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Skill usage

  • Nasus' Soul Eater.png Soul Eater will keep him sustained in the jungle or a solo lane.
  • Constantly last hitting with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike will have an enormous impact by the end of a game, and will be your primary source of damage.
    • If you are having difficulty last hitting minions with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike (against strong zoners), request a lane change or a gank.
  • The damage from Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike will proc on turrets. Use it to quickly take down turrets.
  • Using Wither.png Wither on your targets will make it easier to land Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire before using Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, as Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire greatly reduces the target's armor, making you hit much harder than normal.
  • Wither.png 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.png 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.png Wither to protect himself from being kited.
  • Be careful when using Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire near your tower, as it will push the lane and you will lose last-hits.
  • During the laning phase, Spirit Fire.png 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.png Fury of the Sands can be used offensively or defensively, use it to catch or escape enemies, as it also gives a massive health boost.
  • A team with Nasus can kill Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor earlier because his Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands and passive life steal from Soul Eater.png Soul Eater lets him tank and kill it much more easily.

Build usage

  • Nasus can be itemized as a melee DPS, one shotting machine, as a tank, or as an off-tank, based upon the rest of your team composition.
    • Generally speaking, a tanky build is considered optimal on Nasus, due to his naturally high late-game damage from Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, which also makes him a priority target for the enemy team.
  • Because lacks the ability to hard gap close into an enemy, grabbing Ghost.png Ghost is recommend over Flash.png Flash as it allows Nasus to effective get close into an enemy unit.
  • As Nasus relies on Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike as his primary source of damage, it is important to stay in lane in order to continuously farm Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. Any items to sustain him in lane with mana and health like a Catalyst the Protector item.png Catalyst the Protector are important. Building early resistances like a Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor or a Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle according to the main damage source can allow you to take a little more harass and stay in lane longer.
  • It is possible to build Nasus into a one shotting machine using Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge, Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper and Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force.
  • Think about buying Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony early. Although it doesn't build into any items that are particularly useful for Nasus, he will constantly have mana to constantly farm minions.
    • An early Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess into a Manamune item.png Manamune also solves Nasus's mana hunger. The Manamune item.png Manamune also synergizes well with items like Sheen item.png Sheen, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, which are all good items for Nasus. The bonus damage makes it easier to farm for his Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike.
    • An alternative is to build Athene's Unholy Grail. This serves several purposes; it gives Nasus a little magic resist, which helps him tank, grants an essentially endless mana pool, and gives cooldown reduction, which allows him to more easily farm Siphoning Strike, and use his other abilites more often.
  • The life steal from Soul Eater.png Soul Eater grants him sustainability, allowing him to build other items. However, he can still benefit from life steal items since Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike damage procs with life steal:
    • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster should not be ignored simply because of Nasus's innate abilities. In a more offensive build, The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster synergizes well with Nasus's life steal passive and Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike damage and can help deal as well as take more damage if Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike isn't that well farmed. It's also a useful defensive item as well due to the shield passive from the item.
    • Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is considered to be a better option since it gives cooldown reduction and allow him to farm better with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike in addition to the increased damage and the item's passive allows Nasus to stay in lane longer and mitgate some of Nasus's early game mana costs. The only advantage The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster has over Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is a stronger lifesteal and a shield passive.
    • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is a very situational item since Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is designed for basic attack heavy champions such as KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw and JaxSquare.png Jax, and most of Nasus's damage comes from dealing large amount of burst damage with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike in a single basic attack rather than constantly autoattacking your opponent. However, the item's passive and active is useful when facing opponents that benefits from building health such as VolibearSquare.png Volibear, DrMundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo, and MaokaiSquare.png Maokai.
