Nautilus Build Guide by bigmacofawesome
Not Updated For Current Season
This guide has not yet been updated for the current season. Please keep this in mind while reading. You can see the most recently updated guides on the browse guides page.
Your votes and comments encourage our guide authors to continue
creating helpful guides for the League of Legends community.
Armor & AP
Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
BigMac's Nautilus Build Handbook
Hello there, folks!
My name is BigMac, i.e bigmacofawesome.
This here is the way I play Nautilus: complete with the astronaut skin.
While many others keep Nautilus in the Jungle or Bottom Lane, I like to build my Nautilus tanky with bruiser abilities. And it works! Here's how I do it.
Runes and Masteries
While I am only Level 18, I am able to pull off these feats with relative ease. But here is how I would build it if I was Lv. 20+
Quint of Health: 3
Seal of Scaling Armor: 3
Seal of Scaling Health: 3
Seal of Scaling Magic Resist: 3
Mark of Magic Penetration: 5
Mark of Hybrid Penetration: 4
Glyph of Scaling AP: 4
Glyph of Magic Resist: 2
Glyph of Magic Penetration: 3
This specific build allows for Nautilus to crank out Ability Power and Magic Damage, yet maintaining a good Armor and Health rating. Note that it doesn't build a Tank, but not an APC either. Nautilus, in my opinion, is more of a scary big character like Rengar than a hulking fat character like Gragas. While defense is a good thing to build, remember to try to balance it out with some offense too.
Spells and Skills
Flash and Ignite are the usual picks here, however, if you are choosing a type of play that makes Nautilus chase after his targets, Ghost may be a good pick, since he is a slow character and chasing enemies is rather difficult. Don't forget that Dredge Line!
It's relatively straightforward when you're developing Nautilus on the battlefield.
- You'll always want your first pick to be Dredge Line. If you're jungling, then Nautilus can get out of a scrap by clinging onto the environment. If you're being THIS build, you can pull in running opponents or cut them off from your partner.
- Titan's Wrath should be chosen first if you plan on making him a bit more Tank-like, as it gives you an armor, attack speed, and damage buff.
- Riptide should be chosen first if you're after a more Bruiser-like build, as this has a slowing area-of-effect damage and can really help keep people in place for kills.
- Upgrade Depth Charge every time you can.
PRO-TIP: Alternate Titan's Wrath and Riptide continuously until you've maxed both of them out before you max out Dredge Line. Dredge Line does damage, yes, but it's really the hook-and-pull effect that you're looking for in the ability, and since you get that right off, you shouldn't worry about it so until the end.
For this kind of build, Nautilus is good at throwing himself into the middle of battles that are already or are just starting to take play. Dredge Line will catch their attention, and pull opponents away from wounded teammates, and Riptide can slow their chases. Use Titan's Wrath to get in the middle of fights and deal damage, and Depth Charge to finish off fleeing foes. Or, if your abilities are just about empty, use a Dredge Line to pull wounded opponents to your team.
Try to stick it out as long as you can, and give your team some cover. Abilities like Riptide and Titan's Wrath can be used to scare off opponents who are thinking of making a move. Just make sure your build has some sort of Mana buffs on them, as poking and not using these abilities drains your Mana quickly.
Pros / Cons
- Nautilus is one of the slowest characters in League of Legends, right next to Anivia. Make sure that after you begin your build for armor that you grab some boots with Movement Speed buffs.
- Try to keep with, if not ahead of the crowd of your team so that you can get in on the action with them, and not arrive too late to not stop an enemy kill or not gain XP during Team Fights.
- Building Nautilus right can allow the team to deal tons of damage and make it out, especially during the Nexus captures, with the two final turrets out front. Riptide can take care of hordes of minions and Titan's Wrath can add buffs while you're hammering away at a turret.
All in all, Nautilus can be built a bunch of different ways. He can be really useful in the Jungle, and he can be a crazy good Support. Here's my two cents, and please feel free to leave opinions and suggestions on my build. This is just how I play him, and by no means am I saying that my way is right. Thanks for reading!