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  • Gladius item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Damage15 (Melee)
Knockback3 (Very weak)
Critical chance4%
Use time21 (Fast)
Velocity4.8 (effective)
Tooltip'Are you not entertained?!'
RarityRarity level: 1
Sell30 SC
Research1 required
Projectile created
  • Gladius
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Hoplite(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Hoplite.gifHoplite(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)15%
The Gladius attacking a Target Dummy.

The Gladius is a shortsword dropped by Hoplites with a 1/20 (5%) chance. It is one of the strongest shortswords in the game, surpassing the highest pre-Hardmode tier ore-based shortswords (Platinum Shortsword and Gold Shortsword).

Unlike other shortswords, it attacks three times in quick succession per use, with slightly varying angles with each stab.

Its best modifier is Legendary.


  • The Gladius can be considered the pre-Hardmode version of the Starlight, due to its similar attack style.
  • The tooltip is a reference to the 2000 epic historical drama movie Gladiator.
  • Gladius is Latin for sword. It also refers to the specific weapon commonly used by ancient Roman foot soldiers.


  • Desktop 1.4.4:
    • Knockback increased from 0.5 to 3.
    • Drop rate increased from 1/40 to 1/20.