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Nidalee Build Guide by Lycoriz

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Lycoriz

[v0.61]Bewitching Nidalee - Its a Broom in your face!!!

Lycoriz Last updated on November 14, 2011
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Solo TOP / MID

Ability Sequence

2
4
8
12
13
Ability Key Q
5
10
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
1
3
7
9
Ability Key E
6
11
16
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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 21


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Update News 14-11-11 [Skyrim taking all my time sry]

Fixed some minor issues with runebuild on the 2nd Nidalee Build

For the moment I'm playing Skyrim and won't be updating this guide very much this week sry
-Lycoriz


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READ BEFORE VOTING/COMMENTING

THIS IS A UNFINISHED GUIDE BUT I WANTED TO PUBLISH IT ANYWAY FOR A LITTLE RESPONSE FROM FRIENDS. IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU SEE AND DON'T AGREE AT ALL I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND YOU BUT PLZ SAVE YOUR VOTES FOR WHEN I FINISH THE GUIDE.

THX FOR UNDERSTANDING AND IF YOU GOT ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM WRITE AWAY

(As some people have been down voting my guide without giving any reason it is required to comment before you can vote. For those who wish to up vote my guide just leave a fast reply what you did like thank you)


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Introduction

Hi guys this this is my second guide on MobaFire, but don't worry. So far I know what I'm doing (probably not... whatever) - (So... I can't find your first guide... - That's because I never published it as it was about Morgana and I have to rewrite is due to the Nerfs in the 2nd last patch)

Now that I have your attention I will be mentioning a few word before writing the actual guide.

This guide was never meant for being a pro/ranked game guide with detailed description on item picks, masteries and runes but more a detailed guide of how to play another version of Nidalee and what to be aware of. I will also mention a few tricks that can be useful even to the pro's out there and of course I will be going over the basic things that you might have forgotten everything about and last I will explain why those basics are so damn important for every game. Remember it's never the champions fault but the person behind the screen who didn't remember the basics.


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Team 1(Solo/Mid) / Team 2(Duo Lanes/Support)

IEM New York 3rd Place: Counter Logic Gaming vs. Sypher - Game One
(It has come to my attention that the item build on Team 1, Nidalee 1 were used by HotShot GG[CLG] in the IEM New York Tournament which is shown in the movie above - Watch and Learn!!!)

Team 1 Nidalee is for Solo Top or Mid


Nidalee 1: Just want try out Nidalee? Use this Build as it gives your more survivability

Nidalee 2: This build is for the more alternative Nidalee player who has mastered the art of escaping difficult situation and also know how to hit with Javelin Toss 90% of the times

Team 2 Nidalee is still Work In Progress and will be for support/duo lanes


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Pros / Cons

Pros / Cons

Pros

+Very exiting champion to play with
+Flexible - Nidalee has many ways of being played
+Can Solo Top/Mid and even act as support when needed
+Her Heal does also increases Attack Speed
+Great at farming minions in cougar form
+Traps works as wards if placed correctly
+Has Amazing escape abilities
+Spear dmg is insane with this build
+The cutest champion EVER!
+Has 2 Limited Skins that look freaking awesome!
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Abilities













[P]
[Q]
[W]
[E]
[R]






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Cons

-Requires a lot of knowledge about how the game works
-Difficult to play if you have no idea about sniping with javelin
-Squizy in melee
-Somewhat useless against tanks






Conclusion: My Favorite champion ^.^


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Runes

Runes

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3

Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
9

Greater Seal of Ability Power
9

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9
Very short description for the time being. I will probably make it more detailed some other day

STACK LOTS OF AP FOR JAVELIN!!!


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Masteries [Team 1 - Nidalee 1]

Masteries
1/5
3/1
4/1
1/1
1/5
2/5
1/1
4/1
1/5
2/1
2/1
3/5
1/5
3/1
1/1

Work in Progress...


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Masteries [Team 1 - Nidalee 2]

Masteries
1/5
3/1
4/1
1/1
3/1
1/1
4/1
1/5
3/1
1/1
3/5
1/5
3/1
1/1

Here I'm trying to aim for as much AP as possible but also replace a lot of missing stuff that you should have with all the other ways you can use Nidalee - Those experienced Nidalee players out there are probably already raging cause of my build and runes, so this is to help getting back on the track. A must is the CD masteries as you are gonna need them when you have to escape difficult situations.


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Items [Team 1 - Nidalee 1]

Work In Progress


Alternative to Banshee's Veil:


- Seriously this item kicks *** in so many different ways with Nidalee.
Remember you heal right? [Primal Surge] The attack speed stacks.
More importantly the AP increases your heal too.
The only thing you have to remember with this item is that you should spam "W" in cougarfarm all the time to refresh 8 stacks.


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Items [Team 1 - Nidalee 2]

By starting with Needlessly Large Rod you will give the enemies squizy champs a heart attack next time you hit with Javelin Toss / Takedown (Spear)
As soon you have Rabadon's you can actually 2 hit a squizy champion as Vayne

After that its all about keeping up that fact that you Spear hurts like ****.

