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Nautilus Build Guide by Foxirion

Support [14.9] Nautilus, The Titan of the Depths [Full Guide]

Support [14.9] Nautilus, The Titan of the Depths [Full Guide]

Updated on May 7, 2024
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Runes: Aftershock & precision(Standard)

1 2 3 4
Resolve
Aftershock
Shield Bash
Conditioning
Revitalize

Precision
Triumph
Legend: Tenacity
Bonus:

+8 Ability Haste
+10-180 Bonus Health
+10-180 Bonus Health

Spells:

1 2 3
Ignite (Standard)
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Champion Build Guide

[14.9] Nautilus, The Titan of the Depths [Full Guide]

By Foxirion
Introduction
    Welcome, fellow Summoners! I am Foxirion, your guide to mastering Nautilus in the Support role. Join me as we dive into the depths of the ocean and command the tides with the Titan of the Depths by our side.
    Nautilus's crowd control, tankiness, and engage potential make him a dominant force in the bot lane as a support. Whether you're peeling for your carries, engaging in teamfights, or setting up picks with your deadly hooks, Nautilus brings unmatched utility and disruption to the battlefield.
    In this guide, I will share valuable insights on Nautilus's abilities, item builds, laning strategies, and playstyles tailored specifically for the Support role. From zoning enemies with your imposing presence to initiating fights with your ultimate's devastating impact, you'll learn how to control the pace of the game and lead your team to victory as the Titan of the Depths.
    Join me on this journey as we navigate the waters of the bot lane with Nautilus as our anchor. Together, we will secure kills, protect our allies, and establish dominance in the support role, ensuring that our team emerges victorious in every skirmish and teamfight.
Abilities

Passive - Staggering Blow

Nautilus' basic attacks deal bonus physical damage and root his target briefly. This passive ability allows Nautilus to control enemies and set up his other abilities effectively, making him a potent crowd control tank in fights.

Q - Dredge Line

Nautilus hurls his anchor forward, pulling himself to the first enemy hit. Upon reaching the target, Nautilus deals damage, briefly stuns them, and temporarily gains bonus attack speed. This ability is crucial for Nautilus' engage, lockdown, and initiation in fights, allowing him to catch out priority targets or peel for his allies.

W - Titan's Wrath

Nautilus activates his shield, gaining a temporary shield that absorbs damage. While the shield holds, Nautilus' basic attacks deal damage over time to enemies around his target. This ability enhances Nautilus' survivability in fights, making him a durable frontline tank that can soak up damage and disrupt enemy formations.

E - Riptide

Nautilus slams the ground, causing the earth to ripple out in waves. Enemies hit by the waves take damage, are slowed, and are briefly knocked up if they are in the center of the effect. This ability provides Nautilus with strong area control, wave clear, and crowd control, allowing him to disrupt enemy movements and set up plays for his team.

R - Depth Charge

Nautilus sends a depth charge in a line, knocking up and stunning the first enemy champion it hits. The charge continues forward until it reaches its maximum range or hits an enemy champion, knocking them up as well. This ability is Nautilus' ultimate engage tool, allowing him to initiate fights, catch out key targets, and disrupt enemy formations with its powerful crowd control effects.
Runes

Resolve

Resolve


Grasp of the Undying

Grasp of the Undying is a fantastic rune for Nautilus. It synergizes well with his tanky playstyle, providing him with bonus health and adaptive damage every 4 seconds in combat. This allows Nautilus to trade effectively in the laning phase and become even tankier as the game progresses.

Aftershock

Aftershock is a core rune for Nautilus. It enhances his durability after initiating with his crowd control abilities. When Nautilus immobilizes an enemy, he gains bonus resistances and deals area of effect damage around him. This makes him extremely tanky in the middle of team fights and allows him to deal significant damage to multiple enemies.

Shield Bash

Shield Bash synergizes well with Nautilus' W ability, Titan's Wrath, which provides him with a shield. When Nautilus has a shield, Shield Bash grants him bonus armor and magic resist and causes his next basic attack to deal bonus adaptive damage. This enhances Nautilus' trading potential in the laning phase and his durability in team fights.

Conditioning

Conditioning is a good choice for Nautilus. After 12 minutes, it provides him with bonus armor and magic resist, and increases his total resistances by 5%. This enhances Nautilus' tankiness in the mid to late game, allowing him to soak up even more damage for his team.

Bone Plating

Bone Plating is a great rune for Nautilus. After taking damage from an enemy champion, the next three spells or attacks from the enemy champion deal less damage. This helps Nautilus to be more resilient in the early game trades and reduces the burst damage he takes from enemy combos.

Overgrowth

Overgrowth is a good rune for Nautilus. For every 8 minions or monsters that die near him, he gains additional maximum health. This allows Nautilus to become even tankier as the game progresses, enhancing his ability to act as a frontline for his team.

