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Gladiator Beast
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"Gladiator Beast Hoplomus", "Gladiator Beast Bestiari", and "Gladiator Beast Dimacari".
Japanese

  • 剣闘獣(グラディアルビースト)
  • 剣闘獣 (kanji)
  • グラディアルビースト (furigana)
  • Guradiaru Bīsuto (rōmaji)
  • Gladial Beast (translated)

French

  • Bêtes Gladiateur

German

  • Gladiatorungeheuer

Italian

  • Gladiatore Bestia

Korean

  • 검투수
  • Geomtusu (romanized)

Portuguese

  • Besta Gladiadora

Spanish

  • Bestia Gladiador

Other names

Thai 
กลาติอัสบีส / สัตว์กระบี่


Sets

Anime appearances


"Gladiator Beast", known as "Gladial Beast" (剣闘獣(グラディアルビースト) Guradiaru Bīsuto) in the OCG, is an archetype of cards released in Gladiator's Assault. They resemble futuristic versions of the ancient Roman Colosseum slave-warriors, and consist of many different Attributes and Types, primarily Beast, Beast-Warrior and Winged-Beast. With a few exceptions, all non-Fusion "Gladiator Beasts" have an effect to return to the Deck during the end of a Battle Phase when it battled, and then to Special Summon another "Gladiator Beast" monster to replace it (this is also known as 'tagging out'). The newly Special Summoned "Gladiator Beast" monsters usually gain another effect when Special Summoned in this way.

"Gladiator Beasts" also have five Fusion Monsters, three of which require a specific "Gladiator Beast" monster and either one or two other "Gladiator Beast" monsters as Fusion Material. However, "Polymerization" is not required to Fusion Summon these monsters. Instead, the correct "Gladiator Beast" Fusion Material Monsters are returned to the Main Deck to Special Summon the appropriate "Gladiator Beast" Fusion Monster. This process is otherwise known as Contact Fusion. Several of the "Gladiator Beast" Fusion Monsters are also able to 'tag out' to Special Summon 2 or more "Gladiator Beast" monsters from the Deck.

Nearly every card in the archetype is capable of being returned to the hand, field, or Deck from the Graveyard by utilizing the effects of "Gladiator Beast" monsters or their support cards. The "Gladiator Beast" Deck includes a mix of destruction, aggro, and toolbox cards and tactics. It is this versatility which landed this Deck as one of the top Decks in the Shonen Jump Circuit.

The September 2010 Forbidden List caused "Gladiators Beasts" to become more popular, especially with the banning of "Heavy Storm" and Limiting of "Royal Oppression", both of which were a threat to their strategy.

"Gladiator Beast" monsters are primarily named after types of warriors that fought in the Roman Colosseum, while others are named after famous fighters from the Roman Empire.

Gladiator Beast Named after Based on Effect upon tagging out
Alexander Alexander the Great Flying lion Unaffected by Spell effects
Andal Andabata Black bear None
Augustus Augustus Dragon Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your hand in Defense Position
Bestiari Bestiarii Bestiary Destroy 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field
Darius Darius the Great Horse Special Summon 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Graveyard
Dimacari Dimachaerus Cape buffalo Attack twice during the Battle Phase
Equeste Equites Winged Centaur Add 1 "Gladiator Beast" card from your Graveyard to your hand
Essedarii Essedarius Gorilla None
Gaiodiaz Gordias Tyrannosaurus Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Spartacus"
Gyzarus Gaius Julius Caesar Unknown bird Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Bestiari"
Heraklinos Heracles Chimera None
Hoplomus Hoplomachus Rhino DEF becomes 2400
Lanista Lanista Eagle Gains the name of 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster banished from your Graveyard
Laquari Laquerius Tiger ATK becomes 2100
Murmillo Murmillo Carp Destroy 1 face-up monster on the field
Nerokius Nero Bat Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck
Octavius Gaius Octavius Bald Eagle Destroy 1 face-down Spell/Trap Card on the field
Retiari Retiarius Crocodile Banish 1 card from your opponent's Graveyard
Samnite Samnite Smilodon When it destroys an opponent's monster by battle, add 1 "Gladiator Beast" card from your Deck to your hand
Secutor Secutor Lizard When tagging out, Special Summon 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck
Spartacus Spartacus Dinosaur Add 1 "Gladiator Beast" Equip Spell Card from your Deck to your hand
Tygerius Tiberius White tiger Discard 1 "Gladiator Beast" card to add 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Deck to your hand
Torax Thraex Blowfish Tag it out to draw 1 card

Deck types

Tigerless Gladiator Beasts

After the March 2011 Forbidden List, many people created an alternate version of the "Gladiator Beast" Deck that did not revolve around "Elemental HERO Prisma" or "Test Tiger". It introduced multiple copies of "Gladiator Proving Ground" and "Gladiator Beast's Respite" to increase the speed and stability of the Deck, while "Gladiator Beast Equeste" allowed the recycling of these cards.

Recommended Cards

Prisma Gladiator Beasts

Also known "Prisma Glads", this Deck introduces "Elemental HERO Prisma" into the standard "Gladiator Beast" build. The effect of "Prisma" treats it as "Gladiator Beast Bestiari", allowing it to be used in the Summoning of "Gladiator Beast Gyzarus". After destroying two cards and attacking, you can return "Gyzarus" to the Extra Deck to Summon "Gladiator Beast Darius", allowing you to resurrect "Bestiari" from the Graveyard. You can then Summon "Gyzarus" once more, destroying more cards in the process, and putting "Bestiari" back in the Deck to be used again.

"Elemental HERO Stratos", "Reinforcement of the Army" and "E - Emergency Call" are all cards that add consistency to this build, allowing you to search your "Prismas" easily.

Another useful strategy in this Deck involves Special Summoning "Test Tiger" and Tributing it to send an "Prisma" that is being treated as "Gladiator Beast Bestiari" back to the Deck to Special Summon "Gladiator Beast Darius". "Darius" can then use its effect to Special Summon the "Bestiari" in the Graveyard, allowing you quick access to "Gyzarus". If you have another "Gladiator Beast" monster in your Graveyard, this can be followed up by tagging out with "Gyzarus" to Special Summon "Darius" and "Gladiator Beast Laquari", with the former resurrecting a third "Gladiator Beast". These 3 materials allow you to Summon "Gladiator Beast Heraklinos" efficiently.

Recommended Cards

Rescue Gladiator Beasts

Previous incarnations of this Deck used "Rescue Cat" to Summon monsters such as "Gladiator Beast Samnite" and "Test Tiger" to make big plays. With the banning of "Rescue Cat", however, the Deck became unusable. With the release of "Rescue Rabbit", the new version of the Deck uses "Gladiator Beast Andal" to allow for the quick Summon of "Gladiator Beast Essedarii" or "Gladiator Beast Heraklinos".

Recommended Cards

Weaknesses and counter-strategies

  • Counter-destruction - Often, it is the "Gladiator Beasts" with the effect to destroy cards that are the most troublesome, but there are several cards that can be used to combat this. "Starlight Road" is a common card that is particularly effective against "Gladiator Beast Gyzarus". Other options include "Divine Wrath".
  • Effect canceling - Cards such as "Skill Drain", "Chivalry" or "Effect Veiler" can prevent your monsters from tagging out or negate the effects of the ones that are Summoned, leaving them defenseless against high ATK monsters.
  • Attack negation/prevention - You can only 'tag out' a "Gladiator Beast" when it "attacks or is attacked", therefore, any Spell, Trap, or Monster Effect that lets you negate a monster attack would prevent the opponent from tagging out their "Gladiator Beasts".

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