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    By: UnSub {evilasahobby} <--a.t--> {graffiti} <--d.o.t--> {net}
    Version: 0.65
    Date: 16 August 2006
    
    
    CONTENTS:
    
    1.0 Introduction
     .1 Fair Use and Email Policy
     .2 Who Wrote This Guide?
     .3 What Are Gladiators?
    
    2.0 Gladiator List and Information
    
    3.0 Gladiator Matches
     .1 Before You Start that Gladiator Match...
     .2 Starting a Match
     .3 The "Best" Gladiators
    
    4.0 Final Notes
     .1 Thanks
     .2 Contributors
     .3 Version Notes
    
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    1.0 INTRODUCTION
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    After dabbling in a few gladiator matches I went looking for a guide on how
    to do better and what tactics I should be using. No such guides seemed to
    exist, so I thought I'd write one. However, I've got limited experience
    with this CoH/V mini-game so I'll be relying heavily on the assistance of
    other, more experienced Lanistas.
    
    
    1.1 FAIR USE AND EMAIL POLICY
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    As collator and creator of this guide, I have no problems with its use and
    distribution provided that 1) it is distributed in an unaltered state and 2)
    that access to it is free (ie you do not need to pay an access fee of any type
    to purchase use of this guide). If you wish to alter this guide and / or
    charge for it's use, permission must first be sought from the creator
    (ie me ;-).
    
    If you wish to email me, PLEASE put something in the subject line about City
    of Heroes. I tend to delete emails with no subject line on the grounds that
    it is spam. Also, all submissions will be credited to their contributors, so
    if you send me info that gets included in this guide you will have your name
    credited in the guide, along with some general recognition of the type of
    information you provided. Please include a name (any name or nic) for me to
    use as I dislike putting contributor email addresses in guides.
    
    
    1.2 WHO WROTE THIS GUIDE?
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    As a nod towards copyright, I'm getting my information about Gladiators
    (availability, how to unlock, point value, etc) from Sandolphan's Gladiator
    Pet Controls thread:
    
    http://boards.cityofheroes.com/showflat.php?Number=4149255
    
    and from Badge Hunter's Gladiator Badge List:
    
    http://www.badge-hunter.com/view_badge_bytype.php?type=6
    
    and from VidiotMap's outdated badge checklist, version 2005.12.20.
    
    
    1.3 WHAT ARE GLADIATORS?
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    Introduced in Issue 6 was a fun mini-game in the arena called Gladiator
    matches. In such matches you take your team of Gladiators (NPC mobs you
    would usually fight in-game) that you've unlocked through collecting badges
    and fight them against another team of player controlled Gladiators. It's
    an indirect form of PvP that exists purely for bragging rights (although you
    do get two badges from winning enough Gladiator matches). Each Gladiator
    has a point cost to use (you have XXXX points to spend on building a team)
    and you can have a maximum of three Gladiators of any one type in a match.
    
    Heroes and Villain players have several unique Gladiators type available to
    them which can make Hero vs Villain Gladiator matches something different
    than if you were just fighting your "own" side.
    
    However, it should be mentioned up front that Gladiator battles are a long
    way from balanced. It appears that certain point values given to Gladiators
    were pretty arbitary and that some Gladiators are so overpowered as to be
    near-instant win buttons if you don't have your own stupidly overpowered
    Gladiators. It is unlikely that Cryptic has balancing Gladiator matches
    high on the agenda, so if you are going to take part you should accept that
    such lack of balance exists.
    
    That said - Gladiator matches among friends can be quite fun!
    
    
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    2.0 GLADIATOR LIST AND INFORMATION
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    I've listed all the different types of Gladiators in-game below and provided
    some general information about them as well as comments about using them in
    a match.
    
    The comments below are simply from my personal experience and from
    contributors (as named). You may find something different.
    
    Abomination
    AVAILABLE TO: Hero Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: Completing Synapse's Task Force (Synapse's Cohort badge)
    POINT VALUE: 200
    COMMENTS:
    Although big, Abominations go down pretty easy. Not worth taking.
    
    
    Anathema
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: Defeating 100 Lost Bosses (Finder badge)
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    Given that most enemies are vulnerable (or at least not resistant) to
    psychic damage, these guys have some potent attacks. Add in that Anathemas
    aren't too sloppy with their melee attacks and you've got a definite
    contender for any team.
    
