Similar to Fierdsvain Berserker's in their roles, the gladiators live up to the name of being swift and merciless in hand to hand combat. They are armed with halberds, 2-handed swords and the infamous empire broadsword. Some of them may also pack javelins and a shield (same as with pikeman, all those eligible, aka those with one-handed weapons can have shields). These men, unlike the berserkers don a tight leather armor to offer a small form of protection. Fast and powerful hits from the gladiators will bring down even the toughest foes but do not ever use a pure gladiators army, because you will learn a painful lesson if you pit them against rangers. The gladiators' swords will however be less effective as the berserkers' mighty axes in breaking shields. Always mix them up with legionnaires and pikemen. Their shield, if they are ever armed with it will shatter under a small hail of arrows and their leather armor while granting these men more agility, are too light to provide a significant protection. As always, use these men to flank the enemy instead and your gladiators will massacre the enemies.
These elite soldiers sometimes exceed in confidence, wearing no helmet, making them even more swift, but exposing to a critical true damage headshot.
His level (60) surprisingly equaling Noldor Twilight Knight, Hero Adventurer and Heroine Adventurer, making it the highest among infantry troops, makes him the most expensive infantry troop too, which almost triples his equal tier comrade the Empire Legionnaire, making the troop not recommended in big groups.
This troop is upgraded from Empire Heavy Infantry for 80 d and upgrades no more.