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League of Legends Build Guide Author The Top Bear

I Will Guide You - An Extensive Guide to Nid & Matchups

The Top Bear Last updated on June 23, 2018
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Nidalee Build

LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter

LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Celerity
LoL Rune: Waterwalking

+11 Attack Damage or +18 Ability Power, Adaptive

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Win 50%
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Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Nidalee with this build

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Twisted Fate The counter to Bjergsen.
Volibear Is this guy even a jungler anymore?
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Hi there! I am The Top Bear, a platinum Nidalee player. I have over 600k mastery points on Nidalee, so I decided to make a guide on how to play her, so that others may enjoy this mechanically difficult champ that can carry a game easily. (Quick note: I tore a ligament in my arm, making it hard to type. This guide might not be updated daily anymore, but don't worry, I m still on top of it :) Thanks for your patience.)

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Pros / Cons


Incredible early and mid game.
Can Hypercarry a game.
Phenomonal duelist and counterjungler.
Great objective taker and ganker.

    If you fail early you can throw pretty hard.
    VERY mechanically difficult.
    Falls off late game.

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I personally prefer Electrocute over Dark Harvest and Predator, it just provides more consistent damage and just works well on Nid. Zombie wards are sweet! (RIP Trackers Knife). I think Relentless Hunter works better than its lifesteal counterpart as it provides more map pressure. I run Celerity and Waterwalking to get that gnarly (sorry) map pressure, but sometimes go Inspiration and snag Magical Footwear and Future's Market in order to get a guaranteed early power spike into harder matchups where farming is optimal.

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Skill Sequence

The only real way to level on Nid is to go RQEW, as it just gives you more healing and damage. There is no reason to get points in W as you trap count goes up by player level, and E has more use as a heal and damaging ability than W.

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Early Clear

Normally, I go for a bot leash on Red or Blue, then go to wolves then the other large buff.
However, you can also start W then go for raptors, to red, to blue, or start top and go for a bot lane gank early. Another strategy is to start wolves with W to throw of the enemy jungler tracking you. Honestly, just be creative. If you are good at Nidalee, you can start anywhere and make it work. For the new scuttle XP, you want to make sure you have control over the river. Scuttle has become a Semi-important objective in comparison to before.
now, since it gives you more XP and gold, it isn't a bad idea to grab one level 2. Remember, always go for that scuttle!

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Buy Pinks

Buy Control Wards. Not just one. MULTIPLE. I try to buy at least two if I have enough gold on my first back. I am being serious, these are the only reason most ganks are possible, place them down in bushes for lane ganks, invades, or in drag pit so that Warwick doesn't take drag at level 3. Buy Control Wards!

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Farming on Nidalee can be tricky for beginners, and there a lot of neat tips and tricks to speed up your clears and make them healthier. First off, if you are new to clearing with Nid, take Hunter's Talisman over Hunter's Machete. Hunter's Talisman Gives you better mana regen, and allows you to kill aoe camps without kiting as much. After a few dozen games, you can switch to Hunter's Machete, which makes your three camp clear faster if you can kite well enough. However, the downside is that if you start red, you can not waste a single ability or it will slow down your clear immensely, as you will run out of mana during your third camp kill. Now, for some tips as to speeding up your already god-like Nidalee clears:
1. Starting camps on the way - you can start camps by hitting them with a max range spear on the way to them.
2. Pounce Resetting: Pounce resetting is when you hit a target with a spear and lead a trap in front of them, then jumping on them before the trap hits, effectively giving you a second empowered pounce almost immediately. This can make you do a bit more damage to your camps, and keep your pounce up more in the event of an invade.
3. Clearing two camps at once: When going to fight Blue Buff , around half-way through killing it, you can throw a max range spear at Gromp , and fight them both in between the two camps, speeding up your clears.

