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Nidalee Build Guide by Whynotbefriends

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[11.4] S11 Challenger JG Nidalee Guide 🚀 🚀 🚀

By Whynotbefriends | Updated on February 19, 2021
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Runes: Default/Standard

1 2 3
Domination
Dark Harvest
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Sorcery
Waterwalking
Transcendence
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

Default/Optimal
LoL Summoner Spell: Challenging Smite

Challenging Smite

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Champion Build Guide

[11.4] S11 Challenger JG Nidalee Guide 🚀 🚀 🚀

By Whynotbefriends
About Me Back to Top
Hey guys I am Whynot and welcome to my Challenger Nidalee guide. I'm a Challenger Nidalee player and Pro player from OCE. I started playing Nidalee in early season 9 for competitive play. Nidalee was a champion I played a lot of when I peaked top 20 in season 10, I'd consider her my biggest comfort champ and I talk to many Challenger Nidalee players from different regions to constantly ensure I play her as well as I can. .
I regularly stream my gameplay on Twitch and tweet a lot on Twitter
Why Nidalee Back to Top
Abilities





Nidalee - The Bestial Huntress
Jungle
Origin: Unknown
Speciality: Assassinating, Dominating, Carrying.
Why should you play this complicated champion? Nidalee is a great pick that can take over and destroy SoloQ games. Nidalee can outjungle opponents with ease, build large experience leads and leave the enemy jungler in the dust so hard the opponent laners will all chat 'Jungle Gap.'
Pros & Cons Back to Top
PROS
+ Consistently Strong in the META
+ Can 1v9 games at all ELOS
+ High Skill Cap
+ Extremely Fun and Enjoyable, especially when you start to get better at her
+ AP jungler, widen your pool away from only AD and Tanks
+ You are the limit of the Champion, so many options and strength


All in all, Nidalee is a great champion on Jungle for soloq. In soloq high tempo jungling is really strong, you will be able to destroy the enemy junglers mental as you put on a clinic of mechanics
CONS
- No hard CC in kit
- Squishy when built full damage
- Hard playing from behind
- Takes a lot of practice to learn
- Requires strong clearing fundamentals and practice


Just like any other champion, Nidalee has her weaknesses. However, her strenghts heavily outweigh her weaknesses. When mastered and you know how to play around her weaknesses Nidalee will have dominating early games that you can transition to early wins for easy LP and plays.
Runes Back to Top

DOMINATION
This domination page shows the most efficient rune page for AP Assassin Nidalee. The main keystone for Nidalee is Dark Harvest. Dark Harvest allows you to execute enemies easy with your Javelin Toss and Takedown. With a basic Nidalee combo Javelin Toss Pounce Swipe Takedown the Swipe will proc the Dark Harvest allowing Takedown to do even more execute damage.
For the second row you always want to take Sudden Impact over the others. Sudden Impact gives you an amount of magic pen depending on your level when you use Pounce. This magic penetration increases your damage output by ignoring magic resist when you go in to kill. Therefore Sudden Impact is the best choice for Nidalee
In the 3th row there are 2 possible choices. Either Zombie Ward or Eyeball Collection. I would advise running Eyeball Collection in most of your games. In games above Diamond 2 the amount of wards placed is far more and the utility gained by Zombie Ward is more relevant. Zombie Ward is a great alternative that stacks on wards making it also viable alongside Eyeball Collection. Both runes give AP when you stack them. Since more AP means more damage on abilities.
In the last row you ALWAYS want to opt for Ravenous Hunter. This rune is amazing for Nidalee. In season 10 some players would run Relentless Hunter, in season 11 Ravenous Hunter gives Omnivamp which is far too valuable not to take. It gives you so much sustain while clearing and can save you in fights, by taking camps between skirmishes you can keep healthy and stay on the map for a very long time.

For the second tree I advise looking at the runes at the top of the guide. I currently take Waterwalking Transcendence in 90% of my games. Transcendence because Ability Haste is such an important stat on Nidalee that synergizes well with her whole kit. Second taking Waterwalking because it is the other best option in the sorcery tree, AP and Movement Speed in river is good for scuttle fights and ganking lanes from river.
When I know I have to go Zhonya's Hourglass 2nd item I instead run Perfect Timing and Cosmic Insight. These are also strong choices for Nidalee giving her a cheaper Zhonya's Hourglass and haste on her Flash Smite and Zhonya's Hourglass
Items Back to Top
Emberknife
Challenging Smite vs Chilling Smite is generally personal preference. I personally believe Challenging Smite is a better choice due to how often Nidalee skirmishes and how she ganks. Usually you aren't in range of Chilling Smite when you throw the initial Javelin Toss making the slow redundant. However Challenging Smite is perfect after you jump in or hitting the enemy with ranged autos to ensure you win the fight.




Mythics

There are currently a few good mythics for Nidalee to choose from, this guide will focus on Night Harvester.

Night Harvester is a perfect choice for Nidalee. The stats it gives her are ideal for high apm fighting, it allows her to burst, evade skillshots, survive hits and gives ability haste on top of that.
The passve is great versus squishy champions. The bonus damage on first contact with enemies makes your initial damage surprisinly strong. You can easily kill their carries with a single spear and basic cougar combo.












-Items-



Items explained

Time to explain the items other than the mythic.

