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So right before you disperse the cure or don't, you have to tap 2 hammers to summon the Thresher Maw. Now right before that, I was attacked by a brute, so I started shooting at him and before I knew it there was another brute.

Now after dodging and weaving a third brute came, killing both my squadmates at which point, I started to run as fast as I could. After getting to the first hammer, I was surrounded by at least 5 brutes... now my question is can you kill them all and go do the tapping at peace? Or do they just keep spawning and the point is to keep running?

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I don't have a definitive answer, but I got 3 Brutes right away and rapidly realized I couldn't kill 'em fast enough. I just ran for the hammers instantly and let my squadmates do what they could to the Brutes, and that worked... but I have no idea if the Brutes are actually "beatable". –  lilserf Mar 14 '12 at 22:03
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Yes. I didn't realize that you were supposed to ignore the brutes the first time, and was doing my best to dodge the attacks of all 6.

What I quickly realized (after whittling down two), is that every time you kill a brute, a replacement drops down from the air. That was what made me realize, "oh, maybe I should go pull the hammers".

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I am playing on Insanity and it happened to me a lot, that the enemies just overran me until I tried to push forward. Although I would prefer some kind of hint to do so, I recommend trying to be more offensive - Vanguard abilities would help you making presure on the enemy. –  Christian Ivicevic Mar 15 '12 at 1:42
    
they do stop spawning,, at least they did for me. First time I reached there I didn't realize either, I just kept fighting till they all died (go go vanguard), then all I had to do was walk up to the hammer (dodging the reaper) and pull the switch. –  z ' Mar 29 '12 at 13:39
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