Deadliest Warrior: Legends Roster Revealed

By Rebecca Smith, 5 years ago
Pipeworks picked several warrior stereotypes, such as the ninja or pirate, to create their roster in Deadliest Warrior: The Game. However, Deadliest Warrior: Legends is being developed by new studio 345 Games, and they've decided to take a slightly different approach. The sequel's roster will instead be filled with renowned / infamous warriors from the realms of history. Here is the full list of fighters, with a full list of weaponry as described by XBLA Fans:

Alexander the Great
Alexander The Great

This great king of Macedon was the creator of one of the largest empires in ancient history. He was undefeated in battle before his death in the year 323 BC (the leading theory says that he was poisoned), and his weaponry list is as follows:

Short Range:
• Kopis and Shield: The kopis was a single-edged sword with a mostly forward curve, used for slashing. Its two distinctive features were the bulge near the last 1/3 of the blade, and the pommel’s hooked shape.
• Unlockable Weapon: Mahkaira and Shield: The mahkaira was a slightly backward curving blade with a decorated spine, guard, grip and pommel. It was primarily a slashing weapon.

Mid Range:
• Xyston and Shield: The xyston was a spear used by cavalry for close combat. It was usually used against the enemy’s face, though they were also used against horses (the impact against a horse often broke the shaft).
• Unlockable Weapon: Sarissa and Shield: The sarissa became the infantry long spear of choice after being introduced by Alexander the Great’s father. With longer range, more rows of each phalanx could engage in the fight.

Long Range:
• Gastraphetes: The gastraphetes had two heavy, composite limbs and a trigger. It was cocked by pressing the center protrusion in the ground using the archer’s weight, and was fired from the waist or hips.
• Unlockable Weapon: Javelin: From the rear of a phalanx troops would barrage the enemy with javelin fire. Light and fast these were most effective against lightly armored enemies.

Armor:
• Bronze Cuirass: Hammered bronze, this cuirass was formed to resemble the muscular torso of the Spartan. As plate armor it was effective against slash and thrust attacks, but it only covered the chest and stomach.
• Linothorax: Layers of heavy fabric were glued together with metal plates in between. Lighter and less effective than a bronze cuirass, it did give greater mobility.
Atilla The Hun
Atilla The Hun

Atilla ruled the Hunnic Empire until dying shortly after marriage in the year 453 AD. He was a feared enemy of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires, despite being unable to capture Rome. Here is his weaponry list:

Short Range:
• Hunnic Short Sword and Shield: The Hun sword was a two edged sword developed for use on horseback. Given the range of the Hun empire, these were likely made of the finest steels available at the time.
• Unlockable Weapon: Scythian Axe and Shield: The Scythian war axe had a long wood shaft (for a one-hand weapon) and a bronze head. The head had a spike on one side, and either a hammer-like face or axe face on the other side.

Mid Range:
• Hunnic Heavy Spear: The Hunnic heavy spear would have been the weapon of choice on horseback for close combat against armored cavalry and the sturdy armor of the Roman Legionnaire.
• Unlockable Weapon: Hunnic Light Spear: The Hunnic light spear, would have been most effective against enemies who were not well armored. Because they were light they would have been ideal for carrying during long rides across the steppe.

Long Range:
• Magya Composite Longbow: The Magya bow was an early experiment in composite construction. Bows that were at least as long as their wood counterparts could send arrows flying much farther with more energy on impact.
• Unlockable Weapon: Magya Compostie Shortbow: The Magya bow was an early experiment in composite construction. By laminating wood, horn and sinew these bows could be stronger and smaller than their all-wood counterparts.

Armor:
• Leather Lamellar: Small plates of leather called lamellae were stitched together to form a light and flexible armor. The lightweight armor traded protection for speed on horseback.
• Unlockable Armor: Scale Mail: Scale mail was made by stitching metal plates to a backing of leather or quilted cloth. Treated leather may have been used for the scales, and some cultures used interlocking metal plates.
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan united many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia before founding the Mongol Empire in 1206. He started the Mongol invasions, which were often accompanied with the large-scale civilian massacres that earned him his fearsome reputation. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Mongol Saber and Shield: The Mongol Saber was designed to be effective from horseback. The heavy, curved blade was long enough to reach ground troops, while short enough to be useable in one-on-one engagements.
• Unlockable Weapon: Mongol Mace and Shield: The mace had a heavy head (in this case flanged) attached to a shaft, and is among the oldest of weapons. The mace had one purpose- to cause blunt trauma through any kind of armor.

