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Medieval Era front-line unit. Upgrades from the Spearman.
- Common abilities:
- Bonus vs Mounted (50)
The Pikeman is a next-generation Spearman, armed with a much longer and deadlier weapon and breastplates. It receives a bonus when fighting against mounted units, which makes it pretty much the only unit that can hope to stand up against a rampaging Knight. A Pikeman fortified in defensive terrain is a Knight's worst nightmare. Pikemen are, however, weak versus other melee units and tend to be severely damaged by siege weapons used to defend cities.
A pikeman is a better-trained and armored spearman armed with a longer, sharper weapon. Unlike the shorter and lighter spear, a pike is almost always used two-handed. Historically pikemen were most effective against other infantry and cavalry, but as they lacked shields, they were quite vulnerable to archers.
- This style of combat dates to Alexander the Great's father Philip II of Macedon with the introduction of the sarrisa, a spear of around 13 to 17 feet in length. After Alexander's success with this type of formation it became the backbone of many armies before being supplanted by the Roman system.
- It was revived in the Middle Ages, reaching its heyday in the 15th century. With the advent of gunpowder it evolved into combined "pike and shot" formations before being completely supplanted by purely firearm equipped units.