Naked Fanatics (Germans)
German Naked Fanatics
Appears in Rome: Total War
Belongs to Germans
Type Heavy infantry
Weapon(s) Sword
Soldiers in each unit 80
Attack skill 16
Charge bonus 5
Hitpoints 1
Armor 0
Defense skill 5
Shield bonus 5
Special abilities Warcry improves attack; Expert at hiding in woods; Combat bonus in woods or snow; May charge without orders; Good morale; Good stamina
Cost 430
Upkeep 130

In-game description:

There are warriors among the barbarian ranks whose love of battle is such that they live for little else. Clad only in flimsy loincloths, the fanatics whip themselves into a frenzy by chanting, beating themselves and drinking heavily. In this state they make an unnerving sight on the battlefield! They are best sent into battle en masse, shocking the enemy by a ferocious charge, but they should be kept away from enemy cavalry.

They carry just swords and shields and have practically no discipline, but they can cause heavy casualties among most enemies. They fight mostly (if not completely) naked to emphasise their own fierceness and utter lack of fear. Scars and tattoos adorn their skin, and they let their haid grow wild. Only after a kill is their hair cut often with a sword blade while standing over a freshly dead foe.

While their reckless courage is not in doubt, they can lack the cohesion and discipline to adapt to setbacks, breaking and running in confusion when subjected to severe pressure.

Due to their lack of armour and defence skill, Naked Fanatics are not usually suited to the role of front-line troops, and are better off flanking other units. As the description suggests, decent cavalry can destroy these troops in one frontal charge, their lack of armour again the cause.

They require a top-level barbarian shrine to recruit, and are therefore not commonly used in campaigns.

Interestingly they do not wear boots like all barbarian units. Perhaps this was done to emphasize the nakedness