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Nautilus Statistics for NautsOfSteel

Author's performance with Nautilus compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
17
4
Win %
41
43
Kills
3.9
2.6
Assists
8.7
10.8
Deaths
5.4
5.8
KA:D Ratio
2.3
2.3
Gold Earned
12.3K
8.8K
Creep Score
216.0
79.5
Average
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  • Guide Details

Summoner Spells Back to Top

Nautilus is very strong at early levels, that's why you need ignite - to complete your early kill pressure. I recommend taking exhaust only if the enemy team has 2 or more of these champions: 11.png24.png23.png55.png62.png84.png92.png107.png238.png157.png105.png91.png131.png

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

- Thunderlord is the best mastery for Naut, because he needs early kill pressure.
- Recovery, Tough skin, Veteran's scars and Perseverance are needed for the same reason as thunderlord.
- By the way I use Precision instead of Intelligence, because you will never reach 45% cdr as Naut. And 5% cdr alone doesn't make any difference.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
E
E
R
E
W
E
W
R
W
W
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
Q
1
14
15
17
18
W
3
8
10
12
13
E
2
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16
nautiluspassive.png 
- Your passive ability roots and deals additional damage. It can not trigger on the same target more than once within 9-6 seconds based on your level. 

nautilusanchordrag.png 
- Your Q gives you a gap closer and a pull at the same time. 
- This spell ignores any placement changing abilities like Alistar's W or Blitzcrank's Q. Just wait, till blitz uses his grab on you and use your Q on a wall to deny his hook. 
- However, your Q can be interrupted by knock up.
- You can use Q and R to interrupt abilities like Sion's knock up, Poppy's ult, WW's ult etc.
- Often it's better to use Q after R, because it's easier to hook someone, when he is not moving.
- Also, if you are chasing someone, try not to use Q, before the enemy uses his escape ability. Just run to him and try to AA. 
- Never hook someone, when he is in your AA range, unless it's an All-in fight and you can save someone's life by using Q between two AA's.
 
 nautiluspiercinggaze.png 
- Your W gives you shield based on your max health, resets your AA and makes your AA's deal magic damage over 2 seconds. 

nautilussplashzone.png 
- Your E damages and slows everyone around you. 

nautilusgrandline.png 
- Your R knocks up and stuns the enemy everyone on the path between you and the target. Use it carefully against these champions: 2.png 8.png 11.png 14.png 15.png 25.png 56.png 105.png 114.png 127.png 223.png 429.png 238.png and also against everyone, who has 3157.png, because they can deny your R. For example, you should wait, until zed uses his ult, before you can ult him. 

Level up order

- Start Q against squishy supports and E against tanky ones. 
- Level up Q first if your team is invading. 
- Using E you can push the lane, which is useful for reaching level 2 faster than the enemy.
- Starting E is also good, if you lane with/against 81.png 25.png 53.png 412.png, because they can't use their spells though the minions. 
- Max E over W, because it deals a lot of damage and max W over Q, because u have to be tanky. 


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    HP and heal are what a melee support needs

Core Items

    A support needs a lot of wards
    Choose between those, both are good
    A necessary item for naut in every build just because of it's synergy with naut's W
    These items belong to the standard naut build against a team with both ap and ad damage

Situational Items

    Buy it, if the whole enemy team is ad
    It can be useful, when facing a full ap team or a team with a lot of cc
    Not so good, because no health in it, but sometimes a necessary item, when the enemy team has a lot of cc
    You can buy it after locket against a team with a lot of ap damage
    It's active is not so useful for naut, because he already has enough CC in his spells, but it's a good item against a full AD team
    Good choice, but don't buy it against a team, which always engages first.
If you are gonna roam a lot, rush boots of swiftness or boots of mobility, in other cases rush sightstone. After first back you always should buy a pink ward or sightstone or both. Also make sure, that you have enough health potions. 

Since your W scales with health, you need as much health in items as possible. So please don't hurt my eyes by purchasing items like 3075.png3110.png or 3025.png.






Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Ashe
    Easy
  • Bard
    Easy
  • Blitzcrank
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Braum
    Hard
  • Caitlyn
    Medium
  • Corki
    Medium
  • Draven
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Medium
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Jhin
    Easy
  • Jinx
    Easy
  • Kalista
    Medium
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Kindred
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • Leona
    Medium
  • Lucian
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Miss Fortune
    Medium
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nami
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Easy
  • Quinn
    Medium
  • Sivir
    Medium
  • Sona
    Easy
  • Soraka
    Easy
  • Tahm Kench
    Hard
  • Taric
    Easy
  • Thresh
    Medium
  • Tristana
    Medium
  • Trundle
    Easy
  • Twitch
    Easy
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Vayne
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Alistar

Medium

- Be ready to Q him, when he tries to Flash+Q+W your ADC to his turret. If you Q him fast enough, he won't be able to finish his combo. 

