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Nidalee Build Guide by Sharqueisha
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This guide is a work in progress, and I will continue to update during the preseason. I also apologize for the walls of text, but I don't see any other way to explain this build.
TLDR; Build on hit effect items, pounce in, press Q, enemies die.
Since Nidalee's Q ability Takedown is considered an auto attack, it will proc the on-hit effects of items such as Spellblade from Enchantment: Runeglaive, Crushing Blow from Dead Man's Plate, Cleave from Titanic Hydra... ect. Now imagine if you were to stack the bonus damage from Takedown (33% bonus to targets marked as Hunted) and all of those actives combined.
I have been able to hit up to 1700-1900 combined damage with one good combo using Javelin Toss to get Prowl passive, Pounce, Swipe, Titanic Hydra's Crescent and Takedown (in that order).
Enchantment: Runeglaive is a no brainer when choosing Nidalee. The fact that Nidalee's Takedown can not only proc the spellblade effect but also use it all in one move is extremely strong. Also, the secondary effect of the Runeglaive passive restores 8% missing mana when used on a jungle monster. I have played games with Nidalee where I chose not to build a spellblade item and I always ended up regretting the decision. Even building something like Iceborn Gauntlet is worth it.
Rylai's Crystal Scepter is an interesting item on Nidalee. Definitely the main reason for purchasing this item is because of it's passive ability where you can slow targets that you hit with your magic abilities. This comes in handy when you hit a spear on a running enemy to allow you to catch up almost 3 times faster, as you will also get bonus movement speed from Prowl. The other huge reason behind building this item is for the 400 health and 100 ability power granted. Those two stats alone make it the perfect item for this build.
Dead Man's Plate is an extremely underestimated item on Nidalee. This item has become a favorite among bruiser and tank champions, but I think it can find a good home in the builds of champions who are looking for the extra initial burst and a little bit of tankiness (which is exactly what this build is about).
I've had countless people yell at me for buying this item, but once I explain to them the amount of utility and damage it provides they quickly retract their statements. Nidalee's Takedown triggers the passive effect on this item, giving you a bonus 200 damage when you jump in to attack them. This item also provides a fair amount of movement speed, which is extremely useful when you are running around trying to find good angles in order to throw your spears during the late game.
Titanic Hydra is definitely an extremely powerful item on Nidalee because of it's active effect. When built with the other suggested items in this build, the active effect should be able to deal an extra 350+ bonus damage, as Nidalee will have at least 3000 health with all of the tankier items in this build. This could give you that extra little bit of damage needed to get your target low enough to finish with Takedown.
Please leave your questions, comments and concerns below :) And make sure to rate the guide if you win some games with this build!