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(I got kind of interested based on the last ask) What are some examples in history of berserkers being used regularly? Either in armies alongside regular infantry as mentioned, or otherwise

Off the top of my head, early northern European forces. So, that’s primarily the Norse and Celts. The word itself is derived from Old Norse, though it didn’t actually get introduced into English until the 19th century.

I don’t know when the practice was abandoned, though the Romans did write about encountering it. Which would mean it was still alive in the first or second century, AD.

-Starke