    
    Pariah Anchorite
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Intellectual badge
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    Another Lost with psychic attacks - very strong at range, but I feel they
    suffer a bit in melee. None-the-less, can be very useful because few
    Gladiators have psychic damage resistance.
    
    
    Arachnobot
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Agent of Discord badge
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Arachnoid
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Sewer Dweller badge
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Arch-Mage of Agony
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Archmage accolade
    POINT VALUE: 500
    COMMENTS:
    One of the most overpowered Gladiators. It doesn't attack much itself, but
    has abilities that can knock down / debuff enemy gladiator attacks and
    heal itself up. Overuse of Arch-Mage of Agonies can lead to Gladiator matches
    that end in ties because both sides are locked down.
    
    
    Avalanche Shaman
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Banisher badge
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    The Avalanche Shaman has some nice abilities, but is a bit too slow in its
    attacks to be a top pick. However it can serve well in support role.
    
    According to Ngamok: "The Avalanche Shaman spams Stone Cages like nobody's
    business."
    
    
    Behemoth Overlord
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Demon Slayer badge
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Bladegrass
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 300 Bladegrass / Razorvine / Blackrose (Devouring Earth)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    Bladegrass have a nice alpha strike and ranged attacks, but will fall over
    quickly in melee combat. Given that most Gladiator matches take place in melee
    range / close quarters, you'll probably find Bladegrass being left off your team
    permanently.
    
    
    Boulder
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: completing the Eden Spire trial (Liberator badge)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    Tough but slow. Probably not worth taking.
    
    
    Button Man Gunner
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: hitting level 20 (Keeper of Peace badge)
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    Has limited ranged attacks and will fall quickly in melee. Not worth taking.
    
    
    Caliban
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Troll Bosses (Regenerator badge)
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    Caliban point values are so low these guys are a steal. They are tough in
    melee and regnerate health quickly. They might not have some of the heavy
    attacks that some Gladiators get, but they'll often be the ones left
    standing at the end of a long fight.
    
    
    Mook Capo
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Stone Cold badge
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Has SS melee attacks and does a Full Auto and
    Burst attacks. Also comes with Assault buff."
    
    According to MinMin: "The Mook Capo is one of the staples of a
    villain Gladiator team as they are relatively cheap with a very strong
    ranged attack in Full Auto."
    
    
    Cobra
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Snake Charmer badge
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    According to Znemesis: "Cobras are a nice gladiator, and usually the
    first one a villain gets. They deal toxic damage which can be hard to
    resist, and they are fairly cheap."
    
    According to Ngamok: "Cobras seem to be Broadsword/Regen Scrappers.
    They Dull Pain at low health. Also they do a cone toxic damage w/
    DoT attack and can sleep other Gladiators."
    
    
    Cog
    AVAILABLE TO: Hero and Villain
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Gears (Gearsmasher badge)
    POINT VALUE: 150
    COMMENTS:
    A weak gladiator you may take only if you need a filler at the end of
    selecting your team. Won't last long versus the big guys and gals.
    
    
    Coralax Blue Hybrid
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeat 100 Coralax Blue Hybrids
    POINT VALUE: 200
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Crane Enforcers
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Tsoo Sorcerers (Tracer badge)
    POINT VALUE: 200
    COMMENTS:
    Another minion-type Gladiator - better than average for its point cost and
    has some fast-recharging attacks. However, will be among the first to fall
    during the battle.
    
    
    Fire Thorn Caster
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: hitting level 30 (Defender of Truth)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    It's fire attacks might be useful again fire-vulnerable Gladiators, but
    Fire Thorn Casters tend to die quickly when attacked. Probably not worth
    using.
    
    
    Fortunata Seer
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Fortunatas
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Fortunata Seer does Psychic attacks. Same as
    Patron Power Pet."
    
    
    Fungoid
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 500 Devouring Earth eminators (Protectorate badge)
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    Fungoids are a little weak in terms of taking the blows, but they do have
    a range of attacks that will mez opponent Gladiators. As such, overlapping
    use of Fungoids can help lock down opponent Gladiators, but they won't add
    much to the offensive capability of your team.
    
    
    Gremlin
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Gremlins (Electrician badge)
    POINT VALUE: 200
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Gremlin is an Electric Blaster. Not many attacks,
    mostly Lightning Bolt and Blast"
    
    According to MinMin: "Even compared to other minions these are very weak.
    They do some very minor Electric Blast attacks. Filler at best."
    
