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How to Carry as Nasus: The Unkillable Lol Champion

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Nasus Guide: The Summary on Carrying as Nasus

Nasus, the unkillable tank that also carries a lot of games, has a lot to ponder on. Throughout this small article, we will go over some key points like:

  • Two main ways to Build Nasus
  • Nasus Tips & Tricks
  • Nasus Gameplay and his Skill Set
  • His Story (to the left)
  • Runes, Masteries to use on Nasus

Finally, I have to tell you that this champion can be really strong in high elo, but he is outright broken in low elo where the games last for a long time, especially if you play him in the jungle where he stacks tremendously fast due to the fact he will get 12 stacks for each large monster, making him a powerhouse both top and in the jungle.

Get out of Iron, Bronze, and Silver free with this overpowered immortal and unkillable champion from League of Legends.

Read on and start carrying your team!

Nasus and his Story: The Curator of the Sands and 1v9 Champion

Nasus was the Keeper of the Great Library - the vastest library in his world. He is an animalistic creature like others that served to protect his people as guardians.

However, there were animalistic creatures that thought people didn't deserve to be protected by them because they were Gods. So, the war started on Nasus' world.

Nasus and his brothers and sisters fought against the hordes that wanted to enslave his people and Nasus was about to end it all by killing his brother Renekton!

He was transported to Runeterra where the League of Legends is and sworn to protect this world from injustices - but Renekton came along... how is the fight being decided?

Brother: Renekton

Enemies: Xerath, Cassiopeia, Renekton

Friend: Sivir

This is a short blurb of the story of our champion, but there are literally huge pages on all of his backstory and lore. If that is your cup of tea then I'm sorry to disappoint you but this is as far as I go lore-wise.

Know more about the Curator of the Sands reading his wiki at the League of Legends official website.

Actually, this is an option, but I always do this!

Actually, this is an option, but I always do this!

Nasus Gameplay and Skill Set: Stacks, Movement Speed and a Gathering Storm

Nasus has a skillset that makes him amazing while dueling but also amazing at team fights, let's go over his skillset:

  • Q Syphoning Strike: Syphoning Strike is what makes Nasus so dangerous late game. Every time you hit someone with it and kill it, you get 3 more damage permanently on your Q - so it builds up to a point where you do tons of damage without attack damage items. Finally, know that you get 12 stacks for big jungle creeps and epics, so you are going to get a serious buff to your Q if you're in the jungle
  • W Wither: This is a huge slow, when it is maxed is like stopping an enemy. Also, it gives a huge attack speed debuff, making it a free exhaust. This skill on an adcarry or on a champion that relies on attack speed like Tryndamere or Jax is priceless. It was recently buffed, so it's even more powerful than before.
  • E Spirit Fire: This is a great AoE skill to clear minion waves and to reduce the enemies' armor on team fights. Drop it in the middle of the Team Fights to shred that armor! The skill also deals a lot of damage, and I've used it countless times on fleeing enemies to get that sweet kill gold - you'll come to value this skill a lot, especially to make the targets squishy for your overpowered siphoning strike.
  • R Fury of the Sands: Nasus transforms himself into an even more unkillable version of himself, getting bonus health, lifesteal based on ability power, attack damage bonuses, and a badass look! Great! This can be used to bait people to towerdive you, as they somehow forget you get a considerable HP boost. You can also use this defensively to juke that Garen's ultimate, but the main way you'll be using Nasus' ultimate is to increase your CDR on Q, being able to spam it every second.

Now, the Gameplay here must be: stay alive and farm your Q a lot.

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Farming your Q will get you a lot of damage and let you buy tank items instead of attack damage items, making you insanely tanky while dealing tons of damage.

My only offensive item is usually trinity force, and I can't live without it!

You can also take frozen gauntlet if you really want to be a beefy boy, but I almost never make it as it really sacrifices a lot of damage and presence for a little more durability.

You'll scale faster if you go reinforce, and you can even get one or two kills earlier if you pick this more aggressive item. Star by Sheen to get the CDR and do a Kindlegem after, then rush Triforce.

Nasus Screenshots

Nasus Screenshots

Immortal, Unkillable Nasus Build: Try It Out, Especially in Low Elo

There are two ways to build nasus, as far as I'm concerned.The items I get are:

  • Trinity Force;
  • Ninja Tabi or Merc Threads;
  • Sunfire Cape;
  • Spirit Visage;
  • Warmog Armor;
  • Randuin's Omen;

Now, the second way is to replace Trinity Force by Iceborn Gauntlet, starting by the shield. It is a safer way to build Nasus, but you'll present more of a threat if you build Trinity Force, so it is a choice of being a bully or even tankier - your choice.

Usually, I recommend veteran players to go to Trinity Force and low League players to go to Iceborn Gauntlet.

However, due to my experience, low league players don't like defensive items and pick Trinity Force Nasus anyways, and you're all good if you pick Grasp of the Undying as your main rune and gathering storm as your second one.

These two will help you scale even further, and the Grasp rune will help you stay alive to sub in for Frozen Gauntlet. You'll also have more sustain in lane which allied with your lifesteal can keep you in lane for added amounts of time, helping you soak EXP.

