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{{Infobox archseries
| image = GladiatorBeast.png
| caption = The [[Battle Beast]] with "[[Gladiator Beast Murmillo (anime)|Gladiator Beast Murmillo]]", "[[Gladiator Beast Augustus (anime)|Gladiator Beast Augustus]]" and "[[Gladiator Beast Secutor (anime)|Gladiator Beast Secutor]]".
| ja_name = {{Ruby|剣闘獣|グラディアルビースト}}
| romaji = Guradiaru Bīsuto
| trans = Gladial Beast
| fr_name = Bête Gladiateur
| de_name = Gladiatorungeheuer
| it_name = Gladiatore Bestia
| ko_name = 검투수
| ko_hanja = 劍鬪獸
| ko_romanized = Geomtusu
| pt_name = Besta Gladiadora
| es_name = Bestia Gladiador
| other_names =
| sets =
* [[Gladiator's Assault]]
* [[Phantom Darkness]]
* [[Light of Destruction]]
* [[The Duelist Genesis]]
* [[Crossroads of Chaos]]
* [[Crimson Crisis]]
* [[V Jump Edition 3]]
* [[Extreme Victory]]
* [[Primal Origin]]
* [[20th Anniversary Pack 1st Wave]]
* [[Duelist Saga]]
* [[Collectors Pack 2017]]
* [[Battles of Legend: Light's Revenge]]
* [[LINK VRAINS Pack]] (''[[OCG]]'' only)
* [[Cybernetic Horizon]] (''[[TCG]]'' only)
| anime =
* [[Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Bonds Beyond Time]]
* [[Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]]
"'''Gladiator Beast'''", known as "'''Gladial Beast'''" ({{Ruby|剣闘獣|グラディアルビースト}} ''Guradiaru Bīsuto'') in the ''[[OCG]]'', is an [[archetype]] of [[Monster Card|monsters]] with various [[Attribute]]s (primarily [[DARK]] and [[EARTH]]) and [[Type]]s (primarily [[Beast]], [[Beast-Warrior]], and [[Winged-Beast]]) released in ''[[Gladiator's Assault]]''. They are used by both the [[Battle Beast]] and [[Sanders]] in ''[[Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]]''.
The archetype resemble futuristic versions of the ancient [[wikipedia:Colosseum|Roman Colosseum]] slave-warriors.
The archetype's name comes from "[[wikipedia:Gladiator|Gladiator]]", a man trained to fight with weapons against other men or wild animals in an arena.
Each monster is primarily named after types of gladiators that fought in the Roman Colosseum, while others are named after famous fighters from the Roman Empire.
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center"
! rowspan="2" | Gladiator Beast
! colspan="2" | Origin
! rowspan="2" | Unique effect
! Reference
! Creature
| [[Gladiator Beast Alexander|Alexander]]
| [[wikipedia:Alexander the Great|Alexander the Great]]
| [ Winged lion]
| Unaffected by Spell effects.
| [[Gladiator Beast Andabata|Andabata]]
| [ Andabata]
| [[wikipedia:Hadrosaurid|Hadrosaurid]]
| Special Summons 1 Level 7 or lower “Gladiator Beast” Fusion monster from your Extra Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions. Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck.
| [[Gladiator Beast Andal|Andal]]
| [ Andabata]
| [[wikipedia:American black bear|Black bear]]
| N/A
| [[Gladiator Beast Augustus|Augustus]]
| [ Augustus Caesar]
| [[wikipedia:Dragon|Dragon]]
| Special Summons 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your hand in Defense Position.
| [[Gladiator Beast Bestiari|Bestiari]]
| [[wikipedia:Bestiarii|Bestiarii]]
| [ Red-crowned amazon]
| Destroys 1 Spell/Trap Card on the field.
| [[Gladiator Beast Darius|Darius]]
| [[wikipedia:Darius I|Darius the Great]]
| [[wikipedia:Horse|Horse]]
| Special Summons 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster from your Graveyard.
| [[Gladiator Beast Dimacari|Dimacari]]
| [[wikipedia:List of Roman gladiator types#Dimachaerus|Dimachaerus]]
| [[wikipedia:African buffalo|Cape buffalo]]
| Attacks twice during the Battle Phase.
| [[Gladiator Beast Dragases|Dragases]]
| [ Constantine Dragases Palaiologos]
| [[wikipedia:Bald Eagle|Bald Eagle]]
| Protects your attacking “Gladiator Beast” monster(s) from being destroyed by battle and prevents your opponent from activating cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters with different names from your Deck.
| [[Gladiator Beast Equeste|Equeste]]
| [ Equites]
| Winged [[wikipedia:Centaur|Centaur]]
| Adds 1 "Gladiator Beast" card from your Graveyard to your hand.
| [[Gladiator Beast Essedarii|Essedarii]]
| [[wikipedia:Essedarius|Essedarius]]
| [[wikipedia:Gorilla|Gorilla]]
| N/A
| [[Gladiator Beast Gaiodiaz|Gaiodiaz]]
| [[wikipedia:Gordias|Gordias]]
| [[wikipedia:Tyrannosaurus|Tyrannosaurus]]
| Inflicts damage to your opponent whenever it destroys an opponent’s monster by battle, equal to the DEF of the destroyed monster. Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Spartacus".
