Nunu Build Guide

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Nunu Champion Spotlight

What are Nunu and how to play him

Nunu is a tanky (usually) jungler who provides a large arsenal of crowd control and objective control. Nunu also has great jungle sustain via his Q and passive. this allows for a large gold income and flexibility of items.

Think of late game Nunu as a tanky support late game, as you play him, cater to what the team is lacking. If your team needs more crowd control you can get several viable items, if you need to be tankier for a fed ADC, you can do that too! Nunu is one of the most flexible champions in the game so don’t be scared to play him as you see most fit.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High Crowd control
  • Attack speed and attack damage boosts
  • Great in team fighting
  • Brings surprising damage to team fights
  • Great clear speed
  • Fantastic objective control
  • No problem with jungle sustain
  • Flexibility in build paths

Cons:

  • Ultimate ability is a channel (takes time to charge up)
  • Ultimate can be disrupted by any displacement or silence
  • Ganking is lack luster unless opponent is fully pushed in lane.

Ability Sequence

Ability sequence
Ability sequence

Build diversities and paths

Nunu is a very diverse champion, his build paths can fit many scenarios, this is a general guide to what will best fit many games and cover most of your bases, but feel free to deviate from the guide when you see logical

Jungle paths

Nunu can start basically wherever the Nunu damn well pleases. But I will usually start Gromp then do a full clear of the jungle (Yeah, Nunu can do that and it’s truly amazing). Then go back and spend all that money.. then do that clear again.

Farming

Farming is something you’ll be doing quite a bit as Nunu, although many do not think of it Nunu has a very large “farm till late game” mentality, so just focus on power farming and locking down objectives for your team and you will be doing great. Then once mid game roles around you should have a few items (you rack up a lot of gold via fast jungle clear and high sustain). You will actually be very far ahead more than likely in items than most on either team.

Creeping / Jungling

Make sure to auto attack as much as possible when in the jungle; your passive Visionary grants you a free spell every 5 auto attacks so use your passive as much as possible and to your absolute advantage. Use your free spell on your most expensive spell that you have at the time, E>Q>W.

Using Blood Boil in while jungle is not very necessary, but if you need to quickly power farm your jungle for an item or just want to get far ahead on items, than you can definitely do that (may be counter productive due to mana costs an can affect sustain {testing this will be updated})

Team fights

Your role as Nunu in team fights is providing mass crowd control, buffing your adc or apc with Blood Boil, debuffing a primary target on the opposing team using Ice Blast, and get into the middle of their team and using Absolute Zero to deliver a cubic ****ton of cc and area of effect damage to those in the perimeter of the ultimate.

Note: when using Absolute Zero an aggressive flash ult can be a great initiation in fights. Also watch where the opponents are within your ultimate- if you see some of your opponents about to leave the area move in any direction to stop the ultimate and apply some damage to the people who are currently trying to leave.

Playing from behind

It’s fine if you have a few unfortunate mishaps early on in the game that set you back. Although you may never fully reach your full tankiness or get as much damage as you might have, there are still things that you can do to help your team get the victory!

Warding- although simple, warding makes you very valuable to the team getting a Sightstone after a rough start can get you or your teammates ahead by getting picks or seeing incoming ganks.

Maximize Utility- if you are behind try to be as much of a support- tank as possible. Still get parts of your core build but also get items such as Sightstone, Mikael’s Crucible, Oracle’s Lens, Vision Ward, and Locket of the Iron Solari. These items can assist fed members on your team carry the game.

Items

Chilling smite– I prefer this over ranger’s,for it is yet another slow to add to Nunu’s high cc kit

Juggernaut enchant– this gives you a whopping 500 health as well as Tenacity (so Mercury’s Treads are almost useless) making this a very potenet item for all tank junglers.

Randuin’s Omen– another slow (you know… ju-just get all the ****ing slows xD) as well as 500 health and 70 armor points. Randuin’s also has a passive, Cold steel, that slows attack speeds of opponents basic attacking Nunu by 15%.

Spirit Visage– not only does this supply you with great Magic Resist, but also supplies you with decent magic resist. Spirit Visage’s passive is you gain 20% more healing,thus making the health points you get from Consume 20% greater than before.

Righteous Glory– This item supplies you with a great deal of health and mana, as well as a speed up and… (you guessed it!) A SLOW. Overall great item on Nunu.

Ninja Tabi– giving movement speed, armor, and take 10% less damage from auto attacks, this is great on almost any champion.

Situational items

Twin Shadows– Ability power AND MORE MOTHER FLUCKING SLOWS over all very useful and great overall item c:

Rod of Ages– if you can get this early in the game do it cause this is a very strong, offensive item on Nunu that also grants almost copious amounts of health and mana.

Frozen Heart– If you find yourself going low on mana against an Attack Damage heavy team i highly recommend this item.

Rylai’s Crystal Scepter– very strong offensive item, that also grants 400 health points… as well as a slow ;D (when you are applying damage to targets). This item has reat synergy with Ice Blast, but only get it if you are ahead.

Thornmail– if the enemy team has a lot of auto attacked based champions than get this otherwise Frozen heart is a much better buy. Make sure to only buy this after your completed jungle item, Randuin’s Omen, and Spirit Visage.

Abyssal Scepter– this item is helpful if you’re ahead and if a fed enem does mainly magic damage. I seldom use this with Nunu but it is a nice item when i do find use of it.

Zhonya’s Hourglass– if you are one fed *** mofo then get this item to put down a world of hurt on the enemy team. Otherwise i wouldn’t recommend this item at all unless, again, you are a hella fed yeti.

Mikael’s Crucible– If you are behind, get this item.

Sunfire Cape– want a bit of damage and armor? Get this bad boy

Summary

Nunu is a versatile champion who has many strengths. Remember to use your head when playing Nunu and adapt to the game you’re playing. Hope you learned something and have a great time playing a great jungler.

Nunu Counter Tips

 

  • While Nunu’s ultimate is channeling, it can (and often, should) be interrupted.
  • As Nunu’s Ice Blast is his main attack, spell shields can significantly reduce his damage output.
  • If you find yourself slowed without warning, Nunu may be channeling his ultimate from cover!
  • Push Nunu away from minions and monsters where possible to stop him healing with his Consume ability.
  • Items that grant temporary invulnerability may provide an easy way to deal with Nunu’s ultimate.
  • As Nunu is dependent on AP, building magic resistance may prove effective.