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Nidalee Build Guide by Halocz

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Halocz


Halocz Last updated on February 5, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Nidalee with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Amumu Its simple to play against an Amumu. Just invade him often and he`ll fall behind.
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Hi im Halocz and i bring to you my favorite jungle setup. Nidalee Jungle. Its my first guide so please have mercy if something is wrong.

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Why i just love this champion


Nidalee is one of the most enjoyable champions in the game, cause of her high mobility and all-around mechanic (spear passive....). She has kinda 6 abilities instead of 4 like other champions. Her cat-form abilities and her human-form abilities. But she can be somewhat difficult to assess her damage correctly and dont jump in and die. (And Teemos are no problem for her. I HATE TEEMOS).

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Pros and Cons


- Nice Sustain
- Great Mobilty (brushes)
- Good Clear Speed
- can still oneshot (not with spear only)


- Extreme Weak Early Game
- Hard to Suceed in Ganks
- Hard to master

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Nidalees Abilities

Passive : Prowl

Moving through brush increases Nidalee's Movement Speed by 10% for 2 seconds, increased to 30% toward visible enemy champions within 5500 range.

Hitting champions with Javelin Toss and Bushwhack triggers a Hunt, revealing them for 4 seconds. During this time, Nidalee gains 10% Movement Speed (increased to 30% toward the Hunted target) and her first Takedown and Pounce are enhanced against them.

Q : Javelin Toss / Takedown
Cost: 50/60/70/80/90 Mana
Range: 1500

In human form, Nidalee throws a spiked javelin at her target that gains damage as it flies. As a cougar, her next attack will attempt to fatally wound her target, dealing more damage the less life they have.

Human: Nidalee tosses her javelin, dealing 50/75/100/125/150 (+40% Ability Power) magic damage. If it exceeds her basic attack range, it gains damage based on distance flown, up to a potential 150/225/300/375/450 (+120% Ability Power) total damage.
Cougar: Nidalee's next attack deals additional damage, greatly increased on low health targets.

W : Bushwhack / Pounce

Cost: 40/45/50/55/60 Mana
Range: 900

In human form, Nidalee lays a trap for unwary opponents that, when sprung, damages and reveals its target. As a cougar, she jumps in a direction, dealing damage in an area where she lands.

Human: Nidalee lays a Bushwhack trap lasting up to 2 minutes. When sprung by an enemy, it is revealed and takes 20/40/60/80/100 plus 10/12/14/16/18(+2% Ability Power)% of its current Health as magic damage over 4 seconds.
Cougar: Nidalee lunges toward a target area, dealing damage to nearby enemies.

E : Primal Surge / Swipe

Cost: 60/75/90/105/120 Mana
Range: 600

In human form, Nidalee channels the spirit of the cougar to heal her allies and imbue them with Attack Speed for a short duration. As a cougar, she claws in a direction, dealing damage to enemies in front of her.

Human: Nidalee heals a target ally champion for 45/85/125/165/205 (+50% Ability Power) and grants them 20/30/40/50/60% Attack Speed for 7 seconds.
Cougar: Nidalee claws at enemies in a target direction.

Ultimate (R) : Aspect Of The Cougar

Cost: No Cost
Range: Self

Nidalee transforms into a cougar, gaining new abilities.

Human: Nidalee transforms into a vicious cougar with the basic abilities Takedown, Pounce, and Swipe.While in human form, triggering a Hunt resets the cooldown of Aspect of the Cougar.
Cougar: Nidalee transforms back into human form.

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Summoner Spells

ALWAYS take this as a jungler.

I think its most important summoner spell in the game--Engage--Disengage--Escape...........

Maybe take this if youre very good with the w jump and if you want to invade.

Makes your ganks more effective and nice lifesaver if you get invaded. Again, only take this if you know how to use the w jump.

DONT take these, theyre pretty useless in jungle

A bit better than barrier but i wouldnt choose that.

You wont ever use dat except you are Yi, farming all day.