Mid Range:
• Mongol Spear: The Mongol spear had a socketed elongated diamond head mounted to a wood shaft, and had a metal buttcap. Most notably the Mongols used horsehair as a pennant to decorate their spears.
• Unlockable Weapon: Glaive: The glaive was a simple polearm- essentially a sword attached to a wood shaft. The Mongols used them from horseback as well as on foot to make large, sweeping attacks.

Long Range:
• Mongol Bow: The Mongol bow was a masterpiece of engineering. Wood, horn and sinew were laminated into a bow under such tension that its power rivaled the English longbow while being much shorter.
• Unlockable Weapon: Mongol Crossbow: The Mongol had laminated wood and horn limbs attached to a wooden frame. They were designed to be fired from horseback and crossbowmen trained to account for the motion of a running horse.

Armor:
• Light Lamellar Cuirass: Small plates of leather called lamellae were stitched together to form a light and flexible armor. The lightweight armor traded protection for speed on horseback.
• Heavy Lamellar Cuirass: Plates of metal called lamellae had holes punched through them and were stitched together. This formed a flexible armor that offered more protection than leather lamellae, although noisy and heavy.
Hannibal
Hannibal

Hannibal was a military commander and tactician for the Carthaginians during the Second Punic War against the Romans. Although his political views won him few allies before he was forced into exile, he is regarded as one of Europe's greatest strategists. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Falcata and Shield: The falcata had a single edge that bulged about 1/3 the distance from the tip. It is most often seen with a closed pommel that has a sharp curve. The shield covered most of the body and curved inward.
• Unlockable Weapon: Celtic Longsword: The Celtic long sword was a double edged blade with parallel sides that tapered to a point just inches from the tip. Developed from a stabbing sword, the added length improved slashing.

Mid Range:
• Sarissa and Shield: The sarissa was the infantry long spear of choice. Its longer range allowed more rows of infantry to engage in the fight. Here it is coupled with a shield.
• Unlockable Weapon: Dory and Shield: Slightly taller than a man, the dory was an effective thrusting spear. It had a point at each end so it was usable even if one end was broken off. Here it is coupled with a shield.

Long Range:
• Soliferrum: As warriors became more heavily armored, throwing weapons had to evolve as well. The heavy javelin was designed to be used by a foot soldier against ever-heavier armored warriors.
• Unlockable Weapon: Sling: The sling was comprised of a leather pocket, and two leather cords. It is one of the most ancient weapons, and was used to throw stones, or bullets of lead or iron, at a great distance.

Armor:
• Loirca Hamata: Made of interlocking rings, chainmail was effective against slashing attacks, but could not stop bludgeoning weapons and was of limited usefulness against piercing attacks.
• Pteryges: Pteryges were strips of leather (often two or three layers thick) that hung from the warrior’s waist. This acted as a flexible, maneuverable armor for the hips to knees, and usually indicated rank.
Hernan Cortes
Hernan Cortes

Cortes was the Spanish Conquistador that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and began the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Espada Ropera and Main-Gauche: The espada ropera had a thin blade that was designed for slashing, a basket hilt and thin crossguard. The main-gauche was a dagger used in the non-dominant hand.
• Unlockable Weapon: Side Sword and Main-Gauche Variant: The side-sword had straight, parallel sides, both being sharp. They were heavy enough to handle armored opponents, while light and fast enough to counter the agility of an unarmored opponent.

Mid Range:
• Alabarda: The Spanish halberd, an Alabarda had an axe head for cleaving, a pick for piercing plate armor and a spike for thrusting. Shafts were around 7 feet and were used by footmen and unmounted knights.
• Unlockable Weapon: Poleaxe: The poleaxe had a long shaft for leverage. The working end had a smallish axe head, thrusting spike and hammer face for crushing. They were supremely effective against plate armor.

