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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[]

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 has relatively low attack damage against buildings. Corsairs have an exceptional speed for infantry, only surpassed by the Spy.

All European civilizations can pick The Mercenary Contractor for aging up to the Imperial Age, and he will improve mercenaries (including the Barbary Corsair) by increasing their hit points and attack by 50%.

Civilization differences[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, shock infantry, slow infantry
Weak vs. MercType2, light infantry, counter-skirmishers, artillery
Improvements
Hit points Corselet Corselet (+25%; Spanish only)
Maya Cotton Armor Maya Cotton Armor (+20%)
Infantry Breastplate Infantry Breastplate (+10%)
Cree Tanning Cree Tanning (+5%)
Gadaa System Gadaa System (+5%; Ethiopians only)
Navajo Weaving Navajo Weaving (+5%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Counter Infantry Rifling Customized Merc Weapons (+30%; John Black's Mercenaries only)
Zapotec Cult of the Dead Zapotec Cult of the Dead (+20%)
Carib Kasiri Beer Carib Kasiri Beer (+10%)
Master Lessons Master Lessons (+10%)
Yoga Yoga (+5%)
Mapuche Tactics Mapuche Tactics (+50% siege attack)
Resistance Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (+5% ranged resistance)
Hualcana Hualcana (+5%; Inca only)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+20%; Germans only)
Military Drummers Military Drummers (+10%)
Quechuan Mountaineering Quechuan Mountaineering (+10%)
Akan Drums Akan Fontomfrom (+5%)
Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train time Standing Army Standing Army (-25%)
Akan Drums Akan Fontomfrom (-20%)
Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Quechuan Diet Quechuan Diet (-15%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
New Mexico Immigration New Mexico Immigration (-10%; United States only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Strangers' Quarters Strangers' Quarters (-10%; Africans only)
Wallensteins Contracts Wallenstein's Contracts (-10%; Germans only)
Cost Blue Nile Ties Blue Nile Ties (-15%; Ethiopians only)
Wallensteins Contracts Wallenstein's Contracts (-15%; Germans only)
Philhellenism Philhellenism (-10%)
Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Somali oryx shields Somali Oryx Hide Shields (-10%)
Yemeni Relations Yemeni Relations (exchanges cost for 50% coin, 50% influence; Ethiopians only)
Other Berber dynasties Berber Dynasties (can be trained by the Berber Sultan)
Penalties Corselet Corselet (-15% speed; Spanish only)
Tillys Discipline Tilly's Discipline (+10% cost; Germans only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Barbary Corsair
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 3 (Liberation March) Liberation March Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +5% speed and -35% train time
Age III tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry (except Warrior Priests and Skull Knights) and shock infantry train time -40% (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
Baja California Home City (Outlaw Combat) Outlaw Combat Outlaws and mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack damage (costs 500 coin for Baja California)
Revolution
  • "Liberation March" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish.
  • "Fencing School" is available to the Europeans (except the French, Maltese, Ottomans, and Spanish) and Indians.
  • "Outlaw Combat" is available to the Mexicans upon revolting to Baja California and Europeans upon revolting to the Barbary States, Hungary, and Mexico.

Africans[]

Card Description Age
Trainspeed africa Feudal Armies All units' train time -15%; hero respawn time -15%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15% (also affects shipments)
Age III tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age
Chinese Home City 1 (TEAM Yongle Infrastructure) TEAM Yongle Infrastructure Delivers 1 Mongol Scout; infantry, land villagers, healing units, Envoys, and Disciples get +5% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' (except monks) train time -20%; Heavy Cannon, Flying Crow, and Summer Palace banner army spawn time -5%
Age III tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Yongle Infrastructure" does not stack with the Inca "TEAM Inca Bridges" card.

