Mass Effect 3 Brutes - How To Kill Brutes Easily

How to Kill Brutes Easily in Mass Effect 3

Brutes are the first difficult enemy that you will face in Mass Effect 3. Brutes are a mutated mix of Krogans and Turians and were created by the Reapers. When you hear ‘Krogan’ and ‘mutated’ in the same sentence your first instinct is probably to run. However, Brutes are actually pretty easy to take down once you know what you’re doing.

A Brutes health is made up of 10 yellow armor bars. Once the Brutes armor is depleted it dies. In order to explain how the Brute loses health, it’s easier to assign each armor bar a value of 10%. This means 10 armor bars equals 100% of the Brutes health. Please continue reading to find out how to kill Brutes quickly and efficiently.


A Brute in Mass Effect 3
A Brute in Mass Effect 3

General Tips For Killing Brutes

Choose The Right Weapon

One of the best tips for fighting Brutes is to make sure you use the correct weapon. This will vary according to the Mass Effect 3 class you have chosen.

The game producers, EA, hasn’t made it clear if certain classes actually have a bonus damage, with their default weapon types. However, from testing the classes it seem that there are weapon damage bonuses, based on classes. For example, it seems that Vanguards do more damage with shotguns than other classes. The same seems to be true for Infiltrators and sniper rifles.

It is important to remember that the default weapons of a class are complemented by the classes powers. For example, when an Infilitrator uses a sniper rifle time slows down and a Vanguard’s biotic powers are most effective at close range along with the default weapon; the shotgun. Therefore, using your default weapon to kill a Brute is the smartest choice.


Incendiary Ammo

If you have access to incendiary ammo, or one of your squad mates does, switch it on. Incendiary ammo burns through armor and stops health regeneration. All other factors being equal, incendiary ammo from a shotgun will inflict roughly 10% damage. On the other hand, using cryo ammo instead the shotgun will only inflict roughly 7.5% damage. It’s much easier to kill Brutes with incendiary ammo.


Frag Grenades or Other Grenades

If you or your squad mates have access to frag grenades, use them. It seems that frag grenades do roughly 10%-15% damage to Brutes, per grenade. During one of my saves on the Turian moon, I ordered James to throw 4 frag grenades at a Brute. The Brute’s armor dropped by 50%.


Use Powers With a High Armor Damage

Make sure you use any biotic or tech power that has a high armor damage rating against Brutes. Remember 100% of a Brutes health is armor, so using powers that deal high armor damage hurts Brutes a lot.

If you’re an Adept, or a Sentinel, using the Warp power can be very useful. Warp inflicts 2x it’s base damage, to armor, so it can really hurt Brutes.

If you’re an Engineer, or an Infiltrator, using the Incineratepower can be helpful. Incineratehas a high armor damage value.


Head Shots

I have read on forums that head shots cause more damage to Brutes. Personally, I have not noticed. Using a sniper rifle to make a head shot or a leg shot inflicted the same 10% damage per shot. I could be wrong on this but I have found that where you hit the Brute doesn’t make much difference. That being said, landing head shots is fun so if you can get a nice head shot go for it!


Dodge Charges and Stay Back

Brutes charge in a straight line so dodging a charge is very easy. When you see it is ready to charge, dodge to the left or right and get out of it’s way. After the charge the Brute is open to attack from behind for a second or two, while it regains it’s bearings. Make the most of those few seconds.

One of the obvious tips on dealing with Brutes is to stay back. They can do a lot of damage up close and they have no ranged weapons, so staying back will keep you safe. The only exception to this is if you’re a Vanguard but I will discuss that below.


Using incendiary ammo on a Brute
Using incendiary ammo on a Brute

Class Specific Tips For Killing Brutes

Killing Brutes as a Soldier

First thing you want to do is pull out your assault rifle, turn on incendiary ammo and start shooting. If you have somebody with Warp power, or Incinerate power, then have them use the power on the Brute. If you have some frag grenades to spare, or a squad mate does, use them too. This is very straight forward and you should kill the Brute in under 10 seconds if you do it right.


Killing Brutes as an Adept

Use Warp power on the Brute as soon as you see him. As mentioned above, if you have squad mates with any useful powers, such as Warp or Incinerate, make sure they use them on the Brute. If you have any squad mates with incendiary ammo make sure they have it switched on. If any squad mates have frag grenades then throw a few at the Brute. Finally, go to town on the Brute with your pistol.

