Gladiator in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings.

Gladiator (剣闘士, Kentoushi?, lit. Sword Champion), (守護騎士, Shugokishi?, lit. Guardian Knight), or (グラディエーター, Guradiētā?) is a job class in the Final Fantasy series all about dealing heavy damage, usually with elements added to their attack. The trade-off is that the Gladiator has low Agility compared to other melee jobs.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy V[edit | edit source]

The Gladiator is a class exclusive to the Advance, mobile and Steam versions. Its skill set is centered around potentially inflicting huge damage all at once, with a significant chance of failure.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[edit | edit source]

The Gladiator is an enemy Sky Pirate class for bangaas. Their battle performance is similar to that of a Dark Knight.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

The Gladiator is a Discipline of War, focusing on the use of shields and swords.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance[edit | edit source]

Gladiator is a job for bangaa after mastering two Warrior abilities. Gladiators wield the powerful blades in combat and can also learn three different "Spell Blades" to deal damage. Along with those, they also have some Fighter abilities to use as well. When raised right, Gladiators are very powerful and, when equipped with Strikeback, it is difficult to get in a hit.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift[edit | edit source]

Gladiator is a job available only to bangaa. This job can charge their weapons with elemental properties for stronger attacks. They are nimble melee units that are incapable of equipping heavy armor and so are a bit short in the Defense department, but the highest possible Strength growth makes up for it.

Final Fantasy Tactics S[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light[edit | edit source]

The Hero class focuses on increasing attack power and inflicting massive damage.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Artniks[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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These master warriors are unequalled with a blade, and can wield spears, axes, and bows nearly as well. An excellent front line addition to any party.

Description

Gladiator appears as a recruitable character. He is unlocked in Coliseum on Classic as the First Time Reward.

Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

The Gladiator job appears with Thunder-, Fire-, and Earth-elemental cards.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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Faris as a Gladiator from Final Fantasy V appears on a Triple Triad card in the version playable via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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]

Lightning in the Gladiator role in an early screenshot for Final Fantasy XIII.

  • Initial screenshots for Final Fantasy XIII showed the abbreviation "GLA" in red as a paradigm role, standing for Gladiator, but was later scrapped in favor of Commando.
  • The job's use of elemental attacks for a more varied offensive option is likely inspired by the Mana series depiction of the job class, in where the job gained elemental Saber spells into progression.
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