FFXIV Gladiator (GLD) Basics Guide & FAQ – Shadowbringers Updated!

Getting into Gladiator? Go and glimpse into our FFXIV Gladiator Basics Guide & FAQ. As implied, this is for players wanting to know the absolute basics, and answer some of the most common questions regarding GLD.

Likely, one of the main reasons you’re here is either unlocking Gladiator, or wondering about the eventual advanced job you can evolve into, Paladin.

How to become a Gladiator? Unlocking GLD:

Primarily, you can begin your journey into Eorzea and start the game as a Gladiator – simply choose it as your starting option upon character creation.

If you didn’t start as a GLD, you can unlock the Gladiator class by going to the Gladiator Guild in Ul’dah – Steps of Thal (around 9,12), look out for the quests either “Way of the Gladiator”, or “So you want to be a Gladiator”.

Other unlocking prerequisites? I’m 99% sure you need to complete the Level 10 class quest of your STARTING CLASS if you want to unlock any other new ones.

Why should I play or choose Gladiator?

This question is semi irrelevant as, along with any of the other base classes, the only reason you’re a Gladiator is simply a stepping stone into Paladin. But, I’ll give you a little description of what to expect anyway.

Paladins are your hallmark tanks for FFXIV. Personally, I feel they have the most varied and powerful defensive raid utility skills, and a self-heal – while having a rather unique Physical and Magic rotation cycle. They’re your usual sword and shield tank with a very “Holy, Knightly, Heavily Armored” aesthetic and feel. So if you’ve standing firm on your path to Paladin, you gotta get that Gladiator leveling happenin!

You’ll do well to learn a little more about what you’ll eventually BECOME:
FFXIV Paladin Basics Guide.

Gladiator Crafters and Gatherers?

I often get asked “What Disciple of Hand or Disciple of Land classes go well with GLD?” Another related question to this is “Should I level them with my Gladiator simultaneously”? 

Leveling up your DoH and DoL classes should be thought of as a separate goal all on its own. I suggest leveling up DoH classes all together, and all DoL classes together (except the optional Fishing). Do not try to align your combat class levels to your non-combat levels. Trust me.

My only advice related to this is to never cap your levequests. If you’re at max leve allowances, feel free to spend them on Fieldcraft, Tradecraft, or Battlecraft leves just to uncap ‘em.

What’s the best race for Gladiator?

TLDR: I don’t know a single person who changes race for their main class for stats. The gain is not even .1% from worst to best. My advice? Choose for aesthetics.

If you REALLY wanna do it, check out our FFXIV Racial Stats Guide, which, FAIR WARNING – I am about to recheck and update next week. But honestly, it’s best you don’t even click on that – THE MICROSCOPIC INCREASE IN STATS IS NEAR IRRELEVANT.

Related Gladiator Guides – Read More!

Here are a few useful links for you:

Upcoming Odds and Ends

Here’s a few things we’ll be adding on here in the near future:

  • A small skill list for “human readability”, as the in-game one seems like the best source for EXACT information.
  • List of relevant links for this for Gladiator, and some links for Paladin.

Feel free to suggest anything else via comment or socials!

Summary & In Closing

Well that’s it for our Gladiator Basics Guide & FAQ. There’s not much to say but these are really basic little guides to help out the budding or confused GLD, and hopefully future PLD! Hopefully we answered a few of your questions.


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9 thoughts on “FFXIV Gladiator (GLD) Basics Guide & FAQ – Shadowbringers Updated!”

    1. while we dont mind if you credit us and/or let us know, my advice is to wait post Phase4 or Launch because there will be alooooooooooooooooooooooooot of edits before launch happens

  1. i think you guys missed the level 30 class skill. If I am remembering correctly it was an attack usable immediately after a block that didn’t break combo. I can’t recall anything else about it though.

    1. Found some info on it
      Name: Shield Swipe
      Additional Effect: Pacification
      Duration: 6s
      can only be used immediately after blocking an attack

      1. Hey there! Thanks for pointing it out! We added all the other level 30 class skills, but somehow this one slipped through. We’ll get right into adding it! thanks!

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