- Try not to stand too close to your adc, because alistar will Q both of you. 
- If alistar engages on your ADC, just do the same on his ADC. I can assure you, that you will deal not less damage than him. 

VS

Annie

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Ashe

Easy

- Try to body block your adc from hew asheW.png and asheR.png

- Ashe doesn't have any dashes or escapes, so it will be easy to land nautilusanchordrag.png on her

VS

Bard

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Blitzcrank

Medium

- Always body block your adc unless you pushed the lane and stand near the enemy turret.

- If blitz uses his rocketgrab.png on you, thank him for the free gap closer and attack the enemy adc.
- Deny his grab by Q-ing a wall

VS

Brand

Medium

- Just focus Brand

- Every time you miss your nautilusanchordrag.png, brand will feel himself safe for 18 seconds to harass your ADC
- Body block your ADC from his brandblaze.png

VS

Braum

Hard

- Body block your ADC from his braumQ.png

- It's a hard match up, because braum can protect his adc from your nautilusanchordrag.png and nautilussplashzone.png

VS

Caitlyn

Medium

- She will poke you to death, if you miss at least one nautilusanchordrag.png

- Step over on her caitlynyordletrap.png and turn on nautiluspiercinggaze.png to block the damage

VS

Corki

Medium

- Try to use nautilusanchordrag.png after he uses carpetbomb.png

VS

Draven

Easy

- No dashes, no escapes, easy game, easy life

VS

Ezreal

Medium

- Always stand in front of your ADC to body block him from ezrealmysticshot.png

- Save nautilusanchordrag.png to use it after Ezreal uses ezrealarcaneshift.png

VS

Graves

Medium

- Try to predict the direction of his next dash, before you use nautilusanchordrag.png

VS

Janna

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Jhin

Easy

- Body block your ADC, when jhin uses jhinR.png


VS

Jinx

Easy

- Body block your ADC from jinxW.png and jinxR.png

- You should probably help your adc to push, because Jinx is able to push both of you to your tower

VS

Kalista

Medium

- Body block your adc from kalistaQ.png

VS

Karma

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Kindred

Medium

- Use ignite+nautilusgrandline.png right before her kindredR.png ends to finish her

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

- No dashes, no escapes, easy game, easy life

VS

Leona

Medium

- If she engages on your ADC, do the same on her ADC. If the enemy ADC tries to ignore you and to focus your ADC, you will kill him very fast.

VS

Lucian

Medium

- Body block your ADC from lucianR.png

VS

Lulu

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Miss Fortune

Medium

- You can stand closer to the minions than your ADC to take the damage from missfortunericochetshot.png

VS

Morgana

Medium

- Body block your ADC from darkbindingmissile.png

- Go all in on her, if she shields her ADC. Go all in on the ADC, if she shield herself. 
- Not every morgana is fast enough to shield herself from flash+nautilusgrandline.png.

VS

Nami

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Nautilus

Hard

- Body block your ADC from nautilusanchordrag.png

VS

Poppy

Easy

- You counter poppy, because you can interrupt her poppydiplomaticimmunity.png by using nautilusanchordrag.png or nautilusgrandline.png

VS

Quinn

Medium

- Body block your adc from quinnQ.png

VS

Sivir

Medium

- Her spellshield.png blocks only the first wave of your nautilussplashzone.png

- She can completely deny your nautilusanchordrag.png and nautilusgrandline.png, which is sad. Never ult her, if she didn't use her spellshield.png yet

VS

Sona

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Soraka

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

- Feel free to ignite her after first time you hook her

VS

Tahm Kench

Hard

- Body block your adc from tahmkenchQ.png

- Don't let him get close to your adc

VS

Taric

Easy

- Dont forget to take ignite to reduce the effect of his imbue.png

VS

Thresh

Medium

- Always stand in front of the ADC to protect him from threshQ.png

- If you ever try to dive Thresh, you are dead

VS

Tristana

Medium

- You can interrupt her rocketjump.png by using nautilusanchordrag.png or nautilusgrandline.png at the right time

