The Spearman is a Melee unit available in the Ancient Era. It is strong against Mounted units.
The earliest spears were doubtless straight pieces of wood with crudely-sharpened ends; these would quickly break or become dull with service. The spear didn't become a reliable weapon until some early innovator discovered that he could harden the tip by lightly charring it over a fire. Eventually stone tips were employed, then of course metal. Spears are fairly simple weapons to learn, and they can be produced rapidly and cheaply, so they tend to be the backbone of early civilizations' armies.
The Spearman is the first melee unit available after the Warrior. Armed with a spear and a shield, it is slightly more powerful than the Warrior. However, its long weapon also gives him a significant combat bonus against mounted units such as Chariot Archers and Horsemen. Use it as you would other front-line units, but try to position it so as to protect the weaker elements of your army (archers, siege machines) likely to attract mounted attacks.
Unique Unit Replacements
|Ancient Infantry - Qin (Shi Huang)|
|Armoured Elephant - Maurya (Ashoka) (LastSword)|
|Battering Ram - The Huns (Attila)|
|Drumroll Warrior - The Ashanti (Osei Tutu I)|
|Gadrauht - The Goths (Alaric I) (LastSword)|
|Hoplite - Greece (Alexander)|
|Immortal - Persia (Darius I)|
|Khopesh - Egypt (Akhenaten)|
|Konuks'wu - The Olmec (U Kix Chan)|
|Lapattu - Akkad (Sargon)|
|Peleset - The Philistines (Abimelech)|
|Phalanx - Sumer (Gilgamesh)|
|Pictish Warrior - The Celts (Boudicca)|
|Raider - Suebi (Rechilla)|
|Raven - The Cherokee (Attakullakulla)|
|Sabu Nagib - Amalek (Agag)|
|Shtitonostzi - Bulgaria (Simeon I) (DJSHenninger)|
|Spartiate - Sparta (Leonidas)|
|Ya - Shang (Wu Ding)|