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These official TIME HUNTERS Gaming Cards bring together some of the most feared warriors of all time! Scroll through the cards below to find out more about each character.

  • Hilarus

    HILARUS was a slave who belonged to a troupe of gladiators owned by the Emperor Nero. He won 13 wreaths for his victories, making him one of Ancient Rome’s most successful fighters. He was eventually defeated by a novice gladiator named Marcus Attilius. However, Hilarus fought so bravely in their fight that he was spared death and given his freedom.

  • Spartacus

    SPARTACUS was probably the most famous gladiator who ever lived. He became a slave as punishment for running away from the Roman army and was forced to fight as a gladiator.

    In 73 BC, Spartacus ran away again. For two years, he and an army of slaves fought off the much-bigger Roman army. Eventually, Spartacus was captured and killed, but he is remembered as a skilled military leader.

  • Commodus

    EMPEROR COMMODUS ruled Rome between AD 180–192 but also enjoyed fighting as a gladiator. He especially liked fighting wild animals and is said to have killed 100 lions in one day!

    Emperor Commodus was quite a show-off. Underneath a giant statue of himself he wrote that he had defeated 12,000 men! Some of his success was probably because he was the emperor and his opponents were scared to defeat him.

  • Flamma

    FLAMMA, meaning ‘The Flame’, was a slave from Syria who fought as a secutor. During his life, he won 21 battles and drew 9 times.

    The most amazing thing about Flamma is that he was offered his freedom four times, but each time he chose to remain a gladiator and keep fighting because he liked the attention so much! He died aged 30 in his 34th fight. Maybe he should have retired!

  • Lancelot

    LANCELOT was one of King Arthur’s most famous knights, known for his bravery and good looks. He was invited to join the Knights of the Round Table when he convinced one of King Arthur’s enemies to surrender without a fight! King Arthur trusted Lancelot more than any of his other knights, but that turned out to be a BIG mistake. Lancelot fell in love with Queen Guinevere and stole her away from King Arthur. But Lancelot regretted his actions, and ended his life a hermit, feeling guilty for betraying his friend, till the end of his days.

  • King Arthur

    KING ARTHUR was a legendary king. As a young man he proved himself the rightful King of England by pulling a magical sword out of a stone. Arthur was then given his own special sword, called Excalibur. During his reign he married the beautiful Guinevere, built a magnificent castle called Camelot, and created the Knights of the Round Table, an order made up of the kingdom’s twelve best knights.

  • Gawain

    GAWAIN was King Arthur’s nephew. The most famous story about Gawain is of him and the Green Knight, who challenged Gawain to chop off his head, as long as he could do the same to Gawain a year later. Not believing this was possible, Gawain beheaded him, but the Green Knight simply picked his head up and stuck it back on! For the next year, Gawain was always worried and wore a magical green ribbon around his neck, which protected him from the Green Knight’s axe.

  • Galahad

    GALAHAD was Lancelot’s son, known for his courage. Like King Arthur, Galahad pulled a sword out of a stone, proving that he was the knight destined to find the Holy Grail, which was a sacred cup. Along with two other Knights of the Round Table – Bors and Percival – Galahad went on a long, difficult quest to find the Holy Grail. When he finally found it, Galahad was so happy that he asked to die in that very moment!

  • Canute the Great

    CANUTE THE GREAT was a Danish king. His army invaded England in AD 1013 and by 1016 Canute was King of England as well. He didn’t stop there – over the next twelve years he became King of Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden! Even though Canute had invaded England, he was a popular and successful king as he respected old laws and was seen as a fair ruler.

  • Harald Bluetooth

    HARALD BLUETOOTH was King of Denmark from AD 958. According to legend, he got the name Bluetooth because he liked eating blueberries so much that they stained his teeth! During his reign he ordered the building of many forts and bridges. Harold died in battle in AD 986, fighting against rebel forces led by his son, Sweyn Forkbeard. Now that isn’t a nice way to treat your dad, is it?

  • Ivar the Boneless

    IVAR THE BONELESS was a Viking leader who ruled parts of Denmark and Sweden. No one knows for sure why he got his name – some people believe he had an illness that made the bones in his legs soft, so that he had to be carried around on shields. Even if this was true, it didn’t stop him from invading England in AD 865! He must have been a fierce warrior.