  • Sheen item.png Sheen and Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force synergize with the proc on Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, greatly increasing your damage output.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force as well as its components work very well with Nasus. Wither.png Wither and a Phage item.png Phage can keep an enemy constantly in melee range as well as the Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire area of effect. Sheen item.png Sheen's passive stacks with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike for more damage and providing more mana to better farm minions. Zeal item.png Zeal offers some critical strike and attack speed to do more damage and movement speed to stick to enemies.
  • Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart offer Nasus cooldown reduction and mana, which allow Nasus to use his Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike more often, as well as giving him armor and an attack speed debuff aura.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet gives both the Spellblade passive from Sheen item.png Sheen and the stats of Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud. Whether buying it as replacements for Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart being a better option is debatable.
  • Nasus can also be used as an ability power champion, relying on items as Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter and Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter for damage and utility with his Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire and Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane for increased damage with his Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, while still building defensive items like Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart and Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel. This type of build is more focused on dealing damage to multiple enemies as his both Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire and Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands will deal more damage.
    • Whilst generally considered inferior on Summoner's Rift, this type of build is more favorable on other maps due to lack of opportunities there to farm Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike; this is particularly true of the Howling Abyss.
  • Do not make the mistake of purchasing Tiamat item.png Tiamat or Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra on Nasus as the items have almost no synergy on him whatsoever. Not only do enemies killed by the Cleave passive effect not count towards increasing the damage of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, but neither the Cleave passive nor the Crescent active even apply any of the bonus damage of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike, since the damage they do is based solely on Attack Damage and does not include on-hit effects. More importantly, the splash damage will cause minions to die faster, making it considerably harder for Nasus to farm Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike effectively.
    • However, the passive and active do greatly help with Nasus' split-pushing abilities (something he excels at due to Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike's ability to let him take down turrets rapidly), and also proc the life-steal both from the item itself and from Soul Eater.png Soul Eater, adding to his survivability in team-fights. All this makes it a relatively effective late-game choice on Nasus in a more offensive build.
  • Because Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike's stack-based damage no longer proc's critical strike, this makes armor penetration the only option to increase the infinitely scaling bonus damage. This makes The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver and Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper very good items for NasusSquare.png Nasus late game. The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is good for the armor pen, cooldown reduction, health, and superior ad compared to the Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper. However, Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper is still viable due to the larger, and more reliable, % armor pen.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen is an excellent armor item on Nasus, as it makes him more difficult to kite, which, despite Wither.png Wither, is still one of his few weaknesses late game. The active also becomes more effective the more resistances you build, making it especially effective on a tanky build.
  • When itemizing for defenses on NasusSquare.png Nasus, prioritize resistances over straight health, as this will make both your innate life-steal and the bonus health from Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands more effective. With that said, do not neglect to purchase health entirely, as when you have built some resistances, these will cause it to scale rather well.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory should be considered in Nasus's build, as it will allow Nasus to effective gap close into enemy and greatly increases his mobility. The item's passive, health regeneration, bonus health, and mana helps Nasus out as well.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Crystalline Flask item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sheen item Spectre&#039;s Cowl
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Ruin item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Item Sheen item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Ruin item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;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
Starting Doran&#039;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
Starting Doran&#039;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&#039;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.png Siphoning Strike procs life steal. While the damage of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike rises, the sustain gets even bigger.

