Brute Captains are the approximate counterparts of the Sangheili Major Domo rank, often leading very small groups of lesser Brutes in field combat. However, their shielding is much weaker than that of a Major Domo Elite, and slightly stronger than that of a Minor Domo. Their physical resistance compensates for this weakness.
Brute Captains are seasoned veteran Brutes, and are more heavily armored and heavily armed than the standard Brute warrior. They wear purple-blue armor with a silvery hue. In Halo 3, they also appear to play some sort of ceremonial rank.
Appearances of Brute Captains in the Halo 3 campaign vary based on the difficulty played, but some appear in certain levels regardless.
Brute captains are more tactical and significantly tougher than their lesser brethren, and they will hold their ground more often. The armor they wear is much stronger than the standard Brute warrior and are far more effective killing machines. Their combat effectiveness, is due to more experience in the field and heavy weapons.
They wear the standard Brute warrior partial body armor in Halo 2, but are shown with a small red flag extending from their back or shoulder. In Halo 3, they can be seen with full-body Power Armor with large, similarly-colored headdresses showing their rank instead of the flags.
The Brute Captain, sports more defenses than the standard Brute and is therefore more difficult to engage, especially on higher difficulty settings. Their primary tactics are to bombard an enemy at range. with the high-caliber explosive projectiles from the Brute Shot and they also sport a ferocious melee attack at close range, making the options available to the player limited, when encountering a Brute Captain.
The safest option, is to use the Particle Beam Rifle from long range, although it takes several headshots to penetrate the thick helmet and skull of the Brute Captain, although the player may choose to resort to the M6C Magnum, Covenant Carbine, or BR55HB SR Battle Rifle, those three weapons, are effective against Brute Captains. At close range, the Energy Sword and the Shotgun are recommended. A preferable tactic when approaching any Brute Captain, with a shotgun is to put a quick burst into their chest and quickly follow up with a beat-down to the face. This tactic can kill a Brute Captain (on any difficulty) with efficiency (strictly Halo 3).
The Brute Captain Regulars and the common Brute Bodyguard look similar, (especially in dim lighting), but there are significant differences in their Power Armor color. The Brute Captain Regulars have a violet tinge to the armor, but the bodyguards have a more indigo color. It can be difficult to tell in the heat of combat and due to the fact that the armor shape is identical for both.
|Jiralhanae Military Ranks|
|Commanders||Army Commander • Chieftain of the Jiralhanae|
|Standard Chieftains||Chieftain • War Chieftain|
|Captains||Captain • Captain Major • Captain Ultra • Ship Master/Alpha Brute|
|Specialists||Stalker • Jump Pack • Bodyguard|
|Infantry||Minor • Major • Ultra|