The Caged Brute

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The Caged Brute
The Caged Brute quest icon.png
Required Yes
Start Talk to Tarkleigh
Objective Kill Brutus
Completion Talk to Tarkleigh
Boss Brutus, Lord Incarcerator
Brutus, Lord Incarcerator

The Caged Brute is a quest in act 1.

Walkthrough

Talk to Tarkleigh to start the quest after entering The Ledge or encountering Brutus in the Upper Prison.

Tarkleigh: There's a fine line between man and monster. Brutus, the Warden of Axiom Prison… he crossed that line long ago. A big lad, and as you know from Hillock, big lads are slow. Hit and run, that’s the way to cut them down to size. Unless there’s thaumaturgy involved. Then forget the ‘hitting’ bit. Just run.

Nessa: The tale of Brutus was a popular one in the schools of Theopolis, taught in the hopes of deterring students from ambitions not condoned by the Templar.

Brutus was Warden of Axiom Prison and one of the most feared men in the Eternal Empire. But there the histories end… and the myth begins, with Brutus commissioning a witch to transform him, in a mad attempt at immortality. A moment of hubris that didn’t end well… for anyone.

If it’s true then Brutus has my pity. Some of us pay too dearly for our mistakes.

Yet if you insist on learning from your own mistakes then please, take one of these. You might need it.

Quest Notification.pngKill Brutus

Kill Brutus in the Warden's Chambers in the Upper Prison.

Quest Notification.png Talk to Tarkleigh for your reward

You have killed Brutus and found a way through the Prison. Talk to Tarkleigh in town for a reward.

Tarkleigh: The Warden's free of his own prison? Well, since you're so bloody determined to cheat the britches off death, you'd better have one of these... for luck.

And when they write the song about you, just be sure to mention that it was Tarkleigh who taught you everything you know.


Nessa: For some, death is welcomed with open arms. Did you end Brutus' suffering out of avarice, or mercy? Only you know the answer to that one.

Quest rewards

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Caged Brute
Act 1
BodyswapBodyswapMovement, Spell, AoE, Fire, Travel
Mana Cost: (8-23)
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 70%
Requires Level 10Violently destroys your body and recreates it at the location of a targeted enemy or corpse, dealing spell damage in an area at both locations. If there is no specific target, it will prioritise corpses over enemies. If targeting a corpse, the corpse will also explode, dealing damage around it that is not affected by modifiers to spell damage, and cannot be reflected. This spell cannot be repeated.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Cast Speed5% increased Burning Damage0.5% increased Area of Effect2% increased Damage if not Consuming a CorpseExplosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 6% of the corpse's Maximum Life
This Spell deals (3-154) to (5-231), plus 3% of your maximum Life, as base Fire Damage
300% more Area of Effect if Consuming a corpse
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Bodyswap skill icon.png

Infernal Legion SupportInfernal Legion SupportFire, AoE, Support, Minion
Icon: O
Mana Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 8Supports skills which create Minions.Per 1% Quality:123Minions from Supported Skills take 1% reduced Fire DamageMinions from Supported Skills take 0.5% of their Maximum Life as Fire Damage per secondMinions from Supported Skills deal 1.5% increased Burning DamageMinions from Supported Skills deal (15.6-1316) Fire Damage per second to Enemies near them
Minions from Supported Skills take 40% of their Maximum Life as Fire Damage per second
Minions from Supported Skills have +(0-5) to Radius of their Burning Effect
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.

Lightning WarpLightning WarpSpell, AoE, Duration, Movement, Lightning, Travel
Radius: 16
Mana Cost: (9-26)
Soul Gain Prevention: 0.001 sec
Cast Time: 0.70 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 60%
Requires Level 10Waits for a duration before teleporting to a targeted destination, with the duration based on the distance and your movement speed. When the teleport occurs, lightning damage is dealt to the area around both where the player was and where they teleported to. Casting again will queue up multiple teleportations to occur in sequence.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Cast Speed1% increased Area of Effect1% increased Duration
3% increased Damage
0.5% less Duration
Deals (1-37) to (19-707) Lightning Damage
(30-49)% reduced Duration
Can queue up to 50 uses
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Lightning Warp skill icon.png

Minion Damage SupportMinion Damage SupportSupport, Minion
Icon: d
Mana Multiplier: 130%
Requires Level 8Supports skills which create Minions.Per 1% Quality:123Minions from Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased DamageMinions from Supported Skills have 0.15% chance to deal Double DamageMinions from Supported Skills deal 2% increased Damage with AilmentsMinions from Supported Skills deal (25-49)% more DamageThis is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.

Summon SkeletonsSummon SkeletonsSpell, Minion, Duration
Mana Cost: (4-12)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 10Summon Skeleton Warrior minions at the targeted location. They use a melee attack and die after a duration. If made aggressive, Skeleton Warriors will also dash towards nearby enemies.Per 1% Quality:1234Minions deal 1% increased DamageMinions can't be Damaged for 0.1 seconds after being SummonedMinions' Attacks have 0.5% chance to Maim Enemies on Hit5% chance to Summon a Skeleton Archer instead of a Skeleton WarriorSummons (2-3) Skeleton Warriors
Maximum (5-7) Summoned Skeletons
Base duration is 20 seconds
Minions gain 50% more Added Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Summon Skeletons skill icon.png