Fed Nasus: The Strongest Late Game Champ and Immortal Tank Assassin

Immortal League of Legends Champion: Nasus Tips & Tricks to Carry

Here are some small Tips & Tricks to start carrying as Nasus:

  1. Ghost: Use Ghost if you're confident enough that you are going to get fed and be a bully;
  2. Flash: Use Flash to Flash near trees and paths to escape, since Nasus doesn't have any escapes;
  3. Don't smite: If you don't last hit Q you're worthless - don't use smite to last hit, but to weaken;
  4. Ultimate: Don't use R to escape, use it in teamfights or to get double kills or more;
  5. Iceborn Gauntlet: Buy it instead of Trinity Force if you're a new Nasus player
  6. Get tanky: Forget about buying 2 AD items, buy one - it's enough.

Please leave me your own tips on the comment section.

I'd like to know how my way of playing Nasus is different from yours. If you're low elo, try this technique allied with Grasp of the Undying and Gathering Storm and let me know how many free games you had.

What do you think of Nasus?

Nasus and Renekton: Premades of Death

I usually say that having a Nasus and a Renekton on the same team is pretty overpowered (OP). To me it is one of the biggest premade pairs of all and I recommend you to try it.

Imagine all of that tankyness and damage together, the team fights that would be created would be pretty hard to win for the opposing team.

If you see a Renekton going top, try to pick Nasus as a Jungler or vice versa. I am pretty good with either champion so maybe I synergize well with the other, but I'm convinced it is an unkillable pair because if you don't kill them, they will kill you and if you do - the time it will take to kill them will get their team members to kill you instead!

Try it out and let me know what do you think. Also, what premade pair do you like the most?

Renekton and Nasus: Eternal Rivals

Nasus and Renekton: Brothers and Enemies

Nasus and Renekton: Brothers and Enemies

League of Legends Poll:

Wrong Build? Bad Early Game?

Ok, these are two questions that matter a lot. Nasus has a weak late game since he will have almost no stacks and he isn't at his unkillable status yet.

This means that you have to stay alive, escape ganks and play passively - just farming.

If you happen to die a lot early game and your opponent gets fed, you're going to have a bad time, since Nasus can also be quite useless without farm. Highly Item and Farm dependant.

If you build offensive items or start building the wrong items, you will also be useless - an offensive Nasus is useless - he is best used to be an unkillable tank that depends solely on his Q and Trinity Force (Iceborn Gauntlet) for damage!

This is something you should have in mind when playing Nasus, hear me out - it can save you a game!

Champion Types and Nasus

Champion TypeEarly GameLate Game

Ranged Pokers (ex. Teemo)



Attack Speed Champs (ex. Yi, Trynda)



Bursters (ex. Zed)



Unkillable LOL Champion: And his masteries

For Nasus' masteries I grab 0/30/0.

I can't go over how broken defensive masteries are in Season 4, and I hope they stay this way because it is allowing me to be a much better Nasus.

On a side note, you have to try these champions, who are also near unkillable:

  • Dr. Mundo
  • Malphite (same build as Nasus)
  • Shen

Try it out and let me know!


Nowadays, I pick Grasp of the Undying and Gathering Storm for some match-ups, and I Dark Harvest and Gathering Storm for others, but it all depends on your playstyle

Unkillable Nasus: Runes (Old Runes, but leave it here so you can see which stats to prioritize)

The rune set up for Nasus is always the same. From my point of view I wouldn't change it at all regardless of who am I facing.

I go with:

  • Armor Yellows: Tank Stats;
  • Magic Resist Blues: They are OP;
  • Attack Damage Reds: They can arguably be replaced by Hybrid Penetration, but I like AD the most;
  • Lifesteal Quintessences: So much lifesteal you can sustain even more!

The key part of Nasus' runes has to be the Lifesteal Quintessences, they synergize with his passive and Q so well that when you are almost dying you can Q something and live to fight another day!

Want me to write about another League of Legends Champion? Leave your request below!

© 2014 Rui Carreira


Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 07, 2014:

I'm Rukka Nova on the server EUW. Started Bronze V, due to bad placements but already Bronze I :)

JamesC on January 07, 2014:

You're already lvl 30? If yes, what's your league?

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 06, 2014:

Yeap, that one... me too mate.

JamesC on January 06, 2014:

Feel The Teemo? I already watched some of his videos before. He's just OP. I wish I had skill like him...

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 06, 2014:

I agree... check out the video on that hub... that player rocks.

JamesC on January 06, 2014:

Teemo is truly OP, unfortunately, due to everyone saying that, a lot of newbies and also noobs started to play with him, causing his beautiful popularity to vanish...

That's just sad man...

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 06, 2014:

Ok, I will work on that... I like to write about LOL a lot - I do have another one which won editor's choice. It is about Teemo, see it here:

JamesC on January 06, 2014:

I'm truly addicted to League of Legends and I saw this hub. I like the way you write mate! I think you should work on it. I don't know if you have more LoL hubs but if you don't you could write more. Like:

Your favorite champion,

The most OP one,

Your builds,

The weakest,

Some history and that...

I think it would be great!

P.S. - Plus, do you have any more LoL hubs?

Rui Carreira (author) from Torres Novas on January 06, 2014:

Renekton probably wins against Nasus early game, but Nasus can crush Renekton late game. Two faces of the same coin, yet Nasus scales his Q.

What do you want me to write more about?

JamesC on January 06, 2014:

Wow! It's really truth! It's a great build and history, and I want you to write more about it! But I have a question for you:

If Renekton and Nasus were on top in 3v3 and in 5v5 who would one in each?

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