"The roar of the crowd can be intoxicating. It can give you the edge you need to defeat an opponent. It can also seal your fate should you lose favor. The arena is not a battlefield. The thrill of the fight has waned. But how will they fare in all-out war? Gladiators have risen the ranks of fighters and have run out of challengers. With their trident and shield, they charge into the fray. Their armor minimal and their bravado staggering. It is now time for gladiators to fight for something greater than themselves."
The Gladiator is a fighter by trade. They have honed their skills through grueling matches in the arena and are now the top of their field. They fight for their own personal reasons: some fight to glory, some fight for riches... but in the end, they all fight.
Their armor is minimal to allow for greater mobility but also to better highlight their skill. They have won over the crowd in every match but how will they fare when all that skill and training is put to the test in all-out war? The time has come for the Gladiator to pull a performance on the biggest stage they will have ever performed on.
The Gladiators wear very little armor. They possess metal pauldrons and a bronze helmet as well as bronze greaves. Their torso is covered by a subligaculum loin cloth, while their right arm is protected by a manica.
Trident & Buckler - Originally a fishing spear, the Trident became famous when Gladiators started using them in combat. In their other hand, they use the buckler to provide swift protection.
- Historically, Gladiators were warriors who fought in arenas against animals, condemned criminals, and other Gladiators to entertain audiences. While Roman citizens would volunteer to become a Gladiator, many of the Gladiators were either soldier-prisoners or slaves.
- In real life, female Gladiators did exist in Rome between 55 and 200 AD. They are known as Gladiatrices (Singular: Gladiatrix) by modern terms.
- Based off the armor and weapons used by the Gladiator, the Gladiator seems to be a combination of the Parmularius and the Retiarius Gladiators.
- The Parmularius, meaning "shield-man," were any gladiator who used a Parma shield. Due to the small shield, Parmulii would wear shin guards.
- The Retiarius, meaning "net-man," were meant to look like fishermen, fighting with fishing equipment such as tridents and nets; they would also be armed with a dagger. For protection, the Retiarius were lightly armored, wearing only a loincloth, an arm guard (manica) that would cover the entirety of their dominant arm and a matching shoulder guard.
- According to Ubisoft's UbiBlog, and as observed in-game, the fighting stance and style of the Gladiator is based off a boxer's.
- This choice of incorporating a "boxer's personality" is also mirrored within some of the Gladiator's moveset, such as Bee's Sting referencing the famous quote "Dance like a butterfly, Sting like a bee" by boxer Muhammad Ali, and Sucker Punch being an unfair punch delivered when the opponent is distracted (ie. punching the opponent during a break) and not through an actual skilled tactic like a feint.
- The names of the Gladiator's executions and the Highlander's were switched at release, but was corrected later on.
- All of the female Gladiator's catapult lines are in English, unlike the male Gladiator's Latin.
- The move "Fuscina Ictus" translates to "Trident Strike."
- The Execution "Cave Adsum" translates to "Beware, I am here."
- Male Gladiator in the Cave Adsum execution (together with the battle emote "To the death!") says something akin to "Fīō" (lit. "I am made"), although this may be simply a grunt and not a quote.
- Latin: "Turbae carissimus!" - English: "Favoured of the crowd!"
- Latin: "Audaces fortuna iuvat!" - English: "Fortune favors the brave!"
- Fuscina Ictus and Knock It Off Execution
- Latin: "Mars me adiuvat!" - English: "Mars favors me!"
- Latin: "Dēmissa manē te!" - English: "Stay down!"
- Fuscina Ictus against a target who is out of stamina
- Latin: "Vate retro!" - English: "Go away!"
- Male Gladiator, Sleep Now Execution
- Latin: "Noli me tangere!" - English: "Don't touch me!"
- Female Gladiator, Sleep Now Execution
- Latin: "Jactáte!" - English: "Hurl it!"
- Male Gladiator, Catapult (enemy)
- Latin: "Terreamondus magicate!" - English: "Create an earthquake!"
- Male Gladiator, Catapult (enemy)
- Latin: "Fos Prōterite!" - English: "Crush that area!"
- Male Gladiator, Catapult (enemy)
The Gladiator is a brash and boastful prizefighter that couldn't care less about the war between the factions. Theyjust want to prove that they are the best warrior in the world.
- Difficulty: Easy
- Adaptable fighting style
- Good stamina management
- Unblockable impaling move which adds bleed
- Unblockable attack to the target's toes to distance the opponent. Has the knock down property if target is exhausted.
- Can stun and drain stamina by using their Buckler
Passive | You can still sprint when out of stamina.
Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero
Passive | Attacks deal more Damage
Passive | Parry to gain high Damage reduction for a short time
Passive | Punshes, kicks, and throws now deal damage
Passive | Attacks fill the revenge meter
|3||Pugno Mortis ("fist of death")|
Throw an explosive projectile dealing damage over an area.
Throw a trident for moderate Damage
Projectile that deals low damage and traps an enemy for a short time
Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses
Call a catapult strike over an area.
|Roar of the Crowd|
Greatly raise attack and sprint stats
- Renown - Earn more Renown in 1v1 fights, by killing enemy Heroes, and getting killing streaks to unlock your feats in a match.
- Revenge Mode - Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
- Defense: Reflex - Your Guard Stance only remains active for a limited time (1 second).
- Improved Stamina - Larger stamina pool, along with an accompanying 33% faster stamina regeneration (40 stam/sec vs 30 stam/sec) that lets Gladiator regenerate stamina at a similar proportion as most other Heroes.
- Deflect - Deflect by dodging in the direction of an incoming attack just before impact. Deflect can be followed-up with Skewer Deflect.
- Zone Attack - Cancel Zone Attack after the first Attack with E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4).
- Bamboozle - Press MMB (PC), X (XB1), or ⬜ (PS4) after missing your sprint attack to throw a punch that Stuns the opponent.
- Fuscina Ictus Finisher - Fuscina Ictus can be initiated from neutral or used during or after any Chain attack (including Finishers). Fuscina Ictus always ends a Chain.
- Special Fuscina Ictus - When used on an enemy who is out of stamina, Fuscina Ictus will also unbalance them.
- Skewer - Skewer can only be performed during or after the end of a Chain. The longer the Skewer is held, the greater the Bleed damage.
- Skewer Cancel - Exit Skewer early with E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4), or by dodging by pressing Space (PC), A (XB1), X (PS4).
- Skewer Throw - Skewer functions like a Guardbreak, allowing Gladiator to throw enemies while the enemy is Skewered. Cannot throw targets after Bleed has been applied all three times.
- Skewer Punch - When the target of Skewer has their back against a wall, the Skewer Throw forward (against the wall) will instead become a punch by the Gladiator, Stunning the target. Just like Skewer Throw, Skewer Punch cannot be used when bleed has been applied three times.
- Chain Starters - Crowd Pleaser and Bee's Sting function as Light Attack Openers.
(From Guard Mode)
|Armor Styles||Weapon Styles|
|Knights||Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer - Centurion - Gladiator - Black Prior|
|Samurai||Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri|
|Vikings||Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman - Jormungandr|
|Wu Lin||Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin - Zhanhu|