    
    Hellfrost
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 250 Helfrosts or Hordeling Lashers
    POINT VALUE: 450
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "[Hellfrosts have] ice melee attacks, area hold,
    Sleet or Blizzard type AoE."
    
    According to MinMin: "Somewhat disappointing for its points cost. Glacier
    does not last very long and is used very infrequently. While reasonably
    tough its damage output is disappointing when compared with other Boss
    class Gladiators."
    
    
    Serpent Red Ink Man
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 125 Blue Ink Men
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Juicer
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Watcher on the Knoll badge
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Hordeling Lasher
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Hordelings
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Hordeling Lasher is ok ranged filler Minion
    Gladiator."
    
    
    Kaolin Legacy of Earth
    AVAILABLE TO: Hero and Villain
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: collecting 25 badges (Collector badge)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    These stone-throwing mages don't really cut it for their points cost. It
    seemed that they'd end up dead before you even realised they'd been attacked.
    
    
    Ember Legacy of Flame
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Legacy Chain minions
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Lucent Legacy of Light
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Legacy Chain lieutenants
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Longbow Warden 2
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Disupter badge
    POINT VALUE: 500
    COMMENTS:
    An expensive Gladiator, but one of the best. Wardens can heal your other
    Gladiators, are tough in a fight and, while not dealing a lot of damage,
    can keep opponent Gladiators knocked off their feet. Wardens can find a
    place in almost every Gladiator team.
    
    
    Longbow Rifleman
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Locked and Loaded badge
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Good for an all ranged team, that's about it.
    Won't die as fast because they sit in the back with their ranged attacks
    untill a boss or Lt. type Gladiator turn on them."
    
    
    Longbow Warden 1
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Politician badge
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "The Warden 1 is a SS/Invuln Tanker/Brute with
    flight."
    
    
    Meson
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Dimensional Warder accolade
    POINT VALUE: 450
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Mob Specialist
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Prisoners
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    Mob Specialists have limited ranged and melee attacks - overall, they
    probably aren't worthy selecting in a Gladiator match.
    
    
    Mook
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Washed Up badge
    POINT VALUE: 100
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Mooks are terrible but cheap. Very slow firing
    attacks."
    
    According to MinMin: "Filler, but cheap. Probably better than Cogs at
    150 and about the same as Outcasts at 100. Better for filler than
    Outcasts for villains due to the much easier requirements to unlock."
    
    
    Mu Guardian
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Mu Guardians
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Can heal others but not often. Uses energy
    ranged attacks. They have Charged Armor."
    
    
    Nebula Elite Buckshot
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting to Level 10 (Protector of Innocents badge)
    POINT VALUE: 150
    COMMENTS:
    Not that great - filler for the last few points when you set up your
    team.
    
    
    Nemesis Soldier
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Corrupter badge
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Night Widow
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting to Level 30 (Wiseguy / Wisegal badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    A hideously overpowered Gladiator - I've seen a team of these wipe three
    other Gladiator teams off the map without breaking a sweat. Likely bugged,
    but overpowered all the same.
    
    
    Longbow Nullifier
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: winning 1 rated Gladiator match (Lanista badge)
    POINT VALUE: 450
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "These guys are decent for their ranged attacks and
    grenades."
    
    
    Omega Wolf
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Council War Wolves (The Silver Bullet badge)
    POINT VALUE: 500
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Omega Wolf is too expensive for what it brings to
    the match. Slag Piles and Tank Smasher are better for the cost. As
    are the Longbow Warden 1."
    
    
    7th Generation Paragon Protector
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Paragon Protectors (Infiltrator badge)
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "The 7th Generation Paragon Protector is a minion
    and dies fairly fast, has decent attacks though. Claws Scrapper I
    believe."
    
    
    Penumbra Elite Adjutant
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Super Spy badge
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Night Haunt
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: trapping 50 ghosts in the ghost traps (Pirate badge)
    POINT VALUE: 150
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Night Haunts use ranged more and do run (rather
    fly) all over the place."
    
    
    Crey Power Tank
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Crey Power Tanks
    POINT VALUE: 500
    COMMENTS:
    According to MinMin: "Slightly overcosted, but extremely tough with
    high smash/lethal resistance. The problem with them is a tendancy
    to use all their endurance very quickly, leaving them with only
    their basic blast attack to use later in the match (they basically
    use it as soon as they have enough end to do so, which means they
    never use anything else)."
    
