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League of Legends Build Guide Author DarkHawks

Bruiser Nidalee s5 guide, master the champ, win the game!!!

DarkHawks Last updated on March 27, 2016
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Ability Sequence

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

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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.


Natural Talent
Bounty Hunter
Battering Blows
Piercing Thoughts

Ferocity: 12

Dangerous Game

Cunning: 0

Tough Skin
Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Resolve: 18

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Hello and thank you for clicking on the guide, i really hope it will help you out in the summoner's rift ;P
So about me, i started playing league of legends end of s1. The higher i ever got was platinum 3 last season. Not that good for someone who's been playing for so long right? well it's because s2-s3 i used to play 1-2 ranked games per day max. The key to going higher in the ladder is to play a lot of ranked, and that wasn't my case. (of course you must be skilled ;P)
I mastered bruiser nidalee s2 top lane, she was my main. It's the time that hotshotgg was popular with her top lane, yep that's s2. So s3-s4 she wasn't that good bruiser top anymore. People started playing her ap mid. But now i feel she has A LOT of potential because of her passive. Hopefully you will use her to win some games and trust me, you will have a lot of fun playing her. She might seem complicated with her 8 spells, but she's really easy to play once u played her for a while.

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I'm not the best person for them runes, but i the runes i selected on this build should really help you win ur lane.
If you're against a team with not a lot of magic damage, you can swap the scaling mr glyphs for some cd or cd per level. I prefer cd per level for the late game, but do as you please.
other than that, i think that those runes will provide you good damage and some tankiness. You have the heal to gain back health after trades, so armor/mr isn't THAT important, but later on in team fights, it will help you a lot(items).
You already have movement speed with passive and cougar form.
Lifesteal isn't needed cuz u have heal+Spirit visage.

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Those are my preferences. if you have you'rs don't feel bad changing mine.
Why those masteries?
Cooldown is always good on nidalee. More damage the less hp they have. Gain more hp and mana after kills and csing can be the difference between living and dying. And also with the good wave clear nid has, it can be really usefull.

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The notes in item section should have enough explanation.
Gauntlet or trinity?
Honestly, i prefer trinity because of the phage. But i really think that it's a personal choice.
Spirit visage is a must, unless they are full ad damage, even then you should think about getting it. CD and more healing, cmon :)
Frozen hearth gives you MANA, and CD and ARMOR, it's a must if you play against ad team

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Skill Sequence

The reason i don't max spear(q) first is because maxing heal is better. why? because i use her spear to pop the passive, and with passive, your cougar form q deals already good damage, and by maxing heal, you have a lot of sustain.
Also if the other person is intelligent, she won't let you hit her with spear by staying behind her minions.

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Ignite or teleport?
Both are really good. If you are against vlad/mundo.... champs with a lot of healing, take ignite, it's a must. Unless you don't want to fight them and just focus on farming, then take teleport. You can get to lane faster, split pushing/roam easier/faster.
Flash or ghost?
Flash....don't take ghost with her, flash is a must on her
Teleport and ignite?
What did i just say before?

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Pros / Cons

- A lot of mobility
- Traps give good vision in lane(can prevent ganks)
- Healing lets you sustain in lane
- Jumping lets you go over walls and plus her passive you can chase/escape easily in the jungle
- Really strong early game

- Mana dependent
- Doesn't have cc
- Really dependent on q/w to trigger passive and deal much more damage
- Kinda skilled champ

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Team fights

If you build tanky, just focus on their backline, even if the other team starts focusing you, you will be tanky enough to last full team fights. Heal urself if u have to. You can also engage if u get passive trigered on one of their carries.

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Split pushing

Nidalee is a really good split pusher, that's why teleport is a really good choice with her. You can 1vs1 basically any1 late game if ur fed enought. You can escape easily and have good jungle control with ur traps to see if the other team is going after you.

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Laning phase

Early game

Focus on farming and poking with your autoattacks, but don't miss cs for poke, not worth UNLESS you can kill the other person. Place ur traps all over the lane and if they step on it you can switch to cougar form and jump on them, you will deal tons of damage.
Basically just focus on farming

Mid/late game

Start thinking about roaming and split pushing. You have A LOT of mobility, use that to ur advantage. If you are ahead try to roam and help your team. If you have teleport you can roam even bot lane/dragon to help ur team and use teleport to go back to lane.
Teleport is also really good to split push, i don't think i need to explain. But ignite is ALSO good to split pushing because it's easier to 1vs1 other champs.

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This is my first guide ever so give me advices so i can improve ;)
Have fun playing nidalee, you don't have to play her bruiser, ap is also really fun, 1 shoting people with them spears haha XD
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