  • Erik the Red

    ERIK THE RED is thought to have got his nickname because he had red hair. But it might have been because of his temper… He was thrown out of Iceland after killing two of his neighbours. He travelled across the sea and discovered a cold, icy land, which he called Greenland. He convinced other Vikings to move there, and the settlement grew to 5,000 people. In AD 1002 a new group of immigrants brought over a disease which killed many of the settlers, including Erik the Red. Erik’s son, Leif Erikson, was also a great explorer – he was the first Viking to reach North America.

  • Odysseus

    ODYSSEUS was the king of Ithaca, a Greek island. He is the hero of two epic poems about the Trojan War. In The Illiad, Odysseus’s cleverness helps the Greek army win the ten-year war against Troy. It was Odysseus's idea to build a giant wooden horse for the Greek soldiers to hide in so they could sneak inside the city walls. Neat trick!

  • Hector

    HECTOR was King Priam’s oldest son. He was the Trojan army’s greatest warrior – even the Greeks admired him for his courage, skill and honour. He disagreed with the war between the Greeks and Trojans, but he still bravely defended the City of Troy. He challenged the Greek warriors to a one-on-one fight and Ajax, a Greek hero, was chosen as his opponent. The fight went on for a whole day and ended in a draw. Ajax was so impressed with Hector that he gave him his own sash. Hector gave Ajax his sword in return. What great sports!

  • Achilles

    ACHILLES was the Greek army’s best warrior. He was said to be born invincible (except for a spot on his heel) – so he had quite an advantage over mere mortals! Achilles defeated many of the Trojans’ best fighters. It was Achilles who defeated Hector, after the Trojan prince killed his best friend. In turn, Achilles was killed when Hector’s brother, Paris, shot an arrow into his heel. Today we use the expression Achilles' heel to mean someone’s weak spot.

  • Ajax

    AJAX was the great-grandson of the Greek god Zeus. Ajax was said to be as tall as a tower and the strongest of all the Greek warriors. His combat skills were second only to his cousin Achilles’s and he was never wounded in battle. When Achilles died, Ajax wanted his magical armour but Odysseus got it instead. Ajax was so upset that he fell on his own sword and died. A bit of an overreaction!

  • Captain Kidd

    CAPTAIN KIDD was a privateer. Privateers were paid by a government to attack ships during wartime. Captain Kidd was asked by the king of England to attack French ships. But when his ship sailed past a navy yacht, the crew showed their bottoms instead of saluting. How rude! As punishment, Captain Kidd lost his crew to the navy. His new sailors were pirates who ignored his orders and attacked a British ship. In 1701, the British government hanged Captain Kidd for piracy. So remember – if you hang out with pirates, people will think you're one too!

  • Calico Jack

    CALICO JACK was a pirate whose real name was Jack Rackham. He got his nickname from the rough cotton clothes he wore. His flag featured a skull with two crossed swords – the design we associate with pirate flags today – called the Jolly Roger. Calico Jack’s swashbuckling crew included two women – his girlfriend Anne Bonny, and Mary Read, who tricked Calico Jack into thinking she was a man. Sneaky! In 1720, Calico Jack was captured by a pirate hunter and hanged in a Jamaican port, now called Rackham’s Cay.

  • Blackbeard

    BLACKBEARD, whose real name was Edward Teach, was one of the most feared pirates of all time. Born in Bristol in 1680, Blackbeard terrified his enemies by wearing lit fuses in his thick black beard and daggers, pistols and a cutlass attached to his belt. The flag he flew on his boat, a ship he’d stolen and renamed the Queen Anne’s Revenge, had a skeleton stabbing a heart. Yikes!

  • Henry Morgan

    HENRY MORGAN was a navy admiral who became a famous privateer. While the British and the Spanish were at war during the 17th century, the British government gave him permission to terrorise Spanish ships and settlements in the Caribbean. Morgan did so with great success and became very rich in the process. When the war between England and Spain ended, Morgan was having too much fun to stop – so he carried on! Spain was upset when he attacked Panama, but King Charles II knighted Henry Morgan and made him deputy governor of Jamaica.