| [[Gladiator Beast Gyzarus|Gyzarus]]
| [[wikipedia:Julius Caesar|Gaius Julius Caesar]]
| Unknown bird
| Destroys up to 2 cards on the field whenever it's Special Summoned. Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except "Gladiator Beast Bestiari".
| [[Gladiator Beast Heraklinos|Heraklinos]]
| [[wikipedia:Heracles|Heracles]]
| [[Wikipedia:Chimera (mythology)|Chimera]]
| Negates the activation of a Spell/Trap Card and destroys that card, by discarding 1 card (Quick Effect).
| [[Gladiator Beast Hoplomus|Hoplomus]]
| [[wikipedia:List of Roman gladiator types#Hoplomachus|Hoplomachus]]
| [[wikipedia:Rhinoceros|Rhino]]
| DEF becomes 2400.
| [[Gladiator Beast Lanista|Lanista]]
| [[wikipedia:List of Roman gladiator types#Lanista|Lanista]]
| [[wikipedia:Eagle|Eagle]]
| Gains the name of 1 "Gladiator Beast" monster that was banished from your Graveyard.
| [[Gladiator Beast Laquari|Laquari]]
| [[wikipedia:Laquearius|Laquearius]]
| [[wikipedia:Tiger|Tiger]]
| ATK becomes 2100.
| [[Gladiator Beast Murmillo|Murmillo]]
| [[wikipedia:Murmillo|Murmillo]]
| [[wikipedia:Carp|Carp]]
| Destroys 1 face-up monster on the field.
| [[Gladiator Beast Nerokius|Nerokius]]
| [[wikipedia:Nero|Nero]]
| [[wikipedia:Bat|Bat]]
| Cannot be destroyed by battle and when this card battles, your opponent cannot activate cards or effects until the end of the Damage Step. Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck.
| [[Gladiator Beast Noxius|Noxius]]
| [[wikipedia:Gladiator#Legal_and_social_status|Noxii]]
| [[wikipedia:Leopard|Leopard]]
| Special Summons itself from your hand when your opponent declares a direct attack and redirects the attack to itself then proceeds to damage calculation; also, it cannot be destroyed by that battle. Sends 1 Gladiator Beast monster from your Deck to the Graveyard.
| [[Gladiator Beast Octavius|Octavius]]
| [[wikipedia:Gaius Octavius|Gaius Octavius]]
| [[wikipedia:Bald eagle|Bald eagle]]
| Destroys 1 face-down Spell/Trap Card on the field.
| [[Gladiator Beast Retiari|Retiari]]
| [[wikipedia:List of Roman gladiator types#Retiarius|Retiarius]]
| [[Wikipedia:Crocodile|Crocodile]]
| Banishes 1 card from your opponent's Graveyard.
| [[Gladiator Beast Samnite|Samnite]]
| [[wikipedia:Samnite (gladiator type)|Samnite]]
| [[wikipedia:Smilodon|Smilodon]]
| Adds 1 “Gladiator Beast” card from your Deck to your hand whenever it destroys an opponent’s monster by battle.
| [[Gladiator Beast Secutor|Secutor]]
| [[wikipedia:Secutor|Secutor]]
| [[Wikipedia:Lizard|Lizard]]
| Special Summons 2 "Gladiator Beast" monsters from your Deck, except itself.
| [[Gladiator Beast Spartacus|Spartacus]]
| [[wikipedia:Spartacus|Spartacus]]
| [[wikipedia:Dinosaur|Dinosaur]]
| Adds 1 "Gladiator Beast" Equip Spell Card from your Deck to your hand.
| [[Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor|Tamer Editor]]
| [[wikipedia:Tame animal|Taming]]/[[wikipedia:List of Roman gladiator types#Editor|Editor]]
| [[wikipedia:Deer|Deer]]
| Special Summons 1 “Gladiator Beast” Fusion monster from your Extra Deck, except itself, ignoring its Summoning conditions. Special Summons 1 “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Deck, by shuffling 1 “Gladiator Beast” monster that battled into your Deck or Extra Deck.
| [[Gladiator Beast Torax|Torax]]
| [[wikipedia:Thraex|Thraex]]
| [[wikipedia:Tetraodontidae|Blowfish]]
| Allows you to draw 1 card by shuffling itself into your Deck.
| [[Gladiator Beast Tygerius|Tygerius]]
| [[wikipedia:Tiberius (praenomen)|Tiberius]]
| [[wikipedia:White tiger|White tiger]]
| Adds 1 “Gladiator Beast” monster from your Deck to your hand by discarding 1 “Gladiator Beast” card.
