The Dwarf
Hero Brax
Type Non-Champion
Hiring Cost Icon Gold.png 100
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 2
Prereq. None
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack Icon Melee Normal.png 5
Defense Icon Defense.png 4
Resistance Icon Resist.png 10
Hit Points Icon Hits.png 10 *
Equipment Slots
ItemSlot SwordItemSlot ShieldItemSlot Misc
Hero Abilities

Ability Mountaineer Mountaineer

Ability Constitution Constitution
Random Abilities None
Tactical Hero Brax
Brax the Dwarf (also known as "Brax the Berserker" in some source material) is one of the 35 Hero units featured in Master of Magic.

Brax is a non-Champion Hero. He may randomly appear for hire, in which case his Hiring Cost is Icon Gold.png 100 by default. Alternatively, Brax can be summoned using the Summon Hero spell (or through partial failure of the Summon Champion spell), and can occasionally be found as a Prisoner reward after a successful Encounter.

Brax is a respectable early-game Melee Attacker, relying primarily on plenty of Icon Hits.png Hit Points to endure repeated Melee combat. This is helped by the Constitution ability which increases Icon Hits.png Hit Points even further as Brax gains Experience. As a Dwarf, Brax also possesses uncannily-high Icon Resist.png Resistance to magic and magical effects. On the other hand, Brax has a relatively-low Icon Defense.png Defense score for a Melee-oriented Hero.

Brax may be equipped with the basic fare of Magical Items. He will not be able to cast spells, and thus can focus on gaining an even greater increase to his brute attack strength, or acquiring Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses (to offset his initial deficiency in this field).

Furthermore, Brax feels at home in mountainous terrain, and can cross Mountain, Hill and Volcano tiles at a cost of only 1 Movement Point.

Brax's Upkeep Cost is Icon Gold.png 2 per turn.

General Description Edit

Brax the Dwarf is a member of the Dwarf race - short humanoids with thick beards. They prefer living in the mountains, and preferably underground, so Brax feels comfortable in such terrain and can navigate through it easily.

Brax has a somewhat unsettling appearance: he has a white beard, a horned helmet, a large earring in his left ear, and a crazy look in his eye. These give away his "Berserking" personality - a lust for battle that is so powerful that he can easily forget to defend himself from the enemy's attacks! Fortunately, as a Dwarf, Brax is also quite tough and will not succumb to wounds very easily. Furthermore, like all Dwarves, Brax possesses an almost unnatural immunity to magical energy, so he does not fear enemy spellcasters as most other units do.

In the game, Brax is portrayed as wearing a red shirt and riding a golden pony.

Initial Properties Edit

Note: All data below assumes Brax is at his lowest Experience Level, and without any Magical Items or Random Abilities - After all, any Hero can become devastatingly powerful after gaining several levels and powerful items. Please refer to the tables and chapters below for more information.

Attack Properties Edit

Brax the Dwarf possesses only a Melee Attack of fairly-average strength. It has a default strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 5. With a basic To Hit chance of Icon ToHit.png 30%, he can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage per attack. This is not a very strong attack, but is not too bad for a low-level Hero. It does however mean that Brax will need to make many attacks to destroy any enemy unit - putting himself at risk in the process.

Defensive Properties Edit

By default, Brax the Dwarf has a relatively-low Defense score compared to other Melee-oriented Heroes, at only Icon Defense.png 4. This enables him to block, on average, about Icon Damage.png 1.2 points of Damage from any damage source. Expect Brax to take damage often, at least until he can gain plenty of Experience and/or acquire strong armor.

On the other hand, Brax possesses a Dwarf's Constitution, meaning that even if wounded repeatedly, he can still fight on for a long time. At basic level, Brax has Icon Hits.png 10 Hit Points, plus an additional Icon Hits.png +1 from his Constitution ability, for a total of Icon Hits.png 11. This will grow very rapidly as Brax gains Experience!

Furthermore, like other Dwarves, Brax has a mysterious innate ability to ward off evil magic. His default Resistance score is Icon Resist.png 10, one of the highest of any Hero. This alone makes Brax immune to a variety of Curses, Special Attacks and some other spells. With each additional Experience Level he gains, Brax will become immune to a wider and wider variety - until he can become immune to virtually all such ill effects!

