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Nidalee Build Guide by hellsunion

Nidalee solo top

Nidalee solo top

Updated on March 15, 2012
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Hello, I'm quiet a new player to LoL and after watching quiet a few videos on YouTube and playing with some of the Free rotation champions I quickly found I liked soloing top. After browsing countless guides on mobafire I decided to give Nidalee a try and found I loved her. After my summoner level finally reached 20 i put my effort into finding, what was in my opinion, the most effective rune, mastery, item setup for Nidalee. This guide is to show you what I have found and for you to give me new ideas to try. Anything i find thanks to your comments and constructive criticism will be entered with a mention of who gave me the idea.

Please be aware this is my choice on how to play nidalee, if you disagree with things then feel free to state why but each to their own play style. Also take into account that I'm still not playing ranked matches and this is a build generated from draft games.

So without further ado I give you my guide....
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Why Nidalee?

  • Extremely good sustain
  • Great ganking power
  • Really good burst
  • Hard to gank

  • Hard to 2+v1 unless you have ideal kiting conditions or are extremely fed (or occasionally they're really bad).
  • Late game can be tiresome
  • Majority of damage comes from skillshot that can hit minions
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Nidalee's Sustain

Nidalee is the most sustainable mana user in the game in my opinion. Each of the following will be explained in more detail later on in the guide.

Clarity The majority of players will tell you that this is a waste as it is 'useless' at late game, i disagee completely. Nidalee is an early-mid game champion who evolves to more of a support/poker to the late game. Clarity gives Nidalee a huge ammount of early game sustain thanks to her Primal Surge.
Greater Seal of Replenishment will give nidalee a steady income of mana along with her passive mp/5 and Doran's Ring.
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Ganking as solo top?

Due to Nidalee's great early game damage and great sustain, she gets quiet a bit of free time to either farm or assist other lanes, here are a few examples of what you can do whilst you opposing champion is away.
- Go and help mid lane, if you teams champion is dont doing quiet as well as you'd of hoped or you just want a bit of extra money go and help them. Javelin Toss and Pounce give some great ganking prospects along with the bonus movement speed from just coming out of the bush.
- Annoy the enemy jungler by stealing one of their camps, which becomes very easy once you have your Lich Bane or even go and kill them.
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Tower Pushing

AP nidalee and AP champions in general are notorious for being 'poor' tower pushers. This is a lie in the case of nidalee, once she has her Lich bane. The effect of this will deal bonus damage to turrets and inhibitors and can surprise enemy champions with a 400 damage hit off you to destroy the turret they're camping under follow'd by a swift panther form burst.
This along with her attack speed buff from Primal Surge gives nidalee a unique ability to push towers extremely quickly.
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Summoner Spells

The next one I usually pick out of Ignite, Flash, Ghost and Teleport and
this general depends upon my the team comps, who I'll be facing, and how I feel like playing.
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Items - Quick and simple

Now for the interesting section. Most champions have a list of 'gets' and a list of 'don't gets'. I prefer to think of nidalee as a champion who can pick up anything and use it to her advantage. These are the items I use and the order in which I get them, I'll also add some other items you may consider.

Item Sequence

Lich Bane 3000
Rabadon's Deathcap 3600
Void Staff 2800
Rylai's Crystal Scepter 2600
Abyssal Mask 2400
Core Items

Doran's Ring - always my first item pickup
- mp/5 = sustain
- health = less dieing
- ap = more DAMOOGE!

Ionian Boots of Lucidity - my preferred boots
- movement speed = why not?
- cdr = more heals, more dmg, more ganks :D

Lich Bane - nidalees main item
- movement speed = more ganks and less deaths
- mana = more sustain
- ap = more DAMOOGE!
- effect = huge source or damage for nidalee

Rabadon's Deathcap - great combo with Lich bane
- ap = hell of alot of DAMOOGE!
- effect = more ap i get.... the bigger bonus i get?

Extra Items

now for the choice, do you want Void Staff or Rylai's Crystal Scepter??
well to be honist it all depends on the team comp and how much magic resitance the opponents are getting...
on the one hand Void Staff is a huge damage boost and is about 1k gold cheaper than Rylai's Crystal Scepter however this gives bonus health and a slow effect based on magic damage (which alot of nidalee's is). It also depends on if your good at pre-trapping targets to get the -40% magic resistance debuff.
I tend to get both starting with Void Staff.

The last item i normally dont get chance to buy, but it replaces your Doran's Ring.
Here are some options:
- Rod of Ages
bonus mana, health and ap. who cna argue with that?
- Abyssal Mask
great debuff and bonus magic resistance
- Deathfire Grasp
awesome for killing tanky champions and gives extra cdr
- Rabadon's Deathcap

Other than these I don't really think there's anything I would take except maybe a AD item for the bonus damage on Takedown.
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Runes - Quick and Simple


Phase Rush
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration great for the early game damage with Javelin toss.
greater seal of replenishment the constant mana income is a great help early and mid game
Greater Seal of Ability Power and Greater Quintessence of Ability Power give you some insane hits with javelin toss at lvl 1-8 along with your masteries and magic pen runes.

Of cause there are many other options for nidalee as shes so adaptable but i feel these give a great balance to her damage and sustain.
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Masteries - fairly obvious

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Skill Order - a little different from the meta

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
my reasons behind this are simple, the other champion in your lane will not be able to kill you before lvl 3 (shouldn't kill you at all) and they cant gank you due to your increased movement speed in bushes.This is due to almost no one getting boots first in meta especially junglers.
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Early game tips (1-6)

- Keep farm up
- Poke often without risking being oom
- Don't attempt kills unless its a gank until level 6
- Keep traps up in place of wards and keep an eye on the map where they are
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Mid Game Tips (lvl 6-15)

- start harassing other lanes in your quiet times
- gank often and effectively
- steal enemy camps and buffs
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Late game tips (lvl 15-18) and/or teamfights at lower levels

Don't charge in like a maniac, nidalee is extremely squishy and will get torn apart. Stand back and throw javelins and traps whilst giving your team the occasional heal. Try to cover an exit of the fight scene that leads to the jungle so if an enemy flashes away you can quickly catch them with all your bushy speed.
This doesnt mean you should ignore cat form, If you are oom and clarity is on cooldown then try to target out-lying members of the enemy team (most likely the ap and ad carries) and do some damage then get out of there.
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Thanks :D

Thanks for taking the time to read my guide, i hope it helped alot. Any ideas anyone has post in the comments and I will check frequently and update with anything i find helpful and give a mention to you.
Have fun with Nidalee and may you get all the "SCOOP SHOT!"s you deserve. (Shout out to Hengest from TGN for the inspiration to start playing Nidalee and LoL in general).
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