Revitalize

Revitalize enhances Nautilus' shield from his W ability, Titan's Wrath, and any healing he receives. It increases shields and healing by 5%, or by 10% if he is below 40% health. This increases Nautilus' overall survivability, especially in clutch situations where he is low on health.

Unflinching

Unflinching provides Nautilus with bonus tenacity and slow resistance for each summoner spell on cooldown, and additional tenacity and slow resistance if he is below 30% health. This allows Nautilus to resist crowd control effects and stick to his targets more effectively, especially in crucial team fights.

Precision

Precision


Triumph

Triumph is a great rune for Nautilus. It restores 12% of his missing health and grants an additional 20 gold every time he participates in a kill. This provides Nautilus with extra survivability in team fights and skirmishes, allowing him to stay in the fight longer and potentially turn the tide of battle.

Legend: Tenacity

Legend: Tenacity is a good choice for Nautilus. It grants him bonus tenacity for every Legend stack he has, up to a maximum of ten stacks. This allows Nautilus to resist crowd control effects, enabling him to move freely in team fights and use his abilities without interruption.

Domination

Domination


Cheap Shot

Cheap Shot is a useful rune for Nautilus. It deals bonus true damage to enemy champions who have impaired movement or actions. Since Nautilus has multiple crowd control abilities in his kit, he can trigger Cheap Shot regularly to deal additional damage.

Ultimate Hunter

Ultimate Hunter is a good rune for Nautilus. It reduces the cooldown of his ultimate ability, Depth Charge, for each unique enemy champion he has killed. This allows Nautilus to use his powerful ultimate more frequently in team fights, providing his team with valuable crowd control and engage potential.

Inspiration

Inspiration


Glacial Augment

Glacial Augment can be useful for Nautilus. Basic attacks slow enemies for a few seconds, which can enhance Nautilus' crowd control capabilities and make it easier for him to land his Q ability, Dredge Line. Additionally, slowing an enemy with an active item shoots a freeze ray through them, freezing the nearby ground and slowing all units inside.

Hextech Flashtraption

Hextech Flashtraption can provide Nautilus with some interesting playmaking potential. It allows him to use a Hexflash, a channeled blink, while his Flash is on cooldown. This can enable Nautilus to make unexpected engages or escapes when his Flash is not available.

Biscuit Delivery

Biscuit Delivery can help Nautilus with his mana issues in the early game. It provides him with a biscuit every 2 minutes until 6 minutes, restoring health and mana and increasing his maximum mana.

Cosmic Insight

Cosmic Insight is a good rune for Nautilus. It provides cooldown reduction for his abilities, summoner spells, and items, allowing him to use them more frequently. This enhances Nautilus' utility and crowd control capabilities, making him a more effective tank and initiator.
Spells

Flash

Flash is an essential spell for Nautilus. It provides instant mobility which can be used either defensively or offensively. Defensively, it can be used to escape dangerous situations or dodge crucial enemy abilities. Offensively, it can be used to engage onto enemies by combining it with Nautilus's Q (Dredge Line) for a surprise attack. It's almost always picked on Nautilus due to its versatility and playmaking potential.

Ignite

Ignite is a more aggressive spell choice for Nautilus. It provides extra damage and reduces healing effects on the target, which can be useful in securing kills during early game skirmishes. However, it's less common on Nautilus as he is usually played in a support or tank role where survivability and crowd control are more important than damage.

Exhaust

Exhaust is a great spell for Nautilus, especially when played as a support. It reduces the damage dealt by the targeted enemy and slows them, making it easier for Nautilus and his ADC to land their abilities and secure kills. It's also very useful in peeling for your ADC against high damage threats.

Heal

Heal is typically taken by the ADC, not Nautilus. It provides a health boost and a speed boost which can be crucial for survival in fights. However, if the ADC does not pick Heal and it's necessary for the lane matchup (for example, against high poke or burst lanes), Nautilus can take it. It's also useful in situations where the ADC takes a different spell like Barrier or Cleanse for specific matchup reasons.
Items

Locket of the Iron Solari

Locket of the Iron Solari provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and a shield that activates for nearby allies. This item enhances Nautilus' team utility, allowing him to protect his teammates with a powerful shield in team fights and skirmishes.

Jak'Sho, The Protean

Jak'Sho, The Protean grants Nautilus bonus health, magic resistance, and a unique passive that transforms him into a powerful elemental form. This item enhances Nautilus' tankiness and provides him with additional combat capabilities, making him a formidable force on the battlefield.

Sunfire Aegis

Sunfire Aegis provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and an aura that deals magic damage to nearby enemies. This item enhances Nautilus' wave clear, damage output, and tankiness, making him a potent threat in team fights and skirmishes.

