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Nidalee Build Guide by Predated01
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
Pretty even early game but if you're not ahead he punishes you really hard.
Udyr permafarms and splitpushes moves at Mach 9 and one shots you in stun. He can also build tanky but still one shot you.
He gets ult you can't run away he just two shots you. If you abuse him early you can get so far ahead that you kill him 1v1 though.
Barely see this guy but if you land a spear he's dead. Invading him is easy.
Top laner in the jungle LUL easy invade.
One of your best matchups, she can't challenge you early game. Make sure you use your early power though, she will hard outscale you.
He doesn't die and he one shots you. You can try to jump out of his stun but its hard.
You can dance around him if you play correctly. If you get CC chained you're done though.
Abusable early game but pretty hard if even/behind.
Can get ahead early a lot through cheesing and once he's ahead he has point and click one shot you and make you useless while stunned.
She's pretty weak atm but she has natural counters in her kit like her spiderlings to block your spear and stun to stop your damage combo.
Basically a skill matchup. You can beat him early by keeping your distance, poking with autos and landing a spear then jumping in.
Skill Matchup. You should hardstomp her early but if she gets out of the early game even/ahead she can hard carry games and becomes a problem.
Abuse him early and he shouldn't be too big of a problem. Once he gets 6 and is even or ahead you lose most fights though.
Dumps on you 1v1 early due to his passive and can snowball a lead easily if the Rengar is skilled. Try not to int him early he's one of the few champs you beat the later the game goes on.
This champ just gives me a tumor I ban him every game because Shaco players shouldn't be allowed to play this game :). You can catch him doing jungle camps since he uses his abilities + use your traps well to see him. Sweeper also helps.
Champ legit can't do anything when you invade him. If your lanes have prio should be free game but basically free without as well.
Avoid 1v1 cause he beats you most scenarios you should be fine though.
You can hard abuse him early cause he's useless without a form. Easy matchup.
Beat you early if he gets on top of you. In teamfights just don't get caught and he shouldn't be a problem.
Slightly Nidalee favored matchup. You beat her in all levels if you land your spear because you one shot her.
Cool champ :))). Idk dodge her E or you're dead or something.
Really annoying matchup because he can just perma farm to stay relevant but if he's not ahead he's not that big of a threat.
Play real mans game mode not blind pick XD
Like every tank Zac is really easy for nid to abuse and invade.
Giga tanky basically one shots you through cc try to always keep your distance.
Matchup can basically go either way. You can abuse early like most matchups since nida is so strong early but you need to press the advantage.
She lands bubble, you both Q at the same time. One of the most fun champs to play with.
Any champion with easy lockup is great synergy for Nidalee.(Lissandra, Maokai, Leona etc.)
As for non-keystone runes, I believe Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, and Relentless Hunter are the best choices in the domination tree as of 8.13. I haven't tried out the new Ghost Poro and Zombie Ward runes, so I don't know how good they are yet. As for Sudden Impact, It's just the best rune to take out of the 3 if you can proc it. Relentless Hunter is better than the other Hunter options as a jungler because the movement speed is just so much more valuable than lifesteal and CDR(also Nidalee doesn't work with Ultimate Hunter).
Here is a reddit post showing all the clears for Nidalee on the new Jungle along with videos and explanations why each is good. I recommend practicing each a few times in practice tool to learn them so you don't mess up in Ranked. I personally do Buff -> Raptors+Wolves(in the fastest order of course) -> Buff into gank/Invade/Scuttle/Farm. Remember: as a jungler your route should always be subject to change over the course of the game, so you should never be doing the same thing over and over every game. Good junglers adapt to the game state.
Enchantment: Runic Echoes: Always build this item if not you're trolling xd.
Dark Seal: I recommend you always aim for this item first back since it helps you so much with snowballing and has so much value.
Sorcerer's Shoes: I've never built this item but many people build it when you're hard snowballing. Otherwise go either Mercury's Treads or Ninja Tabi depending on enemy teamcomp.
Lich Bane vs Frostfire Gauntlet: Lich Bane is the more standard choice but IBG is very good into heavy AD comps since you only lose a bit of damage in return for a slow and armor. If you're inting and only hope is for ADC or team to carry skip sheen items and go Athene's + Ardent since you'll be more useful as another support.
Zhonya's Hourglass: I think this is a really strong item on Nidalee. It's very good for jumping in for the assassination, baiting out enemy abilities, cooldowns, and summoner spells and coming out alive while buying your team time. Really solid purchase even if the enemy team doesn't have a lot of AD damage.
Rabadon's Deathcap: If you want fat damage go for it I guess? Downsides are it costs a lot, is awkward to build and doesn't offer any defense.
Athene's Unholy Grail: Really solid gold efficient item. Gives you healing + mana regen + MR.
Mejai's Soulstealer: Buy this if you're snowballing really hard and need more than 10 stacks.
Morellonomicon: Really good item since a lot of strong champs right now have lots of healing( Dr. Mundo, Swain, Vladimir etc.).
Rylai's Crystal Scepter: Really good cheap item. Gives good damage and a good slow for kiting/chasing.
Abyssal Mask: Good item versus AP and also if you need some tank stats + damage.
Banshee's Veil: Basically a worse Abyssal Mask in almost every scenario.
Hextech Gunblade: Fringe item. Good surprise burst with active and surprising lifesteal.
Void Staff: Good if you're not doing enough damage due to enemies building MR.
Liandry's Anguish: If you need Health + Damage but don't need healing reduction or a slow.
Dead Man's Plate: Good Item at 6 items to replace boots, or if you want to go extra tanky as a 4th item into full ad teams after Zhonya it's nice.
Ardent Censer: If you have literally no use in the game except for your heal in teamfights buy this after Athene's Unholy Grail.
Rod of Ages: Buy this only as a first item after Runic if you're going for a more siege-focused build along with Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
Randuin's Omen, Thornmail, Spirit Visage: If you really want to go tanky you can buy items like these though it's not recommended.
Elixir of Sorcery: The Elixir you should be taking 95% of the time. Remember you can buy it before full build to give you a nice boost in an important teamfight/siege.
Elixir of Iron: Useful if you need the extra tankiness.
- You do NOT need to hit your spear from maximum range. You should deal enough damage in cougar form with the passive that a spear gives you from close range.
- You can poke your opponent down with auto attacks if they are standing in a minion wave to force them out. Don't force an awkward spear throw.
- If the lane your're ganking has crowd control, wait for your laner to use it before throwing your spear to make the spear a guaranteed hit.
- You can use Bushwhack to make your opponents take a longer path back to their tower or face getting marked by your passive.
- Use your spear like a Lee sin Q. Throw it when it's a guaranteed hit to give yourself the highest chance at a kill.