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NIDALEE BUILD GUIDE: NIDACARRY by theCHLN

by theCHLN (last updated over a year ago)

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QJavelin Toss / Takedown
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RAspect Of The Cougar

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Introduction & About Me :3

Hi today I want to talk to you about why I'm making this guide. In my opinion, nidalee is one of the strongest characters in game. In addition to that, she is very fun and flexible to play as. Nidalee can also play any lane. Nidalee's main job is to split push and be a big enough of a threat that they have to send at least 2 people to stop you. Besides, when they gank, you should have the entire top warded with your //, making your escape simple. During laning phase, when you're destroying your top lane, the enemy lane will need at least the jungler to gank you, which will let your team to have an enemy dragon. If they don't come you can just keep destroying your lane and get tower instead of the dragon. Remember tower > dragon. Also keep in mind that taking tower isn't always a good thing. Some times taking a tower is a good thing for the enemy. Once you take their tower, they can just farm away. But if you don't take their tower they'll just be zoned. When they're zone, they'll still get exp but you'll be losing a lot of gold. And now I shall tell you some pros and cons about her:

Pros:
  • Good map control with
  • Strong Laning Phase and Mid Game (Can poke from a distance)
  • Hard to counter pick (top lane)
  • Easy escapes with her pounce and passive
  • Amazing Split pushing
  • Roams well


Cons:
  • Her heal uses lots of mana in early game
  • No cc
  • Can't peel very well
  • Loses lane to everyone (mid lane)

Masteries and Runes

What you take if you want the DAMAGES:
[http://i.imgur.com/mRmjP.jpg]
-Reason:
This mastery page is more for doing damage. This is because with your cooldowns from sorcery you can use all your skills quicker then usual. With this you can go back to human form and heal yourself when you're about to die. This can also kill quicker with your q and e. And for the last a final reason is that you can escape faster with your w when you're escaping. And all the other masteries are self explanatory.

What you take if you want to be TANKY:
[http://i.imgur.com/wWuiR.jpg]
-Reason:
This mastery page is when your team wants your to be more tanky. Although you're tanky, you'll still do TONS OF DAMAGES. This page also let you chase more efficiently since its reduces slow with "relentless" and cc effects with "tenacious". Ex of cc effects:'s and 's
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Runes:
[http://i.imgur.com/sTLRO.jpg]
-Reason: This is if you're super pro with nidalee and you're super good at csing. Usually you need time and practice to get use to the low ad and cs with low ad you have. If you can cs with low ad, you should go with this page because you have mspeed quints, armor, and MR.
[http://i.imgur.com/N7cEE.jpg]
-Reason: If you cant cs with low ad, then i'd advise you to use this page. This page is for csing EASILY. I'd recommend you to try to learn how to cs with the nidalee page i showed you on normal games until you can cs and you're comfortable with it.

Summoner Spells

Summoner Spells:

- This is always a good choice for any lane. This spell always allows me to surprise enemies when they're low with a devastating combo of -> -> -> (Note: Your in cougar form does up to 300% damage when your opponent is wounded)

- This is always a viable spell for top lane. The true damage in ignite is amazing when you're fighting your opponent or finishing them off. It also reduces healing which would be good for people who heal, like , or people who uses , like .

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Other Choices:

- This is a good spell too. Ghost can be better in some cases during certain situations. It is physically impossible to get away from nidalee when she has , (Cougar form), and her activated. If you like this summoner instead of flash and you want to be ballsy with the enemy ganks in laning phase, then go for it.

- This is an amazing skill. If you are iffy against who you're laning against, then this is your spell. If you time this spell correctly, you can avoid alot of damage and/or burst. This can also be used to slow down your enemy while chasing them to finish them off. Exhaust can also be used for baiting!

/ - These are THE best skills to bait champions into a gank, tower dive, or just a regular fight.

- This is an EXTREMELY OP spell. This can be used for a great gank. Although if you would replace this with ignite or flash, you would be missing on some kills and some awesome plays. But it's worth it if you use it right. Remember the longer the game goes, the more useful teleport is. You could also do some sneaky split pushing with it or you can be do stuff while your team is preparing a team fight then you teleport in.

