The pike is an extremely long spear, varying considerably in size, from 4.5 to 7.5 meters long. It has a wooden shaft with an iron or steel spearhead affixed. The shaft near the head is often reinforced with metal strips called “cheeks” or langets. Primarily used for stopping cavalry charges. Pretty much useless once an enemy closes to within normal melee ranges. The standard tactic would be to drop it and draw a light weapon once the general melee starts. It can be set against a charge using only one hand, but is too long to effectively use in one hand otherwise.
In game rules, after initial engagement any enemy who closes for melee is impossible to hit with the pike. Either drop it and draw a shorter weapon, or step back. Stepping back is only useful if you have some way of preventing the enemy from following though.
Reach: +4 – +6
Minimum Str: 3 – 4