The Brutes are giant Reaper-Giant hybrids that are very well armored, to the point where I'm sure their entire health bar is their armor. However, it seems to me that there is a certain point where it is most weak against my shots but I am unable to figure out which part of its body to aim for.

Any suggestions?

  • Just handled my first one. That thing was a bear to deal with... Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 13:33
  • The first scripted one was fine, but facing the 2 after kinda jumped me in the middle of a melee kill...it wasn't pretty.
    – Tablemaker
    Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 13:42

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Your initial thoughts are correct about the armor. This link describes how to kill a brute and offers a brief video with some general info.


Brute's defenses consist entirely of a yellow Armor bar. To deplete this you can use fire-based attacks and Powers meant to reduce armor. The most important thing to remember is to keep your distance. Stay behind cover and roll out of the way when it nears you. If it hits you, your shields will evaporate. Hit it with Grenades and other explosives. Armor Piercing Rounds and Disrupter Ammo are good to help reduce the armor, but explosives can momentarily pause the creature, giving you valuable time to get away.

The other thing I've been doing a lot is saving my grenades for large enemies and bosses only. I've really only had to deal with brutes and atlases so far, but having grenades while your other abilities are in cooldown makes a big difference.


As with most creatures, Aim for the Head!

Specifically, you'll want to aim for that Turian head grafted onto the front of the Brute. Nail it right between the eyes, and it won't last long.

  • simple but true... DO IT! Commented Mar 10, 2012 at 6:56
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    This wasn't true until the 10/4/2012 patch that now allows for 40% bonus to headshots on brutes, banshees, and geth primes.
    – Mufasa
    Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 19:30

As a Sentinel, I've found that the Lob Grenade power is extremely useful, particularly when you're being surrounded by multiple brutes. 3-4 grenades should drop them to almost 1/4 of their armor strength.

Couple of shots of Warp interspersed with Lob Grenades should make mincemeat of the brutes. Also, do run away from brutes - climb the ladders, brutes can't climb them. Close/melee encounters with the brute will leave you in jelly in no time


Vanguard with fast power recharge could easily melee even groups of brutes. (At least on normal difficulty.)

Just charge, hit, roll side-way and charge again. Repeat until brute is dead.

One thing: Do not charge while brute is about to pouce. It will interrupt your melee and drop your shields.


The soft spot is the exposed spine just behind the head. Not as much armor plating there so you can knock a good chunk of his armor down.


with the vanguard, you can easily kill numerous brutes using charge and nova. just make sure you have a fast cool down and you move back or sideways before you nova. thats if you got the radius for nova. same tactic with banshee


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