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"A short sword of ancient design. Good for stabbing or slashing. It's light and nimble, which sometimes lets it beat bigger, heavier weapons."

Base Stats

0.85 kg

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
9 dmg (Poke)
2 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
16 dmg (Stab)
2 seconds cooldown
24% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
16 dmg (Cut)
2 seconds cooldown
24% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
Melee Average AP


Crafted At
Fueled smithy.png/TableSmithing.png
Required Research
Skill Required
Crafting 3
Work To Make
12,000 ticks (3.33 mins)
Stuff tags
Metallic, Woody
Resources to make
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The gladius is a melee weapon in RimWorld that does a moderate amount of damage, has a moderate cooldown, and deals sharp damage.


Gladii can be crafted at either a fueled smithy or an electric smithy once the Smithing research has been completed with Building Material (steel, wood, plasteel, etc.) 50 Stuff (Wood/Metals) and 12,000 ticks (3.33 mins) of work. It requires a crafting skill of 3 to craft.

Gladii can also be purchased from any outlander and orbital combat suppliers, or obtained from outlander and pirate raiders.


As is typical with any sharp weapon, gladius attacks cause bleeding, and generally fares poorly against armor when compared to blunt weapons.

The gladius is one of the most well-rounded melee weapons in the game; striking an excellent balance between damage per hit and cooldown, and not being too expensive either. While the gladius is slightly better at nominal DPS, the mace performs significantly better against armor since it deals blunt damage, which puts the gladius in a tough spot. Plasteel gladii, however, offer excellent base DPS which establishes a slightly noticeable lead over a plasteel mace in this aspect; combining knife-like cooldown with spear-like damage.

Still, the gladius offers significantly more performance than the knife while not really being that much more expensive to produce, possibly even outclassing the knife as a 'budget' melee weapon - but again, the mace is still the better choice.

Against armor, a steel gladius has considerably worse performance than a stone club. Therefore, even wooden clubs significantly outperform a steel gladius in this department - and a steel mace offers nearly double the damage output. When factoring in plasteel though, the gladius claws back slightly but still falls slightly behind even the wooden club, so a plasteel mace is going to be leaps and bounds ahead.

Overall, the gladius is by no means a bad weapon, because it's actually a decent melee weapon, but there are better options out there just for forking out slightly more silver or ingredients. At the end of the day, the mace is to the gladius what the gladius is to the knife - even when factoring in plasteel.

Gladius vs. Comparable Weapons

This section goes over how well the gladius fares against comparable weapons (similar value, tech level or similar characteristics) in 1 vs. 1 combat.


  • All testing is semi-automated which allows for large sample sizes to be gathered per set of results with ease
  • All pawns have a skill level of 8 in melee
  • No pawns have any traits that affect combat performance
  • All pawns are of 18 years of age and completely healthy

Results in the table below are the percentages of battles that gladii either won or tied against the weapon listed in the first column of said table, with a sample size of 2,000 battles per result. Higher percentages are better.

The following armor categories are:

Steel gladius vs. Unarmored Flak Marine
Steel knife 57.25% 56.15% 56.65%
Steel ikwa 55.00% 53.50% 48.90%
Steel mace 52.25% 34.15% 14.60%
Steel spear 53.60% 39.55% 30.40%
Steel longsword 36.10% 32.85% 31.65%
Plasteel gladius 28.20% 30.65% 28.55%

Plasteel gladius vs. Unarmored Flak Marine
Plasteel knife 57.70% 57.40% 60.95%
Plasteel ikwa 53.65% 54.15% 51.80%
Uranium mace 45.10% 28.45% 10.05%
Plasteel spear 51.00% 40.85% 32.65%
Plasteel longsword 36.05% 33.35% 29.10%
Steel gladius 71.80% 69.35% 71.45%

Version History

  • 0.7.581 - Added as the Short Sword
  •  ? - Renamed to Gladius from Short Sword
  •  ? - Buffed from 15 point and edge damage to 16.