Nidalee Build Guide by Puck333
Nidalee Top Lane
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
His stun is horrible, look out for that. If he hits you, you will get a great amount of damage, because Nidalee isn't a great tank champion.
Illaoi isn't a great danger for Nidalee. Her attacks are just too slow to hit you. Look out with her ult though.
Place your traps at the places where Teemo puts his mushrooms. So you won't step on them.
His shield will stop your spears, very irritating.
Darius isn't a really great danger but you have to look out for his grab. If he grabs you, he can deal a great amount of damage.
Irelia is very hard to beat because your core attack is your Javalin Toss. She is so quick that she can dodge it easily. If you hit her though, you will do a great amount of damage.
He is very tanky, you won't do very serious damage. Just make sure he won't kill and farm to much.
As long as you make sure you don't attack the copy, you are doing great. :D
He is just like Nasus too tanky. He will block your attacks and you will get a huge amount of damage from almost all his attacks.
Same as Wukong, just don't attackt the copy.
He is quick, that is very irritating. Also, he does very much damage. Ask your jngl to gank early, so he won't be too feeded.
He won't kill you easily as long as you keep distance. He is just hard to kill because he almost gets no damage if his passive is active.
Keep distance, so he can't attack you without having to walk a bit. If you engage, mind that he can use his ult.
Riven and Nidalee both deal a great amount of damage. Try to outplay her with great moves. Especially the Spear, Flash, Pounce trick is great against her.
Sion is very slow. As long as you dodge his stun (attack where he hits a part of the ground with his hammer) it will be alright.
Not a very great danger. She does very much damage though. Just keep distance and only engage if she is low.
(This is my first guide ever, so i hope you all like it! :D)
1: Spears. You will be able to make use of your spear much more than in the jungle. As a jngl Nidalee, the only situation where you can use your spear is with ganking. This is because of the distance rule: "how further the distance, how more damage the spear does if it hits". In the jungle, you can't stand to far away from the monsters (they will walk back if you try) and if you come across the enemy jungler, one of you probably was in a bush so you aren't far away too. On top lane, you can keep an eye on the enemy and you will have all space to throw your spears from a distance.
2: The bushes. I also speak of this in "Unique Skills" but i will explain it here too. Nidalee can get up to 30% more movement speed in the bushes. This is very nice if you are chasing an enemy. I think you can make better use of this on top lane because there the bushes are almost one stroke. In the jungle, you get a bit movement speed each time but on top you really can run a big part without losing your movement speed.
3: Your turret. Nidalee is a bit squisy, so it is nice to have a strong turret to have your back. If you get ganked, you can easily Flash and Pounce back to your turret.
This are the three biggest reasons that Nidalee on top is great. At the beginning people will probably don't understand you and say things like "Wut? Nidalee top?", "Nidalee, i am jngl not you" and "Nidalee top? Are you sure?". Just ignore this! :D Nidalee top is great and you really have to try! :)
I choose Celerity because that works great in combination with Relentless Hunter (really great boost at your (out of combat) MS). Gathering storm is just nice for extra damge in especially late game.
I know sometimes the items aren't showing up on the guide. If this bugs is there again, this is the best build:
Start: Doran's Ring, 2X Health Potion.
Full build against an AP champ: Mercury's treads, Luden's Echo, Banshee's veil, Spellbinder, Rabadon's Deathcap, Liandry's torment.
Full build against an AD champ: Ninja Tabi, Luden's Echo, Zhonya's Hourglass, Spellbinder, Rabadon's Deathcap, Liandry's torment.
I think these items are simple the best for Nidalee.
The items I recommend to buy at the first back to base are Lost Chapter and Boots of Speed. This is because it is great that your movement speed will get a little boost and more AP is nice too. If you don't have enough money you can always buy a part of Lost Chapter.
Cons: She is a bit squishy. If you get stunned and there is a strong enemy nearby, you are doomed.
Remain aware of what form you are in, cougar or human. Sometimes if you have to help mid very quick, you go into your cougar form to go faster. If you arrive, you probably want to throw a spear, don't forget to change back because you won't be able to do that attack in your cougar form.(This sounds very dumb but believe me, it was a real struggle for me).
Another great thing about Nidalee is that she is quicker if she walks through bushes. The top lane has three bushes so that is great. If you are chasing an enemy, don't forget to make use of your speed in the bushes.
1: Farming if the enemy is nearby:
In this case i recommend farming with your basic attack. Just keep distance and try only to last hit the minions, don't waste to much focus on lowering them.
2: Farming if the enemy isn't nearby:
In this case i recommend farming in your cougar form. Just Pounce in a group of minions and fire all possible attack on them (believe me, this works). You will hit more minions at once with your Swipe attack and with Takedown, you can finish the cannon minions because you really don't want to miss them.