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General

  • Nidalee was the first of eight champions to have more than 4 abilities (the others being EliseSquare Elise, GnarSquare Gnar, HeimerdingerSquare Heimerdinger, JayceSquare Jayce, KarmaSquare Karma, Lee SinSquare Lee Sin, and Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai)
  • Nidalee, EliseSquare Elise, GnarSquare Gnar, JayceSquare Jayce, and KayleSquare Kayle are the only champions to be both ranged and melee.
  • Nidalee is one of a few champions to have multiple textures in per skin (one for human form and another matching one for cougar)
  • Nidalee was the first champion to feature a transformation ability (the others being EliseSquare Elise, GnarSquare Gnar ShyvanaSquare Shyvana, and SwainSquare Swain)
  • Nidalee has four running animations (human run, human brush sprint, cougar run, cougar brush sprint)
  • Pounce Pounce was the first ability to feature a static cooldown (was removed in V1.0.0.124)
  • Nidalee has a hidden passive called 'On the Prowl' (referencing cougars) which grants nearby lower-leveled allied champions 5 experience every 5 seconds.
  • A maximum-range Javelin Toss Javelin Toss has the second-highest damage of any single-targeted basic ability in-game (only surpassed by a fully-channeled Drain Drain) and higher damage than many ultimate abilities.
  • Nidalee was deemed overpowered/obnoxious in the Ultra Rapid Fire game mode (2014 edition) and was ultimately disabled in non-custom games.
  • After her visual rework, her felid forms received morphological features from cougars' bigger relatives, like mane, higher shoulders than haunches, long skull & jaws, & occasionally protruding fangs of sabre-toothed cats and cat-like relatives.
    • Peculiarly, her cougar & even Bewitching & Pharaoh cat forms can roar, like four biggest cats: tiger, lion, jaguar, & leopard.
  • The game client's shop filters Nidalee as a Support despite her no longer having that tag as a secondary one.

Development

  • Nidalee was released a day later than announced.
  • Nidalee was rumored to have a special stackable damage over time that could be applied by all her damaging abilities as well as Prowl Prowl granting her stealth for 2 seconds when leaving brush in cougar form (both effects actually existed and were removed prior to her release)
  • Nidalee used to have a bug where Primal Surge Primal Surge applied Swipe Swipe's damage (meaning she could kill her teammates if they were low enough).

Quotes

  • Nidalee is one of the few champions to have an extra set of emote animations (taunt, laugh, and dance animations each for human and for cougar, without voice changes)

Skins

NidaleeSquare Classic Nidalee [S|L]
  • She might have been inspired by Navee from Wake.
NidaleeSquare Snow Bunny Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Leopard Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Pharaoh Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Bewitching Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Headhunter Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Warring Kingdoms Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Challenger Nidalee [S|L]
NidaleeSquare Super Galaxy Nidalee [S|L]

Relations

  • Nidalee's friendship with UdyrSquare Udyr might stem from both being in tune with the (spirits of the) wild.
  • Nidalee's rivalry with RengarSquare Rengar might stem from territorial hunting disputes.

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