Item Builds

Damage:
- This should be your core in almost every game. This items stacks so well with all of your abilities. The sheen and phage proc itself is already amazing but adding all the other effects, its SUPAH AMAZING. If you dont get this item you should build frozen mallet instead.
- I usually build this item because my core is a vamp scepter. This item also gives you great sustain and snowballing POWAH.
- I buy this when the enemy team is EXTREMELY tanky and i want to be able to some damage on them (Armor Pen) when needed. This also gives a good snowballing POWAH.
- This item allows you to do the DEEPS but i dont recommend you getting it unless its one of your last items or you are fed and you want the potential to get fed some more. It's also a good item when the enemy team is squishy.
- This is another armor pen item. Its when you want to do more damage to the tanks. This item is really good in most games.
- This is a good item because you can cleanse away any cc. I would 100% get this item if there was a person who has a channeling ult such as or

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Tanky:
- This is a useful item but i almost never get this. You should get this when your support or jungler arent planning to get this item for some WIERD reason.
- This item is helpful when the adc is SUPA fed or some other right clicker such as TRNDOMERR ()
- I get this item when any ap carry is fed.
- This item really does help counter any AP top such as scumbag or
- Same as the , I get this when the support or jungler doesnt want it.
- This is a good item as well. This item would give you a lot of health and armor. The passive from is also amazing and it wouldnt be temptimng for the enemy adc to focus you as much because there is a chance to slow him and you have armor.

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Survivability:
- If you are not getting , then this is a good item to get. I usually get this when im not doing so well and your team is carrying you. The passive for frozen mallet would allow the ap carry or ad carry to catch up to the person you're slowing and get the kill. This also gives you a lot of hp so you dont die as much.
- At first i've never thought about getting this item. But as shown in TPA Stanley's build, it is a viable item.
- This is if you're not doing so well or you're just plain and simply dieing too fast.
- If you're not doing so well in the game. Then you should build this because it would amplify your heal and you can heal more. This item also gives you health and MR so this would be good if you're going against a .
- HUE HUE HUE silly me. I almost forgot about this item. This is DA BEST survivability item when you are fed or getting focused on. This is because you get to revive yourself and DAT SHIET OP.

Early Game/Laning Phase

Trap Placement:
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-Reason: You do this because its not a waste of time or mana and you have map control. You do this when you need more protection from level 2 junglers, such as , , and

-Reason: You do this because its not a waste of time or mana and you have map control. You do this when you think that the enemy team will try to invade but by placing your there, your jungler and/or ap mid trying to deal damage/leash wont give fb and die.

Laning Phase:
During laning phase is when you're most vulnerable. This is when you're the weakest because you're squishy and you tend to use a lot of your mana on heal. Your goal during laning phase is to poke your opponent until they go back or stay but getting zoned. In order to poke my tip would be for you to poke from the brush. When you're in the brush, you'll have your active. I'd advice you to stay in the brush 24/7. You should run out of the bush and auto attack once or twice for the poke. When you cs it's basically the same concept but you're doing it towards the creeps. Remember csing > harassing. By the time you're level 6 with your ult, the enemy should be really low already. So you would go poke some more then + and try to combo them off in your cougar stance. Oh and one more thing, during laning phase dont mess with when he gets his cause you're gonna have a bad time.

[http://i.imgur.com/PkFMh.jpg]

Mid Game

If fed:
+ + +

If you lost lane and you're behind:
Note: Build according to the enemy team. Dont try to build glass canon and hope to get back into the game just like that. If you're EXTREMELY behind, you can do your team a favor and be a meat shield/support and try to soak up all the damage.
Buy items like:

What you can jump over:
If you focus to be a good nidalee, just try to remember this and master your pounce.
[http://i.imgur.com/OnC8E.jpg]

Late Game/Team Fight

Late game for nidalee is trash. The only time nidalee is good late game is when you're SUPAH fed. If you're fed, you should go with a build similar to in the "Item Build" section. If you're not so fed and you're behind in levels or cs, you should try to build tanky/damage. During late game your job is to protect your adc. Some other neat things to do during late game is for you to split push. Split pushing is one of the best things for nidalee because nidalee lacks a lot of team fight presence and utility then most other top laners. By split pushing/pushing you would take off pressure in most lanes and need jungler to camp you or they let you take their towers. When you're pushing correctly you almost always need their jungler/mid to come top to stop you from pushing and if you're good, you can escape almost every time. This indirectly helps your team because their jungler/mid/adc/support/top needs to stop you from pushing and they can do what ever they want freely.