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Intricate Jungle Pathing

One of the perks of playing Nidalee is her ability to jump over walls easily. This allows you to do some crazy pathing that will allow you to get the jump on (no pun intended) the enemy team. I'll add an image once I figure out how to put one in without a URL, but for now I will explain it. There are some cool ways to gank lanes by jumping through dragon pit or baron pit then either jumping over krugs or taking a bombplant over to gank top or bot. These aren't the only ways to sneakily gank, so just abuse your wall jumps and be creative!

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The Intricacies of Ganking

Ganking on Nidalee can be somewhat difficult to pull off, but with knowledge of these tricks and practice, you can make ganks easy as pie.
1. Abuse the wave: When ganking as Nidalee, you should wait for your opponent to walk next to a wall or minion before you chuck a spear, so that they have less space to dodge the spear.
2. Predicting the enemy's movements: Everybody in League dodges a certain way, and generally they form the habit of, when given the option, dodging in the same direction. What you can do is look and see how each person dodges a couple of your spears, then start to throw them a little in that direction, in order to clip them with it.
3. Lane ganking: I love lane ganking! Lane ganking (especially in low elo) is a very effective and sneaky way of ganking abusing enemy vision. This only works in top and bot lane, but what you do is have your lane push up a bit in front of one of the bushes, so that you can sneak into the bush form behind the lane without being seen, then gank from there. A lot of times, the enemy will walk right into you.

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Applying Pressure and Knowing Which Lanes to Gank

One of the hardest things to do in the jungle is figuring out where to be. How you answer this question is what makes the difference between a gold jungler and a diamond jungler. When you get into the loading screen of a game, you should immediately be thinking of the lane matchups. More specifically, what summs are in which lanes and which direction each lane will be pushing. From there, you will decide what lanes are worth ganking at certain points in the game. Say you have a Riven top with ignite, you know that their jungler will without a doubt camp them, however you also have early kill pressure, therefore if possible, ganking there first would be most beneficial and would likely net your team a kill. Or say that your bot and top are pushing up hard, or are feeding the enemy laners, and the mid lane is relatively even, you have 3 choices. 1. You gank mid and try to swing that lane in your favor, and attempt to bleed that lead in the mid lane to your side lanes. 2. Track where the enemy jungler is going to gank, and attempt a countergank while pinging your team to help isolate him and kill him. 3. Lastly, track the enemy jungler and 1 v 1 him in a place where he can't get help from his team fast enough. Be SURE you can win the 1 v 1 before you attempt it, as you cant lose precious time and map pressure when behind, or you will start to lose a ton of objectives.

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Solo Carrying with Nidalee

With Nidalee (And most champs in general), hypercarrying is done mainly by doing three things:

Controlling objectives
Putting behind laners
Warding effectively
Tracking the enemy jungler and roams from laners

You have to be on the ball at all times, and you can not miss a single beat. Use Nidalee's early power to push out the enemy jg, and grab dragons, and try to get your laners to help.

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Team Work

When it comes to teamfighting, Nidalee takes a lot of skill to be effective. Unlike other assassins, once Nidalee is in, she either dies or kill the entire enemy team. You are not likely getting out unless you get lucky and find a squishy on the outside.

Generally, what you need to do is flank from behind and wait for your team to go in, while taking precise shots to either hit the ADC or corral them into a bad spot. Then, jump in when a carry is caught out or you hit a great spear allowing you to jump in and kill the damage dealers before you get popped by them.

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Nidalee in the Current Meta

Nidalee is surprisingly in a pretty good spot right now! Winrate-wise she is hovering around 50%. Also, in terms of team comps, you don't necessarily need a tank and since ad bruisers mid and top are becoming more prevalent, you always need an AP carry on the team, and generally it falls on the shoulders of the jungler.

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For the best performance on Nidalee: Make sure you have 1 or 2 CC tanks on your team, and that you don't have over-excessive AP. Also, practice a while before you jump into ranked with her, and find the build path that truly suits you! Lastly, don't forget to have fun! If you ever need help that isn't covered here, preferably leave a comment on the guide! I will try to get back to you as soon as I can!
Happy Climbing,
- The Top Bear