  • Isis

    ISIS AMUN RA was an Egyptian princess, born around 3,000 BC. Her name was inspired by the Ancient Egyptian goddess, Isis. When she was ten, she fell to her death when visiting a new pyramid. Isis is very cheeky and loves to make jokes. Unfortunately, Anubis doesn’t find her funny and he trapped her in a statue as punishment for being disrespectful, until Tom freed her. Isis is an excellent archer – a skill she’s used many times during her adventures! Although she’s a bossy boots, Isis is a loyal friend and she never, ever gives up.

  • Tom

    TOM isn’t Egyptian but he must travel to Ancient Egypt on his last quest to find the six amulets. Tom was just a normal school boy until he released Isis from the statue and began his adventures travelling through time. Tom’s favourite subject is history and he spends lots of time at the museum where his dad works, so he knows lots about past times. But Tom’s not just a history fan – he’s also brave on the battlefield and uses his courage and strategies to defeat mighty warriors much bigger and stronger than him.

  • King Tut

    KING TUTANKHAMUN became Pharaoh when he was about 9 years old. Because he was young, he had two powerful advisors – General Horemheb and the Vizier Ay. Tutankhamun was about 18 when he died. In 1922, the archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Most pharaohs’ tombs had been raided by thieves, but Tutankhamun’s tomb was full of treasures, such as a gold death mask. These treasures have travelled around the world in exhibitions seen by millions of people, making King Tutankhamun the most famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt!

  • Anubis

    ANUBIS, was the Ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld. He had the head of a jackal and the body of a man. His job was to protect the dead on their journey to the Afterlife, and he was also the god responsible for mummification. He was said to weigh a dead person’s heart, to decide whether they had been good enough to enter the Afterlife. A light heart meant that a person was good.

  • Wyatt Earp

    WYATT EARP was a marshal in several frontier towns. After a stagecoach robbery, Earp got into a famous feud with a local rancher who knew the robbers’ identities. Their gunfight at the O.K. Corral lasted only 30 seconds but the shootout killed three cowboys and injured three more. Wyatt Some saw him as a hero, Earp was the only person who wasn't hurt! The outlaws took revenge, killing Earp’s brothers, and Wyatt Earp hit back. some as a villain for taking the law into his own hands.

  • Wild Bill Hickok

    WILD BILL HICKOK’s real name was James Butler Hickok. He had many jobs before becoming a lawman, from driving a stagecoach to being a soldier during the American Civil War. He was involved in many famous shootouts. His legendary duels and rowdy attitude earned him the nickname ‘Wild Bill’. He also showed off his shooting skills in Wild West shows with Buffalo Bill. In 1876, he was shot dead during a poker game. The cards he was holding when he died – a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights – are now called ‘the dead man’s hand’. Unlucky for some.

  • Buffalo Bill

    BUFFALO BILL worked as a scout for the US army when he was young, for which he received a Medal of Honour. His real name was William Cody, but he got his nickname while working as a buffalo hunter, killing 4,280 buffalo in 18 months. Buffalo Bill had his own circus show called Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. It featured shooters, displays of horsemanship and The show toured all over the United States and Europe, celebrity. Yee-ha!

  • Billy the Kid

    BILLY THE KID was born in New York City. When he was 15 he became an orphan and joined a gang of outlaws called The Regulators. When The Regulators’ leader was killed, the gang took revenge by killing Sheriff Brady, which led to a fourday gunfight. Billy the Kid went on the run until he was caught and sentenced to death. He escaped from prison, but was tracked down and killed by Sheriff Patrick Garrett, who wrote a book called The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, turning the young outlaw into hero. According to legend, Billy the Kid killed 21 men – one for each year of his life!

  • Lord Uesugi Kenshin

    LORD UESUGI KENSHIN was one of the most powerful and respected daimyo (warlords) in 16th-century Japan, famous for his many battles against his rival Lord Shingen. Their armies fought five times in the same place, Kawanakajima. When he heard of Lord Shingen’s death, Lord Kenshin was so sad he cried and ordered that no music be played in his castle for three days.

  • Lord Takeda Shingen

    LORD TAKEDA SHINGEN may have dressed like a monk and written poetry as a child, but he was one of the fiercest daimyo around. He punished criminals by boiling them alive in two giant iron cauldrons! In 1565 Lord Shingen foiled an assassination plot against him led by his own son, Yoshinobu. He punished Yoshinobu by confining him to a temple for two years. Grounded! Lord Shingen died in 1573 whilst laying siege to a castle with his army. Many people believe he was shot by a sniper who was hiding up on the castle walls.