Match Ups (Counters)


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Nidalee doesnt counter akali. If you try to fight around where you place your , your will gain vision of akali and she cant escape/stall for skills. You also have more sustain then her but she can burst you down easily. I recommend you to get a chalice and maw.

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Depending on the player, cho can counter nidalee. If cho can land his s, you're gonna have a bad time. If you cant kill cho and shut him down early game, you wont be able to kill him at all. When cho gets 6 stacks and armor it will be impossible to kill him. So i suggest for you to ask for an early game and shut him down. Also get chalice and maw if he's killing you.

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Darius does not counter nidalee. But if nidalee feeds darius a kill, he will snowball and eat you alive. If you're playing as nidalee, your core is a phage. Once you have your phage, you shall run, poke, run, poke, and repeat. You run because you will lower the chances of him grabbing you and you might be able to phage proc him. If he some how manages to grab you, just turn into cougar and run away. Remember, if you're lower then 60% hp, dont harass and heal up because he can DUNK you.

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Elise is a very hard champ to lane against. If she can land her combo on you, you're in trouble. Although you have sustain, her q is based on a % of your hp. I'd suggest you to get a chalice and maw. If your jungler ganks dont let him gank from behind because she can just e in her spider form to him and get away.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Fiora is a dangerous person to lane against. If you dont know how to lane against her, you will lose. First off is that she can deflect you q in cougar stance. I will recommend trying to farm safely until you're level 6. Once you're level 6 just pounce in, e her, and try to use q on her [if she activates her , dont q her (requires fast reaction time)]

Starting Items: OR
Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
I wouldnt really worry if you're laning against a galio. You dont really see many of them either. But if you do run into one, you should build chalice and maw. When you're level 6, try to dodge his q + e and you'll be fine.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Gangplank is a tough lane but you can win it! If the gangplank you're with just uses his to cs, just harass him. But if he likes to use his q to harass, build ninja tabis, chalice, and an early warden's mail. Try to harass him as much as possible. Gangplank's w is not like nidalee's e. His oranges takes in more mana and has a long ass cd. Use this as your advantage. Try to poke him so much that his sustain can save him.

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Nidalee is a good pick for garen. Although nidalee cant really kill a good garen, she can still zone him. The reason why nidalee cant kill garen is because of garen's . But zoning is one of the best ways to counter pick someone. But there are situations that you may not be zoning him and he has brush control. When that happens you put you in the bush so he cant burst you down with his + .

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Irelia counters nidalee. From level 1-3, try to poke her as much as possible. From level 3-6, STAY THE F*** AWAY FROM DAT HOE! Only last hit. She can easily burst and kill you with her 4 skills. After level 6, just poke her with your auto attacks. Dont use your spears cause you need to save your mana to heal yourself. If she s to you then heal yourself, turn into a cougar,e, then q, and HOP AWAY HOMIE (gracefully). If she runs away, turn back into a human and poke her. If she s again, just turn into a cougar and spam your w to run away. Repeat this until she has lower then 30% hp and go for DA kill.

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Jarvan is week against nidalee. Nidalee can just poke him for days. If jarvan doesnt knock nidalee up with his e + q combo, he's gonna have a bad time. Nidalee is known for countering melee. Jarvan uses up a lot of mana so he can use his combo a couple times and hit you with his passive a couple times. When jarvan goes oom, you just zone him or poke him to death.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Jax is some what of a counter to nidalee. During lane phase you should poke him whenever he tries to get cs. Try not to poke him as much when he has his and before level 6. Once you're level 6, laning against him will be too ez. When jax tries to and you, you will just pop into cougar form and hop away. If he walks back, turn back into a human and poke him. But when late games comes around the corner, jax will DESTROY nidalee.

Starting Items: OR
Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Nidalee is one of the only true counters to jayce. Nidalee will win lane. Nidalee over all has more damage and sustain then jayce. Just poke and try to zone him if you cant kill him.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Kayle counters nidalee softly. Nidalee loses trades with Kayle mainly because of her e early game. Once you turn 6, you start winning trades. But remember if you fed Kayle a kill for any reason early game, you're pretty much fucked until you get a kill or two back from you jungler ganking. When Kayle uses her ult and you dont want her to attack you, just jump into the brush because her last only a few seconds and by the time she comes into the brush, her ult will be gone.