Thornmail

Thornmail grants Nautilus bonus armor, grievous wounds on attackers, and reflects damage taken from basic attacks. This item is effective against high-attack speed champions and lifesteal users, making Nautilus more resilient against physical damage threats.

Trailblazer

Trailblazer offers Nautilus bonus health, movement speed, and a trail that slows enemies hit by it. This item enhances Nautilus' engage potential and crowd control, allowing him to disrupt enemy movements and set up plays for his team.

Randuin's Omen

Randuin's Omen provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and a slowing effect on nearby enemies' basic attacks. This item enhances Nautilus' survivability against critical strike champions and improves his crowd control potential in team fights.

Zeke's Convergence

Zeke's Convergence grants Nautilus bonus armor, mana, and an AoE slow effect that empowers his bound ally's attacks. This item enhances Nautilus' supportive capabilities, allowing him to boost his ally's damage output while providing him with additional tank stats.

Knight's Vow

Knight's Vow provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and redirects a percentage of damage taken by his bound ally to himself. This item enhances Nautilus' tankiness and allows him to protect his carry by absorbing a portion of the damage they would take.

Hollow Radiance

Hollow Radiance grants Nautilus bonus health, ability power, and a burst of magic damage around him. This item enhances Nautilus' damage output and survivability, making him a more threatening presence in team fights and skirmishes.

Abyssal Mask

Abyssal Mask provides Nautilus with increased magic resistance, mana, and an aura that enhances magic damage dealt by allies. This item synergizes well with Nautilus' tanky playstyle, allowing him to better absorb magic damage and support his team in team fights.

Kaenic Rookern

Kaenic Rookern provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and a shield that activates when taking damage. This item enhances Nautilus' survivability in fights, allowing him to soak up more damage and disrupt enemy backlines effectively.

Spirit Visage

Spirit Visage increases Nautilus' healing received, magic resistance, and health regeneration. This item synergizes well with Nautilus' abilities that heal him, making him more durable in prolonged engagements and skirmishes.

Heartsteel

Heartsteel provides Nautilus with bonus health, armor, and a shield that activates based on crowd control effects. This item enhances Nautilus' crowd control capabilities and survivability in team fights, making him a formidable frontline tank.

Fimbulwinter

Fimbulwinter grants Nautilus bonus health, ability haste, and a slowing effect on immobilizing enemy champions. This item enhances Nautilus' crowd control potential, making it easier for him to lock down high-priority targets and disrupt enemy movements.

Warmog's Armor

Warmog's Armor provides Nautilus with bonus health and health regeneration, allowing him to quickly regenerate health outside of combat. This item synergizes well with Nautilus' tanky nature, enabling him to sustain longer in fights and skirmishes.

Malignance

Malignance offers Nautilus bonus health, ability power, and a shield that detonates upon taking damage and deals magic damage to nearby enemies. This item provides Nautilus with both offensive and defensive capabilities, making him a threat to enemies while increasing his survivability in fights.

Riftmaker

Riftmaker gives Nautilus bonus ability power, ability haste, and true damage ramping up with continuous combat. This item enhances Nautilus' damage output and sustain in prolonged fights, making him a more potent threat to enemy champions.

Bloodsong

Bloodsong provides Nautilus with bonus attack damage, lifesteal, and a blood rage that grants bonus attack speed. This item enhances Nautilus' basic attacks, sustain, and dueling potential, making him a more versatile threat on the battlefield.

Celestial Opposition

Celestial Opposition grants Nautilus bonus health, mana, and a shield that activates when taking damage. This item enhances Nautilus' survivability and provides him with additional protection in fights, making him harder to take down.

Solstice Sleigh

Solstice Sleigh offers Nautilus bonus health, movement speed, and a snowball that grants additional movement speed and damage when rolling towards enemies. This item enhances Nautilus' engage potential and mobility, allowing him to initiate fights and catch out-of-position enemies more effectively.

Mercury's Treads

Mercury's Treads provide Nautilus with bonus magic resistance, tenacity, and reduced crowd control duration. This item is effective against teams with heavy crowd control abilities, allowing Nautilus to shrug off enemy disables and stay mobile in fights.

Plated Steelcaps

Plated Steelcaps offer Nautilus bonus armor, movement speed reduction against basic attacks, and a temporary shield upon taking damage from champions. This item enhances Nautilus' survivability against physical damage dealers and helps him mitigate incoming damage in skirmishes and team fights.

Elixir of Iron

Elixir of Iron grants Nautilus bonus health, increased size, and bonus tenacity. This elixir enhances Nautilus' tankiness, making him harder to crowd control and allowing him to absorb more damage in team fights.
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