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Nidalee · Guide




Power Spike (Early, Mid, Late)


Damage Type

100% AP

0% AD

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Nidalee Strengths & Weaknesses

Nidalee is really good at counter jungling and stealing camps away from the enemy Jungler. This allows her to get ahead while putting the enemy behind.

Has good objective control. This enables her to secure the Dragon with ease. She can also take the Rift Herald alone and fast!

Nidalee is a strong skirmisher and duelist. This makes her a pain to deal with for the enemy. As long as she can dodge CC (or wait for the enemy to use a key ability first) and land her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ, she should win most 1v1s.


Nidalee needs to get ahead in the early game to be useful in the later parts of the game. If she isn’t able to snowball, her mid-game is going to falter.

Has an incredibly high skill cap. She is one of the hardest Junglers to learn thanks to her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ, unique combos thanks to her Aspect Of The CougarR, and the constant need to kite jungle camps.

While Nidalee is incredibly mobile, she is prone to CC. If they get caught out by any CC, they will probably die.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Nidalee is Strong

Your goal in the early game is to gank as often as possible to get your allies ahead. You are a strong early game Jungler, so make sure you try to exploit your early advantage.

Look to secure objectives as often as possible. This will give your team an advantage as the game goes along.

Find a healthy balance between ganking your allies, farming your jungle and securing objectives. Make sure you do not fall behind in XP by trying to constantly gank.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Nidalee is Strong

Continue to pick up and secure jungle camps whenever possible. Not falling behind in the mid-game is crucial as a Jungler, so make sure you continue to farm!

When no team fights are occurring, go to a side lane and push. It’s important that you continue to farm during the mid-game so you can get your items as quickly as possible.

After getting a kill, make the call for Baron or Dragon if your team is nearby and able to help you. Securing these objectives as a Jungler is crucial is in the mid-game.

Late game
25+ min
Nidalee is Weak

Peel for your carries in late game team fights to increase the chances of your team winning the fight. If they die at the beginning, you will not be able to win the fight alone.

Stick with your team in the late game. Do not split up or walk away from them otherwise the enemy may try to pick you off or initiate a 4v5 fight when you’re away from your team.

Focus the nearest enemy champion to your carries and work as a team to take down the enemy one by one. If you focus the backline alone, you may be an easy target for the enemy and may die quickly. By focusing on the nearest champion, you will survive for longer and keep your carries alive.

Jungle pathing

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Early Game
Early Game
Power Spikes
Early game

Her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ should not only help her clear her jungle camps, but it will also help her chunk enemy members of the team during this phase of the game.

Nidalee's Bushwhack / PounceW and Javelin Toss / TakedownQ are quite potent abilities. The cougar form abilities are powerful on enemies marked by her Passive.

Getting her first AP item should help her burst enemies with ease. All she needs to do is land her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ on them.

Mid game

During this phase of the game, Nidalee should use her Bushwhack / PounceW traps to look for picks in the Jungle. She can easily burst down anyone who comes by.

Due to her items, her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ burst damage should be impeccable. She should use the fog of war to land surprise Javelin Toss / TakedownQs on the enemy.

Her damage will only increase during this phase of the game, so it will be better to look for as many ganks as he can to empower herself and her team.

Late game

Nidalee should still look for solo picks during this phase of the game. She should be hidden in the fog of war and use her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ to poke the enemy down.

Her Primal Surge / SwipeE will be essential during this phase of the game. She can easily buff her ADC and let them do the work while she pokes with her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ.

Her Javelin Toss / TakedownQ should allow her to deal a hefty amount of damage to enemies who walk into them. This kind of poke helps a lot before significant fights.

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