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Wild Rift Nami Guide: Best Build, Runes, and Gameplay Tips

I decide what the tide will bring

League of Legends: Wild Rift’s Nami, the Tidecaller, is a support champion usually played in the Dragon Lane. Nami is an enchanter support who utilizes the ocean´s power to steals enemies’ health for herself or her ally and as an ultimate makes a massive wave roll over every enemy in her path. Making the ocean bend her way, Nami is easy-to-use support making her an A-tier pick depending on the team composition. In this guide, we will take a closer look at the best runes, spells, and builds, including tips and tricks to swim your way to victory with Nami in League of Legends: Wild Rift.

We also have previously discussed how to master playing with LoL Wild Rift heroes like Ammu, Master Yi, Jinx, Braum, Dr. Mundo, Akali, Yasuo, Singed, Jax, Darius, Ashe, Varus, Tristana, Kennen, Lulu, Miss Fortune, Blitzcrank, Teemo, Xayah, Rakan, Corki, Shyvana, Janna, Katarina, Leona, Pantheon, Diana, Galio, Fiora, Rammus, Sona, Kai’Sa, Rengar, Kha’Zix, Nasus, Renekton, Irelia, and Riven. So make sure to check these hero guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Nami.


Skill Analysis

Nami is a champion with the common five skill sets of one passive and four actives. In this Nami guide, we gonna see how her abilities in LoL Wild Rift work and when you should use which skill to be in the best shape in the current rank season.

Passive – Surging Tides

Allied champions touched by Nami´s abilities gain 60 Movement Speed (60 AP + 20% AP) for 1.5 seconds.

Skill 1 – Aqua Prison

Fires a bubble, dealing 75 magic damage (+ 50%) and knocking up for 1.5 seconds.

Skill 2 – Ebb and Flow

Launches a stream that bounces 3 times between allied and enemy champion, healing allies for 55 (+ 30%) and dealing  65 magic damage (+ 50%) to enemies. Can hit each target once. Healing and damage values are modified by -15% (-7.5%) each bounce.

Skill 3 – Tidecaller´s Blessing

skill 3

Empowers an allied champion´s next 3 attacks for 6 seconds to deal an additional 25 magic damage (+20%) and slow by 15% (+0.05%) for 1 second

Skill 4 – Tidal Wave

skill 4

Sends a wave, dealing 150 magic damage (+60%), knocking up for 0.5 seconds, and slowing by 50%. Slow lasts for 2-4 seconds, increasing with how far the wave travels. Allies touched gain double the effect from Surging Tides.

Skill Up Methods for Nami

Skill up the Ultimate whenever it is available. Regarding other skills, upgrade the 2nd skill, then the 3rd skill, and lastly the 1st skill.


Best Runes Setup and Spells for Nami in Wild Rift

Runes Setup

Wild Rift Nami Guide
  • Font of Life – FoL is really good on Nami and gives her and her allies extra healing onto her 2nd skill for example.
  • Weakness – Since Nami´s power lies in the strength of her allies Weakness synergizes with her empowering abilities.
  • Second Wind – This rune will help with sustainability during laning phase and teamfights. The regeneration effect also makes Nami able to use her healing abilities more on her allies than rather herself.
  • Manaflow Band – Manaflow Band helps to keep up the mana energy thus giving Nami more opportunities to spam her abilities.

Battle Spells

  • Flash – Flash is almost every champion’s 1st summoner spell, especially for someone being as vulnerable as Nami is.
  • Either Exhaust or Heal – It depends on your own playstyle and what spell your ADC is taking. For aggressive gameplay with your ADC already having Heal, you might pick Exhaust. Taking Heal is beneficial if your Duo partner has Barrier and if you consider synergizing with items such as Harmonic for example.

Best Builds for Nami in League of Legends: Wild Rift

Support Build

Wild Rift Nami Guide
Best Builds for Wild Rift Nami
  • Rod of Ages
  • Ardent Censer
  • Redeeming Enchant
  • Harmonic Echo
  • Athene´s Unholy Grail
  • Rabadon´s Deathcap

League of Legends: Wild Rift Nami Gameplay Tips

We already established that Nami is a Support best suited to being played in the Dragon Lane. Always remember that the Wild Rift’s Map is a mirror so make sure you understand the map side before starting to lane. According to her gameplay, we can break it down into three phases. Our League of Legends: Wild Rift Nami guide includes the perfect game plan for the early, mid, and late game.

Early Game

Nami is probably the strongest poke champion in the early game in the current Wild Rift champion pool. The reason for that is her safe poke. Nami can stay behind her ally and use her skill Ebb and Flow to heal them and also poke the enemy simultaneously Always be aware of your positioning since her abilities have a long-range.

Wild Rift Nami Guide
Nami in the battlefield

This makes Nami safe from upcoming ganks. Make sure to not spam your abilities that much during laning phase since Nami is very mana-hungry. Always keep an eye on the mini-map to see if the enemy jungler might come to your lane or to counter roam the enemy´s support. A good ability combo is using Tidecaller´s Blessing and auto-attack the enemy to slow them down. Shortly after that, you can use Aqua Prison with success.

Mid Game

To be honest Nami is not the best roaming support since she is squishy and can be attacked easily in the jungle. This does not mean she should not counter roam or miss out on good roaming opportunities. After laning phase tries to be in as many team activities as possible since Nami´s whole kit is about empowering her allies and start engages for them.

Wild Rift Nami Guide
Nami in Wild Rift

Especially her Ult Tidal Wave combined with her 2nd ability is a game-changing mechanic. Being able to slow down and make the enemies unable to attack back for some time is very strong.

Late Game

After a successful mid-game Nami can do a lot of options: staying with her ADC to keep them secure, roam around with the jungler and looking for kills, or support the whole team in general. Nami is the strongest with her teammates so try to empower your team most of the time. On your own, you should ward or check and clean out enemy wards.

Wild Rift Nami Guide
Nami during the late-game

Depending on your build you should be able to spam your empowering and healing abilities as much as needed.You might want to try specific skill combos like this to unleash her full potential. Additionally, you can perform the following skill move to use Nami to your advantage.

Ultimate + Skill 1 + Skill 3 + Basic + Skill 2

Champs that counter NamiChamps that Nami counters
JannaRakan
AlistarLulu
LeonaSoraka

Nami could technically be played with a lot of ADC but she truly forms the strongest pairs and serves as Best Combos with Draven, Miss Fortune, and Jinx.


Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, Nami is true support who shines the brightest with her team. On her own, she is pretty weak and vulnerable. Her Aqua Prison ability combined with her passive can help her escape sticky situations nevertheless. Nami´s playstyle is very much passive and staying in the backline, although her abilities are good team fight engages. All around she is a strong pick as enchanter support who is a jack of all trades.

That’s all for today’s League of Legends: Wild Rift Nami Guide. Do you prefer to use Nami in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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