Spear GladiatricesThese seasoned spearwomen have a defensive edge over their sword-bearing counterparts.
There are no documented examples of female gladiators prior to Nero’s rule, but they are hinted at; in AD19, Tiberius passed the Larinum Decree, specifically forbidding daughters of those in high office from becoming gladiators. From Nero’s until the rule of Septimus Severus, who banned the practice outright, female gladiatorial contests became a regular feature of the circuses. Their existence wasn’t restricted to the Italian peninsula either; the Credenhill dig at Herefordshire in the United Kingdom unearthed a female skeleton bearing bone formation consistent with gladiatorial training. Gladiatrices were armed and armoured as their male counterparts: with swords or spears, shields, and if they could afford them, galea helmets and manica arm-guards.
Unit NameSpear Gladiatrices
Main Unit KeyRom_Gladiatrices_Spear
Land Unit KeyRom_Gladiatrices_Spear
Naval Unit Keypel_transport
Custom Battle Cost460
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear_elite
├ Melee Damage Base24
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large20
├ Bonus vs Elephants20
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence35
└ Shield Defence35
├ Armour Defence30
└ Shield Armour10
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_light
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points15
The unit moves into a close square formation.
Bracing, morale, melee defence
- Frenzied Charge
Increases the effectiveness of the unit's charge for an extended period. The unit will suffer a large fatigue penalty after the charge is over.
Charge speed, charge damage, acceleration
Melee defence, fatigue
- Killing Spree
Increases weapon damage for an extended period.
- Rapid Advance
Improved unit movement speed over an extended period.
Speed, acceleration, charge speed
- Expert Charge Defence
This unit’s melee attack and damage are increased against charging enemies.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Normal morale