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Solo Top AD Nida (In Depth Chapters)

Manayu Last updated on May 17, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key W
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Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21


Utility: 0

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Hi I am Manayu,Nidalee is my main champion for maybe less then a year and I would like to show you my way of playing her.AD Nida is really useful and mobile, and it is why I prefer her versus most of Top champions. :) I hope you will like my guide. Hun and ave FI hope it will be useful to you! ^^

Let me guide you!
- Nidalee

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I prefer those runes I already choosed here,but you might swap Attack Speed Marks for Armor Penetration Ones.Those are very useful,but Attack Speed ones give you the "Push" solution and I think has a better impact on late game,because you are stacking your Attack Speed a bit,if yousing these kinds of build. :)

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Those Masteries are mostly helpful in early game (sustain in laning phase),if you want to make Split Push compatibile ones,then rush for a Teleport,get 9/21/0 but with Fury(4/4) and Destruction (1/1) except of Summoner's Wrath and Weapon Expertise. :) Defense ones for Split Push are 0040,330,0201,030,0310,1. :)

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1#Offtank ones are my most played general build for Nidalee,I've used it in most games and it turned out really good. Atma's Impaler can be changed for Frozen Heart, Randuin's Omen or Sunfire Cape.
-Randuin's is good,because of the Armor and AoE slow,kind of CC,and Nida has none.
-Still Sunfire Cape deals AoE damage.
-Frozen Heart has the special effect that helps Nida survive along with Teammates,if near Carries or Offtanks (where she should be positioned if Offtanking,pouncing to the dmg dealers-Carries).

2#Splitpush build should be usable,with maybe Trinity Force swapping for Iceborn Gauntlet,but I really can't decice which can be more usefull,it still depends on some minor stuff in enemy team.Btw you can get Guinsoo's Rageblade,spamming Pounce or attacking constantly(ofc turr) is just BROKEN while using Nidalee,so I kinda do it sometimes,in change of Blade of the Ruined King :)

Others are,I think, good ideas.Supporting team,or if fed,you can play really offensive,any of those can make ownage out of a little kill advance Nidalee.You can question me about those,and I will suely answer you.With all of those items purchased,I feel comfortable,because I've tried them out. :)

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Skill Sequence

Well,try to max your Primal Surge ASAP (mostly because of heal's AS bonus),in the lvl's between scale your Takedown and of-course aspect of the couguar,which must be always upgraded,because [Couguar Form] is the one of few reasons why AD Nidalee is so strong.And,by the way,be sure you have your Bushwhack in 1st of maybe 2-3 lvl's,if possible 1st one,it's helpfull vs Ganks and in Invades in start.And also you need it b4 6th,logically because of Pounce :) Max it at the end. :)

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Summoner Spells

Well,it's best to use Ignite for Early game DoT and finishing kills,not too much engaging if low hp when jungler ganks too.
Teleport is useful for Nidalee too,TPing on wards in TF's,farming advance on lane and my favorite -> Push :)
Flash is good for Nidalee,but since it is nerfed,you can use Ghost too,but I still think Flash is better (Range of Pounce is not big enough for example). :)
Barrier is the new solution versus aggressive counterpicks,can be usefull in mid/late-game too.
Cleanse is mostly popular because of carries,because Nidalee has high mobility,but not survavibility too,she may need it escaping ganks and chases. :)
Exhaust is a possible option too, Fiora, Tryndamere, Xin Zhao and Irelia can all become useless for few seconds,lowering their mr and armor and slowing their AS and MS,it can just be that bit that Nida needs to defeat them! :D

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-Nothing much more than any normal game.Focus on early game farming,because till your aspect of the couguar,Nida is basically not designed to farm.
-Versus strong lane phase champs,you better pick Boots and Potions and not Doran's in the 1st place,just to kite them in the start,it's useful to damage them over time and be advanced with more health then them while starting the lane fights.
-I mostly play aggressive in ranked,but I suppose not to,at least not to untill you are comfortable with Nidalee. :)
-In the late game,stick to the team,when you should engage,as an offtank you should just position in the 1st lane,or if you have the tank jung/supp you can stay a bit expanded from team and just come for the clean-up part. :) Both are useful,just for the first combination, Guardian's Angel is a must. :)

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Pros / Cons

-High Mobility
-Finishing/Cleaning up

-No CC
-Low damage
-Low sustain ( aspect of the couguar nerfed)

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Wait untill aspect of the couguar,farm comes easy then.Try to get as much minions as possible since the start,stay on the lane even a bit after (hopefully) winning the lane,but use most of the time for roaming. You can easily take down Neutral Minions and steal enemy buffs with your Couguar.In human form you can easily take over red and blue putting Bushwhack,or sniping with Javelin Toss if enemy is Smite-less. :)

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Team Work

Really good as "simultaing warding" with Bushwhack,it's helpfull for team,with a lack of patience and luck,you can Takedown the Objectives,or if team is around,just jump over walls for taking 'em down. :) It's a bit risky,but if you have CC in team,you can rely on it,because even minor stuns,slows,fears can save Nida,because of high mobility. :) Of course for those situations,Tenacity is needed too. :) Some adds about Team Work are in "Ranked" section,those about Team Fights. :) Btw,you can go to the limits of the extending with Nidalee.^^

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Nidalee is good vs Darius, Garen and Singed especially.And you can normally start with Doran's Blade, Boots of Speed and 3x Health Potion.I prefer starting with 2x Doran's Blade because they are weak early lane phase.

Yorick, Xin Zhao, Fiora, Tryndamere, Talon, Jarvan IV and Lee Sin are harder to take on. Nunu and Malphite aren't that easy neither.You can still start with Doran's Blade,but [cloth armor]] or Null-Magic Mantle aren't bad to start.Play extremely agressive if you are comfortable,and try to disable their farm.Especially if you have Nasus or Riven as an opponent.

Rumble, Renekton, Irelia, Akali and Elise are hardest ones to take down as Nidalee.So,you should try to penetrate them untill aspect of the couguar.Try full defensive lane versus them im you are not comfortable.
Jungler's vs Nidalee that are really a problem,are mostly Volibear, Jarvan IV, Xin Zhao and in some cases Nocturne and Diana.Remember always to care and stay defensive versus global ultimates.

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AD Nidalee works well with a bunch of champions in her team.But as an example,I can say that Volibear, Xin Zhao and Trundle are one of the best few.Having those junglers helps Nidalee in early game ganks,because she has no mobility untill 6th,yet after 6th she still has non of stuns,interrupts or slows. :) She works well with any kind of CC,I like to have Cho'Gath or Jarvan IV as an teammate.Stun is the main reason.Still, Cho'Gath has Feral Scream,and Jarvan IV has Cataclysm.If you have good ADC in team,as Vayne, Varus or Draven,you can pick freely zeke's herald or The Black Cleaver.Some peeps also pick Last Whisper,but I prefer those 2. :)

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I will make Q&A Section if needed,I will answer all the qquestions in this chapter,you can write comments about it.I hope you like it! :)

Nidalee was taught to fight by her feline family, battling viciously with tooth and nail. Something in her feline ways may draw you to her, but remember that she is no pussycat.