Dutch[]

Card Description Age
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +10% hit points; Dutch-only infantry get +15% hit points instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
Dutch Home City 5 (Dutch States Army) Dutch States Army Mercenary train time -15% and shipments arrive time -20%; mercenaries (except Napoleon Guns and Li'l Bombards) get +7% speed; Highlanders can be trained at Barracks, Royal Horsemen at Stables, and both at the Tavern; Pikemen, Halberdiers, Skirmishers, Hussars, and Ruyters cost +10%
Age III tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 5 (Hire Barbary Force) 16 Barbary Corsairs Delivers 16 Barbary Corsairs
Revolution
Loyal warriors Loyal Warriors Native warriors, mercenaries, and outlaws cost -15%; "TEAM 4 Zenata Rider", "Recruit Xebec", "Recruit Xebecs", and "15 Berber Allies" cost no coin
Revolution
South Africa Home City (Wanderlust) Wanderlust Land units get +5% hit points; land villagers and wagons get +5% speed
Revolution
  • "16 Barbary Corsairs" and "Loyal Warriors" are available to the Italians, Maltese, Ottomans, and Portuguese upon revolting to the Barbary States.
  • "Wanderlust" is available to the British and Dutch upon revolting to South Africa, and can be sent 3 times.

French[]

Card Description Age
French Home City 3 (Royal Fencing School) Royal Fencing School Infantry and shock infantry train time -40%; +3 Royal Musketeers
Age II tech tree aoe3
Revolutionary French Home City (Cult of the Supreme Being) Cult of the Supreme Being The player gains +10% XP from training units and other players receive -10% XP from defeating them; Sansculottes gather resources from Crates 50% faster; food from Berry Bushes and Cherry Orchards 25% faster; wood from trees and Mango Groves and coin from mines 20% faster; food from huntable and herdable animals, Mills, Farms and coin from Estates 15% faster
Revolution

Germans[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 5 (Improved Mercenaries) Improved Mercenaries Mercenaries get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
German Home City 5 (Adler von Lübeck) Adler von Lübeck Delivers 1 Battleship and 1 Privateer; Battleships can train mercenaries; costs 900 food, 900 wood, 900 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Delivers 1 Native Scout; infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
Iroquois Home City 3 (Conservative Tacticcs) Conservative Tactics Infantry get +10% hit points and attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP; unit train time -20%, siege unit and artillery train time -5% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3

Hausa[]

Card Description Age
Hausa Home City Cards 5 (Sahelian Kingdoms) Sahelian Kingdoms Native warriors get +15% hit points and attack damage; mercenaries and outlaws get +10% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 2 (Road Building) Road Building Land military units get +10% speed
Age II tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 2 (Couriers) Couriers Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry train time -45%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 2 (TEAM Inca Bridges) TEAM Inca Bridges Delivers 1 Chasqui; infantry, land villagers, healing units, and Envoys get +5% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Inca Bridges" does not stack with the Chinese "TEAM Yongle Infrastructure" card.

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack damage; Rajputs get +20% hand attack damage instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Indian Home City 3 (Conscript Sepoys) Zamindars Infantry train time -20%; delivers 2 Sepoys instead of 1 Hindu Villager with every Home City shipment, including this one
Age II tech tree aoe3

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Iroquois Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 2 (Schiavoni Swords) Schiavoni Swords Infantry, cavalry, and shock infantry get +15% hand attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age
Onin war Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
Bakufu Bakufu Daimyo and Shogun Tokugawa get +5% speed, +10 Line of Sight and train units 15% faster; land military unit train time -20%, artillery and banner army train time -10% instead
Age III tech tree aoe3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Sioux Home City 2 (Wind Runner) Moccasins Infantry get +10% speed
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age I tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Delivers 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Delivers Books of 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age
Rio Grande Home City (Bastimento) Bastimento Villager train time -20%; infantry train time -25%, Revolutionary train time -50% instead
Revolution
Maya Home City (Pok Ta Pok) Pok Ta Pok Infantry get +10% speed and -10% train time
Revolution
  • "Colegio de San Nicolás" is available upon selecting the Michoacán Federal State.
  • "National Servant" is available upon selecting the Estado de México Federal State.
  • "Bastimento" is available upon revolting to Rio Grande.
  • "Pok Ta Pok" is available upon revolting to the Maya.

