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Nidalee Build Guide by Do1HaveTh3Sauce

Top All Roles (Except ADC): Nidalee

By Do1HaveTh3Sauce | Updated on July 9, 2020
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Runes: Nidalee Inspiration Runes (Best Win-Rate)

1 2 3 4 5 6
Domination
Electrocute
Sudden Impact
Zombie Ward
Ravenous Hunter

Inspiration
Magical Footwear
Cosmic Insight
Bonus:

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

Spells:

1 2 3 4 5
Midalee Spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

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Champion Build Guide

All Roles (Except ADC): Nidalee

By Do1HaveTh3Sauce
About This Guide
UPDATE: Matchups have been updated to current META (10.13)
Insta: do1haveth3sauce
Hi guys,
I am an M7 Nidalee Main that can play Nidalee in the Jungle or Mid Lane.I was recruited to be on the Blinn College eSports team that will be starting this fall. This Guide is meant to help Nid/Midalee players from Low-Elo all the way to High-Elo.Be sure to go through all of the notes that have been provided with each rune setup, item group, and read all of the matchups. I will be updating matchup statuses as the game changes.
Pros & Cons Back to Top
Pros
1) Strong Assasin
2) Great Clear Time
3) Dominant if Mastered
4) One shots champions if fed
5) Flashy Ganks
6) Enemies get tilted if they die to Nidalee

Cons
1)Squishy
2)A lot of bad match ups if you don't know what you are doing
3)Hard to master
4)Weak late game
How You Should Jungle With Nidalee Back to Top
Nidalee is a strong early game jungler that will snowball if fed. When playing Nidalee, you need to know what you're going to do when the game starts even before the game begins. This is knowing what side you are going to be starting on, and if you are going to invade or not.
Worry about getting objectives and farming, rather than your K/D/A.
Starting Game: Invading Back to Top
When you spawn in, you should correlate with you team if you are going to invade or not. Ask if top lane will ward your blue or the river at 1:20.Normally you want to invade if you have a CC support, or someone that is extremely strong early game (Yasuo for example).

If the invasion is successful, it is a great opportunity for a first blood because your Q grows stronger the lower the opposing champions health is, so a Q, Flash, R, Q will be an easy kill if your team is with you.

Normally you invade when your team start at the top of the map, because you would normally start red, which is right above their blue side. More champions are starting red, meaning you will be able to invade if your Mid-Laner and Top-Laner will help.


If you are invading their Blue, ask your ADC and Support to see if they are starting red before you cross the river.



If you go to the bush in the middle of the river and see a champion, back off and just ask your Top-Laner for a leash and then clear using the following chapters method.



If you decide to invade their red because you see that the other team is starting blue, ask your entire team (Top may or may not come) to come with you.
This is the normal spot where there is a lvl 1 teamfight.

Make sure your support and adc come because this will be on the bottom side of the map where the other teams adc and support will be giving the other jungler a leash.


If this goes successful, you should end up with your team having 1-2 kills and you stealing their red buff.
Starting Game: Invading (After Clearing Enemies Red or Blue Buff) Back to Top
Once you have successfully invaded and taken their Buff, you want to upgrade E before W.

This is because you will want to go straight for your buff on the opposite side of the river, and will need a heal over AoE damage. You will also have 2 refillable potions, and possibly smite depending on whether you used it on the opposing teams buff.

Clear the remaining side of the jungle that you are on (Your Red or Blue Side). Then follow the steps that are provided in "Starting Game Basics: Red Side" and "Starting Game Basics: Blue Side.
Starting Game Basics: Red Side Back to Top
If you aren't invading, you always want to start red side. This allows you to get the most efficient clear time where you clear your side of the jungle, grab scuttle, and gank one lane.

1.Upgrade Q and stand in the bush in front of the Red Buff as far back as you can (Nidalee's human Q form does more damage the farther away you are from the target).


2. Start Red Buff with a leash. (if possible)
DO NOT SMITE THE RED BUFF UNLESS THEY ARE INVADING YOUR RED.


3. Upgrade W and set a W trap in front of the smaller Krug.

Backup and throw a spear (Q) at the big Krug, and instantly hit R to transform into your Cat form, and W across the wall into the big Krug that you marked with your Q (Gives you extra range to hop over the wall into the Krug because of Nidalee's Passive Skill).


4. Once you hop into the big Krug, immediately Smite the Big Krug and do a Spear (Q) Transform (R) Claw (E) Bite (Q) combo on the big Krug. Keep in mind, the small Krug should be taking damage from the Trap (W) that you placed out before you started the Krug Camp.

Keep on using your abilities to combo and kill the smaller Krugs, losing the least amount of health possible.


5. Go to the Raptor's Camp. Transform into human form. Use one Refillable Potion and place a trap (W) then Spear (Q) then Transform into the cat form (R) and use your W and Q while switching between your forms using R.

This takes practice because you need to know how long your ability cooldowns are.


6. After clearing the Raptor's camp Upgrade E (Heal and Claw) and begin to heal when you can.



7. Next, cross mid lane to go to the other side of your jungle.
IMPORTANT: If your mid laner needs a gank, throw a Spear (Q) and have your Q, R, W, E, Q combo ready if you hit the spear, and you can get a kill.
Starting Game Basics: Onto The Blue Side Back to Top
By this point, you should be level 3, and should have cleared your entire red side.


1. Clear the wolves. This camp is an easy clear because you have all of your abilities to clear and heal with.



2. Clear the Blue Buff, by using Smite.
IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE YOUR BITE (Q) BEFORE YOU SMITE, REMEMBER THAT THE BITE WILL DO MORE DAMAGE THE LESS THE BLUE BUFFS HEALTH IS THEREFORE BY SMITING BEFORE YOU USE Q, YOU DO MORE DAMAGE FASTER WHICH REDUCES YOUR TIME NEEDED TO CLEAR YOUR JUNGLE.

3. By now, scuttle is up, go to river (you should be next to it after clearing Blue Buff) and kill the scuttle for vision.[/color]

4. Clear the gromp (You should have smite back up by now) and then gank one lane.

5. Recall, grab items, and go to the first objective: Dragon.[/color]
Nidalee Starting Game Basics (Conclusion) Back to Top
If you have done everything like I described above in the previous chapters, or some variant of it depending on the exact game situation, you should clear your jungle, grab scuttle, possibly have invaded their buff, and recalled before 5 min have passed in your game.

THIS TAKES PRACTICE TO DO.

It's recommended that you go into the practice tool to learn how to clear the smaller camps, and the order that you do them in.

Then go into bot matches and ask other players for ganks, to see how your health stands after getting a leash from them (250 health or more is ideal), and then clear under 5 min.
How To Play Nidalee Mid Effectively Back to Top
COMING SOON!