As an Adept class you want to stay as far away from the Brute as possible. Your light armor means you will probably die from a single charge.


Killing Brutes as an Engineer

Use the Incinerate power as soon as you see the Brute. The rest of the strategy is the same as for an Adept. Use your squad mates abilities and your pistol. Remember to stay back.


Killing Brutes as an Infiltrator
Killing Brutes as an Infiltrator is very easy. First of all, use the Incinerate power as soon as you see the Brute. After that simply have your squad mates use their abilities while you snipe the Brute. However, as an Infiltrator you are more than capable of handling a Brute on your own.

If you want to kill the Brute by yourself use your sniper rifle. If your sniper rifle has any damage mods on it you will most likely do 10%-15% damage per shot. Your sticky grenades will also be useful against Brutes inflicting 10%-20% damage. So the general idea is to use incinerate, follow it up with one or two sticky grenades, and then fire a few sniper rounds into the Brute. This will kill the Brute very quickly.


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Killing Brutes as a Vanguard
Killing Brutes as a Vanguard is fun. Obviously when it comes to Brutes, the general advice is to stay back. This is not good news for a Vanguard, as Vanguards specialise in close quarters combat.

As a Vanguard, you will want to stick back initially and use everything at your disposal to take the Brute down to at least 40% health (4 yellow bars left). To do this you should use incendiary ammo on your pistol and pepper the Brute with pistol fire. You should also order your squad mates to attack using the Incinerate power and/or Warp power. Add some grenades to the mix, if you have any..

Once the Brute is at 40% health you have two options. Option 1 is the boring option and option 2 is the fun option.

Option 1: Stayback and continue firing at the Brute with your pistol which should kill him fairly quickly.

Option 2: You can switch to your shotgun (make sure you have incendiary rounds on) and charge the Brute with your Biotic Charge. As soon as the charge is complete fire as much shotgun rounds into the Brute as you can.

If you have at least rank 2 Biotic Charge the charge itself should remove 10% of the Brutes armor. This will leave approximately 30% of the Brutes health and 3 shots with incendiary ammo should finish it off.


Killing Brutes as a Sentinel
I have not killed a Brute as a Sentinel but the general idea would be to use Warp power as soon as you see the Brute. As above, you should then have your squad mates use whatever useful powers or weapons they have. Follow this up with as much pistol fire as possible.

If the Brute gets too close use your Tech Armor power and pray. You should get through it ok if you make good use of your squad mates.


Killing Mass Effect 3 Brutes is Easy

As long as you use your squad mates effectively, and use the right combinations of powers and ammo, killing Brutes is very easy. Remember Warp power, Incinerate power, incendiary ammo, and frags and you will be fine. Good hunting Shepard.


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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia

Brutes were always an issue for me, thanks for the tips!


Anm 3 years ago

I play as a Sentinel and an Adept, and a really good strategy is to use Biotic combos, specially the warp+warp combo it doubles the damage from the warp (which means it would deal 4 times the normal warp damage) plus the biotic explosion damage. After that their armor will be reduced a lot, and it will be easy to finish them off.


bluemary1014 4 years ago

correction at the top, it should be relatively easy.

In addition, as an adept, I find killing shielded enemies harder than armored enemies since adept powers cannot damage shields unless you shoot them. Squadmates with anti-shield powers/ammo, is very effective.


bluemary1014 4 years ago

killing brutes is relatively, even in insanity difficulty.

The factor which makes the Brutes hard to kill, is that, if these are deployed to be your enemies, reinforcements appear. Among them is the turian look-alike reaper with shields, and or a lot of husks. These enemies' function is to distract you and mismanages your team. Making the Brute harder to kill. If anyone had a situation like this, kill the lesser enemies first especially the long range ones. Brutes are easy to evade, fortunately, so Focus your attack to shielded enemies before killing the Brute, provided you have lots of space. If not, killng the Brute first is the wisest decision.

I play an adept, first time, both on Insanity difficulty and the Adept class. Progress is still on going.


Coekie 4 years ago

the combat in game is to easy, first playtrough on insane and i wasn't impressed by the difficulty


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