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Elite Pikemen are the standard Heavy Infantry of the Gunpowder Age, avaliable to upgrade from Pikemen as soon as the age is reached. Like all infantry, Elite Pikemen are trained and upgraded at the Barracks.
After Pikemen become Elite Pikemen, they gain +25 hit points, +2 attack strength, and +1 Line of Sight. Like Heavy Infantry of previous ages, they are still the best solution to face enemy Heavy Cavalry, and will also take down Light Cavalry with ease, and good attacking buildings. However, they are more vulnerable overall compared with previous ages, given the bonus the new Gunpowder units receive against them, being very weak against the new Gunpowder Infantry when they were strong against their predecessors, still weak against Foot Archers, and even weaker against the new, gunpowder-armed Ranged Cavalry. They also increase considerably in price (+10 Food, +20 Metal base cost, which affects both ramping costs and the upgrade itself), despite receiving an improvement exactly the same as that of previous ages; so basically, they improve to the same degree as before, in an age where everyone else improves even further. Combined with the fact that Fusiliers of the following age, have the same increase in cost, but gain the ability to attack at range, makes the consideration of delay upgrading a sensible one in certain situations.
Unit Costs Edit
Unit production cost increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. The default increase is of 1 Food and 1 Metal for the second unit created, increasing further with every new unit until the cost cap is reached, which for military units is +125% of their original base value. It's important to note, however, that these prices are the default standard, and actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies/ages, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.
Unique Units Edit
The following nations have a unique unit that replaces Elite Pikemen: