The Gyrocopter is a key vehicle introduced in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! and also appearing in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest's Game Boy Advance remake. The Gyrocopter is a type of helicopter that Funky Kong will lend to the Kongs on some conditions.
The Gyrocopter's first canonical appearance was technically Donkey Kong Country 2, though in its GBA remake. Here, it was the main way of traveling to the worlds of Crocodile Isle quicker and faster, without having to defeat a boss to get to the map screen. It also served as the vehicle in Funky's Flights II's mini-games. In the mini-games, it is revealed that the Gyrocopter can drop bombs, shoot bullets, and has a grappling hook to hold onto various items exclusive to the mini-games, though had limited fuel.
The Gyrocopter's next appearance was in Funky's Rentals of Donkey Kong Country 3. It was the only rentable vehicle that could fly and did not rely solely on the water. The vehicle flew over all terrain, and because of this it can be used to find secret areas normally unreachable via boat, such as Banana Bird Caves high in the mountains. However, it has a hefty price tag: all of DK Coins in the game (forty coins in the SNES version and forty-six coins in the GBA version) must be collected and presented to Funky Kong in order to get it.
|Items (excluding mostly Barrels)|
|General||Animal Crate • Animal Token • (Giant) Banana (Bunch) • Crystal Coconut • Crystal Star • End of Stage Target • Extra Life Balloon • Headphones • Kannon • K-O-N-G Letters • Melon Crate • No Animal Sign • Rope • Stage Flag • Tire • Watermelon|
|Coins||Banana Coin • Bear Coin • Bonus Coin • DK Coin • Kremkoin • Kong Token • Nintendo Coin • Rareware Coin|
|Vehicles||Gyrocopter • Hot Air Balloon • Hover Craft • Mine Cart • Motor Boat • Rocket Barrel • Skull Cart • Toboggan • Turbo Ski|
|Coconut Shooter • Crate • Feather Bow • Grape Shooter • Kannonball • Orange Grenade • Peanut Popgun • Pineapple Launcher • Treasure Chest • Watermelon Bomb|
|Shop||Banana Juice • DK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Extra Life Balloon • Heart Boost • Map Key • Squawks the Parrot|
|Others||Banana Fairy • Banana Medal • Boss Key • Cog • Crest • Golden Banana • Golden Feather • Puzzle Piece • Rare Orb|
|Miscellaneous||Brothers Bear Items (Bowling Ball • Mirror)|