This is the icon of an ordinary Pikeman.
|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Cost||40 Food |
|Age Available||Colonial Age|
|Base Hit Points||120|
|Resists||10% vs. Melee|
|Melee Multipliers||x5.0 vs. Cavalry|
x3.5 vs. Light Infantry
|R.O.F.||1.5 / 3.0 (Siege)|
Pikeman are basic foot soldiers armed with a long pike in Age of Empires III.
Pikeman in can be recruited in the Barracks, Galleon, Fort and shipped from the player's Home City. They are archaic infantry and very useful at taking out cavalry or destroying buildings. Their speed is not as fast as cavalry and because of this the unit may have difficulty chasing down cavalry so should be used mainly in a defensive role. They can be countered by light Infantry and Artillery. In the Colonial Age they are useful for destroying buildings since most civilizations lack artillery at that stage.
Archaic units usually cannot be upgraded beyond Veteran level but the Spanish are able to do so with Pikemen, able to be upgraded up to the Imperial Tercio level. This makes them quite powerful in melee combat and useful past the Colonial Age. Pikeman are useful as a front line defense for ranged units to hide behind. Using them with Crossbowman is an effective combo early in the game as they can take out infantry at long range while the Pikemen defeat any cavalry that get too close. However this formation is vulnerable to artillery and anti-infantry so should be escorted with cavalry.
The overall stats for Pikeman can be improved by investing resources on technologies found in the Arsenal.
Veteran Pikeman is the first upgrade for the Pikeman. It is available for 200 Coin and 200 Wood once Fortress Age is reached. Since both Musketeers and Halberdiers are available at the Veteran level during the same age and are better than Pikeman, players often ignore the upgrade and invest resources on other units instead. However it is recommended for the Spanish since they can upgrade them further other civilizations and lack the Halberdier.
- Hit Points: +20% (144)
- Hand Attack: +20% (9)
- Siege Attack: +20% (38)
- Hit Points: +40% (192)
- Hand Attack: +40% (12)
- Siege Attack: +40% (51)
- Hit Points: +50% (252)
- Hand Attack: +50% (16)
- Siege Attack: +50% (67)
- Note: Spanish players have the option of being able to almost instantly (2.7 seconds) train Crossbowmen and Pikemen in the Colonial Age, due to the TEAM Archaic Soldier Training and Fencing School cards. If the upgrade Standing Army from the Church is used, Pikemen and Crossbowmen can be created instantly.
- See also: Spanish Home City Cards
Pikemen fought in very tight formations that maximized the danger to enemies as they approached. The front rank would set their pikes against a cavalry charge, placing the butt of the staff against the ground, braced by the instep of their back foot, with the tip raised up at an angle. The ranks standing just behind the first would hold up their pikes straight out at about shoulder height to add still more stabbing spear heads. As firearms developed, the were integrated into units of pikemen. By the mid-seventeenth century an infantry regiment might be composed of two-third musketeers and a third pikemen. Eventually firearms with mounted bayonets came to replace pikes, with were little seen and used after the nineteenth-century.
A typical pike was 10- to almost 20-foot spear-like wooden staff with a steel or iron spear point. Some pikemen also carried swords and axes to attack any enemies who survived the deadly bristling of pike formation. They wore helmets, and sometimes breastplates, to defend themselves against attacks.