The Barbary Corsair (often shortened to Corsair) is a North African heavy infantry-type mercenary available to European and Asian civilizations on certain maps in Age of Empires III. For Asian civilizations, the Corsair is named the Repentant Corsair. With its high speed but relatively weak siege attack, it can be considered the mercenary version of the Rodelero.
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. Corsairs can sometimes be hired from the Saloon or Monastery, and civilizations including the Portuguese, the Ottomans, and several others can ship them from the Home City.
"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."