Can use it for more ganking effectiveness, but flash is way better in my eyes

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Skill order

I max the q

Javelin Toss / Takedown first for a lower cooldown and more damage , so when you gank and hit the spear, it already tons of damage does.
Then the e

Primal Surge / Swipe for a better sustain and faster clear speed.

I dont level the Ult
Aspect Of The Cougar at 6 , 11 and 16 because it doesnt make any difference. Pls correct if im wrong, but its like Jayce or Elise. Its a waist of points to level up the ult.

The w

Bushwhack / Pounce is my last abaility to max , although u need it for ganking, hunting, escaping............ but other abilities are more usefull. And the human w is at max rank as good as at lvl 1.

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Item choices

Pretty standard S4 jungle start.

Also standard AP jungler item. Rangers Trailblazer because of the OP clear speed and smite CDR

I build Lich Bane ,because of SHEEN. Your q does just insane damage

Zhonyas is one of the most important AP items. If you get focused, activate and jump away + GOLDEN CAT

If ahead

Everyone playing League of Legends for 1 day, knows why i build that.

yeah, Guardian Angel. Pretty simple. If you die, you get a third of your life back. Prevents you from throwing.


It gives you magic resist, ap and reduces enemy magic resist. PERFECT ITEM!!

Randuins is the most common built item for more tankiness-- geat health + armor and a nice active

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I take flat ap glyphs for the early ap, helping you for the first 10 min in the jungle.
Flat armor penetration marks for early and all around 1 shot damage.
Flat armor seals for more jungle sustain.
And flat ap quints for the same reason as glyphs

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General jungling

Nida jungle is pretty easy. Throw your spear from the distance and hit a monster. Then transform into the cat and W E Smite Q. Pretty Easy. Use Human E to keep healthy in the Jungle

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The gankstyle of Nidalee is somewhat unique because no other champion except maybe Lee Sin ganks like her. If you want to gank a lane, stand in the brush next to it and throw your spear in , when the enemy laner has no cover. If the spear hits the enemy champion, change immediately to cat form and jump with w to your target, E and then Q to finish him. When you cant kill him, try to bait his flash out, so your laner has an advantage.

Green - Brushes
Red - Spear Throwing
Black - "normal Gank routes"
Purple - Inlane Ganks

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Before a teamight, there is the phase, in where both teams are facing each other and just try to poke. This where Nidalee shines, before and still after the nerf. So you just throw your spear in and try to focus one of the carrys. Mostly he is forced to go back and heal himself, and BOOM , perfect time to start a teamfight, cause of the 4v5.
Actually while the teamfight happens, throw another spear. The hitchance is like 70% so just throw 1 and jump in (not if you hit the tank). Make sure your team follows after you. The w e q combo should kill your target, then just jump to another without hrowing your spear, the damage is enough , trust me.

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Invadalee (very risky in the new s5 jungle)

In this chapter i write about 1 risky way to play Jungle Nidalee--> The Invadalee. At level 1 skill the Q, start at (gromp, then go to) YOUR blue buff against Mana jungler and (golems, and then at) YOUR red buff against jungler like Lee, smite the buff early, so it has like 100 health .Because of the low HP your Q should do the rest. Skill the W second. Then go strait to the opposite jungle site. Ward it and wait for the enemy jungler. Wait at this specific location, because he normaly doesnt ward there. wait till he smites the buff and till you have a free spear rout. Throw it, transform immediatly into cat and jump to him. 1 cat q does the rest normaly, cause of the extra damage on low life targets. Then just continue counter jungling + invading your enemy. Make him fall behind.
Green - Brushes
Blue - Start route against manahungry jungler (blue buff - Starter)
Red - Start route against manaless jungler (red buff - Starter)
Black - Spear throw line
Purple - Enemy wards

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At the ending i can only say i hope you enjoyed my guide and ill see some more jungle cats in the future and a BIG THANK YOU to jhoijhoi for her "how to make a good guide" guide