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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
120
Bought From
Consumables
Active Summon Animal Courier
Charges 1
Disassemble? No
Alert allies? No
Recipe
Flying Courier (370)
Animal Courier (120)
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.

Ability[edit | edit source]

Summon Animal Courier
Ability
No Target
Creature that carries items to and from your base.

Notes:

  • Interupts the user's channeling spells upon cast.
  • The Animal Courier is not a valid target for most spells. A list of spells which affect the courier can be found below.
  • It is possible to have multiple Animal Couriers.
  • When killing a courier, the killer always gets the 150 gold bounty, while his team only gets it when no other enemy courier is dead at the time.

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 (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier, Bottle icon.png Bottle, Cheese icon.png Cheese, Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance, Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight, Observer Ward icon.png Observer Ward, Perseverance icon.png Perseverance, Ring of Health icon.png Ring of Health, Ring of Regen icon.png Ring of Regen, Sage's Mask icon.png Sage's Mask, Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Ward, Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit Tango (Shared) icon.png Tango (Shared) and Void Stone icon.png Void Stone.

However, only a few of them that can be actually used by the courier.

  • The Animal Courier is not able to place or share Observer Ward icon.png Observer Wards and Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards. Trying to do so will give the "Item is not usable by Couriers" error message.
  • The Bottle icon.png 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.
  • Along with that, the Animal Courier can neither pick up runes, nor put them in the Bottle icon.png Bottle.
  • When using Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png 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 icon.png Divine Rapier with the Animal Courier and it can drop the Rapier. However, it can not pick it back up again, as it can't pick up Rapiers in general. It also can not pick up the Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal.

Courier abilities[edit | edit source]

Animal Courier
Animal Courier Portrait.png
Duration Permanent
Hit Points 75
Mana 0
Armor 0
Movement Speed 350
Collision size 0
Sight Range 350/350
Bounty 150
Experience 0
Notes 0.5 health regen
6 Slot Inventory
Spell immune
Abilities:
Return to Base icon.png Return to Base
Go To Secret Shop icon.png Go To Secret Shop
Return Items icon.png Return Items
Retrieve Items icon.png Retrieve Items
Transfer Items icon.png Transfer Items

Return to Base
Cannot be dispelled.
Q
E
Return to Base icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Returns the courier to base.
Cast Time: 0+0

Notes:

  • On the both, Radiant and Dire side, the courier always walks to a spot about 400 range infront of the shop keeper, slightly to its right side.

Go To Secret Shop
Cannot be dispelled.
W
F
Go To Secret Shop icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Sends the courier to your team's secret shop.
Cast Time: 0+0

Notes:

  • Even when the secret shop on the enemy side of the map happens to be closer, the courier will still choose the secret shop on your side of the map.
  • The courier walks as close as possible to the shop keeper.

Return Items
Cannot be dispelled.
E
D
Return Items icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Return items to stash.
Cast Time: 0+0

Notes:

  • When the courier has no items in its inventory, it stands still for a split second when casting this and then continues doing what it was doing previously.
  • The courier walks to the same spot as with Return to Base icon.png Return to Base. But the items are already put into the stash when 700 range away from the shop.

Retrieve Items
Cannot be dispelled.
D
Y
Retrieve Items icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Retrieve items from stash.
Cast Time: 0+0

Notes:

  • When the player has no items in its stash, it gives the "No Items To Retrieve From Stash" error message and does not interrupt the courier.
  • Retrieves the items from the stash when getting within 700 range of the shop keeper. When the items are retrieved, the courier stops.

Transfer Items
Cannot be dispelled.
F
T
Transfer Items icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Transfer items to hero.
Cast Time: 0+0

Notes:

  • When the courier has no items in its inventory to transfer, it stands still for a split second when casting this and then continues doing what it was doing previously.
  • After delivering the items, the courier automatically gets the Return to Base icon.png Return to Base order.

