Exclusive Aion Class Interview #1 - The Gladiator

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If there's one thing that massively multiplayer online gamers love to learn about in upcoming MMOs, it's details about their potential character classes. To sate the ravenous appetite of the players, the Ten Ton Hammer staff will be bringing you exclusive, information-laden sneak peeks at Aion's eight character classes. Along with our other Aion content, we've scheduled the interviews to run on a bi-weekly basis, so make sure you check in with Ten Ton Hammer early and often.

The first class that we're going to be exploring is the Gladiator! As a member of the Warrior archetype, this brute excels at hand-to-hand combat with enormous two-handed weapons. Interested in learning more about this Aion class? Keep on reading!

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Ten Ton Hammer: Can you give us a bit of the background lore on the Gladiator? What is their purpose in Aion? What kind of characters do they represent in the world?

NCsoft: Gladiators are Daevas who live life by the sword. The Elyos follow the teachings of the Empyrean Lord Nezakan, “lord of justice” (justice according to the Elyos, of course), while the Asmodians serve the Empyrean Lord Zikel, “lord of destruction and slaughter”. The Gladiator’s greatest characteristic is their ability to retain high health and their ability to freely wield weapons. This makes them exceptionally good at being the first line of defense.

Ten Ton Hammer: Being able to choose a Gladiator class seems to imply they'll have access to all forms of weapons, while possibly being limited in their armor choice. Will this be the case?

NCsoft: Gladiators are the masters of weaponry and can select from a variety of weapons from polearms to swords to fit their needs in battle. They are also versatile in their armor selection and may opt to use chain armor, but typically plate armor will achieve optimal results.

Ten Ton Hammer: What kind of skills and/or abilities will Gladiator's have access to? Is there one particular area - DPS, debuffing, aggro management, etc - that Gladiators will excel in?

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NCsoft: Gladiators excel in brute force combat. Their skills are straight to the point and have a devastating effect on their opponents. They have an array of knock backs, stunning blows, and powerful area attack skills. Off tanking and knocking down their opponents through sheer force are the things the gladiator excels at while still being powerful DPS and an overall asset to any group.

Ten Ton Hammer: In previous games, Gladiators are typically known as off-tanks and/or DPS tanks. Would this assumption be true in Aion? If not, what role does a Gladiator play in a group?

NCsoft: The Gladiator can fill either the tank role or the DPS role in a group.  While their defensive abilities are weaker than the Templar class, they make up for it by having superior attack abilities. Gladiators specialize in close combat and have powerful brute attacks making them excellent DPS tanks.  While the templar is focused on defending himself from oncoming attacks, the gladiator can do some DPS, protect the healers and casters from flank attacks, and knock back approaching opponents to protect their group.

Ten Ton Hammer: What kind of flight abilities do Gladiators have? Will they be able to use their abilities while in flight?

NCsoft: Every class has unique and specific skills that are possible with flight, and the Gladiator is no exception.  One particularly cool skill that Gladiators have is called “Forced Landing” which allows them to literally knock people from the sky.  Aside from the specialized flight skills, most, but not all skills work both in air and on the ground.

Ten Ton Hammer: The graphics in Aion are absolutely stunning, and it seems reasonable to assume that each specialty class will have their own particular "look". Is this true? What does the Gladiator look like?

NCsoft: The Gladiator is quite possibly one of the most stunning classes to watch in action.  Swinging a powerful blade around and bringing it crashing down on their opponent will make any passer by stop and stare at the power they wield. The Gladiator is also the only class that is able to use a polearm. Once you see a Gladiator in action with this powerful two handed weapon, you may never wish to play any other class!

Ten Ton Hammer: How will the Gladiator differ from the Warrior archetype's other specialty class, the Templar? Will there be some big differences between the two? Can you describe some for us?

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NCsoft: Defense versus offense.  The Templar is focused on protecting themselves from damage whereas the Gladiator is much more damage oriented.   Having a variety of weaponry is important to a Gladiator who is very much focused on his damage output.  The Templar will wish to carry a powerful shield and focus on using defensive armor at all times.

Ten Ton Hammer: In past MMORPGs, the "tanking" classes have had an incredibly difficult time soloing monsters compared to other classes. How well will a Gladiator be able to solo enemies in the world of Aion?

NCsoft: If the Gladiator had a motto, it would be “kill it before it kills me.”  With a range of weapons to choose from, the Gladiator can swap weapons mid fight to assist him in defeating his foe.  They have weakening blows and an array of attacks that can knock down and stun enemies.   A Gladiator must always keep an eye on their health and may wish to equip stigma abilities to assist them in healing themselves during solo play.  They will likely wish to carry potions with them whenever they venture out solo.

Ten Ton Hammer: Is there anything else you can tell the Ten Ton Hammer readers?

NCsoft: As with all of Aion’s classes, the Gladiator reveals its abilities according to the attention and TLC it is given by the player.  All classes can be highly customized, from appearances to armor and weapons to skills, but if you love in-your-face multi-opponent combat, the Gladiator is probably a great choice for you.

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