|Losing the courier is punishable by death.|
The Animal Courier is an item purchasable at the Main Shop, under Consumables. It creates a small fast unit that can carry your and your allies' items to and from your base. If it dies it will respawn after 140 seconds, and the items it was carrying will be inaccessible until then. Can be upgraded to a Flying Courier.
Additional information[edit | edit source]
Animal Courier is completely shareable.
Animal Courier has a 2 minutes stock cooldown.
Ability[edit | edit source]
Courier inventory[edit | edit source]
Like a hero, the courier possesses an inventory with 6 slots. However, it has restrictions. Almost every item gets muted when in the courier's inventory, rendering all their stats and abilities disabled and unusable for the courier. Muted items are darkened out in its inventory.
The following items are not muted:
Animal Courier, Bottle, Cheese, Dust of Appearance, Gem of True Sight, Observer Ward, Perseverance, Ring of Health, Ring of Regen, Sage's Mask, Sentry Ward, Smoke of Deceit Tango (Shared) and Void Stone.
However, only a few of them that can be actually used by the courier.
- The Animal Courier has no mana pool and mana regeneration. So Sage's Mask, Void Stone and the mana regen part of Perseverance are useless for it. This also means that it cannot use Dust of Appearance and Town Portal Scroll.
- The Animal Courier is not able to place or share Observer Wards and Sentry Wards. Trying to do so will give the "Item is not usable by Couriers" error message.
- The Bottle can be "used". Using it puts it on its short cooldown, but does not use up a charge and does not regenerate. This goes for using it on self or on allies with the CTRL key.
- Despite not being muted, Gem of True Sight does not provide True Sight when carried by the Animal Courier.
- When using Animal Courier from the courier's inventory, the new spawned courier will use the default donkey courier model.
- It is possible to buy a Divine Rapier with the Animal Courier and it can drop the Rapier. However, it cannot pick it back up again, as it cannot pick up Rapiers in general. It also cannot pick up the Aegis of the Immortal.
- Both Gem of True Sight and Divine Rapier are dropped when an Animal Courier carrying them is killed.
- The courier can use Tango (Shared) and Cheese and benefits from the health regeneration granted by Ring of Regen, Ring of Health and Perseverance. It also can activate Smoke of Deceit, but it does not affect the courier.
Courier abilities[edit | edit source]
Abilities that affect couriers[edit | edit source]
A couple of spells affect the courier the same ways as they do spell immune units. Positive auras with bonus health regeneration or armor work as well. Movement speed bonuses are ignored because the animal courier is set to fixed 350:
- Necrophos - Death Pulse
- Dazzle - Shadow Wave
- Juggernaut - Healing Ward
- Lich - Ice Armor
- Luna - Eclipse
- Necrophos - Death Pulse
- Ogre Magi - Bloodlust
- Pugna - Life Drain
- Treant Protector - Living Armor
- Warlock - Shadow Word
- Witch Doctor - Voodoo Restoration
- Ancient Black Dragon - Dragonhide Aura
- Hill Troll Priest - Heal
- Satyr Tormenter - Unholy Aura
- Wildwing Ripper - Toughness Aura
- Assault Cuirass - Assault Aura
- Buckler - Armor Bonus
- Headdress - Regen Aura
- Medallion of Courage - Valor
- Mekansm - Mekansm Aura
- Mekansm - Restore
- Guardian Greaves - Guardian Aura
- Guardian Greaves - Mend
- Mjollnir - Static Charge
- Pipe of Insight - Insight Aura
- Ring of Aquila - Aquila Aura
- Ring of Basilius - Basilius Aura
- Solar Crest - Shine
- Vladmir's Offering - Vladmir's Aura
Enemy unit and item abilities that affect the courier:
- Abaddon - Curse of Avernus
- Anti-Mage - Mana Void 1
- Axe - Counter Helix
- Axe - Culling Blade 4
- Bane - Fiend's Grip 2
- Batrider - Flaming Lasso 2 5
- Beastmaster - Primal Roar 1
- Beastmaster - Boar - Poison
- Bounty Hunter - Jinada
- Bounty Hunter - Shadow Walk
- Brewmaster - Drunken Brawler
- Broodmother - Spiderling - Poison Sting 3
- Chaos Knight - Chaos Strike
- Clinkz - Searing Arrows
- Death Prophet - Spirit Siphon
- Dragon Knight - Elder Dragon Form Splash
- Dragon Knight - Elder Dragon Form Frost Breath
- Drow Ranger - Marksmanship (Scepter Upgrade) 5
- Earthshaker - Enchant Totem
- Earthshaker - Echo Slam
- Enigma - Black Hole 2
- Faceless Void - Time Lock 1
- Gyrocopter - Flak Cannon 5
- Juggernaut - Blade Dance
- Lich - Chain Frost 1 5
- Lifestealer - Feast
- Lina - Laguna Blade (Scepter Upgrade)
- Luna - Moon Glaive
- Lycan - Shapeshift
- Magnus - Reverse Polarity 1
- Medusa - Split Shot
- Naga Siren - Ensnare
- Nyx Assassin - Vendetta
- Omniknight - Repel
- Phantom Assassin - Coup de Grâce
- Pudge - Dismember 2
- Queen of Pain - Sonic Wave
- Sand King - Epicentere 3
- Shadow Demon - Demonic Purge
- Shadow Fiend - Presence of the Dark Lord
- Shadow Shaman - Mass Serpent Ward
- Slardar - Bash
- Slardar - Amplify Damage
- Sniper - Assassinate
- Spirit Breaker - Greater Bash
- Spirit Breaker - Nether Strike
- Riki - Cloak and Dagger
- Riki - Blink Strike
- Sven - Warcry
- Techies - Land Mines
- Techies - Suicide Squad, Attack!
- Templar Assassin - Refraction
- Templar Assassin - Meld
- Troll Warlord - Berserker's Rage
- Tusk - Frozen Sigil
- Tusk - Walrus PUNCH!
- Ursa - Fury Swipes
- Venomancer - Poison Sting 3
- Viper - Nethertoxin
- Viper - Viper Strike 3
- Warlock - Chaotic Offering
- Warlock - Warlock's Golem - Flaming Fists
- Weaver - Geminate Attack
- Windranger - Focus Fire
- Wraith King - Mortal Strike
- Abyssal Blade - Bash
- Abyssal Blade - Overwhelm
- Assault Cuirass - Assault Aura
- Crystalys - Critical Strike
- Daedalus - Critical Strike
- Desolator - Corruption
- Eye of Skadi - Cold Attack
- Orb of Venom - Poison Attack 3
- Shadow Blade - Shadow Walk
- Skull Basher - Bash
1 The courier will be stunned, but not take damage.
2 The courier will be disabled, but not take damage.
3 The courier will be slowed, but not take damage.
4 Couriers are always under the HP threshold, and thus are always instantly killed, giving the move speed bonus. However, Culling Blade's cooldown will NOT be reset.
5 Will have an effect when primary target, but the courier will never be a valid secondary target.
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