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There are few dwellers, let alone champions, residing in the blasted and dangerous lands that lie south of the Great Barrier. Much of that world still bears the scars of past Rune Wars, especially the mysterious Kumungu Jungle. There are long-forgotten treasures in these strange places which many risk life and limb to acquire. The champion known as Nidalee was only a young girl traveling with her treasure-seeking parents when they lost their way in the dense, rainy jungles. The jungle was unforgiving, and she watched her parents suffer agonizing final days as they fell victim to a mysterious and vicious disease.

As improbable as it was for a child to survive in the inhospitable jungle by herself, she did just that. Her youthful innocence and a fortunate naivete caused her to appeal to the beasts of that place and she was taken in by a family of cougars and raised as one of their own. She grew and somehow absorbed the raw magic of the dense wilds, evolving beyond both her human physiology and her feline affectation. On one pivotal day in her life, standing over the torn remnants of a Noxian squad of woodcutters, Nidalee chose to rejoin the so-called civilized world, to fight in the League of Legends so as to protect the vast woods from both Demacia and Noxus.

"Nidalee was taught to fight by her feline family, battling viciously with tooth and nail. Something in her feline ways may draw you to her, but remember that she is no pussycat."


Upon selection
  • Play "They will fear the wild."
  • Play "Claw or spear, your end's the same."
  • Play "Mmm, the taste of coward."
  • Play Nidalee hisses.
  • Play "We'll prey on the civilized."
  • Play "I'll show these house cats real claws."
  • Play "The untamed know no fear."
  • Play "I will guide you."
  • Play "Let me show you the way."
  • Play "On the prowl."
  • Play "You call this civilized?"
  • Play "You cannot cage me, summoner."
  • Play "Instinct guides my steps."
  • Play "Here mousy, mousy, mousy..."
  • Nidalee licks her paw (Cougar form).
  • Play "Did I mention it's mating season?"
  • Nidalee rolls over on her back (Cougar form).
  • Play Nidalee laughs.
  • Play Nidalee laughs.
  • Play Nidalee laughs.

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "I love playing cat and mouse."

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "I see you're no stranger to the wild."


The Champion was released on December 17, 2009 a day later than it was announced. The Champion information was confirmed on Shacknews[1] by Riot Games.

Visual Upgrade

Announcement made by NeeksNaman.[2]

Many of you have been asking for a new look for Nidalee. We're pleased to announce that we've heard you, and that you can expect a complete Visual Upgrade for the Bestial Huntress in an upcoming patch.

In addition to a new model for both lady and cougar, this update includes new animations and spell effects across both of her forms. We'll also be upgrading the model and splash art for all of Nidalee's skins, so you can enjoy the latest fashion, whether you’re a French Maid or a Pharaoh.

The next time you feel the need to go swiftly slinking through the brush, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting foe, do so knowing you look stunningly stylish.

Nidalee Screenshots

Patch history

  •  Bushwhack
    • The placement of traps will now abide by terrain-clipping rules (will be "pushed" to the nearest available space if placed in a wall).


  •  Javelin Toss
    • Now calculates damage based on where the Javelin was initially cast rather than where Nidalee is when the Javelin hits the target.
    • No longer gains damage from distance traveled until it exceeds Nidalee's human auto attack range (maximum damage unchanged).
  •  Bushwhack
    • Vision and armor/magic resistance shred debuff duration reduced to 8 seconds from 12.


  • Fixed a bug that sometimes allowed Nidalee to perform  Takedown from range.

V3.11: Twisted Treeline and Crystal Scar only

  •  Bushwhack
    • Duration of reveal and armor and magic resist shred reduced to 6 seconds from 12.
    • Trap duration reduced to 2 minutes from 4.


  • Stats
    • Magic resist per level reduced to 0 from 0.75
  •  Swipe
    • Ability power ratio increased to 0.6 from 0.4
  •  Aspect of the Cougar
    • No longer grants bonus armor and magic resistance


  • Visual rework.



  •  Pounce
    • If the ability's movement extends past Nidalee's current movement order location, that order will be cancelled; she will no longer automatically walk backwards to that point.

V1.0.0.130 Hotfix:

  •  Bushwhack
    • Fixed a bug where traps were not dealing damage to targets.
    • Fixed a bug where traps were not revealing targets, it now reveals both normal and stealthed units.
    • Fixed a bug where traps were shredding things that weren't supposed to be shreddable.


