Brute's specialties include advanced boss slaying, semi-knockback crowd control, basic juggling, and combo locking.
The player(s) first encounter Brute as a Beefy grouped up with 2 Fencers and has Cardinal as his pet in Industrial Castle. Then, a Brute or several of them can potentially be summoned as Skeletons by the Necromancer when the Necromancer is first introduced in Lava World. Finally, a Beefy Brute is resurrected again by the Necromancer in Wizard Castle Interior.
The Brute is not normally seen in his regular form, hence the name, due to his Beefy exclusive form. A player controlled Brute shows that he is quite muscular regardless of form. In the character portrait, the Brute has three visible scars on his helm. The helm appears to be samurai-like with 2 horns and a Mohawk-like brush in the middle of it.
Capitalize on Magic as soon as possible. Weapon choice almost doesn't make a difference due to how fair the "Thorny Vines" Splash Attack is. Brute, as well as any boss slayer in the game, bar Fire Demon and Red Knight, truly only struggles against massive amounts of enemies or a very quick heavyweight such as in Thieves' Forest and Wizard Castle Interior and Conehead Groom, respectively. Especially if the Brute player can not utilize Juggling at all to save his/her life.
Late game, Brute is above average. Recommended to use a Strength heavy weapon, a Magic heavy weapon, or both. Animal Orb selection does make a bit of difference. The top 3 in Piggy, Snoot, and Hawkster, will suffice.
Brute is an underrated Arena character. "Thorny Vines" Splash Attack comes quick, which leads to a mediumweight juggle.
- Brute only appears 3 times in the game, twice as a Beefy in Industrial Castle and Wizard Castle Interior, and also has a chance to be resurrected as a Skeleton in Lava World.
- Brute is the only Beefy enemy in the game to have an Animal Orb, which is Cardinal.
- On the Xbox 360, players can dress up their Avatar as the Brute by purchasing both the helmet and tunic in the Avatar Store.
- Since Brute's starting weapon is the Dual Prong Sword, he, at Level 1, can switch to a different weapon and switch back to the Dual Prong Sword.
- Brute's character portrait in the Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch versions of Castle Crashers shows a black blotch not seen in the XBLA and PS3 versions of Castle Crashers. This is the only character portrait to have been changed, unintentionally or not.
- In older versions of the game, the Brute was lightweight instead of heavyweight. If this stayed then the Necromancer fight would be quite a lot easier on Insane Mode.