|Phalanx Pikemen (Macedon)|
|Appears in||Rome: Total War|
|Weapon(s)||Sarissa; Short sword|
|Soldiers in each unit||120|
|Special abilities||Can form phalanx; Bonus fighting cavalry; Very long spears; Can sap|
Phalanx pikemen (or phalangites) form the backbone of Macedonian and Seleucid battle lines. In phalanx formation these troops can be used to pin the enemy in place, while mobile forces wheel around the flanks to deliver a decisive blow.
The phalangites are drawn from families with decent resources, as these men need to provide leather cuirass armour and a metal helmet for protection. Phalanx pikemen carry a small shield strapped to the left arm, leaving both hands free to brandish a lengthy pike (the sarissa). Gripped in both hands above the head up to five ranks' worth of pikes can be aimed at the enemy. Men in rows further back hold their pikes at a 45 degree angle creating a shield to ward off enemy arrows. All phalanx pikemen also have short swords.[[Category:Phalanx units]