With this build you will even be a threat to some tanks and if you're a pro at hitting you can take them down with 5 hits.

Upgrading your boots


First of all before upgrading think about. Have i need for boots right now or should I get that huge AP increase from Needlessly Large Rod first
Second you will have to think about. Do I need Sorcerer's Shoes or Mercury's Treads boots (Do the enemy have magic resist runes or are there lots of stunners?)

A situational type of boots would be Ionian Boots of Lucidity if you really are hunted by chasers, but I rarely see anybody with boots on Nidalee anymore (works great if you like to stay in cougarform though)

Here's a few items I would suggest other than Archangel's Staff:

Sight Ward - You can never get enough wards!!!
- Situational - After all you don't want to get slowed/stunned while trying to escape
- If the enemy start stacking Magic Resist and you just want to screw them not only by having [Void Staff]
- (Same text as in: Items [Team 1 - Nidalee 1]) - Seriously this item kicks *** in so many different ways with Nidalee.
Remember you heal right? [Primal Surge] The attack speed stacks.
More importantly the AP increases your heal too.
The only thing you have to remember with this item is that you should spam "W" in cougarfarm all the time to refresh 8 stacks.
- For most games I would aim for this More AP, More Mana, More Javelins - Higher chance of killing something
\NYA NYA NYA/
/NYA NYA NYA\


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Smartcast!!! - The difference of a Dead or Alive Kittycat

Work in progress....

How to activate smartcast in LoL?
Ingame press "ESC" to open the menu - Locate key-bindings in the options menu, and then scroll down until you see smartcast, and change the binds to "q" "w" "e" "r".
(Remember to change the keybinds for normal cast to something else - Most Champions are great with smartcast but on a champion like Ashe, Lux and Ezrael you might want to at least have normal cast on the Ultimate (I keybinded that to "4" as its just above "r")

BUT SERIOUSLY!!! JUST LEARN TO USE SMARTCAST WITH NIDALEE!!!


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W...W...W...W...W...W...W...W

Either the button breaks or you erase the letter "W"
If you have managed to do that you know that you have been playing Nidalee to much!!!

(For the confused out there... you have to be in cougar form ^^)
Basically press "W" when you need to run/chase/escape everytime it gets of CD. It makes your run faster

(Remember though that there are certain places where you can jump over walls with Nidalee - Time your jumps right and you can escape almost everything using those walls)

(Wall Locations will be posted later in this guide)


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Skill Sequence

The Golden word in this commercial is "Der Kommer Spyd!!!" Which translated from "Danish" means "Spears Incomming" have fun watching

The commercial is about helping Local Sport Activities to get better terms when practicing.
The soccer players are sharing their area with the Spear Throwers, which is why they keep looking for spears. Last in the commercial they have hit the Soccer Player's football and their coach says: Thx for this season guys, cya.


Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin
Javelin.............................

Ok... this is not NASA trying to get a man landing on mars but... well...

Sexy Female [Q]: JAVELIN (USE THIS TO KILL)
Cute Kitty [Q]: Your Main dmg in Cougar form (use this to dmg when you chase)

Sexy Female [W]: Trap at will. Use this where you usually use wards and where ppl walk to get map control
Cute Kitty [W]: Jump Escape - Spear - Jump Chase - Kill

Sexy Female [E]: Heal your wounds and your allies
Cute Kitty [E]: Farm Ability. (Usually you can jump to the ranged minions and use E and they die instantly)

Sexy Female [R]: Transforms you into Cute Kitty
Cute Kitty [R]: Transforms you into Sexy Female


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Summoner Spells

As you want to be the annoying person who's everywhere and stalks ppl on low health you want to be able to move fast around.

Flash works perfect for that and with your W in cougar form you can escape about everything that's trying to chase you (Vayne is a little tricky to escape but a tip is to jump into bushes wait for her to follow into it and use pounce) then jump fast out of the bush and jump in again then repeat just with swipe. Then finish her off with Javelin)

There are lots of tricks you can do with bushes while playing with Nidalee. Try out your own ideas.

Ghost
Work in Progress...

Teleport
Work in Progress...


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Team Work

The question is... should I help or should I snipe?

First of all ask yourself... how important is your presence for the teamfight.
Are you 4 against 5... then maybe you should come and aid with your heals instead of sniping. Then again somebody is on 20%HP... A well placed javelin is a sure kill. Its all about situation awareness. You should try experimenting with this and eventually you get the hang of it.

Here is a few tip for starters.


Teamfight situations where you defend a tower.


So the enemy is pushing and you have got the feeling that you need to be there just in case your allies need a heal. What else to do?....
First of all. Ask yourself do I have mana for other stuff than just heal.
If yes you should place traps in front of the tower and be ready to snipe anybody who gets close enough. Remember even your trap deals damage.
(When you throw your javelin try to get out of sight by going into the jungle so they don't see the javelin before its to late.)


Teamfight situations where you attack a tower.


