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Nunu & Willump Champion Spotlight

Nunu & Willump Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Kindlegem item Glacial Shroud item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Gargoyle Stoneplate item Thornmail item
Situational Hextech Protobelt-01 item Abyssal Mask item Liandry's Torment item
Consumables Refillable Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Mercury's Treads item Warmog's Armor item Spirit Visage item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Dead Man's Plate item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Situational Righteous Glory item Abyssal Mask item Adaptive Helm item
Consumables Hunter's Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Rod of Ages item Wooglet's Witchcap item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Luden's Echo item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Abyssal Mask item Banner of Command item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item


Howling Abyss
Starting Orb of Winter item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Spirit Visage item Boots of Swiftness item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Void Staff item Banshee's Veil item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Abyssal Mask item Knight's Vow item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing as NunuSquare Nunu
  • A level 3 Biggest Snowball Ever! snowball gank down the lane, then multiple times with the Rift ScuttlerSquare speed shrine is a surprise to be sure, but an unwelcome one.
  •  You can both trample and detonate Biggest Snowball Ever! snowball on the same minions for significantly higher base damage (at high ranks); good targets are small Raptors and caster minions.
    • Follow up your W with passive attacks immediately, as the duration starts as soon as a large monster is damaged.
  • Biggest Snowball Ever! Rolling snowball scales in distance with level; consider buying a Raptor Cloak item Raptor Cloak to further abuse this trend.
  • Pull GrompSquare Gromp and Blue SentinelSquare Blue Buff together and hit them both with the Snowball Barrage the barrage so they both get struck by Willump's Turn.
  • Nunu scales well with slow resistance. Unflinching rune Unflinching, Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness and so on reduce the 50% self-slow that Biggest Snowball Ever! W inflicts on you, reducing the ramp time of W - and they also make it more likely you will get the root off against enemies who are fleeing from Snowball Barrage E.
Playing against NunuSquare Nunu
  • Most importantly, be wary of his level 3 gank, which he can repeat after leaving the lane - using the Speed Shrine, his snowball is amplified in both size gain and maximum speed due to its multiplicative scaling with movement speed bonus.
  • Nunu, needless to say, is a premiere healer. Purchase items with Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds like Executioner's Calling item Executioner's Calling and Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon.
  • Avoiding his Biggest Snowball Ever! snowball is relatively trivial - step into the arc of fire smartly, striding forwards as he aims to you, for Nunu travels slower laterally than forwards. Then step where he was a moment ago, and he will never get to you.
    • Mind well its incredible range, however - there's absolutely no hope for a player who attempts to outrun it without exploiting its rigidity, as it travels twice as far as Powerball Powerball. This range means that Nunu can take a vast, slow arc through the river to readjust.
  • Have some concern for a skilled Nunu's ability to create wide circles that do not end his W, if he builds momentum you will be forced to attack him or lose control of the marked area for several seconds.
  • Nunu does little to no physical damage and only average magic damage, while his snowball is both half a stun and half a knockup. Build Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads and you will find Nunu to be a useless enemy.
  • Resign yourself to ignoring Nunu if you cannot stun him during his Absolute Zero ultimate - particularly if he builds straight health. His durability is too resilient while he is channeling.
Playing with NunuSquare Nunu
  • Should Nunu find himself wounded from action, a few Consume bites off of a courteously handed minion wave should get him back in shape.
  • Hard cc really helps Nunu hit his Biggest Snowball Ever! snowball, which allows him to initiate the rest of his combo.
  • Nunu is mediocre at best in combat when not tanking or executing. Initiate with him to take advantage of his Call of the Freljord passive haste and help him earn some takedowns.
  • Offer Nunu some haste while he is firing Snowball Barrage Snowball Barrage so he can keep up with his targets for the root.


Playstyle

Nunu and Willump are an early ganker and sustain tank with a focus on peeling for allies and being generally available for fights anywhere on the map at a moment's notice. As a sustain tank, he is capable of early objective control and part of his power budget is geared towards this. He is significantly stronger when ahead than behind, pressuring him to engage with the map early or suffer the consequences - he does this through the use of his snowball, an unreliable, extremely long range ganking tool.

Call of the Freljord Call of the Freljord [Passive]
  • The effect splashes in an arc extending from NunuSquare Nunu and applies Tooth. It's important to strike all monsters with it at once, which in turn creates odd optimization paths for when you start or end fighting the large monster in a camp.
Consume Consume [Q]
  • Don't bother casting on enemy champions if you want just raw sustain as it heals less - but the cursor will prioritize those, so just make extra sure you click a minion.
  • It's pretty good damage late-game since 3k bonus health will roughly double its power, so bear that in mind.
Biggest Snowball Ever! Biggest Snowball Ever! [W]
  • The cooldown starts as soon as you fire it - if you know you're going to hit it, and you've maxed out the bonus (5 seconds), why not just press W?
  • This instantly removes slows so just ram it into an adjacent wall for a free cleanse.
  • You can whirl W around in circles if you have enough room, stopping opponents from entering an area.
  • You can cast this ability right before using Snowball Barrage Snowball Barrage to make sure you hit the whole lot, then combo it into R.
Snowball Barrage Snowball Barrage [E]
  • Bear in mind that its range extends as per Collateral Damage Collateral Damage on strike and, unlike Ice Blast, it does not require lock-on and therefore can reveal camouflaged enemies.
Absolute Zero Absolute Zero [R]
  • The slow lasts for double the channel duration, which makes it good for peeling allies.
  • Combined with Snowball Barrage Snowball Barrage, it mostly guarantees the Snowball Barrage Snowball Barrage root against targets that don't dash.

