Nautilus vs Malzahar Counter Build

How to Beat Malzahar as Nautilus


We summarize our counter stats from the millions of recently ranked LoL matches that we analyze each and every week. This Nautilus versus Malzahar counter review came out of an evaluation of 14,573 ranked rounds where both champs faced one another.

This champ matchup is relatively rare. Nautilus has to counter Malzahar in only 2.5% of his matches. Unfortunitally, Nautilus does a poor job of countering Malzahar. On average, he wins a lowly 47.0% of games the champions battle each other in. In Nautilus against Malzahar rounds, Nautilus’s team is 6.0% more likely to get first blood, implying that he most likely will get first blood against Malzahar.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Nautilus Items to Counter Malzahar

The best items to use in your Nautilus versus Malzahar build include Zeke's Convergence, Knight's Vow, and Locket of the Iron Solari. When Nautilus incorporated at least these three items in his build, he did significantly better vs Malzahar than with most other commonly used builds.

Zeke's Convergence Item Knight's Vow Item Locket of the Iron Solari Item

Best Nautilus Runes to Counter Malzahar

To have the best probability of defeating Malzahar as Nautilus, you should use the Aftershock, Shield Bash, Bone Plating, Unflinching, Perfect Timing, and Cosmic Insight runes. Out of all the runes players picked for Nautilus vs Malzahar face-offs, this order of runes yielded the greatest win rate. We have also included the top Malzahar runes to counterpick against Nautilus to help you understand how he will probably be played to try to beat you.

Best Nautilus Runes

Aftershock Rune Aftershock
Shield Bash Rune Shield Bash
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Unflinching Rune Unflinching
Perfect Timing Rune Perfect Timing
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight

Best Malzahar Runes

Arcane Comet Rune Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Scorch Rune Scorch
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace Rune Coup de Grace


The subsequent tables underscore several vital Nautilus vs. Malzahar counter stats that may help us realize the distinctions between this pair of champs. As an example, Nautilus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.4 is similar to Malzahar’s KDA ratio of 2.4, demonstrating that Nautilus may be just as central to his team's team fighting potential than Malzahar. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in assists.

Battle Stats


Nautilus Stats
2.6 5.5
Malzahar Stats


Nautilus Stats
6.2 5.6
Malzahar Stats


Nautilus Stats
12.2 8.2
Malzahar Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Nautilus Stats
1.1 2.5
Malzahar Stats

Damage Dealt

Nautilus Stats
9081 20539
Malzahar Stats

Damage Taken

Nautilus Stats
19907 15186
Malzahar Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Nautilus Stats
5.1 5.7
Malzahar Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Nautilus Stats
0.8 1
Malzahar Stats

Dragons Killed

Nautilus Stats
2 2
Malzahar Stats

Barons Killed

Nautilus Stats
0.4 0.4
Malzahar Stats

Gold Earned

Nautilus Stats
8001 11253
Malzahar Stats

Minions Killed

Nautilus Stats
40 163
Malzahar Stats

Nautilus normally has a significant smaller longest killing spree than his opponent does. Commonly, Nautilus receives more damage than Malzahar. This often reflects differing health capacities, but it can also show that the one champion has less mobility and thus is not able to kite away from further damage when engaged or poked.

Nautilus often totals much less CS than Malzahar. Champions that don't get many minion kills typically do not have to have much CS to be useful. They are capable of scaling adequately off of their skills and stats alone. Yet, champions with plenty of CS, such as ADCs, usually need a lot of items to be useful. In either case, work to beat the averages displayed here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 14573 Nautilus vs Malzahar matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Malzahar as Nautilus comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.