Again ask yourself. Are you needed for the push or can your team handle itself?
If you are needed for the push don't worry about healing until its really needed. Instead try snipe those cowards that are hiding in tower range. If you got allies like Akali or Noctourne its perfect for a gank if you just hit 1 time. (Remember to heal them as soon they start the gank)


Teamfight situations where you aren't really needed.


You realize that your team can handle the push/defense themselves and you could either go for red/blue buff to get that extra advantages. Now go into the jungle and start sniping at will on your enemy.
There are only few things to remember here.

1. Snipe on max range (read javelin description if you wonder why)

2. Snipe only on targets you know you can hit (They will know you're trying to snipe as soon they see the first javelin and keep aware of future sniping attempts.)
2.1 - Try to move around so your Javelin comes from different angles. The enemy will most likely expect the javelin to come from the same angle as first time they saw it.

3. Give priority to which target that should die to your Javelin.
3.1 - Squizy Champion are usually the most dangerous targets and you want to get rid of them
3.2 - Supports can really turn the game around. You want to kill them too (remember you're also a support champion)


Teamfights at Dragon.


I'm not gonna tell you this twice (Lies) so read carefully:
Sight Ward's you remembered them right. At any time you should bring at least 2 wards with you.
Blue Dots are the location of where Blue teams wards should be placed
Purple Dots are the location of where Purple teams ward should be placed
Tip: Take notice of Trap Marks aswell (place them exactly where the mark are on the map and the enemy will have to run over them if they want to reach you (Only use this option of you're out of wards, but do also use traps if you have wards)

Defending as Blue Team: WIP
Defending as Purple Team: WIP

Attacking as Blue Team: WIP
Attacking as Purple Team: WIP

Teamfights at Baron


Work in progress

Teamfights in jungle


Work in progress

Other kind of Teamfights


Work in progress


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Farming/Jungling

What you can jungle on the kitty cat?...
Actually you can... but I wouldn't recommend it and I will definitely not write a guide about how to fail with it ;) - ... Just DON'T!!! it was great in the earlier days, but now there are better junglers and you should leave jungle for them.

Why make this section then?
Well farming on Nidalee is the core for having succes. Blue buff and Red buff leads to insane poking which will make every teamfight much easier for your team. - Always remember to ask for permission to take red buff as there might be somebody who needs it more than you. Else you can always go for the opponent teams buffs.

How to deal with farming in the jungle?
Never farm the jungle in human form. Always start out with jumping into the minions ("W") and then use your "E" - right after it's just all about spamming "Q" "W" "E" when they get off CD and that's the basic about how to farm with Nidalee. A great thing to do when your want blue or red buff is to Heal yourself right after you have used all your damaging abilities in cougarform. The Heal does not only heal your but increase your attack speed which will make your kill the Golem/Lizard faster. Right after you healed yourself switch back into cougar form and repeat the process.


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Tips when Using Javelin

Work in progress....


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Tips when using your traps

Work in progress....


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Tips when Chasing/Escaping

Work in progress....


Jumping over walls


Note to self: Remember to take pictures


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Its more than just a heal

Work in progress....


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Press "R" to Transform (...and what did you forget?)

Work in progress....

For now just read the ultimate description and you might get the idea ;)


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Alternative Ideas

Work in progress....

As starter item - Less "E" more "Q" (upgradeable for lategame)
- Note to self: Old Akali Build might be interesting for Nidalee


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Summary/Basics

Work in progress....


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:::Hall of Fame:::

People who have used the builds plz leave a comment with a imagelink or image of your score and I will post it here in the Hall of Fame section.

Lycoriz:


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Changelog

[v0.2]20-10-2011:


Item Purchase
Changed the last item from Rabadon's Deathcap to Archangel's Staff on [Team 1] - Nidalee 2
Reason: Archangel's Staff provides more AP after all

[v0.3]23-10-2011:


New [Team 1] (Solo Top/mid) Build Added
Added a more reliable build for new Nidalee players
Reason: I want everybody to be able to use this guide

Runes
Added Greater Seal of Armor
Reason:I felt like it would be better for all the new Nidalee Players to have more survivability

Bugs
I fixed a couple of spelling mistakes and grammar fails. Also I corrected a mistake in the skill sequence where I had 6 in Javelin and 4 in Primal Surge

[v0.4]21-10-2011:


New content has been added the guide and some have been updated
Added: Sections for Build 1, Section of how to use "W", Section about Nidalee's Ultimate and Updated how to use Smartcast

[v0.5]21-10-2011:


Intro Movie
Added: Intro Movie for a great funny start

[v0.55]21-10-2011:


Movie Stuff - More Teamfight Sections - Mastery Build 2 - Changelog text size
Added: CLG vs Sypher Tournament movie with HSGG to Support Build 1 items
Moved: Intro Movie to a other section
Added: Dragon Teamfight Secion (not yet finished)
Changed: Changelog text size
Mastery: Moved 1 point from Utility Mastery to Presence of the Master in build 2

[v0.60]21-10-2011:


Farming Jungling Section updated

[v0.61]14-11-2011:

Fixed some minor runebuild issues in build 2