  •  Bushwhack
    • Will now show the area it triggers in when cast.
  •  Pounce
    • Cooldown reduced to 3.5 seconds from 4.
  •  Aspect of the Cougar
    • Bonus armor and magic resistance increased to 10 / 20 / 30 from 10 / 15 / 20.


  • Fixed several tooltip errors, especially those from Cougar form abilities.
  •  Javelin Toss
    • Mana cost reduced to 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 from 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120.
    • Cooldown reduced to 6 seconds from 7.
  •  Takedown
    • Max damage multiplier increased to 300% from 200%.
  •  Pounce
    • Cooldown increased to 4 seconds from 3.
    • It will now be affected by cooldown reduction.
  •  Primal Surge
    • Mana cost increased to 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 from 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85.
    • Base heal changed to 50 / 85 / 120 / 155 / 190 from 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180.
    • Ability power ratio reduced to 0.7 from 1.25.
  •  Swipe
    • Ability power ratio increased to 0.4 from 0.2.
  •  Aspect of the Cougar
    • Now grants 10 / 15 / 20 armor and magic resistance instead of 10% dodge.


  •  Bushwhack
    • Updated Bushwhack's reveal particle effect.
    • Fixed a bug where Bushwhack was reducing the target's base armor and magic resistance rather than total armor and magic resistance.


  • Fixed a bug where  Javelin Toss and  Bushwhack would target a wrong location when cast immediately after transforming back to human form.


  • Fixed a bug where she would have lower base damage in cougar form than human form.


  •  Pounce
    • No longer deals damage if her jump is interrupted by another movement effect.


  •  Javelin Toss
    • Can now be cast out of range, and it will cast in that direction.
    • Fixed a bug where it would not hit stealthed Champions.


  • Stats
    • Base damage increased to 49 from 46.


  •  Takedown
    • Corrected a display error with death recap.
  •  Pounce
    • Can no longer be cast while rooted.
  •  Aspect of the Cougar
    • Tooltip now correctly mentions the 10% bonus dodge chance Nidalee gains in Cougar Form.



  •  Swipe
    • Fixed a bug that would cause it to occasionally not include ability power in the damage.
  •  Takedown
    • Is no longer dodgeable and now resets Nidalee's auto attack timer on cast.


  •  Javelin Toss
    • Ability power ratio increased to 0.65 from 0.55.
  •  Primal Surge
    • Heal reduced to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 from 75 / 120 / 165 / 210 / 255.
    • Ability power ratio increased to 1.25 from 0.8.


  •  Pounce is no longer affected by Cooldown Reduction and maintains a static 3 second cooldown.


  •  Prowl
    • Movement speed bonus reduced to 15% from 25%.
  •  Javelin Toss
    • Ability power ration increased to 0.55 from 0.4.
  •  Primal Surge
    • Mana cost increased to 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 from 50 / 50 / 50 / 50 / 50.


  •  Pounce
    • Fixed a bug where it could be cast while rooted.


  •  Bushwhack
    • Fixed a bug causing stealthed units to flicker.


V1.0.0.63: Added.

  •  Prowl (Innate)
    • Nidalee gains additional movement speed when moving through or out of brush.
  •  Javelin Toss (Q)
    • Nidalee tosses her javelin at long range, dealing increased damage the farther the javelin travels (up to 250%).
  •  Bushwhack (W): Nidalee creates a camouflaged trap that, when sprung, will reveal the target and deal damage. Champion Armor and Magic Resistance are reduced by a percentage for the duration of the debuff. Traps are visible to enemies.
  •  Primal Surge (E): Nidalee calls upon her bestial heritage to heal an ally champion and grant them an attack speed bonus for a short duration.
  •  Aspect of the Cougar (Ultimate)
    • Nidalee may freely transform between a human and a cougar at no cost. While in cougar form all of her attacks are melee and she gains additional dodge and movement speed. Leveling this skill increases the effects of her cougar abilities.
  •  Takedown (Cougar Form Q)
    • Nidalee jumps at the throat of her target, dealing her attack damage plus a static bonus. The damage of this skill increases the lower life percentage the target has.
  •  Pounce (Cougar Form W)
    • Nidalee pounces forward, dealing damage in a small radius.
  •  Swipe (Cougar Form E)
    • Nidalee slashes wildly in front of her, dealing moderate damage in a large area.


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