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Gyrocopter's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country 3.
User(s) Kong Family,
Dixie Kong,
Kiddy Kong,
Diddy Kong,
Funky Kong
Purpose(s) Flying above the overworld map of the Northern Kremisphere,
Accessing the overworld map of the Crocodile Isle,
Serving as aerial transportation during missions at the Funky's Flights II
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!,
Donkey Kong Country 2
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (for SFC/SNES) (1996)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country 3 (for GBA) (2005)

The Gyrocopter is an unlockable aerial vehicle owned by Funky Kong and used by the Kongs to explore the overworld map of the game Donkey Kong Country 3. Similar vehicle also appears in the Game Boy Advance version of the game Donkey Kong Country 2, and it is used during some minigames and in order to access the overworld map.


Donkey Kong Country 3[]

In Donkey Kong Country 3, the Gyrocopter, also known as Funky-Copter[1], is available at the same location of the other rides used by the primates to move through the overworld map of the Northern Kremisphere in Funky's Rentals. This airship is the final rentable vehicle by Dixie and Kiddy Kong for free from Funky Kong. However, in order to unlock the Gyrocopter, the player must collect all of the DK Coins in the game, being a total of forty-one coins in the Super Family Computer/Super Nintendo Entertainment System version and forty-six coins in the Game Boy Advance version, and visit the Funky's Rentals.

As opposed to the other rides in the game, which are aquatic vehicles, the Gyrocopter is the only aerial one. The airship body seems to be made out of barrel parts, and it lacks a honk, unlike other vehicles in the SFC/SNES game version. Being not restricted by water or natural obstacles, the Gyrocopter allows the heroes to fly over all terrain and have free movement on the overworld map of the Northern Kremisphere. By positioning the shadow of the flying vehicle over any titled location on the map and the player inputting a confirmation, the Gyrocopter will quickly land and the Kongs will enter the spot. Similar to other rides, by holding the "Run" button while moving around, the airship will also go faster, it being less evident in the GBA version of the game. The Gyrocopter is also the only ride capable of reaching the secret locations of the Banana Bird Caves Belcha's Burrow, K's Kache and Hill-Top Hoard. It is also the only vehicle which can reach some clouds at the northwest edge of the overworld map where the Banana Bird Queen is imprisoned.

Donkey Kong Country 2 for GBA[]

In the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 2, the Biplane Barrel from the SFC/SNES version is replaced by a new Gyrocopter. The new aerial vehicle serves the same function of the former, allowing the primates to access the overworld map of the Crocodile Isle without defeating the boss of the current world. In fact, in the GBA version, the only way of accessing the overworld map after re-entering a cleared world is by using the Gyrocopter because completing the boss stage again does not send the heroes back to the overworld. As opposed to the SFC/SNES version, the player is not required to pay an initial fee of Banana Coins at each location of the Funky's Flights II to use the Gyrocopter. They just need to visit the flight service at any world map and clear a single mission once in order to unlock a prompt to call the vehicle. After it is unlocked, the player can call the airship by pressing the "Start" button to pause the game inside the maps, pressing the "R" button at the pause menu, and then picking the option "Gyrocopter" at the next screen. The Gyrocopter can only be prompted in the maps at any moment, not requiring to visit the Funky's Flights II like in the SFC/SNES version. As opposed to the SFC/SNES version, it is also possible to call the airship inside the Lost World and quickly leave it to the overworld map of the Crocodile Isle without reaching the Klubba's Kiosk and re-entering the previous world map.

The aerial vehicle is also piloted by Diddy or Dixie Kong during missions at the Funky's Flights II. These optional missions are minigames which the player must fly the Gyrocopter through environments and clear objectives within a time limit, such as reaching a goal, transporting objects or rescuing Kongs. There a total of seven missions present at specific locations of the flight service, and the reward for completing them once are single DK Coins. After they are cleared in the main game, the same missions can also be accessed in Funky's Flights of the Bonus Games option at the main menu screen. The player can set new time records for clearing the missions quickly, and two players can also play them in multiplayer by using a Game Link Cable[2] between two Game Boy Advance systems.