WitherWitherSpell, AoE, Duration, Chaos, Channelling
Mana Cost: (3-9)
Cast Time: 0.28 sec
Requires Level 10Casts a debilitating debuff on enemies in an area, hindering their movement and also inflicts the Withered debuff, which increases the Chaos Damage they take and can stack up to 15 times.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Skill Effect DurationHindered Enemies deal 0.2% reduced Chaos Damage5% chance to apply an additional Withered Debuff if you Cast this spell yourself(30-36)% reduced Movement Speed
6% increased Chaos Damage taken
Base duration is 0.5 seconds
Withered lasts 2 seconds
(0-19)% increased Area of Effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Wither skill icon.png
Multiple Traps SupportMultiple Traps SupportSupport, Trap
Icon: t
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports traps skills, making them throw extra traps in a line.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 1% increased Trap Trigger Area of EffectSupported Skills can have up to 0.1 additional Traps placed at a timeSupported Skills have 0.2% chance to throw an additional TrapSupported Skills throw up to 2 additional Traps
Supported Skills can have up to 3 additional Traps placed at a time
Supported Skills deal (50-31)% less Damage
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.

Siphoning TrapSiphoning TrapTrap, Spell, Duration, AoE, Cold
Mana Cost: (7-24)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 10Throws a trap that applies debuff beams to a number of nearby enemies for a duration. The beams chill enemies and deal cold damage over time. A beam is also applied to you, granting life and mana regeneration based on the number of debuff beams affecting enemies.Per 1% Quality:12341% increased Effect of Cold Ailments1% increased Skill Effect DurationApplies beams to the closest 0.1 EnemiesRegenerate 0% of Energy Shield per second for each affected EnemyTrap lasts 4 seconds
Base duration is 3 seconds
Deals (15.5-426.3) Base Cold Damage per second
Regenerate (1.3-32.4) Life per second for each affected Enemy
Regenerate (0.3-1.7) Mana per second for each affected Enemy
Applies beams to the closest 10 Enemies
Regenerate (12.7-324.4) Life per second while any Enemy is affected
Regenerate (2.9-17.2) Mana per second while any Enemy is affected
Modifiers to Spell Damage apply to this Skill's Damage Over Time effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Siphoning Trap skill icon.png

UnearthUnearthSpell, Projectile, AoE, Physical
Mana Cost: (7-20)
Cast Time: 0.60 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Effectiveness of Added Damage: 125%
Requires Level 10Fires a projectile that will pierce through enemies to impact the ground at the targeted location, creating a Bone Archer corpse where it lands.Per 1% Quality:12340.5% increased Cast Speed1% increased Physical DamageMaximum of 0.1 corpses allowedCorpses Spawned have 2% increased Maximum LifeDeals (25-682) to (37-1023) Physical Damage
Spawns corpses with Level (12-80)
Maximum of 10 corpses allowed
Projectiles Pierce all Targets
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Unearth skill icon.png
Arrow Nova SupportArrow Nova SupportBow, Attack, Support, Projectile
Icon: G
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports bow attack skills that fire arrows forwards as projectiles. These skills will instead fire a payload arrow into the air to land at a targeted location. The supported skills' arrows will then fire out in a circle from where it lands. Cannot support skills that already fire arrows into the air, channelled skills, or skills that create Minions.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack SpeedSupported Skills have 1% increased Projectile SpeedSupported Skills have 2% reduced Projectile Speed
Supported Skills deal 1% increased Damage
Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles
Supported Skills deal (40-26)% less Projectile Damage
Supported Skills Fire Projectiles in a circle
Supported Skills fire a Payload Arrow into the air
Projectiles from the Supported Skill Fire from where the Payload Arrow lands
Supported Skills can only be used with Bows
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
Maim SupportMaim SupportAttack, Physical, Support
Icon: m
Mana Multiplier: 115%
Requires Level 8Supports attack skills, or other skills that can maim enemies.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Physical DamageSupported Skill have 1% increased Effect of MaimSupported Skills have 0.5% chance to inflict Bleeding on Maimed EnemiesSupported Attacks have 30% chance to Maim on Hit
Enemies Maimed by Supported Skills take (10-14)% increased Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (15-30)% more Physical Damage
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shield ChargeShield ChargeAttack, AoE, Movement, Travel, Melee
Radius: 8 / 16
Mana Cost: 10
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Requires Level 10Charges at a targeted location or enemy, pushing away enemies in your path and repeatedly dealing off-hand damage in a small area in front of you. You deal damage in a larger area when you reach the target. The further you travel, the more damage you deal, and the greater your chance of stunning enemies. Cannot be supported by Multistrike.Per 1% Quality:1231% increased Movement Speed1% increased Damage1% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance75% increased Stun Threshold reduction on enemies at Maximum charge distance
(90-109)% increased Movement Speed
100% more Damage with Hits at Maximum Charge Distance
(15-172) to (22-258) Base Off Hand Physical Damage
2 to 3 Added Physical Damage per 15 Armour or Evasion Rating on Shield
Base Off Hand Attack time is (0.53-0.48) seconds
+0.1% to Critical Strike Chance per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
Base Off Hand Critical Strike Chance is 5%
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Shield Charge skill icon.png

Vendor rewards

Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
The Caged Brute
Act 1
Nessa
Melee Splash SupportMelee Splash SupportSupport, Melee, Attack, Strike, AoE
Icon: S
Radius: 14
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 8Supports melee strike skills, causing their melee strike to deal splash damage around each target hit.Per 1% Quality:123Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Area of EffectSupported Skills deal 1% increased Melee DamageSupported Skills deal -2% less Damage to surrounding targetsSupported Skills deal (50-41)% less Damage to surrounding targets
Supported Skills deal Splash Damage to surrounding targets
Supported Skills have (0-57)% more Melee Splash Area of Effect
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
The Caged Brute
Act 1
Nessa