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A good Lee Sin will win lane against Nidalee. Reason = He is a blind monk. If lee sin maxes his w he will have an infinite sustain. If he maxes his q, he will have an infinite harass. Do not try to 1v1 him in lower levels. He will absolutely dominate you. Once you're level 6 use your pounce to dodge his q. Even when you're level 6+ dont try to exchange with him. He will always out damage you, unless he doesnt have energy. The only way to win the lane is if you get an early gank.

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Nidalee wins lane against nasus. The only way for nidalee to not win lane is if nidalee lets nasus free farm. In order to insert complete dominance, you have to play aggressive as fuck. All melee champs generally have a bad time against nidalee.

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Nidalee counters olaf. The main reason is because olaf is melee. From level 1-6, you need to poke him as much as possible and dodge his s. If you do so successfully, you will win the lane. Once olaf turns 6 and tries to fight you 1v1, you will just w (towards him) -> e -> q -> w (away). After you do that combo just heal and repeat. You will not find this a hard lane if you can dodge his axes and take advantage of the brush.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
A good pantheon will counter nidalee. If you're going against pantheon and you're nidalee, i'd suggest that you get teleport and rush chalice to heal yourself. DO NOT TRADE WITH HIM! No matter what..Dont do it. Request ganks and try to shut him down that way.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Rengar counters nidalee. The reason behind this is that rengar can control the bush more easily and he can burst down nidalee hands down at level 1. I advise you to ward/ the bush so you have more control. Once you inserted your dominance in lane, you should have an easy time. This lane is about win or lose situation. So dont feed and let him snowball up.

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This match up all depends on skill. In order to not lose lane, you have to be defensive and poke riven when she tries to cs. Try not to let riven burst you (->-> AA -> -> AA -> -> AA -> -> AA). Nidalee is more superior in lane then riven is. By the time riven gets to nidalee with her q, nidalee will just hop away while riven doesnt have her q up any more. The only way to lose as nidalee is if you fed riven 2 kills and she snowballs and can kill you with one combo.

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Nidalee counters rumble. To win this lane you need to utilize your brush. You should start boots and run in and out of the brush to poke him every time you run out. You have to try to dodge his and not let him you when you're slowed. Try to bait rumble into using his shield and wait til it goes down and it has cd on it. After that you poke him some more. By doing this he will either be zoned or taken a lot of damage/died.

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Nidalee counters singed. This could be one of singed worst nightmares. Nidalee rapes top laners who dont have any gap closers and are melee. You cant really kill a singed. But that's not the idea here. Your job as nidalee is to zone him and make him useless cause he cant farm.
OMG Becky! This is one of the most frustrating lanes ever. This lane is not really a hard counter but still kind of is. If you play correctly you wont lost. When you harass, you harass from the brush. You stay in the brush and come out when you harass. When teemo s you, RUN (Unless you have WAAAY more hp then him and you can finish him off). Once you're 6, you will completely dominate him. His does not work for your cougar stance q.

Starting Items: OR
Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Xin Zhao = Win Nhao. OFC he counters nidalee. All it takes to win the lane is to out play him. From 1-6, you have to just farm and dont let him e + q you. You have to play really defensively. After level 6, i'd try to juke him in and out of the bushes. So, you have to lay down traps into the bush so when you try to juke him you have vision and you'll make things a lot easier on your self. When xin s to you, you have to go into cougar form, e, q, then pounce into a bush. Once you are in the bush turn back into a human and heal yourself. You have to try to not let him hit you for the 3rd time with his q or else you'll lose a lot of hp or even die. Whenever xin s to you, you have to hop away.

Starting Items: OR
Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
This is not a counter. This is a win/lose lane. However nidalee can survive. Since nidalee has her , she can survive in lane and poke him. If you can poke him to the point that he doesnt have mana or he's too low, just finish him off. If you are having trouble with yorick, ask the jungler nicely for a gank.

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Counter or Not? + Advice/Strategy:
Nidalee will rape this lane. Mainly because nidalee has her sustain from her and zed is melee. Zed cant trade with nidalee and win the trade unless he's fed. As nidalee, you should poke him when he tries to melee his cs. If he uses his abilities to harass you and not cs, you can just heal it up (you will still win trades).

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