Abilities that affect couriers[edit | edit source]

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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
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.
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
Techies
Techies.png
Land Mines icon.png Land Mines
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
Windranger
Windranger.png
Focus Fire icon.png Focus Fire
Winter Wyvern
Winter Wyvern.png
Arctic Burn icon.png Arctic Burn
The poison and slow, both are applied.
Witch Doctor
Witch Doctor.png
Voodoo Restoration icon.png Voodoo Restoration
Wraith King
Wraith King.png
Vampiric Aura (Wraith) icon.png Vampiric Aura
Mortal Strike (Wraith) icon.png Mortal Strike

Items that affect couriers[edit | edit source]

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.

Update history[edit | edit source]

February 18, 2015 Patch

  • Couriers no longer morph when they move.

February 12, 2015 Patch

  • Fixed the courier sometimes failing to deliver items if the deliver key was pressed soon after an item was purchased.

Balance changelog[edit | edit source]

6.83

  • Reduced gold cost from 150 to 120.

6.81

  • Reduced Animal Courier respawn time from 180 to 140. (still 180 for Flying Couriers

6.80

  • Reduced Animal Courier team gold bounty from 175 to 150 (still 175 for Flying Couriers).

6.79

  • Increased movement speed from 300 to 350.
  • Increased health from 45 to 75.

6.78

  • Courier no longer block neutral creeps from spawning.
  • Couriers are now slowed by 30% when they carry an empty Bottle.

6.74

  • Reduced gold cost from 170 to 150.
  • Increased team gold bounty from 150 to 175.
  • The team gold bounty can now only trigger while no other couriers of that team are dead.
  • Added the Go to Secret Shop ability, which causes the courier to move to the secret shop on its team's side of the map.

6.73b

6.73

  • Animal Couriers are now spell immune like flying couriers.
  • Couriers no longer drop items when they die.
  • Couriers now respawn 3 minutes after death, the items they have are inaccesible during that time.
  • Couriers now give 150 gold to each enemy player, instead of 300 only to the killer.

6.70

  • Consumable Items no longer automatically fuse with the ones owned by other players in the couriers' inventory.
    • This means that 2 players can now have the courier hold their for example Teleport Scrolls without them merging into one stack.

6.69

  • Animal Couriers now automatically upgrade to Flying Couriers when the recipe is bought.
  • Couriers can now carry Gem of True Sight, however, it has its true sight disabled on the courier.

6.68

  • Reduced gold cost from 200 to 170.
  • Added the Retrieve Items ability, which causes the courier to pick up all the hero's items within range.

6.60

  • Added the Return to Base ability, which causes the courier to move back to the team's fountain.
  • Added the Transfer Items ability, which causes the courier to deliver items to the hero and then return to the fountain automatically.

6.58

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

6.57

  • Reduced gold cost from 225 to 200.

6.55

6.52

6.50

6.47

  • Added an ability which allows changing the courier's model to any of the other models.

6.44

  • Couriers' model are now different for Sentinel/Scourge.
    • Chicken, Raccon or penguin model for the Sentinel, carrion beetle, dune worm or fel boar for the Scourge.

6.42

  • Couriers can no longer sell items.

6.38

6.32

6.32

  • Added the Drop Items ability, which causes the courier to drop all items from its inventory.

6.25

  • Coriers are now ancient type units.

6.20

  • Removed the max 1 courier per player restriction.
  • Reduced courier collision size from unkown t 0.
  • Couriers can no longer be Tossed.
  • Couriers can no longer be targeted with Nightmare, Sacrifice and Death Pact.

6.19

  • Couriers can no longer be targeted with Toss.

6.10

  • A player may only own 1 courier now.

6.03

  • Created.

Removed abilities[edit | edit source]

Drop Items
D
D
Unknown icon.png
Ability Affects
No Target Self
Drops all the items on the courier.
Cast Time: 0+0
Cooldown 1

Notes:

  • This ability got added in the 6.32 gameplay patch, and remove in 6.32b.
  • This ability was introduce to make it possible to drop undroppable items (e.g. Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier).
  • Causes the courier to stop when used, however, it does not cancel queued orders.

See also[edit | edit source]