Vision in their jungle[/title]
Having vision in their jungle early can provide your team insight where is the jungler and the other laners(mid and top could be roaming). Warding can potentially hurt the chances of the enemy jungler in having any successful ganks early. Junglers like(Relies on early/mid game ganks to snowball) thrive from this and if there are deprived from this, it can impacts their presence late game.
Dat Blood Boil
You have to blood boil the right champions. FOcus blood boiling the carries such as the range ones and melee ones. You should also be blood boiling the allies that need the movement speed increase to run/chase enemies.
Absolute Zero Late Game
You'll be using your ultimate most of the time as a defensive one to stop champions from closing the gap to you carries.
Make sure the enemy team is totally blind by purchasing vision wards and oracle elixirs. If they behind to face check bushes you can land a couple good blind ultimates from the bushes.
With your consume at later levels taking objectives such as Dragon and Baron Nashor will be a breeze with your team. You and your support should provide wards near Baron Nashor,river and dragon to provide vision for your team. If its needed feel free to get an Oracle's Elixir to deny vision around the map. Having a oracle is also important to deny vision on baron and dragon to increase your teams control on it.
If you get the opportunity try to make your team bait the enemy team in a unawarded area. You should channel your ultimate a second or two early in hopes to get a full channelled ultimate! This can be a game changing point if you do this successful.
Junglers you may encounter
-Just too much crowd control on this guy, if the alistar player is good you'll probably never good a full ultimate. But if you see this Alistar in the jungle its pretty easy to counter jungle him hes pretty slow due to the constant nerfs they gave him. You'll have killing potential on him too! Give that alistar hell ;)!
Cho'Gath- Hes a great disrupter your probably only gonna get defensive ultimates on him. Hes quite fast at jungling. So only counter jungle him when you have vision of him.
-One of the best counter junglers beside Nunu she is extremely mobile. She can kill you its best if you stay out of her way. Only counter jungle her if you know exactly where she is. One of her weak points are that she is weak at ganking pre six. Try to take advantage of that by putting pressure on the map early and counter ganking her!
- He is able to counter jungle quite well too and kill as well! With his Taste Their Fear he can do bonus damage to you if you're isolated. If best you try not to duel him and if he counter jungling you get your team to help you deal with him.
- Eh pretty much similar to Kha'zix at later levels you can deal with him though.
- Just another assassin like Kha'zix he has killing potential on you but at early levelings during his clears he will be relatively low unless he has plans on counter jungling you after one of his buffs. He isn't strong at ganking pre six and truly shines mid to late game. Armor is a good item to buy against him because he is mainly psychically damage, make sure you get a item like Runic Bulwark or something to help you deal with him.
- Not the best of counter junglers but she is quite fast if you get in her way she can kill you. Its best if you counter jungler her when you know where she is.
- Hes like you(counter jungling and sustain) but with better dueling just stay out of his way and only counter him when the opportunity arises.
- Hes like shyvana only counter him when the opportunity arises.
- Just don't even think about counter jungling him alone. Ward your jungle and passageways to try to deny him out of any early ganks thats where he shines. If you successfully do this it should be a 4v5 since shaco utility falls off late game in team fights.
- Hes pretty easy to counter jungle him. He shines once he hits six but you you can delay that by taking his buffs and camps. He's pretty durable so your gonna have to think of some creative ways to kill him.
His clear time pretty good but it will leave him on a bit of low health. Counter jungling him isn't too hard and you should be able to kill him if he decides to 1v1 you. But he has a lot of cc that can cancel your ultimate.
- His clear speed is pretty good due to buffs on his Titan's Wrath but you can clear faster and counter jungle him quite well. He probably be hard to kill but if you get the chance to kill him in his jungle don't let it walk away. Btw he has massive cc so you may not get a lot of good ultimates when he is around.
- Similar to Nautilus he isn't bad in the jungle and has a decent clear speed. Doesn't have any cc that cancels your ultimate. Usually takes Ghost so you have potential of killing him pre six.
- Can snowball relatively easy make sure you don't make any mistakes around him once he gets Spirit of the Elder Lizard he has killing potential on you.
- Usually plays the role of the tank for the team but can build damage and be a threat. If he does so he has great killing potential on you,though you're still able to counter him try to deny early ganks by warding near wraiths and for your top lane.
- Not a fast jungler but he gets the job done and makes up for it with his awesome ganks. Counter jungling him is no problem he just has a lot of cc and can stop your ultimate with his Arcane Smash.
- Hes on the same boat with zed. Counter jungling him isn't much of a problem just don't do anything stupid that will allow him to snowball.
- Hes a slow jungler, counter jungling him is easy. But once he hits six ( Stand United) assisting lanes becomes easier for him. Try to deny major sources of exp in his jungle.
Fiddlestick-His ganking excels once he hits six. He is easy to counter jungle but he has good sustain and can cancel your ult with his silence and fear. I recommend to get Mercury's Treads to reduce the fear time of his Terrify.
- Similar to Fiddlesticks but he can gank once he hits three. He doesn't have sustain however compared to fiddlesticks so killing him isn't hard. Mercury's Treads are good item to get if he keeps on Puncturing Taunt you.
- A pretty fast jungler she can kill you too but she isn't a strong counter jungler. Vision Wards reveal her if she is near an area. Try to work with your team and try to deny her of any early ganks because thats how she excels the most.
-His clear time is pretty fast he can kill you if he is going AP Amumu at later levels. But counter jungling him isn't a problem as you are faster. Make sure whatever side you are on, try to work with your laner(s) by denying him blue buffs early as he is a mana dependent jungler which this can affect his farming and ganking.
Guide still improving :)
Nunu is a fun champion to play in the jungler and easy to learn but hard to master. If you're interested in learning the jungle you should try Nunu as he is a good jungler to start with. Even once you hit higher level of plays he is still effective.
If you have some questions of feedback feel free to tell me it ill make corrections if i find it necessary.