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Summon Board Passive selections:
Shiva & Ramuh choose 2 5 7
Odin choose 3 / 6 / 7
Bahamut choose 4 / 5 / 6
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Always open with Tempest for your King’s Shield buff, and the Royal Guard buff for your allies. This skill is mostly used to maintain your buffs.
Dawnhammer maintains your Crownsguard’s Pride buff, which is the source of your last stand, so don’t let it fall off. This is otherwise a bit better for BRV shaving than Tempest, and is also the source of your mBRV debuff
Maelstrom is an excellent BRV shaving skill, but is single target only. It recharges quite slow, needing 3 skill uses to recharge, or 2 skills with 2-3 HP++ depending on the team.
Impulse as early as your second turn after Tempest, so that Gladio starts his counters. With only 3 uses, be mindful of when you need to damage race, as well as when you are planning to summon. You won't want to summon while the buff is active. Be sure not to waste turns of this buff if you are planning to delay/delete enemy turns.
Don’t forget your AA if you need to heal him quickly, and this is the main reason why Gladio’s Survival Skills artifact is relatively useless currently.
Team Synergy Notes:
Battery looping with Rude & Gau isn’t a required activity, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy doing it! Other characters that battery on their HP attack work as well, but really, Gladio doesn’t have to have this.
Gladio does need a damage dealer/strong BRV shaver, since his potencies are lower than Strago & Kurasame’s even (on his primary 2 skills). His EX has amazing single target potency, but is otherwise slow.
Extend his LD buff with Sazh! Other options of older characters that can also do this include Hope, Eiko, & Yuna.
Avoid Aphmau as a partner with her 3 framed party buffs, since she will prevent Gladio from getting his powerful LD buff. This includes pairing Gladio with 2 other characters that give the party total 3 framed buffs (Selphie, Nine, & Hope all have 2 framed party buffs, meaning if you pair him with them, you’ll want to avoid any other party buffs!)
A sphere - Focus completely on BRV DMG & ATK, nothing else matters. Melee/Physical ATK boosts are fine, but not as good as equivalent ATK boosts since he has BRV gains based on his ATK specifically. Avoid triggers for AoE & evasion since Gladio’s counter is ST with splash, and he never likes to evade since he won’t counter!
B sphere - His own sphere is premium for him. The best alternative is Gabranth (or its refined version). Rounding out the rest of okay but not ideal options are Celes, Kimahri, & WoL.
C sphere - Focus on ATK completely. Garnet’s is absolutely the best one, with Alphinaud’s & Maria’s being great alternatives with party benefits attached. Paladin Cecil & Leon both have reasonable spheres for him but they are probably better suited on other characters.
Bad Passives (when you need more CP space)
DEF passives is about it, but…
If you are positive that you won’t be facing a single target, and that all waves are multiple enemies, then you can remove the 2 “Focused Attack” passives in his character boards, but *don’t forget to add them back*!
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