Best Nilah Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Water has never been more lethal! Nilah has joined the pool of League of Legends' champions and she has been taking over swiftly, prepare to use her best build!
Best Nilah Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends




Nilah, the 'Joy Unbound' is one of the latest champions Riot Games released for League of Legends, being her a fighter who's meant to be played in the bot lane as any other AD carries in the game. She has an interesting concept, and she goes around the Summoner's Rift dealing Attack Damage with her shapeless water sword.

Best Nilah build

Nilah's best build uses several items that allow her to crit hard, such as champions like Yasuo or Yone. Besides that, her skill order grants her all the tools she needs to engage in close fights with her basic attacks in League of Legends and come back victorious.

Best Nilah Build

Best Nilah runes

The best runes for her can be found in the "Precision" and "Resolve" trees. In the first one, "Conqueror" is the keystone to choose, since she can stack it up quickly to gain that precious attack damage bonus. Moreover, "Triumph", "Legend: Alacrity", and "Last Stand" are all she needs, though you can replace the last one with "Coup de Grace" if you feel confident.

Best Rune Path

Precision

Precision

Resolve

Resolve

Best Keystone

Conqueror

Conqueror

Best Slot 1 (Rune)

Triumph

Triump

Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Alacrity

Legend: Alacrity

Conditioning

Conditioning

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Last Stand

Last Stand

Revitalize

Revitalize

From "Resolve", "Last Stand", and "Revitalize" will help you in the laning phase to survive, which is why these are the best runes for Nilah in patch 12.17.

Best Nilah Rune Shards

These rune shards provide Nilah with what she needs to survive the early game in League of Legends. The choices for the first and second sockets will help her Attack Speed and Damage needs.

Best Rune Shards

Effect

Flex

Attack Speed

+10 Attack Speed

Offense

Adaptive Force

+9 Adaptive Force

Defense

Defense

+6 Armor

While having some extra Armor will help her survive, even more, if she's against an aggressive support such as Pyke or other champions similar to him.

Best Nilah Spells

For her Summoner Spells, "Flash" is what she needs to go in and out of situations that require it.

Best Spells

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Flash

Flash

Exhaust

Exhaust

Besides it, "Exhaust" is great in this Nilah build to finish up enemies, with her auto attacks, who are escaping in the bot lane.

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Best Nilah Abilities Order

Nilah's abilities order is rather simple. First, you want to max out your "Formless Blade" since it will be your main source of damage. Then, continue to invest points in your "Slipstream" (E ability), this ability will help you go in and out of fights to get kills.

Nilah's Abilities Order

Lastly, you want to leave "Jubilant Veil" for the late game, although this ability is useful, you must prioritize the others mentioned. As always, upgrade your ultimate, in this case, "Apotheosis", as soon as you have the chance.

Best Items

Nilah's best items for this patch 12.17 seek to bring as much damage as possible for her. Which makes her rather valuable thanks to her "Joy unending", and ultimate ability that provides a great advantage to the team in League of Legends.

Best Starter Nilah Items

For the early game in this Nilah build, you want your typical "Doran's Blade" to deal damage, a potion to heal yourself, and a "Stealth Ward".

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Doran’s Blade

Dorans

Health Potion

Health potion

Stealth Ward

Stealth Ward

Best Mid Game Nilah Items

With the Nilah runes we mentioned before, and these items you'll get more damage. The "Immortal Shieldbow" is the choice of the mythic items available.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Immortal Shieldbow

Immortal Shiled Bow

Berserker’s Greaves

Berserker Greaves

Phantom Dancer

Phantom Dancer

On the other hand "Phantom dancer" provides Nilah with a little bit of everything she needs to dominate.

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Best Final Late Nilah Game Items

For the late game, the "Infinity Edge" will give abilities from her skill order a huge boost of damage, and "Berserker's Greaves" provide some nice attack speed ideal when using "Formless Blade".

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Immortal Shieldbow

Immortal Shiled Bow

Berserker’s Greaves

Berserker Greaves

Phantom Dancer

Phantom Dancer

Infinity Edge

Infinity Edge

Lord Dominik’s regards

Lord Dominik's Regards

Bloodthirster

Bloodthirster

Except for the "Immortal Shieldbow", these items can be replaced by others such as "Essence Reaver" or "Death's Dance" if the situation requires it. "Essence reaver" is great to stack up attack and crit, while "Death's dance" works wonders if you need more armor during an all in with your team.

Best Champions to Pair Nilah With

Nilah works excellently with each of these characters because of her passive ability which allows her and her teammates to sustain during a match and improve any shield they gain.

Champion

Win Rate %

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Taric

57.2%

Taric

Sona

56.3%

Sona

Renata Glasc

55.9%

Renata Glasc

Good examples of this are Taric, Sona, and Renata Glasc, with who she has an excellent win rate. You can be sure to win an all in with these supports.

Strongest Champions Against Nilah

Sivir, Jhin, and Xayah are champions who totally counter Nilah and who put her win rate at stake, and most of the time, against these champions, hard to even build the "Infinity Edge".

Champion

Win Rate %

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Sivir

46.8%

Sivir

Jhin

47.8%

Jhin

Xayah

47.9%

Xayah

Weakest Champions Against

On the other hand, each champion here has very hard times against the water girl, even when the game begins and they barely have starting items. Nilah's passive "Joy Unending" represents a big advantage.

Champion

Win Rate %

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Aphelios

63.5%

Aphelios

Twitch

55.5%

Twitch

Ezreal

53.4%


Ezreal

Nilah's is an interesting champion that has ways to sustain herself and allies when fighting against enemies, she feels a bit too broken right now, but Riot Games is famous for releasing characters that are too OP for quite some time until the next one arrives and takes the spotlight. But for now, let's enjoy Nilah and her flowing presence in the League of Legends, good luck Summoners!




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