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- “Light dagger that is easy to handle.”
- —Final Fantasy IX in-game description.
- “A dagger crafted to be feather-light.”
The Gladius is a weapon found exclusively in the Dawn of Souls and 20th Anniversary versions, and can be used by every class except the White Mage, White Wizard, Monk, and Master. It provides 23 Attack, 30 Accuracy, 26 Critical, and +10 Evasion. Two can be found within the Whisperwind Cove.
The Gladius is the strongest dagger available for the Thief in the Nintendo DS release. Once the Thief class has reached level 99, the Legendary Smith will give them the weapon. It provides 130 Attack and +20 Agility.
- “Blade infused with the power of divine judgment. Can be used with Spellblade.”
The Gladius is the most powerful knife in the game in the Advance release, providing 118 Attack, 100 Accuracy, +2 Speed, and is Holy-elemental. It can only be obtained by finding it in the Sealed Temple, in the Arena area.
- “Blessed dagger with the power to smite evil foes.”
The Gladius, originally mistranslated as Graedus, is found in the Ancient Castle after beating the Master Tonberry. Another can be won by betting the Ultima Weapon in the Coliseum. It is the strongest dagger, although there exist stronger character-specific weapons. A Holy-elemental dagger that has an attack power of 204, and enables the Bushido and Runic command.
Zidane Tribal can equip the Gladius, which can cause the Slow status ailment via Add Status with 35% chance. It teaches the skills Annoy and Lucky Seven. It provides 30 Attack and can be bought for 2,300 gil from various shops from disc 2 onwards. Prior to that, it can be stolen from Lani.
The Gladius appears as a generic one-handed sword, doing mediocre damage for a level 27 weapon.
The Gladius is a mid-ranked dagger that can be bought for 4,800 gil in Jahara, Mt. Bur-Omisace, and in Rabanastre after defeating Judge Bergan in Mt. Bur-Omisace. Also, Gladius can be stolen from Lindbur Wolf which is the earliest way to have the Gladius. It costs 30 LP to use, is Wind-elemental, increases Evasion by 5 and 1.97s charge and 1.2s action time, making it one of the slower daggers but still fast when compared to other weapons.
In the International Zodiac Job System version, Gladius can be equipped by the Shikari.
- “The design of this gunblade is based on that of a weapon excavated from a Pulse Vestige.”
The Gladius is a model of gunblade for Lightning. It is a Rank 4 out of 11 weapon, and has a maximum level of 26. It can be found in a treasure sphere in Chapter 2, and can later be purchased in the Up In Arms shop for 7,100 gil. The weapon also sells for 3,550 gil. Its maximum Strength is 175, while the maximum Magic is 88.
- “A sword that balances strength and max ATB value.”
- —In-game description.
The Gladius appears as a gunblade for Lightning, and although sharing a name with the gunblade from Final Fantasy XIII they don't share any physical resemblance. Still, it retains its ability to favor enhancing Strength over Magic as it raises Lightning's Strength by 170 points, while Magic is raised by 70 points.
- “A versatile sword that's easy to carry. It's super-sized version of a much smaller dagger.”
The Gladius is a low-powered sword. It adds 50 to Attack, and can be bought for 430 gil after using the Warrior's Weapon scroll.
The Gladius is a level 35 sword that provides +39 Attack and is bought for 452 gil.
The Gladius is a level 92 dagger that increases Attack by 61 and fills the EX Gauge by 25% at the start of a battle. It can be traded for at the shop for 29,020 gil, a Mage Masher, five Beastlord Fangs, and an Orange Gem.
The Gladius is now at level 90 and increases ATK +62, DEF +2, and fills the user's EX bar by +15% at the start of a battle.
- “An indispensable addition to any arsenal when fighting against other adventurers.”
Gladius grants +10 to Attack. It can be equipped by Thief, Dancer, Locke, and Rinoa.
The Gladius was a sword commonly used by the army in Ancient Rome. The word "gladius" is the Latin word for "sword".