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Elite Pikemen are the standard Heavy Infantry of the Gunpowder Age. Like their predecessors, they are strong versus Cavalry like Heavy Knights, but lose to Gunpowder Infantry like Arquebusiers. They are trained and upgraded at the Barracks.
Production cost for this unit increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. However, the maximum cost for Elite Pikemen is capped at 135 Food / 112 Metal. Actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.
Because of the increased base cost over the previous Pikemen, upgrading from the previous unit can be expensive if an army already exists. Unlike the Light Infantry line, where this increased base cost follows from receiving the superior Gunpowder Infantry line instead the original Light Infantry line, Elite Pikemen are substantially more expensive but the unit stats only receive modest increases. For Heavy Infantry, the significant unit upgrade is with the Fusiliers of the following Enlightenment Age, where the unit becomes a ranged instead of melee unit. Thus there may be an incentive to delay upgrading.