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Gyrocopter
Gyrocopter.png
Strength
18 + 1.8
Agility
24 + 2.8
Intelligence
23 + 2.1
Level 1 16 25
Hit Points 492 1043 1689
Mana 299 728 1209
Damage 41‒51 85‒95 128‒138
Armor 4.36 10.52 16.57
Attacks / Second 0.72 0.98 1.24
Movement Speed 315
Turn Rate 0.6
Sight Range 1800/800
Attack Range 365
Missile Speed 3000
Attack Duration 0.2+0.97
Cast Duration 0.3+0.5
Base Attack Time 1.7
Collision Size 24

Aurel the Gyrocopter is a ranged agility Hero, capable of outputting a lot of single target and area of effect damage at a multitude of ranges. Early game Gyrocopter is a strong ganker, with Rocket Barrage able to output a lot of damage in a short amount of time if he and his target are alone. His second ability, Homing Missile, is a long range projectile that forces opponents to either stop and engage to take out the missile, or run to a safe location before being stunned. Thanks to his third ability, Flak Cannon, he is also an excellent pusher, and with it can farm up big items in the midgame as his spells start to fall off in damage. Flak Cannon also allows him to hit everyone in a teamfight with his autoattack, and with enough damage items he can inflict a lot of damage to the entire enemy team. Call Down is a useful ultimate with a low cooldown, and with an Aghanim's Scepter Gyrocopter can become a global presence, able to push or gank from anywhere on the map. With the right items, he can also transition into a semi-carry role.

Bio[edit]

Gyrocopter Aurel, the Gyrocopter
Play "I belong in the sky, and you belong in the ground."
Role: Pip disabler.png Disabler / Pip initiator.png Initiator / Pip ganker.png Nuker
Lore: After serving through a lifetime of wars, upheaval, riots, and revolutions, the brass figured Aurel had seen enough. But in addition to a few trinkets and his considerable pension, the erstwhile engineer left with something far more interesting: a long-forgotten, incomplete schematic for a Gyrocopter, the world’s first manned, non-magical flying device. Retiring to the tropical obscurity of the Ash Archipelago with little else but time and money, he set to work building the device. As the years wore on and the remains of failed prototypes began to pile up, he began to wonder if mechanical flight was even possible. A decade and a day after his retirement, on a sunny afternoon with a southerly breeze, Aurel sat in his latest attempt bristling with indignation and expectant failure. With a grunt of effort he pulled the ignition cord and covered his head, waiting for the inevitable explosion. However to his great surprise he began to lift and, following a few panicked adjustments, stabilize. Within an hour, he was ducking and weaving with the breeze, level with the gulls, and Aurel found himself filled with the breathless wonder of flight. As dusk settled in he set a course back to his workshop, but no sooner had he turned his craft when a cannonball tore through his tailfin. Disentangling himself from the wreckage, he swam toward the nearest piece of land in sight, and cursed to see the ship responsible for the cannonball collecting the debris. Days later, when Aurel returned to his workshop, he set to work on yet another gyrocopter, this one capable of carrying a much heavier, more dangerous payload.
Voice: Nolan North (Responses)

Abilities[edit]

Rocket Barrage
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
Q
R
Rocket Barrage icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Magical
Launches a salvo of rockets at nearby enemy units in a radius around the Gyrocopter. Lasts 3 seconds.
Search Radius: 400
Rockets per second: 10
Damage Per Rocket: 11/15/19/23
Barrage Duration: 3
Cooldown 7/6.5/6/5.5 Mana 90
Aurel's new craft has an increased payload for rockets, enhancing their rapid-fire capabilities.

