Brutes are first encountered by the player outside Planet Saints in "Steelport Here I Am". Other unique Brutes that are encountered throughout the game include one clad in armor and wielding a Mini-Gun and another wielding an Incinerator.
All Brutes (other than females) have the same basic uniform: the tank top, cargo pants, and combat boots. The different types have extra accessories that correspond to that type, like the Incinerator has the welding mask and the Mini-gun has the heavy armor. The Incinerator Brute and Mini-gun Brute both have armor covering parts of their body, making them slightly tougher than the normal. The Incinerator has the welding mask and metal shoulder pads as armor and the Mini-gun has the makeshift armor covering his chest and arms.
An additional type of Brute known as Space Brutina is part of the DLC Gangstas in Space. She appears during the second mission and is a female brute. She wears space alien attire and her skin is painted blue. After you complete the second mission you gain her as a homie. However she acts the same as Oleg as a homie.
To kill a brute, one must first decrease its health to the point where a large yellow "!" appears over its head. This can be done by any weapons in the game, but note that it will take a lot longer with weaker weapons.
Quick time eventEdit
After the "!" has appeared, the player can either kill the brute with the continued use of usual weapons, or by a Quick time event. This will start an animation where The Protagonist forces a grenade into the Brute's mouth, or jumps onto the Brute and quickly shoots it in the face; both animations lead to the Brute's head exploding into a gory mess.
Attempting to damage a brute by running it over is futile unless the "!" appears over his head, in which case a high speed crash should kill it. Having a homie in the car with you is a good way to make the "!" appear without getting out of the car or wasting ammo.
Brutes can also be killed quickly with heavy weapons or vehicle weapons. They are, however, immune to ramming damage and can quickly flip a player's transport. If you hit a Brute hard enough you will fly out your windshield, though it won't count.
- In an assassination diversion you have to kill a brute with emotions, which means that the Syndicate was close to creating a brute with intelligence and empathy.
- Brutes armed with Incinerators can be easily killed by shooting the fuel tanks on their backs with bullet-type weapons. Possibly due to a bug, a .45 Shepherd with explosive rounds will not puncture a Brute's tanks in this way.
There's several types of brutes. They differ in their weapons, appearance and spech lines.
|Description||Where you can meet one|
|Usual unarmed one|
|With a Mini-gun|
|With an Incinerator (flamethrower)|
Only on Arapice Island.
There are 4 homies (3 of which are DLC-based) whose size and fighting style are same as a Brutes.
- Oleg Kirrlov
- Being the genetic template of the Brutes, Oleg is nearly identical to the Brutes in size and strength, though he is superior in intelligence.
- Space Brutina
- A female brute who somehow became part of the cast for the movie, Gangsters in Space.
- Aisha Brutella
- A female brute clone of the late singer and girlfriend of Johnny Gat, Aisha (who was killed by the Ronin in Saints Row 2). She was created by Jimmy Torbitson as a girlfriend for his clone of Johnny Gat.
- Johnny Tag
- A Brute clone of the late Johnny Gat (who is killed by the Syndicate at the beginning of the game and later revived as Zombie Gat) created by Saints fan Jimmy Torbitson. Tag possess the original Gat's intelligence (though his personality is brutish and angry) and memories, but lacks any of his memories following Aisha's death at the hands of Ronin member Shogo. Though he is initially hostile towards The Protagonist, Pierce, and the rest of the Saints -- believing they had failed "him" (the original Gat) -- The Protagonist and Pierce are able to remind him that he is their friend and he rejoins the Saints.
- There is a glitch that can occur where if a brute flips certain vehicles, for no explained reason it will randomly go "teleporting" everywhere in a very twitchy way until you go about 200ft.-800ft. in-game. If it is thrown into a building with moderate damage while this is happening it turns into a death trap due to constant ramming due to "twitching" repeatedly into a building and explode very quickly and will die from either the explosion or heights (unless you're immune to explosions, fire, and fall damage) depending on how high up you are.
- Killing 50 Brutes unlocks the Achievement/Trophy "Who Loves Ya Baby".
- When a brute fights Oleg it will sometimes call Oleg its father, in reference to the fact they were cloned from him. Oleg however does not share these sentiments.
- Oleg's first fight with a Brute during Return to Steelport is quite glitchy. Assisting Oleg by shooting at the Brute is not recommended.