Runes

Demolish. It's good right now. If Demolish gets nerfed, make an account and delete this sentence

Aftershock

  • The most basic-'itch Rune Page for Nunu is Aftershock-Bone Plating-Conditioning-Revitalize into Celerity/Waterwalking. No prizes as to why this is popular.
  • The good, common Rune Page is Aftershock-Demolish-Second Wind-Unflinching, which scales better with Health-stacking. This can lead into Time Warp Tonic with Hunter's Potion - or Approach Velocity, otherwise - with Future's Market. This helps you get farm items faster early game and sustain health and mana, which Nunu kind of has issues with in a CDR build.
  • You can take Overgrowth if you have Approach Velocity and are foregoing the Hunter's Potion - this is basically beelining for Warmog's Armor with Catalyst.

Predator

  • Generally you'll see folks running Ingenious Hunter - Cheap Shot/Eyeball Collection/Ingenious Hunter.
  • ...but Ultimate Hunter is probably better because his ultimate is absolutely overloaded. Get Demolish/Unflinching secondary since Predator is spam gank and take turrets.
  • This is also, God help us, the AP rune, because landing W with CDR guarantees three casts of E > R, which in turn guarantees E2, and people think that means you should take the thing that enhances W. Probably Phase Rush is better.

Obscure Runes

Glacial Augment

  • Magical Footwear with Future's Market and Cosmic Insight scales fast as you get to a spike with Kindlegem/Shroud and Ionian Boots of Lucidity (from Footwear) pretty fast, but relies on classic solo queue tendencies to let games spool out without exploiting weak or inefficient choices that are scaling-dependent. Lategame with CDR, Glacial Augment makes it very hard for enemies to escape Nunu's E - which itself scales with levels.
  • You can either go Presence of Mind with Coup De Grace (lets you shortcut buying mana for a while due to passive giving you more assists than you deserve and also gives some free AP/execute damage)...
  • ...or something like Demolish + Unflinching (with Swiftness boots).  Health scales better than attack speed.

Guardian

  • Nunu scales off both HP and AP, and he's a Warden. So, provided that you're wiling to walk onto someone, Guardian is viable and synergizes with Approach Velocity/Future's Market, as well as Font of Life, Chrysalis, Revitalize and Overgrowth. It can be considered more of a hybrid Rune than Aftershock and therefore is suited for Oblivion Orb/Haunting Guise builds that rely on Nunu's unusually high combined scalings.

Items

You don't have to build generic tank items because Nunu is good at escaping and peeling. You can just build support in the jungle and see how it goes - Redemption, Knight's Vow, Zeke's Harbinger, and Shurelya's Reverie are fine items - your Q and Cinderhulk kill camps for you.

Regardless of this, Dead Man's Plate and Cinderhulk are traditional, with Ninja Tabi. Knock yourself out.

  • Go straight Talisman - Bami's Cinder every game. The Machete is worthless by comparison.

Counterpicks

  • Nunu is particularly weak against fellow zone controllers and attack speed bruisers that resist, or are immune to, slows. Part of winning is drafting in champ select and playing Olaf or Anivia is a good way to make Nunu regret first picking.
  • Nunu typically has an Armor-heavy build due to his CDR and movement speed preference, with the exception of his Spirit Visage. As a result, consider directing your mage/s to specialize in CDR and Liandry's Torment, for he is weaker against magic damage than physical damage - yet rarely has the ability to purchase Adaptive Helm (due to his existing MR item).
  • Near all champions with magical percent health damage (Shyvana, Amumu and Kog'Maw) contest his beloved Dragons and concern themselves with the destruction of tanks.
    These champions are largely indifferent as combatants against Nunu regularly, but easily mop him up in extended, co-ordinated fights.
  • Nunu has a special weakness to self-peeling AD carries such as Jayce and Quinn due to their ability to nullify his basic abilities fully. It is a foregone conclusion that he will fear these champions but is absolutely useless against them.

Synergies

  • Nunu does best when paired with immobile artillery, roaming assassins, or objective controllers, that can fulfil the roles Nunu cannot - each of which benefit from his semi-global, unreliable initiation - or his special case complements.
    These assassins complement Nunu by starting fights that they can't sustain. Examples include Diana and Talon.
    Moreover, champions like Yorick, Nasus or Ziggs benefit by gaining breathing space to break upon the turrets in the lane with their respective effects.
    Meanwhile, immobile artillery profit from Nunu by exploiting situations that don't exist for them normally (very heavy intrinsic peel) created by his kit. Examples include Ziggs, Lux and Kayle.
    The special case situations tend to be champions like Maokai or Kennen that have ultimates that allow Nunu to get a free Absolute Zero, and vice versa.

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