Notes:

  • Despite the visual effects, the damage is dealt instantly, rather than on projectiles hit.
  • Deals damage in 0.1 second intervals, resulting in 30 damage instances.
  • Deals a total of 330/450/570/690 damage (before reductions), assuming all rockets hit.
Homing Missile
Gyrocopter Homing Missile.png
Duration permanent
Hit Points 100
Armor 0
Collision size 0
Sight Range 400/400
Bounty 20-30
Experience 20

Homing Missile
Blocked by Spell Immunity. Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Play
W
E
Homing Missile icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Unit Enemies Magical
Fires a homing missile to seek the targeted enemy unit. The missile gains speed over time, dealing damage and stunning when it impacts the target. Homing Missile deals greater damage the further it has traveled. Enemy units can destroy the missile before it reaches its target.
Cast Range: 1050
Hero Attacks to Destroy: 3/3/4/5
Non-Hero Attacks to Destroy: 6/6/8/10
Minimum Damage: 50
Maximum Damage: 125/250/375/500
Stun Duration: 2.2/2.4/2.6/2.8
Cooldown 20/17/14/11 Mana 120/130/140/150
Partially blocked by Linken's Sphere. Blocked upon cast (no missile is spawned). No interaction otherwise.
The biggest missile Aurel could possibly attach to his craft, The Bomb™ has carefully calculated aerodynamics and explosives for maximum impact.

Notes:

  • Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile's initial speed is 340 and increases by 20 per second.
  • Though the damage is capped, the missile's speed keeps on increasing until it hits the target or is destroyed.
  • The missile is placed 150 range infront of Gyrocopter and starts moving 3 seconds after cast.
  • The crosshair over the target is visible to allies only.
  • Although the spell grants in no way vision over the target, the missile will follow and hit invisible units.
  • When the missile hits its target, its 400 range flying vision stays at the location for 3.5 seconds.
  • Only attacks from heroes, illusions (counting as heroes), towers and the fountains (counting as towers) can damage the missile.
  • The missile's damage is based the distance between the rocket's starting position (150 range in front of Gyrocopter upon cast).
  • To deal more than the minimum damage, the missile has to hit its target at least 601/301/201/151 range away from its starting position.
  • This is how much damage the Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile will deal (before reductions) on certain distances:
    • 300 distance: 50/50/75/100 damage
    • 600 distance: 50/100/150/200 damage
    • 900 distance: 75/150/225/300 damage
    • 1200 distance: 100/200/300/400 damage
    • 1500 distance: 125/250/375/500 damage
    • The damage is capped at 1500 distance.
  • The missile can be targeted by Force Staff icon.png Force Staff, pushing the rocket forwards.

Flak Cannon
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Cannot be purged. Cannot be used by illusions. Play
E
F
Flak Cannon icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
No Target Enemies Physical
Gyrocopter's attacks hit all enemy units in an area around it for a limited number of attacks. Only the main target of attacks will receive attack bonuses such as Critical Strike. Lasts 15 seconds or until the attacks are used.
Search Radius: 1000
Number of Attacks: 3/4/5/6
Duration: 15
Cooldown 30 Mana 50
This newly revamped Gyrocopter has attached enough armaments to assault in a 360 degree radius.

Notes:

  • The flak projectiles travel at a speed of 800, while Gyrocopter's own projectile speed stays at 3000.
  • The flaks are released at the same time as his attack projectile is released. Means when an attack misses, the flaks are still released.
  • It does not matter how much damage the initial target from the attack takes, the flaks will always deal damage based on Gyrocopter's base damage + bonus damage.
  • This means that the armor of the initial attack target does not influence the flaks' damage at all. It also means that damage from attack modifiers like crits do not affect it either.
  • So the only way to make the flaks deal more damage is to increase Gyrocopter's base damage via stats, give him a raw damage bonus, or reduce the armor of the flak targets.
  • Other effects of attack modifiers like bash or lifesteal is only applied to the attack target.
  • However, attacking couriers, wards or buildings will still cause flaks to hit all valid targets within the range.
  • The number of attacks left is visible (to everyone) on the buff icon.

