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Nidalee Build Guide by Zacery09

AP Carry Nidalee Jungle (5.24) - Spear Master

By Zacery09 | Updated on December 11, 2015

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Hi all! My name is Zacery09, and welcome to my jungle Nidalee guide for patch 5.24. I wrote this guide to help all those people out there looking for a simple, but helpful guide. I was inspired to write this guide because of the guide writing competition on at the moment, and I hope to write more guides in the future.

In this guide you will learn how the playstyle as Nidalee, what runes and masteries to take, and what to build on her. I assure you that after you read my guide today, you will know something new about her, or you will improve even in the slightest bit when you play her.

Nidalee has been one of my all time favourite champions to play. I have been playing her since lvl 15 on my OCE account, still playing her to this day.
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Pros / Cons

+ Pretty good sustain in jungle with her q root
+ High damage output (No more oneshot spears)
+ Good at counter ganking
+ Can carry hard if fed

- Can be extremely squishy without defensive items or bad runes
- Not the best in early game
- Good ganks rely on landing decent ranged spears
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PROWL: Moving through brush grants Nidalee 10% bonus movement speed for 2 seconds, increased to 30% if she is moving toward a nearby visible enemy champion.
HUNT: Hitting monsters or enemy champions with Javelin Toss or Bushwack Bushwhack marks them as Hunted for 4 seconds, granting True Sight icon true sight of them for the duration. Affected monsters are also Root icon rooted for 2 seconds. While moving toward Hunted targets, Nidalee gains Prowl's bonus movement speed and ignores unit collision. Additionally, Nidalee's first use of Takedown and Pounce against Hunted targets are empowered.

Q: /
Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 Mana
Range: 1500
Missle Width: 40
Cooldown: 6 seconds

In human form : hurls a Javelin in a straight line, dealing magic damage to the first target hit and applying the "hunt" debuff.
After having traveled 525 units, the javelin's damage will be increase by 2% per 7.75 units traveled, capping at 200% bonus damage (300% total damage) after traveling 1300 units.

Base magic damage: 50/75/100/125/150 (+40% AP)
Maximum magic damage: 150/225/300/375/450 (+120% AP)

In Cougar form Takedown : Nidalee's next attack gains 75-range (200 total range) and is modified to deal magic damage. The damage is increased by 1.5% for every 1% of the targets missing health, for a maximum of 150% bonus damage (250% total damage).

"Hunt" bonus: If the target is marked with "hunt", Takedown deals 33% increased damage.
Base magic damage: 4/20/50/90 (+75% AD) (+36% AP)
Maximum damage: 10/50/125/225 (+187.5% AD) (+90% AP)
"Hunt" bonus damage: 13/67/167/300 (+250% AD) (+120% AP)

W : BushwackBushwhack / Pounce
Cost: 40/45/50/55/60 Mana
Range: 900
Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9 seconds / 5 seconds

In Human form BushwackBushwhack: Nidalee lays a trap at a target location that arms after a very brief delay. When sprung by an enemy unit, they will take magic damage plus a percentage of their current health over 4 seconds (max. damage 150 vs. monsters) while also applying the [hunt debuff. Traps last for 2 minutes.

Total magic damage: 20/40/60/80/100 (+10/12/14/16/18% (+ 2% per 100 AP) of target's current health)

In Cougar form Pounce: Nidalee lunges a fixed 375 units in the direction of the cursor, dealing magic damage to enemies within a 75 unit radius area around her landing point.Killing a unit will reduced Pounce's current cooldown to 1.5 second if it's currently higher.

Hunt bonus: If the cursor is near an enemy marked with hunt within 750-range, Pounce becomes a unit-targeted dash. Current cooldown resets to 1.5 seconds if Nidalee pounces to a hunted target
Magic Damage: 50/100/150/200 (+ 30% AP)

E : Primal Surge / Swipe
Cost: 60/75/90/105/120 Mana
Range: 600
Cooldown: 12 seconds / 5 seconds

In Human form Primal Surge: Nidalee evokes the spirit of the cougar, healing a targeted allied champion or herself and granting them bonus attack speed for 7 seconds.

Heal: 45/85/125/165/205 (+ 50% AP)
Attack Speed: 20/30/40/50/60%

Cougar form Swipe: Nidalee claws at enemies in a 180-degree cone in the direction of the cursor, dealing magic damage to all enemies hit.

Magic damage: 70/130/190/250 (+ 45% AP)

R : Aspect Of The Cougar
Cost: 0 Mana
Range: self
Cooldown: 3 seconds (both forms)

Human form: ]Nidalee transforms herself into a cougar, gaining a new set of abilities and has her range reduced to 125(melee).

Cougar form: ]Nidalee transforms back into her human form.
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Standard Jungle Start for all champs

Runeglaive is a must have item for AP junglers
I reccomend you buy Tracker's Knife/Stalker's Blade

Morellonomicon and Rod Of Ages are both amazing items on Nidalee. I usually go for a Morellonomicon unless I finish my jungle item really fast and have time to get a quick Rod Of Ages or I am fed and I know I can snowball really hard if I get a Rod Of Ages

A great item to build on Nidalee for lots of more damage and movement speed. Great for lots of burst

This is a must on Nidalee, giving her 120 ability power and increasing her current ability power by 30% of her current ap. You can get this before Luden's Echo if you know you can snowball really well with Morellonomicon or Rod Of Ages

Good item to get some more ability power and a bit of armor to reduce getting bursted so fast by ADC's or AD tanks. Good if you can jump into the enemy team and assasinating a carry and then using Zhonya's, while your team is rushing in and finishing the rest of the team off for you
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How to combo

With Nidalee your combo is almost gonna be the same everytime
It goes like this:
Q(or enemy steps on Bushwack, but preferably land a spear)->R->W->E->Q
Javelin Toss -> Aspect Of The Cougar -> Pounce -> Smite(if not on cooldown) -> Swipe -> Takedown
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The end draws near

This concludes my guide to Nidalee jungle, Season 6, patch 5.24. I will continue to update this guide if I find new builds or certain ways you can play and improve. Thanks to all my friends for giving me tips on how to play Nidalee. Good luck to anyone looking to use my build and improving by reading my guide. If their are any problems with my guide shoot me a message and I can fix asap.

P.S. If u want to play with me my name is Zacery09 and I am on OCE.

Good luck playing Nidalee,
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