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Skill usage

  • Nasus Nasus' strength derives from his incredible late game damage when allowed to stack his Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. With Wither.png Wither to catch out enemies along with Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire and Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands giving him great presence in teamfights, he is a formidable champion, though lacks mobility and hard CC, making him somewhat easy to kite.
  • 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, allowing Nasus Nasus to be a very effective and dangerous splitpusher.
  • 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 and consequently increasing your physical damage.
  • 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 is fairly unforgiving since you will only be able to affect one person with it and most casters can shrug off the effects.
    • With high amounts of cooldown reduction, Nasus Nasus can almost continuously maintain Wither.png Wither on the enemy team (5 sec duration, 6.6 sec cooldown). However, enemy Tenacity can counteract this.
    • Without any gap-closers or mobility, Nasus Nasus relies on his Wither.png Wither to keep 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 likely miss several minions.
  • During the laning phase, Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire will discourage your enemies from farming, but it has a relatively high mana cost and will shove the lane if used too much.
  • Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands can be used at the start of team fights as you will be doing constant AoE damage to enemies while gaining attack damage for an even stronger Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike. It can also be saved for the end of smaller fights to bait enemies with the health boost.
  • A team with Nasus Nasus can kill Baron Nashor Baron Nashor earlier because his Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands and passive life steal from Soul Eater.png Soul Eater allows him to tank and kill it faster and more easily.

Build usage

Nasus Nasus can be itemized in many ways, including a melee DPS, tank, or off-tank bruiser.

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 Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Cinderhulk) 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
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
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
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

  • A typical rune page is generally focused on defense, MR and armor penetration with 5% CDR. With this, you can hit the 40% cap easily with Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage and another 5% from masteries.
  • Life steal Quintessences can also be considered due to its additive stacking with Soul Eater.png Soul Eater and synergy with Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike.

Strategy against Nasus counters

  • Teemo Teemo: Considered one of Nasus Nasus' more difficult opponents, building AP may be more effective in combating him. Otherwise, attempt to shove him out of lane with Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire but do not put more than two ranks in it or the mana cost may be too high.


  • Avoid going into a 1v1 battle against a late game Nasus Nasus. It's likely that he will have a lot of Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike stacks, and built lots of tank items. This combined with his passive, Wither.png Wither, and Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands, means that he will be very difficult to take down alone.
    • Nasus Nasus is not particularly strong in teamfights as Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands requires him to be in melee range to utilize its AoE damage and Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire is not very strong by itself, and he lacks CC other than Wither.png Wither (which can only target a single enemy champion at once). Therefore, it is possible to ignore him and deal with the rest of his team.
    • Also, unlike some tanks, Nasus Nasus lacks damage reduction or defensive boosts other than the extra health from his ultimate, and the lifesteal from autos and Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike are not particularly effective against tanks without armor penetration. Bursting him down before he can utilize his high sustained damage can be viable if you can afford to.
  • Nasus Nasus' 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 Darius Darius, Renekton Renekton, and Pantheon Pantheon can be very effective in denying Nasus Nasus his farm, but keep in mind that such champions usually fall-off, and once he does get stacks, he will be able to fight you.
    • You can also ask your jungler to camp Nasus Nasus to deny him or even kill him due to his lack of mobility.
    • Since at times, Nasus Nasus will inevitably farm and get to his late game, it may not always be a good idea to use an early game champion to try to deny him. An alternative strategy is to use a tank with reliable CC and waveclear such as Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath, Maokai Maokai, Tahm Kench Tahm Kench, or Zac Zac. While they cannot deny farm as easily during the early game, they can outscale him in terms of teamfights - just stack massive amounts of armor, and use their CC to peel him off a carry during the late game. Nasus Nasus may attempt to counter this by splitpushing, though. That's where waveclear comes in handy: they can clear waves quickly and delay his splitpushing, buying your team time to force the rest of the enemy to fight.
  • Avoid using auto-attack reliant champions, as all of them are very vulnerable to Wither.png Wither. Also, one of Nasus 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 unless they manage to kill him early, snowball, and deny his farm. The only exception is Master Yi Master Yi, due to his immunity to attack speed slows.
  • Thornmail item.png Thornmail is a strange, yet effective option. This is because all the damage from Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike is reflected by its passive. Not only that, but Thornmail item.png Thornmail has high armor, mitigating the damage taken from the strike itself, as Nasus Nasus rarely purchases armor penetration items.
    • This item can be effective if your champion has a lot of sustain. For example, Vladimir Vladimir and champions who can buy lifesteal items, such as Zed Zed, and the aforementioned Master Yi 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 fight a late game Nasus)
  • Building Tenacity will reduce the duration of Nasus Nasus's Wither.png Wither. However, remember that its maximum slow will be applied quicker than usual due to the shortened duration.
  • Nasus 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 Nasus Nasus's Fury of the Sands.png Fury of the Sands stronger. Build armor and magic resist as well.
  • As mentioned above, Nasus Nasus has insane 1v1 potential, but poor teamfighting potential. Because of this, most Nasus Nasus players will splitpush. Not only will they have a lot of free farm, but his Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike can quickly destroy towers, and his dueling potential makes it difficult for enemies to stop them alone, making him a constant threat from across the map.
    • This can backfire against his team, however. Because Nasus Nasus will splitpush most of time, he will have to leave his team with one less member for teamfights. Therefore, he 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 his team and take their towers, and/or splitpush a different lane. This will force Nasus Nasus to either stop splitpushing and go help his team (therefore losing farm for his stacks) or risk losing the game without his presence in teamfights.
  • Nasus Nasus does not have strong wave clear asidefrom Nasus Nasus's Spirit Fire.png Spirit Fire, has no gap closers, and is a melee champion. As such, top lane champions with long range poke such as Jayce Jayce, Nidalee Nidalee, Ryze Ryze, Lulu Lulu, Vladimir Vladimir, Kayle Kayle, Lissandra Lissandra, Gnar Gnar, and Kennen Kennen can constantly poke him early game and zone. In addition, many of these champions have either some sort of crowd control or escape mechanism to limit Nasus Nasus' 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 Vladimir Vladimir) and Nasus Nasus' 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 to punish him getting close to a minion to farm and one should be cautious if s/he enters basic attack range as Nasus Nasus can punish you using Wither.png Wither. It is recommended to go for AD sustained damage builds to counteract his lategame damage.
    • Teemo Teemo is considered to be a strong counter to Nasus Nasus. First, his Nasus Nasus's Blinding Dart.png Blinding Dart mitigates Siphoning Strike.png Siphoning Strike's damage and can also be used to deny stacks for it. Wither.png Wither's movement speed slow can easily be mitigated by Teemo Teemo's Move Quick.png Move Quick movement speed buff. Teemo Teemo has better early game damage with his Toxic Shot.png Toxic Shot and can slowly whittle down Nasus Nasus' health. Finally, should Nasus Nasus ever get close to Teemo Teemo, Teemo Teemo can respond by placing down a Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap to further hamper his already limited mobility.

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