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Branding Rite is a Hellhorned Clan Hellhorned.png Card in Monster Train.


The focused application of heat on a Hellhorned hide will force it to calcify and provide a natural defense. Though I can tell you that the smell is truly...unique.


Branding Rite is a flexible utility spell that can be used either to fortify your units or kill back line enemies, depending on what the situation calls for - a unit with 0Health doesn't benefit from Armor, but a unit with 1Health very much does!

Its 5 damage lets it kill most relevant back line units, and its Pierce means that this will work even when Armor Emblem is in play. It can even kill Disciple Protector, though scaling up its damage to hit later-ring armored enemies requires upgrading its Magic Power, which isn't a strictly positive thing since it makes its defensive utility weaker.

It can also provide a net +15 to one of your own unit's longevity, provided they are able to survive the 5 damage. A particularly good target for this spell is Hornbreaker Prince's Wrathful line, which gains Rage from this card as well. Unfortunately, some frailer would-be targets, like Branded Warrior and Horned Warrior cannot take advantage of this card unless they are upgraded, so try to give them a Battlestone if this card is in your deck and there are situations where you may want to use it on them, such as against Sower of Sorrow.

Suggested Upgrades[]

Upgrade Description
Upgrade Spell Emberstone.png Emberstone is fairly good on Branding Rite, as it often finds a use, either to fortify one of your units or to pick off a backline enemy unit, and Emberstone mitigates its somewhat high Ember cost.
Upgrade Spell Powerstone.png Powerstone is a possibility on Branding Rite in a pinch for the same reason that it is good on Horn Break - namely that it has Pierce and can pick off low-Health but high-armor enemies, but it also makes it worse at fortifying your own units. Horn Break is the better card for dealing Pierce damage on enemies if that is what you are using this for, but sometimes you have to take what you are offered.


See: Version History

Version Changes
1.0.0 Added Branding Rite.