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Exploited in the Bowels of Hell
Exploited in the Bowels of Hell
Location Crushing Pit
Given By Lars Halford
Previous To Bladehenge!
Next Kill Master's Mercy
Rewards 30 Fire Tributes
“ It's a devil screaming! It's an angel singing! It's the pounding of creation's hammer upon the anvil of time! It's fucking awesome!” — Headbangers

"Exploited in the Bowels of Hell" is the third story mission in Brütal Legend.


The Season of Pain is upon us....
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Eddie Riggs meets Lars at the Crushing Pit, where General Lionwhyte sends the Headbangers to toil their lives away, mining rock with their bare heads. Lars draws his sword, revealing a Tab Slab etched on the blade, which gives the player the Battle Cry solo.


Eddie and Lars prepare to sound the Battle Cry.

Using the Battle Cry guitar solo, the player can recruit the Headbangers to Lars' cause. Some resist however, and become Hairbangers. These first Hairbangers escape, but not before alerting the Bouncer that the Headbangers are forming a union. Once he is dealt with, there will be a short tutorial on how to issue basic commands.

After all the Lionwhyte statues are destroyed, the player can proceed into the central part of the Crushing Pit. Playing Battle Cry will recruit more troops to help in the fight against the Hairbangers. Eventually the Pit Boss will take notice, and decide that the slaves are better dead than free.

The Bouncer, whom Eddie mockingly refers to as "Mittens", orders the Hair Metal Militia to destroy the gyre. Players should make use of the defend command to more effectively defend the support pillars. Once all the enemies have been slain, Eddie will contront Mittens.

Boss Fight

Mittens cannot be killed with convential axe attacks. The player must instead use Shocker to stun him whilst he is directly in the path of the mine carts. Earthshaker can then be used to drop coal on him. By repeating this process, Mittens will fall.

After he is defeated, he will order a massive contingent of Bouncers as a last resort, just before falling into the lava. The player must play the Battle Cry guitar solo one more time to inspire the last of the Headbangers on the gyre. With their help, the Bouncers are easily defeated. Eddie announces that the new army is to be named "Ironheade", in honour of the Headbangers.

Brütal Defeat[]

This mission will fail if:

  • The player dies.
  • The gyre is destroyed.

In the latter case, a custcene will be shown, in which the Headbangers hall into the lava. Eddie is seen on the verge of tears. The storyboard for this scene can be found in the gallery section of the main menu.


  • Rock of Ages -- Def Leppard


  • This mission serves as the tutorial on how to issue orders.