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Animal Courier
Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png
Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png
Animal Courier (Dire) icon.png
Losing the donkey is punishable by death.
Cost
150
Bought From
Consumables
Active Summon Animal Courier
Charges 1
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Flying Courier (370)
Animal Courier (150)
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.

Active Ability[edit]

Summon Animal Courier
Ability
No Target
Summons an Animal Courier to carry items for you.

Notes:

  • The Animal Courier is not affected by most spells, and has magic immunity.
  • Gives 150 gold to each enemy player if killed, while a flying courier gives 175 gold to each enemy player (will not give bounty if there is already a dead courier).
  • The courier is invulnerable when near its team Fountain.
  • It can use some items that cost no mana such as Smoke of Deceit. It also benefits from items that grant HP regeneration.
Animal Courier
Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png
Duration Permanent
Hit Points 75
Armor 0
Movement Speed 350
Sight Range 350/350
Notes Inventory - 6 Slots

Courier Skills[edit]

Return to Base
Return to Base icon.png
Ability
No Target
Returns the courier to base

Go To Secret Shop
Go To Secret Shop icon.png
Ability
No Target
Sends the courier to your team's secret shop

Return Items
Return Items icon.png
Ability
No Target
Return items to stash

Retrieve Items
Retrieve Items icon.png
Ability
No Target
Retrieve items from stash

Transfer Items
Transfer Items icon.png
Ability
No Target
Transfer items to hero

Hero Abilities That Can Affect Couriers[edit]

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Abaddon
Abaddon.png
Curse of Avernus icon.png Curse of Avernus
Anti-Mage
Anti-Mage.png
Mana Void icon.png Mana Void
The courier will receive the mini-stun, but will not take any damage.
Axe
Axe.png
Counter Helix icon.png Counter Helix
Culling Blade icon.png Culling Blade
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.
Bane
Bane.png
Fiend's Grip icon.png Fiend's Grip
The courier will be held in position, but will not take any damage.
Batrider
Batrider.png
Flaming Lasso icon.png Flaming Lasso
Beastmaster
Beastmaster.png
Primal Roar icon.png Primal Roar
The courier will be stunned, but will take no damage.
Poison icon.png Poison
Bounty Hunter
Bounty Hunter.png
Jinada icon.png Jinada
Shadow Walk icon.png Shadow Walk
Brewmaster
Brewmaster.png
Drunken Brawler icon.png Drunken Brawler
Broodmother
Broodmother.png
Poison Sting (Spiderling) icon.png Poison Sting
The courier will be slowed but will not take damage.
Chaos Knight
Chaos Knight.png
Chaos Strike icon.png Chaos Strike
Clinkz
Clinkz.png
Searing Arrows icon.png Searing Arrows
Dazzle
Dazzle.png
Shadow Wave icon.png Shadow Wave
Shadow Wave can heal your courier, but cannot damage the enemy's courier.
Dragon Knight
Dragon Knight.png
Elder Dragon Form icon.png Elder Dragon Form
The courier will take damage from Splash Attack and will be slowed from Frost Breath.
Earthshaker
Earthshaker.png
Enchant Totem icon.png Enchant Totem
Echo Slam icon.png Echo Slam
Enigma
Enigma.png
Black Hole icon.png Black Hole
The courier will be disabled and sucked into the black hole, but will not take any damage.
Faceless Void
Faceless Void.png
Time Lock icon.png Time Lock
The courier will be stunned but will not receive bonus damage.
Juggernaut
Juggernaut.png
Blade Dance icon.png Blade Dance
Lich
Lich.png
Chain Frost icon.png Chain Frost
The courier will be mini-stunned and will take no damage. Chain Frost can be cast on a courier initially, but cannot bounce to one after it has started.
Lifestealer
Lifestealer.png
Feast icon.png Feast
Luna
Luna.png
Moon Glaive icon.png Moon Glaive
Lycan
Lycan.png
Lycan Summon Wolves Critical Strike icon.png Critical Strike
Magnus
Magnus.png
Reverse Polarity icon.png Reverse Polarity
The courier will be stunned and sucked in, but will not take any damage.
Medusa
Medusa.png
Split Shot icon.png Split Shot
Naga Siren
Naga Siren.png
Ensnare (Naga Siren) icon.png Ensnare
Nyx Assassin
Nyx Assassin.png
Vendetta icon.png Vendetta
Omniknight
Omniknight.png
Repel icon.png Repel
Phantom Assassin
Phantom Assassin.png
Coup de Grace icon.png Coup de Grâce
Pudge
Pudge.png
Dismember icon.png Dismember
The courier will not take damage, but will be disabled for the 6-second creep duration.
Sand King
Sand King.png
Epicenter icon.png Epicenter
The courier will be slowed but will take no damage.
Shadow Demon
Shadow Demon.png
Demonic Purge icon.png Demonic Purge
The courier will receive both the slow AND the damage.
Shadow Fiend
Shadow Fiend.png
Presence of the Dark Lord icon.png Presence of the Dark Lord
Shadow Shaman
Shadow Shaman.png
Mass Serpent Ward icon.png Mass Serpent Ward
Slardar
Slardar.png
Bash icon.png Bash
Amplify Damage icon.png Amplify Damage
Sniper
Sniper.png
Assassinate icon.png Assassinate
Gives vision of the courier during the spell's animation and mini-stuns on hit, but does no damage.
Spirit Breaker
Spirit Breaker.png
Greater Bash icon.png Greater Bash
The courier is stunned but does not take extra damage.
Nether Strike icon.png Nether Strike
The courier is stunned but does not take extra damage.
Riki
Riki.png
Backstab icon.png Backstab
Blink Strike icon.png Blink Strike
Riki blinks behind the courier but does not do the extra damage from blink strike.
Sven
Sven.png
Warcry icon.png Warcry
Templar Assassin
Templar Assassin.png
Refraction icon.png Refraction
Meld icon.png Meld
Troll Warlord
Troll Warlord.png
Berserker's Rage Active icon.png Berserker's Rage
The courier will be stunned but will not take bonus damage.
Tusk
Tusk.png
Frozen Sigil icon.png Frozen Sigil
Walrus Punch icon.png Walrus PUNCH!
Ursa
Ursa.png
Fury Swipes icon.png Fury Swipes
Venomancer
Venomancer.png
Poison Sting icon.png Poison Sting
The courier will be slowed but will take no extra damage.
Viper
Viper.png
Nethertoxin icon.png Nethertoxin
Viper Strike icon.png Viper Strike
The courier will be slowed but will take no damage.
Warlock
Warlock.png
Chaotic Offering icon.png Chaotic Offering
Flaming Fists icon.png Flaming Fists
Weaver
Weaver.png
Geminate Attack icon.png Geminate Attack
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor.png
Voodoo Restoration icon.png Voodoo Restoration
Windranger
Windranger.png
Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire
Wraith King
Wraith King.png
Vampiric Aura (Wraith) icon.png Vampiric Aura
Mortal Strike (Wraith) icon.png Mortal Strike
Lina
Lina.png
Laguna Blade icon.png Laguna Blade
With Aghanim's Scepter upgrade you now deal damage to the courier as the damage is now universal with the upgrade.

