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Gladiolus Amicitia
Gladiolus
Kana グラディオラス・アミシティア
Romaji Guradiorasu Amishitia
Age Unknown
Japanese voice actor Kenta Miyake
Weapon Greatswords
Pile bunkers
Final Fantasy XV Character
The eldest son of a household tasked with protecting the royal family from generation to generation. A close friend of Noctis who is closer to him than a true brother.
—Official description[1]

Gladiolus Amicitia is a companion of Noctis and a playable character in Final Fantasy XV. Although not directly controllable, he is in Noctis's party and the player will be able to co-opt moves with him and issue him commands.

He is a childhood friend of Noctis and Ignis. As the eldest child of his family, Gladiolus acts as the shield of Noctis's family. He has known Noctis since early childhood and considers him a brother.[2]

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Noct, go in too hard and you'll draw their fire.
—Gladiolus to Noctis

Gladiolus is a man of tall height and large build. He wears black leather trousers with a small side chain, an open black shirt with nothing but a pendant underneath, a small arm sleeve over his left wrist, and black shoes with red soles. He has amber eyes, a long scar over his left eye, tattoos covering his arms, his hair is straightened to the back and partially shaved along the sides, and he sports a jaw beard.

Gladiolus seems to be a cheerful person, contrasting with his imposing physique. In the original trailers, he appeared to be the group's senior. In the 1st Production Department Premier trailer, he is heard urging the group to escape from the soldiers invading the city.

StoryEdit

Gladiolus accompanies Noctis and his friends on a road trip across the lands toward Altissia where they are to meet a woman named Luna. When passing through the Duscae region they pass by a giant Adamantoise.

BattleEdit

FFXV Gladiolus In-battle

Gladiolus in battle.

In battle, he uses bare-fisted fighting techniques with a pile bunker, wrestling moves, such as a powerbomb, and can summon a heavy greatsword. He also appears to have a power similar to Noctis, being able to manifest swords and have them vanish at will. His physical power seems to be far superior to Noctis, being able to wield greatswords without being affected by the weight, something that doesn't apply to Noctis.

Creation and DevelopmentEdit

Gladiolus's design was redone from his original appearance. In his old design he wore a black undershirt with his unbuttoned leather shirt, but has since been made bare-chested, and his trousers and jacket have been made more detailed with pockets and seams.

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Gladiolus is a Latin word, the diminutive of gladius, the sword used by Roman gladiators, and thus means "little sword". Amicitia is the Latin word for "friendship".

Gladiolus is also the name of a genus flowering plants, usually called "sword lilies".

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