Ottomans[]

Card Description Age
Ottoman Home City 3 (Matrakci School) Matrakci School Infantry and shock infantry train time -30%; Janissary, Azap, Nizam Fusilier, Abus Gunner, and Humbaraci train time -40% instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 5 (Mediterranean Mercenary Army) Ottoman Mercenary Army Delivers 3 Mamelukes, 6 Barbary Corsairs, and 4 Stradiots; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Ottoman Home City 5 (Hire Barbary Force) Hire Barbary Corsair Force Delivers 15 Barbary Corsairs; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Russians[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack) Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
Russian Home City 3 (Dueling School) Dueling School Infantry train time -25%
Age I tech tree aoe3

Spanish[]

Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Archaic Infantry Hitpoints Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points; Rodeleros get +20% hit points instead
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Combat) Archaic Infantry Combat Hand infantry and foot archers get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Delivers 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
German Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Attack) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Attack Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 2 (Hand Infantry Hitpoints) Hand Infantry/Hand Cavalry Hitpoints Hand infantry and hand cavalry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Swedish Home City 2 (TEAM House of Bernadotte) TEAM House of Bernadotte Heavy infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Swedish Home City 5 (German Mercenary Contracts) German Mercenary Contracts Mercenaries get +20% hit points and attack damage; Jaegers and Landsknechts can be trained at Barracks, Blockhouses, Taverns, and Galleons; Black Riders can be trained at Stables and Galleons
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 2 (United States Army) United States Army The General, Minutemen, and heavy infantry get +15% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
US Home City 5 (Poker) Poker Delivers 13 random mercenaries; adds up to 3 random mercenaries to training at the Saloon; costs 3,500 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Delivers 1 Carbine Cavalry for each shipment sent so far this game including this one; unit train time (except Heavy Cannons), technology research time, and age-up time -10%; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card hamilton's own Hamilton's Own Delivers 4 Napoleon Guns and 2 Li'l Bombards; mercenary get +25% hit points and attack damage; costs 2,500 coin
Imperial Age
  • "Indiana Mobilization" is available upon selecting the Indiana Federal State.
  • "Hamilton's Own" is available upon selecting the New York Federal State.

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Fencing School) Fencing School Infantry (except Skull Knights) train time -40% (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
  • "Fencing School" is available to Europeans (except the Ottomans), and the Indians.

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' (except monks, Heavy Cannon, Flying Crow, and Summer Palace banner army) train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Dutch[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dutch Home City 2 (Infantry Hitpoints) TEAM Infantry Hitpoints Infantry get +15% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 5 (Ottoman Mercenary Army) Hire Mediterranean Mercenary Army Delivers 3 Mamelukes, 6 Barbary Corsairs, and 4 Stradiots; costs 2,000 coin
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Spanish Home City 5 (Mercenary Loyalty). Mercenary Loyalty Mercenary and native warrior shipments cost -25% (-10% for INFINITE cards)
Age III tech tree aoe3
1
  • "Hire Mediterranean Mercenary Army" is available to the Dutch, Germans (with +1 Barbary Corsair and Mameluke), and Russians.
  • "Mercenary Loyalty" reduces cost of "Hire Mediterranean Mercenary Army" by 25%.

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
German Home City 5 (Improved Mercenaries) Improved Mercenaries Mercenaries get +20% hit points and attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Dravidian martial arts Dravidian Martial Arts All units get +15% hand attack damage; +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3
40
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack damage
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Iroquois[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 2 (Scout Infantry) TEAM Scout Infantry Infantry get +8 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Onin war Onin War Infantry get +33% siege attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
40

Ottomans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Ottoman Home City 5 (Hire Barbary Force) Hire Barbary Corsair Force Delivers 15 Barbary Corsairs; costs 2,000 coin
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 2 (Ransack) Ransack Infantry get +50% siege attack damage
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Russian Home City 3 (TEAM Dueling School) TEAM Dueling School Infantry (except Skull Knights), Old Han Army, and Territorial Army train time -25%; Black Flag Army, Standard Army, Ming Army, and Imperial Army train time -12%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 1 (Hand Infantry Attack) TEAM Hand Infantry Attack Hand infantry get +15% attack damage
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 Line of Sight
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Buccaneer Captain[]

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 and ships. It only appears in the Pirates! scenario of Act I: Blood. This unit is also accessible in the Scenario Editor under the Units category, as "GRD Buc Captain".

