Battle System MechanicsPikemen companies are units that consist of a hundred and fifty heavily armored soldiers. They have the best metal armor that money can offer and due to the protection that the metal covering their flesh provides, they have abandoned shields in favor of pikes or in some cases, long polearms that can be used for stabbing. Pikemen are a feared foe on the field of battle and they are the at best defensive.
Best unit for defense
Good against cavalry charges
Damage Reduction can be ignored by flanking
Poor melee skill
It's hard to charge when you have long pokey sticks in front of you.
Pikemen companies are mainly used for defense and attacking units that have a high Damage Reduction with them might end up costing the pikemen more casualties. Instead of using them to attack, keep the pikemen on the front lines and force the enemy to attack them instead. Units with a low melee skill, such as light infantry and light cavalry, might end up losing far more of their own men by trying to get past the deadly pikes.
The main weakness of a company of pikemen is their lack of mobility and their exposed backs. Attacking pikemen from behind negates their main advantage, the Damage Reduction. There should always be other units there to defend against potential flankers.