- Brutes may be knocked down when hit by an enemy's car, but not by the player's car.
- The only named brute is Brutus, who is an Assassination target.
- Somehow Prof. Genki possesses his own army of Brutes called "Hunters" for Professor Genki's Super Ethical Reality Climax and Apocalyse Genki activities. Unlike Genki mascot soldiers, they actively hunt down contestants rather than waiting in ambush. Killing one can earn the players more cash however this only cause more Hunters to appear in their place.
- An amusing glitch may occasionally occur with the Incinerator brutes, where the player scores a shot anywhere above the shoulders and flames will spew from the bullet mark, and therefore the brute's skin, as if the brute's gas tank had been hit.
- Aside from Oleg, Johnny Tag, and Aisha Brutella, none of the brutes have any clothing that tells what gang they work for. This is likely intentional as there are Brutes working for both Morningstar, Deckers, Luchadores, and the "Hunters" of Prof. Genki's Mascot Army.
- Unlike other enemy gang members, Brutes are not technically affiliated to the gangs themselves, instead they work directly for the Syndicate organization as a whole.
- Space Brutina's voice sounds female and she has a larger chest than normal brutes.
- The Mini-gun wielding brute could be based off the Heavy from the game Team Fortress 2, because it wields a Mini-gun, can use its sheer brute strength and its fists to win a fight.
- Johnny Tag and Aisha Brutella (Johnny Gat's and Aisha's clones) are a special type of brute as they are only Brutes who are not clones of Oleg due to the fact they were create by Jimmy Torbitson who cloned them from deceased Saints Johnny Gat and Aisha, however due to the fact he used DNA collected from objects they had touched while alive (which would like only contain small amounts of their genetic code and some of it may have been degraded like Aisha's who died in Saints Row 2) creating deformed brute clones of Gat and Aisha.
- It is quite unclear what is actually inside the tank that the Incinerator Brute carries. It spews flames when damaged, but when the Brute dies, it leaks highly-pressurized gases but without flames. The Incinerator itself does not require the tanks behind the Brute to function, so the only guess is that it is spare fuel.
- Temporary Brute weapons that are lying around may be picked up and used by an unarmed Brute. Exercise caution.
- A brute can very easily be killed by jumping ontop of a brutes head from an elevated spot, causing the brute to get knocked over, while the brute is down it is possible to melee it with the chainsaw to instantly kill it or bring it to the state where it can be executed depending on the brutes current health.
- Technically the Saints have 4 brutes as homies/gang members: Oleg, Space Brutina, Johnny Tag, and Aisha Brutella.
- Like Brutes, all Brute homies ride in the back of a Criminal. All Brute homies also have their own unique drivers.
- It is possible to have up to three brute homies recruited as followers. To do this the player must either attack the driver (and only the driver) until they leave, them call up another Brute homie or dismiss all followers and quickly kill the driver(s) (there is no penality killing gang members other than them leaving and attacking the player) and then whistle (recruit) to recuit the brute homie(s) back.
- Though the Aisha Brutella is supposedly killed by the Steelport National Guard, it still appears as a homie. Either she somehow survived the missile attack (due to being a brute clone) or more likely the Aisha Brutella is a second clone of Aisha (this also might be a loose reference to Aisha's faking her death in the Saints Row).
- Ironically the same thing happens with the game's other female brute homie Space Brutina (who like Aisha is unlocked after completeing the DLC missions they appear in) as she is killed by The Protagonist during the making of Gangsters in Space. However her death (and that of the other members of the films cast), may not have been real due to it being a movie, but considering director Andy Zhen's disregard for the cast members lives and willingness to replace them, it is more likely the Space Brutina homie is double/replacement of the one killed by The Protagonist, not unlike Kwilanna's (Jenny Jaros') doubles/replacement who are encountered backstage.
- The Space Brutina and Johnny Tag are the only brutes to first appear as enemies then as homie. Also both are unlocked after completeing DLC missions involving them.
- Space Brutina and Aisha Brutella are the only female brute homies.
- Due to her design it is likely the Space Brutina is a female clone of Oleg, which if true would make her the only Brute clone who cloned from him who is also member of the Saints.
- Although the reference is likely coincidental, the zombified version of the Brutes could be a homage to the Tank, a hulking zombie from game developer Valve's series, Left 4 Dead.
- Whereas the brutes are very tough, the zombified brutes can be killed with just one shot from a powerful weapon.