On Nidalee the build path can be quite diverse .
Starting off with Night Harvester is standard. From there we can look to start itemizing based on enemy comp and what we need. Nidalee has a lot of damage with only that one damage item so you DONT need to rush pure ap and get an item like Horizon Focus, instead opt to build smart - identify what you need. Do they have high AD champs? Get a Seeker's Armguard and if you're vsing CC or just need the active, upgrade it into Zhonya's Hourglass. Have they got AP assassins? Verdant Barrier is a fine purchase which will give you scaling magic resist.

My most common buys are Lich Bane if I'm snowballing hard and want the damage, Zhonya's Hourglass if I want the safety of the active along with the amazing stats, or Void Staff if I want the damage spike. Void Staff is currently an INSANELY strong item, the item is 130% gold efficiant and boots your damage an insane amount. Seeing as Nidalee with this build is practically 100% AP damage you can imagine how much more damage you're doing when ignoring 40% of their magic resist.

When looking at 3/4th items look to round out with the other items mentioned that you haven't purchased. Night Harvester always 1st and then follow it with a mix of Lich Bane Zhonya's Hourglass Void Staff as your core with other options such as Banshee's Veil Cosmic Drive and Morellonomicon being more situational.

Finish up with a Rabadon's Deathcap if you still have item space and want the pure AP. Rabadon's Deathcap is extremely strong as Nidalee has amazing ratio's and makes good use of the high AP numbers on her Javelin Toss and her Primal Surge along with Lich Bane having a ratio that synergises well with Takedown.

Boot options are also preference for the most part. If you have the gold and the enemy won't pick up too much magic resist usually you opt for Sorcerer's Shoes, if you dont have enough for the item (800g after boots) or the enemy will get magic resistance then Ionian Boots of Lucidity works great as an economical purchase that also gives great power. Defensive boots are also viable with both Plated Steelcaps and Mercury's Treads being great choices when done for the right reasons. Kha'Zix and Rengar players hate a Nidalee with Seeker's Armguard and Plated Steelcaps the same way Evelynn and Elise players will cry seeing Verdant Barrier and Mercury's Treads in your inventory.

Last to talk about, Mejai's Soulstealer is a great item on Nidalee. You usually pick up a Dark Seal on your first base and from there you can assess if you want to upgrade it into Mejai's Soulstealer. When you reach 10 stacks on Mejai's Soulstealer you gain 10% bonus movement speed which is absolutely broken combined with the movespeed from Lich Bane.




Summoner Spells Back to Top


SUMMONER SPELLS
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FLASH: Flash is an essential summoner. It allows you to close gaps to kill the enemy or to escape from the enemy. You can also buffer spells such as Takedown through flash to do some fancy plays. There is no debate possible about this summoner spell.
IGNITE: Just as Flash, Smite is a non negotiable summoner spell for every jungler. You can not build jungle items without smite so make sure to always take smite.
Jungle Pathing Back to Top
Blue Start

1. Blue buff
2. gromp
3. wolf
4. raptor
5. red buff
6. krug
7. scuttle

This is a standard full clear starting from the blue buff. As Nidalee you have a very fast full clear. If you manage to spot the enemy jungler you can run into his opposite side and steal his camps. Keep an eye on the map and leave when it gets dangerous. You should practice your clears often, watch me on stream as I constantly explain how to clear as Nidalee and give examples on different paths.
Red Start


1. red buff
2. krug
3. raptor
4. wolf
5. blue buff
6. gromp
7. Scuttle

This is a full clear starting at the red buff side. What side I usually start depends on what I'm looking to achieve from my first clear, am I looking to get Top ahead? Is my support Leona giving me easy CC to follow up with a Javelin Toss for a free gank? Nidalee full clearing isn't a waste of options as she clears so fast you'll be ready to contest scuttle and start pressuring enemy laners and jungler
Teamfighting & Lategame Back to Top

Teamfighting & Late game with Nidalee
Teamfighting as Nidalee is one of the hardest things to learn. When you first start off playing Nidalee you will land a spear and chase it, going into the enemy team 1v4 achiving nothing but a 30 second death timer. Teamfighting as Nidalee requires patience, attention and crazy APM.

The aim of the game is to win, to destroy the enemy nexus. The best way to do this is after teamfights that you come away on top of, 1st lesson is to swallow your ego and recongise what you need to do to win the fight. More often than not you'll have someone on your team whose job it is to carry the fight, there are a number of things you can do to enable a carry. If they're an ADC/ranged mid, make sure you have Bushwhack on the sides and flanks to spot any potential threats, be ready to Primal Surge to heal them or increase their DPS, make sure to land spears and use Prowl and Aspect Of The Cougar to maximize your damage by landing spears, tranforming for Swipe Takedown and then reverting back to human Nidalee to use Primal Surge again. What I'm trying to say is that every fight doesn't need to be you pouncing in to int when you can do more damage and help your team more by playing more conservatively. When the time is right and you are able to blow up an enemy with your Aspect Of The Cougar abilities after landing a Javelin Toss do so, this is one of the best parts about having Zhonya's Hourglass, you can buffer Takedown to kill an enemy and then be in stasis.

In the late game you should be a huge damage dealer with your spears from long range, this can make you one of the most useful junglers when sieging the enemy base. At this point is when it's even more important to enable your carries as Nidalee, if you have a sidelane win condition try to get Bushwhack placed in such a way to give vision to them. Work with your support to secure good ward placements and easy picks with any CC into your Javelin Toss Pounce Swipe Takedown Lich Bane burst damage.
Conclusion Back to Top
Thank you for reading to the end of my first guide on mobafire! Please check me out on Twitch and Twitter and upvote this guide if you enjoyed. Until next time <3
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