  • Hattori Hanzo

    HATTORI HANZO was both a samurai and a ninja. He fought in his first battle when he was just sixteen years old, his fighting skills earning him the nickname ‘Devil Hanzo’. In 1582 Hattori helped a daimyo called Tokugawa Ieyasu escape from the territory of an enemy lord. When Ieyasu later became shogun, the most powerful man in Japan, Hattori became his loyal servant, leading a 200-man unit of ninjas from the Iga clan who acted as spies, guards and assassins for the shogun. Many people believed that Hattori had supernatural powers, including the ability to vanish and reappear whenever he wanted!

  • Honda Tadakatsu

    HONDA TADAKATSU was a samurai general who served under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. He was such a skilled never to have been wounded – despite taking part in over 100 battles! He once challenged an army to fight even though he was outnumbered 50 to 1. The opposing general was so impressed by Honda’s bravery he ordered his men not to attack him. Honda carried a spear that was known as ‘Dragonfly Cutter’, because it was so sharp that an insect once landed on it and was sliced in half. Now that’s a lethal weapon!

  • Ben Hall

    BEN HALL was a cattle rancher in New South Wales, who gave up farming for a life of crime as a bushranger. Nicknamed Brave Ben Hall, he committed over 600 robberies, but never killed anyone. His gang once held the entire village of Canowindra hostage in a hotel and locked the policein a prison cell! In 1865 Hall was ambushed by police and shot dead as he tried to flee. He is remembered as a folk hero in many songs and stories.

  • Ned Kelly

    NED KELLY was Australia's most notorious outlaw. Ned got an early start to his life of crime, going to jail for the first time when he was only 15! But he didn't learn his lesson – when he got out of prison, Ned continued to steal cattle and horses. His crimes turned more violent when he shot two policemen dead when they found his hideout. Over the next two years, Ned Kelly and his gang robbed banks and avoided capture. During this time, Ned wrote a famous letter to the police, complaining about their bad treatment of his family and other poor Irish Australians. The police finally caught up with Ned in 1880 and after a long shoot-out, Ned was captured and sentenced to death by hanging.

  • Frank Gardiner

    FRANK GARDINER was born in Scotland, but moved to Australia as a child. There he became an outlaw, helping Ben Hall carry out the Lachlan Gold Escort robbery in 1862 – one of Australia’s largest ever gold robberies. Although the police found most of the gold, the location of the rest remains a mystery. Frank Gardiner went to prison, but was let out early on one condition: he had to leave the country! In 1874 Frank Gardiner travelled to the United States, where he opened a saloon in California. No one knows how or when he died – or where he hid the rest of the gold!

  • Captain Thunderbolt

    CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT was really called Frederick Ward. He was sent to prison on Cockatoo Island, but famously escaped in 1863 by swimming through dangerous waters to the mainland. Giving himself the nickname Captain Thunderbolt, Fred formed a gang of bushrangers, including his loyal girlfriend, Mary-Ann Bugg, and went on a crime spree lasting nearly seven years. He was shot dead by the police in 1870, but his fame lives on. Today there is a road called Thunderbolt’s Way that follows the very route he used to terrorise!

  • Gam

    GAM is a Stone Age hunter who leads Tom and Zuma into battle against a rival tribe. By the Stone Age, hunters had learned to make tools to catch and kill animals to eat. The frozen remains of one Stone Age hunter, whom archaeologists call Ötzi the Iceman, show he had an axe, a dagger, a bow and arrow, a backpack and a net. He must have been strong!

  • Orm

    ORM is the leader of a rival tribe that wants to conquer Gam’s village. Life in the Stone Age was tough, and there was serious competition for food. Battles often happened at places where there was a steady supply of things to eat, for example by rivers that were full of fish. The first forts were built during prehistoric times, with surrounding ditches to protect them from invaders. And there are cave paintings that show prehistoric warriors with bows and arrows hunting in a straight line – the very first battle tactics!

  • Pag

    PAG is a builder and a member of Gam’s tribe. By the Stone Age people no longer lived in caves. In fact many of them lived in wooden houses built on stone foundations, with a hearth inside for fires to keep them warm. Pag would have also made sure that the village was built on top of a hill, to make it harder for rival tribes like Orm’s to attack it. Stone Age people didn’t just build houses. They also constructed rings of large standing stones, where they would bury people and worship their gods. Perhaps the most famous example of this is Stonehenge in the United Kingdom.

