|Belongs to||Barbary States, Morocco|
|Soldiers in each unit||120|
|Produced from||Magistrate or higher|
|Special abilities||*Can Guard
|Turns to Train||1|
Barbary Pirates are a type of melee infantry in Empire: Total War.
A sword is an honourable weapon for any warrior. The man who carries one must demonstrate his courage if he is to cut down his foe.
Although a sword, no matter what its design, may appear outdated next to a musket, it has one great advantage: it never needs loading. A truly skilled swordsman will never want for employment, and he is an intimidating sight to many regular musket-armed soldiers.
Units of swordsmen are also easier to handle tactically on a battlefield. A general does not have to make fine judgements about when to hold or give fire: he need only send his men forward to do their killing work at the right time. Once committed, they will keep fighting until death or victory comes.
Barbary Pirates are bog-standard melee units for the Barbary States: fairly able in a melee, provided that they are given the luxury of closing the gap without much trouble.