"Pirate mercenary from the Barbary Coast."
In-game description

The Barbary Corsair (often shortened to Corsair) is a mercenary melee heavy infantry in Age of Empires III. With high speed but relatively weak siege attack, the Barbary Corsair can be considered the mercenary version of the Rodelero.

Overview Edit

The Barbary Corsair attacks with a large scimitar - a curved sword used across the Arabic world - and uses flaming torches to attack buildings, like most other units. Because Corsairs are melee heavy infantry, they are best at fighting cavalry units and are fairly effective against other heavy infantry units, but, for melee heavy infantry, it is relatively weak against buildings. Corsairs have an exceptional speed for infantry, only surpassed by the Spy and the Coyote Runner.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, light infantry, slow infantry
Weak vs. Skirmishers, archers, artillery
Hit points Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (+20%, British only)
Corselet Corselet (+25%, Spanish only)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Speed Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%, Germans only)
Inca Road-building Incan Road-building (+20%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Creation speed Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Inca Chaquis Messengers Incan Chasquis Messengers (-25%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Thin Red Line Thin Red Line (-25% speed, British only)
Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost, Germans only)
Corselet Corselet (-15% speed, Spanish only)

Home City Cards Edit

Buccaneer Captain Edit

The Buccaneer Captain is a treasure guardian variant of the Barbary Corsair. With a siege damage of over 100, it is good at destroying buildings. It only appears in Act I: Blood.

In-game dialogue Edit

The Barbary Corsair speaks Berber, which he shares with Pirate and Privateer.

  • Ea
  • Akrivmen
  • Bousdalla
  • Ajuoh
  • Ajuviri
  • A machawer
  • As dam (attack)
  • Asili (attack)

History Edit

"The Barbary Corsairs were pirates and privateers that raided trade routes and plundered cities on the Mediterranean Sea for hundreds of years. If they had a capitol, it was Algiers - a city captured by the Barbary pirates under their leader Kair Ad Din, more commonly known as Barbarossa. The corsairs had defended Algiers from the Spanish, but turned on the ruler and claimed the city for themselves.

The Corsairs sailed sleek Galleys, crewed by slaves who rowed and were meant only for short voyages of no more than six or eight weeks. Janissaries accompanied the crews and boarded enemy ships. The reign of the Barbary Corsairs ended in the first half of the nineteenth century when the growing pressure and assault on the pirate states from Europe and Ottoman forces shut down or took control of the Barbary Coast.

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