Countering

  • Avoid going into a 1v1 battle against a late game Nasus. It's likely that he will have a lot of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike stacks, and built lots of tanky items. This combined with his passive, his Wither.png Wither, and his Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands, means that Nasus wins 1v1 battles against almost all League champions.
    • However, Nasus is weak at teamfights, due to his lack of AoE damage, lack of mobility, as well as lack of utility outside Wither.png Wither (which can only target a single enemy champion at once). Therefore, it is possible to ignore Nasus until you kill all the other enemy team members - then focus Nasus, as he is surprisingly easy to kill when your entire team engages against him.
  • Nasus's strength comes from his ability to farm Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. Try to zone him or deny his chance of last-hitting minions.
  • Champions with strong early game such as DariusSquare.png Darius, RenektonSquare.png Renekton, and PantheonSquare.png Pantheon can take out Nasus during that phase of game, as Nasus is very weak and has little to no stacks. However, be wary that most of those champions fall off late game and will lose to Nasus once he gets enough stacks and tanky items.
    • You can also ask your jungler to camp Nasus. This will too deny him his farm. Nasus is also easy to gank due to his lack of escapes.
  • Avoid using auto-attack reliant champions against Nasus, as all of them are very vulnerable to Wither.png Wither. Also, one of Nasus' core items, Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, further reduces attack speed, and has armor, making any auto-attack champion a very poor choice against Nasus, unless they manage to kill him early and snowball and deny his farm. The only exception is MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, due to his immunity to attack speed slows.
  • Thornmail item.png Thornmail is a strange, yet effective option against Nasus. This is because all the damage from Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike is reflected by Thornmail's passive. Not only that, but Thornmail has armor, which mitigates the damage taken from Siphoning Strike, as Nasus rarely purchases armor penetration items. Thornmail also counter Nasus' passive lifesteal.
    • This item can be effective if your champion has a lot of sustain. For example, VladimirSquare.png Vladimir and champions who can buy lifesteal items, such as ZedSquare.png Zed, and the aforementioned MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi (which can combine his build of crits and lifesteal, with a Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper and Thornmail, to be able to 1x1 a late game Nasus)
  • Building Tenacity will reduce the duration of NasusSquare.png Nasus's Wither.png Wither. However, remember that its maximum slow will be applied quicker than usual due to the shortened duration.
  • Nasus is susceptible to crowd control. Ranged champions should invest in a Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet or Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter to prevent him from getting into melee range.
  • Stacking health will only make NasusSquare.png Nasus's Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands stronger. Build armor and magic resist as well.
  • As mentioned above, Nasus has insane 1v1 potential, but poor teamfighting potential. Because of this, most Nasus will splitpush. This is because not only Nasus will have a lot of free farm, but his Siphoning Strike can quickly destroy towers, also his dueling potential makes difficult for enemies to stop Nasus alone. This can potentially force enemies to have to send more than one member of their team to stop Nasus, or force them to sacrifice a tower.
    • This can backfire against Nasus team, however. Because Nasus will splitpush most of time, he will have to leave his team with one less member for teamfights. Therefore, Nasus will have to make sure his teammates can win teamfights without his presence, or at least stall and avoid losing towers to the opposing team. Your team can take advantage of this: if you force teamfights against Nasus team and take their towers, and/or splitpush a different lane. This will force Nasus to either stop splitpushing and go help his team (therefore losing farm for his Siphoning Strike stacks) or risk losing the game without his presence at teamfights.
  • Nasus does not have strong wave clear across from NasusSquare.png Nasus's Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire, has no way in gap closing, and is a melee champion. As such, top lane champions with long range poke such as JayceSquare.png Jayce, NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee, RyzeSquare.png Ryze, LuluSquare.png Lulu, VladimirSquare.png Vladimir, KayleSquare.png Kayle, LissandraSquare.png Lissandra, GnarSquare.png Gnar, and KennenSquare.png Kennen can constantly poke Nasus early game and deny him farm. In addition, many of these champions have either some sort of crowd control or escape mechanism to limit Nasus's mobility and make it difficult for Nasus to chase down enemies.
    • However, when playing a ranged top laner, it is important to note that most AP builds do not have any sustained damage (unless playing someone like VladimirSquare.png Vladimir) and Nasus's late game strength comes from large amount of sustained damage with a single Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. As such, it is important to constantly poke Nasus to punish him getting close to a minion to farm and one should be cautious if s/he enters basic attack range as Nasus can punish you using Wither.png Wither and it is recommend to go for AD sustained damage builds to counteract Nasus lategame damage.
    • TeemoSquare.png Teemo is considered to be a strong counter to Nasus. First, his NasusSquare.png Nasus's Blinding Dart.png Blinding Dart mitigates Nasus's Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike damage and can also be used to deny stacks for Nasus's Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. Wither.png Wither's movement speed slow can easily be mitigated by Move Quick.png Move Quick movement speed buff. TeemoSquare.png Teemo has better early game damage with his Toxic Shot.png Toxic Shot and can slowly wither away Nasus's health. Finally, should Nasus ever get close to TeemoSquare.png Teemo, TeemoSquare.png Teemo can respond by placing down Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap to further hamper Nasus's limited mobility he already has.


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