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The Goblin Copter is a flying Nightmare enemy equipped with an Ogre to deploy and twin rocket launchers.

It was introduced with the lost shard map Sky City, where they spawn on all difficulty levels. On other maps, they usually spawn after the first wave if Wyverns or Wasps are featured. A copter's arrival is announced to all players in yellow text.

Behavior

Like Wyverns, Goblin Copters have their own spawn locations of which they may share with Wyverns. They do not spawn on maps that lack Wyverns or Wasps. Copters come in already loaded with a Copter Ogre. These Ogres are considerably stronger than regular Ogres and are invulnerable until released. 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 occasionally shoots off a flare to distract ranged towers. The towers will target the flare instead of the copter if in range. Once the copter has dropped off its Ogre, it will proceed to shoot rockets at heroes and defenses, prioritizing the former. 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, aiming for their "feet."

When a Goblin Copter is destroyed, it makes a distinct robotic sound as it spirals and crashes into the ground. Any heroes or defenses caught in the explosion will be dealt heavy fire damage. If the copter is destroyed before it manually deploys, its Ogre is dropped early. If dropped out of bounds, the Ogre dies instantly; if the Ogre happens to land on solid ground, it will only have a third (1/3) of its HP remaining.

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

Notes/Tips

  • Goblin Copters never spawn on the first wave of any Campaign or Survival mission. This includes whichever wave a Survival run is started on.
  • Copters can never have an elemental affinity.
  • Destroying Goblin Copters before they manually deploy their Ogres can greatly reduce the strain Copters Ogres put on physical defenses.
  • Towers firing at Goblin Copters as soon as they spawn can kill the copter before they begin firing flares. Deadly Striker Towers, Harpoon Turrets or SAM Units with a large Defense Range set on the edge of the map can accomplish this.
  • Minions ignore copter flares, allowing them to always target the aircraft directly. Spider Queens can accurately web copters, making them easier to destroy before manual deployment.
  • Ethereal Spike Traps also ignore flares. They can deal heavy damage to ogre-loaded copters, as long as no other enemies are closer to the trap's center than the copter.
    • However, it appears that Goblin Copters will try to unload over safe ground, before they are directly above a spike trap if possible.
  • Ensnare Auras can slow down copters to give towers more time to destroy them before manually dropping their ogres. Ensnared copters also fire flares and rockets less frequently.
  • Reflection Beams are an excellent way to block damage from rockets fired by Goblin Copters and can hit grounded enemies for massive damage. Beware of rockets coming at narrow angles though, as they can sneak underneath reflectors.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • Ogres spawned with Goblin Copters wear bomber hats which have one goggle for their singular eye.
  • The total number of enemies per wave count both the Goblin Copter and the Ogre it carries as separate enemies.
  • If a loaded copter is defeated while webbed, the Ogre dies immediately with its death animation possibly turned 90°.

Version History

Redux

Vanilla

  • ?: Goblin Copters now carry Copter Ogres which are unable to damage Eternia Crystals.
  • Quest for the Lost Eternia Shards: Part 4: Introduced.

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