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The Gladiator, or Archer, is an enemy in Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone and Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones. He is a powerful fighter from ancient times who attacks with equally ancient –but not for that less effective– weapons.


Double Dragon 3: The Rosetta Stone[]

Known as Archers in the arcade version, these barely dressed gladiators come armed with bows and arrows, and as such their attacks have a very long range. They will bash the player with their weapons at close range. They are only encountered during Mission 4, Italy.

Archers play a role in the boss battle against Giuliano, where on the first phase of the fight he will be riding on horseback across the screen in an attempt to trample the player while they are dealing with a mob of Archers. Giuliano cannot be harmed during this phase; only after all the Archers have been dealt with will Giuliano dismount and fight the player by himself.

Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones[]

Known as Gladiators in the NES/Famicom version, these enemies have been stripped off their bows, but they can throw pilums (called HAND_SPEAR in the game's data) from afar with their hands as a replacement. In this game, they mainly attack via hand-to-hand combat and count with a sliding kick that goes a long distance across the screen. Like most enemies, they can perform a team attack consisting of one enemy being tossed by the other for a long jump kick.

They are mainly encountered during Mission 4, Italy, and later reappear in Mission 5, Egypt.


  • In the arcade game, Archers come in red and blond haired variants.