Wielders of the magical "spellswords".
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]
Gladiator command. Combine magic with swordplay.
|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.|
|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]
|Strikeback||Wygar||Block enemy attack and counterattack. Ineffective vs. A-abil.||300|
Support[edit | edit source]
|Doublehand||Venus Blade||Hold one-handed weapon in two hands. Improves weapon attack.||300|
Combo[edit | edit source]
|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]
Gladiator appears with an earth-elemental card.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
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.A