Gates is dismayed to see how many of his comrades have been killed by Bazoo's men.
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Vital statistics
Class Gladiator
Gender Male
Race Dwarf
Faction Shining Force
Birthplace Guardiana
Relatives none known
Appearances Shining Force Gaiden
Shining Force CD

Gates is a playable gladiator dwarf in the games Shining Force Gaiden and Shining Force CD.

Background[edit | edit source]

Gates was part of an army from Guardiana sent to invade Cypress. They were soundly defeated, with only Gates and a few others managing to escape. Outside Gundoll Fort he meets up with a rescue force led by Nick and joins them to rescue the captives held in the fort.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Gates is something of a braggart, openly boasting of how powerful he is and how irresistible to women. However, his boasting is at least partly backed up by his strength as a fighter.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

For most of the game, Gates has low HP but decent Attack and by far the highest Defense of the Shining Force CD Gladiators, making him an excellent choice for both Book 1 and Shining Force Gaiden. Kashing is the only character who can match him for Defense at this point, making Gates an exceptional front-liner.

However, his Defense growths slow to a crawl after level 10 promoted and stop entirely after level 15. His HP and Attack growths remain fairly slow, leaving him with both the lowest HP and the lowest Defense of any of the Shining Force CD Gladiators by level 20 promoted, as well as below average Attack.

In short, Gates is outstanding in Gaiden I/Book 1, but poor in Book 3, and cannot be used at all in Book 4. Thus, it's a good idea to use him as your main tank for Book 1 but drop him as soon as you reach Book 3.

Powers & Magic[edit | edit source]

Gates can use no magic and has no powers.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "That's Frabell, a paladin... and Dantom, a beast. Nothing special... just more of Woldol's goons."
  • "Just because I've a mustach[sic] does not mean I'm an old man."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

  • Kashing, another Guardiana soldier who managed to escape.

External links[edit | edit source]

  • External link
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