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"Yeah, now brutes can actually make a difference!"
―SunAnts and 70coolguy70

Summary

For survivors, this zombie is by far the most dangerous in the game. Should you ever hear the audio cue, you should always be careful, as this zombie is the strongest and most unpredictable in the entire game. Do not be thrown off by its faster club attacks or high HP. Stay level-headed and focus it down. Take down an Elemental as soon as possible if you see one.

Combined with a good horde of zombies, this super-powered brute can easily take out an entire team. If you're a zombie, work together to disrupt and take out survivors.

Background Story

As a group of survivors walked the old ruins of a backwater town, they had stumbled across a gigantic horde of zombies, ranging from normals to Brutes. After clearing out the entire wave of the dead, only a lone Elemental & Brute stood standing, although barely. However, despite their fellow shamblers now in pieces, the injured Elemental had an unnerving, almost maliciously intelligent grin spread wide across its flickering face. The Elemental proceeded to shove his hand into a damaged transformer and with a horrifying flash of light, the once burning, bright creature became enveloped with electricity. With it, the once nearly dead Brute became charged with an overzealous amount of searing power now coursing through its undead veins. The remaining survivors tried fighting it off, but with its superior strength, it quickly killed most of the group and those who did live fled into the unknown, carrying this devastating information that would soon haunt survivors all around.

It can be a horrifying reminder that the SANI virus can be as smart as survivors themselves. Perhaps, even smarter.

Controls

LMB Hold
Charged Smash: The Brute smashes its club into the ground, creates a huge shockwave that shocks nearby survivors and deals 10 damage.

Consumes no energy.


HoldE
Sonic Throw: The Brute throws its club that zips through the air that instantly kills any survivor that is directly hit. Survivors who are caught in the explosion are dealt mid to high damage. The blast radius itself is larger than a regular throw.

Consumes 30 energy.


HoldQ
Block: The Brute emits a forcefield, protecting it against all damage.

Consumes 30 energy per second.

Tips

Survivors

  • You can prevent this mob becoming charged by wiping out Elementals.
    • Don't shoot an Elemental near a Brute unless you are sure you are able to kill it.
      • Weakening it without actually killing it will grant you a bigger problem on your hands.
  • Getting out of the way of a Charged Brute is a good idea. Try to shoot it down from afar with your friends.
  • Some weapons are better at taking this down than others.
    • The Minigun has to go through at least half a belt to kill one, even with headshots.
    • The M249 can kill one with an entire mag as long as you land most of your shots.
    • A sniper such as the Barrett and the Dragunov may be a good idea.
      • Aim for the head and pay attention as the Charged Brute may throw its club at you.
    • The AK-47, Thompson, or FAMAS are good choices as long as you have enough ammo to back them up.
    • Using the Toy Bow is a good idea to keep it in one spot due to the tripping perk it has.
      • Even while stunned, a club can still be thrown at you. Pay attention.
    • On the other hand, using shotguns like the Spas-12 may be difficult due to the Charged Smash.
    • An RPG is a good choice, but you have to be near an Ammo Station since it takes 4 rockets to kill it.
    • In general, close-range weapons like the Flamethrower are not recommended.
  • Anything that forcibly attracts zombies, such as the Pipebomb and the Clockbomb, is recommended.
    • Throwing one off the edge of a map or into water (when applicable) can work well.
  • Despite appearances, it can still be stunned. Use this to your advantage to keep it still for a while.
  • Keep a head out at all times. In big maps like Last Harvest, it's possible to not hear its roaring sound when it charges.

Zombies

  • The Sonic Club is useful for any players trying to pull a fast one on you. The gravity doesn't kick in for awhile.
  • The Charged Smash radius may be larger than you think. It stuns survivors and leaves them vulnerable.
    • It does do less damage than a regular smash, but it does have an afterburn.
  • Prioritise who you want to kill. Killing a player that uses a Skorpion is outweighed by one who uses a Minigun.
  • Try not to be too stingy with your HP. You have a lot of it, so don't be afraid to take risks when travelling.
  • If you want, you can take some cover while you wait for an Elemental to charge you.

Trivia

  • The Charged Brute makes an angry sound when charged.
    • This sound is very similar to the sound a Tank from R2D 2014 makes when spawning.
  • This is the largest HP pool for a zombie to date.
  • Like the Brute, it has a one zombie limit across all servers apart from Survival Unlimited and some VIP Servers.
  • Before it got patched, Elemental could use broken glass to damage itself and charge itself.