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Nidalee Build Guide by Do1HaveTh3Sauce

Jungle *11.4* Top/Mid/Jungle Nidalee Guide

By Do1HaveTh3Sauce | Updated on February 22, 2021
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Choose Champion Build:

  • LoL Champion: Nidalee
    Nidalee (Jungle)
  • LoL Champion: Nidalee
    Nid Mid
  • LoL Champion: Nidalee
    Nidalee (Top Lane)

Runes: Standard Runes

1 2 3
Dark Harvest
Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Nimbus Cloak

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


Nidalee Jungle Spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Challenging Smite

Challenging Smite

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


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Win 46%
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Champion Build Guide

*11.4* Top/Mid/Jungle Nidalee Guide

By Do1HaveTh3Sauce
About Me

What's up, Do1HaveTh3Sauce here. The League community that knows me refers to me as Sauce.

Check Out My New Neeko Jungle Off Meta Guide

I am a Jungle/Mid main that plays Nidalee, Kayn, and Xin Zhao in the jungle, and Yasuo, Pantheon, and Akali in the Mid Lane, however Nidalee is the champion that I play the most by far.

So, whether you are new to Nidalee, or are trying to improve your mechanics with her, this is definitely the guide for you.
Pros & Cons Back to Top
  • Strong Burst Assassin
  • Extremely Strong Early Game Jungler
  • Fast Early Game Clear
  • Great In Higher Elo's
  • Can CARRY Games
  • Season 11 Items Are Broken On Her
  • Flashy Kills (Land Your Spears)
  • Nidalee is easy to climb with once mastered.
  • She has some downfalls also, that can be minimized if you have experience with her, making her a high skill cap champion.
  • She is was used so much in the 2020 LCS
  • Squishy
  • Takes Practice To Land Spears
  • Loses HARD To CC
  • Necessary To Know Matchup's So You Can Change Runes Accordingly
  • Hard to play if you're behind
Summoner Spells Back to Top


You should take this spell on Nidalee 99% of the time, whether you jungle, top lane, or mid lane with her. It's important because it allows you to escape situations where you can't win a trade, allow you to secure a kill, or help you escape a gank.


Ignite is necessary for Nid Mid because it helps you win the laning phase. It also allows you to get kills off of roams easier. Taking it on Nid Top is situational, for example you would want to take it against a Yasuo or Akali Top.


Teleport is your go-to summoner spell on Nid Top. You want this because if played right Nidalee is a bully early game, so the ideal situation is you get a few kills, then Teleport bot lane and get more kills. It's also helpful if you are behind because it allows you to get back to your lane faster. In general Teleport is better than Ignite for most Top Laners because it scales better late game, making it ideal for Nid Top.


Only take Cleanse if you are playing Nid Mid into a heavy CC champion like Syndra, because Nidalee loses very hard against CC.


Ghost isn't good on Nidalee and shouldn't be taken.


Once again, not the best spell for Nid.


A little better than the previous 2 spells mentioned, but it falls off significantly after the laning phase, plus it's useless if you time it incorrectly.


Exhaust is a decent spell for Nid Mid if you are going against high mobility burst assassins or champions that silence or immobilize you. These include champions like Garen, Yone, Talon, and Sett.
Runes Back to Top

Standard Runes

On The Hunt

Duelist Nidalee

Fear The Spear

Pounce on dat Ashe

Fleet Nidalee

The Ultimate Cheese

Tank Nid

Omnistone OP
Items Back to Top

Horizon Focus

Horizon Focus is Nidalee's S11 New Core Item. This item is made for her because it proc's when you land a Javelin Toss over 750 units. When you hit them, it marks the champion and for 6 seconds, any damage you do is increased by 10%, meaning when you dive into them, they take WAY more damage.


This item is situational, I've testing it as Nidalee jungle, but Night Harvester is 1 million times better, still a good item.

Luden's Tempest

Your main powerspike item for Nid Mid. It's a stronger version of Luden's Echo.

Night Harvester

Night Harvester is another Featured Item. This item is good on ANY AP assassin. The fact that it has a 40 second cooldown on EACH champion makes this item BROKEN. You become a teamfight god with this item.

Liandry's Anguish

Liandry's Anguish is the last Featured Item. Take this item if you want to burn the enemy champion while you fight. It is a good option when you are fighting a lot of tank champions on the enemies team.

General Items
Abilities Back to Top
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Abilities Explained
Nidalee Highlights Back to Top

New Outplay Video Coming In S11
Different Clears & Invading Back to Top

Redone high definition video quality Red and Blue side clears.
Conclusion Back to Top

So, after reading this guide, you should have a better understanding on how to play Nidalee in Season 11.

This guide will continue to update as the season goes on, to keep you informed with the most updated, accurate information on Season 11 Nidalee.

Hope you enjoyed the guide :D.
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