If you're looking to just build Nunu for early objective sneaking/control. What are the items and skill levels needed to solo dragon or duo baron with an adc(this assumes no enemy team involvement of course), without any aggro handoffs.

This question stems from a statement made by Jatt in a Curse game in the final superweek of summer split(forget which in particular). The team was falling behind and instead of contesting dragon, Jatt recommended sneaking baron because they had a Nunu. Also showed up every once in awhile in OGN.

I changed the question to duo baron, but in reality for a Nunu to tank baron solo or in a group of 5 there are still minimum item/level requirements.

I'm looking for something like:

  • You should have items x,y,z(assuming normal item build paths, nothing crazy)
  • With at least 3 points in consume
  • And be level 11 with dragon(or baron) being under level x

I want to know key level/item signs(a checklist perhaps) to look for/tell me I can go for certain objectives on Nunu.

  • As a side note, I think that having blue would be super important for this. I also doubt you can solo baron with Nunu in a reasonable timeframe, but that's just conjecture. Aug 7, 2014 at 23:57
  • There is a huge difference between soloing and tanking, and between dragon and baron. Also all of these questions would need quite a lot of information in their answers. I VTC on this as too broad but I'd gladly retract my CV as soon as the question is narrowed down to be more specific.
    – Jutschge
    Aug 8, 2014 at 7:20
  • this depends so much: your team items, enemie team items, vision, level advantage, currently dead players, minutes in the game, ... simply everything. Aug 8, 2014 at 7:38
  • @Jutschge solo and duo are pretty similar time frames/item requirements
    – Brian
    Aug 8, 2014 at 14:55
  • @PhilippSander if you read everything I stated assuming no enemy involvement
    – Brian
    Aug 8, 2014 at 14:57

2 Answers 2


Don't itemize just for dragon/baron control, because you'll think you're doing it sneaky, having warded and dewarded around drake and doing it solo jungler, but if the enemy team/jungler guesses it your itemisation won't help much in a smite fight.

Nunu can solo drake from lvl 6 onwards, if you're willing to use your ult to get some of that huge dmg that would be too long to do over time, because E is not so good as a damaging spell (cooldownwise, else it's a good spell in a burst combo). His Q is of course very good, but the CD is way too long, and I'd suggest you keep it for doublesmiting Drake or Baron.

I'd never solo Baron as Nunu, even in a bot game when you're super fed, because that's something only AD hypercarries can do, like Master Yi and ADs with insane sustain. Duo Baron with hypercarry like Vayne can work very well because Nunu tanks well and can boost AS. It should work any time from mid game onwards if you or your carry aren't so far behind. But always keep in mind that the presence/absence of the ADC and his last seen position are the more important pieces of information for the enemy team.

Do a AP/tanky build, get Spirit of the Spectral Wraith early. The equilibrium between AP and tanky will depend on enemy team comp and yours, if you lack APCs, get some AP and play sneakier to get those ult traps that can turn games at lower elos. I'd personnally get mega tanky items that allow me to reach the 40% CDR cap that's very important to keep your carry on steroids and perma-slow an enemy. That and of course, great sustain and Q buffs easily, and ult available every fight or so.

  • I'd like to add that it's perfectly viable to focus the first item or 2 into AP/CDR in order to attempt to solo dragon easily and grab pinks. If you ward the enemy jungle a bit and know where their jungler is you can go for the dragon soon as they are far enough away. From there you'd definitely want to build support into more of a utility/tank bot.
    – dphil
    Aug 8, 2014 at 15:05

Couple month ago Nunu was required to have lvl 5 for his Consume, Spirit of the Elder Lizard and cap for CDR. All 3 elements of criteria is possible at 15 minutes when baron spawns, so Nunu was able to do it right avay constantly healing himself through bites and doing decent damage. With recent changes it's become way more difficult to solo monster objectives, so i would not recommend it nowadays.

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