Long Range:
• Crossbow: The pistol crossbow is a scaled-down version of the larger weapon. They are light and concealable, while offering a deadly shot that is almost silent.
• Unlockable Weapon: Arquebus: The arquebus is an early muzzle loading rifle which used a smoldering cloth match to ignite a black powder charge. Though not particularly powerful, the arquebus did lead to the end of plate armor.

Armor:
• Court Regalia: Anyone invited to court was expected to wear their finest clothes, jewelry, and most decorative weapons (if allowed). During some periods it was fashion to wear a breastplate or other armor.
• Unlockable Armor: Conquistador Armor: The armor worn by a conquistador changed depending on where he was. Cortes’ men started with little armor, but as his campaigns progressed his cavalry increased their protection to almost full plate.
Shaka Zulu
Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu united many of the Northern Nguni people during his reign of the Zulu Kingdom. Despite being lauded as a military genius for his reforms and innovations, he was condemned for the brutality of his reign. He was assassinated by his half-brothers in 1828. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Imbemba and Shield: The Imbemba axe’s blade was crescent shaped. A tang on the inside of the curve attached the blade to the handle. Some Zulu axes had an upper edge that extended beyond the end of the haft.
• Unlockable Weapon: Knobkerrie (club) and Shield: The knobkerrie was a club with a large ball on top, carved from the trunk of a small tree. They are usually the length of a walking stick and were used for both hunting and warfare.

Mid Range:
• Iklwa: The iklwa was the spear developed by Shaka to replace the throwing spear. Named for the sound it made when being pulled from a body, it was used more like a sword than a spear.
• Unlockable Weapon: Assegai: The assegai was a long spear with a shaft made from the wood of the assegai tree. The blade was extremely sharp and the whole spear was effective at 50 yards or more.

Long Range:
• Iwisa (throwing club): The iwisa was a wood club designed for war. It was carved from the densest wood available- ironwood if available. Iwisa were used whatever way would be most effective– as a club or a thrown weapon.
• Unlockable Weapon: Umkhonto (throwing spear): The umkhonto was a throwing spear, originally used for hunting. The tang of the spear’s head was mounted in a medium-length hardwood shaft. It was effective up to 30 yards.

Armor:
• Traditional Hunting Gear: Zulu hunting gear was simple. A strip of hide was wrapped around the waist, cowhide covered the rear and common furs (monkey, civet) covered the front. Coverings above the waist were rare.
• Royal War Gear: Conquistador Armor: Zulu chiefs were permitted to wear the skin of the leopard, and would wear a necklace of the leopard’s teeth. Royals would also wear beaded necklaces and bracelets to show their wealth.
Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher. He is believed to be the author of "The Art of War", an ancient Chinese book on military strategy. The book details tactics that use terrain, spies, deception and breaking the enemy’s spirit so he has no will to fight, as Tzu preferred a bloodless victory over his enemies - perhaps a little ironic considering the aim of this game. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Jian: The Jian is a double edged sword with straight sides. It is approximately 28 inches long and some examples have blades that taper slightly toward the tip.
• Unlockable Weapon: Dao: The Dao is a single edged sword designed primarily for slashing. The blade often has a slight curve and often a few inches of the back of the blade are sharpened, allowing for better stab attacks.

Mid Range:
• Iron Claw: The iron claw was a hand with sharpened fingers attached to an iron pole. It was effective for large sweeping attacks- even slight scratches could be fatal when the fingers were coated in poison.
• Unlockable Weapon: Ji: The ji has two crescent shaped blades with a spear head attached to a long wood shaft. It was effective for sweeping attacks, as well as thrusts. It was considered a primary weapon in large battles.

Long Range:
• Repeating Crossbow: The repeating crossbow was loaded via a magazine atop the crossbow. A lever cocked the limbs and allowed an arrow to drop into place. The trigger pushed the string out of a notch, firing the weapon.
• Unlockable Weapon: Bow and Incendiary Arrows: Incendiary arrows had numerous uses for a general. In addition to burning villages, oil or another combustible would be spread on the field to be lit when the enemy had no chance of escape.

