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A powerful, agile mercenary warship that fires faster at close range. Inflicts high damage.
—In-game description

The Xebec is a powerful mercenary war ship in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Hausa and can be trained at the Port once the Fortress Age is reached.


Special ability[]

  • Broadside attack.png Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy ship within attack range, with each shot doing 15 siege damage.

Further statistics[]

As Xebecs are unique to the Hausa, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As Xebecs are unique to the Hausa, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

In-game dialogue[]

The Xebec speaks Kabyle language using dialogue files of the Privateer.

If the player somehow gets Xebecs as Haiti (for example, through the Scenario Editor), they will instead speak English using the dialogue files of the Haitian Privateer.


Light, agile, and swift, the Xebec was the favored warship of the Barbary pirates of the North African coast. While their design made them better suited for quick raids than for pitched naval battles, Xebecs were feared throughout the Mediterranean – and highly sought after by those seeking to enlist their crews in illicit activities.

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