Historical Battles[]

Pirate from the Barbary Coast.
—In-game description

A variant of the Barbary Corsair appears in the Algiers scenario of the Historical Battles, serving as a replacement for the Rodelero. He has less hit points, less attack, is not tagged as mercenary, and gives less experience when trained or killed, but can be trained in the Commerce Age, costs less resources and population, and trains in less time than his equivalent. This variant of the Barbary Corsair is also accessible in the Scenario Editor under the Units category, as "SPC Barbary Corsair".

Changelog[]

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Barbary Corsairs cost 200 coin and give 20 XP when trained or killed.

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 14.43676, Barbary Corsairs cost 180 coin and give 18 XP when trained or killed. Although not listed in the patch notes, the Barbary Corsair in-game model was updated.

In-game dialogue[]

The Barbary Corsair and the Buccaneer Captain speak Kabyle language.

History[]

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.

Gallery[]

Mercenary and outlaw units in Age of Empires III
Aoe3 unit type mercenary Mercenaries
InfantryMercenary armored pistoleer portrait Armored Pistoleer · Arsonist aoe3de Arsonist · Askari aoe3de portrait Askari · Corsair de Barbary Corsair · Cannoneer portrait aoe3de Cannoneer · Dahomey amazon aoe3de portrait Dahomey Amazon · Fusilier de Fusilier · Mercenary giant grenadier portrait Giant Grenadier · Highlander de Highlander · Mercenary irish brigade portrait Irish Brigadier · Iron troop aoe3de Iron Troop · Jaeger portrait aoe3de updated Jaeger · Landsknecht de Landsknecht · Ninja de Ninja · Mercenary pandour portrait Pandour · Ronin de Ronin · Swiss pikeman aoe3de Swiss Pikeman · Zouave icon aoe3de Zouave
CavalryBlack rider aoe3de Black Rider · Mercenary bosniak rider portrait Bosniak · Elmeti aoe3de Elmetto · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel · Hackapell aoe3de Hackapell · Harquebusier icon Harquebusier · Jat lancer de Jat Lancer · Kanuri guard aoe3de portrait Kanuri Guard · Mameluke aoe3de Mameluke · Manchu de Manchu · Mercenary mounted rifleman portrait Mounted Rifleman · Mercenary royal horseman portrait Royal Horseman · Sennar horseman aoe3de portrait Sennar Horseman · Stradiot aoe3de Stradiot · Yojimbo aoe3de Yojimbo · Zenata rider aoe3de portrait Zenata Rider
ArtilleryLil bombard aoe3de Li'l Bombard · Napoleon gun icon aoe3de Napoleon Gun · Gatling camel aoe3de portrait Gatling Camel
ShipBattleship portrait Battleship · Privateer aoe3de Privateer · War dhow portrait aoe3de War Dhow · Wokou junk aoe3de Wokou Junk · Xebec portrait aoe3de Xebec
Outlaws
InfantryAfrican vagabond portrait African Vagabond · Colonial looter portrait Colonial Looter · Cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Dacoit aoe3de Dacoit · Desert archer portrait aoe3de Desert Archer · Desert warrior portrait aoe3de Desert Warrior · Hajduk portrait Hajduk · Highwayman dismounted portrait Highwayman · Inquisitor portrait Inquisitor · Pistolero aoe3de Pistolero · Renegado aoe3de Renegado · Thuggee aoe3de Thuggee · Blind monk aoe3de Wokou Monk · Wayward ronin aoe3de Wokou Ronin
Shock infantryPirate aoe3de Pirate · Wokou pirate aoe3de Wokou Pirate
CavalryComanchero icon aoe3de Comanchero · Mounted cossack daredevil portrait Cossack Daredevil · Crabat portrait Crabat · Desert raider portrait aoe3de Desert Raider · Highwayman mounted portrait Highwayman · Wokou horseman aoe3de Wokou Horseman
ArtilleryCaptured mortar aoe3de Captured Mortar
ShipCatamaran aoe3de Marathan Catamaran
Flag MexicanDE MexicansDesperado portrait Desperado · Vaquero portrait Cuatrero · Bandido portrait Bandido
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesGunslinger aoe3de Gunslinger · Cowboy aoe3de Cowboy · Owlhoot aoe3de Owlhoot
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