Wielders of the magical "spellswords".

Description

Gladiator is a job from Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for bangaa who can become Gladiators after mastering two Warrior abilities. Gladiators wield the powerful blades and can learn three "Spell Blades" to deal damage and some Fighter abilities. When raised right, Gladiators are very powerful and, when equipped with Strikeback, it is difficult to get in a hit.

Growth[edit | edit source]

Gladiators are basically the same as Dragoons, although with higher MP, lower Attack, higher Defense, and slightly higher Magic Power.

HP MP Atk Def Mag Pwr Mag Res Spd
8.2 A- 2.8 D+ 9.4 A- 8.8 B+ 5.9 D- 6.4 D 1.1 D

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Spellblade Tech[edit | edit source]

Gladiator command. Combine magic with swordplay.

Description

Skill Equipment AP MP Range Power
Rush Sweep Blade 100 As Weapon As Weapon
Full-on bull rush. Pushes target back.
Wild Swing Ogun Blade 200 Self As Weapon
Swinging weapon attack. Hits to front, back, side.
Beatdown Shadow Blade 200 As Weapon As Weapon
Aggressive attack. Low hit rate, but very damaging.
Blitz Sun Blade 200 As Weapon As Weapon
Uses aggression to sense and attack target. High hit rate, low damage.
Fire Sword Flametongue 200 10 1 54
Fiery blade. Deals damage.
Bolt Sword Air Blade 200 10 1 54
Electrically charged blade. Deals damage.
Ice Sword Ice Brand 200 10 1 54
Icy blade. Deals damage.
Ultima Sword Materia Blade 999 60 As Weapon As Weapon
Mageblade attack born from ultima magic.

Reaction[edit | edit source]

Skill Equipment Effect AP
Strikeback Wygar Block enemy attack and counterattack. Ineffective vs. A-abil. 300

Support[edit | edit source]

Skill Equipment Effect AP
Doublehand Venus Blade Hold one-handed weapon in two hands. Improves weapon attack. 300

Combo[edit | edit source]

Skill Equipment Effect AP
Sword Combo Mythril Blade Failproof combo ability for gladiators. 100

Overview[edit | edit source]

Gladiators are similar to Fighters in that they have identical stat growths and share several abilities. Gladiators have high attack, HP, and defense, with low magic power and resistance. The Spellblade abilities provide a decent selection of elemental damage, and their Ultima Sword is the Ultima ability for the bangaa. However, Gladiators have many shortcomings. Their ability set is lacking, having no ranged attacks. They are often compared negatively towards a similar offensive class, the Dragoon. They have slightly higher MP than usual, but few ways to use their MP supply. Silence can affect Gladiators more than most other bangaa, as it takes away a few of their abilities. Overall, Gladiators are a somewhat unusual offensive class that generally pales in comparison to the Dragoon, but they can still hold up on their own.

Most physical walls can go up against enemy Gladiators without much worry, since they have no supporting abilities. Ranged units and mages can toast Gladiators while keeping their distance.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Gladiator TCG.png

Gladiator appears with an earth-elemental card.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

FFTA Rush.png
FFTA Wild Swing.png
FFTA Fire Sword.png
FFTA Bolt Sword.png
FFTA Ice Sword.png
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Etymology[edit | edit source]

A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, "swordsman", from gladius, "sword") was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers but most were slaves schooled under harsh conditions. Gladiators were celebrated in art, and it became a feature of politics and social life in the Roman world.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite wielding one in their official artwork, Gladiators cannot equip shields without the aid of the Warrior job's support ability Shieldbearer.
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