Hey guys. I'm not very well known at all but I have been doing a decent bit of playing as nautilus since the change to the jungle and the items.
Anyway, I feel that all of these changes have been really nice to nautilus, and when you need to fill the role of tank and cc, I think nautilus in the jungle can fill that role again.
As we know, nautilus has been very weak compared to other jungle champions, especially toward the end of season 2. Some people still played him as support due to his great cc, but you were laughed at if you played him jungle =P
With this build, I hope to show that nautilus' issue with bad clear times has been fixed, thus making him, in my opinion, a great jungler. His ganks are amazing, especially after level 6. After level 6, if you can land your Q onto an enemy, your team is pretty much guaranteed a kill, or at the very least, the enemy champ will blow everything to get back to their turret.
As with all forum posts, any constructive criticism is very much appreciated. Also, if anyone has some other great ideas they've tested in the new jungle, please feel free to post it here in hopes that this nautilus guide gets better.
Lastly before the build, if this becomes a strong enough build, and becomes what I and some of you members would call ideal, then I will post it on other sites.
Runes: I haven't tested runes all that extensively. I've had great success with standard jungle runes. Alacrity reds. Resil yellows, Warding blues, and either str, movement speed, or gp10 quints.
Masteries: I'd love to hear what everyone is thinking for masteries right now. My current set up is 8/ 21/1
Before i get flamed, yes I know this is odd. I also know that after a lot of testing, this will probably be considered wrong. However, I feel the 1 in utility to lower the cd on flash is amazing.
The 8 in offense are: 2/4 fury 4/4 sorcery 2/2 butcher
This gives a little more attack speed which nautilus desperately needs in the jungle. I also love the cdr being in the first tier. Nautilus best jungle ability is his W, which is on a fairly long cd. lastly 2/2 butcher for obvious reasons.
The 21 in defense will probably be tweaked a bit as there are so many choices.
Right now, mine are as follows: 4/4 Durability 2/2 Tough Skin 3/3 Hardiness 3/3 Resistance 1/1 Bladed Armor 1/1 Veteran Scars 3/3 Juggernaut 3/3 Legendary Armor 1/1 Honor Guard
A lot of these are the same as season 2 but the tiers are in different order. I like the idea of legendary armor and I'm using it as of right now.
Again, if anyone has suggestions for these masteries feel free to post.
Items: Now with sorcery being tier 1 in the offense tree, it is very easy for nautilus to have 40% cdr with blue buff by lvl 10
This is due to a lot of new items that are AMAZING on nautilus
First thing is Machete and 5 hp pots. This allows nautilus to do a full clear and be at almost full hp by lvl 4. This makes for a pretty scary ganker.
First back i get boots and if gold permits, a Spirit Stone
It's like a philos for junglers. Perfect
When you get enough gold, get a spirit of the ancient golem, this makes nautilus pretty tanky at early lvls, letting him gank free, sometimes even dive if his ult is up.
After spirit of the ancient golem I get boots of mobility because nautilus is so slow it hurts.
Next a glacial shroud. This glacial shroud I normally build into Iceborn Gauntlent. It's a new aptank item. Armor, mana, ap and cdr. I'm not too crazy about the passive, but the raw starts are great!!!
Next item to build is a runic bulwark, especially if youre the only tank on your team. This item really helps in team fights. Between this item and your cc, all of your squishies behind you should be absolutely safe and healthy =D
The next items depend on their team comp, where most of the damage comes from etc. I tend to lean toward items such as a frozen heart, abyssal scepter, or even a zhonya's if your team needs a bit more damage.
Start wolves, then blue. Max your W first, then E, then Q.
There are obviously some downsides to Nautilus. While his clear is pretty good now, he's susceptable to counter ganks. It's also possible to fall far behind if you attempt to gank lanes and dont come away with anything to show for it. But nautilus is unique in that when he can land his Q and then combo with his ult, whatever lane you ganked will almost always come away with a kill.
Finals words: Nautilus can fit a good team that needs cc for their comp. The new jungle and items are great for his clear time, thus giving him more time to focus his attention on ganking. I urge everyone to try nautilus jungle sometime. It's much better than it used to be. Again, any comments and constructive criticism are greatly welcomed and appreciated.