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Nidalee Build Guide by xinandwin
Nidalee Spears Hurt!!!! S6 Guide to the Bestial Huntress!!!!By xinandwin | Updated on February 10, 2016
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Threats & Synergies
She has some nasty abilities that can stun lock you down! Early game tough.
It's Annie... Come on. Big bear? Stuns? Fire? AH!
Anything that can latch onto you like a bandaid and stick you the ground for the team to wreck is scary to me.
Hard to hit. Places turrets everywhere. Hard to land a spear without taking massive damage using melee.
Not that difficult early game. For Nidalee, the two of you are almost equals. Stay back afar. Skill shot. Jump in. Lee stays in. Nidalee is like forget this! Take him out early you'll be fine.
Kindred is not very tough early game. She does do MASSIVE damage, so if you start running into issues, build a little armor. Just keep in mind when she ULTS that you can stand INSIDE with her so YOU don't die either!
Jax.. OP. Too fast. Too strong. Jumps on you. Nidalee splat.
You can run from Hecarim. If he is chasing you, you will be caught. One way or another. Unless you can get him through baron cave, or dragon cave, you're toast. Even then.. he can flash!
Rengar is like your rival. He's tough to counter jungle. He goes into the brushes and jumps out at you ontop of you! He can do it from anywhere around too! It's insane. Hard to land a spear on that. Try countering immediately into cougar form and just lash out at him. Build high ap to take him down quickly.
Rammus is just... built to last? He's durable and a spear will crumble as he spirals toward you, eyes glowing! Beware! Lay a few traps down. Try to preempt his arrival. Just remember... if they build AP just counter it with items.
Malphite. Big guy with a chip on his shoulder... HA! Ha.. Meh. Nevermind. Anyways, another AP tank/jungler that can pose a problem as you will need to take him out before he does you and he will almost CERTAINLY have more HP than you. That is why... Lord Domeniks is available now!
Spell shield. Cool dash through mobs. Almost untargetable by a spear. Oh and a whirling tornado skill shot? Yeah. This guy is like the anti Nidalee. Don't go against this guy alone unless you are experienced or up a few levels and you have some decent gear. TIP: throw a basic attack spear first to knock his spellshield down. Afterwards, chuck a spear and watch him melt! He's actually pretty squishy himself.
Veigar is too slow. Even if he stuns you, you can pounce out of the way of damage if you practice but.. counter him with a few spears and he'll fall quick.
Jarvan can box ANYONE in! Oh wait.. Unless you have Pounce like Nidalee. Then your ult is.. well... ultimately useless.
Introduction to Nidalee
HIGH BURST DAMAGE!!
Easy to maneuver the jungle
Starts with ULT
Cat form is AMAZING
Extremely fun to play!!
Can one shot champs from a distance
Can get that kill that NO other champ can unless you're Ez, Ashe or Draven
2 sets of abilities -- Cougar and Human form
Once you fall behind, it's game over
Difficult to learn full potential
Switching between cougar/human is tough in the middle of a fight
Skill shot reliant!!!!
I repeat: SKILL SHOT RELIANT
Moderate Damage output without abilities
People will criticize your play A LOT
3- Red ( grab skitter if possible )
ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND THAT IF YOU ARE STICKING TO A ROUTE THAT YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR MINIMAP AND YOUR TEAM! SOMETIMES YOU WILL NEED TO ABANDON YOUR CAMP AND HELP THEM BECAUSE TEAM FIGHTING AND WINNING THE OBJECTIVE IS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR JUNGLE CREATURE. It will still be there once you are finished!
Nidalee is a great counter jungler. Especially lower levels. If you want to start with the Gromp, go to your Blue and then go to the enemies Red.. that is acceptable and will work. She can clear faster than ANY champ in the game, so by the time they get there you will be long gone. Just make sure they didn't START at their Red, and also make sure you ward it in the beginning if that is something you plan on doing. You never want to just walk in blind attempting to counter jungle and get... counter jungled!
But most importantly, remember to have fun! Throw a spear from over the cliff edge, go cougar, and start jumping over walls to get to your mobs faster! Learn which walls you can pounce over! Learn how to maneuver the jungle and get the most out of your Nidalee play because with her.. the fun never ends!
