Brute Force

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Brute Force
Barbarian passive icon.png
Optional at level 5
Area (of effect)

Brute Force is a Barbarian ability in Pillars of Eternity.

The barbarian hits so hard that ordinary means of defense can be easily overpowered. On attacks that normally target Deflection, the barbarian will instead attack Fortitude if it is the lower defense.

Effect[edit | edit source]

When activated, Brute Force causes attacks by the barbarian to target Fortitude instead of Deflection, if Fortitude is lower.

Advice[edit | edit source]

  • While Brute Force is situationally useful such as when the Barbarian is trying to break through a Wizard's Arcane Veil, Fortitude and Deflection are usually enemies' highest defences in Pillars of Eternity.
  • In terms of numbers, Fortitude is also the defence that tends to be reduced the least by Afflictions (-20 from Weakened, -2 per point of Might and Constitution reduced), whereas Deflection can be reduced much more (-40 from Paralyzed, Unconscious, Petrified or -30 from Stunned, -1 per point of enemy resolve reduced).