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Gladiator
Dragon Quest VI
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DQX - Gladiator

Gladiator, also known as Dragoon, is a vocational class in the Dragon Quest game series.

Dragon Quest VI

The Gladiator is a character class in Dragon Quest VI. In addition to increases in Strength, HP, and Speed, Gladiators also gain a variety of powerful skills that allow them to deal with many different enemies. Overall, this is a very strong class. A character requires skills from both the Warrior and Martial Artist sets to become a Gladiator.

Stat Changes

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 249
Strength +15%
Agility +10%
Defence +10%
Wisdom -20%
Max HP +50%
Max MP -40%

Abilities

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Juniorweight Gust Slash Single
Enemy
Attacks enemy
2 Flyweight Undead Undoer Single
Enemy
Bonus damage versus zombie family
3 Lightweight Cop Out Self Increase evasion and chance to deflect attack
4 Middleweight Multislice All
Enemies
Attacks all enemies
5 Heavyweight Flying Knee Single
Enemy
Bonus damage versus flying enemies
6 Prize Fighter Dragon Slash Single
Enemy
Bonus damage versus Dragon family
7 Champion Boulder Toss Random
Target
Attacks multiple enemies
8 Hand of God Metal Slash Single
Enemy
Extra damage versus Metal Enemies

Dragon Quest VII

PSX

In the PSX version of Dragon Warrior VII, the Dragoon is an intermediate character class. It requires mastering both the Warrior and Fighter class. The Dragoon has high strength, guard, and Max HP; but low intelligence and MP.

Stat Changes

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 200
Strength +15 Percent
Agility +10 Percent
Guard +10 Percent
Intelligence -20 Percent
Appearance Null
Max HP +20 Percent
Max MP -40 Percent
Mastery Bonus +15 Bonus to Strength

Abilities

Level Title Learns Battles Needed Target Info MP
1 Gladiator n/a 0
2 Fencer VacuSlash 15 Single
Enemy
Attacks one enemy with wind damage 0
3 Swordsman ZombieCut 35 Single
Enemy
Does 50 percent extra damage to zombies, regular damage to all other enemies 0
4 Ronin 2EdgeHit 60 Single
Enemy
Does 50 percent more damage to one enemy, 25 percent of the damage is reflected to the user 0
5 Mercenary Massacre 90 Single
Target
Instant Critical Hit to one enemy or ally 0
6 Duelist FalconCut 120 Single
Enemy
Attacks one enemy twice with 75 percent power 0
7 Champion n/a 150
8 Avenger QuadHits 200 All
Enemies
Four attacks to random enemies at 50 percent power 0

Usefulness

Many of the Dragoon's skills aren't spectacular. Falcon Cut works the same as Sword Dance except for the fact that it hits one enemy twice. But it is useful if there are more than one monster in battle and the player wants to attack just the one. Zombie Cut is good against undead monsters but they are few and far between to get a regular use out of them. Massacre is too dangerous to use on a regular basis as it might kill one of the party members. Quad Hits works like Sword Dance but with less power. If the player didn't get Sword Dance, this is the next best thing.

As for evolution, the Dragoon can combine the mastered Paladin and become a Godhand. The Godhand has access to the most destructive attacks in the game.

3DS

In the 3DS version of Dragon Quest VII, the Gladiator is an intermediate vocational class. It requires mastering both the Warrior and Fighter class. The Gladiator has high strength, guard, and Max HP; but low intelligence and MP.

Stat Changes

Statistics Change
Battles to Master 170
Strength +15 Percent
Agility +10 Percent
Guard +10 Percent
Intelligence -20 Percent
Appearance Null
Max HP +20 Percent
Max MP -40 Percent
Mastery Bonus +15 Bonus to Strength

Abilities

Level Title Learns Battles Needed
1 Flyweight Gust Slash 0
2 Featherweight Undead Undoer,
Mean Sweep
12
3 Lightweight Gritty Ditty,
Double-Edged Slash
28
4 Welterweight Toxic Dagger,
Helm Splitter
48
5 Middleweight Weird Whacker,
Klepto Clobber
72
6 Cruiserweight Falcon Slash,
Metal Slash
96
7 Heavyweight Multislice 120
8 Undisputed Champion Multifists 170

Usefulness

Many of the Gladiator's skills aren't spectacular. Falcon Cut works the same as Sword Dance except for the fact that it hits one enemy twice. But it is useful if there are more than one monster in battle and the player wants to attack just the one. Zombie Cut is good against undead monsters but they are few and far between to get a regular use out of them. Massacre is too dangerous to use on a regular basis as it might kill one of the party members. Quad Hits works like Sword Dance but with less power. If the player didn't get Sword Dance, this is the next best thing.

As for evolution, the Gladiator can combine the mastered Paladin and become a Champion. The Champion has access to the most destructive attacks in the game.

Dragon Quest IX

DQIX - Gladiator

The Gladiator is a fierce fighter who rains continuous carnage on the foes who face them, and can wield a Sword sword, DQ9AxeIcon axe, or DQ9HammerIcon hammer. However, they cannot equip a shield (unless you max out the Shield Skill under a different vocation). Fortunately they can equip many of the heavier armor that warriors and paladins wear.

Until the Gladiator has a maxed out Shield skill and acquired the skill Omnivoctional Shieldmaster, Gladiators cannot equip a shield.  This can lower their Defense relative to Warriors.  However, their vastly increased damage output more than makes up for it.

They have the unique skill set "Guts." Their Coup-de-Grace is "Tension Boost," which increases their tension to at least 50 (if not 100).

Gladiators have the highest base Strength rating of all the classes, with 500 Strength at level 99 (discounting any stat modifications and weapon bonuses). Compared to the Warrior class, Gladiators have more Agility and Deftness, but suffer from less MP, Resilience, and Charm. Both classes are equal in their Magical Might and Mending, with both having a base value of 0 in both stats, even at level 99.

The Gladiator class is an excellent upgrade from the Warrior class for those seeking to increase damage output at the expense of Resilience and HP. The lower MP is negligible due to the fact that Gladiators only use MP in battle to use specialized weapons or Guts skills.  If a magic user in the party has the Virtue skill "M-Pathy" they can easily refill the Gladiator's meager MP

Gladiators will usually hold your most powerful weapon and be the target of your damage-increasing spells in battle. Those wishing to fight the strongest bosses in the game should include a Gladiator in their party unless they have a defensive-based strategy.

The Gladiator vocation is unlocked by completing the following quest:


Guts

Required points Name Effects
4Natural Max HP +10Permanently adds 10 to Max HP.
10Clap TrapStrikes an enemy.
16Natural Strength +10Permanently adds 10 to strength.
22Double UpIncreases attack at the cost of defense.
32Natural Max HP +20Permanently adds 20 to Max HP.
42Double Edged SlashDeals high damage but harms user with recoil damage.
55Natural Strength +30Permanently adds 30 to strength.
68Blind Man's BiffAttacks one random opponent with Great Strength.
82Natural Max HP +30Permanently adds 30 to Max HP.
100Feel the BurnIncreases tension every time the user is hit.

Dragon Quest X