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League of Legends Build Guide Author Futrikation

AD Nidalee Mid

Futrikation Last updated on August 3, 2014
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Nidalee with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Twisted Fate He's squishy, and have a weak early, you should utilize this in you favor, try to land a Q, and then jump on him, 2 or 3 times of that should kill him, on the lane phase.
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Hi everyone, I'm Futrikation, and this is my guide to an AD Nidalee mid. That's my first guide, and english is not my mother tongue, I apologize for any mistakes I make on this guide. I would be thankful for any and all feedback that you guys may provide.

Nidalee is a great champion, even after the remake, and is very fun to play with her - because she have a great poke with her Javelin Toss, and a good gap closer and escape Pounce, and has a fantastic boost in attack speed with her Primal Surge.

Since that's my first guide, I do implore to reconsider any downvotes, and I would like to ask to test the build, and give me a feedback and tips, so I can improve the guide.

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Pros / Cons


+ Ranged Champion
+ Great Burst Damage
+ Good Poke in Early/Mid Game
+ Good Sustain
+ Fantastic in chase and escape
+ Don't need a lot of wards

- Don't have a CC
- Mana hungry if you arent careful
- Hard to Master
- You team may leak AP

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With that masteries you'll have a nice amount of bonus damage for your cougar form with Double-Edged Sword , and a good resistance for when you jump on the enemies, or for when you are trying to escape through the jungle using your Prowl.

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

+ Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage - With these Nidalee have a nice amount of AD bonus since the beggining of the match. That helps you to farm, trade and poke better.
+ Greater Mark of Attack Damage - With these Nidalee have a nice amount of AD bonus since the beggining of the match. That helps you to farm, trade and poke better.
+ Greater Seal of Armor - With these Nidalee is not that squishy, but I only use when I'm against an AD champion in lane, otherwise I use Greater Seal of Scaling Health which will have the same effect, but will have a use against AP champions aswell.
+ Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist - These will give Nidalee a good amount of MR per level, that will help a lot in the lane phase.

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Summoner Spells

- Flash is the most used SS in the game for a good reason, whit Flash you can escape the worst situation, or grab a kill, or objective for your team. For Nidalee I always take Flash and almost always Ignite.

- Ignite Is an awesome SS, mainly for mid laners and Nidalee is not an exception, Ignite can ensura a kill, or reduce the regeneration of a Dr. Mundo, a Swainor an Ahri.

- Teleport is a useful SS that can substitute Ignite if you think you'll need more global presence than strenght in the lane phase.

- After the buff Heal is extremely powerful, and can help you to escape, to win a 1v1 or to chase someone with the extra movement speed.

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Ability Sequence and Explanation

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Prowl That passive gives Nidalee an amazing chasing potential, whenever you land a Javelin Toss or someone steps on your Bushwhack mark them as "Hunted" target you can use your Pounce in cougar form to jump on the target. When you have a target you gain move speed bonus when chasing him and your abilities in cougar form have bonus effects when used on the "Hunted" target.

Javelin Toss When used in that kind of Nidalee Javelin Toss will only serve to mark targets for the chase, in the ealy/mid game still works like a poke, and can deal a good amount of damage in the max range.

Takedown This is your mainly source of damage, that's why you focus on Q, in the ability sequence, when used on a "Hunted" target it deals 33% of bonus damage, and deals additional damage to targets at lower health.

Bushwhack It's main use will be to scout and defend yourself, in the mid/late game you can use it to catch an enemy in the jungle.

Pounce Incredible for chasing enemies down, or to escape through the jungle. When you kill a minion using it, reduce the cooldown in 1 second. Aso can be used to jump through some walls in the map.

Primal Surge Nidalee heals a target ally champion and grants them bonus attack speed for 6 seconds, it'll give you a good sustain and will provide you an attack speed buff (that's why you should focus on E after max the Q), that's very good to guarantee objectives like towers

Swipe It'll reduce the Pounce cooldownto 1 second then used on a "Hunted" target.

Aspect Of The Cougar It allows Nidalee to change from human form to cougar form, and vice-versa, changing all the skills and Nidalee from melee to ranged.

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There's an example of a full build.

Mercury's Treads - Is good because it'll give to you MR for a matchup against an AP champion, and tenacity for an enemy with CC. If you're agains an AD champion like Yasuo you should take an Ninja Tabi and make an Zephyr if you need the tenacity that'll miss.

Trinity Force - It's an amazing item, and for Nidalee, everything that the Trinity Force provides it'll be useful, and it's one of the two core items for this build.

Infinity Edge - It gives a good amount of AD and increases the damage of de critical, the second core item for Nidalee in this build.

Blade of the Ruined King - The attack speed and lifesteal, and the passive makes botrk an fantastic item, and the active will help you to chase enemies down or escape through the jungle.

Athene's Unholy Grail - If you're against an AP champion, that item will provide AP, MR, CDR, and mana regen, that's all useful for Nidalee, even if you're building mainly AD. It can be replaced by Banshee's Veil or a Spirit Visage. It can be replaced by a Frozen Heart for the armor and mana, if you're against a heavily AD team. Or a Guardian Angel if the other team is balanced, or you need the passive.

Statikk Shiv - The critical chance, move speed, attack speed, and passive, turn Statikk Shiv into a great item for Nidalee. It can be replaced by a Zephyr if you opt for Ninja Tabi, or by a Maw of Malmortius if you need more MR.

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Nidalee should try to land a Javelin Toss on the adc or mid, and chase him down, if that ain't possible, you should stay in human form, use your {{primal surge]] and poke AA in everybody, until it's possible to chase someone down.

You also can zone their carries so they don't enter in the teamfight.

You should try to get someone out of position, because that way you can burst them easily with your Takedown and chase potential.

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Nidalee is an amazing champion, and extremely fun to play, even though it's hard to master her. If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, corrections about my guide, please feel free to do so.

Upvote if you like the guide, and pelase only downvote if you feel that's absolutely necessary. If you downvote, please tell me why on the comments, and then I can perhaps adjust the mistake.

Have a happy chase with Nidalee
- Futrikation