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align: center"
! Card !! Origin
| [[Colosseum - Cage of the Gladiator Beasts]] || [[wikipedia:Colosseum|Colosseum]]
| [[Gladiator Beast War Chariot]] || [[wikipedia:Chariot#Rome|Chariot]]
| [[Gladiator Beast's Battle Archfiend Shield]] || [[wikipedia:Scutum (shield)|Scutum]]
| [[Gladiator Beast's Battle Gladius]] || [[wikipedia:Gladius|Gladius]]
| [[Gladiator Beast's Battle Halberd]] || [[wikipedia:Halberd|Halberd]]
| [[Gladiator Beast's Battle Manica]] || [[wikipedia:Manica (armguard)|Manica]]
| [[Thumbs Down]] || [[wikipedia:Pollice verso|Pollice verso]]
| [[Trojan Gladiator Beast]] || [[wikipedia:Trojan Horse|Trojan Horse]]
| [[Virtus of Gladiator Beast]] || [[wikipedia:Virtus (virtue)|Virtus]]
== Playing style ==
With a few exceptions, all non-[[Fusion]] "Gladiator Beasts" have an effect to return to the [[Main Deck|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 seven Fusion Monsters, four of which require a specific "Gladiator Beast" monster and either one or two other "Gladiator Beast" monsters as [[Fusion Material Monster|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 Lists|September 2010 Forbidden List]] caused "Gladiators Beasts" to become more popular, especially with the banning of "[[Heavy Storm]]" and [[Limited|Limiting]] of "[[Royal Oppression]]", both of which were a threat to their strategy.
The [[:April_2015_Lists_(TCG)|April 2015 Forbidden List]] made the previously Limited "[[Gladiator Beast Bestiari]]" Unlimited, making the entire deck not as susceptible to having a "[[Bottomless Trap Hole]]" or other card that banishes monsters used on "Bestiari", which would render "[[Gladiator Beast Gyzarus]]" inaccessible for the remainder of the Duel.
Previous incarnations of the Deck used "[[Rescue Cat]]" to Summon monsters such as "[[Gladiator Beast Samnite]]" and "[[Test Tiger]]" to make big plays. With the Errata of "Rescue Cat", however, the Deck changed its strategy. 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]]", "[[Gladiator Beast Heraklinos]]", "[[Gladiator Beast Nerokius]]" or "[[Gladiator Beast Dragases]]".
{{Decklist|Recommended cards
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|normal monsters =
* [[Gladiator Beast Andal]]
|effect monsters =
* [[Elemental HERO Prisma]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Augustus]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Bestiari]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Darius]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Equeste]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Laquari]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Murmillo]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Noxious]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Retiari]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Samnite]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Secutor]]
* [[Rescue Cat]]
* [[Rescue Rabbit]]
* [[Test Tiger]]
* [[Thunder King Rai-Oh]]
|fusion monsters =
* [[Gladiator Beast Andabata]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Essedarii]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Heraklinos]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Gyzarus]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Nerokius]]
* [[Gladiator Beast Tamer Editor]]
|xyz monsters =
* [[Brotherhood of the Fire Fist - Tiger King]]
* [[Ghostrick Alucard]]
* [[Lightning Chidori]]
* [[Mechquipped Angineer]]
|link monsters =
* [[Gladiator Beast Dragases]]
* [[Fire Fighting Daruma Doll]]
* [[Mistar Boy]]
* [[Missus Radiant]]
|spells =
* [[A Hero Lives]] (When using Prisma)
* [[Gladiator Proving Ground]]
* [[Book of Moon]]
* [[Fire Formation - Tenki]]
* [[Fire Formation - Tensu]]
* [[My Body as a Shield]]
* [[Onslaught of the Fire Kings]] (For GB Laquari)
* [[Unexpected Dai]]
|traps =
* [[Gladiator Beast War Chariot]]
* [[Starlight Road]]
* [[Waboku]]
==Weaknesses and counter-strategies==
* '''Prevention of Special Summoning''' - As "Gladiator Beast" Decks focus heavily on Special Summoning, they become crippled by cards that prevent it. "[[Solemn Warning]]", "[[Archlord Kristya]]" and "[[Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo]]" are all common Main Deck and Side Deck cards that prevent Special Summoning, or neutralize it. In the case of "Kristya", the Deck finds it hard to get over a monster with 2800 ATK without Contact Fusion, as long as it is protected from the high Trap Card count with cards like "[[Forbidden Lance]]". Other options include "[[Vanity's Fiend]]", "[[Vanity's Ruler]]", "[[Deck Lockdown]]", "[[Corridor of Agony]]" and "[[Ash Blossom & Joyous Spring]]".
* '''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]]", "[[Destruction Jammer]]", and "[[Stardust Dragon]]".
* '''Destroy on Summoning''' - Cards such as "[[Torrential Tribute]]", "[[Bottomless Trap Hole]]" and especially "[[Mirror of Oaths]]", that destroy the monsters when Special Summoned are great against "Gladiator Beasts".
* '''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. "[[Clear Wing Synchro Dragon]]" and "[[Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon]]" are also very effective, as they can negate the effects of the Gladiator Beasts upon summon or when they 'tag out', leaving them often helpless.
* '''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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