Call Down
Not blocked by Spell Immunity. Not blocked by Linken's Sphere. Can be purged. Play
R
C
Call Down icon.png
Ability Affects Damage
Target Point Enemies Magical
Call down an aerial missile strike on enemy units in a target area. Two missiles arrive in succession, the first dealing major damage and minor slow; the second dealing minor damage and major slow.
Cast Range: 1000 (Global*)
Effect Radius: 600
Missile One Damage: 250/300/350
Missile Two Damage: 100/150/200 (175/225/275*)
Missile One Move Speed Slow: 30%
Missile Two Move Speed Slow: 60%
Missile One Slow Duration: 2
Missile Two Slow Duration: 3
Cooldown 55/50/45 Mana 125
Can be Improved by Aghanim's Scepter (* shows the improved values). Increases the damage of the second missile, and gives global cast range.
'Bombs away!'

Notes:

  • The first missile impacts 2 seconds and the second missile 4 seconds after cast.
  • Provides 300 radius flying vision at the targeted area for 4 seconds since cast.
  • The visual areal indicator is visible to allies only, but the sound effects are audible and the missiles visible to everyone.

Recommended items[edit]

Explanation:

  • Core: Shadow Blade is a useful chasing, positioning and initiation tool which also offers a good core of damage and attack speed for the carry or semi-carry role Gyrocopter will likely want to build into. The short ranges on his autoattack and Rocket Barrage mean that maintaining a good position in fights is vital for Gyrocopter, and given his fragility and lack of movement abilities, Shadow Blade is one of the most efficient ways to do this. In certain situations, it may also help you escape, although be careful not to rely on this too much against enemies who are canny enough to carry stealth detection items.
  • Aghanim's Scepter is a good pickup if you want to focus on split-lane pushing or counterpushing. The Scepter becomes most useful against heroes like Nature's Prophet and Tinker who can move all around the map and pressure your team from all lanes. With the global cast range of Calldown, Gyro will gain the power to suppress enemy pushes from across the map by clearing creep waves.
  • Helm of the Dominator allows you to regenerate missing HP by farming the lane or the jungle, but it shines when used to stack the Ancient camp, which can be cleared rapidly with enough damage and points in Flak Cannon. Later on, if you are your team's main carry, it can be built into Satanic to allow you to stay in teamfights for much longer.
  • Black King Bar should almost always be picked up, as Gyrocopter's low HP and lack of escapes make him extremely vulnerable to nukes and disables, especially when using Rocket Barrage.
  • Monkey King Bar will grant vast amounts of damage and synergises amazingly with Flak Cannon, granting a huge damage boost against any enemies caught in its effective range. Bear in mind that Mini-Bash only works on your primary target.

Equipment[edit]


Tips[edit]

  • Rocket Barrage is incredibly powerful against a single enemy, but its damage falls off dramatically if there are multiple targets. Position yourself to make the best use of it.
  • Homing Missile is a great harassment tool. Place it behind your allies to prevent the enemy from destroying it before it starts moving.
  • Flak Cannon allows you to harass enemy heroes from a great distance, or force them away from the creeps. An early point should be considered if you are taking the solo mid-lane. However, it does push the lane and may open yourself to ganks.
  • Using Flak Cannon early (before you use the attacks) will lessen the cooldown on your next cast.
  • For maximum effect, cast Call Down in conjunction with your Homing Missile's impact or an allied disable.
  • Gyrocopter makes for a viable Divine Rapier carrier due to Flak Cannon's ability to hit all enemies in 1000 range with your current total Attack Damage. Extreme caution is advised when holding this item due to your poor HP pool, but with good judgement and teamwork, it can allow you to devastate the enemy team. It should only be purchased when the game has gone on for a long time and is balanced on a knife edge, or the game is looking extremely bad for your team.

Trivia[edit]

  • Aurel Vlaicu was a Romanian pioneer of early flight.
  • Gyrocopter's quote upon meeting Viper Viper is a reference to the movie Top Gun.

Update history[edit]

December 17, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated Call Down icon.png Call Down's visual effects
  • Update 2
    • Fixed Call Down icon.png Call Down's 2nd slow not slowing by the right amount if the target wasn't hit by the first Missile

November 21, 2013 Patch

  • Updated model.