    
    Hydra Protean
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: completing the Abandoned Sewers trial (Charmer badge)
    POINT VALUE: 200
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Raider Engineer
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Force Field Generators
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    Although the Raider Engineer isn't the greatest of units, it's ability to
    create a mobile Force Field Generator that will help to protect your
    Gladiators is very beneficial. A good support Gladiator.
    
    
    Red Hand
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: trapping 100 ghosts in the ghost traps (Spectral badge)
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Red Hand is a decent Boss type Gladiator. Uses
    Parry ability quite often. Has ranged attacks and melee attacks.
    [Has] Flight."
    
    
    Research Assistant
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Crey Havoc badge
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    According to Jade Dragon, "[Research Assistant] freeze pistols are
    weak, and although they can hold or sleep, they have a very slow
    rate of fire. Far too weak for the cost."
    
    
    Rikti Drone
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Savant badge
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Shivan Destroyer
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: spending 5 hours in Bloody Bay (Irradiated badge)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    The Shivan Destroyer is great value and has radiation-based attacks that
    can really slow down enemy Gladiators' ability to regenerate their health.
    What stops the Shivan Destroyer from being too powerful is that his attacks
    are on a slow recharge, which will see it serve as a punching bag for a lot
    of the time. Fortunately it can take a bit of a beating before falling over.
    
    
    Slag Pile
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Slag Reaper badge
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "The Slag Pile does both Lethal and Smashing damage and
    cannot be slowed. I am not too sure if it can be Immoblized or not. Also has
    a knockdown [attack]."
    
    According to MinMin: "A very tough hard hitting melee gladiator with Hurl
    Boulder for range. (Heroes, think War Wolf). Good value."
    
    
    Outcast Slugger
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Outcast bosses (Weatherman / Weathergirl badge)
    POINT VALUE: 100
    COMMENTS:
    Useful as Gladiator team filler only.
    
    
    Sorcerer
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Mage Hunter badge
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    According to MinMin: "What should be a strong gladiator is hampered by a
    weird AI. Firstly it doesn't always respond to Follow or Go-To commands
    like your other gladiators. Secondly it follows the standard Sorcerer
    AI of teleporting in with Hurricane on, hitting O2 Boost and teleporting
    out about 10 seconds later."
    
    
    Longbow Spec-Ops
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 1000 Longbow (Reformed / Villain badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Same as Rifleman for the most part on gladiator
    effectiveness. Good for themed matches."
    
    
    Steel Strongman
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 200 Master Illusionist pets (Illusionist badge)
    POINT VALUE: 450
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Swift Steel
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 300 Ancestor Spirits
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Chief Swiper
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Pwz badge
    POINT VALUE: 250
    COMMENTS:
    A mostly melee-based Gladiator, it has the special ability it has is a (by
    my estimation anyway) 30% chance of resurrecting after death and coming back
    with full health. Useful if you want to take that risk.
    
    
    Wolf Spider Tac-Ops
    AVAILABLE TO: Villain Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting to level 20 (Insider badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Tank Smasher
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Freakshow Tanks (Tank Buster badge)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    Another melee-based Gladiator, it has the special ability it has is a (by
    my estimation anyway) 30% chance of resurrecting after death and coming back
    with full health. Useful if you want to take that risk. Tank Smashers can
    generally go toe-to-toe with most other Gladiators and not embarass
    themselves.
    
    
    Hercules Titan
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Lieutenant
    UNLOCKED BY: winning 10 rated Gladiator matches (Grand Lanista badge)
    POINT VALUE: 550
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Hercules Titan was a disappointment. Can combine
    into a Zeus Titan (Boss) but you lose control of it. Not very [handy as]
    a Gladiator."
    
    To combine into a Zeus Titan, you need two Hercules Titans - they may
    combine as they get damaged. According to Jade Dragon, "two of them is
    too risky [compared to taking three of them], though, because when I
    tried that one of them got killed right off the bat."
    
    As of today's date, the _Castle_ has indicated that this bug - losing
    control of the Gladiator Zeus Titan - has been fixed.
    
    
    Wailer
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Stonekeeper badge
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Not worth the points. Does Energy/Smashing
    attacks."
    