Other Properties Edit

Brax the Dwarf has a basic Hero's Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Ground2. This is good for speeding up his movement on the overland map. It is also useful during combat, to close with the enemy rapidly and escape quickly if the need arises.

Furthermore, Brax possesses the Mountaineer ability. This allows him to enter any Hill, Mountain or Volcano tile at a cost of only 1 Movement Point. Any units stacked with Brax enjoy the same benefit, so that the entire stack can move rapidly through Mountainous terrain. On the other hand, both Brax and his stack must pay 3 Movement Points to enter any Grassland tile.

Experience Edit

The following table illustrates how Brax's various skills and attributes increase as he gains Experience. The effects of the Constitution ability have already been calculated into the values below. Since Brax never receives any extra Random Abilities, the following values are correct for every game you play.

Level Icon Level Name EP Melee To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 13
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 15
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Melee Normal.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 17
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Melee Normal.png 9 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 19
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 15 Icon Hits.png 21
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 16 Icon Hits.png 23
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Melee Normal.png 12 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 17 Icon Hits.png 25
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Melee Normal.png 13 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 18 Icon Hits.png 27

Average Damage Output Edit

The following table shows Brax's average Icon Damage.png Damage output with each of his attacks, based on his current Experience Level. Note that this table completely ignores bonuses from Magical Items, if any.

Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Hero
Experience 1 Myrmidon
Experience 2 Captain
Experience 3 Commander
Experience 4 Champion
Experience 5 Lord
Experience 6 Grand Lord
Experience 7 Super Hero
Experience 8 Demi-God

Improvement Overview Edit

As with any other Hero, Brax can eventually become very powerful as he gains Experience. Nonetheless, he is quite weak at the lower levels.

Brax's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack will improve with Experience to some degree, but he will never be as truly powerful as some other Melee-oriented Heroes. On the other hand, Brax's Icon Hits.png Hit Points start very high, and will soar even higher with each additional level. By the time he reaches Icon Experience Level.png Demi-God level, he is almost twice as healthy as any other Hero, and can fight prolonged battles before succumbing to his wounds.

As a result, it is often a good idea to accompany Brax with a support-hero or other unit possessing the Healer ability, so that he can replenish his Icon Hits.png Hit Points rapidly after long battles.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Constitution Constitution Edit

  • This Hero receives Icon Hits.png +1 Hit Points to his maximum health per each Experience Level, including the first level.

Ability Mountaineer Mountaineer Edit

  • This unit may move through any Hills, Mountain or Volcano tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through these tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • On the other hand, traveling into Grassland tiles costs this unit and its stack exactly 3 Movement Points.

Random Abilities Edit

Brax the Dwarf has no Random Abilities. Therefore, his various attributes will be exactly the same each time you play the game. This makes Brax more predictable. He will never be any less or more useful than this article describes.

Equipment Edit

Brax the Dwarf has the following item slots:

Icon Name Items that fit here
ItemSlot Sword Sword Slot Sword, Mace or Axe
ItemSlot Shield Shield Slot Shield, Chainmail or Platemail
ItemSlot Misc Jewelry Slot Any Jewelry

This set-up contributes primarily to Melee combat. This is excellent for Brax, who is essentially a Melee-oriented unit.

Recommended Items Edit

Brax has two main options when choosing his items: He can focus on increasing his Melee Attack in order to inflict more damage, or focus on his already-high Icon Hits.png Hit Points to make himself even more resilient. Alternatively, it is possible to focus on offsetting Brax's deficiency in Icon Defense.png Defense. As a non-Caster, Brax has no use for items that increase spell-casting skills.

Weapon Edit

Brax will do equally well with a Sword, Mace or Axe. The only difference is whether or not you want to augment Brax's low Icon Defense.png Defense score with bonuses from his weapon. If you can find a good armor piece instead, try to get an Axe with powerful attack properties. Otherwise, consider a Sword with some extra Icon Defense.png Defense bonus.
Any weapon with Icon Mana.png Mana bonuses is probably better off in the hands of some other Hero.

