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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

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Crystalline Flask item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Spectre's Cowl
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Randuin'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's Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Item Sheen item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Randuin'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'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'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'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.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 1x1 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 1x1 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'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 1x1 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.

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