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There are 80 Borderlands achievements (50 without DLC) worth 2,494 (1,750)

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Braaaaaaaaaaaaains! in Borderlands

Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!37 (25)

Complete the "Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!" mission

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ImpendIn Agony
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ImpendIn Agony
Achievement won on 24 Nov 09
TA Score for this game: 2,494
Posted on 24 November 09 at 19:03, Edited on 24 November 09 at 20:27
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You will get this achievement from a special character located in the Hollow's End zone of the map. Specifically you will find him in the town of Hollows End. You will find this town at the far south-west of the map. Follow the road behind the gallows to a building with fyrestone written on top of it.

The quest is broken into five stages in which you must return a total of 435 brains to the quest giver. You can only collect the amount alloted for each stage,so do not bother collecting more brains than needed for each stage. A good tip is to leave all the extra brains on the ground so you can scoop them up when you start the quest or the next stage of it. In order to get brains you must head shot zombies and defilers for them.

Here are the amounts you will need for each stage.
1. Collect 10 brains.
2. Collect 25 brains.
3. Collect 50 brains.
4. Collect 100 brains.
5. Collect 250 brains.
RadiantViper Just some tips:
- Zombies will always drop brains when you headshot kill them. They're infinite, it's a collecting quest in more of a WoW-format, not like the flags in Assasin's Creed or the like.
- You can pick up brains before you start the mission, but there's no point. It won't cause any harm, but they won't count either.
- Brains don't carry over between mission either - so if you get 15 brains for the 'get 10 brains mission' and then hand it in, you'll still need the full 25 for the next quest.
- You need 10 for the first quest, then 25, 50, 100, and finally 250, for a total of 435.
- I would recommend getting the mission as soon as possible, then run between different areas to do the first 4 brain mission (10, 25, 50, 100), then finish the other DLC missions. When doing the DLC missions try to make headshot kills as much as possible but don't worry if you don't get them.
- One more tip - head back to Hallow's End when you're about 20-30 brains from what you need, you'll probably get that many fighting your way from wherever you are to the mission giver.

I used a good shotgun to get most of the brains, it didn't even have good accuracy - just wait for them to get close (good accuracy couldn't hurt though). I focused on killing the Defilers first because they kill you the most (you can try for headshots on them too, but killing them is a priotity).
Posted by RadiantViper on 24 Nov 09 at 21:00
The Major GM a proper solution. the only difficulty was finding the quest to begin with, though that was more from lack of looking. if you're any good it will take about an hour
Posted by The Major GM on 24 Nov 09 at 21:32
Aura of Heroism Keep in mind everyone, just incase your playing with a friend. All of these achievements seem to be glitched in one way or another. Me and one other person were playing and I got the two "storyline" quest achievements and killing the final bosses second form, he got the brains and killing the bosses first form. Beware since this one is a bit of a time consumer. If it does indeed glitch, just go to dashboard, DO NOT SAVE and restart, it should give you any glitched achievements and allow you to try turning in the brains achievement again.
Posted by Aura of Heroism on 25 Nov 09 at 02:47
Raistlin 156 Exactly why this site is so amazing and why having achievement hunting friends around is a great thing. I won the game yesterday, took less than two hours, got all the achievements but this one. I figured, wrongly, that they were going to give me the Braaaaaains quest after I completed all the others so I could see every quest they had created. Today I was going to finish them up and instead came here first - saved myself a little bit of time and could have saved MUCH more had I picked this up first since I have been picking up brains the entire time. Thank you Impendin Agony and you'll get a thumbs-up from me this morning.
Posted by Raistlin 156 on 25 Nov 09 at 10:03
Santar0s Thank you for keeping the identity of the quest giver a secret. That was great.
Posted by Santar0s on 25 Nov 09 at 16:26
Leo Ascendent Yea, god forbid you have to look around and talk to NPCs.
Posted by Leo Ascendent on 27 Nov 09 at 16:42
VakPrototypexX Thanks for the guide and the special secret.
Posted by VakPrototypexX on 09 Dec 09 at 22:52
o CLaYnZ o Don't you think 435 brains is a little extreme for 25 points?
Posted by o CLaYnZ o on 13 Dec 09 at 21:52
PinataZombie If you are playing with a split-screen partner and this and/or the other dlc achievements glitch for you heres a solution to fix it:

When you complete a task that should award you with an achievement and you dont get it BUT your partner DOES get it, simply exit to the dashboard without saving and sign in as the opposite player

for example: you complete BRAAAAAAAAINS! as player one and player two gets the achievement and you don't...go to the dashboard without saving and sign in as player two and turn in should get it...same goes for all the other dlc achivements
Posted by PinataZombie on 18 Dec 09 at 21:53
HappyCampersII here's a tip: use a revolver omn the torsos instead of a shotgun, the percentage of getting a brain goes considerably up because the crosshairs are more centrally located to the zombie's head
Posted by HappyCampersII on 24 Feb 10 at 18:47
Kojiiriin @Leo Ascendent - I'm about 99.5% certain they were legitimately thanking Impedin because it's fun to find out for yourself. Good job at jumping down someone's throat for no legitimate reason whatsoever, though. =D

@iTz CLaYnZ - I absolutely agree with you, but it's not too big a deal if you run through the missions in the right order. Sucks for those of us that don't, though, right? =|
Posted by Kojiiriin on 12 May 10 at 03:37
Zombie Deej @ Kojiiriin - Thanks, now I don't have to say it =P

And, I haven't done this yet.. (I didn't realise I'd have to go looking for an NPC) So, yeah, genuinely thankyou Impendin for not revealing the identity of the NPC. I love Borderlands' slapstick humour, and I bet this little secret's good for a giggle.
Posted by Zombie Deej on 08 Jun 10 at 12:58
a rabid fuzzle Read this to find out where this NPC is. Thanks a million for not saying who it is. The only thing I laughed at more was when the "Dr. Ned (Undead) HOLY F*CKING SHIT!!!" screen popped up before the second fight against him. I freaking love Borderlands!
Posted by a rabid fuzzle on 08 Dec 10 at 22:25
Quarantane Don't know who had problems with co-op least not with this DLC, I ALWAYS played this game co-op with my gf, and the only achievement that glitched for use was the Loot Midget achievement in secret armory, other than that no problems.
Posted by Quarantane on 11 Feb 11 at 21:04
Dan vasNormandy Thumbs up from me.
Posted by Dan vasNormandy on 10 Oct 12 at 13:37
The Sharkopath PLEASE add a note for others to start this mission in the beginning! I didn't know that brains picked up before hand didn't count. So I wasted a lot of time collecting thinking it was helping but it didn't due to the fact the mission hadn't officially started. I give this solution a positive vote still but please add note for others to start mission ASAP or to not waste time collecting brains without starting mission.
Posted by The Sharkopath on 09 Mar 14 at 17:35
Red Thunder 86 I found this to be a great set of quests to level up my Eridian Blaster. I've hit level 10 without even collecting the last 250. It's amazing how useless these energy weapons are in the beginning and just how excellent they become once you increase your proficiency a bit.
Posted by Red Thunder 86 on 25 Sep 15 at 04:35
Kuolemanlaakso It's Hallows, not Hollows. Try fucking reading next time.
Posted by Kuolemanlaakso on 11 May at 12:53