During the missions, the player steers the Gyrocopter by using the directional buttons, shoots projectiles by pressing the "A" button, keeps the vehicle facing left or right while moving by holding the "R" button, makes the airship to face the screen by holding the "L" button, allowing it to drop bombs, and deploys and retracts a winch used for towing objects by pressing the "Select" button. By pressing the "Start" button and then pressing the "Select" button at the pause screen, the player can leave the current mission. After starting a mission, a durability meter appears at the screen, displaying how much damage the Gyrocopter can take. If it is depleted completely, the vehicle will explode, and the current mission will fail. After that, the player can choose to abort it. By choosing to not leave the mission, the previous progress will not be lost, however, the Gyrocopter will appear on the initial helipad of the location, displaying a full meter of durability, and the time counter will continue from the same instant when the airship exploded. Upon contact with some enemies and hazards, the vehicle can also explode on the spot. The Gyrocopter is also usually equipped with regular ammunition, allowing to shoot at enemies, barriers blocking the way and buttons which control the level of liquids. A proximity radar appears at the screen during most of the missions about finding objects or hostages in order to help the player to locate them. There are also item pickups scattered around the environments of the missions, such as extra ammunition, bombs, durability recharges and time reducers. The Gyrocopter is also capable of moving freely through regular water. However, the air supply of the pilot is limited by a time counter, usually forcing the player to recharge it by the vehicle touching large bubbles underwater.

During the regular ending cutscene of the GBA version of Donkey Kong Country 2, after Kaptain K. Rool is defeated in The Flying Krock, the Kremling airship will start to explode. Diddy, Dixie, Donkey and Cranky Kong will be stuck inside it, and they will be unable to flee, however, Funky Kong will soon appear piloting the Gyrocopter. Before The Flying Krock came crashing down, he will be able to rescue his allies who all jump on the Gyrocopter. Later, in the same game version, at the special ending cutscene after Kaptain K. Rool is defeated again in the Lost World stage Krocodile Kore, the villain will flee on a raft from the Crocodile Isle which sinks into the sea. While Diddy, Dixie and Donkey Kong watch the scene from a cliff far away in the Donkey Kong Island, K. Rool promises to get the primates and not to be stopped by them next time. However, Funky Kong suddenly appears on the Gyrocopter and drops a bomb over the raft. The small boat explodes and K. Rool swears vengeance against the heroes again.

Donkey Kong Country animated series[]

DKC TV Series S1 Barrelcopter 1

The Barrelcopter flying in the sky as seen during the first season of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

A counterpart of the Gyrocopter also appears in the Donkey Kong Country animated series. Here, it is called Barrelcopter, being owned by Bluster Kong. He uses the aerial vehicle to move around the Kongo Bongo Island. The cockpit of the Barrelcopter is shaped like a large barrel where the pilot and a passenger can ride together inside it. The airship is usually seen on the helipad of the Barrelworks factory also owned by Bluster. At some occasions, Donkey and Diddy Kong borrow the Barrelcopter in order to quickly reach some locations of the island or search for the Crystal Coconut when the artifact is stolen.


See Also[]


  • After the Kongs entering the Funky's Flights II in the GBA version of the game Donkey Kong Country 2, Funky Kong sometimes refers to the Gyrocopter as a "she".[3]
  • Oddly, it is possible to collect every DK Coin and unlock the Gyrocopter in the GBA version of the game Donkey Kong Country 3 without defeating the Baron K. Roolenstein for the second time in the Krematoa stage Knautilus, because the boss only rewards the player with single Bear Coins. It is the opposite of the SFC/SNES game version, where in the same location, K. Rool possesses a DK Coin, forcing the player to defeat him once in order to claim the collectable and unlock the vehicle.


  1. "May I introduce you to my finest and coolest creation yet, the Funky-Copter!"
    —Funky Kong in the game Donkey Kong Country 3
  2. Game Link Cable on Wikipedia
  3. "Wicked! She's all tuned up and ready to go!"
    —Funky Kong in the game Donkey Kong Country 2 for GBA
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