“The Bestial Huntress”
Welcome to the third edition of our League of Legends champion reviews! Minolta reviewed the swift samurai Yasuo last week, and although his mobility, damage, and ability to completely stop all projectiles is nothing less than awesome, Reworked Nidalee is guaranteed more than awesome, I mean really, what’s better than a shape-shifting huntress? Although Nidalee was released in 2009, with her recent rework she’s a much different mage than before. Nidalee The Bestial Huntress is a mid laner who throws spears from across the map and that do ridiculous amounts of damage. That’s what I would have told you up until now, now however, Nidalee is a mid laner, top laner, support, and finally a very strong jungler. She is available for the cost of: IP: 3150 or RP: 790. As well as Yasuo was Minolta’s favorite champ, Nidalee top lane was mine before the rework, and now, post-rework, she is my favorite jungler as well as top lane.
Passive: Prowl, Hunt
Nidalee’s new passive has two aspects, Prowl, & Hunt. With Prowl moving through brush increases Nidalee’s movement speed by 10% for 2 seconds, which increases to 30% if she is moving toward a visible enemy champion within 5500-range. With Hunt hitting enemy champions with Javelin Toss or Bushwhack will mark them as Prey for 4 seconds, revealing them. While moving toward Prey, Nidalee gains Prowl‘s bonus movement speed and ignores unit collision. Additionally, Nidalee’s first use of each of her Aspect of the Cougar abilities against Prey will have an empowered effect.
My Thoughts: This is a slight nerf to the movement speed she used to get when in bushes, but her new “Mark of the Hunt” is extremely powerful. The fact the she ignores unit collision and has 30% increased movement speed after applying the mark allows her to have unmatched chasing power. With the introduction of this passive she now flows through her abilities using all of them frequently, while as before it was just chuck spear, spam heal.
Q: Javelin Toss/ Takedown
In human form, Nidalee hurls her javelin forward in a line, dealing magic damage to the first enemy it hits. If it exceeds her basic attack range it gains damage based on distance flown, up to a cap at 80% of its additional range.
Cost: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 Mana
Cooldown: 17 / 15 / 13 / 11 / 9
Total Magic Damage: 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 (+12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20% (+ 2% per 100 AP) of target’s current health)
In human form, Nidalee lays a Bushwhack trap. When an enemy springs the trap, they are revealed in addition to taking damage over 4 seconds.
Range: 375 (700 against Prey)
Cost: No cost
Magic Damage: 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 (+ 30% AP)
In cougar form, Nidalee lunges a fixed 375 units in the direction of the cursor, dealing magic damage to enemies within a 75-radius area around her landing point. Killing a unit will reduced Pounce’s current cooldown to 1 second if it’s currently higher.
Hunt Bonus: If the cursor is near an enemy marked as Prey within 700-range, Pounce becomes a targeted dash.
My Thoughts: These two spells are your utility belt, level this spell to max rank last, but start the game with this spell. The traps allow Nidalee to get lane control and protect her side bushes from ganks that could come. If an enemy steps on the trap level one, turn into a cougar and instantly use your empowered targeted leap, the trade will almost always go in your favor.
E: Primal Surge/ Swipe
Cost: 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 Mana
Heal: 45 / 85 / 125 / 165 / 205 (+ 50% AP)
Attack Speed: 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60%
Magic Damage: 70 / 130 / 190 / 250 (+ 45% AP)
Active: Nidalee transforms back into her human form.
Although I love all of Nidalee’s skins, some of their splash arts could use some love(I’m looking at you Snow Bunny, Leopard & French Maid Nidalee).
Bewitching Nidalee, HeadHunter Nidalee, Leopard Nidalee, Snow Bunny Nidalee, French Maid Nidalee
I plan to create a Nidalee champion guide in the future, but just knowing what items to buy and knowing why they are good on her can go a long way.
Nidalee is able to be played in many different roles, while also building very different items. She’s almost a jack of all trades. Top lane Nidalee is typically built AD bruiser, that being said you can use this build path in any lane.
Iceborn Gauntlets: 90% of the time this should be the first item you finish on AD Nidalee, starting with the sheen to win trades, or starting with the Glacial Shroud if vs a strong AD top laner and you are losing. All Sheen items are very good on Nidalee, but Iceborn’s are the safest as they provide you tanky stats, and also give you a strong slow. Important to add to Nidalee’s kit as she has no stunning or slowing effects of her own.
Trinity Force: If you are confident in being able to trade and kite champions effectively, then build Tri-Force. It gives you small amount of stats from every category, and Nidalee benefits from all of them. Along with a mass of stats, it also gives the highest AD Multiplier on the active(200% AD). As I said before, buy the sheen first, then the Phage, finishing the pieces off with a Zeal.
Blade of the Ruined King: Before the Nidalee Rework I would never build Blade of The Ruined King and I would just fill my slots with defensive items (which is still a strong build). Now however, the attack speed and lifesteal Botrk gives, along with the very strong passive, allows Nidalee to be an unmatched 1vs1 champion.
Nidalee AP style still works very well, but your play-style may need to change compared to the old way you played her.
Lich Bane: As I keep stating, sheen is great on Nidalee. When playing AP Nidalee it makes sense to build the AP scaling version of sheen items. The Spellblade passive is fantastic when paired with Nidalee’s Takedown(Q). It gives a good amount of Ability Power and also increases your movement speed, which is great for Nidalee.
Athene’s Unholy Grail: When playing Nidalee AP style, your human form abilities still scale quite well, and having a good amount of mana regen with 20% CDR stacked on top this is a great item. It also offers a small amount of magic resist which is good, because Nidalee naturally lacks magic resist.
Rabadon’s Deathcap: This is the item all AP mids get 2 or 3rd item, the 120 AP plus the passive increase of ability power by 30% makes all your spells start doing that extra chunking power.
Other Items: When going AD Nidalee a standard full build would have Mercury Treads, BotrK, Tri-force, Last Whisper, and even a Infinity edge if you want to really haul out damage. BotrK, and Tri-force/Iceborns are staple and you should always get those items, but if you want to be a tanky Nidalee(Which works very well) Get those 2 items, defensive boots, Spirit Visage, Randuin’s Omen, Frozen Heart, Sunfire Cape, or Warmog’s Armor. Any combo of those items will get you tanky.
Crit Chance: +0.93%
Physical Dmg: +12
LifeSteal Bonus: +1.5%
This is my personal rune page that I run in all my AD Nidalee games. The one crit rune can sometimes decide who wins lane. If you happen to crit on an auto attack, you can almost all in right there and just kill. The Physical Dmg is good for last hitting and poking down your lane opponent. You will want to be auto-attacking your lane opponent constantly. The armor is standard as most top laners are AD, you can switch that around depending on who you are laning. The lifesteal just help survive lane, pair it with the 3% you get from Dorans Blade and you have a pretty good amount of lifesteal. The extra health can be changed to your will as well, but I like it for winning trades.
“They will fear the wild.”
-Nidalee, The Bestial Huntress
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