Items That Can Affect Couriers[edit]

Abyssal Blade
Abyssal Blade icon.png
Bash
Overwhelm
The courier will be stunned.
Assault Cuirass
Assault Cuirass icon.png
Assault Aura
Crystalys
Crystalys icon.png
Critical Strike
Daedalus
Daedalus icon.png
Critical Strike
Desolator
Desolator icon.png
Corruption
Eye of Skadi
Eye of Skadi icon.png
Cold Attack
Medallion of Courage
Medallion of Courage icon.png
Valor
Mjollnir
Mjollnir icon.png
Static Charge
The shield may be applied by a friendly unit to the courier and functions as normal.
Orb of Venom
Orb of Venom icon.png
Poison Attack
The courier will be slowed but will not take any damage from the poison.
Shadow Blade
Shadow Blade icon.png
Shadow walk
The courier will take bonus damage if the attack breaks invisibility
Skull Basher
Skull Basher icon.png
Bash
Veil of Discord
Veil of Discord icon.png
Magic Weakness
The debuff will be applied, but since couriers are magic immune, it does not make any difference.

Balance changelog[edit]

6.81

  • Ground Courier respawn time reduced from 180 seconds to 140 seconds.

6.80

  • Ground Courier bounty per player reduced from 175 to 150. Flying Courier bounty is still 175.

6.79

  • Movement speed increased from 300 to 350.
  • HP increased from 45 to 75.

6.78

  • Courier no longer block neutral creeps from spawning.

6.74

  • Cost decreased from 170 to 150.
  • Courier death team bounty from 150 to 175
  • Courier death team bounty can only trigger while no couriers are dead
  • Added a new ability on the courier to go to the secret shop

6.73b

  • Couriers are now invulnerable near their fountain

6.73

  • Basic courier is magic immune (like flying courier, most spells did not work on couriers already)
  • Couriers no longer drop items when they die
  • Couriers respawn 3 minutes after death, the items they have are inaccesible during that time
  • Couriers now give 150 to each enemy player, instead of 300 to the killer.

6.70

  • Consumable Items no longer automatically fuse with ones you don't own (except for wards)
    • You can now have a courier carry 2 separate TP scrolls for different players
  • Removed Courier Upgrade button from courier

6.69

  • Automatically upgraded to Flying Courier when you put the recipe on it
  • Couriers can now carry Gem of Truesight (it loses its truesight while on courier)

6.68

  • Price decreased from 200 to 170
  • Added a new ability to the courier that drops all the items that do not belong to you to their respective CoPs and then gathers all items that are yours onto the courier.

6.60

  • Added a new ability on couriers "Return Home" that sends your courier back to base
  • Added a new ability on couriers "Transfer Items" that transfers your items to your hero directly

6.58

  • Couriers now spawn 175 units infront of the hero rather than ontop of the hero

6.57

  • Courier now costs 200 gold

6.55

  • Couriers can no longer place wards
  • Couriers now have a "Drop All Items" ability

6.50

  • Couriers can now disassemble items

6.48

  • Added a new ability for Animal Courier to change its model.

6.45

  • Increased Vulture model size a bit

6.44

  • When purchasing a courier, Sentinel will get a random selection of Chicken, Raccoon or Penguin, while Scourge will get a random selection of Carrion Beetle, Dune Worm or Fel Boar.

6.42

  • Chicken/Crow can no longer sell items (has been abused in long games to sell for money to buyback. The sellback price on recipes is only intended to be that high to help against misclicks)

6.32

  • Courier Chicken now has an ability to drop all items on it (to allow for undroppable items to be removed without trouble).

6.10

  • Placed a limit on the number of chickens you can hold

6.05

  • Rabbit model size increased a bit

See also[edit]