Nomad Pikemen
Tactical NomadPikemen
Race Nomads
Req. Town Buildings Fighters' Guild
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 80
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 2
Icon Food.png1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 8
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 5 *
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 3
Resistance Icon Resist.png 5 *
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 1
Unit Abilities

Ability NegateFirstStrike Negate First Strike

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing

Nomad Pikemen are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created at a Nomad town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 80. The town must already contain an Fighters' Guild for this to be possible.

Like all Pikemen, Nomad Pikemen represent the epitome of infantry. They possess a very powerful Melee Attack, whose strength is greatly increased thanks to this unit containing Icon Figure.png 8 figures. Furthermore, this attack has the Armor Piercing property, which makes it very difficult to defend against. This unit also stands up very well to enemy Cavalry and other First Strike units. As with all units belonging to the Nomad race, Nomad Pikemen possess no special racial bonuses.

Nomad Pikemen require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 2 and Icon Food.png1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.

Unit Properties Edit

Physical Description Edit

Nomad Pikemen are a group of men (humans), dressed in pale-green robes and carrying pikes - long poles topped with large axe blades and spikes, used either for stabbing or for hacking at enemies while fending them off. When attacked by cavalry, the Nomad Pikemen can use their pikes to dissuade any enemy head-on charge by planting them firmly into the ground facing the enemy unit. The spiked top of a Pike can also be used to pierce through enemy armor very easily.

Nomad Pikemen are a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit, containing Icon Figure.png 8 figures when fully healed.

Attack Properties Edit

Nomad Pikemen possess a Melee Attack that, on its surface, already appears quite strong - but is in fact very strong for two reasons: the number of Icon Figure.png figures in this unit, and the Armor Piercing property it carries.

Each Pikeman attacks with a strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 5. Since Pikemen are produced from the Fighters' Guild, they will normally have an extra Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level which increases this attack strength to Icon Melee Normal.png 6. As a result, each Pikeman delivers on average Icon Damage.png 1.8 points of Damage with each attack.

With all Icon Figure.png 8 Pikemen attacking in unison, this can amount to a very high damage output, which the target is going to be hard-pressed to block. Making matters even worse (for the target), the Pikemen's Armor Piercing ability means that the target only gets to make half as many Defense rolls as it normally would - statistically doubling the amount of damage it will take from this attack!

With this combination of factors, the Nomad Pikemen's attack is dangerous to all Normal Units, and can effectively kill low Fantastic Units. Even Heroes should fear the Pikemen's attack. With Experience, the attack grows even stronger, and will genuinely threaten enemy mid-tier Fantastic Units.

Defense Properties Edit

The Nomad Pikemen possess a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 3 - just slightly better than the average for Normal Units. They can deflect about Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This can reliably fend off some damage from enemy Spearmen or Swordsmen, but is unlikely to stop any serious attack.

As with most Normal Units, each Nomad Pikeman possesses only Icon Hits.png 1 Hit Point. In other words, each point of Icon Damage.png Damage inflicted on this unit will kill off one of its Icon Figure.png figures.

For purposes of defending against Curses and other combat maledictions, the Nomad Pikemen have a very-low Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 5 - barely enough to protect them from such effects. However this is still slightly higher than the Resistance score of most Nomad units.

Other Properties Edit

Nomad Pikemen move at a slow Icon Movement Ground1, and can only traverse land tiles. The unit has no special movement properties.

Nomad Pikemen possess a useful combat ability called Negate First Strike. When the Pikemen are attacked by an enemy unit possessing First Strike, the enemy's First Strike does not work at all. Instead, the enemy unit delivers its Melee Damage simultaneously with the Pikemen, as per the normal combat damage rules.

This allows Nomad Pikemen to stand up to cavalry without fear of being overrun. The cavalry cannot use its advantage as an attacker. Note of course that Negate First Strike does nothing against any other enemy Special Attacks.

Basic Strategy Edit

Pikemen are a step up from Halberdiers, and effectively outclass them in strength and usefulness. They are easily the strongest Melee infantry units in the game. While expensive, they should be used whenever possible to bolster the strength of advancing armies, possibly forgoing the creation of weaker Normal Units entirely, resources permitting.

Nomad Pikemen make excellent anti-cavalry troops, thanks to Negate First Strike. Enemy cavalry will need to fight on an even ground with the Pikemen, thus losing their primary advantage. When faced with large enemy cavalry forces, Pikemen are indispensable.

Nomad Pikemen are often superior in combat to enemy low-tier Normal Units. Though Pikemen are moderately-armored and will still suffer casualties in almost any fight, they deliver a hefty amount of damage to their opponents and can occasionally wipe an enemy unit out with one attack. Even well-armored targets do not stand up well to Pikemen, thanks to their Armor Piercing attack!

Nomad Pikemen can band together with other Pikemen or Swordsmen to take out a stronger enemy unit, up to and including mid-tier Fantastic Units. Again, expect casualties among the ranks even if you do win the fight. Icon Experience.png Experienced Pikemen, especially in large groups, can sometimes overpower very strong enemy units (high-tier Fantastic Units and/or high-level, well-equipped Heroes).

Ability Overview Edit

Ability NegateFirstStrike Negate First Strike Edit

  • When an enemy possessing First Strike attacks this unit in Melee combat, it does not get to use its First Strike at all.
  • Instead of delivering Melee Damage first, the enemy will deliver it simultaneously with the defender as all non-First Striking units do.

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing Edit

  • Whenever this unit attacks an enemy target (whether with a Melee Attack or Ranged Attack) the target's Icon Defense.png Defense rating is temporarily assumed to be 50% lower than it really is.
  • This ability makes it easier to cause damage to heavily-armored targets.

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how Nomad Pikemen improve as they gain Experience. Any properties that are not listed here do not improve with Experience in any way.

Level Icon Level Name EP Melee To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Recruit Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 5 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 3

* To achieve this level, either the Warlord Retort or the Crusade spell must be in play.
** To achieve this level, both the Warlord Retort and the Crusade spell must be in play simultaneously.

Average Damage Output Edit

The table below details the average amount of damage that each Icon Figure.png Figure in a Nomad Pikemen unit will deliver with each type of attack, based on Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level. It can be used in comparison to the target's Defense rating to figure out the chance of hurting that target.

Select weapons:
Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Recruit
Experience 1 Regular
Experience 2 Veteran
Experience 3 Elite
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite
Experience 5 Champion

<img src="Icon_Melee_Normal.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Magic.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Mithril.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Adamantium.png">

Acquisition Edit

Nomad Pikemen may be produced in any Nomad Town.

A town must contain a Fighters' Guild to be able to produce Nomad Pikemen. Should a town lose its Fighters' Guild, it can no longer produce Nomad Pikemen until a replacement structure is built.

Note that this building requirement means that Nomad Pikemen produced in towns will always start as "Regular" troops (one free Experience Level), giving them a small but significant bonus above the default unit strength.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 80.

Nomad Pikemen may appear for hire as Mercenaries. They may already have some Experience on being hired, and several units may be hired simultaneously. Hiring these units requires a certain cost in Icon Gold.png Gold that depends on many different factors. Nomad Pikemen Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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