  • Col

    COL is the elder of Gam’s tribe and was once a mighty warrior. We know from digging up Stone Age skeletons that there were lots of battles in this period. The bow and arrow were invented around 12,000-10,000 BC, and graves from around 7000 BC have been found containing weapons such as daggers, slings and maces. Judging by the remains of warriors archaeologists have found with broken skulls and arrowheads in their bones, Stone Age battles were pretty brutal.

  • Crazy Horse

    CRAZY HORSE was a Native American war leader who fought to keep the Lakota tribe’s traditional ways. He had a vision when he was young that told him that he would protect his people. He even saw the lightning bolt that he would wear as face paint in battle! When the Lakota people were ordered to move on to reservations, Crazy Horse refused. In June 1876, Crazy Horse bravely led 1,500 Sioux warriors to victory against the US cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

  • Crazy Horse

    GERONIMO was born in 1829 in what is now New Mexico. When Mexican soldiers raided his camp and murdered his family, Geronimo vowed to get revenge. For the next ten years, Geronimo and a small band of Apache warriors attacked Mexican towns. When the United States took over Mexican land in 1848 and pushed the Apache people on to reservations, Geronimo and his followers fought them, attacking American troops across the American Southwest. For years he famously avoided being captured, but in 1886 he surrendered. In later life he became a celebrity, attending fairs, publishing his autobiography and even getting to meet the president.

  • Crazy Horse

    SHABASH was a Mohican chief who lived in what is now New York. He had a very hard start in life. When he was only four years old, his mother was killed by Mohawk warriors, then he lost his sister and brother to smallpox. Shabash sold his family’s lands to the government and began drinking heavily. However, a vision told him he must find a way to help his people and to please God. Shabash converted to Christianity, and became a respected leader, who worked hard to protect his people from exploitation.

  • Crazy Horse

    SITTING BULL – one of the most famous and powerful Native American chiefs – was born around 1831 in the Dakota Territories. A skilled hunter, he killed his first buffalo aged only ten. At a Sun Dance Ceremony in 1876, Sitting Bull danced for 36 hours straight! He fought alongside Crazy Horse at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, defeating General Custer and his men. After the battle, Sitting Bull fled to Canada. Years later, he returned to the US and joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show. While performing in the show he became friends with the sharpshooter, Annie Oakley, and eventually adopted her as his daughter.

  • Crazy Horse

    TLALOC was the Aztec god of rain and the harvest. He was one of the most important and powerful gods in the Aztec world. Not only did he have a temple on top of the biggest pyramid in Tenochtitlán, but he had a whole mountain named after him. Aztec people from all over the empire travelled to Mount Tlaloc to offer up gifts and valuables. Thousands of people were sacrificed in his name. With his bulging eyes and sharp fangs, the god was a terrifying sight.

  • Crazy Horse

    ZUMA is an Aztec slave girl whose master Necalli sold her as a human sacrifice to Acalan, the high priest of Tlaloc. But Zuma managed to escape at the last second, along with Chilli the Chihuahua. Tlaloc was furious and magically trapped the pair in a drum for 500 years. When Tom releases them, Zuma is determined to win back both her life and her freedom. She is brave and a fast runner – the perfect ally for Tom as he travels through time.

  • Crazy Horse

    MOCTEZUMA II was the ninth ruler of the Aztec Empire. When the Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés landed on the east coast of his empire, Moctezuma II invited him and his men to stay with him. But when the Aztecs and the Spanish fell out, Moctezuma II became a prisoner in his own home. There was a huge battle during which Moctezuma II was killed, but the Spanish were forced to flee Tenochtitlán. However they joined forces with the Aztecs’ local enemies and returned. The city eventually fell to the Spanish in 1521, which spelled the end for the Aztec empire.

  • Crazy Horse

    AHUIZOTL was the eighth ruler of the Aztec Empire and one of the most powerful. Under his reign the size of the empire doubled. Ahuizotl was also responsible for rebuilding much of the capital, Tenochtitlán, including the Templo Mayor, the Great Pyramid with Tlaloc’s temple on top of it. To celebrate the new temple Ahuizotl ordered 20,000 people to be sacrificed in its honour!