I’ll have to be honest in saying that unlocking Brimstone sent me back to the days where my husband and I used to play a great deal of Orcs Must Die: Unchained and I used to main Smolder.
Brimstone is quite a situational trap that I liked using more in previous renditions of the game, though in Orcs Must Die 2, I haven’t found it to be as strong unless upgraded towards begin Arcane Damage.
Brimstone is interesting, in the sense that upon igniting an enemy with it, the enemy will continue to take damage while making it’s way down a map, but the unfortunate reality is that in Orcs Must Die 3, there are a number of mobs that are immune to fire damage.
Being that fire immunity has become much more common in Orcs Must Die 3, players are going to be more likely to avoid this trap unless they upgrade it further.
Unfortunately, the Brimstone trap isn’t going to be the best trap when it comes to fully killing enemies as players will have to rely on other trap in order to successfully kill mobs, but it is definitely a great addition to have on your front line to ensure that mobs take some extra damage or combos before they die.
When it comes to placing Brimstone, much like other traps, you’ll want to ask yourself the following:
What is your favourite form of dealing damage?
What does the map look like in regards to placement of traps and types of traps?
What is the immunity or the weakness that the mobs have on this current map?
How many Skulls do I have to shift around upgrades to ensure that the traps I currently have are fully upgraded and does it matter?
The following is all the information players will need to know when it comes to using a Brimstone Trap.
HOW TO UNLOCK THE BRIMSTONE TRAP
The Brimstone Trap is another one of those traps that you’re going to have to spend a few Skulls on to purchase.
Again, simply due to the fact that I purchased this trap before publishing articles about OMD3, I’m not 100% sure how many Skulls I turned over,
The Brimstone Trap is going to be a trap that players think about before purchasing as I have mentioned it is a bit of situational trap for players due to the type of damage it deals.
I’ll let you make your decision based on everything I’m about to share about the Brimstone Trap.
BRIMSTONE TRAP BASE STATS
The Brimstone Trap may not seem powerful, but it can really up that damage for players, especially with it’s over time damage.
The Brimstone Trap will deal a total of 40 damage, though this will be done overtime.
Essentially the Brimstone Trap will deal 12 damage immediately and then will deal the remained of the damage over 4 seconds with Fire Damage, though when upgraded to Arcane it does act a bit differently.
Essentially players will have to sacrifice the Burn damage when they use the Arcane Damage, though as a trade off, this does reduce the amount of defense of the affected mobs.
The Brimstone Trap is the size of a regular trap, being 2×2 squares, or one standard square and will be best used when placed at the forefront of a “maze” set up by Barricades.
Players will want to make the best of this by pairing up multiple types of traps with fire damage as well as traps that increase said fire damage. This form of damaging mobs is not necessarily the only way to increase damage, however for some players this may be a great way to deal damage.
The Brimstone Trap will affect mobs standing directly on top of it and will trigger 3 times before it takes a 12 second cooldown.
It should be noted that the Brimstone Trap is quite costly for the way mobs take damage from these traps. Brimstone traps cost 800 Coins, so players will want to use them sparingly due to the fact that players will only be able to affect mobs with the fire damage caused by them once until the fire damage they experience ends so they can place this status effect again. Again, players will be able to stack fire damage from other traps, but not the same type of trap.
BRIMSTONE TRAP UPGRADES
As is with most standard Traps, Brimstone traps have two different sets of upgrades including the Level Upgrades, which can be placed on a trap immediately and the Unique Upgrades which can be unlocked by dealing 1,000 damage when using a Brimstone trap.
It should be noted that players will not have to deal 1,000 damage in a single map as this amount of damage is calculated over all maps.
When it comes to the Level Upgrades with Brimstone traps, players will essentially be gaining extra charges before the Brimstone trap goes through a cool down period.
These upgrades can be extremely useful, especially when players don’t manage to kill a single mob before it crosses the Brimstone’s path. This makes it more likely for more mobs to cross it.
The first upgrade costs 3 Skulls and raises the charges from 3 charges to 4 charges.
The second upgrade costs 6 Skulls and raises the charges from 4 charges to 5 charges.
The third upgrade costs 9 Skulls and raises the charges from 5 charges to 6 charges.
As mentioned, the Brimstone Unique Upgrades will require players to deal 1,000 damage using Brimstone traps and will provide players with the option to change up the type of damage the Brimstone trap deals.
The first Unique Upgrade players can choose costs 6 Skulls and will essentially reduce the cool down of the Brimstone trap from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
This upgrade is great for players who are looking to still deal fire damage or have optimized their fire damage.
Realistically this is the upgrade that deals more damage, but players will have to want to deal fire damage.
The second Unique Upgrade will cost 6 Skulls and will change the Brimstone trap into an Arcane damage trap, essentially raising the damage to 40 per hit, removing the damage over time, but applying an Arcane status effect so enemies take more damage when hit.
I, personally, prefer this to the other trap due to the massive amount of mobs that are actually resilient to fire damage.
Arcane damage can be quite effective, especially with other Arcane traps as stacking debuffs can quickly shred through mobs, though players will have to still deal quite a bit of damage with their Heroes to make these effective.
IS THE BRIMSTONE TRAP GOOD?
The Brimstone trap is considered one of the best traps a player can place, though undeniably very situational and needs players to really think about the placement of these.
Realistically, I think that Brimstone Traps are great for long paths lined with other fire damage and Tar Traps that are upgraded with fire damage modifiers.
Realistically, the Brimstone Traps has one of the longest attack times in comparison to other traps, which is why it is so ideal for players as many other traps only have a single use before they enter cooldown.
Are these a must buy? No, but they are definitely high up on the list for strategy, especially if players are good at stacking fire damage.