Kiting: Nidalee Jungle Clear Sequence
Now since the preseason update ( and it could just be me ) jungling and sustaining yourself in the jungle got a little more difficult for AP casters. Unless you are doing it right, you either get killed often or you find yourself recalling after 3 camps, sometimes even 2. In order to maintain HP and sustain yourself for the first few jungle clears, I will share with you how I clear Gromp/Blue/Red in that order and still have 80%+ HP for your first gank!
Step 1: Start with Gromp. Throw a spear from the bushes and immediately rush in to Smite the Gromp. Gromp smite gives you poison armor. Any attacker will take damage for hitting you which will really help speed up the clear rate. Otherwise you're taking a lot of damage and the Gromp seems extremely difficult. Before switching to Cougar form, throw a basic attack spear at the gromp. Always utilize your basic attacks. Just because Nidalee has a lot of abilities doesn't mean auto attack is not important! Immediately switch to Cougar. Let the cougar do the basic attack and then use your Q. Now back off a bit, R and switch to Human form, throw a Q spear ( locks them in place ) Rinse/Repeat.
Step 2: Blue
These guys can be tough if not handled correctly. Some take out the smaller guys first. Some take out the big guy. I go for the big guy. No smite. Start the fight with basic attack so the Sentinel starts walking forward. Once you have a clear shot, Q spear and utilize a basic spear attack. Now before switching to cougar, you want to use E (Heal) on yourself for the attack speed bonus since we are using the machete and it's life steal. Immediately switch to Cougar, use E, then Q. Now you kite. Wait for the Sentinel to smash the ground and click away forcing him to close the melee range gap. Do this once per shapeshift. Practice makes perfect! Don't forget to heal yourself as well. Only use 1-2 potions for this fight. Save 1 potion for the Red Sentinel.
Same concept applies from Blue sentinel with the Red sentinel. Only difference is the Red sentinel seems to do more damage, but with less HP. Important thing to remember is to Smite the Red sentinel about half way through ( or depending on you HP needs ) and use your 2nd Takedown in cougar form AFTER the smite, as Takedown does more damage the LESS HP they have. If done successfully, you will have a lot of HP left, you'll be lvl 3, and you will now have Pounce and can start ganking!
- Don't throw your Q first. BIG MISTAKE. Most people are ready for the spears and if they are ANY good, they will dodge and you are looking pretty silly right about now.
- Don't be afraid to pressure! Build a little armor if you're too squishy but get up on them! Use your ranged basic attack to your advantage!
- Use your Q as more of a chaser. Once they are low enough and you know you can land a good skill shot, that's when it's most effective! Not when they are FULL HP!
- Communicate with your team! Good pings will help you coordinate with your allies so you can ensure an awesome gank!
- Use the correct ganking paths! If you're always cutting right through the middle of mid lane, or straight through the bushes/river, then you are missing out on a lot of opportunities and that's probably why you aren't getting any successful ganks!
- Utilize your traps! Lay them down almost EVERYWHERE you can imagine an enemy champ may run/hide. This will help you activate prowl!
- Be patient! Practice makes perfect! Nidalees' skill shot is tough to land sometimes and it is pretty slow. Time the spear for where you know they will be, NOT WHERE THEY ARE STANDING AT THE MOMENT!!!
Nidalee is not much of a team fighter.
She is a HIGH damage output champ and needs to be played some what cautiously or you WILL feed the other champs looking to get a piece of the feline who just destroyed their kill streak!
Make sure you are doing a lot of POKING with your spears before you decide to go all cougar and jump into the middle!
YOU WILL BE FOCUSED!!!
Don't be that person who blames the other champs.. Or the game. You went in. You pressed pounce. You didn't get away. You died. Wah. Wah.
Next time.. poke a little more. Let one wander away. With the build you have... you'll be able to get across the ENTIRE map in seconds.. so dont worry about not being able to hunt -- the hunt has just begun!
Note: Once you land a spear/trap.. there will be a large circle around Nidalee. The champ/mob who triggered the trap triggered your Prowl passive ability. With Prowl, you are able to Pounce from a further distance ( you'll see when you can pounce as the game 1 makes a sound and 2 shows a light green chain connecting you two on the ground in the shape of little triangles ) and your Q Takedown ability will do much more damage as well! Plus Prowl gives you vision of that champ and to your allied champs! Vision is everything!
Make sure you keep yourself healed with E, and also note that it gives you an attack speed boost! A fairly large one! So use it when you need to! Just remember to switch out of Cougar form and go back to Human form! Or vice/versa.. oh well. You get it! :)