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Comparison of Pikemen.

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Polish and Swedish Pikeman side by side.

Pikemen are Pike Infantry in With Fire & Sword. The Polish Commonwealth and Kingdom of Sweden have these units, but Swedish have better armor. There are also two types of the Russian Pikemen: Marksman Spearman and New Order Spearman. In Captain modes in multiplayer, there's a second version of Swedish Pikeman, with worse armor, and a Sword instead of Pike.

Hence their name, these infantrymen carry pikes, a long spear which they use with two hands and is especially deadly against cavalry, but makes them vulnerable to musket fire.

The Swedish Pikeman, the German Pikeman, and German Infantry Pikeman are the most reliable as Heavy Pikemen units, while the, New Order Spearmen, Marksman Spearmen and (Polish) Pikemen tend to be more fragile as Light Pikemen units. Militia Pikemen units armed with shorter Simple Pikes tend to be less useful.

TacticsEdit

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Pikemen are likely one of the most important units in the game. They wield pikes, the longest melee weapon available, and it is specifically developed to stop the enemy shock Cavalry. Awlpikes existed in Warband, but especially in With Fire & Sword, horses will immediately stop with a slightest poke from a Pike.

Pikemen's main job is to protect vulnerable Musketeers from enemy cavalry, so they are best utilized in a line formation, either behind the Musketeers (or any ranged units) or in front of them if the terrain is adequate. When ordered to hold a position, some Pikemen will automatically crouch, and so they form a Hedgehog like formation. If invested in large numbers, it is almost impossible for the enemy AI cavalry to "slip through" the line, and similarly, it is not advised for the mounted player to even attempt going through the enemy Pikemen.

In sieges, Pikemen units switch their pikes with swords, with Western Heavy Pikemen using broadswords, Eastern Light Pikemen to sabers, and Militia Pikemen switching to thrusting swords. With more protection, Western Heavy Pikemen are more reliable at defending and besieging fortifications, and the Militia Pikemen are the least reliable at defending and besieging fortifications.

Stats and equipment Edit

Note: Troops have a set of default stats; at the beginning of a new game, these stats are randomly adjusted for each type of troop. The following is the default set for this troop as seen within the game code and may not reflect the specific stats you will see during actual gameplay. For more information, see Troop stats.

  • Swedish Pikeman:
    PikeStats
Pikeman (Sweden)

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Culture
Kingdom of Sweden
Weekly Wages
4-8 thalers
Commander
Upgrades To...
Upgrade Cost
No information
Exp For Kill
No information
Ransom Value
No information
Pikeman - Default Stats and Equipment
Attributes
Stat Points
Level 7
Strength 8
Agility 6
Intelligence 2
Charisma 5
Health 47
Armor
Helmets
Simple Morion
Body Armor
Swedish Pikeman Uniform
Boots
Shoes with Stockings
Gloves
Infantry Gloves
Skills
Skill Points
Ironflesh 0
Power Strike 0
Grenade Throwing 0
Power Draw 0
Weapon Master 1
Shield 0
Athletics 0
Riding 0
Shooting from Horseback 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 0
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 0
Leadership 0
Trade 0
Proficiencies
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 85
Two Handed Weapons 85
Polearms 85
Archery 0
Firearms 0
Throwing 0
Weapons
Melee Weapons
Simple Pike
Ranged Weapons
None
Shields
None
Mount
None
Troops of the Kingdom of Sweden
Town MilitiamanMilitia PikemanMilitia Musketeer 
Finnish HarquebusierGerman PikemanBlack Reiter
MusketeerPikemanDragoon
SwordsmanLifeguardScottish MusketeerScottish PikemanScottish Swordsman
CuirassierCuirassier SpearmanSwedish Reiter
  • Polish Pikeman:
Pikeman (Polish Commonwealth)

Pikeman

Culture
Weekly Wages
No information
Commander
Upgrades To...
Upgrade Cost
No information
Exp For Kill
No information
Ransom Value
No information
Pikeman - Default Stats and Equipment
Attributes
Stat Points
Level 6
Strength 9
Agility 7
Intelligence 3
Charisma 3
Health 53
Armor
Helmets
Polish Uniform Hat
Body Armor
Hajduk Uniform
Boots
Old Boots
Gloves
None
Skills
Skill Points
Ironflesh 4
Power Strike 1
Grenade Throwing 0
Power Draw 0
Weapon Master 1
Shield 0
Athletics 4
Riding 0
Horse Archery 0
Looting 0
Trainer 0
Tracking 0
Tactics 0
Path-finding 0
Spotting 0
Inventory Management 0
Wound Treatment 0
Surgery 0
First Aid 0
Engineer 0
Persuasion 0
Prisoner Management 0
Leadership 0
Trade 0
Proficiencies
Weapon Type Points
One Handed Weapons 95
Two Handed Weapons 95
Polearms 95
Archery 0
Firearms 0
Throwing 0
Weapons
Melee Weapons
Pike
Ranged Weapons
None
Shields
None
Mount
None
Troops of the Polish Commonwealth
Scythe WielderMilitia PikemanMusket Militiaman 
Town CossackRank Cossack • Lithuanian Musketeer • Lithuanian Tatar
ZolnierPikemanVolunteerDragoon
German Infantry PikemanGerman Infantry MusketeerScottish MusketeerScottish PikemanScottish SwordsmanLisowczyk
Polish ReiterArmored CossackWinged Hussar

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