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The Goblin Copter is a flying creature that was added with the Part 4: Sky City DLC for the PC released July 10th 2012. Goblin Copters fly above traditional defenses, directly along a set path towards the Eternia Crystals. They possess the unique ability of airlifting Ogres over hero defenses. A notification pops up upon their arrival.

Behavior

Goblin Copters spawn at the same spawn locations as wyverns. They do not spawn on maps that do not support wyverns. Copters come in already loaded with an ogre. These ogres are much stronger than regular ogres and are invulnerable until dropped off. Copters do NOT pick up ogres off the ground after they have dropped one off.

While flying to a location to drop their ogre, the Goblin Copter will occasionally shoot off a flare that distracts ranged towers. The towers will target the flare instead of the copter. Minions, however, are not distracted by the flares. Once the copter has dropped off its ogre, it will proceed to shoot twin rockets at heroes and defenses. These rockets deal above-average damage that can quickly whittle away at the defenses' and/or heroes' health. The rockets also home in on heroes and defenses.

When a Goblin Copter is destroyed, it makes a distinct robotic sound as it spirals and crashes into the ground. Any heroes caught in the explosion will be dealt heavy fire damage. If the copter is destroyed before reaching a drop-off zone, its ogre is dropped early. If dropped out of bounds, the ogre is killed instantly. If the ogre happens to land on solid ground, it will only have a third (1/3) of its max HP.

Neither copters or their ogres can damage Eternia Crystals in any way.

Strategies

  • Destroy goblin copters over pits. Doing so will prevent having to deal with the ogre as well as their explosion upon being destroyed.
  • Reflection Beams are an excellent way to block damage from rockets fired by Goblin Copters and can hit them back for massive damage.
  • When firing rockets, copters stay stationary in the air at about jump height. This gives both melee and ranged heroes an opportunity to take them out before they cause significant damage to defenses.
  • Towers firing at Goblin Copters as soon as they spawn can kill the copter before they begin firing flares. Deadly Striker Towers or Harpoon Turrets with a large Defense Radius set on the edge of the map can accomplish this.
  • Ensnare Auras can slow down copters to give towers more time to destroy them before manually dropping their ogres. Ensnared copters also fire flares less frequently.

Trivia

  • Ogres spawned with Goblin Copters wear bomber hats. The bomber hat ogres wear has one goggle for their single eye.
  • The total enemies per wave counts both the Goblin Copter and the ogre it carries as separate enemies. However, the total enemies per spawn point does not. Because of this, the sum of enemies from all spawn points does not equal the total number of enemies in the wave.

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