July 18, 2013 Patch

July 12, 2013 Patch

June 28, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed a minor issue with Rocket Barrage icon.png Rocket Barrage doing 31 rockets instead of 30.
  • Fixed Call Down icon.png Call Down 50% slow happening on second impact if you were already slowed by the first (instead of 20%).
  • Fixed Flak Cannon icon.png Flak Cannon hitting Visage Familiar.jpg Familiars.

March 14, 2013 Patch

March 07, 2013 Patch

February 07, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed Call Down icon.png Call Down first and second impact slow values being swapped.

January 31, 2013 Patch

  • Fixed Call Down icon.png Call Down not slowing magic immune units.

November 08, 2012 Patch

September 13, 2012 Patch

June 28, 2012 Patch

  • Reduced Gyro's model scale a little.

June 20, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed Homing Missile not giving any bounty.

June 14, 2012 Patch

  • Added Chaos Knight Chaos Knight, Phantom Assassin Phantom Assassin and Gyrocopter Gyrocopter to Captain's Mode
  • Fixed Flak Cannon not attacking magic immune units.
  • Fixed Rocket Barrage not hitting Roshan.
  • Fixed Homing Missile portrait name.
  • Fixed Flak Cannon not hitting ancients.
  • Fixed Homing Missile ignoring Linken's Sphere.
  • Fixed Call Down not providing vision over its area.
  • Fixed Homing Missile not keeping vision around the area when it impacts a unit.
  • Fixed Rocket Barrage not hurting mechanical units.
  • Fixed Flak Cannon not hurting Mechanical units.
  • Fixed Flak Cannon having cast time.
  • Fixed creeps hurting Homing Missile.

June 11, 2012 Patch

January 26, 2012 Patch

  • Fixed players being able to play as Gyrocopter, Bane, Lanaya and Phantom Assassin.


Balance changelog[edit]

6.83

  • Call Down icon.png Call Down
    • area of effect increased from 450 to 600
    • missile one slow amount reduced from 50% to 30%
    • missile two slow amount increased from 20% to 60%
  • Force Staff icon.png Force Staff can now be used on Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile

6.82

  • Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile Maximum damage increased from 110/220/330/440 to 125/250/375/500

6.81

6.78c

  • Attack range reduced from 375 to 365.

6.78

6.76

  • Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile
    • Distance required for max damage reduced from 2000 to 1500.
    • Stun duration rescaled from 2.5 to 2.2/2.4/2.6/2.8.
  • Rocket Barrage icon.png Rocket Barrage damage increased from 11/14/17/20 to 11/15/19/23.

6.75

  • Movement speed increased from 305 to 315.
  • Flak Cannon icon.png Flak Cannon AoE increased from 800 to 1000.
  • Call Down icon.png Call Down AoE increased from 400 to 450.

6.74

  • Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile maximum damage (at 2k range) increased from 100/200/300/400 to 110/220/330/440.
  • Rocket Barrage icon.png Rocket Barrage damage increased from 10/13/16/19 to 11/14/17/20.

6.73

  • Armor increased by 2.

6.72

  • Agility growth increased from 2.4 to 2.8.
  • Rocket Barrage icon.png Rocket Barrage cooldown rescaled from 6.5 to 7/6.5/6/5.5 seconds.
  • Added an Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter upgrade (and visual effect):
Call Down icon.png Call Down now has a global cast range and the second rocket does 75 more damage.

6.70

  • Added to Captain's Mode.

6.69

  • Homing Missile icon.png Homing Missile
    • Now adds an ally only visual effect on targeted enemies.
    • Cast range increased by 150.
    • Cooldown from 20/18/16/14 to 20/17/14/11.
  • Rocket Barrage icon.png Rocket Barrage damage improved from 10/12/14/16 to 10/13/16/19.

6.68

  • Created.

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