VS

Trundle

Easy

- Remember, that your nautilusanchordrag.png can't go though his trundleE.png

VS

Twitch

Easy

- Make sure, you always carry 1-2 pink wards to deny his twitchQ.png

VS

Varus

Easy

- No escapes, no dashes, what a wonderful match up

VS

Vayne

Medium

- Make sure, you have a pink ward in case of her vayneinquisition.png

- Avoid standing between her and a wall because of vaynecondemn.png

VS

Zilean

Easy

- Just focus the squishy support

VS

Zyra

Medium

- Focus her hard

- Stand near zyraQ.png, so that the plants attack you instead of your ADC

Why is nautilus so broken? Back to Top

  • He is tanky because of his base stats and his W, which can give him a 1000 hp shield in late game
  • He deals a lot of damage, even at level 1, he is also good at lane pushing and clearing jungle camps
  • He has tons of CC, which also allows him to roam and carry few lanes
  • His Q and R have long range 
  • He has some mobility: he can Q minions and walls
  • His abilities are easy to use
  • He is big and scary

What to do before laning phase, during it and after it Back to Top

Before minions spawn, you can stand in a spot, where you have enough vision to detect an invade and enough time to escape from it. If the enemy team is invading, ward the nearest buff and go to bot. If not, you can nevertheless ward the river to prevent the enemy jungler level 2 invade. 


Don't leash for your jungler too much and get to the lane as soon as possible to push it and to reach level 2 faster than the enemy bot. The best way for it would be hitting the minions with your E. But in some cases it's better to start Q, especially when laning against Brand, Zyra or Caitlyn to win the level 1 trades. Your combo would be then Q + AA + Step forward + AA, which procs thunderlord. 

Start walking in direction of the enemies 2 seconds before your ADC kills the 9th minion and use Q + AA + (Ignite) +E + AA  on them to win the level 2 against level 1 trade. After that you can use Flash + AA + E + AA to kill someone with low hp, if he already has burned his flash.

Here is when it's a good time to engage:
  • The enemy bot has low hp or mana
  • You and your ADC have higher level or will hit a higher level during the engage
  • You just have seen the enemy jungler on the top side of the minimap
  • Your ADC has better items than the enemy ADC
  • The enemy bot has some of important spells on cooldown
  • You are getting ganked by your jungler
  • There are more ally minions than the enemy minions or there is an ally cannon minion 
  • Enemy ADC is lasthitting a cannon minion
Try to stand closer to the enemies than your ADC to put them under pressure and to make the farm psychologically easier for your ADC. Stand in front of your ADC to body block him from Blitzcrank, Ezreal, Thresh etc. However, you shouldn't body block your ADC from blitz and thresh, when he stands too close to the enemy turret, unless you want to die. 

In mid and late game you should initiate teamfights, lock down the enemy carries and then go back to peel for your own carries. 


Nautilus combos Back to Top

Main combo

 Q + W + AA + E + AA

I have tested damages and duration times of all possible Naut combos and choosed this one, which deals the most damage in the least time pre level 6. Press W on your way to the target, if you managed to land a hook. Make a step forward before you do the second AA, if the target is running away. 

You should use this combo, if you are sure, that you will be able to finish it, the damage from it will not be blocked by a shield or your ADC will follow you to break this shield. For example, you can use it on 25.png, when she has E on cooldown. Here are the champions without anything (except 4.png), that can deny the main combo: 21.png 22.png (Pre level 6) 29.png 110.png 202.png 222.png 

Fast combo

Q + E (+ AA + W + AA)

Use it to harass with E before the enemy can react and block it/dash from it. For example you can use it against 21.png and 117.png. When Lulu sees, that you hooked MF, she can shield MF or use W on you. But there is still a chance, that your E will deal damage, because of Lulu's slow reaction time. If you have landed Q+E and see, that your ADC is following you and it can turn into All-in, you should continue the combo with AA + W + AA, to break Lulu's shield and probably kill the target. Another example would be 81.png. He can ezrealarcaneshift.png right after your Q or after your E depending on his reaction time.

Don't move combo 

Q + W + AA + R + AA + E + AA

This is the best way to make someone stay at one place for as long as possible and to deal max damage after level 6. Watch out for people, standing near towers to pull them into the turret range using this combo. 

Bye morgana combo

Flash + R + W + AA + E + AA
R has range of 600 units. If you use it from this range, it will take few seconds, before it hits the enemy, but you can reduce this time by flashing right to your target before pressing R. If you do it to morgana, she will have about one second to shield herself or she will be dead, if you are followed by your ADC. You can also use this combo, when there are many enemy minions and you don't have enough time to walk around them to hit your Q. 

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