Armor:
• Robes: Those allowed in court were expected to wear robes made of blue silk, frequently embroidered with symbols. Generals’ robes on the battlefield would have been simpler, tied with a sash.
• Lamellar Curiass: Plates of metal called lamellae had holes punched through them and were stitched together. This formed a flexible armor that offered more protection than leather lamellae, although noisy and heavy.
Vlad the Impaler
Vlad The Impaler

Vlad the Impaler ruled the Transylvanian land of Wallachia, before dying in a battle against the Ottoman Empire in 1476. He was more famous for impaling the bodies of his enemies on tall wooden spikes, and became the inspiration for Bram Stoker's renowned novel "Dracula". Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Kilij and Shield: The kilij was a curved saber with a notable flare over the last third of the blade. This flare adds weight, and combined with the curved edge allows for devastating slashing attacks.
• Unlockable Weapon: The Turko-Mongol saber had a steeply curving, long narrow blade that slightly tapered down the entire length. They were light and fast, and the curve allowed more edge to make contact.

Mid Range:
• Military Fork: The military fork was an adaptation of the pitchfork. Most commonly it had two straight prongs, sometimes a third and some examples have axe heads below the prongs.
• Unlockable Weapon: Ranseur: The ranseur generally resembled a spear with a crossguard. There were many variations, the most popular barb designs were crescent shaped. The barbs were pointed, but not sharp like a blade.

Long Range:
• Steel Crossbow: Crossbows evolved from limbs made of simple wood, to laminates and finally to steel. The heavy spring-steel required a set of cranks and pulleys to arm the weapon, which could pierce most armors.
• Unlockable Weapon: Javelin: As warriors became more heavily armored, throwing weapons had to evolve as well. The heavy javelin was designed to be used by a foot soldier against ever-heavier armored knights.

Armor:
• Wallachian Robes: Vlad was the supreme ruler of Wallachia, which was near the silk road. As such, he demanded the finest silks be woven into the finest cloth to make robes suitable for a bloodthirsty prince.
• Chain Mail Coat: Made of interlocking rings chainmail was effective against slashing attacks, but not bludgeoning weapons. It was also of limited usefulness against piercing attacks.
William Wallace
William Wallace

William Wallace was a Scottish knight who led the Scots during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the English. He led his forces to victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, but was defeated at the Battle of Falkirk. Forced to live as an outlaw following the defeat, he was eventually captured by the English and was hung, drawn and quartered in 1305 for high treason. Here's his weapon list:

Short Range:
• Warhammer and Shield: A war hammer had a medium length wood shaft with a double sided head. One side was a hammer (often with points) and the other a spike. These were used to crush, and were effective against plate armor.
• Unlockable Weapon: Scottish Broadsword: The basket hilted broadsword’s defining feature was the hilt. The standard crossguard evolved into a complex basket that protected the hand. In most Scottish examples the basket was lined with velvet.

Mid Range:
• Claymore: A claymore was a long, two-handed sword with a straight handle, and two straight guards that angle forward. They were heavy (though balanced) and not sharp- enemies were knocked down then stabbed.
• Unlockable Weapon: Greatsword: The greatsword was like a knight’s sword on steroids. The long, heavy blade was balanced by a large grip, pommel and crossguard. The wrapping above the guard allowed for a variety of hand positions.

Long Range:
• Ettrick Longbow: The gastrapheteshad two heavy, composite limbs and a trigger. It was cocked by pressing the center protrusion in the ground using the archer’s weight, and was fired from the waist or hips.
• Unlockable Weapon: Ettrick Shortbow: Staves of lesser quality yew were laminated into short bows that were used by the archers living near Ettrick Forest. Their range and impact was less than longbow, but they were easier to shoot.

Armor:
• Chainmail: Made of interlocking rings chainmail was effective against slashing attacks, but not bludgeoning weapons. It was also of limited usefulness against piercing attacks.
• Leather Cuirass: A leather cuirass protected from the shoulders to the hips. They were made by laminating plates of leather and linen to form a hard, tough shell. They were left plain, studded or with lamellar plates.
Deadliest Warrior: Legends is due to be released this Wednesday, July 6th, and will cost 800 MSP.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.