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Brute is one of the 31 Playable Characters in the game Castle Crashers. Their magical attacks are Non-Elemental and their starting weapon is the Dual Prong Sword.


Brute's specialties include ultimate boss slaying, semi-knockback crowd control, ultimate juggling, and advanced combo locking.

Information

Background

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.

Involvement

It is assumed that the Brute in Industrial Castle serves the Industrial Prince as he works with Fencers to fend off the player(s).

Description

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.

















Magic

Splash Attack

"Thorny Vines"

Element: Non-Elemental

Max Hits: 1 per upgrade level (max 7)

Damage/Hit: Base Magic Damage x 0.5

Use 360 RT.png360 Y.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. Thorny Vines pop out of the ground almost instantaneously in front of you, doing one hit each. Each segment adds an extra hit, with the maximum being 7 hits. Every other segments add no range, but all segments add an extra hit.

This is decent for bosses that have huge hit-boxes as the Splash Attack deals a decent amount every time it is spammed or that it delivers significantly more hits on them than say Skeleton and Cult Minion's Dark Pillars Splash Attack.

This Splash Attack is also very effective on enemies that take chain damage such as Scarabs, Fish Men, and Beefys.

The "Thorny Vines" Splash Attack, in addition to the "Saw Trap" and "Smoke Screen" Splash Attacks, boast one of the best Beefy knockdown ratios out of any Splash Attack.

Magic Projectile

"Acorn"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 RT.png360 B.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Circle.png to perform. Throws an acorn as a Magic Projectile.

Air Projectile

"Acorn"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 A.png, 360 RT.png360 Y.png / PS3 Cross.png, PS3 R2.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. Throws an acorn as a Air Projectile.

An advanced use of Juggling, named Spellweaving, can use this Air Projectile for flashy techniques.

Elemental Infusion

"Armor Pierce"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage^2 + Base Melee Damage^2

Use 360 X.png360 X.png360 X.png360 Y.png / PS3 Square.pngPS3 Square.pngPS3 Square.pngPS3 Triangle.png to perform. This attack pierces armor, and it deals two times normal damage. That means it deals as much damage to a Barbarian or Thief on Normal Mode as it does to a Stove Face or Brute on Insane Mode.

Magic Jump

"Vine Jump"

Element: Non-Elemental

Damage: Base Magic Damage

Use 360 RT.png360 A.png / PS3 R2.pngPS3 Cross.png to perform. Leaps up using a vine that damages overlapped enemies and has a whip sound.

Strategy

Overview

Brute is a good boss slayer with a good Beefy hitting ratio with his "Thorny Vines" Splash Attack. Hitting the Beefy up to knock down.

Castle Crashers

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 or a Magic heavy weapon that does not reduce Strength. Animal Orb selection does make a bit of difference. The top 5 Animal Orbs in Snoot, Burly Bear, Hawkster, Piggy, and BiPolar Bear will suffice.

Arena

Brute is one of the best characters in Arena. "Thorny Vines" Splash Attack comes quick, which leads to easy resets, catches, and a strong middle game.

Match-Ups

Blue Knight

Once Blue Knight has you in a reset, you're done. Be sure to move around a lot to counter act his tools. Difficult match-up.

Iceskimo

Difficult match-up.

Saracen

Restrict Saracen's options, to several 50/50s. but counter with a Shield bash. Watch out for his Magic Projectile because it is unblockable.

Snakey

Splash Attack comes out quickly. Difficult match-up.

Fire Demon

Splash Attack comes out quickly. Difficult match-up.

Skeleton/Cult Minion

Splash Attack comes out quickly.

Fencer/Industrialist

Splash Attack comes out quickly.

Ninja

Splash Attack comes out quickly.

Pink Knight

Splash Attack has long range and comes out quickly. Air Projectile and Magic Projectile can Critical Strike and can be converted to a reset.

Necromancer

Restrict Necromancer's options to a 50/50. Watch out for his Magic Projectile and Air Projectile because they are the fastest in the game.

Orange Knight

Splash Attack has long range.

Conehead/Royal Guard

Magic Projectile and Air Projectile have the ability to reset, so watch out for them.

Bear

Restrict Bear's options to several 50/50s. but counter with a Shield bash.

Gray Knight

Magic Projectile and Air Projectile have the ability to reset, so watch out for them.

Alien

Punish on whiff.

Blacksmith

His Air Projectile is the same as his Splash Attack, which could lead to a confirm.

Green Knight

Punish on whiff.

Barbarian

Punish on whiff.

Thief/Stove Face/Peasant/Civilian/Open-Faced Gray Knight

Punish on whiff.

Red Knight

Punish on whiff.

Hatty Hattington

Punish on whiff.

King

Doesn't have an offensive Splash Attack, punish on whiff.

Killer Beekeeper

Punish on whiff.

Unlock Path

Start Character Unlocks Unlocks
Iceskimo Brute N/A

Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Brute and Snakey are slightly reskins of each other.

See also

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