    
    Wailer Queen
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Imprisoned badge
    POINT VALUE: 500
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Zenith Warcry Mk I
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: completing The MegaMech Cometh Task Force (Burkholder's Bane
    badge)
    POINT VALUE: 350
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Warhulk
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Meteorologist badge
    POINT VALUE: 400
    COMMENTS:
    According to Znemesis: "Warhulks are fairly powerful with their attacks, they
    have a nice flamethrower, and a good long range cannon. Plus, when defeated,
    they still blow up and do some nice finishing damage on the other team(s)"
    
    
    Smasher Elite
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 100 Warrior bosses (Legionnaire badge)
    POINT VALUE: 300
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Wolf Spider Enforcer
    AVAILABLE TO: Villains Only
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting to level 10 (Soldier badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    According to Ngamok: "Cheap Gladiator - Has 1 ranged and 1 melee
    attack, same as Mook. [Use] just for filler."
    
    
    Wraith
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes Only
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: defeating 333 Croatoan Ghosts (Haunted badge)
    POINT VALUE: 450
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Red Cap
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Minion
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Toothbreaker badge (NB: this was an event badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    
    
    Snowbeast
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK:
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Toy Collector badge (NB: this was an event badge)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    The Snowbeast is a bit of a wuss. You probably won't get much value from
    him if you choose him before this Gladiator ends up face down.
    
    
    5th Columnist
    AVAILABLE TO: Heroes and Villains
    RANK: Boss
    UNLOCKED BY: getting the Celebrant and Reveler badges (NB: both event badges)
    POINT VALUE:
    COMMENTS:
    The 5th Columnist isn't a bad Gladiator, with an equal mix of ranged and
    melee attacks (although this unit seems a bit happier in melee). However it
    isn't exceptional in performance and there may be other Gladiators you find
    you prefer instead.
    
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    3.0 GLADIATOR MATCHES
    ---------------------
    Below are just some general notes on Gladiator matches.
    
    
    3.1 BEFORE YOU START A GLADIATOR MATCH...
    -----------------------------------------
    
    1) Come to an agreement with your other players. Are incredibly overpowered
    Gladiators allowed to be selected? Are you aiming to have a fun, social
    match where you chat while your Gladiators duke it out, or is it a
    competitive, winner-take-all contest? Are you playing so that everyone can
    get their Lanista and Grand Lanista badges? A bit of chat before starting can
    save a lot of frustration from players not getting what they want out of the
    Gladiator experience.
    
    2) Check your Gladiator team and confirm you've selected the right units.
    It can be easy to forget and maybe go into a contest with less than your
    best available. Your Gladiator team set-up can only be tinkered with at the
    Arena consoles, but given you are planning to have a match anyway you should
    be close by if any changes are required.
    
    
    3.2 STARTING A MATCH
    --------------------
    Gladiator matches occur at the Arenas. Once you've got an opponent (or
    several opponents, if that's what you are aiming for) lined up, head to an
    Arena and click on one of the Arena consoles.
    
    
    3.3 THE "BEST" GLADIATORS
    -------------------------
    The best Gladiators to use (assuming you have access to them) are:
    
    
    OVERPOWERED / BUGGED GLADIATORS:
    Archmage of Agony
    Night Widow
    
    
    TOP SHELF / GREAT VALUE GLADIATORS:
    Shivan Destroyer
    Caliban
    Longbow Warden 2
    Tank Smasher
    
    
    BEST HERO ONLY GLADIATORS:
    Archmage of Agony
    
    
    BEST VILLAIN ONLY GLADIATORS:
    Night Widow
    
    
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    4.0 FINAL NOTES
    ---------------
    If you've got any suggestions / comments about Gladiators, please send them
    in.
    
    
    4.1 THANKS
    ----------
    To MinMin for pointing out some very useful Gladiator resources.
    
    Thanks to Cryptic for adding this great mini-game to an already fantastic
    game!
    
    
    4.2 CONTRIBUTORS
    ----------------
    v0.65 - Added comments made by Jade Dragon.
    
    v0.6 - Thanks to MadScientist for the RANK: suggestion. Added comments made
    by Ngamok and MinMin.
    
    v0.5 - Thanks to Znemesis for letting me use his comments.
    
    
    4.3 VERSION NOTES
    -----------------
    v0.6 - Added in RANK: field. Added in comments made on the CoH/V forums to
    my thread about the guide.
    
    v0.5 - First draft of guide released to public. Still a work in progress.
    
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