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Skill usage

  • Nasus'  Soul Eater will keep him sustained in jungle or in a solo lane.
  • Constantly last hitting with  Siphoning Strike will have an enormous impact at the end of a game, and will be your primary source of damage.
    • Nasus can farm many more  Siphoning Strike stacks on minions while solo laning than from camps while jungling.
    • If you are are having difficulty last hitting minions with  Siphoning Strike (against strong zoners), request a lane change or a gank.
  • The damage from  Siphoning Strike will proc on turrets. Use it to quickly take down turrets.
  • Using  Wither on your targets will make it easier to land  Spirit Fire before using  Siphoning Strike, as  Spirit Fire greatly reduces the target's armor, making you hit much harder than normal.
  •  Wither is best used to shut down auto-attack dependent champions, slowing them to a crawl and reducing their attack speed dramatically.
    • Choose your target wisely (usually a carry) when casting, as the moderate cooldown isn't very forgiving if you choose poorly.
    • With high amounts of cooldown reduction, Nasus can almost continuously maintain  Wither on the enemy team (5 sec duration, 6.6 sec cooldown). However, enemy tenacity can counter-act this.
    • Without any gap-closers or mobility, Nasus relies on his  Wither to protect himself from being kited.
  • Be careful when using  Spirit Fire near your tower, as it will push the lane and you will lose last-hits.
  • During the laning phase,  Spirit Fire will discourage your enemies from farming, but it has a relatively high mana cost.
  • Nasus's ultimate can be used at the start of team fights as you will be doing constant AoE damage to enemies while gaining attack damage for big hits. It can also be saved for the end of a fight to bait enemies with the health boost (stronger in small fights).
  •  Fury of the Sands can be used offensively or defensiviely, use it to catch or escape enemies, as it also gives a massive health boost.
  • A team with Nasus can kill  Baron Nashor earlier because his  Fury of the Sands and passive life steal from  Soul Eater lets him tank and kill it much more easily.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Trinity Force item Talisman of Ascension item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Warmog's Armor item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Sapphire Crystal item Health Potion item4
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
Starting Doran's Shield item2 Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Overlord's Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Runes and Masteries

  • Consider using life steal Quintessences on Nasus; they are the most effective sustain tool for him. This is because his  Siphoning Strike procs life steal. While the damage of  Siphoning Strike rises, the sustain gets even bigger.

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