Armor Edit

Since Brax's Icon Defense.png Defense rating is lower than normal, some players will try to acquire a very heavy armor for him to use. However, the importance of heavy armor decreases as Brax gains Experience, since he will end up with plenty of Icon Hits.png Hit Points to soak up damage anyway.
On the other hand, Brax has little use for Movement or Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses. Therefore, stronger Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses are pretty much the only option remaining. Again, any Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses you can acquire will certainly help.
Note also that Shields are often less desirable, though they may protect this Hero from powerful enemy Ranged Attackers.

Jewelry Edit

Brax can benefit from only half of the available Jewelry bonuses, namely Icon Melee Normal.png Attack Strength, Icon Defense.png Defense and Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses. Spell-casting bonuses can be ignored entirely, and Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses won't help much thanks to Brax's already-impressive Resistance score.

Acquisition Edit

Brax the Dwarf can be acquired in one of four different methods:

Hiring Brax Edit

Every once in a while, a Hero will arrive at your Fortress town to ask for employment. The frequency of this event depends on your current Icon Fame.png Fame score, the number of Heroes already under your employ, and whether or not you have particular Retorts that affect this chance.

In order for Brax to appear for hire in this way, you must meet several requirements:

  1. You must have sufficient Icon Gold.png Gold in your treasury to hire Brax (more on this below).
  2. Brax must not have already been killed in battle.

Note that Brax does not care about your wizard's Icon Fame.png Fame score - he is not picky about whom he serves.

Since the game randomly chooses which Hero appears during this event, there's no guarantee that Brax will ever appear. The chance, however, increases if the number of other valid Heroes dwindles (such as when most other Heroes have died in battle).

The default Hiring Cost for Brax is Icon Gold.png 100. This is reduced to Icon Gold.png 50 if your wizard has the Charismatic Retort. If you do not have this much Icon Gold.png Gold at the start of a turn (after paying all Upkeep Costs), Brax will not appear for hire. In fact, if he is picked as the Hero who approaches you, and you lack the money to hire him, you are effectively forfeiting your chance to hire any Hero this turn.

After agreeing to hire Brax (you can always refuse), you may give him any name you choose - he will be known as "<name> the Dwarf". His overland unit will appear at your Fortress town or, if that town's garrison is full, next to your Fortress town.

Summoning Brax Edit

As a non-Champion hero, Brax the Dwarf can be summoned using either the Summon Hero or Summon Champion spells. However, Summon Champion only has a chance to bring Brax to you if all Champions are unavailable at the time.

Once the spell is completed, the game chooses a random Hero to bring to your Fortress from a list of all available and valid Heroes. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Brax will appear when these spells are cast, unless all other Heroes are unavailable.

Again, you get a chance to agree or refuse to hire Brax. If you agree, he will appear in your Fortress town and/or next to it.

If Brax is hired through the use of Summon Hero or Summon Champion, there is no need to pay any Hiring Cost. However, you may still need to pay an Upkeep Cost (see below).

Rescuing Brax Edit

On defeating an Encounter of at least moderate difficulty, there is a small chance that your reward will include a Prisoner previously held captive in this Encounter zone.

The game can randomly pick any non-Champion Hero to be rescued in this way - except Heroes that have already died while in your service. Your Icon Fame.png Fame and Icon Gold.png Gold are disregarded, and there is no need to pay any Hiring Costs.

Note that if the army that beats that particular Encounter already contains 9 units, you will never be rewarded with a Prisoner.

Resurrecting Brax Edit

For most wizards, losing Brax in battle removes him from the game permanently. He will never appear again.

For Icon Life.pngLife-wielding wizards, however, who have access to the Resurrection spell, it is possible to bring Brax back to life after he has died. In this case, Brax returns to your Fortress town, with no Magical Items, but keeping all Experience he had prior to his death.

You may repeatedly resurrect Brax each time he dies.

Upkeep Costs Edit

Once Brax is in your employ, you must pay him an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 2 at the start of each and every turn. Failure to pay this price due to lack of Icon Gold.png Gold results in Brax leaving your employ. This is not permanent however: Brax may still be acquired in any of the above methods with no penalty.

Alternate Names Edit

Other wizards can also have a Dwarf, but they are different characters (what happens to one has no effect on the others), and go by different names, as follows:

Hero Brax
Player Alternate Name
  Human (0)   Brax
  Wizard 1   Dolgin
  Wizard 2   Grendel
  Wizard 3   Beorn
  Wizard 4   Flynn
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