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Gyrocopter's artwork from Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.

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.

History

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.

Gallery

Bonus Coin Static.gif Items (excluding mostly Barrels) Bear Coin Static.gif
General Animal CrateAnimal Token • (Giant) Banana (Bunch) • Crystal CoconutCrystal StarEnd of Stage TargetExtra Life BalloonHeadphonesKannonK-O-N-G LettersMelon CrateNo Animal SignRopeStage FlagTireWatermelon
Coins Banana CoinBear CoinBonus CoinDK CoinKremkoinKong TokenNintendo CoinRareware Coin
Vehicles GyrocopterHot Air BalloonHover CraftMine CartMotor BoatRocket BarrelSkull CartTobogganTurbo Ski
Weapons/
Projectiles
Coconut ShooterCrateFeather BowGrape ShooterKannonballOrange GrenadePeanut PopgunPineapple LauncherTreasure ChestWatermelon Bomb
Shop Banana JuiceDK Barrel (DD, DX, CK & FK Barrels) • Extra Life BalloonHeart BoostMap KeySquawks the Parrot
Others Banana FairyBanana MedalBoss KeyCogCrestGolden BananaGolden FeatherPuzzle PieceRare Orb
Miscellaneous Brothers Bear Items (Bowling BallMirror)