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FFXIV Gladiator Guide: Full Class Guide for New Players

FFXIV Gladiator Guide

Gladiators are powerful warriors of Eorzea. They are one of the Disciples of War classes in FFXIV. Their primary tools of destruction are a vast array of different swords and shields. This class is best suited for a Tank role but can dish out some pretty heavy damage at times, too. They wear heavy armors which allow them to absorb tons of damage and protect party members better.

The main stats you’ll want to focus on improving with a Gladiator are the Strength and Vitality stats. Vitality should be your highest priority since it gives your character even more survivability and enough health to take up the role of tanking in any situation.

If you want to become a Gladiator you can do so by either choosing it as your starting class or by waiting until you’re level 10 and visiting the Gladiators Guild, The Coliseum, which is found in Uldah.

NOTE: The sub-class (or job) associated with Gladiator is the Paladin which can be obtained by leveling your Gladiator up to 30 and also reaching level 15 as a Conjurer.

Wanna power your way to level 30 as a Gladiator and then level 50 overall? Wanna know how to get the strongest armor & weapons pretty quickly? Be sure to check out this fantastic FFXIV: ARR guide its loaded with leveling guides for every single class, tips & tricks for getting top tier gear fast, strategies for earning MILLIONS of gil in no time flat, and loads more.

Gladiator Skills

In this section of the FFXIV Gladiator guide we will be covering the abilities that are available to the class.

The majority of skills that are available to the Gladiator class are designed to either improve your overall attack damage or reduce the amount of incoming damage that your player takes. A few others also boost the amount of HP you’ll get when healing spells are cast onto your character.

Here is the full list of skills available to the Gladiator:

  • Fast Blade
  • Rampart
  • Savage Blade
  • Fight or Flight
  • Flash
  • Convalescence
  • Riot Blade
  • Shield Lob
  • Shield Bash
  • Provoke
  • Rage of Halone
  • Shield Swipe
  • Awareness
  • Sentinel
  • Tempered Will
  • Bulwark
  • Circle of Scorn

Gladiator Traits

The traits that the Gladiator has really define it as the ultimate tank class. Nearly every one of the traits is designed to reduce the damage you take, increase your health by boosting your vitality, and boosting the amount of HP you get through recovery skills. This makes the Gladiator an extremely capable tank.

Here are the traits you’ll get when you become a Gladiator:

  • Enhanced Vitality
  • Enhanced Rampart
  • Enhanced Vitality II
  • Enhanced Flash
  • Enhanced Vitality III
  • Enhanced Fight or Flight
  • Enhanced Convalescence
  • Enhanced Shield Bash
  • Enhanced Rage of Halone
  • Enhanced Awareness
  • Enhanced Sentinel

Race & Craft Recommendations

In this part of our FFXIV Gladiator guide we will be discussing what we believe are the best races and crafting professions to use alongside the class itself.

Because you want to focus mostly on building up your Strength and Vitality stats for a Gladiator a clear winner when it comes to race is the Sea Wolf Roegadyn which starts off with a 22 in Strength and a 23 in Vitality.

For crafting you always want to choose professions that will actually help your character out in some way. The obvious choices for a Gladiator are Armorsmith and Blacksmith since both can create useful items for your player such as heavy armors and a plethora of swords.

Gladiator Quests

For this section of the FFXIV Gladiator guide we’ll be talking about the quests you’ll receive when you first take up the class and as you progress with it.

As a Gladiator, just like with any other class in FFXIV, you’ll be given a set of quests to complete from the moment you take up the class until you reach level 30 and proceed to Paladin.

These quests serve a variety of purposes from teaching you the basics of the Gladiator class to providing you with weapons, shields, and new skills. For every quest you complete you’ll earn experience toward your class rank, a bit of coin, and possibly items.

Here is the full list of quests for the Gladiator:

  • Way of the Gladiator (level 1)
  • My First Gladius (level 1)
  • Kicking the Hornets Nest (level 5)
  • Uldahs Most Wanted (level 10)
  • That Old Familiar Feeling (level 15)
  • The Face of Thal (level 20)
  • On Holy Ground (level 25)
  • Paladins Pledge (level 30)
  • The Rematch (level 30)

Nearly all of these quests will be assigned to your player by the NPC named Mylla Swordsong, the guildmaster of the Gladiators Guild which is located in the Steps of Thal portion of Uldah. The only quest that isnt assigned by her, Way of the Gladiator, is given to your character by Lulutsu, the guilds receptionist.

NOTE: In the near future well be adding a few sets of Gladiator builds & skill rotations to this page for player use.

Wanna power your way to level 30 as a Gladiator and then level 50 overall? Wanna know how to get the strongest armor & weapons pretty quickly? Be sure to check out this fantastic FFXIV: ARR guide – its loaded with leveling guides for every single class, tips & tricks for getting top tier gear fast, strategies for earning MILLIONS of gil in no time flat, and loads more.

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