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[7.8] Nidalee, the jungling queen

Massive Nuts Last updated on September 11, 2017
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Ability Sequence

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Threats to Nidalee with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
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Ashe If you javelin her right, she is dead.
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Kalista Difficult to javelin, don't bother, jump directly on her face in late-game.
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Jinx No defense against you.
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Vel'Koz Play with him before engaging by jumping on the sides. It will eventually make him use all his abilities and ragequit.
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Introduction to the sniper


Hi guys, I'm nidalee-main and for me, Nidalee is the queen of the jungle in S7. She had lowest winrate in early S7 because this guide didn't exist yet. She is one of the only AP junglers making that much dammage. Here are some tips that will make you win nearly all your games from bronze to plat with the champ i main. Firstly, Nidalee is early and mid-game champ, I mean at its strongest, but it's also very good in late. This is a simple guide that should help you, I tried to keep it clear and short. Click on any chapter you want to see.


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Runes-Explanation

Runes

Greater Mark of Ability Power
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Greater Seal of Armor
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Greater Seal of Ability Power
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Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
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Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
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You shouldn't need tankiness in your runes because Nidalee can't efficially be played tank. She is a squishy champ who deals a lot of dammage. Cooldown reduction can also be taken but it's not necessary because you will have a lot in game anyway. Honestly, ap is the best you can take. I actually played will full ap runes for a long time.


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Masteries-Explanation

Masteries
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These masteries are the casual ones for squishy-AP-jungle champs, such as Fizz, Diana or Fiddlesticks and obviously the best with Nidalee, because her skill-sequence has 3 abilities minimum: so they apply Thunderlord's Decree . I prefer Thunderlord's Decree to Stormraider's Surge because of the enormous extra-dammage and Nidalee already has a high movement speed and mobility with this build.


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Items-Explanation

Quoted:
You should never back for nothing

Indeed, with this build, you normally always have enough PO to buy something for the next item. Nothing is really expensive except from Rabadon. Here are some examples of non-expensive items: Boots of Speed, Sapphire Crystal, Amplifying Tome or Null-Magic Mantle. That way, you can always come-back if your game is starting baddly.
  • Stalker's Blade - Runic Echoes:This jungler-item is the most efficient because the chilling smite will slow down any champ trying to escape from you, making it easier. Runic echoes seems obvious for an AP champ that doesn't build tankiness.
  • Lich Bane:Lich bane is the item you need to build first. His passive aswell as his caracteristics will multiply your dammage in early-game and mid-game. Moreover, this item is quite cheap for what it is.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass: This is not necessary but if the ennemy team has a lot of cc, (which is often the case in ranked)it will give you time to get back your cooldowns and escape.
  • Abyssal Mask:The Abyssal scepter is really effective in the sense that it increases by 15% the dammage you deal in cougar mode, and gives you cd and magic resistance. It is, that way, really good against tanks.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap: The Rabadon's deathcap will help you keep up with the dammage in late-game and not become useless as a lot of Nidalee become by building things such as Guardian Angel.
  • Boots of Speed:What boots should you take? Well fortunatly, you already have a lot of magic penetration so the Sorcerer's Shoes aren't a good choice. I prefer having pure speed, or out-of-fights speed given by Boots of Swiftness and Boots of Mobility. If the other team really has a lot of cc, build a Mercury's Treads


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Teamfights



DO NEVER ENGAGE A TEAMFIGHT (except they are 3 maximum or you have zhonya and a good team) Otherwise, you will never be able to finish your combo and won't be as useful as you could be. Don't be scared either, just don't be the first one to jump. You are good to finish the teamfight, with good mobility and pre-play with your javelin. If an ennemy chases an allie, save him, you are 1v1 queen.


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Ranked pick



In ranked, try not to first-pick Nidalee as they can counter it in lane and in jungle. (see the counter-champs up in the guide.) Nidalee is a very good pick when you need an AP who deals dammage, for example if you have a tanky Dr. Mundo in toplane and a Zed in midlane.


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Skills



You must be really concentrated when playing Nidalee. Try heating your hands so that they aren't cold and your reactions will be quicker. The #1 rule is: Be quick, be an assassin in the jungle but also in your ganks. Nidalee is the quickest champ to clear camps in late game. Do not loose any time, you must be really effective on every jungle camps. You shouldn't need to invade ennemy jungle in early as your camps appear at the right time. Always be close to your mouse, and be ready to attack.
Early-jungling is important: Always start bluebuff and consume 1 Refillable Potion while doing it, then do the gromp and consume the second Refillable Potion. Finish with the wolves IN LESS THAN 1 MINUTE 30 with a good pull by the botlane or toplane. These three creeps are the most important! You can train in normal games or customised games to make it the quickest and to be able to do something else arround minute 3. When wolves are finished, go in the river and do the carap. Use smite to be nearly full HP after it. Then, decide if you should gank toplane, midlane, or botlane, depending on which jungle you are and who the ennemies are and how they are pushing. If they are both playing safe, poke midlane with two javelins and go back to the redside starting with wolves, then carap, then return to red, and finish with golems. If you play well, all your camps should be cleared arround minute 6 and you should back to buy your stuff. Hunter's Potion is more important than Stalker's Blade if you don't have enough money to buy both, as it will make you long last longer.

As I said, Nidalee can clear camps really easily, especially birds or wolves. Always engage your wolves from the small passage with a Javelin Toss next to it then Aspect Of The Cougar and Pounce, (as shown on the picture) it will make you win time and you need time. Engage with javelin the srongest of the camp, learn how and where to touch them. You won't even need Smite in the jungle after 30minutes as you instakill the creatures. Just keep smite for drakes, nashor or when you gank to slow a champ trying to run away.

Basic nidalee jungling technics to go quicker:


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Skill Sequence



Obviously, start as a hiding human when you want to gank as you are in the jungle most of the time. Aspect Of The Cougar is only to engage or escape. First, assure yourself you have mana, and if yes, heal yourself if you are not full hp with Primal Surge. Then, go in a bush to get your Greenfather's Gift , and throw the Javelin Toss where the ennemy champ will be in about 1 second. Do not throw where he is, he will certainly moove unless he is Bronze 5. After throwing the javelin, press Aspect Of The Cougar directly and if you touched him: Takedown and Pounce almost as the same time, like the old Katarina would do, then Swipe and after there are three choices:
-R right after the combo and Primal Surge to get more hp to continue, Bushwhack where the ennemy could escape, take a pause and Javelin Toss him in the face. As he is close, it should be easier. Then Aspect Of The Cougar and make that cougar combo again.
-If it's a tank, or you are in a teamfight and you didn't take much dammage, continue in cougar mode and jump on your next victim.
-If the victim is very lowlife, instead of waiting 2 or 3 seconds for your Pounce, press R and autoattack him, or Javelin Toss if you're sure of your shot.
Also, practise jumping over walls with your Pounce, it can help you escape a lot of situations. To practise, do it over drake's wall, it's the hardest jump. It's also your ability with the smallest cooldown. Remember that in-game.


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Summary



If you have read all this, you are finally ready to go in the jungle and show who the queen is. Goodluck! If you liked the guide, don't hesitate to leave a comment or top it up. Thanks!
Massive Nuts