|Resources to train||24|
|Building requirements||Barracks (Classic) 2|
The Gladius is a raider specialist: faster, and more powerful than the swordsman, they can quickly and efficiently raid or capture enemy tiles.
Their speed and attack are 5 higher than swordsmens', but this comes at the cost of a lower defense. This unit also requires more food and gold per hour than swordsmen, and are largely used to one-shot raid, before the enemy units have a chance to react.
Players who prefer raiding and capturring tiles often choose to use these units, where as players who prefer not to or are surrounded by tiles with weak defences usually stick to swordsmen.
They become obsolete in the Renaissance Age, and cannot be trained afterwards.