Helbrutes are a kind of Chaos Dreadnought. These hulking monstrosities are Dreadnoughts whose suits have been hideously corrupted by the powers of Chaos and are now consumed by maddening rage. It is considered a great misfortune to be entombed within a Helbrute, and over time the flesh of the injured body will meld with the metal of the machine it inhabits. This only fuels the maddening rage that Helbrutes display in battle, occasionally attacking their allies as much as the enemy.
Most Helbrutes are completely psychotic, even before the Warp melds the metal of their prison with the flesh inside. A creeping insanity, mingled with desperation and fury, eats away at them over the long millennia. Between battles, the sarcophagus containing the pilot is disconnected and dragged clear of its armoured shell to lie inert and seething in the darkness. The Helbrute is chained like a beast when it is not actually fighting, for fear that some residue of the pilot's soul may send it into a berserk rampage. As the ships of a Chaos Space Marine fleet approach their prey, the Helbrute's heavy weapons are prepared and loaded, its power scourges and hammer-like fists are daubed in fresh blood, and its sarcophagus is installed. The madness of the Chaos Space Marine within burns ever fiercer as he rises from his dormancy. Once the fleets warriors have landed, the Helbrute is unleashed, a lunatic beast of flesh and metal intent upon venting its rage on everything in its path.
- Hakorath - Crimson Slaughter
- Khalos - unknown Khorne warband
- Krieger - unknown Khorne warband
- Maeldrak - Crimson Slaughter
- Morann - Crimson Slaughter
- Mortis Metalikus - Crimson Slaughter
- Zathael - Iron Warriors
- 1: White Dwarf 392, pgs. 30-35
- 2: Games Workshop
- 3: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition), pg. 56